Become a Member
Guides and Reports
Show All »
Metrics & ROI
Search Engine Marketing
More Marketing Topics »
See All »
Schedule of Events
Virtual Conference Series
Products and Services
Post a Question
Quick Start Guide
Find and Post Jobs
Real-World Education for Modern Marketers
Join Over 600,000 Marketing Professionals
Ask your question ... sign up today! It's FREE!
Just for Fun
MProfs PRO Seminar Q&A
Topic: Social Media
Search more Know-How Exchange Q&A from Marketing Experts
This question has been answered, and points have been awarded.
How Do You Use Linked In?
1/28/2013 at 10:31 AM ET
I'm preparing for a short (20 min) presentation to entrepreneurs on the value of Linked In. I'd like to offer some practical examples of using LI as a marketing tool.
What is it that everyone should know about LI or do with their LI account? Do you have any cool tips for using Linked In that you could share?
Thanks in advance for your contributions. I really want people to walk away ready to enhance their LI profiles and maximize the potential of this medium.
1/28/2013 at 2:11 PM
If you haven't already, read Jason Alba's "I'm on LinkedIn--Now What???" (
Peter (henna gaijin)
1/28/2013 at 3:33 PM
I have been offered a promotion of $50 in free advertising on LinkedIn, which I couldn't think of a way to use. I see LinkedIn as a niche, mostly of employees and consultants. If you are trying to hire someone, it is great as a resource. But for other stuff, maybe not so good.
About the only way I have made use of it as an information source. If I am going to meet someone, I can search for them on LinkedIn and find out a bit about their background (where they worked, job titles, where they went to school, etc. Works in reverse - you can search on companies and see some people who work there. If you need to contact someone at a company, sometimes you can use this to find the name of the person. But as LinkedIn moves more things behind a pay barrier, you may start having to pay for access to this type of stuff.
There are Groups on LinkedIn, where people can participate in conversations in order to become considered an expert in their field (much as how we are doing here by answering questions on MP). Should be good for consultants.
Ruth P. Stevens
1/28/2013 at 5:43 PM
One big issue LinkedIn users need to face is how they will respond to link requests. Some play it close to the chest, requiring that requestors prove their prior connection by writing in the target's email address. Others accept requests from anyone who asks.
Me, I take a middle path, accepting link requests from anyone who is in my business category (marketing) and anyone who is linked with someone I know. I ignore people outside of my business, like real estate salespeople and aerobics instructors.
But each user needs to decide what is right for him/her. I'd say the decision is based on what they are expecting to use the network for.
1/29/2013 at 8:18 AM
I use LinkedIn to connect with peers; to further exposure of my opinion in groups; to connect with
long-lost colleagues; to ask questions and to spark discussion in peer groups, and to get introductions to new contacts.
BACK TO TOP
Post a Comment
The 10 Best (and Worst) Performing Words in Email Subject Lines
by Ayaz Nanji
Five CRM Systems Your Salespeople Will Actually Use (Article 2 ...
by Luke Wallace
How to Create and Document a Content Marketing Strategy in Eight ...
by Jennifer Smoldt
What Do Marketers Do All Day at Work?
by Ayaz Nanji
Six Nifty Content-Suggestion Tools for Social Media Marketing
by Vasudha Veeranna
See more marketing articles »
MarketingProfs uses single
sign-on with Facebook, Twitter, Google and others to make subscribing and signing in easier for you. That's it, and nothing more! Rest assured that
provide your social data to 3rd parties
contact friends on your network
post messages on your behalf
interact with your social accounts
Your data is secure with