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LinkedIn Membership Levels: Free vs Premium vs Sales Navigator

Over the last couple of weeks, I have received numerous emails and messages asking me questions about the differences between the LinkedIn membership levels, Premium Business Plus and Sales Navigator Professional. In fact, many people currently using Business Premium Plus want to know what benefits are left to having this account level or if they must upgrade to LinkedIn Sales Navigator to be able to accomplish their lead generation and social selling goals. I have put together a breakdown of the different features and tools included in each LinkedIn membership level, the cost and how they can be of benefit to you. Free LinkedIn Membership Let’s start with free LinkedIn accounts, as I have had plenty of questions come in from community members regarding the LinkedIn free membership. With so many important features gone, many are left wondering if LinkedIn is still useful with a free account or if they now need to pay for it to remain worthwhile to invest their time and resources in. With the removal of the Notes & Tags feature and the downgrade of the LinkedIn Advanced Search tool, lead generation has become more work with the free account. Not only must you use outside tools […]

LinkedIn Advanced Search Now Only Available with Sales Navigator [Tutorial]

Have you used LinkedIn’s advanced search to find people and/or companies for lead generation? With LinkedIn’s recent changes they have removed most of the advanced search functionality. This move is essentially forcing those that are using LinkedIn for lead generation to upgrade to Sales Navigator. In this article I am going to provide an in-depth look at how to use LinkedIn Sales Navigator’s Advanced Search as part of your lead generation and social selling process. Many within my community have expressed frustration at having to modify their lead gen process with the recent changes to LinkedIn. I am happy to report that only slightly modifications will be necessary to your existing process if you use Sales Navigator. Because it is a LinkedIn product, it already looks and functions similar to what you are used to. There are also additional benefits to using Sales Navigator as this product is built for the purpose of lead generation. You should be able to create an even more efficient and effective process using it, as you become more familiar and fine tune your process. The biggest downside is the cost. But, depending on what a sale is worth for you, it will be worth […]

5 Steps To Succeed With Social Selling

Are you a sales leader responsible for the results of your sales force? Or are you a sales professional that is required to reach a sales quota? The strategies outlined in this article are effective for sales professionals or any professional in B2B that wants to attract more leads and clients. Social selling has become a widely used term, but still very few know how to do it effectively. Social selling refers to finding and connecting with potential prospects via social media to increase sales.  The Aberdeen Group defines social selling as the utilization one of three techniques, which includes: Social Collaboration – sharing information internally or with partners to pool knowledge on how to generate more leads & sales External Listening –  the gathering and interpreting of information or content produced by clients and  prospects External Participation – providing prospects with relevant and helpful content or information to build relationships and positively impact future buying decisions If you are still wondering if learning and using social sharing techniques is worth your time and resources, consider that 72.6% of salespeople who use social media outperform their colleagues who aren’t using it. Statistics collected by The Aberdeen Group provide further compelling […]