Are you getting the most from LinkedIn?
Are you getting the most from LinkedIn?

With more than 310 million members in more than 200 countries and territories, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. It has executives from all of the Fortune 500 and most businesses are at least represented, but most have their entire executive teams connected. It is also home to millions of job seekers, professionals, and small business owners.

With all of these members, it stands to reason that at least some of them can your your products or services, right?

So the big question is, how can you get the most out of LinkedIn?

Well it all starts with your foundation and not making the common mistakes that hold most people back from using LinkedIn effectively.

So what are these mistakes?

LinkedIn is a very straight forward platform that has a good search engine and allow you to connect with hundreds or even thousands of potential clients. But, people do miss some key elements and fail to figure out how to connect with these prospects.  Let’s take a quick look at the most common mistakes people make and how to correct them.

#1 – Not having a complete profile. Regardless of the industry, this always surprises me. Even people who have hundreds of connections have not completed their profile. They don’t have a photo or they are using logo. This is professional social networking. You are a person, not a logo, pet, or couple. Your photo is the first thing people see. It’s your first impression. Make it count for you. Other missing profile elements are the summary, website links, and a personalized LinkedIn profile link. (Grab your free complete LinkedIn Profile Checklist below)

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#2 – Selling before you relate. How do you feel when a pushy door to door sales person walks up to you and say “hi wanna buy my stuff?” It’s a turn off, right?

So why would you do that to your connections on LinkedIn? Why put off your connections with a constant sales message rather than reaching out to help them and building a relationship? Remember LinkedIn, like other social networking platforms are about building relationships and connections, not sales.

Don’t get me wrong, you can make a lot of money from your LinkedIn connections, just not before you build a relationship with them, ideally away from LinkedIn.

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Yes, this takes time on an individual basis, but this is a process like courting them. Build your relationship through thoughtfulness and help first.

#3 – Not participating in groups. You can belong to up to 50 groups in LinkedIn at a time, but belonging is not enough. You need to participate in the groups too. Just lurking or waiting for a chance to sell them something is not going to win you much business. Find ways you can help the people in the group. They need to know you before they can like or trust you enough to spend money with you.

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None of this is earth shattering.

However, in today’s sound bite world, they are still forgotten by a good number of the LinkedIn membership. Don’t be one of them. Complete your profile, provide your connections help and value, and participate in the groups your clients are in so they can get to know you. Before long, your business will be growing from all of your new connections and contacts.

Moving you ever forward!

Art Remnet - The Strategic Marketing Group

 

 

 

PS: Download your free LinkedIn Profile checklist and workbook  here

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