LinkedIn: Is it just an online job shop or can it be used to promote your business? How?
Account director Emma Houghton takes it back to basics and explains how to make the most of LinkedIn for business.
LinkedIn is known as the professional social media channel and for a lot of individuals it acts as a digital CV.
However, when used as part of your overall marketing strategy, LinkedIn can be an incredibly powerful tool for helping you reach your business objectives.
Why use LinkedIn as a business?
There are lots of benefits of using LinkedIn for your business: it’s free, it allows you to directly engage with target customers and expand your online presence.
It’s also a great place to establish your brand as a trusted source of information and individuals within the business as thought leaders.
How do I use LinkedIn to promote my business?
Step one: Get your house in order
LinkedIn business pages are well indexed in Google, so just like your website, your LinkedIn business page should be up to date with the correct information.
Check your logo, cover image, company summary and include links back to your main website.
Also encourage team members to have up to date profiles that connect them as employees at your business – if everyone’s profile is consistently on brand, it will only help your organisation look more professional.
If you’re self-employed, treat your individual page like a small website and aim for at least 300 connections.
Step two: Develop a content marketing strategy
People can not engage with your brand if they haven’t got anything to engage with.
If you’re a beginner to content marketing, start by creating a simple calendar and filling it with business milestones: link to case studies, blog posts and company news on your website, employee updates, CSR activity and external industry news.
You can also make use of free scheduling tools like Hootsuite to ensure you’ve got regular, as well as real-time, content published from your business page.
Step three: Engage your employees
If you employ a team, engaging your employees as brand ambassadors will super-charge the success of your business page.
As soon as your employees begin sharing content, you’ll soon see your followers increasing organically, reaching a relevant B2B audience.
Step four: Build trust by being helpful
Remember to engage with your audience and not just broadcast – answer questions users pose, help third parties make connections and share useful industry updates.
Step five: Test, evaluate, action
The key to any successful social media campaign is testing different types of content, evaluating the success of each type and then acting on this information.
Make use of free tools such as Google Analytics and the analytics tab within LinkedIn to see which pieces of content are getting lots of engagement and feed this into your ongoing content strategy.
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By Emma Houghton
Having worked both in house and agency-side, Emma has delivered a range of national and regional campaigns across multiple sectors, from home interiors, construction and the arts, to food and children’s services. She has experience in devising and delivering PR and social media strategy as well as copywriting for SEO.Contact