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19 LinkedIn Ninja Tricks Experts Haven’t Taught You Yet

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Have you ever wondered if you’re missing some of the functions on LinkedIn that may help you with your business? It’s hard to keep up with all of the changes and functionality on social media sites. It’s something that my team and I do daily to make sure we stay up-to-date on all of the tricks, tips and changes. In this article I am going to share some of the best kept secrets (old and new) that include a special backdoor for adding new connections, how to send messages instead of paid InMails, extreme advanced search ninja tricks and much more. Each of these 19 LinkedIn tips are simple and easy to implement immediately! 1. The Secret Backdoor To Adding Connections If you want to connect with someone on LinkedIn, you’ve always had to say how you know them in your connection request. If you’re trying to meet new people on LinkedIn, selecting a group you share in common was previously an option for saying how you know that person when connecting. That option has recently vanished. Fear not. Brynne Tillman recently shared an excellent article showing you a backdoor trick for getting past it: Visit the profile of the [...]

B2B Lead Generation With LinkedIn: 72.8% More Sales For Social Selling Teams

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Are you skeptical that social media can be an effective lead and sales generating tool for your company? Many B2B companies aren’t seeing the benefits of social media to generate leads. While social media may be fine for personal use and has been shown to be of benefit in business to consumer markets, it has no place in the B2B business world…or does it? Businesses are owned and run by people. And it is people that make the buying decisions. But can social media really provide a systematically repeatable and measureable increase in leads and sales for your B2B company? This is a valid concern. In fact, according to a report by Gleanster [1], 93% of B2B marketers have ranked “measuring the return on social media campaigns” as their number one challenge with respect to social media marketing. The answer to this question is yes, but only if you do it the correct way. Some of the biggest B2B companies in the world have been using social media successfully for social selling such as ADP, CISCO, IBM and XEROX. In fact, in another report from Gleanster [2], they state that 85% of top performers had indicated that social media is a [...]

Social Selling Case Study: Scott Logan of inContact

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Before using social selling, Marketing Campaign Manager Scott Logan and his sales team from inContact used popular lead generation tactics for sales teams. These included sending out regular emails then following up on inbound leads via phone as well as cold calling. The Challenge Over time Scott started to notice that his team’s email efforts were not producing the result they once had. They were increasingly challenged with finding true qualified leads, being able to reach the decision makers, and connecting with decision makers without annoying them. The Solution Scott decided to do some research. He looked at a variety of information that he found online as well as a slideshow called The Evolution of LinkedIn and discovered something called social selling. This piqued his interest. The more research he did, the more he realized the powerful potential of social selling and LinkedIn. Scott knew that he needed to be ahead of the game and get a handle on the concept and process of social selling. He also knew that he had to have a well-documented reporting process showing a clear ROI. Scott created a social selling process from scratch using the results of his research and the AB split [...]

Social Selling Case Study: Darrel Griffin of Social4Sales

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Darrel Griffin is a Western Australia-based Signage Adviser with over 20 years of experience in B2B sales, predominantly in the UK. Due to the exceptional success of his social selling efforts, he has also launched a consultancy, Social4Sales, aimed at training fellow sales professionals in the art of social selling.  The Challenge Prior to using social selling or LinkedIn, Darrel was selling using a combination of cold calling and email prospecting. With little to no information about the companies he was contacting, he generally found himself resorting to calling the business to get the name and email address of the person he needed to contact from the gatekeeper. In the rare instances where this tactic did pay off, he would email the person and then follow up a few days later. The process required a lot of time and work with a very low to moderate return. Darrel knew he needed to find a better way to prospect for new leads. The Solution Darrel moved to Western Australia with his family in 2012. Starting from scratch and with no professional connections, he decided to immerse himself in social media as a way to build business relationships. He decided to focus [...]

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 [...]