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Fish Where The Fish Are (Part 2) – 3 principles for managing your company LinkedIn page
Posted Date: 03/10/2018 16:29:19
In the first part of this blog series we have established the importance of a company LinkedIn page, and we can now create implementation guidelines to ensure it is being optimised. As a general rule, your profile should produce relevant and interesting content that rewards followers for connecting with you. Adhering to the following 3 principles will hopefully aid you in maximising the effectiveness of your LinkedIn activity.
Blogging is one of the most effective forms of content that your page can generate. A connection is made between companies and people, creating a dialogue that engages followers and invites their input. Around 77% of internet users read blogs and it is a great way to generate a reputation as a ‘thought leader’, connoting credibility. The aim is to produce relevant material containing original content taking the form of expert advice. It is also important to blog regularly as research shows that after 21-54 posts, blog traffic increases by up to 30%.
For the sceptics, blogging has quantifiable benefits too. 57% of companies have acquired at least one customer from a blog; primarily due to generating an increase in site visits and SEO, ultimately resulting in leads. It is important that employees understand the strategic benefits of blogging, as a feature will soon be available that allows all LinkedIn users to post their own blogs.
A company LinkedIn page is effectively an advert for your business; it is therefore paramount that it is visually engaging, up to date and content rich. It can be argued that promotion is most effective when the source appears to have no relation to the company, so if interesting content is shared or commented upon by a user this is perceived as a hugely authentic form of advertising.
Whilst the profile’s main picture will simply be your company logo, it is important to make the most of the banner at the top with content such as powerful imagery or a striking piece of promotional material. LinkedIn has unique ways to advertise your page and business. These often include placing an individuals LinkedIn profile photo within the advert to draw peoples attention (as pictured). One of the most effective forms of this is a prompt to follow a company after you have visited their page.
Informative adverts, particularly job postings, are great for driving traffic to your page and obtaining new followers. This is even more effective when LinkedIn’s ‘target advertising ’ features are utilised, enabling adverts to be tailored to specific audiences based on criteria including industry, seniority, job function and location. If a job posting or advert is relevant, or in some cases leads to a transaction (or job), a person is much more likely to follow your page.
As well as advertising your company, your page has to advertise your brand’s various other formats and promote these. Firstly, ‘calls to action’ should be included to all of your social media outlets, usually in the form of logo banners, as this allows one-click access increasing the likelihood of a connection. Emails can also be used in this way and should utilise the business' CRM database to target relevant recipients.
In addition, blogs and similar content posted from your LinkedIn should always be published on your website, as sites containing 401-1000 web pages get six times more leads than those with 51-100 pages. Connecting your blog to multiple social media outlets will also greatly increase traffic to your various platforms.
Webcast – “Building Your Follower Ecosystem and What This Means for You”
Blog – “7 Steps to LinkedIn Publishing Success” - Siofra Pratt – Social Talent - http://www.socialtalent.co/blog/7-steps-linkedin-publishing-success#sthash.EwI9ZYU4.dpuf
Blog & Infographic – “12 Things to do after you publish a blog on LinkedIn” – Siofra Pratt – Social Talent
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