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Breaking Down The LinkedIn Social Selling Funnel

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Are you still struggling to get results with social selling and LinkedIn? Social selling is not easy at first. It can feel unnatural and even awkward at times. This might be because many entrepreneurs and sales professionals think of it as a “tactic” rather than what it really is: a means to building and leveraging relationships. While this is quite generalized, people that are naturally strong at social selling are often not the ones that have an affinity for technology. Quite the opposite actually. They are usually more people oriented. Does this sound like you? If you’re struggling with social selling, the odds are high that you’re over thinking the technical side and undervaluing the relationship aspect of it.  Here is a 7-step system that will help you focus on what is most important in the social selling process and get you from finding prospects on LinkedIn to taking the relationship offline.   Step 1: Identify Prospects Social selling requires you to have a clear grasp on your target market, so begin by thinking of common titles your market would use to describe themselves. This will be a crucial part of finding prospects to connect with online. These titles relate [...]

10 Data-Driven Steps To Dominate LinkedIn Publishing

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The problem with a lot of stats that come out on social media (and anything really) is that they don’t always provide you with insight that’s immediately actionable. OkDork and Search Wilderness analyzed 3,000 of the most successful LinkedIn Publishing posts that provided extremely powerful data that can help you dramatically increase the results of your next post on LinkedIn. I was so blown away by the data presented in their original post that I had to reach out to the original authors on Twitter to ask if I could create an infographic with it. Thankfully they agreed and that gives me the great pleasure of providing you with this top-notch, actionable information.

8 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade To LinkedIn Premium

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Is LinkedIn Premium actually worth the money? Many users will often find themselves wondering this at some point when they are offered a free trial to experience the features LinkedIn Premium offers. Although I am personally a LinkedIn Premium user, I’m not prepared to say everybody should be using it because that’s simply not true. I get value from using LinkedIn Premium because I make use of the additional features it provides. There are 4 different types of general LinkedIn Premium accounts: Free Business Business Plus Executive There are also 3 specialized versions of LinkedIn Premium that cater to three types of users: Recruiters Job Seekers Sales Professionals (aka LinkedIn Sales Navigator) If you’re actively using LinkedIn as a social selling tool, here are eight reasons why it might be advisable to go premium. 1. Additional Search Filters If you’ve read my book, The LinkedIn Code, you know one of the most valuable tools on LinkedIn is its advanced search. The advanced search results on LinkedIn are VERY reliable, because LinkedIn pulls the results from content within people’s profiles where they tend to share more information not commonly found on sites like Facebook or even Google+. Truthfully, you can access [...]

How To Find LinkedIn Groups With Targeted Prospects

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Do you use LinkedIn groups to find ideal prospects for your business? LinkedIn groups are one of my essential tools for driving leads. As you might have noticed, not all LinkedIn groups are created equally and it can be difficult to find the good ones. Once you do find a great set of LinkedIn groups, you likely won’t ever have to leave them. A mistake I see many people make is they join all of their industry specific groups. This is not where you will find your ideal clients, rather they will be full of your peers and competitors. Once you have found the right groups you can focus on what really matters: engagement. With that said, let’s discuss a few simple ways to find great LinkedIn groups that are very likely to have lots of prospects in your target market. 1. Use Simple Keywords When Searching For LinkedIn Groups Do you ever notice how Google seems to be reading your mind as it consistently delivers exactly what you’re looking for on the first page? Let’s just say that LinkedIn’s search algorithm is no Google. To be fair, this has more to do with group owners not properly optimizing their [...]

Cracking The LinkedIn Code: A Modern Social Selling Strategy

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Once you’ve dialed into the formula, social selling and LinkedIn go together like coffee and donuts. When used properly, there is an endless opportunity to generate more leads, prospects and clients. There are spoken and unspoken rules of best practices and etiquette that you must follow if you want to use this platform successfully. For those of you who already have my book, The LinkedIn Code, this is likely not the first time you’ve seen what it stands for. I created an anagram to explain the social selling process on LinkedIn in a simple, memorable way. Scroll down below the infographic for more detailed explanations of each point along with some helpful examples. Feel free to share the infographic anywhere you like, my only request is to link back to this article with it. Listen Listen to the language that your ideal clients use to describe their challenges and problems. This is the language you want to use in your profile and the messages you send. Many businesses get so caught up in their own lingo that they don’t stop to think how easy it is for prospects to get the message. Pay attention to the words they use…that’s far [...]

10 Reasons Why You Should Publish Content On LinkedIn

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The ability to publish long form posts on LinkedIn used to be a feature reserved for the elite of the network, aka LinkedIn Influencers. Those days are over and now anyone can use the LinkedIn publishing platform and there are an exciting amount of benefits for anyone active on the network. Many wondered what benefits would be available that blogging doesn’t already provide and I’m VERY pleased to say I’ve been blown away by the results I’m seeing for myself and my clients so far. 1. Give Old Content New Life Post your older content that is still great (and relevant) using the LinkedIn Publishing platform. I’ve been doing this with my best blogs and it’s resulted in a ton of engagement, new exposure and a few great leads. Here is one of the most popular articles on my blog: I got over 7900 additional views to my article by re-posting it via LinkedIn Publisher nine months later: 2. Position Yourself As The Expert Blogging already did this for you but now you have a convenient distribution platform from the moment you hit “Publish”. Everyone in your LinkedIn network will start to become more and more familiar with you and [...]

5 Easy Steps To Organize Your Prospects & Build Relationships Using LinkedIn’s Relationship Tab [Infographic]

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Have you ever wondered how many of your connections are clients, leads or potential prospects? Do you forget to send follow up emails to some of your prospects? Perhaps you regularly lose the notes that you have collected on your hottest leads? Or have you ever wished you remembered how you met a particular prospect? If any of these situations are true for you, then you would find great value from LinkedIn’s built in organizational tool, the Relationship Tab, available to both free and paid members. Even if you have not yet experienced these issues, the larger your network grows, the more valuable you will find this feature to help you keep organized and stay on top of your networking and lead generation efforts. The feature also allows you save and record information on contacts in your network that you are not yet connected to (2nd, 3rd, and group connections). The benefit of this is that you can create a list of potential prospects that you would like to connect with, record information that you want to keep handy about them and then track your efforts to connect with them. You don’t need to worry about the information that you [...]

19 LinkedIn Mistakes That Make Me Pull My Hair Out

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If you aren’t getting the results you are looking for, it’s highly possible you’re making one (or several) LinkedIn mistakes that are turning off potential clients. Turning people off doesn’t always have to provoke a dramatic response that involves the other person slandering your business on Yelp but even in its most harmless form, it hurts your bottom line. You only get one chance to make a good first impression and when you waste it on making rookie LinkedIn mistakes, you’ve already shut the door on what could have been a mutually beneficial relationship. Take a few minutes to review the 19 most common LinkedIn mistakes I see to make sure you aren’t making any of them. It could be the difference between making or breaking your next sale. 1. Your Profile Is Incomplete An incomplete profile does nothing to build your credibility with prospects on LinkedIn, so why even bother? Yes, it’s no small task to thoughtfully fill out your entire profile and ensure it has impact in a way that speaks to your specific target market but it’s important. If you want a simple way to get to a complete and optimized profile, check out the 21 Steps [...]

5 Ways To Maximize Reach With Content Marketing & LinkedIn

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I often have people tell me at speaking events, “Melonie I just haven’t got any business from LinkedIn.” Do you struggle with trying to figure out how to actually build relationships or get results on LinkedIn? One of the keys to a successful LinkedIn or social selling campaign is content marketing. The beauty about content marketing and social selling is that it will always help you build a relationship, as long as it has context and relevance to the person you’re trying to reach. The problem with most peoples’ strategy is that do not invest the time to learn how to communicate via LinkedIn (or social media) in a way that speaks to their target audience. Instead, many push a selfish agenda that turns off prospects faster than a power outage in a busy nightclub. Content is more than just an article that you send to someone you want to sell something to, it’s offers you so many advantages that can’t be acquired otherwise. Here are just a few of the benefits of integrating content marketing with your social selling and LinkedIn efforts: Provides Value. It’s a lot easier to get your foot in the door with a new connection [...]

LinkedIn Company Page Vs Personal Profile: Which Is Better?

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By far, one of the most popular questions I get from people is, “How do I get more leverage from my LinkedIn company page?” Many “social media experts” will jump at every chance to defend any aspect of the online social world but I’m going to tell you exactly what I believe. Company pages are not a big deal and they often don’t generate tangible results. There, I said it! Yes, it might come as a shock to many of you that I would ever suggest any aspect of LinkedIn is irrelevant but company pages aren’t where I’ve found success that produces sales. Company pages do provide a unique opportunity for exposure that wasn’t previously available to personal profiles though: Sponsored Updates. Does this mean you shouldn’t have a LinkedIn Company Page? If you have a business you definitely should have one but the real results always come from building relationships on your personal LinkedIn Profile. 3 Reasons Why Your Personal LinkedIn Profile Will Generate More Results Than a LinkedIn Company Page 1. People Want To Deal With People, Not Logos When you’re on social media, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other network, do you prefer to interact [...]