Are you using LinkedIn to grow your business?
With 161 million business members, LinkedIn provides a lot of opportunities.
The real value of LinkedIn for businesses is to connect one-to-one with other business professionals.
Why LinkedIn for Networking?
The Start-Up of You, a recent book co-authored by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, notes that companies don’t give you business – people do.
Many of your LinkedIn connections can introduce you not only to business influencers and partners, but also refer your company to new customers.
In the book, Mr. Hoffman also states a key point about business networking:
“It’s better to be the best connected than the most connected.”
In addition to teaching you new skills, that’s what this article will help you accomplish.
A personal LinkedIn profile is commonly viewed as an online resume or digital business card, and using it for that is a good start.
However, you can take that further – going beyond LinkedIn’s basic capabilities – to build a more powerful means of attracting and managing your connections and professional online presence to encourage more business opportunities.
It’s important to focus on the right kinds of activities that will yield the best results.
In this article, I’ll reveal five key strategies and activities you can focus on to build and grow your network.
#1: Update Your Status Frequently and Consistently
Only one-third of LinkedIn members visit the site every day, and another one-third of members visit the network several times a week, according to a survey conducted by Lab42. You can check out the complete infographic from Lab42 on LinkedIn Members.
But LinkedIn? The stodgier cousin of the group? Not so much.
Yet for PostcardMania, a fast-growing, Florida-based postcard marketing company, unlocking LinkedIn has been a bottom-line booster. It’s not just for job searchers anymore.
Every week, the company consistently counts at least two dozen fresh leads coming directly from LinkedIn – more than Facebook and Twitter deliver.
If you’ve spent some time on LinkedIn, you may realize that the network allows for companies to build dynamic profiles on the site. Did you know that you can discover important information conducting company searches?
What is LinkedIn Company Search?
According to LinkedIn, your professional network isn’t just about the people you know, it’s also about the companies in your network and how you’re connected to them. LinkedIn’s new Company Search provides an opportunity to discover connections in your network and filter them by the companies they work for.
There are several options to choose from. Which one would be right for you?
In this article, we cover what you actually get for your money and how you might use some of the enhanced features.
If you have profiles on LinkedIn and Twitter, you may already be aware that these two networks are integrating. In fact, LinkedIn has a specific application called Tweets that can help you keep tabs on the Twitter updates from your LinkedIn connections.
As more professional LinkedIn users create Twitter profiles, I believe this application will become more and more powerful for building influence and visibility with your network connections.
The primary benefits of the LinkedIn Tweets application are:
- Follow your LinkedIn connections on Twitter
- Post status updates simultaneously to both Twitter and LinkedIn
- Monitor and interact with your Twitter streams from within LinkedIn
- Create a LinkedIn-specific Twitter list
If I were going steady with any social networking site, I would have to call LinkedIn my main squeeze.
Ahhh yes, the lovely LinkedIn.
She warms me up with friendly introductions to powerful decision makers. She brings a smile to my face from the absurd amount of targeted traffic to my websites. And she goes WAY over the top with the number of direct sales referrals she gives me.
It’s a digital romance we have, and I’ll profess my love for her ’til the end of time.
In all seriousness, I’m a big fan of LinkedIn because of the direct business I receive from it. And although I’ve written books about LinkedIn, given webinars and presentations on the topic and written articles like Top 5 Ways to Market Your Business With LinkedIn, I’ve never done a dedicated article about the advanced applications… until now.