There are so many reasons why as a service provider you need to have a fully developed profile on LinkedIn. And fully developed means when it is, a pop up will alert you that you are now a ‘rock star’. In addition to being a simple and low maintenance way of keeping in touch with people, it has so many more benefits. Remember this month I decided to fully focus on sharing ways you can find more people who need your services, find more referral sources, and make it easier for them to find you. When you have a well-developed Profile on LinkedIn and someone does a Google search of your name, your LinkedIn profile is likely to rank ahead of your firm or company website profile. If someone Google’s looking for the service you provide (and everyone is doing it now), with a well-developed profile, you are more likely to come up ahead of your competition.
As if that’s not enough to convince you, when you ask your clients to recommend you, others can see that. There is no other marketing tactic better, no amount of money in the world you could throw at marketing yourself that will even come close to having your clients rave about you.
LinkedIn, get on it.
If you enjoy writing, one of the ways you can share your knowledge is to use Facebook and/or LinkedIn as your very own blog. There’s no need to go to all the trouble of creating your own site. Once you have your profile up, you can use your social media sites to post your own content, and share other content that you deem appropriate for your target audience. And you can set it up to automatically post on Twitter if you have an account. You can include published articles, partial presentations and links to information valuable to your contacts. It’s a great way of raising your profile and demonstrating your expertise. On LinkedIn you can share it with your network, post to groups or send it to individuals.
The networking ninja arrives early at the event, enters the room, looks for people they don’t know and goes right up and introduces them self They ask a question like “What brings you to this event?” Followed by, “How long have you been coming to these events?” “What value do you find by coming here?” “What other events do you attend and why?” This gets the conversation started.
From there, the other person will likely ask similar questions. So the networking ninja has their story short and succinct What they do (not their job title), where they do it, and what value if brings their clients. Then the networking ninja makes some notes and follows up with this new contact within 24 hours. The ninja searches for them on LinkedIn and sends them an invitation to join their network. Then the ninja sends them a direct email referencing something they learned at the event, with an invitation to meet for coffee. The word ‘when’ and not ‘if is used. The networking ninja has learned that a natural and genuine approach to meeting for the first time always works best.
You too can become a networking ninja.
This is a very brief introduction to using LinkedIn to raise your profile. Keep and eye out this month for a more in depth article in The Lawyers Weekly.
First create your profile. Then search for current clients and invite them to your network. Then ask them for recommendations. Do the same for past clients, other professional connections, University contacts etc. Join appropriate groups and become a part or start discussions.
Use LinkedIn as part of your market research. Search out companies you wish to serve and find the people who you need to start building relationships with. See what groups they belong to and join them. Begin to build lasting relationships. The possibilities are endless.