Getting LinkedIn

Posted by Corey Smith on Nov 15, 2013 3:31:00 PM

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LinkedIn is a great social media platform. You can engage with your clients on a more professional level.  It’s also a great place to network and meet people in your same field. One thing we have realized is the importance of a multi-touch strategy on LinkedIn groups. Whether you’re simply accepting a LinkedIn users’ request to join a group or connecting with someone in the same industry, you want to keep the conversation going.

4 Ways to Encourage Networking on LinkedIn

The Initial Message

  • Don’t just accept their request. Offer them a “Welcome” note.
  • Don’t be afraid to get personal. People are more likely to engage with you if they feel like you’re really putting yourself out there.
  • It’s a wonderful idea to offer those who request to join our groups a link to your latest blog post or article that would benefit them based on the information provided in their profile.

Share Relevant Content

  • Your content should be relevant.
  • Each of your social media platforms should be relevant to each other. You need to have a clear objective and a clear voice.
  • It’s a good idea to subscribe to online publications that catch your interest and share articles with group members.

Engaging With Existing Posts

  • Adding new discussions, promos or job posts to your LinkedIn groups is good.
  • Also remember to engage with existing content.
  • One of the best ways to connect with others on LinkedIn is to offer your knowledge and expertise.
  • Skim through older posts and connect with people that have posted a question.
  • You may have the answer or you can refer them to someone else/a company that does.

Build Connections

  • Connecting with someone on LinkedIn is about the value in your contacts. You want to make meaningful relationships on LinkedIn.
  • Think about questions within your industry and post it in a group.
  • See how others react.
  • Pay close attention to those that respond.
  • Make sure to send top influencers a thank you note for engaging.

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Corey Smith

Written by Corey Smith

Corey Smith is the founder of Tribute Media and serves as the Digital Marketing Strategist. He is also the author of "Do It Right: A CEO's Guide to Web Strategy" and "Tweet It Right: A CEO's Guide to Twitter."

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