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

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Sales Navigator – is it worth it?

As the name indicates, the Sales Navigator account is aimed at Sales Professionals and Sales Teams and is one of the many Premium level accounts that LinkedIn offers along with its general Business, Jobseeker and Recruiter streams.

It is more than just a few extra bells and whistles on the normal account and so the first thing you will note when opening Sales Navigator is that the interface that you are faced with is totally different – Sales Navigator essentially acts as an additional layer on top of the main site, the area that LinkedIn refers to as Linkedin.com, which is designed to help sales, business development, channel and account managers to identify, manage and communicate with their prospective clients or partners.

Key Difference

There is a core underlying difference between LinkedIn.com and Sales Navigator which underpins all of the activity on it and is key to where our effort needs to be focused if we are to get the best from it.

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H is for Headline: A to Z of LinkedIn

A to Z of LinkedIn: HeadlineThe headline is an important part of your profile on LinkedIn, it plays a greater role than simply an introduction on your profile page … though it does that well too! It is in reality a key element of the whole introduction process, a text bill board to complement the graphic banner and a way to engage with others.

To clarify what I’m talking about – if you look at your Profile Page, the Headline is the piece of text that sits under your photo on the left hand side and which probably contains your Job Title and Company name if you haven’t changed it. It is also probably the first piece of text on your profile that people see when they visit it.

As it happens, you have 120 characters at your disposal to play with here … or 220 characters if you have an i-phone and wish to make use of the feature (did someone say ‘Glitch’?) that you can access by editing it there. You essentially have free rein to use it as you see fit – it doesn’t effect the job title you display in the “Work Experience” section but does allow you to use this area in a different way.

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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 Continue reading

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G is for Graphics: A to Z of LinkedIn

A picture paints a 1000 words they say & LinkedIn, professional as it may be, is no different.

Look at your newsfeed on LinkedIn’s homepage … which posts catch your eye? Almost certainly ones with some sort of graphic built in.

So although LinkedIn may promote text only posts more, chasing the fabled LinkedIn algorithm needs to be tempered with some good old fashioned marketing common sense too.

But that isn’t the only place to think graphically – other key areas around LinkedIn benefit from graphics to bring your message to life:

✔️ Profile Banner: prime real estate at the top of your Profile page so make the most of it!

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LinkedIn Public Profile: how to use & optimise

When we talk about editing or optimising our profile on LinkedIn, most of the time we’re thinking about our Personal Profile. And rightly so, it is the central element of our activity on LinkedIn.

Our Personal Profile is where we add our details, experience, summary and all of the information that’s relevant about us and what we do. This is essentially our representation on LinkedIn – you could almost call it your avatar or your sales & marketing document, Business card on steroids or even your CV depending on what you are using LinkedIn for.

However, when you create your profile on LinkedIn, the system automatically creates what is essentially a mirror image of it called your Public Profile. It is this page that is then indexed by the external search engines such as Google or Bing, and then appears in the search results out on the web. You can see what LinkedIn displays and make any changes required by accessing the Public Profile from the button in the top right hand corner of your main Personal Profile page.

At first sight, this Public Profile may seem unimportant in comparison, but do bear in mind that while your main profile can be viewed by the 635 million members of LinkedIn, your Public Profile is visible to anyone around the world with access to the Internet!

More than that, given the way that LinkedIn panders to Google and its ranking algorithm, your public profile on LinkedIn is likely to appear towards the top of the 1st page as well when you search for your name! Continue reading

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