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Simple LIO (LinkedIn Optimization)

Want numbers like these when you do your vanity check?

What’s the first thing you do each time you load up LinkedIn? If you’re like me and countless others, you look for the “Who’s Viewed Your Profile?” section and hope to see big numbers.

But how do you influence LinkedIn so those numbers go up, and you get more connections requests, messages, and potentially job offers?

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Why you’re not attracting new clients on LinkedIn

As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of LinkedIn, for both networking and for finding new clients. With more than 100 million professionals, Neilson Online refers to it at “the world’s largest audience of affluent, influential professionals.”

So why is no one calling or connecting with you?

I’m working on a full LinkedIn course, but I’ll give away two secrets why you’re not attracting more clients. And if you’re reading this and not on LinkedIn, go there, set up your profile and then come back here — it’s that important.

First, you’re waiting for them to come to you.
Seriously, prospects and customers won’t just show up or beat down your virtual doors because you’re on LinkedIn. You have to go out and reach them instead. And make them know about you. Do this by having:

  • A 100% complete profile
  • Status message updated daily (or more)
  • Writing recommendations on people and service providers

Second, you join groups. Just not the right groups.
LinkedIn’s settings permit you to join up to 50 different groups. But most people just sit there like wallflowers, lurking yet never participating in the conversation. Or worse, you only join groups where there are like members. I made this mistake myself early on, joining a bunch of consulting groups. Lots of consultants, no clients. So if you cater to attorneys, join groups where the membership is primarily attorneys.

Social networking is all about being social — you’ve got to participate. And it costs nothing but time. If you want to create thought leadership around yourself or your brand, you’ve got to let the world know you’re out there.

LinkedIn Company Pages

Were you aware that LinkedIn now has “Company” pages for your business? Similar to Facebook pages, but I think easier to use, your company page showcases your business, services, products and more to LinkedIn’s 100+ million members.

These Company pages are different from your personal profile page. If you haven’t yet created your LinkedIn company page, simply click on Companies at the top of your LinkedIn homepage, and then Add Company:

linked in company tab

Once you’ve added your company, there are many places to add content. You can add products and services, embed a company video, post jobs and more all from this interface. If you include them, your Company overview page will also publish your Tweets and blog posts automatically.

What’s most interesting? Once you add a product or service, and then go back to Edit, LinkedIn opens up a section where you can add (and link!) your own custom banner images (three total). You could easily promote a service, special offer, or other brands within your organization. What’s better than free banner advertising on LinkedIn?

Even more, there’s also analytics on your Company page, You can see page views, clicks on images (those with links), and more.

Although a work in progress, take a look at how FIND the CLIENT’s company page looks on LinkedIn. Let me know your thoughts, tricks and tips!

How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

linkedin small logoWith more than 60 million members, LinkedIn has become the best resource for developing your professional network. It’s a great place to meet, post and find jobs, answer questions and join groups. Once you’ve created a basic profile, here are some tips to get the most out of LinkedIn.

First, and without question, your profile should be 100% complete. School, work, past work and other relevant information assists others searching for contacts, and helps build your own network. Next, add a profile photo. Your picture triggers recognition and makes networkers feel like they are connecting to a real person. Then optimize your summary section with relevant keywords. Use Google’s Keyword Tool or Wordtracker for your research. This particular section of your profile is often indexed fully by major search engines.

Potential SEO Benefits?
Take a look at this screenshot, which is a portion of my public LinkedIn profile. There is speculation (and some confirmation) the items in this section helps with organic search engine optimization.

linkedin profile

  • Add your website, link to your blog and link to your company. Make sure you further “edit” each by giving it a name other than the defaults provided by LinkedIn. As you can see from my list, I’m hyperlinking phrases such as “Marketing Blog” and “Consulting Services”.
  • If you’re on Twitter, be sure to add your Twitter profile, and connect the accounts together. Under your profile, click on Edit and look for your Twitter settings. You could also try this link when logged in to LinkedIn.
  • Always choose a real name or variation on your name over the default format LinkedIn provides for you. This certainly feeds your organic name optimization and enhances your online reputation. As you can see, my profile link is my full name “brianjfarrell”.

Connecting with Twitter
This image below shows my Twitter settings — my account name (@findtheclient), my privacy settings, and the most important section, whether or not all or select Tweets should show on my profile. When I first set this up, I sent all Tweets to LinkedIn. Since I’m on Twitter often, this amounted to sometimes a dozen or more updates in a single day. When friends said they couldn’t keep up with me, I changed this to show only Tweets with the “#in” hashtag. Much better results, and I can leave up new blog posts or polls for a longer period of time.
twitter settings on LinkedIn

Build Your Connections
Once you’ve done the above, it’s time to build your network. Start with people you know, such as co-workers, clients and colleagues. Also look for connections by company name, under the “Companies” tab. Once you’ve built up this initial base of connections, ask for and make recommendations. But before you do this, read as many as you can. You’ll quickly see what makes up a good (or bad) recommendation. It also helps to personalize your request for a recommendation rather then sending out the canned form letter provided by LinkedIn.

Finally, updated your status often, since it appears on LinkedIn as well as in network updates to your connections. Updates should be considered a professional status, not what you’re eating for lunch. And if you haven’t done so, let’s connect on LinkedIn!