Social Marketing Tip: Make the Most of LinkedIn’s Search Functionalities

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 in LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing |

In this blog post, we are going to discuss a few steps for using LinkedIn to find and connect with any business executive or any company that you want to promote your business to. Connect at the Right Level The first step to getting the most out of LinkedIn is to use the LinkedIn search functionality. You can search for a specific person, a company or even search by job titles in a location. Keep in mind who it is that’s going to be using your products or services. Instead of going to the very top of the organisation chart and then getting kicked back down, start thinking who at the mid to senior level is going to use your services and start looking up those individuals. If you have a software as a service product for social media marketers, for example, you are going to look up social media managers, social media directors and perhaps even a VP of social media. If you start going too high up the organisational chart to a chief executive officer, for example, it would probably get harder to connect and engage. Join Industry Groups The next tip is to join industry groups. LinkedIn has thousands of groups, not simply based on the industry, but also based on locations. If you’re looking to grow your local professional social network in the city or town where you do business, just run a quick search for that city or town. If you are in a specific industry and you’re looking to connect with more professionals in your space or in your industry, look up that industry and start joining groups. You can join up to fifty groups. This allows you to, within each of these groups, to post content and engage in discussions. And, more importantly, by being a member of these groups, you now have direct access to send an email or connection request to anyone within the group itself. Are you interested in social media marketing techniques and strategies to enhance your reputation and help you prospect for new leads? WSI OMS offers a range of digital and social media marketing services that can be customised for your business. Contact us for more information today. Please follow and like...

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How to Get More Engagement on LinkedIn

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing |

Are you slogging away at crafting content that gets minimal engagement? Then these social media marketing tips on how to get more views and better engagement on LinkedIn, are for you. Get Help from Your Friends When posting content to LinkedIn, the number of shares you get directly following your post impacts LinkedIn’s algorithm. If people are commenting and sharing within the first few hours, LinkedIn takes notice. A good social marketing tip would be to reach out to your friends and colleagues before you post an article. Ask them to like it to increase the number of people who will see your content in their news feeds. Post Directly into LinkedIn Posting someone else’s article on LinkedIn isn’t the best way to get engagement. This is because the reader then has to click on the article, go read it, go back to LinkedIn, and comment. As you can see, this just adds additional steps for them to engage with you. So, you actually get more engagement if you type your post directly into LinkedIn Publisher. Tips for Posting While LinkedIn does give you 1 300 characters, they only show the first three lines of what you’re writing to people. Given this, make sure you have a hook that will compel them to click and see the rest of your post.  Secondly, space out your text instead of having it in one big, thick paragraph. Content that is presented as a wall of text is hard to read and will not engage readers. Use subheads as well as shorter sentences and paragraphs to improve readability. Thirdly, it’s important to note that posts that perform well generally share a perspective. Whether it’s your opinion, personal experience or an interesting observation, make sure you’re adding something new to the conversation.  Are you interested in digital and social media marketing techniques and strategies to enhance your reputation and help you grow your brand online? WSI OMS offers a range of social and digital marketing services that can be customised for your business. Contact us for more information today. Please follow and like...

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Marketing on LinkedIn: Tips for Greater Post Engagement

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing |

In this blog post, we will discuss all the secrets on how to make your LinkedIn posts get more views and more engagement. We will also cover tips about the LinkedIn algorithm that will be really helpful to make sure your posts are seen by more people, as well as discuss the psychological insights to help you understand what kinds of posts compel more people to engage with you. Invest in Native Content The first thing to know is that LinkedIn rewards native content. Native content means content that originates on that site. When you share native content, you’re not linking out to somewhere else. If you take a link from YouTube, for example, and post it on LinkedIn,  LinkedIn will show it to your network and you will get some engagement. But, if you film your own video and upload it directly to LinkedIn, LinkedIn will show it to way more people because they want to reward users for creating content on their platform instead of encouraging people to visit a different website. So, to get more engagement, upload your videos directly to LinkedIn. Another tip is to write your articles in LinkedIn publisher instead of linking out to a blog or article on another site.  Tips for Posting Articles When posting articles on the LinkedIn publisher, keep in mind that what will also help you get more engagement from people is content that is of very high quality. Writing high-quality content means including details, specific examples, screenshots and personal anecdotes and, of course, a fabulous attention-grabbing title always goes a long way in generating interest. And, on that note, two quick tips on how to have a great title are as follows: Have a number in it. Just having numbers in the title makes more people click. Show that you have a unique perspective. Having a different point of view to other digital marketers online or other people in your industry will pull the reader in.  This may sound a little bit clickbaity, but it works.  Get Engagement Quickly LinkedIn takes note of how many likes you get in the first few minutes and how quickly you’re ramping up likes on a post. It is for this reason that it is really important that you get that engagement quickly when you post something new. So, reach out to colleagues and ask them to like and share your content. Are you interested in social media and digital marketing techniques and strategies that will enhance your reputation and help you grow your brand online? WSI OMS offers a range of social media and digital marketing services that can be customised for your business. Contact us for more information today. Please follow and like...

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Hidden LinkedIn Hacks You Need To Know (Part 2)

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing |

Many of our clients have the basics of LinkedIn down. They know how to create compelling, professional profiles, how to share content, join groups, and how to get in touch with the people they want to do business with. Here are a few more tricks that you might not be aware of: Master @Mention By Using The Company Name As Well Joining groups and commenting on articles is a great way to get yourself noticed on LinkedIn. Not only does this show that you are helpful, but also that you are a supportive part of the community. If you are replying to someone in a comment thread or the author of a post, be sure to @ their name so that they get a notification. If you type in the first few letters of the person’s name, make sure you are choosing the right person by looking at the title and the company that they work for (it will appear in grey underneath the name options). Use Saved Searches To Minimise The Dreaded Commercial Use Limit If you regularly search for new connections, then you may find that you quickly reach LinkedIn’s “Commercial Use Limit”. You can avoid this by saving your searches. Save your searches for “vice president” AND “marketing” in the Information Technology sector, for example, you can scroll down the page and on the right-hand side, you will see an option to “Create a Saved Search”. When you create a saved search, it will create a weekly alert that can be sent to you via email. Once a week, LinkedIn will send you a list of members who meet the search criteria. WSI OMS offers the best LinkedIn marketing services in South Africa. Contact us for a consultation today. Please follow and like...

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Hidden LinkedIn Hacks You Need To Know (Part 1)

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing |

Think you are a pro at LinkedIn networking? Here are a few hacks and tips that you might not be aware of: Use Your Follow Page URL You don’t need to connect with everyone. When you share the post’s public URL, they will be taken to a short excerpt and photo of your blog post. On the left-hand side of the excerpt, your photo and a follow button will appear. This way, you won’t be asking everyone to necessarily connect with you on LinkedIn (which may be a big ask for some), but you are giving people quick and easy access to your follow button, which will keep your brand in front of their eyes in future. Right Click Is Your Friend If you have a long list of potential connections, they will be displayed with a photo and a headline underneath each other. To keep your search list intact, right click on the name so that it opens in a new search bar. Doing this means you can flick back and forth between tabs instead of opening new profiles and having to go back to find your original search list. Manage Your Invites From The Manage Invites Page Under the “My Network” button, you will find your LinkedIn invites. You will see a list of people with Ignore/Accept next to their names. Once again, you can right click on their names so that their profiles open in a new tab. Review their profiles before deciding whether you want to accept or ignore. Withdraw Invites Not Accepted After 30 Days If you go to “My Network” and click on “Manage All”, you will see the invites you have received. Next to the ‘received’ list, you will see a ‘sent’ list. This will show you a list of invitations you have sent out that have not been accepted yet. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you may find invites that you sent out over a month ago that have not been accepted. Consider withdrawing the invite by clicking on the ‘withdraw’ button next to their name. You can also use the little checkbox next to their profiles to withdraw multiple invites at the same time. WSI OMS offers the best LinkedIn marketing services in South Africa. Contact us for a consultation today. Please follow and like...

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The Power Of The Three Little Dots On LinkedIn

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing |

Many of our blog’s readers are already very familiar with LinkedIn. We have noticed, however, that some people are still not reaping the full benefits because they do not have a solid grasp on the post sharing settings. Read our top three must-knows: The Company Follow Page Is Hidden On The Company Pages You have to find a company’s LinkedIn page and then click on the three dots in the top right corner to find the follow button. Many people who are not used to following company pages on LinkedIn might look around the page and click away when they do not see the “follow” button front and centre. Make sure you tell people where to find this follow button (it is under the three dots!). Consider including a screenshot of the profile and add an arrow so that they know where to look when they visit your company’s LinkedIn page. Share The Company Post URL, Not The Actual Company Page Post If you are creating blogs or posting content to your page, then most people (including your staff) will click on the “Share” button underneath the post on your LinkedIn timeline. If you click on the tiny three dots on the top right side of the post, you will see the option “copy link to post”. This is a public link. And, wherever you share the URL, they will not only see the post image and excerpt, but also a “follow” button to your company page, which will appear on the left-hand side of the post. This is a much more powerful way to share content because it will promote your LinkedIn profile instead of sending people directly to the article on your blog. Copy The Link To Your Posts And Share It Outside Of LinkedIn When you copy the link to your post (by getting the URL when you click on the three little dots), you should share this post outside of LinkedIn on Twitter, Facebook, in blog posts, in the comments of a YouTube video, etc. Anyone who sees it can click on it and view that post. The only way this will work is if you change the settings underneath the post to be “public” instead of for your connections only. WSI OMS offers the best LinkedIn marketing services in South Africa. Contact us for a consultation today. Please follow and like...

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