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Leads via LinkedIn Groups Most Likely to Convert

April 25, 2011

Nearly one in four visitors (24%) to B2B websites referred by LinkedIn are enterprise visitors—those arriving at sites via corporate IP addresses—according to a report by LeadFormix. Among such visitors, or leads, those referred by LinkedIn "groups" are the most likely to complete a form-fill, or convert.

Below, other findings from the LeadFormix report titled "Why Should You Use LinkedIn for B2B Lead Generation?"

Enterprise Visitors by LinkedIn Source

More than one-half of enterprise visitors arrive at websites from individual profile pages (35.7%) or company profile pages (16.3%), whereas 16.4% arrive via "groups" and 3.6% via LinkedIn ads.


To analyze which sections within LinkedIn drive form-fills, numbers of completed form-fills are broken out by the sources of their visits.

LinkedIn "groups" accounts for the biggest percentage of form-fills overall, roughly 57.0%, followed by individual profiles (11.5%) and company profiles (9.2%).

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  • by Nick Stamoulis Mon Apr 25, 2011 via web

    I have had great success in driving traffic from the LinkedIn groups I am a part of. They are a great place to promote blog posts and articles, since the groups cater to a specific audience. LinkedIn tends to drive a much more targeted visitor to the site.

  • by Ken Mon Apr 25, 2011 via web

    Can you please share what enterprise means in this context.

  • by Lenna Mon Apr 25, 2011 via web

    Hi, Ken.

    In the report, an enterprise visitor is defined as someone who arrives at a B2B site via corporate IP address. Non-enterprise visitors are all others--individuals who cannot be tracked (by marketing automation providers) because they come from private IP addresses/private connections.

    LeadFormix uses "enterprise visitors" and "leads" interchangeably.

    Hope that helps.

  • by Tim Lorang Mon Apr 25, 2011 via web

    This is very interesting and confirms my own experience with LinkedIn groups. My highest source of traffic is from blogs I have posted on LinkedIn groups.

    The only negative reaction I have received was from one group manager who thought it was too self serving to post my blogs, even though she thought they were topical and informative.

    I'll continue to post to LinkedIn groups because it is where I get the most action, both in visits and from stimulating conversations.

  • by Loyaltics Mon Apr 25, 2011 via web

    LI is for business as Facebook is for Social. So, obviously it drives traffic that converts !

  • by Tim Lorang Mon Apr 25, 2011 via web

    Yes, LinkedIn does convert but everybody is so fixated on Facebook that I have a hard time telling clients they should spend more time on LinkedIn. Maybe this will help persuade them.

  • by Bill Meyers Tue Apr 26, 2011 via web

    Thanks Marketing Profs...we are just getting started with LinkedIn and this data will support our efforts to spend more time with this source.

    Does anyone know of Wholesale Distributor Groups on LinkedIn? How about Self Storage or Parcel Service?

  • by Hans van Schip Wed Apr 27, 2011 via web

    I encounter the same experience with clients.
    Like the other comments it depends a little bit on the type of conversion you are looking for. And, like most comments above, I agree that FaceBook is more B2C and gives good results there, where LinkedIN is giving better results in B2B.
    So which Social Network you focus on is depending of the results(conversion) you are looking for.
    The first digital grandma wrote a strategy-topic on this in her Blog: Sorry, it's Dutch so you need to use a translation tool ;-)

    Gr. Hans

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