Are you ready to level up your LinkedIn? Join Louise Brogan for this weekly podcast where she shares her best advice and tips for using LinkedIn to make more profit in your business. As the serious social media network, LinkedIn can help you to build a valuable network of contacts, clients and customers. From LinkedIn profile tips, content creation, using InMail to articles, Company Pages and more. Join Louise for the Linking in with Louise Podcast and find out how you can level up your LinkedIn.
5 ways to connect with a message on LinkedIn
Have you ever had the following happen?
Someone sends you a connection request on LinkedIn with no message and you have no idea who they are, or why they want to connect with you.
Someone connects with you on LinkedIn and as soon as you accept their connection request, they send you a sales message. Or an automated message.
Don’t miss the opportunity to start a conversation When you connect with someone on LinkedIn without a message, you are missing a huge opportunity.
LinkedIn is the social networking site for business owners and professionals. When you connect with someone, you add them to your network.
In order to build a valuable network full of potential customers, clients and collaborations, start out with having a conversation with your new contact.
When someone logs into their LinkedIn account and sees a handful of new connection requests – 2 with a message and 3 without, which ones do you think they will look at first?
When you receive a genuine message from a new connection, the usual thing to do would be to reply. Now you have moved beyond one of many connections in the newsfeed, to one to one in the inbox.
How can you add a message when connecting? Click on the person’s name that you would like to connect with Click on “Connect” on their introduction card (if you are using mobile, click on the three little dots to the right of the ‘connect’ button) Select ‘Add a note’ Write your note and click on Send Beware: Not all connection messages are the same Imagine you are at a conference or business networking event. Someone comes up to you, shakes your hand, gives you a business and walks away without saying a word.
Or worse, you meet someone at an event, say hello and they immediately tell you what service they provide at and ask would you like to buy it.
Would this method work with you? What do you think your first reaction might be?
Don’t waste the opportunity to make a great first impression when connecting with someone on LinkedIn.
So what connection request message can you send? First of all, think about WHY you want to connect with this person. Are they in the same field as you? Have you heard them on a podcast?
Did you see an article they wrote? Will adding them to your network add to the value you get from LinkedIn?
Have a look at their LinkedIn profile – is there something in their profile you can connect over?
What recent posts have they shared? Can you start a conversation about a topic they seem interested in?
Five examples of LinkedIn messages to send when connecting Here are five examples of messages you can send when connecting with someone on LinkedIn:
The person you met at a networking event – try to send this connection request within a few days of meeting someone: Hi Traci,
‘it was great to meet you at the event today – I’d like to connect so that we can stay in touch’
2. Someone you have heard on a podcast
I heard you on the LinkedIn with Louise podcast – I loved what you said about how to manage teams well. I thought it would be good to connect here on LinkedIn’
3. Someone you want to connect to, but haven’t met yet
I saw your post on social media marketing and I liked how you wrote about the different platforms needing different approaches. LinkedIn is my own preference and I’d like to connect with you here. Looking forward to seeing more of your content,
4. Someone who might be able to help you in your business
I work with a team and we are struggling to get leads on LinkedIn. I heard your podcast about LinkedIn strategy and we’d love to have a chat with you to see if you can help us.
5. Someone you have been referred to
I am connected to Martin Huntbach, and he recommended I connect with you as we have a similar audience. Looking forward to finding out more about what yo
A Transatlantic LinkedIn Conversation with Angela Pitter
Angela Pitter from Boston is the owner of Live Wire Collaborative. As a digital marketing strategist and advisor Angela works with small to mid sized businesses to help them unleash the power of social media. She aims to help them to connect, collaborate and convert their target communities on whichever social media platform is best for them.
Angela says when she is working with a client, she always think of think of it as a partnership. collaborating, rolling your sleeves up, and working together to get it done. And that's why she had to add the collaborative.
The company was founded in 2012. After 20 years working in corporate tech, Angela got into digital marketing by default when she started to build brand awareness on Facebook as a member of her school board.
We talk about how Angela grew her business by hosting social media workshops, is a member of her local Chamber of Commerce and how much we both believe in the power of networking.
We discuss how many people have a fear of using LinkedIn, but also, have so much content in their back pocket they could and should be sharing on LinkedIn. E.g. white papers, presentations and blogs
How to tell your story on LinkedIn and relate it to your business. Using video on LinkedIn, New features released in 2020, especially LinkedIn Events – listen out for Angela’s great tip for finding events to attend with your ideal audience on LinkedIn Why should you be using Company pages, not just for employees but also to drive attendance at your own LinkedIn Events.
Angela is a big fan of Clubhouse and we dive into how to get more out of that plus what is happening on Instagram and other social media platforms
Connect with Angela:
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When did you last update your LinkedIn Profile?
When did you last even look at your LinkedIn profile?
Do you still have skills on there from the job you did ten years ago?
Have you updated your headline in the last year?
How do you know what bits to update and what to leave alone?
Are you leaving money on the table because your ideal client skims through your profile, decides you are not for them, and moves on to someone else?
It is time to update your LinkedIn profile - from the headshot and headline, to the skills and experience section. I want you to go through the whole thing!
Recently a client of mine said that she was embarrassed by her profile on LinkedIn - so it was actually holding her back from posting any content as she didn't want anyone to look at her profile! Don't be that person.
If you don't know HOW to update your profile, I can help - if you want to do it yourself, check out my 'LinkedIn by Lunch' mini profile course right here
Maybe you would rather someone else just took it off your hands. Allow me to give you the profile you deserve.
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Should You Hire a LinkedIn Coach
How do you know if you are ready to invest in a coach or consultant for LinkedIn?
When you are struggling with what to say, how to use LinkedIn and need some accountability and support, maybe it is time to think about hiring a coach.
Six benefits to hiring a coach or consultant to help you with your LinkedIn this month?
It is hard trying to figure stuff out on your own
You save time by bringing in someone who already knows how to use the platform
It is much easier having someone help you understand how to write posts that get engagement and start conversations
You get to plan what you are going to post about on LinkedIn without having to sit down and stare at a blinking cursor
You can have someone else’s eyes on what you have already done, who knows what little tweaks and change can make a difference to your content
Working with someone who specialises in using LinkedIn means they know what is working now - from new features to algorithm changes and updates, without you having to worry!
If any of these sound appealing to you, reach out and let's have a chat about how I can help you with your LinkedIn.
Whether you would like a one-off VIP day or ongoing mentoring and support, book a call to see how I can help here - www.louisebrogan.com/workwithme
5 ways to build authority on LinkedIn
When someone is looking for a coach or consultant to help them with a particular issue, they tend to go with someone they trust.
In online business, you will hear people talk about ‘know, like and trust’ factor.
How do you become known? And more importantly, how can you build up the trust that leads to someone investing in your products or services?
In today's podcast, I talk about five steps to help you build your authority online.
What is your area of expertise?
When someone needs a tax accountant, they look for a specialist who focuses on taxes. When someone is building a physiotherapy business, they will follow a coach who works only with physio businesses.
By choosing your niche – by job type, customer base, age group or location, you will attract your ideal clients more quickly.
Choosing your niche allows you to focus on creating content for that niche.
How can you choose what to specialise in?
Talk to your customers and listen to their main concerns.
Choosing a niche can involve a lot of factors – is there a need for your service? Will people pay for it? Are you interested in focusing on that area?
2. Listen to your audience
What do your network want to know about? Consider the questions you get asked time and time again.
What can you help your audience with? What are their main pain points?
One way to become known as an expert online, is by creating regular content that answers the questions your audience have.
Create content that not only leads your ideal client to reach out to you, but consider how you can put out messaging that lets people know who is NOT the right fit to work with you.
Your ideal client may be someone who is in the business start up phase – so your content should help them with the first stages of business.
They Ask, You Answer by Marcus Sheridan
Content Fortress by Martin Huntbach and Lyndsay Cambridge
3. Create content to help your audience.
Start sharing content with your network that showcases your knowledge and expertise.
Keep it simple – you want to be able to attract your ideal clients and customers so don’t overwhelm them.
4. Become known as a guest expert
Consider creating content for other larger organisations. Become known as a guest expert – choose the publications or shows you know your ideal client is already reading or engaging with.
Start with pitching hosts who take guests – try connecting with podcast hosts who serve your ideal client.
Submit yourself as a speaker for an online summit. Once you start to appear as a guest expert on summits and podcasts, other hosts will notice and start to reach out!
5. Talk to your network
Connecting with your audience online is not a one-way street.
Rather than broadcasting out to your audience, try to engage with them.
For Example –
In your daily or weekly activity on LinkedIn, take time to comment on posts from others in your network.
Try to leave constructive comments – think about how you would behave if you were responding to someone speaking in person.
Even if you outsource the content creation for your own posts, we recommend you take the time to interact with others in your newsfeed.
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If your audience are on LinkedIn, then you need to create some visibility on this platform that attracts your ideal client to you.
Creating consistent content on LinkedIn that demonstrates your knowledge and expertise will lead to customers and clients reaching out to you to find out more about your services.
How corporates can leverage LinkedIn, with Keith Lewis
Should employees in larger organisations use LinkedIn? What happens in terms of compliance, and especially in fields like insurance, which are thoroughly regulated?
This week on the podcast, I interview one of my LinkedIn connections, Keith Lewis. Keith is the Social Media Manager and Employee Advocacy Lead at Zurich UK, a world-renowned company operating in the field of insurance. In his role, Keith educates and enables Zurich employees not only to better understand the world of social media but also to actively participate and share content. By empowering staff to regularly post content on social media, Zurich have consistently increased their reach on LinkedIn and other social media platforms.
So should someone working for a big organisation only share content related to that company or the industry? According to Keith (and I couldn't agree more), certainly not. As long as staff receive appropriate training around what can and cannot be shared on social media, there's definitely room for authenticity and personality. Sharing content that is more centered around you (hobbies, family, and life in general), as long as it's done mindfully, helps others connect with you over shared interests and keeps you front of mind.
Keith and I also discuss the topic of employee advocacy. Content about a company - about the way they work, the sector, industry news, etc. - can be shared via official sources, like a LinkedIn company page or a Twitter account. But using the power of your engaged employees to boost the company is certainly much more powerful and far-reaching. So if you work in a large organisation and are wondering how you can leverage LinkedIn, both for your company and for yourself, don't miss this episode!
You will learn…
About the difference between a LinkedIn company page and the new My Company Tab on LinkedIn. Why staff social media training is key when it comes to navigating complex compliance issues. How you can leverage your employees to boost your organisation. About Keith
If you’d like to connect with Keith, you can find him on LinkedIn or Twitter.
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This is the one...
I listen to several excellent business podcasts. This is the one where I most frequently have to stop to write down notes, because it is the one most packed with relevant, actionable advice.
Louise knows which action items, of all the things you can do on LinkedIn, will have the greatest impact. She knows it both because she is deeply informed about LinkedIn and because she has stories to share that illustrate the data that forms the foundation of her advice.
The podcasts are well-organized to focus on key points. Louise pays attention to what her audience is asking about and builds her content around some of those questions, ensuring that her advice is timely and relevant.
The podcast is professional without being overly produced. Louise is comfortable with letting bits of her personal life poke through without getting sidetracked off the content.
Besides, who wouldn't want to spend 20 minutes a week listening to a lovely Irish accent?
Helpful advice from a charismatic expert
Imagine having a friend who was really fun to hang out with, and who was also really knowledgeable. That’s what it’s like listening to Louise Brogan’s podcast. She keeps up with every new development and offers helpful tips. She also interviews other pros in the field. I am part of her coaching group because I was so impressed with what I first saw from her, but I listen to her podcasts, too! Definitely worth your while.
A Rare Gem
Louise is a rock star when it comes to LinkedIn. My team recently booked a VIP Session with Louise to work on our personal profile, content strategy, and engagement strategy. She’s knowledgeable, fun to work with, and will hold your hand along the way. This podcast is an excellent resource for those wanting to master LinkedIn.
(Rocio B. from Chicago)