Twiddle around on Twitter…
But get leads on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is not just a place to put your profile and then procrastinate. The 225+million LI members may not be as prolific as FaceBook’s 1-billion, but they are gettin’ busy about business!
3 million companies have pages to connect with professionals on LI.
200 countries and territories are represented on LI.
For 61% of users, LI is their primary professional social networking site.
LinkedIn is not some quixotic, unapproachable, arcane monolith. It’s usable, practical, interactive, and productive.
If you’ve just started, or even if you’re an LI veteran, here are 5 do’s and 5 don’ts to up your game on the #1 business social network on the planet:
- Complete your profile 100%, update often
- Use carefully-chosen key words, review and update regularly
- Post your demos on your home page (see my blog: Fixing Your Demos on the “new” LinkedIn)
- Get & give recommendations (give and get endorsements if you want, but the jury is still out)
- Join Groups & participate a lot
- Ignore your messages or your invites (there could be job offers there)
- Miss the deep and broad search mechanism on LI
- Be a stranger. Ask for invites, talk in groups, and send invites.
- Use the pat “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” phrase when sending invites. Make it creative.
- Spam. Keep it relevant, and directed, not a sales pitch or a come-on. Personal is professional too!
There’s more. So much more. Visit the LinkedIn blog…it’s great: http://blog.linkedin.com.
Google any question you might have about LinkedIn, and it’s probably been written about 20 times.
Do a search through the LinkedIn FAQ’s and help files…they’re detailed.
3700 people work at LinkedIn. One of them has an answer for you. Be succinct and polite, and you WILL get a response.
See you on LinkedIn!