10 Ways to Use LinkedIn When You Travel

By: Viveka Monday July 25, 2011 comments Tags: LinkedIn, LinkedIn Expert, LinkedInExpert, LinkedIn Tips, LinkedIn Advice, Travel, TripIt

URL to IRL


 

I love social networking – but the truth is, most of my business comes when I meet someone face to face  (F2F) or they see me speak.   As I prep for a 4 city speaking tour, I thought I’d record for you some of the things I do in order to really connect with my network.

How to turn your URL LinkedIn experience into a IRL (in real life) F2F meeting:




Using Postal Code Field in your Advanced Search




Advanced Search - Postal Code Field



  1. Use the location search to find people you know (but might have forgotten you knew) in the cities you are traveling to – and take them out to dinner.

  2. Use the location search to find SME’s you want to know in the cities you are traveling to – see if you can buy them a drink.

  3. Use the location search to find vendors who can help you in the city you are traveling to for better service, and sometimes better pricing.

  4. Use the location search to find potential clients you know in the cities you are traveling to – and see if you can get that f2f meeting since "you made a special trip to their city."



Groups, Answers and Company Search




  1. Check out location specific groups on LinkedIn and see if you can connect with some locals that way.

  2. If you have any questions regarding lodging, travel or vendors for an event in the city you are traveling to – use LinkedIn Answers to ask the locals.

  3. Use LinkedIn company search to see if you can get some insider information or contacts at a local company – especially if they might become a client or employer.



LinkedIn Apps you can use for Travel




  1. Use the “My Travel” app (TripIt) – to let people in your network know where you are going to be so they can contact YOU for a meeting.

  2. If they won’t or don’t respond to you on LinkedIn, send them an @message on Twitter using the Tweets application.

  3. Use LinkedIn signal to start a conversation with a local.



Did I leave something out?  Please let me know below.
Viveka

About the Author: Viveka

Viveka is author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert”.
CEO of Linked Into Business, she also hosts the biggest LinkedIn chat on Twitter.  Forbes has listed her as a top social media influencer for three years running, and she has been cited in Ragan, CNN, Forbes, Mashable, Simple Living, Bloomberg, LinkedIn's Small Business Site and "The Sophisticated Marketer's Guide to LinkedIn, The Miami Herald, Social Media Today and The Social Media Examiner!

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