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. 

How to add captions to your LinkedIn videos

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!

How to connect with people on LinkedIn.

I’m so glad you found us, this program is for people who want to master the use of LinkedIn as well as generate unlimited leads on the best social media interface for business-to-business.

LINKEDIN SCRIPTS
1. The Connector
2. The Warm Introduction
3. The Name Drop – Part 1
4. The Name Drop – Part 2
5. Keep In Touch (New Job)
6. Who’s Viewed Your Profile
7. Endorsement Request
8. Recommendation Request
9. Join My Group
10. Connection Thank You
11. Follow My Company Page
12. Referral Swap Request
13. Media Reporter Outreach
14. Email List Builder
15. Reach out to your first level connections, to see who will network with you?

 

1. The Connector
Subject:
How Can I Help You?
Message:
Hi [Insert Contact First Name],
I hope that work is going well and trust that you are taking some time to enjoy [Insert Event or Time Of Year]!
I just wanted to let you know that I have been actively using LinkedIn recently and have found it to be an incredibly powerful networking tool……especially when I use it to help people in my network connect with each other.
So, with that in mind, is there anyone in my network you’d like to meet?
If not now, feel free to reach out to me anytime in the future for an introduction. After all, if I can help you reach your professional goals, then I know I’ll get to mine faster as well!
Cheers,
[Insert Your First Name]
p.s – [Tell them what is going on in your world. Did you start a new business? Do you have a new product for sale? Are you looking for investors? Are you looking for a new job?]
p.p.s – [Offer something of value for FREE (PDF Report, Free Consultation, etc)]

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