Business & Career Uses of Linkedin – Martin Brossman

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Using LinkedIn for Sales – Part 2

Posted by Martin Brossman on 08/09/2009

I have been coaching high-quota Sales Professionals for many years and believe LinkedIn is one of the most important free sales tools available today.

Remember, LinkedIn is a professional tool for solving tasks. It is not a cold calling list or directory of your target clients. It IS a first place to check for current and future contacts and business, due to the high quality of the data when it is present. Since each profile is about an individual, automatic self-interest is generated for being well-represented on the web.

If you look at a person’s profile, you will get all the information they choose to make available, and also you can get a sense of how much they use LinkedIn. For example, you can note whether their Public Profile consists of their name vs. the pre-assigned random numbers and letters. If they have personalized it they are likely using LinkedIn frequently. Next, notice how many recommendations they have, how many connections they have, if they have a picture, and whether they filled out their profile. These factors all point to how comfortable they are with using LinkedIn, and possibly how receptive they will be in accepting your introduction.

Know your target clients and businesses and observe how close you are to them through LinkedIn connections. Who do you your ideal clients trust and how well connected are they to you? You want to keep building your connections closer to your clients and that is done by relating to them and building their trust, not just by sending them an invite to connect. Are there a few people that seem to be more connected to your ideal clients than others? If so, these people need to be a higher priority for building and maintaining relationships.

It’s important to understand that this is a dynamic process which still involves building trust and connections, just like traditional networking has all along–which means investing in quality people who are on the path to where you want to be.
If you are a sales professional, LinkedIn is not only a big asset to your own career but also to the company you work for. If you set up your web link back to the company web site (using the Other option) and use the right keywords in your profile that your customers use, you will enhance the web presence of your company and yourself. A true win-win. This also makes it easier for your contacts to refer YOU to other members of their company by just referring people to your public profile.
That last tip I want to share today about your LinkedIn profile is: make sure to clearly have your contact information easy to find, especially your phone number. Make sure to first include it in the Contact Settings area at the bottom of your profile, but if you are in sales I would also add it at the top in your Summary area.

Last, when should you upgrade your LinkedIn profile to the paid version? When you keep running up against the notice that says you need to upgrade to get the information you need. LinkedIn is very generous in giving a lot for the free service, so use all of it.
Since LinkedIn does such a great organic job of enhancing the brand of a business by having all their key people correctly listed on LinkedIn, you could add more value to your customers by offering resources for them to be on LinkedIn. That may be you or someone who provides LinkedIn training.

Martin Brossman can be reached at Martin@CoachingSupport.com (919) 847-4757 – ProNetworkingOnLine.com and see his LinkedIn resources https://usinglinkedin.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Usinglinkedin

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A Unique Gift for Someone of Value in Your Past or Present – A Linkedin Recommendation

Posted by Martin Brossman on 12/19/2008

ChristmasGiftA Unique Gift for Someone of Value in Your Past or Present

Consider giving a gift for someone in your life that has made a difference in your life. Someone you currently know, have done business with, or just worked with. Someone maybe from 20 years ago that you admired, that stood out as exceptional in some way in your presence. Give them a gift that 30 million people can see. The gift of a recommendation in Linkedin.com –a professional networking site that costs nothing to join. A web site that lets you appreciate people in a way that may help them get a raise, promotions, a new job one day or close a deal for them by a client seeing it. To give a recommendation in Linkedin they need to be connected to you. I recommend these steps to follow:

1) Making an ongoing list of anyone from your past that you remember being outstanding or exceptional in your presence.

2) If it was important and your job was to say something honest about them in a group of people, what would you say? (If you are shy assume that shyness just went away like magic.) Then write your comment down.

3) Look them up in Linkedin and see if you can find them. If you can, see if you can get introduced to them, sharing the recommendation you would give them in the introduction. Tell the person or people who are passing on the recommendation that you found this person and that you want to connect to them so you can give them this recommendation.

3B) If you cannot find them on Linkedin, check Google.com with their name in quotes or check any directories you are aware of. Make the same offer in an email if possible. If you cannot find them at all, save the write up in a document with others and check back in the future.

4) After connecting to them, give them the recommendation. You may let them know that if they see anything they would like changed to let you know. You may have gotten some data wrong.

5) Do this activity engagingly, be authentic and honest about the way you know them. The more specific the better.

I guarantee this will enhance your life and your business! If you link to me on Linkedin make sure to reference this letter or how you know me in a personal note. Never use the blank form comment in Linedin. If they are not worth the time to write a personal sentence or two, you should not have them in your Linkedin group.

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Also see my instructions on giving a recommendation in Linkedin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5izESU7oqI

Be Well,
Martin Brossman
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