LinkedIn 8 Content Marketing Tips

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LinkedIn 8 Content Marketing Tips

Podcast with Christine Whittemore

Christine is Chief Simplifier at her marketing consultancy, Simple Marketing Now. I met Christine online through Twitter. We both participate in the Content Marketing Institute, which is one of our common professional interests. Christine’s background is in the flooring industry which uses very traditional, offline marketing. She experimented with her first blog in 2006. Recently she participated in a multi part blog series on using popular social networking sites including LinkedIn basics and advanced LinkedIn tips. Below are eight tips we discussed for LinkedIn content marketing and social networking.

Don’t Overlook the LinkedIn Basics

Make sure your profile is 100% complete with a business photo. Surprisingly, many people overlook this basic. Use the LinkedIn profile toolbar to confirm your profile is 100% complete at all the levels. Use keywords that define you and your personal brand.  You want to be found in LinkedIn for searches on keywords that are relevant to you. Check out how Christine’s profile uses keywords to describe her three websites.

Maximize Your Public Profile

LinkedIn offers a public profile that is indexable by Google. And, LinkedIn also gives you the ability to create a vanity URL. Claim your vanity URL to personalize it to your personal brand. Make it work for you like Christine and I do: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cbwhittemore and http://www.linkedin.com/in/bernieborges.

Paint a Clear Picture of Yourself

Give visitors to your profile a thorough picture of all your qualifications through your content. Show how you are adding value to the world. Whether your goal is business development or searching for a job, they are very similar. Look to connect with other people with common interests. Find common ground to take those connections  offline to build a relationship.

Tell a Story

The content in your profile summary should tell a good story about you. Let your content work for you. Use your content to tell your story. Connect with people backward in time from your work history without regard for geographic location.

Profile Mining

When seeking to make new connections, dive deeply into a person’s profile. Look at all their content, your shared connections, the groups he/she belongs to, groups you share in common, questions answered, books they’ve read, events attended, etc. Look for opportunities to connect in a meaningful way based on common ground and interests. When you do make the connection it usually will be more meaningful for both people if you’ve done your homework.

Connecting Twitter to LinkedIn

Use discretion if you connect your Twitter feed to LinkedIn. Your tweets may not work in your favor on your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is business focused. Depending on how you use Twitter it may not fit with your LinkedIn content strategy.

Be a Frequent LinkedIn User

If you’re not signing into LinkedIn several times a week, you’re missing out on networking. If you’re a job seeker you should sign in every day to network and check the job listings. If you are invisible digitally, you don’t exist. LinkedIn gives you a powerful digital presence. You can create meaningful content to tell your story 24/7 on LinkedIn. Take advantage of it!

Shop Around for Groups

Be selective about the groups you join. The quality of available groups ranges from poor to great. Some groups are more about self promotion and not enough about quality interaction and content. Look for good interaction in groups with intelligent and relevant discussion with moderation.  A good group always has a strong moderator to police the self promotion and non-relevant content.

LinkedIn is a powerful social networking tool for business development and job searching. Follow these content marketing tips and you’ll get more value from LinkedIn.

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Bernie Borges

Bernie Borges is CMO of Vengreso, the leader in digital sales transformation. He's also Host of the award winning Modern Marketing Engine podcast. His book Marketing 2.0, was an early playbook in social media strategy. Bernie is also a trainer, and speaker. He has a passion for communicating the value of aligning marketing and sales for accelerated revenue results. Bernie enjoys kayaking with his family in Tampa Bay, going to hockey games and you'll find him at the gym at 6am Monday through Friday, rain or shine.

Comments
  • David R. Carothers,

    This is an excellent post and I look forward to listening to the podcast. As you know, I have always said that Linkedin is the most underutilized free business networking tool. I would recommend that anyone who reads this that is not currently plugged in through Linked in take these tips to heart as they are a great foundation for building your online professional credibility.

    • FindandConvert

      David,
      Thanks for your support. You are a model example of someone who has embraced LinkedIn and other social tools to tell your story through your content and by building relationships that result in business. You are living proof this stuff is not just theory. It's reality!
      Thanks.
      Bernie

  • This is a grat, concise piece that sums up the best way to take advantage of LinkedIn to build your personal brand. Nice work!

  • Bernie,

    Thank you so much for inviting me to take part in the Find and Convert podcast. I really enjoyed our conversation and comparing perspectives on how best to use LinkedIn particularly from a content marketing perspective.

    I love what you have done with both podcast and show notes. These tips are timeless and I need to prune a few of my groups 🙂

    Thanks again.

    Best,
    CB

    • FindandConvert

      Christine,
      Thank you for being available for this podcast. Your contribution to my listeners is invaluable, and as you point out, (nearly) timeless.

      I'll race you to a pruned down list of groups! 😉
      Thanks,
      Bernie

  • FindandConvert

    Britt,
    There is no magic formula for starting a discussion in a group other than to pose a question that is interesting. Invite people to participate. It also helps if you participate in other people's discussions.
    Regards,
    Bernie

  • laundry hamper

    Thanks for your guides. I used Linkedin but not a deep user. Maybe I have to use it more to Be a Frequent LinkedIn User

  • Parveen Sajjad

    Thanks for the article! It's quite helpfull to linkedin users. please Keep posting similar !

    Thanks
    Parveen

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