[HOW TO]: 9 Keys to Supercharge your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Profile Tips

 

LinkedIn is the Social Network for Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Managers.  Because of the user network, you want your profile to stand out to make it effective.  Here are some key ways to supercharge your LinkedIn profile:

 

  1. Optimize your profile– add keywords that characterize your specialization or brand.  Some areas to add keywords as you build your profile include:
    • Headline – this is the space that visitors see first, after your name of course.  The headline should feature keywords that describe what you offer.
    • Work Experience – your most current information is important and how you describe it is even more important.  Use descriptive words when adding keywords in this area (i.e., “social media marketing” consultant instead of  ”marketing” consultant)
    • Summary – use this area to provide details on your specific brand.  This is where you list the types of services you provide and what you are offering potential clients.

    2.       Personalized URL – Create a personalized URL for your LinkedIn Profile.  Use keywords or the same name you use on other profiles that identify your brand.

    3.       Skills and Expertise – As you add your professional experience, don’t forget to add something more personal like human skills, abilities and characteristics.

    4.       Don’t forget your blog – Providing a link to your blog makes your profile more attractive to anyone viewing your profile. Remember when adding a link to your blog not to use LinkedIn’s default of “My Blog” but use the “Other” option so you can use keywords that relate to what your blog is about. The same is true for any of the three websites you highlight on your profile.

    5.       Ask for Recommendations –You know your strengths but asking others that you have worked with in the past to write a quick recommendation for you will only add value to your profile.  If someone writes a recommendation for you, don’t forget to return the favor. Just think of how much easier it is when you give the recommendations first… :-)

    6.       Groups – Joining groups is important.  But adding to the discussions in groups is even better.  Contribute…Join…draw people’s attention to your own brand.

    7.       Utilize other accounts – Use your Twitter account and blog to add to your own LinkedIn profile.  You can share your relevant Tweets by adding #LI in front of your post on Twitter.  Also adding select tags on blog posts makes them apparent on your LinkedIn profile.

    8.       Add connections – The more connections, the more opportunities you have to market your brand.

    9.       Videos and Slideshare – Add videos of events or information you want to promote.  You can also add slides of a presentation you recently gave using Slideshare.  These items will markets you as an authority in your field. 

Use your LinkedIn profile to market your brand by making your profile stand out.  Using these tips can supercharge your profile and provide a positive experience as you market your brand.

Did you find these tips useful? What is the one take away that you are going to implement into your LinkedIn profile as a result of the tips shared here? Please leave it in the comments below…

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FaceBook Friend Lists And Why You Need To Use Them

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Like practically everybody nowadays, you probably already have a FaceBook account. And if you have some type of online business, you may have already given thought to using FaceBook to help drum up some business and connect with peers and potential customers. But one thing you may not have considered is setting up friend lists.

Friend lists are one of the most helpful FaceBook features, and they allow you to categorize your friends for easy organization and to make managing access easier. A common usage is for grouping your contacts into different categories, so you can limit certain people’s access to specific sections of your FaceBook pages. And this is one particular feature that can be of tremendous value with regard to your social media marketing efforts.

Now you may be thinking that you can achieve pretty much the same goals simply by creating different FaceBook profiles. It sounds good in theory, but this solution actually has a number of significant drawbacks. For one thing, FaceBook explicitly states that setting up multiple profiles is not allowed, and doing so may result in your FaceBook account being disabled.

Even if FaceBook did allow you to set up different profiles, you would still have to deal with the difficulty of managing all those different accounts and organizing your contacts in each one. A far better solution would then be to stick to a single account and set up your friend list for better organization and efficiency. This presents a number of benefits in terms of social media marketing, among them allowing only certain people to your news feed and status updates, and to limit the people who see you in the FaceBook chat.

Here’s how to set up lists:
1. Click on the “Account” item on the top right of the main FaceBook page.
2. Click on the “Edit Friends” option.
3. Select the “Create A List” option.
4. Assign a name to your list. (No one other than you will see the name of this list)
5. Add friends to the list.

Now you can set up as many lists as you like. You can set up a list according to location for example, or you can set up a list for regular customers, suppliers, and so on. Now here is where it gets interesting. From your FaceBook Home page, you can filter out news feeds from all people in certain lists. By clicking on the arrow next to the “Most Recent” tab, you can specify which feeds from which lists appear on your wall. Conversely, you can also specify which list gets to see your status updates. Click on the blue arrow beside the “Share” button and click the “customize” option, and you will be able to block certain lists from seeing your updates. Finally, you will also be able to perform the same filtering functions in FaceBook chat.

As you can imagine, this feature can have numerous benefits for helping you manage your contacts more effectively. If you are interested in utilizing FaceBook as a social media marketing tool, making use of the Friend list feature is absolutely essential.

Creating Your Social Media Personality

How do I create my personality on Social Media? What do I talk about so people will listen? Do I talk about my personal life or keep it strictly professional? Is it okay to talk about stuff I don’t like?

If you related to any of the questions above or have asked yourself any of those questions, then trust me you are not alone. During 1:1 consults and Q/A calls that I host for my clients, these are by far the most common questions I receive. I think that after creating the profiles this is the next biggest hurdle that people have to overcome in order to successfully start building their identity.

So, I am here to make it easier for you :) Here is how I answer this commonly asked question! First of all, be yourself. Talk about your interests, things you like to do and not do. I also recommend talking about your family. This doesn’t mean that you have to dish out personal information but it can be as simple as your kids making a sports team in school or boy/girl scouts meetings, trips you are planning to take, etc. You can also talk about your pets.

Controversy is great in creating conversations. So please do talk about what you like and don’t like. As always, this is information you are putting onto the web so just be careful in how you say it. Be professional and I do not recommend using foul language. Good rule of thumb is, “would my grandmother be okay with me saying this.”  :)

Don’t be afraid to show your good along with your bad. People are scared to put up pictures where they feel they may not look their best…I say put it all out there! I used to be extremely self-conscious about putting up pictures that were doing to go out on the web. I never used to show my teeth in pictures and deleted anything that showed my teeth and had my looking crazy. Not anymore!  :)

Social media is about building relationships and it is difficult to build a relationship without knowing what the other personal looks like or is all about. So I urge you to put up current pictures and start letting people know more about you.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how you are creating your social media personality. Please leave any comments and/or questions below.

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How To Use Twitter For Business (Part 4 of 4)

Tip #4: Re-purpose existing content

With taking care of customers, blogging, keeping up profiles on numerous social media sites, all while running a business, maintaining your online presence can quickly become overwhelming. Use tools like Twitterfeed to automatically Tweet content from an RSS feeds of your other blogs or sites, and Alterthingy, another tool that helps you aggregate and repost your content across the multiple sites, and profiles you need to maintain.

In addition, several blogs (WordPress for example) are building Twitter widgets to be able to display your tweets (and others) on your blog, thus keeping the blog actively changing and a target for better search engine ranking and more active visits.

There are any number of other ways you can use Twitter for Business and this note really only scratches the surface of what is possible. As the popularity of Twitter grows so will the unique and inventive ways of using this innovative tool.

I hope you enjoyed this 4 part post on “How to Use Twitter for Business”

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How To Use Twitter For Your Business (Part 3 of 4)

Tip #3: Automation (wherever it is appropriate)

Reduce the time it takes you to research what is happening in the Twitterdom, speed up your own Tweeting, get yourself followed automatically, and build ranking faster and easier.   There are several automation type tools available to help build your Twitter for business presence without having to hire a back room full of people:

  • TweetBeep –Set up alerts for various keywords, people, different attitudes, and links.
  • Search.Twitter.com (used to be called Summize) – Search for your keywords, click a button and you have  a custom RSS feed that you can read via your favorite feed reader, or put on your Google or Yahoo home page. A synopsis available on what’s happening.
  • Tweetlater – one of the more versatile tools related to Twitter. A quick list of services include; emailing a digest of Tweets (like TweetBeep), Pre-scheduling tweets to keep your tweet stream flowing, pre-saving Tweets or common snippets of tweets for faster Tweeting, Automating direct messages to people that follow you, setting up an auto-follow and  managing multiple Twitter Ids at the same time.
  • Twitscoop – extends what search.twitter.com can do with both real-time searches of specific keywords as well as what the overall Twitterdom is talking about using (the Tweet Cloud). It also shows you the hot trends in the cloud.
  • Twellow -  This is another research tool that extends Twitter for business use, Twellow searches people’s profiles or what they are Tweeting about under specific, predefined categories, or a general search.  Twellow will also show you geographically where people are Tweeting from in the US and Canada.
  • Remember the Milk (RTM) – A real unique and cutting edge use of Twitter. RTM is a Task management service (set up reminders, tasks, things to do, etc.) for an individual or a small team or business. You can interact with Remember the Milk through Twitter. You simply follow the Twitter ID @rtm and then send it commands like retrieving your current tasks, adding new tasks, setting up automated reminders, even sending tasks to other Twitter users. This is a great adaptation of Twitter for business use.

Stay Tuned for the Last Part…

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