LinkedIn may not be the social network that first comes to mind when we are talking about marketing – but you should not underestimate it.
While you should not expect tons of traffic to your website or an endless number of signups from LinkedIn, for lead generation, LinkedIn can well prove to be the best network to get TARGETED leads.
LinkedIn is not about shouting out, LinkedIn is about connecting. And there is a lot of power in the connections that you already have. These can give you a head start when it comes to B2B lead generation.
There are various ways to use LinkedIn to get targeted leads – here are x of them:
A network is invaluable. And even if you are looking for other contacts or more leads, the connections you have are the best start to grow your network with targeted leads.
Ask the people you are connected with to introduce you to people from their network that might be of interest to you. In most cases your request for help with an email saying something like: “I am doing this now, if you know anyone that might be of interest to me or I should connect to please introduce us“ is very unspecific. Since this requires people put some thought into who might be interesting for you this usually works best with people you know fairly well and who are willing to invest time into helping you.
For people with whom you are rather loosely connected you should be more specific and ask for introductions to some people of your choice – which leads us directly to the second way to get leads:
LinkedIn is a goldmine for marketers, especially B2B companies. On LinkedIn, you can find high-level decision-makers who have the authority to pull the trigger on a new purchase.
Even if you sell consumer products, you can still reach an audience of wealthy, career-minded individuals who are ready to buy.
This is why — and how — you should reach them.
Right now, there are more than 414 million people who use LinkedIn throughout the world. Every second, two more people join LinkedIn. If you’re not on LI - or even if you have a LI account but don’t use it at least once a week - you are depriving yourself of networking and business opportunities, and it is ultimately harming your professional image.