The other day, I was approached by a business man who said he hadn’t yet seen any economic results from his LinkedIn profile. When asked how often he reviewed his plan and engaged with others on LinkedIn, he said “I don’t have a plan but I visit the site every six months”. Unfortunately this is a common scenario.
Sure, Facebook accounts get hacked. And Twitter accounts. And Purchase Aged LinkedIn Accounts. And it’s a terrible nightmare and headache when they do, but the fact is, the risk of personal, financial and healthcare information being compromised is much greater in the real world than it will ever be in the virtual one.
Go to the person’s page that you would like to add using the “add to your network link” feature. This allows you to add a personalized message along with your connection request. You can simply put, “Hi there, I hope to connect with you in the future,” or something similar depending on whom the person is. If you already know the person, this message can be adapted to remind them of how they know you. If you add someone from the Add Connections box, there is no way to send a message along with it. The little extra effort of putting a small message with your request can go a long way and is much more valuable and personal.
To build up a social network of your own business connections is relatively simple. After free and immediate approval, you are a LinkenIn member. Then you are taken to your own large profile sheet to fill in your credentials, present and past employment, and what you are seeking. There is a lot more information to fill in and revise that is helpful for promoting yourself and for others to see value. After all, making a plentiful amount of quality social networking business connections is the purpose of joining.
Always Lend A Helping Hand – This is the same as sharing quality content to your followers. Companies are often aggressive in posting links to webmercials which often offer products or services. If you want loyal customers coming your way, provide links to content that will address the issues that concern them at the moment. Through this, you can be assured they will be hungry for more information from you. Use the right words to make your tweets resemble your personality or the brand you are promoting.
LinkedIn then gives you a great tips idea on how to build your personal business network connections quickly. Just click the button on a mail service account like Google, EarthLink, MSN, AOL, etc. that you are currently using. All the hundreds of names of people you know or who emailed you pop up, along with a positive explanation encouraging you to email them Easily select all, or by individual name those you want to bulk email a briefly worded invitation to join your network. This sounds great, and like a quick way to start.
Pay for placement in search engines. Work with services like AdWords, where you can pay for ads with first-page placement on Google. It gives you visibility, which is your key to getting traffic.
The take away: LinkedIn is a professional networking platform where the information is rich and powerful and the opportunity to break barriers of entry exists. A lot of searches are done on LinkedIn and this is another opportunity to get found by the people you want to find you. Link your way to success!