Follow These 3 LinkedIn Experts for Great Content

Follow 3 LinkedIn ExpertsKeeping up with all the changes in social media can be time consuming and overwhelming. In fact, LinkedIn has recently made announcements about the acquisition of Lynda.com and the home page redesign.

So how can you keep up so you can optimize any changes to your advantage and be aware of what’s new and improved? I frequently am asked, “How do I stay informed?” I always suggest that you find the experts who write articles and share their knowledge about the social media platform that you have included in your marketing strategy. Of course, I hope that you include me in that mix!

When it comes to LinkedIn, I follow the work of three experts that share information about business development, sales and strategic growth. In doing this, I am able to keep myself up to date while also providing my followers with their knowledge and expertise. I invite you to view their profiles on LinkedIn (their names below will link to their profiles) and follow them. You’ll see their latest blog posts and content in your LinkedIn newsfeed to help you stay “in the know.”

Brynne Tillman, CEO of Social Sales Link, is a successful sales professional, sales trainer and coach who shares about the power of LinkedIn for sales and business development professionals. Here’s a link to one of her recent blog posts, Are Your LinkedIn Profile Sections in the Right Order?

Jill Konrath  is the author of three bestselling, award-winning books. Her newest book, Agile Selling, shows salespeople how to succeed in a constantly changing sales world. She frequently shares her strategies to using LinkedIn for sales growth. Here’s a link to one of her recent blog posts, A Simple Strategy to Increase Win Rates.

Melonie Dodaro, CEO of Top Dog Social Media, is the author of The LinkedIn Code and is recognized by the media as Canada’s #1 LinkedIn expert. Here’s a link to one of her recent blog posts,  3 Steps To an Effective LinkedIn Relationship Building Strategy.

If you haven’t connected with me, visit my profile and request to connect with me. Make sure you add a personal message to the connection request and tell me you read my blog post!

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Are You A LinkedIn Snob?

Are You A LinkedIn Snob?

Snob – one who has an offensive air of superiority in matters of knowledge or taste.

Merriam-Webster, Incorporated  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snob

Don’t worry if you say “yes”, because I used to be one until I discovered how wrong it was.

A LinkedIn snob is someone who is very selective on which invitations they will accept as connections. I used to carry an “air of superiority” in that I thought if the person requesting the connection did not write a personalized note (they used the default message instead), that they were lazy and someone who didn’t care enough to take the extra time to “wow” me with why we should connect. That was a part of my strategy and, boy, was I wrong.

Since I have truly invested my time and energy into using LinkedIn to build my business, the truth is you want as many connections as possible. Does that mean I blindly accept all connections? No. But I only “ignore” about 1% of those that I truly see as spam or fake profiles. By changing my strategy for why I accept connections, my network has now grown to almost 14 million people. The way to grow your network and have the opportunity to connect with those who will buy from you, give you a referral, or offer you a job, is by adding more connections. It’s a simple as that.

The other reason I have relaxed my position is because LinkedIn has made it more difficult to add a personalized message. If you use your smartphone or tablet primarily when using LinkedIn, you do not get the option to add a personalized message when you send an invitation to connect.

Opening the floodgates does have pros and cons, but I think the benefits are worth it and the negatives can be managed.

The Benefits of Adding LinkedIn Connections

Some of the positive results I’ve seen in just three months are not only the big increase in my network reach, but also the number of people reviewing my profile has grown and includes connections that are in my target market. Continue reading »

Using LinkedIn to Build Your Business in Just 15 Minutes a Day

Using LinkedIn to Build Your Business in Just 15 Minutes a DayWhile many people only see LinkedIn as an online resume, savvy business people know that this social media platform is a great resource to help build your business and generate leads.

Wayne Breitbarth, LinkedIn expert and author of “The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kickstart Your Business, Brand and Job Search” was a guest on Blog Talk Radio 30 Minute Business Dig and shared his best tips to getting the most out of this social media platform in just 15 minutes a day!

First, the there are two basic principles you need to follow with LinkedIn: 1) the more connections you have the better it will work for you, and 2) you must include keywords and personal branding stories in your profile.

According to Wayne, a great rule of thumb is “100 and 100,” which means get at least 100 connections and get your profile completed to 100%.

Here are Wayne’s top 6 tips to building your business using LinkedIn in 15 minutes a day.

  1. Make sure you respond to the messages in your inbox. Be responsive to people or you will miss opportunities.
  2. Be sure to invite the people you’ve met recently. Be proactive by inviting people to connect with you and do not use the standard (default) invitation message in your request. Give the person a reason to connect.  Also do not to do it from your mobile device, since this will only use the default message. Once you connect, see if you can follow up in person.
  3. Go through the previous discussions in your groups or post your own discussion. Share your expertise, and people will see you as the key authority in that space. Jump into discussions and help people.
  4. Review status updates from the previous day.
  5. Be sure to post your own status updates. Best practice – get started with one a day between 11 a.m. –  3 p.m. Always have a link on your status update for more information.
  6. Stay on top of your friends and who they are meeting because you might want to meet those people too. Use the “recently connected” feature.

Wayne tips on using LinkedIn in 15 minutes a day can be downloaded on this PDF doc.  Listen to the entire interview below.

Create a Social Media Editorial Calendar in 3 Steps

Create a Social Media Editorial Calendar in 3 StepsOne of the biggest challenges to successfully using social media for your business is what to post, when to post it, and to find a way to track your efforts to see if you are meeting your goals.

By creating a social media editorial calendar, you can plan ahead to determine the type of content you will post, where you will post it, and when. Once you’ve outlined your content development strategy, you can track your frequency and days/times posts occur to measure engagement and results through your analytics.

To help in the process, I developed a three-step method to creating a social media calendar that works. Continue reading »