Category Archives: Content Marketing

Creating and using content effectively on LinkedIn

Content creation – or what to write about! – remains a key worry for most business owners and marketing professionals alike. Talking about things is a great way to get yourself out there and show people the benefits of what you do.

Now, added to this, one of the consequences of LinkedIn’s algorithm introduction some 2 years ago is that the distribution of your content has been reduced. That means that, in most cases, content you issue will only be seen by a percentage of your network or target audience, even if it’s widely shared … and for most, that‘s a big IF.

It therefore makes sense to use the content we produce more effectively, to re-purpose it or create chunks to use to promote the full version. This ism’t cheating or trying to deceive your readers – just the opposite. What you are really doing is creating ways in which you can use the information you are creating and sharing more effectively … just as it should be!

There are numerous ways in which you might achieve this and below I have added some thoughts on potential ways to do just that:

1. Use Mini Posts as leaders

Use the initial post as a focus point and pick three key points in it. Create mini posts with each of these and use them as teasers for the full post. This is particularly powerful with your Foundation posts, one of the key drivers of content that I talk about in the 16 Strategic Post Ideas;

2. Infographics make your message visual

If your post was text based, then consider (more…)

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Saving Posts and Articles on LinkedIn

Saving Posts & ArticlesDo you ever have the situation where you see a post on your homepage that you want to read later or comment on but after a little thought?

All too often if you refresh the page, that post disappears as LinkedIn tries to provide new content for you, and finding it again is nigh on impossible. All done in good faith but massively annoying.

Well, struggle no more. Finally – and I do mean finally – LinkedIn has introduced the ability to save a post for you to be able to look through it later. We’ve had it for a while on the mobile and for articles but there hasn’t been a site wide option … until now!

Saving posts on LinkedIn

Now if you go to the ‘three dots’ in the top right hand corner of a post you’ll find a couple of new additions at the top of the menu (more…)

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16 Strategic Post ideas for LinkedIn

There are a number of key worries that people have as they start to post on LinkedIn and what to write about, whether they will have enough to talk about and how best to communicate their messages to their readers all come high up the list … effectively, what sort of posts should they write. Well, posts can take many shapes and forms according to the author’s inclination and the readers’ preferences – I think the skill comes in matching the two as closely as possible.

To help you in your deliberations, here’s a list of 16 possible types of posts that you could look at to develop the conversation through your posts – they won’t all be relevant for every post, update or even article that you publish but they should help to spark some ideas on ones that would be most applicable for you.

1. Foundation Posts

Foundation posts – sometimes also referred to as “Pillar” posts – are the core content areas that your posting activity should be built upon and they focus on the key subject areas that you want to communicate to your connections and potential prospect. Given their importance, they are (more…)

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Getting the most from LinkedIn in 2019

While it is the start of the year, it’s true – oh, and Happy New Year by the way! – checking and confirming that we are using LinkedIn in a focused and targeted way is something that we should ideally be doing on a continual basis.

Sounds all a bit harsh, but if we are doing to get the best return on the time that we put into our time on LinkedIn, then it’s important that we have all of the elements working together for us.

So, almost without further ado, here’s a few things to bear in mind as you do so:

1) Be clear what you want to achieve on LinkedIn

This, for me, underpins everything else. I consider LinkedIn to be a tool to achieve a goal, not a “place to hang out” – though there are clearly benefits in interacting with your target audience on here.

Nevertheless, most of us are using LinkedIn to achieve something and have our “day jobs” to fit in as well – therefore, we need to clear in our own minds what are our goals for being on LinkedIn – effectively, why are we spending time on there in the first place?

It might be to develop new business, recruit new staff, market your company or services, find a new role or simply network and use it as a personal branding opportunity. Whatever it is, make sure that you are clear about your aims and focus your efforts behind that – without an objective, you will in all probability be wasting your time on LinkedIn. (more…)

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Winning the LinkedIn Glitterball
(or how we are all sometimes like Ashley)

Let me quickly set the scene of my analogy today and identify a couple of the main protagonists. We are talking “Strictly Come Dancing” here – “Dancing with the Stars” for colleagues across the Pond.

As you might imagine, Strictly is ostensiously a dance competition – you dance well, the judges mark you highly, you stay in to dance again the following week, and the person who comes last is voted out of the competition after a dance off.

Except that it isn’t.

Granted, it is partly a dance competition … but it is also part popularity contest. Why so? Because it is not just the well informed judges voting on who stays or goes, but also us, the general “armchair experts” public. And while we do partly judge it on the dancing, we also bestow our voting favours on what we enjoyed and, crucially, on who we like.

And on occasions, it is the mix between these two elements which is crucial. (more…)

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Using hashtags on LinkedIn

linkedin-hashtagYou may have noticed a resurgence of hashtags on LinkedIn over the past few months and you may also have seen some extra areas popping up around the site as well to help their usage.

It seemed appropriate therefore to have a delve into just how we might use them effectively on LinkedIn, both from a publisher’s perspective and also as a reader / consumer of content.

And if you think “Nah, hashtags aren’t for me” then you might be right but, on the other hand, you might find that there’s some real business use built in and that it’s not all just #hashtaghypebutnotreallyuseful

Using hashtags as an Author / Publisher

So why bother with hashtags when you publish on LinkedIn? As you may have noticed, LinkedIn has started to encourage us to use hashtags every time we post, whether that is an update or an article, giving us some suggested initial selections which are based on your past usage and also on the text you have inserted.


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