12 Resources to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

social media how to Want to get noticed on LinkedIn?

Do you have a LinkedIn profile, but want to improve it so you can get better exposure?

Over the years, LinkedIn has evolved to include several elements that improve their users’ experience.

If you want to use these elements to create a stronger LinkedIn presence, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article I’ll share expert tips and resources that will help you create a killer LinkedIn profile that gets noticed.

Why Improve Your LinkedIn Profile?

Whether you use your LinkedIn profile to generate leads, be searchable or maintain your expert status, you should have a profile that reflects who you are.

You need a multitude of items to make your professional profile stand out. A professional photo should be a no-brainer. Also, use your full name and fill in as much of your experience as you can.

linkedin profile infographic

Check out this helpful infographic on MaximizeSocialBusiness.com.

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How to Use LinkedIn to Build Relationships and Generate Leads

social media how to Are you using LinkedIn to your advantage?

Do you use LinkedIn marketing tactics to generate more leads?

Over the past year, LinkedIn has added and revamped some important tools that can streamline your marketing, networking and outreach.

In this article you’ll find the latest LinkedIn features and how you can use them to your benefit.

#1: Stay In Touch On The Contacts Page

Think of your Contacts page as your control center. It’s where you keep track of your long list of connections, but it also offers alerts and tags. These features, along with helpful filtering options, keep everything organized and easily accessible.

Alerts are in the boxes at the top of the page. They let you know when your contacts have a significant event happening, like a job change, work anniversary or birthday. Use these alerts to your advantage and send a quick note to acknowledge their success. They’ll appreciate the gesture and it’s a great way to keep in touch (and top of mind).

contact alerts

Watch the alerts at the top of your page to keep up with and respond to your connections.

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How to Maximize Your LinkedIn Endorsements

social media how toAre people endorsing you for the wrong skills on LinkedIn?

Do you want to know how to fix that?

It’s frustrating to be endorsed for skills that aren’t relevant to you or your networking goals. But hope is not lost!

In this article I’ll show you three ways you can guide people into endorsing you for relevant skills.

Why Manage LinkedIn Endorsements?

LinkedIn endorsements are meant to provide credibility and networking opportunities.

Has LinkedIn ever notified you that someone has endorsed you for skills and expertise that have absolutely nothing to do with your actual skills? Or worse, you don’t know the endorser at all, so how can he or she endorse any skills you have?

Sometimes people are endorsing you so you’ll see the notification and they’ll be on your radar. Other times, people are endorsing you because they’re friends or colleagues and they think they’re helping you.

Either way, if people are endorsing you for the wrong skills, then your real skills are being overlooked. Luckily, you can help people endorse you for the skills that really matter to you. Below I’ll show you how.

#1: Set Your Skills and Endorsements

If you want to control which skills are most prominent on your LinkedIn profile, set up the Skills & Endorsements section of your LinkedIn profile. This lets you subtly encourage others to use those skills when they endorse you.

If you don’t have the Skills section on your profile, go to Edit Profile and look to the right. You’ll see a list of sections recommended for you. Click on the Skills option to add it to your profile.

linkedin skills section

It’s important to have the Skills section activated on your LinkedIn profile.

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How to Enhance Your LinkedIn Profile With Professional Portfolio

social media how toDo you want to enhance the appearance of your LinkedIn profile?

Are you looking for ways to get noticed and attract more business opportunities on LinkedIn?

In this article, you’ll discover how to use LinkedIn’s Professional Portfolio to make your LinkedIn profile stand out.

What is LinkedIn’s Professional Portfolio?

LinkedIn launched Professional Portfolio to showcase your unique professional story using rich visual content.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a photographer, a real estate agent, an interior designer or a marketer. By adding an interactive, rich media experience to your profile, you can leverage the power of imagery.

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6 Ways to Grow Your LinkedIn Connections

social media how toAre you looking to grow your LinkedIn network?

Do you want to improve your chances of connecting with people via LinkedIn?

In this article, you’ll find six tips for successful networking that will help you avoid common mistakes that can damage your professional reputation on LinkedIn.

What’s Different About LinkedIn?

Unlike social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter that accommodate both personal and business uses, LinkedIn is a social network built strictly for business.

From the appearance of your profile to how you manage relationships, the people on LinkedIn expect professional behavior from you at all times.

As you build your network, it’s important to know what’s appropriate and what’s considered bad LinkedIn etiquette.

Here are six tips:

#1: Show People Your Business Side

You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it count. If you use an unprofessional image for your profile photo, you may never get a chance to recover your reputation.

Your LinkedIn profile image should show you in your best professional light. Use a head shot with a clean background, a smile and a clear view of your eyes. Think of how you would present yourself at an event thronging with prospects and use an image that does the same, online.

professional profile image

Always use an appropriate profile image.

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5 Tips to Bring New Life to Your Social Profiles

social media how toWhen was the last time you updated your social media profiles?

Are they starting to feel drab or dated?

Your social profiles may be in dire need of a refresh!

And are you sharing the types of updates tailored to the latest platform designs and suited for today’s social media marketing?

With recent changes to major platforms, you may be missing out on using some of the cool new options.

To freshen up your social media profiles and take advantage of the latest updates, implement any of the following five ideas.

#1: Optimize Your Google+ Profile for the Platform’s New Design

Google+ social profiles were recently redesigned. This represents a great opportunity to freshen up your Google+ profile and review your Google+ content strategy!

new google plus design

The new Google+ design features 1, 2 or 3 columns of content, depending on the device being used.

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5 Ways to Generate More Business From LinkedIn

social media how toIs LinkedIn working for you?

Do you want to generate more business from LinkedIn?

When used properly, LinkedIn can be a gold mine for your business.

Here are five steps to improve your efforts to generate more business from LinkedIn.

get more business from linkedin

Follow these steps to get more out of your LinkedIn efforts.

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Generating Leads With LinkedIn: What You Need to Know

Do you use LinkedIn for business?

Are you wondering how you can use LinkedIn to generate quality leads?

To learn how to use LinkedIn to attract leads and build networking relationships, I interview Stephanie Sammons for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Stephanie Sammons, who blogs at Build Online Influence and is the CEO of Wired Advisor—a firm that helps those in the financial industry. She also writes exclusively about LinkedIn for Social Media Examiner.

Stephanie shares her LinkedIn knowledge, tips and experiences when it comes to social networking for your company.

You’ll learn about the tools and techniques that will help you attract leads and connect with business professionals.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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5 LinkedIn Marketing Tips to Grow Your Business

social media how toAre you looking for ways to expand your business with LinkedIn?

With a recent homepage redesign, profile and company page redesigns, new mobile apps and the introduction of notifications and endorsements, engagement on LinkedIn is growing.

Understanding a few simple strategies that can help you become a smarter and more effective marketer can really boost your results over time.

Here are 5 high-impact strategies to boost your marketing results on LinkedIn.

#1: Review and Reboot Your LinkedIn Profile… Frequently

Most recently, LinkedIn made some major changes both to personal profiles and company pages. For a comprehensive review of the most recent updates, visit this post to learn more about how to optimize your LinkedIn profile and company page.

In addition to making sure that you adjust to the changes in your profile layout and features, it’s a good idea to “reboot” your profile from time to time. I tend to reboot my profile every couple of months or so to keep it fresh, relevant and interesting.

Each time you update your profile, the update is shared to your network as long as you have this feature enabled in your settings.

adjust profile settings

Adjust your profile settings to show profile updates in your activity feed.

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