Social Media Strategy for Maximizing Your LinkedIn Experience

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Emerging online collaboration platforms are fundamentally changing the way we work and engage with each other, clients and partners. LinkedIn is no exception. Maximize your online brand with a …

Emerging online collaboration platforms are fundamentally changing the way we work and engage with each other, clients and partners. LinkedIn is no exception. Maximize your online brand with a specific social media strategy to achieve your professional goals.

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  • 1. LinkedIn
    Maximizing your efforts to achieve your social media professional goals
     
  • 2. Presented by
    Erika Kirsten BeckRyder Media Consultants 
  • 3. What is Social Media?
    Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define Social Media as…
    “a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0 and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.”
  • 4. What is Social Media?
    Social Media is about conversation – being social
    Media because it resembles traditional published content
    Same as:
    • User-generated content (UGC)
    • 5. Consumer-generated media (CGM)
    • 6. New Media, digital media
    • 7. Interaction through technology
    It is:
    • Participatory
    • 8. About Connections
    • 9. Mobile
  • Why use Social Media?
    • Build a community – connect 
    • 10. Listen
    • 11. Keep people updated on latest news (broadcast) – educate
    • 12. Learn what the community thinks of you (rep.)
    • 13. Respond to community concerns before they become issues (action) – reassure
    • 14. Interact with your community – engagement
  • What is LinkedIn?
    A business-oriented social networking site mainly used for professional networking.
  • 15. Who uses LinkedIn?
    LinkedIn is the premier place to showcase your professional abilities and accomplishments.
    • Professionals seeking to network
    • 16. Job seekers
    • 17. Companies looking to network and brand
  • How you can use LinkedIn
    • Acquire new clients through online recommendations and word of mouth
    • 18. Keep in touch with people who care most about your industry
    • 19. Find the right vendors to outsource services you’re not an expert on
    • 20. Establish inside connections on a company orindustry of interest to you via your network
    • 21. Build your industry network—online and in person
  • LinkedIn
    • Take advantage of third-party applications to link your Facebook status updates to your LinkedIn profile and visa-versa to populate the field.
    • 22. Aim to include hyperlinks within your status updates when applicable. Don’t forget to include status updates that link to your blog posts or the blog posts of your colleagues/business associates.
    • 23. Take advantage of the LinkedIn “share this” option to post articles to your groups.
  • LinkedIn
    • Take advantage of third-party applications to link your blog and any of your presentations to your profile.
    • 24. Apply search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to your profile – use key words.
    • 25. Answer questions to build your online credibility - become an expert.
    • 26. Use the Events option to promote your various activities such as speaking engagements, award dinners/luncheons, book releases etc…
  • Your LinkedIn Profile
    • You should consider your profile as an online resuméthat you are making public to the LinkedIn network.
    - Avoid any personal information such as residential address, home phone number, tax or financial data.
  • 27. Building Your LinkedIn Network
    • If you have an E-mail address book on Yahoo, Gmail or AOL there is an option to sign in to any of those accounts and import your address book in hope that you will find existing users on LinkedIn.
    • 28. You will receive an E-mail message from the LinkedIn site at the address you specified. You will need to follow the instructions on that E-mail message otherwise LinkedIn will think your account is invalid.
  • Building Your LinkedIn Network
    • You can also search for individuals by name using key words.
    e.g. Cathy Sandeen UCLA and send a request to connect.
  • 29. LinkedIn Follow Company
    “Follow Company” feature keeps track of key developments at companies you like.
    • Informs you of new developments, potential business opportunities or even job opportunities by following companies of interest to you
    • 30. Lets you tap into key goings-on at nearly a million companies that already have their company profiles on LinkedIn
    • 31. Delivers insights such as the pace of hiring at your nearest competitor or current employer
    • 32. Easiest way to find the Company Profiles homepage is from the “More” drop down list on the LinkedIn header
  • LinkedIn Groups
    What is a “group” on LinkedIn and how do I join one?
    • A group can be any professional and alumni collective
    • 33. You can search for them via the directory of groups
    OR
    • By reviewing the profiles of your connections
  • LinkedIn Applications Directory
  • 34. The LinkedIn “tweets” application
    • Allows you to view who you follow on twitter (and their tweets) via LinkedIn
    • 35. Allows you to see if your connections have twitter profiles and if you are following them
    • 36. Allows you to tweet or RT from the LinkedIn interface
    • 37. You can login to one site and accomplish two things
  • New LinkedIn Features
    • Job Portal for Students and Recent Graduates providing easy access to entry-level jobs and internships at some of the best companies worldwide.
    • 38. LinkedIn Today delivers the day’s top news, tailored to you based on what your connections and industry peers are reading and sharing.
    • 39. LinkedIn Skills – a whole new way to understand the landscape of skills & expertise, who has them, and how it’s changing over time.
  • New LinkedIn Features
    • Add LinkedIn Recommendations widget to your site and gather Insights Everything that you need to know to manage your company’s presence on LinkedIn is now available via the Analytics tab. And for every one of these data slices, you can compare yourself against similar companies to benchmark your performance.
    • 40. Video sharing on LinkedIn.YouTubevideo posts shared through LinkedIn are playable directly from within the homepage and member feeds.
  • New LinkedIn Features
    • InMaps is an interactive visual representation of your professional universe. It’s a great way to understand the relationships between you and your entire set of LinkedIn connections. With it you can better leverage your professional network to help pass along job opportunities, seek professional advice, gather insights, and more. To access your InMap, go to http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com
  • Some Social Media Strategies to Consider
    Social Media tools help to build your digital brand but without a strategy to amplifyyour social media marketing efforts, you’re wasting your time.
  • 41. Time Management:The #1 Social Media Strategy You Should Implement
    Engaging in social media takes time, effort, and energy. Start small and build up! Make sure it’s not wasting your time by integrating all small steps with an overarching Social Strategy you can't maintain.
    • Avoid random posts that don’t have a clear purpose based on your Social Media Marketing goals.
    • 42. Plan a schedule for the release of content you will be creating or sharing as it relates your area of expertise.
  • How to get started: Suggestions for beginning the conversation
    • Ask questions
    • 43. Provide or pass on news
    • 44. Provide information-
  • Broadcasting vs. NarrowcastingElements of a great post
    • Have a call to action OR share information that has value
    • 45. Are authentic in voice and tone
    • 46. Include a link to an additional media source (blog post, video, audio, downloadable presentations), when applicable (use www.bit.ly.com to shorten your links)
    • 47. Do not include the mundane, e.g. what you’re eating
    • 48. Are professional in nature
    • 49. Relate to your personal brand and agenda –refrain from becoming a human GPS
    • 50. Frequent and consistent but not multiple times in a day – you don’t want your posts to be interpreted as SPAM
    • 51. Are conversation starters that ask targeted questions
  • Anatomy of a great post
    So-so post
    Guest speaker tonight - Ty Brooks.
    Better post
    Looking forward to having screenwriter Ty Brooks join us tonight to discuss his latest project.
    Great post
    Legendary screenwriter Ty Brooks is our guest speaker tonight. He’s going to discuss his latest project for Miramax, “Last Call” – www.bit.ly (link movie clip, imdb.com or an article on Ty). It’s going to be a great class! See you there.
  • 52. The Rules of Social Media Engagement
    You must engage to have an effective social media strategy
    • The rule of reciprocity. When someone shares or comments on your post, make a special effort to do the same.
    • 53. Remember, Social Media networks/platforms are public – think professional not personal when engaging.
    • 54. If you regret a post/comment – delete, delete, delete.
  • Promoting Your Social Media Efforts
    • Include a hyperlink to your profile(s) in your email signature
    • 55. Print your URL(s) on your business cards
    • 56. on your Facebook page
    • 57. on your resume
    • 58. on all collateral materials
  • Value-added Posts From Original Sources
    • Enables you to position yourself as someone who is always ahead of the curve when it comes to relevant information in your field. You don’t follow the herd mentality.
    • 59. We are living in the “Attention Age” where “breaking news” becomes “old news” within a matter of hours.
    • 60. Tweeting or posting status updates that are controlled by popular blogs or news sources is what everyone else is doing.
  • You still don’t get it?
    • Part of building your personal brand is offering content that has value and is unique – not a regurgitation of what everyone else thinks.
    • 61. A good percentage of the content you choose to share will be created by others and shared by many.
    • 62. Fresh content will keep people interested and increase your level of engagement.
    • 63. It will also build a credible digital footprint and a strong following.
  • Basic Social Media Guidelines
    Use this rule of thumb:
    • Because of the conversational nature of social media…
    - Only 85% of your social media postings should provide content, news or items useful to the reader.
    - Only 15% (or less) of your postings should be promotional in nature,and even those should include a benefit to the reader.
    • If you’re writing reviews, the Federal Trade Commission requires youto disclose compensation (a free book, dinner, admission) or a relationship to the company, product or service. See Disclosure Best Practices Toolkit: http://blogcouncil.org/disclosure/.
    • 64. If you make an error, correct it quickly, politely and visibly.
  • Social Media Best Practices
    Do…
    • Post consistently but not several times a day
    • 65. Share, not spam
    • 66. Be authentic and sincere in your tone
    • 67. Exercise the rule of reciprocity
    • 68. Build and maintain online alliances; engage
    • 69. Become a student of social media to enhance your experience
    • 70. Know who your sources are and give them credit
  • Social Media Best Practices
    Don’t…
    • Post negative comments on public pages (make it private if you feel you must be heard)
    • 71. Start strong and end weak (instead find a social media regime you can maintain)
    • 72. Lose track of time (set a timer to keep you from getting distracted from your social media goals)
    • 73. Forget to proof your posts or use spellcheck
    • 74. Incorporate various forms of media such as videos, presentations, and pictures in your posts along with text
  • Social Media Best Practices
    Be aware…
    • You are what you post
    • 75. What your employer’s social media policy is
    • 76. Social Media is not supposed to be a burden
    • 77. The internet has a long memory – Google never forgets
  • Additional Resources
    LinkedInBlog: http://blog.linkedIn.com
    Follow LinkedIn on twitter: @LinkedInBookUnderstanding, Leveraging and Maximizing LinkedInby Neal Schaffer (Free excerpt at http://www.windmillnetworking.com)Upgrade your LinkedIn account so you can zero in on profiles with premium search filters. Get the full picture with expanded profiles of everyone on LinkedIn, even people out of your network. Get the complete list of who's viewed your profile with Profile Stats Pro. You'll also see how your viewers found you, and learn more about the people interested in you.
     
  • 78. About the Author
    Erika Kirsten Beck is the owner and president of Ryder Media Consultants (RMC) which designs, develops and implements custom social media business strategies and campaigns that create awareness for an organization's products or services. She specializes in social media strategy development. Read more: http://www.linkedin.com/in/erikakirstenbeck
    • Twitter: http://twitter.com/RyderMedia
    • 79. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RyderMedia
    • 80. Website: http://www.rydermediaconsultants.com
    • 81. Blog: http://rydermedia.wordpress.com