Four Ways to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Excellent!

Your LinkedIn profile is the central core of any LinkedIn marketing strategy. LinkedIn, after all, is really not much more than a massive Chamber of Commerce meeting online. And, you can look at your profile as a combination of your five-minute elevator speech and your business card all rolled into one. Get your profile right, and you’re in business. Get it wrong, and you might as well take your ball and go home. In this article, I’d like to talk about four things you can do to make sure you have an exciting and dynamic LinkedIn profile.
One: Get a professional head shot. No, you don’t need a glamour shot like an actor needs. But you do need a really nice, professional looking head shot. If you’re serious about marketing yourself, either for a job or for business, on LinkedIn, your profile picture is worth investing a little money in.
Two: Sub part recommendations are almost as bad as bad recommendations. You get to choose whether to have a recommendation included in your profile. What I often see, though, is people who accept low quality recommendations, probably thinking a ho hum recommendation is better than nothing at all. No, it’s not! Yes, you need recommendations, but you don’t need limp, dishwater recommendations. You want your recommendations to be specific and exciting. How to get those? Well, if you know the person who wrote your recommendation, just ask them if they’d consider punching it up some with more specificity.
Three: Writing your profile summary in third person. This screams “dull, dull, dull!” It’s just weird to read someone’s profile summary in third person. It’s as if someone else wrote it, but we all know that the profile summary is written by the person whose face is on the account! Also, remember this. LinkedIn is a networking platform. What would you think if you want to a BNI meeting and someone started telling you about themselves but was talking in third person. He did this. She did that. Etc. Weird!
Four: You should know better than to do the following, but just in case—don’t leak out proprietary information about your former company! Just don’t do it. If you want to make something public, an example of your work, a case study, etc., run that by your former employer and get their okay first. You’ll save yourself at least a nasty phone call or maybe even more grief!

Why Endorsements, Skills, and Recommendations Matter on LinkedIn

A lot of LinkedIn users that I see online have great profiles, with a few exceptions. Those exceptions are often the following. They’re weak in endorsements, recommendations, and/or skills. Often all three. It’s like these three are the step children of the various fields that make up a complete LinkedIn profile. Here’s why you don’t want to ignore these all-important parts of your LinkedIn profile.
Look at it this way. When’s the last time you bought something that cost more than a few dollars (or pounds or yen, etc.)? Being an Internet savvy person, what did you do? If you’re like most folks, you Googled whatever it was and read about what other people thought, right? Well, people are doing essentially the same thing on LinkedIn. We call this social proof in the marketing business. People are highly influenced by what other people think. Being endorsed is one of the ways of providing this social proof to people who visit your profile on LinkedIn. Recommendations are another way of providing this proof.
Have you ever asked a colleague about the car they just bought, the new restaurant they tried, or their dentist or doctor? For important purchases, finding the right product or the right service provider is often done through recommendations. Recommendations carry a huge amount of influence, and you should be asking the people you’re connected with, at least the ones you know well, to recommend you.
Finally, listing your skills matters a lot! Seeing a large list of skills along with the number of people who’ve endorsed you for them is a great way to position yourself as a professional. Not only that, but the selection of skills helps viewers get to know you. Both recruiters and people who are potential clients are going to scan these skills to help them understand who you are and what you bring to the party!

Three Mistakes You’re Making With Your LinkedIn Profile

When it comes to marketing on LinkedIn, the number one most important part of the process is getting your profile right. What I mean by that is the following.
1. You want your profile to be complete.
2. You especially want your profile to pre-sell you!
I see a lot of people’s profiles on LinkedIn that fail on one, or often both, of these points. In the rest of this article, I’d like to talk about the three most common problems I often see.
Problem #1: Poor Photo
LinkedIn is a business site! Unless you run a beach-side concession renting out umbrellas and sea kayaks, you don’t want your LinkedIn profile picture to be from your last vacation. You know the one I’m taking about, right? Yep—the one where you’re wearing your multi-colored swim suit, and you’re carrying around that boogie board you love so much.
Would you dress like that for a job interview? Gosh, I hope not!
Go dress up as you would for that job interview and get your significant other to take a well-lighted picture with your phone. Should do the job!

Problem #2: No Summary or Poor Summary
I see this all the time. People with otherwise great looking profiles, but their summary is either not there or it’s only one sentence long. That summary space has a 2,000-character limit. Use them all, or as close as you can!

Problem #3: No Recommendations
This one’s a little more problematic than the first two, because you actually have to get someone else to do the recommending. But, here’s the deal. People are actually scrolling down and looking for those recommendations! You don’t need many. Two or three will do nicely. So, do this, if you don’t already have some. Ethically get some of your closer business associates to fill out a LinkedIn recommendation for you. You can either write it for them, and they can copy and paste or they can do it all themselves!
The bottom line is this—you need a full and complete profile. LinkedIn even prompts you for this, so if you haven’t filled out everything, you should know better! Stop what you’re doing right now and get that LinkedIn profile in tip top shape. You’ll be glad you did!

LinkedIn Workshop-from Mystery to Mastery-May 27th Online

LinkedIn from Mystery to Mastery-Online Event- Why it’s so important to use LinkedIn with what is happening with Covid 19.

If you missed our Jan workshop you don’t want to miss this one!!  This will be an online event only!

Early Bird Discount code – 25Off

In this Unbelievable time in history, LinkedIn could potentially save your company from disaster. The world has never seen anything like this and It is time your Business started thinking out of the box. LinkedIn has over 685 million people on its platform worldwide. This gives you unprecedented reach, to be able to connect with, Talk to,  Joint venture and Enroll businesses to keep your company going!

This workshop will take you from “Mystery” to “Mastery”!

The professional world has finally realized the importance of LinkedIn in this unprecedented day and age, as a business platform that serves multiple objectives. Besides being a central hub for professional branding, networking and career management, LinkedIn is now becoming a growing source of news, knowledge and opportunity for professionals worldwide. Businesses now call on employees to participate on LinkedIn, not only for social recruiting but also for social selling, social media marketing and employee advocacy.

However, most companies don’t understand how to leverage LinkedIn as a phenomenal source of marketing and lead generation.

Allan Fine is an experienced speaker, he has trained hundreds of companies on LinkedIn for business. Join him to spend a day to learn about this amazing B2B social media platform, where he will reveal amazing tips and tricks he has learned.

His goal,  with this online workshop is to provide useful information that is just as relevant for employees getting trained on LinkedIn as it is for professionals, executives and business owners trying to derive more value from their LinkedIn profiles. We will give you a solid understanding of how to market your company effectively with your profile and how lead generation on LinkedIn works.

Due to the Covid 19-We are doing this all online now!

Who is this workshop for?

* You’re on LinkedIn, but you don’t know how to use it properly.
* Because of the worldwide Covid 19 Epidemic, your business is really suffering and you need to find out-of-the-box solutions.
* You’ve heard about lead generation and marketing on LinkedIn but you have no idea how that works.
* You know having an amazing profile on LinkedIn is very important, but you don’t know exactly what that means or how to create one.
* You are a professional who wants to use LinkedIn to expand your networks and maximize your connections to create lead generation opportunities.
* You are a professional who wants to use LinkedIn to expand your networks and maximize your connections to create lead generation opportunities.
* LinkedIn beginners and more experienced users will benefit from this training. LinkedIn has changed its features and we can provide you with what the updates mean for new opportunities on the platform.

What should I bring into the event?

We will provide a workshop workbook for the day.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes as long as you inform us of this information beforehand, so we can match registration with the person who attends.

This is the next generation workshop that will improve on Jan 31st workshop with all the things he learned so it will be even better!
Get into 2020 with LinkedIn Mastery a
nd Maximize LinkedIn for your business!

 

LinkedIn lead generation in a COVID-19 world.

It’s no secret that we are facing unprecedented times. Both the world and economy are seeing one of the greatest challenges we have ever seen.

I’m getting a ton of questions from my clients and potential clients asking us about our services?

  • Is it inappropriate to run outreach right now?

  • Should I keep doing outreach?

  • Should I adjust my messaging or strategy?

With everything that’s happening right now it’s important to start thinking out of the box and being more strategic.

For our clients that do only in person services it’s time to temporarily put on the brakes and to stop all outreach.

For instance people in the catering or gym membership business, we’re putting a temporary stop and all campaigns.

We also have to look at areas that are most affected by COVID-19.

So here is our first decision framework for our clients:

If your product or service would encourage activities that are in conflict with government containment recommendations, stop outreach now.

This is the one place where there is an immediate red light.

Another example of this would be any outreach campaign that is inviting people to live events.

Yellow Light: When to pause outreach and adjust messaging

Industries heavily affected by COVID-19

What do you do about customers with businesses that (1) do not encourage human contact, but (2) will be largely impacted by COVID-19.

Examples of this could be companies who are selling into the event industry, healthcare industry, transportation industry, retail, etc. While COVID-19 will impact all industries, there are some it will affect more directly than most.

In these situations, it may be more powerful than ever to reach out as these companies are in dire need. But, your messaging and approach will need to be altered for the new climate. If you reach out in a “business as normal” manner to these industries, your message will probably fall on deaf ears.

So here is our second framework:

If the industry you are targeting will be directly impacted by COVID-19, then pause your campaign for 1-2 weeks while the situation develops, and strategize a new message and approach.

Consider this bucket a yellow light area. Slow down, regroup, but don’t stop. I think it’s a real mistake to totally stop marketing for your company. With the drastic measure of closing of schools, and certain businesses I’m hoping that by May 2020 the virus will kind of burn itself out, and things may start to return back to normal again.  So if you don’t do any marketing for almost 2 months, and then you resume your marketing, but not until May or June,your company is going to be in big trouble.

Green Light: When to continue outreach as is

Industries that will not be directly impacted

the last group are looking at is industries that are not directly impacted by COVID-19. While the entire economy will be impacted, many industries will not see direct effects. Examples of these industries are B2B tech, consulting, professional services, agencies, digital marketing, recruiting, etc.

While all businesses will feel the effects of COVID-19, the industries that are not directly impacted are much safer to continue outreach to.

We are adjusting the messaging to address the economic troubles, but aim to steer away from outreach about COVID-19 directly.

So our third framework:

If the industry you are targeting is not directly affected, then continue outreach as is or adjust messaging to address the disruption in the economy.

Why you shouldn’t stop prospecting to yellow light and green light industries

It’s tempting to cut sales and marketing budgets when times get tough. It creates an immediate savings of cash. Yet, the problem with sales and marketing is that you don’t see the impacts of your efforts for 90-180 days.

So, if you stop prospecting now, you will feel the impact of that on your business in 3-6 months from now. If you combine a lack of prospecting with a down economy, you are setting yourself up for an even larger potential disaster in your business.

Sales and leads are what drive companies and during these hard economic times, you need them now more than ever.

Remote prospecting channels like LinkedIn, email, and phone provide no risk to the spread of COVID-19 so these channels are more important than ever.

Times are tough… so continue your marketing and lead generation prospecting on LinkedIn, the smart companies that do will survive, the ones that are driven by fear and panic will not.

We would love to help you survive these tough economic times please reach out to us. 

Calgary LinkedIn Workshop-from Mystery to Mastery

LinkedIn from Mystery to Mastery

Early Bird Discount code – 25Off

Is LinkedIn Still a Mystery to You?

This workshop will take you from “Mystery” to “Mastery”!

The professional world has finally realized the importance of LinkedIn as a business platform that serves multiple objectives. Besides being a central hub for professional branding, networking and career management, LinkedIn
is now becoming a growing source of news, knowledge and opportunity for professionals worldwide. Businesses now call on employees to participate on LinkedIn, not only for social recruiting but also for social selling, social media marketing and employee advocacy.

However, most companies don’t understand how to leverage LinkedIn as a phenomenal source of marketing and lead generation.

Allan Fine and Richelle Wiseman, are experienced speakers and between them,  they  have  trained hundreds of companies on LinkedIn for business. Join them to spend a day to learn about this amazing B2B social media platform, where they will reveal amazing tips and tricks they have learned.

Our goal with this live workshop is to provide useful information that is just as relevant for employees getting trained on LinkedIn as it is for professionals, executives and business owners trying to derive more value from their LinkedIn profiles. We will give you a solid understanding of how to market your company effectively with your profile and how lead generation on LinkedIn works.

Coffee breaks and a Full Lunch are included!

Who is this workshop for?

* You’re on LinkedIn, but you don’t know how to use it properly.
* You’ve heard about lead generation and marketing on LinkedIn but you have no idea how that works.
* You know having an amazing profile on LinkedIn is very important, but you don’t know exactly what that means or how to create one.

* You are a professional who wants to use LinkedIn to expand your networks and maximize your connections to create lead generation opportunities.
* LinkedIn beginners and more experienced users will benefit from this training. LinkedIn has changed its features and we can provide you with what the updates mean for new opportunities on the platform.

What should I bring into the event?

We will provide a workshop workbook for the day. Please bring your laptop or tablet to the event as we will be working on your LinkedIn profile live.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes as long as you inform us of this information beforehand, so we can match registration with the person who attends.

 Start 2020 with LinkedIn Mastery and Maximize LinkedIn for your business!

How to add captions to your LinkedIn videos.

Friday Fun Fact:

New Features to Get More From Posting: Video Captions, Share Articles Quotes, and See Translations Adding video captions to give your videos more context.

There are often times when your community members and first connections aren’t able to watch your video with the sound on. So for these moments, you now have the option to add closed captioning to your videos when posting from desktop.

Here is a tool I found to add captions to your videos, https://www.kapwing.com/
My recommendation is if you have a video that is over 500 MB, upload it to YouTube first, then download it again with YouTube downloader. YouTube compresses the video and keeps the quality pretty much the same.

You can now add closed captioning when sharing a video on LinkedIn from the desktop experience. You’ll need to have an associated SRT (SubRip Subtitle) file attached to the video before it can be posted.

Note: Closed captioning can be added to member and LinkedIn Page posts.

To add closed captions once you have created the SRT file.
https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/93997?query=video%20captions  

 

Are you looking for some great LinkedIn training live?

We are putting on a workshop in Calgary Alberta Canada on January 31 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/events/linkedinmastery-lunchincluded
Hope to see you there!

Two Ways to Create Near Viral Content on LinkedIn

LinkedIn marketing done right goes something like this. Get an account, create a killer profile, and get a lot of connections. Reach out to those connections and tell them about your product or service. Next, turn yourself into a though leader by creating tons of meaningful content. This process works, but it won’t happen in just a day. It’s going to take a few months. A year, maybe. But think of what you’ll have when you’ve accomplished the “thought leader” part. You’ll have positioned yourself as a big dog in your market area. This is positioning and branding that will serve you well for the rest of your career.

Here’s the catch, though.

It all depends on the content you create!

Most content I find on LinkedIn is dull and boring. Also, because it’s dull and boring, it doesn’t get the clicks or in the case of LinkedIn, it doesn’t drive that many people to your profile or get them to reach out to you, or even to respond favorably to you reaching out to them! If this is one of your marketing woes, good news! I have a few solutions that will help you pour proverbial gasoline onto your LinkedIn fire!

Make Viral Worthy Content

How do you know what topics are hot? Actually, on LinkedIn it’s pretty easy. If you go to your home page, you’ll see a list of trending topics. This tells you what’s igniting people! Pick a topic that can be bent to your own needs and write about that. Better yet, write about it and make a video about it. Even better create a slide show about it. Now you can post on LinkedIn, YouTube and SlideShare all in one fell swoop.

Ask Questions

LinkedIn is, after all, a social media platform. The overall goal is engagement! Asking questions is a great way to get your readers or viewers engaged! Doing this could mean all the difference between your content getting 5 clicks and 500 clicks!

Why No One’s Viewing Your LinkedIn Profile and What to Do About It!

One of the most important metrics to keep up with on your LinkedIn profile is the number of views you’ve gotten recently. Even with a free account, LinkedIn gives you an indication of whether or not your views are growing as compared with the last reporting time. Although you can’t always make sure your views are growing, you can generally influence them to grow, which is a very important thing to do.

If you’re not getting many profile views, there are a few things you can do about it. First off, I’d tweak your headline and possibly your profile summary. You headline and your photo appear when someone’s searching for something related to your profile. People look at all the search results and based on what your picture looks like and what your headline says, they decide to take the next step and click on you. You want that to happen a lot more, not a lot less!

Another big thing you can do is to start posting more content, more status updates, more links to PowerPoint presentations via SlideShare, more YouTube videos, more native videos. More, more, more! As you post more content, you’ll greatly increase the number of ways people can find you, which will, in turn, increase your profile views.

Finally, reach out to more people on LinkedIn! Expand your network. Consistently send out connect requests. Don’t do two hundred all at one siting. LinkedIn will notice and probably shut your account down, at least temporarily. You do, however, want to send out ten or so per day. Actually, up to 50 a day is totally safe, in my experience! Reaching out to people makes them in turn go read your profile, which will over time create a lot more leads for you and your business!