LinkedIn is the largest business network in the world that connects professionals from nearly 200 countries to increase their productivity and help them reach success. Two new members join LinkedIn every second. In spite of its rapid development, most LinkedIn users don’t realize its power and therefore miss an opportunity to grow their brand and business faster.
If you want to use LinkedIn for business effectively and get more followers, just keep reading this article. There are certain techniques you must master to promote your products or services better.
A company page is like a mini-website for your business, but as it is located on LinkedIn, it must be easier for LinkedIn members to find it. What should you know before starting filling out your profile?
Linkedin is a business-oriented search engine. With that said, it works almost the same way as Google, Yahoo, or Bing. That is why you will need to include relevant keywords in your description and your posts. Try to use the target keyword phrases in the first two paragraphs of your description but don’t overuse them too often — it’s just useless. And don’t forget to explore profiles of your competitors and colleagues to analyze the content and keywords they use. To achieve better visibility in search, add up to 20 specialties in the “Specialties” section. This, as a part of LinkedIn marketing, would also contribute to finding your page by customers.
Including your company logo and a background, photo is an important step on the way to bringing your page to life. Before you get started visually polishing your company page, ensure that your images are sized and formatted properly.
Consider the following LinkedIn company profile picture sizes:
LinkedIn banner size (recommended): 1536 x 768 pixels
Minimum image size: 1192 x 220 pixels
Maximum file size 4MB
Image formats: PNG, JPG, GIF.
LinkedIn standard logo size (recommended): 400 x 400 pixels
Minimum image size: 300 x 300 pixels
Maximum file size 4MB
Image formats: PNG, JPG, GIF.
An appropriate description provides a clear image of your business and products or services you’re selling and thus increases your chances to be found by clients. Select the right keywords to accurately demonstrate what you're dealing with. Pay attention to correct spelling and avoid the overuse of acronyms. Tell people what problems you solve and what makes your service unique.
Now, when you are done with your page appearance and SEO-friendliness, let's start attracting followers.
A decent amount of followers not only increases your “views” potential but also creates a positive image and representation of your company. First of all, ask your employees to join LinkedIn (if they have not already done so) and encourage them to specify their current workplace. Once they are listed as employees of your firm, they will automatically start following you. And if you have the fortune to have employees who are active in group discussions on LinkedIn, they can benefit you by getting more eyes on your content and creating valuable audiences for your business.
In addition to staff members, a lot of your clients and business partners have a LinkedIn profile and might be interested in following you as well. Start following them and probably they will follow you back.
Have professional profiles on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? Wonderful! That is another great option to invite your friends and connections to follow your LinkedIn Page.
When users click the “follow” button, they will become your followers and receive updates from you. Isn’t it one more great yet easy method to promote your business?
Trying to draw customers attention to some special offer? You may want to use LinkedIn showcase pages which work ideally if your business has various target audiences. They allow you to have the main company page, but still create individual pages for different products, services, or events.
Nowadays email is still one of the most common ways of communication with your audience. Sometimes it may take hours to create a perfect email that draws attention and, which is even more importantly, makes people to actually read and take action on it. Focus on a reader, proper treatment, correct spelling and grammar are essential but what about the ending? Including a signature in the email footer will make your message look more professional and complete. Furthermore, placing a link to your LinkedIn company page in your email signature may prove to be a winning move towards generating more visitors.
Based on the eMarketer survey, 72% of US business people think that LinkedIn is a great place to exchange professional interests and ideas; 77% of the survey respondents joined the social network expecting to see professional content.
It is important to note, the posts you intend to share on your page should be creative, easy-to-understand, interesting, and provide your followers with such information they can’t find anywhere else. Exclusive content can develop your relationship with your readers, keep them coming back over and over, and even encourage them to make business with you. With that said, let’s take a closer look at 7 tips to help you develop nice and professional content.
As already mentioned, relevant keywords are of great importance if you want your page to be shown in search and get traffic.
Before creating any content, do some research on keywords to find out which of them would suit your business and industry best of all. The selected words should be organically included all over the page. At the same time, it is necessary to remember who is your target audience. Write not only for search engines but for people! Your next step is optimization of your web address. You should agree that having your company name in the URL looks much more professional than having a bunch of confusing numbers instead.
Remember, good content gives the reader a sense of how to apply the information, answers questions, addresses pain points, and helps make his life better. To be convinced that your audience read your post, take care of a catchy headline. Note that most trending posts on LinkedIn usually contain the following phrases in headlines: “the future of”, “of the year”, “in the world”, “X ways to”, “how to get”, “how to make”, “science says”, “make better”. Use the phrases (naturally) in your headlines to awake the reader’s interest. To capture even more attention, add images along with your messages.
LinkedIn recommends producing about 20 posts per month to be able to reach nearly 60 percent of your readership. So put a reminder to share updates daily or at least every other day. How about the perfect time to post? Some believe that news posted in the morning usually get the highest chance of reaching the largest possible audience, while others are sure that there is no best time to share news on LinkedIn and advise to experiment to find out what works best for you.
There is a huge amount of groups on LinkedIn covering different industries. They allow you staying up to date on latest news and topics in your line of business. Participating in group discussions and posting relevant content will attract group members to engage with your page. But it’s not enough to participate in established discussions. Setting aside time to post your topics, ask questions, and interact with your audience would also be useful. Additionally, you can create an industry-related LinkedIn group by yourself.
To keep your updates relevant and informative, regularly research trending topics on LinkedIn. The trending storylines feature allows a user to see stories related to his professional world. Incorporate these topics into your page posts. You can also post directly to your followers about some specific topics. LinkedIn will automatically assign a hashtag, so other users will know what you’re posting about.
Monitor your LinkedIn analytics to understand what content your followers preferred. Just go to the “Updates” section to check the detailed information about your recent LinkedIn posts. The information includes impressions, interactions (likes, comments, shares that your posts receive), and clicks. By analyzing these statistics, you will be able to understand if you are doing a good job in reaching your audience or still need to adjust your content to match the interests of the people who engage with you.
Advertising on LinkedIn is yet another way to attract more visitors to your page. You will be offered various ad types like Sponsored Content (ads will appear directly on the homepage feed), Texts Ads (you will be paid each time your ad is displayed or for each user who views the advertisement), Sponsored InMail (allow you to send personalized messages to relevant professionals), and others.Summary
LinkedIn is a perfect tool for making money, marketing and connections. To generate more leads using LinkedIn, be sure you are using as many options as it has to offer. See below for instructions: