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Monday April 23, 2018
6 Steps to ABM Success for Todays Fearless Marketer Youve heard of Account-Based Marketing (ABM). Your sales team keeps asking about it, and your marketing team keeps trying to perfect it. And if youre attending Marketo's Marketing Nation Summit, youre going to hear a lot more about it. With over a dozen sessions dedicated to ABM, it continues to be one of the hottest topics in digital. But before you wait in line to attend some of the basic introductory sessions, here are some valuable tips on ABM so you can head to San Francisco with some useful ABM tips to maximize your time at the conference. Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is a proven way to better qualify leads and grow your sales. Thats because cold-calling and spray-and-pray marketing tactics are... Read More
Monday March 13, 2017
We can probably all think of a Brand. Go ahead. I'll wait. Got one in mind? But not everyone runs a multi-billion dollar company with instantly noticeable slogans and logos. Sure, maybe one day you will have a business likeNike or Apple, and maybe you've already thought about building your business brand, having invested in a great logo and website and style sheet with Lobster font. But what about folks who don't own businesses or run marketing departments? What about the jobs seekers and employees? What do they care about branding? The fact is, if you are in business, you have to think about how you portray yourself in your business, industry and to the world. You have to consider your personal brand, and if it is strong enoughto guarantee you stand out from the competition. ... Read More
Monday January 9, 2017
LinkedIn is one of the oldest (2003) and really one of the more sophisticated social media sites for business people. Designed to connect professionals and showcase their resumes, few companies thought to market their products and services on the platform in the early days. Today, however, it has grown into a thriving community that presents plenty of opportunities for sales with just a little bit of creativity. Here are five ways you can sell on LinkedIn without really selling! Join Groups Even though LinkedIn groups are not what they used to be, if you pick the right group, they can still be a great place to find and connect with like-minded individuals. Social Selling on LinkedIn works best when you are a part of the communities you wish to sell to. Fortunately,... Read More
What is the Difference Between the Old LinkedIn User Interface and the New UI in 2017 (and Why Should You Care?)
Friday December 16, 2016
LinkedIns New Look LinkedIn's new user interface is here. Well, its here for some of us like my friend Kate Paine . I dont have it , so a huge thank you to Kate for giving me access to her new LinkedIn UI! I have a video you can watch of my UI comparison here ! Lets take a look at LinkedIn side by side so you can see what's new on LinkedIn, what's gone away on LinkedIn, what's better with the new LinkedIn user interface, and what's not so hot! First of all, wow, LinkedIn changed colors, right? It's been some form of blue, black, and white, and gray for at least nine years. They've moved to this dark teal color. How does this affect you? Well, probably not much at all unless you are colorblind. Having said that, the reason LinkedIn is giving for the new user... Read More
Thursday December 1, 2016
I often get asked how it was that I became the LinkedIn Expert. The simple answer is I got the name first. I was also very lucky to get into a new industry early on (meaning the URLs and the handle LinkedIn Expert hadnt been taken yet.) And I was fortunate to create a bit of a name for myself since there really weren't too many other people doing what I was at the time. (Especially as a female in what was then a male dominated world.) But really, becoming an expert in my industry, besides luck and timing, was a combination of diligence, work, and positioning. Not everyone needs to be a LinkedIn Expert. But you can be an expert in your field on LinkedIn! Here are some steps to take. KISS Keywords First of all, know what people are looking for. I tried on all kinds of titles when I... Read More
Tuesday November 1, 2016
Why LinkedIn? LinkedIn has over 450 million members now - and people still dont think it works. Why? Because some of the LinkedIn features simply are NOT intuitive. It's not your fault! Most people donteven know the fundamentals of how LinkedIn works. And why should you? Its not your job! But it is mine. So I have put together a few tips, tricks and strategies that will help you to experience LinkedIn as the powerful business development tool and lead generator it can be. Tip One: Know your Skills and Strategies Take a few minutes right now to write down the reasons youre using LinkedIn. Are you using LinkedIn to: Attract new clients and customers? Create new referral partner relationships? Attract affiliates? Position yourself as a thought leader or... Read More
Friday September 30, 2016
Even though I'm on vacation, I wanted you to know about the new Publisher Interface. YouTube Video: Check out the video here: Why Isnt It Working? First of all, know that Publisher doesn't seem to be working on Chrome. At least, it wasn't working on my Chrome. Publisher was there, but none of these features showed up. See image below. Also the main image wouldn't load. But have no fear! Just go to a different browser. It worked for me in Firefox and Safari (although another client had issues with Firefox.) What Publisher Looks Like When It Does Work! When you go to your homepage and click on "Write an article," LinkedIn will take you to the new LinkedIn Publisher. Add your main visual right up top. (Im not sure, but I think the 700 x 400... Read More
Friday September 16, 2016
Beta Baby! First of all just wanted to give a huge shout out to Dave Byrnes , he's the one who turned me on to the new LinkedIn Company Page layout. They are still in beta testing - in fact, I think the only company to have one of the new company pages is LinkedIn! Check out the video below or click here: https://youtu.be/L2zf0icb1wI Comparing the Old Page Just to compare, the old LinkedIn company page, (what we have right now) has a: 600 by 220 header image Company description Updates How you're connected on the right-hand side of the page Your showcase pages on the right Homepage tab at the top Career Page tab at the top Notifications at the top Analytics at the top And if you have a paid account, your premium... Read More
Monday August 29, 2016
How to REALLY create Business on LinkedIn When is comes to doing B2B business on LinkedIn, the question I get asked the most is; How can I use LinkedIn more effectively? Especially new users who have some experience with social (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) but have been resistant to LinkedIn because it just doesnt make sense. People see a new platform (at least new to them) and think that they are in store for a giant learning curve. But the truth is, LinkedIn is just a tool that allows you to do what you already do in business just more effectively. Yes, you need to learn how to use the platform, but you dont have to create a whole new series of business strategies as well. LinkedIn's mission statement is: To connect the world's professionals to make them more... Read More
Tuesday August 9, 2016
LinkedIn has a new Video Feature How cool is that? Well maybe not as cool as we thought. But let me back up I spent last week hanging out with my friend Sue B. Zimmerman , (otherwise known as The Instagram Expert .) That's when Instagram stories came out. Well what do you know! At the same time LinkedIn comes out with a video feature . How cool is that? It's LinkedIn, so . New Influencer QA Video Feature I thought, "Oh this is awesome, there's going to be some kind of live chat feature, maybe they're going to infuse Skype-like capabilities into LinkedIn. Worst case scenario there will be some designated video page and we can all start uploading videos now." Not so much. LinkedIn's big offer? Thirty second videos, coming to you from the 500 exclusive... Read More