Takeways from My #Bizheroes Chat :Building and Maintaining a LinkedIn Audience chat.
I recently lead a discussion on building and maintaining a LinkedIn audience
on Paper.li's #Bizheroes Chat.
Here are 7 Takeaways in case you missed the chat:
Q1. How do we start building an audience in LinkedIn? What are the first steps?
The first thing you can do to start building a LinkedIn audience is to have a
complete LinkedIn profile. People need to trust you before they will listen.
Connect with people and build up yournetwork. As people are more likely to
read an article from someone with connections as opposed to someone with
Q2. What kind of content delights LinkedIn users? How is it different from a
Content that delights LinkedIn users are How to articles, articles on News and
Industry Trends. It is important to have a great headline that will catch the
reader's attention along with content that supports it.
LinkedIn is different from a blog in terms of SEO because users can only use
three tags where as a blog user can use an unlimited amounts of tags. Also, the
user owns their blog in terms of branding and content where LinkedIn owns
the content on their platform. However, LinkedIn has over 400 million users
and is the largest business publishing platform.
Q3. Are there any rules we should follow when trying to attract an audience on
When trying to attract an audience, it is important to write with your audience
Ask the following questions:
What is your objective for writing and publishing content?
Who is your target audience?
What types of content do they find valuable?
Also, curate content from people in your industry, influencers & non
influencers. This will help to build a relationship where they will share your
content if they think it is valuable.
LinkedIn provides suggestions when you share a post. It is a good idea to
check the channels for yourindustry as LinkedIn has many specialized
channels for content.
Q4. How do we make sure we're attracting the right audience?
See who is sharing/engaging with your content. Is your target audience
sharing it? Examine content that gets shared in your industry.
Q5. How can you use LinkedIn to market yourself or your business?
Users can create business pages, groups and most importantly keepcreating
and sharing content/relevant insights. Remember the audience determines
what is relevant.
Q6 Is there a way to share your own work without being too self-promotional?
Use SlideShare for content repurposing as it is great to embed in posts, use
videos along with text, pictures etc... This will allow you to put a different spin
on yourwork; changing things up with youraudience.
In my posts, I share links to relevant articles I wrote on the topic.
At the bottom of each post, I create an about the author section. This gives the
reader a choice if they want to learn more and does not compromise the
quality of my work.
Q7 How can we try and build relationships and then take them off of LinkedIn?
Users can use LinkedIn groups and messages to share relevant insights,
conferences and networking events with connections.
How have you built and maintained an audience on LinkedIn?
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About the Author
Dan is passionate about using Marketing to help businesses drive sales. He
has worked on various marketing assignments that include a Start Up,
Political Campaign & a Digital Marketing Conference.
Prior to Teaching, Dan served customers as an Outside Sales & Marketing
Representative in the Dental industry. In this role, he taught and trained
Dentists on the company’s products and services using a consultative selling
approach. He also supported the company’s marketing efforts at industry
trade shows & in the field through lead generation of Digital Technology along
with large Dental Equipment.
He writes and publishes a business blog on the topics of Sales, Marketing &
Social Media entitled Sales, Marketing & Social Media Today.
Dan is seeking a full time marketing role in New York City. He is interested in
roles in Direct, Digital, Content & Social Media Marketing. If your company is
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Message or email him at Dan@DanGalante.com to set up interviews.