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How Sharing Content Gets You More Visibility and Sales

I’m sure you’ve often heard, content is king. But does that mean that you have to write everything you share? There isn’t enough hours in the day for that! Content marketing’s role in the continued growth and development of your business cannot be overstated. However, unless you are running a news agency, it is unreasonable to expect that you would be producing nearly all of the content you share on a daily basis. Doing that would not be productive in the greater scheme of things (as it would prevent you from focusing on other critical parts of your operations). It would also be unrealistic to assume that this can even be done in the first place. Lastly, because creating original content 100% of the time is likely to make you stick to the same, tried and tested types and methods, it creates a bubble that stops you from seeing what other kinds of content you should be producing for your audience. This is where content curation comes in. Simply put, content curation involves going through relevant content online that would be of interest to your target audience, then making a list of items and corresponding links that you can share […]

What’s Brand New and What’s Coming with LinkedIn

Recently LinkedIn has been pushing out tons of updates and new features that enhance the social media platform’s functionality and power as a tool for marketing. Are you aware of these LinkedIn marketing enhancers? In this article I will cover all of their recent updates and there’s still more to come. Many of these new features will help you streamline and ramp up your LinkedIn marketing efforts. 8 New Features to Improve Your LinkedIn Marketing 1) Include multiple photos in your social Linkedin status updates Perhaps taking a cue from other popular social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn has now granted users the ability to include more than one photo in your status updates if you’re using an iOS-powered device. This is one of the platform’s many functionality updates since it gave its user interface a major makeover earlier this year. The ability to post multiple photos in a single LinkedIn update makes it easier for you to share event highlights with your professional network. They have also confirmed that the same functionality will soon be available on Android and LinkedIn for desktop. 2) Share a draft of your content before you publish  Another one of LinkedIn’s recent updates […]

5 Methods to Profit from the Digital Sales Transformation

The buying process has changed over the years, thanks to innovations that make digital sales even more important than ever. The question is, have you begun the journey towards digital sales transformation yourself? And if you haven’t, how can you keep up at this stage of the game? Embrace Social Selling and Improve Digital Sales Strategies Thanks to digital selling, today’s companies must learn to quickly adapt to the rapid-fire changes in the buyer’s journey. One example is how customers are now able to make informed purchasing decisions long before they buy. This is made possible through peer reviews, recommendations, side-by-side product comparisons, and effective content marketing. The traditional methods of direct, in-your-face selling are also becoming obsolete because of todays digital savvy buyers. Salespeople, who are primarily reliant on cold calling, emails, and one-on-one meetings must quickly adapt to the rising trend of social selling. They need to start using social media channels to build stronger connections with their target audience or risk getting left behind. And these changes aren’t going to stop anytime soon. As Gerhard Gshwandtner, founder and CEO of Selling Power Magazine, puts it succinctly: “The changes have gone from ripples to big waves.” Anyone who […]

Networking on LinkedIn: All Work and No Play?

We all know that the LinkedIn was designed for business, but is personal networking on LinkedIn a possibility as well? Have you ever tried maintaining personal relationships — connecting with friends and relatives — on LinkedIn? There is no denying that LinkedIn is an excellent tool when it comes to building business networks and implementing social selling strategies. However, it’s also interesting to look at how well it works as a tool for establishing and nurturing personal relationships. Networking on LinkedIn: Business, Personal or Both? A recently conducted survey among almost 16,000 LinkedIn users across different countries revealed interesting — but not entirely surprising details about its international user base. According to the study, 70% of the respondents said that they applied for a position at businesses they were connected with through LinkedIn; almost half of them said that they don’t have the luxury of time to maintain LinkedIn relationships over a regular basis. Furthermore, 38% of these respondents expressed that they actually have difficulty establishing connections with people. In fact, the very idea itself may sound ridiculous to the social media-savvy business professional: Maintaining a LinkedIn account for keeping in touch with friends? It seems like an ill fit. […]

10 Incredibly Useful LinkedIn Tools for Social Selling

Have you wondered if there is some third-party LinkedIn tools that will help you and save you time? Want to learn more about the most effective tools to use in conjunction with LinkedIn? LinkedIn has many features and functionalities that are constantly changing and adapting to the evolving needs of its user base. However, there are a number of tools that were made specifically to enhance LinkedIn’s built-in functions. Whether your goal is to attract new prospects, create new connections in your industry, or increase the effectiveness and ROI of your social selling strategies, you’ll find that using specialized tools will enhance your results and your overall experience in using the LinkedIn platform. Below is a list of 10 of the most useful tools to enhance your LinkedIn marketing and lead generation efforts. Check out what these tools can do, and why you should be using them right now. (Note: none of these are affiliate links and I do not earn any commissions for recommending these.) 10 Incredible LinkedIn Tools for Social Selling 1. Crystal Exactly what can you do with Crystal? Instead of the typical functions that you would normally expect from a LinkedIn supplementary tool, Crystal actually works […]

How Social Sellers & Businesses Can Use LinkedIn Video to Increase Sales

When it comes to innovation, being first isn’t a prerequisite for being the best. This seems to be the guiding principle behind the recent introduction of LinkedIn video, the business-oriented social media giant’s first attempt at incorporating native video content into its extensive range of benefits and features. As practically the last among the largest and most popular social media platforms to add a native video feature, all eyes are on LinkedIn, as users eagerly anticipate how this new feature will change the way they maximize their presence on the site. Initially tested among select users in the United States, LinkedIn video is scheduled to be launched to all LinkedIn users within the next few months. LinkedIn video offers all sorts of new possibilities to its tremendous user base of professionals, social sellers and marketers. Now, LinkedIn users can upload and share videos directly from their mobile phones, allowing their network to enjoy unique and original video content that’s relevant to their industry and more importantly, is of interest to their target market. How LinkedIn Video Works LinkedIn Video is designed to allow the platform’s users to view and access native videos across both desktop and mobile devices. When the […]

Social Selling: How Small Businesses Are Growing Sales

Although this post is sponsored by Microsoft Office, all opinions are my own. Lead generation can be challenging, especially for many small businesses. Unlike large companies with entire teams devoted to generating new leads and sales, such tasks in a small business usually fall on the already time constrained owner or marketing/sales personnel in the company. In many cases, a small business owner must wear all the hats (marketing, production, administration, lead generation, sales etc.) to make their business run. This does not leave a lot of time for lead generation. Yet without new leads and prospects, there can be no new sales. So how can your small business generate new leads efficiently and effectively with the time you have? Using a technique called social selling. What is Social Selling? Social selling refers to using social media platforms and other digital tools, and processes to find and connect with potential prospects to increase sales. Basically, social selling comes down to building relationships with potential prospects. But why should you put your time and effort into using social media to find and connect with prospects? Today, 74% of B2B buyers conduct more than half of their research online before making an offline […]

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 […]

3-Step LinkedIn Social Selling & Lead Generation Process

Does social selling seem too difficult or time consuming to include as part of your daily routine? Do you need an effective daily lead generation plan that produces results and is designed for your busy schedule? Social selling is just another way of saying lead generation. It is an essential part of every business strategy to find your ideal clients and build a relationship with them, so that when they need what you offer, they will come to you. But why is LinkedIn social selling so important? Because today, a sale is a journey, not an action. Today companies choose who to work with based on who has become part of their buying journey. Your ideal clients are doing independent research and looking for information to help them make an educated choice about how they will spend their money and ultimately they will choose the company/person who has assisted in their buying journey. The good news is that you can find these ideal clients, build a relationship with them and establish yourself as a trusted expert on LinkedIn. Here is a daily LinkedIn social selling plan broken down into three manageable steps to help you effectively and efficiently manage your […]

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