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5 LinkedIn Marketing Tips to Optimize Your Social Media Success

Posted on Mar 11th, 2014
Written by Lee Odden
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    Last week we published the first Social Media Marketing World conference eBook and while it’s had over 15,000 views on Slideshare and many thousands of views here already, I think we’ve just seen the tip of the iceberg.

    As a robust sized eBook, it’s full of practical advice including platform specific tips like the following 5 nuggets about LinkedIn.

    With over 277 million members, 3.5 million active company profiles and 187 million unique visitors across LinkedIn web properties, there’s a remarkable opportunity for companies to connect with business professionals on LinkedIn. Luckily, when we interviewed a selection of SMMW14 speakers, 5 of them gave specific tips about how to optimize LinkedIn for social media marketing. Here are their excerpts from the SMMW14 eBook:

    Martin Jones
    Martin Jones (@MartinJonesaz)
    Senior Marketing Manager, Cox Communications

    The Real Value of LinkedIn:
    No single social platform will define your personal brand and clarify the unique value that you bring to an organization or project as well as LinkedIn.

    Use your personal profile page to tell your story, and do so in a way that is clear, concise and engaging.

    LinkedIn is a powerful platform for establishing your personal brand, but only if you take the time to learn it, optimize it and use it.

    Jill Rowley
    Jill Rowley (@jill_rowley)
    Social Selling & Social Business Evangelist

    Optimize Your Reputation:
    2014 is the year of #ProfessionalBranding and the #SocialEmployee.

    It’s time to move from using LinkedIn as a resume to using LinkedIn for your online reputation.

    If you’re in Sales, optimize your profile for the Buyer versus the Recruiter.

    Eliminate the #QuotaCrusher #ExpertNegotiator language. Include rich content (videos, infographics, podcasts, eBooks, blog posts) that inform your buyer and helps establish your subject matter expertise.

    Always be connecting & curating quality content!

    Connie Bensen
    Connie Bensen (@cbensen)
    Global Social Strategy & Governance, Dell
    (TopRank client)

    Optimize LinkedIn for Lead Generation
    LinkedIn can be more effective than Twitter and Facebook for B2B lead gen with these tips:

    Relevant and timely content. Leverage LinkedIn’s demographic segmentation features to develop content for various audiences and deliver it on time for maximum sharing.

    Engage frequently and directly. Post and respond to comments. This will help build your company’s influence and the targeted communication fosters trust and loyalty.

    Post company updates and news. People enjoy reading new information about their favorite brands. Post frequent status updates to keep your customers up-to-date on events and offers.

    Great brand examples to learn from on LinkedIn include: Dell, Salesforce, Hubspot, and Zipcar.

    Viveka von Rosen
    Viveka von Rosen (LinkedInExpert)
    Author & Founder, Linked Into Business

    Inbound Marketing on LinkedIn
    The key to successful selling on LinkedIn is moving from people “knowing” you to “liking and trusting” you.

    • Make sure your profile accurately represents you and your brand.
    • Establish connections with your target market.
    • Share useful content through the use of updates, group discussions and messages.

    Do this and stay top of mind with your connections and before you know it, your prospects will be coming to you!

    Neal Schaffer
    Neal Schaffer (@NealSchaffer)
    Author & Founder, Maximize Social Business

    Social Selling With LinkedIn:
    LinkedIn, more than any other platform, is most effective when your entire company is behind your efforts.

    Don’t just stop at marketing your Company Page: Get your salespeople involved with using LinkedIn for Social Selling.
    Get your employees involved as part of an Employee Advocacy program.

    Don’t forget the targeted status update opportunities you have for Paid Social on LinkedIn too!

    Social Media Marketing World 2014 eBook

    To access ALL of the tips from our 38 eBook participants, just visit our Slideshare page where you can view or download the full PDF.

    Also, if you want to hear all of these tips and much more in person, then be sure to check out the Social Media Marketing World conference website.

    Disclosure: LinkedIn is a TopRank Marketing client.