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.
LinkedIn Endorsements are now live across the United States, India, Australia and New Zealand, and rolling out to everyone else over the coming weeks.
How LinkedIn Endorsements Can Help You
Although it’s too early to tell how valuable these endorsements will be to your LinkedIn networking, they are now an option on your LinkedIn profile, whether you choose to show them on your public profile or not.
In addition to providing some credibility, this new Endorsement feature can also be considered a networking tool for savvy online marketers, because a LinkedIn endorsement is an easy way to get on someone’s radar. It’s also a way to show you care about the people who work with you.
Are you looking for leads?
There’s likely more new business for you on LinkedIn than you’re currently tapping.
LinkedIn now boasts 161 million members, including executives from each of the Fortune 500.
No matter the job title of your best prospects, you can find them on LinkedIn.
Here are seven ways to find new customers with LinkedIn.
#1: Develop Connections and Meet Second-Degree Connections
The people you’ve connected to directly on LinkedIn are called first-degree connections. This is your immediate network.
You can increase your network by clicking on “Add Connections” and giving LinkedIn temporary access to your email or by pasting your emails in.
But first, were you aware that LinkedIn has a company page (similar to Facebook). With 85 million business members, who wouldn’t want a business page there?
Normally the profile pages that you set up on LinkedIn are for your own personal use. It’s against LinkedIn’s terms and conditions to set up a personal profile page as a business. But LinkedIn has seen that by capturing and promoting more business information in this community, it could make way for a lot more engagement and knowledge-sharing.
With more than 85 million users and “a new member being added every second,” LinkedIn is often regarded as the premier social networking site for business professionals. Companies also see LinkedIn as a valuable place to promote their products and services.
Let’s explore LinkedIn together and see if you can identify new ways to enhance your user experience by considering the topics discussed below. As I’ve done in the companion pieces to this post, 26 Twitter Tips and 26 Facebook Tips, I’ll introduce LinkedIn Tips from A-Z.
Be honest. Do you follow up on every LinkedIn connection request you get? No, probably not. I’ll bet you click “accept” and that’s as far as you go.
When someone requests to connect with you and you simply click “accept” and make no effort to carry on the conversation, you’re both simply saying hello to each other and it stops dead there. The only thing you gain by doing this is a string of connections that don’t have any real value. You become a connection collector.
Did you join LinkedIn because someone you know invited you and you didn’t want to hurt his or her feelings, but now you’re wondering why you did it?
Guess what? If you wrinkle your nose in disgust when someone mentions “social media,” LinkedIn is for you!
Because LinkedIn is not like MySpace and Facebook. It’s not where teenagers post pictures of their high school prom or their latest beach party.