How to Use LinkedIn for Small Business

By Marcia Layton Turner

With more than 500 million members worldwide, 138 million of which are in the U.S., LinkedIn is the social network for business. In fact, it was created specifically to “make professionals more productive and successful.” It appears to be working, since 94% of B2B marketers use LinkedIn to distribute content – more than any other platform. Given its objective, business people and small business owners should be leveraging LinkedIn’s many features to find and connect with prospects and clients.

Here are some key tips for how to use LinkedIn most effectively to build your business:
Create a company profile

You probably already have a personal LinkedIn profile, but you’ll also want to set up a separate page for your business. Even if you’re a solo practitioner, it’s smart to have a LinkedIn profile solely for your business, where you can share content specific to your industry and venture. Make sure your profile includes keywords your prospects and clients typically search for when looking for products and services your business sells. Link to your company website and include your contact information.

Connect with people

Send out connection requests from your company profile to clients, prospects, friends, influencers, and advisors. If there are specific people or organizations you want to know about your business, use the LinkedIn search bar to find them and then invite them to connect.

Ask for recommendations

The best way to convince a prospect to work with you is to let them hear from satisfied customers how great you are to work with. These endorsements help encourage prospects to choose your business over others. So ask satisfied clients if they would consider writing a few sentences about what they liked about working with you, and post it on LinkedIn. It gets shared on your company page if they tag the business.

Network within LinkedIn groups

With more than 2 million LinkedIn groups already formed, it should be easy for you to find a handful to join and participate in. Sign up to receive notifications of questions asked, so you can head over and respond to share your expertise. And ask questions of others to start conversations about your products and services. Post regularly to quickly gain visibility. Whatever you do, don’t start to try and sell people. Your goal here is information sharing to demonstrate your level of knowledge.

Start your own LinkedIn group

If you believe there is a need for an industry group devoted to a particular subject, consider starting your own and inviting your tribe to come hang out there. Forming the group puts you in a position of power and raises your credibility.

Share content daily

Post regular updates on your LinkedIn profile telling your prospects and customers what they want to know about your industry or business. But don’t go overboard. Research conducted by several organizations reports that one post a day on LinkedIn, in the morning, is the optimal amount. So write original posts with your advice and observations and Go to the full article.

Source:: Business 2 Community

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