7 Tips to Create (or Optimize) a Great LinkedIn Business Page

Simply put, LinkedIn is a professional social media platform that has been steadily growing in popularity and use, especially for search, business networking, hiring, referrals, leads and even financing. If you haven’t made a business LinkedIn business page, you’re missing out. If you have already have a business LinkedIn page for your business you should review it and optimize it.

Luckily you can probably use these recommendations on your other social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.) as well. Here are 7 tips to help you create (or optimize) a great LinkedIn business page.

  1. Branding

Make sure your branding is aligned with your company and overall marketing strategy. If someone is discovering you first through your LinkedIn page, they should be able to know and understand what your company is about. Make sure your images are sized correctly, not distorted and speak to your target audience. Also, include links to your company website.

  1. Showcase your products & services

On the Products & Services page, testimonials and recommendations are highlighted prominently. This will have a direct impact on the number of Linked members who’ll end up visiting your website. Encourage customers to recommend your products and services here as well.

  1. Make your page engaging

Optimize your LinkedIn company page content so it speaks not only about what you company does, but also what your customers will be searching for. Include keywords or buzzwords and make sure that the content provides value to readers.

If your business operation spans multiple locations, you may want to list all of them. LinkedIn allows visitors’ location as a search criterion to narrow down results. You can add up to five different locations to your page. Also, consider including a short video (30 seconds) summarizing your company and it’s offerings. A well-made and appropriately branded video can encourage many to “follow” or engage with your company.

  1. Use advertisements to drive traffic (and page views)

The advertising options provided by LinkedIn are definitely worth checking out. InMail, Display Advertising and Sponsored Posts will help you build a large follower base effectively and affordably. The advertisement can be targeted by job title, location, and many other options.

  1. Use and measure analytics (a.k.a. Insights)

LinkedIn Insights will help you track the success of your page and improve it This includes impressions per post, user engagement, follower demographics, audience insights, etc. It also connects to promoting your page (#4) and will help you optimize your targeted posts and determine return-on-investment (ROI).

  1. Add LinkedIn buttons to your site and collateral

Social plugins are a great way to quickly share your content on various social media platforms. In addition to getting your content shared, you could also drive visitors from your website toward your LinkedIn business page. You can select recommend, follow, endorse, or share buttons on your site to drive traffic to your business page. Think about where you will place them on your website and choose the best one to achieve your objective. You should also place your LinkedIn logo (vector image) on your digital assets (website) as well as your marketing collateral (brochures, PowerPoints, business cards, etc.). That being said you should do this for all of your social networks.

  1. Update regularly and be social

Your objective is (or should be) to engage you audience and give your brand as much positive awareness as you can. Keep your page and audience updated regularly. Post information, comments, and tips on a regular basis. When you share information, keep in mind the professional demographic. You can even consider creating a LinkedIn group for your company (internal and/or external).


Are You Mobile Marketing? Here Are 4 Tips To Help.

If you missed the memo, marketing has gone mobile. ComScore reports that more than 1.8 billion people worldwide use mobile devices and this includes your customers. Customers (and potential clients) are using smartphones and tablets to find information about your company (and your competitors). 48% of Internet searches begin on mobile devices. Basically if you haven’t thought about your mobile marketing strategy, you’re already missing out. You need to be in the mobile marketplace if you want to be seen as a relevant leader in your respective industry.

Entrepreneur has a few statistics you should probably consider:

  • 99% use mobile devices to search for valuable content and information
  • 63% of all Internet access is from mobile devices
  • 62% of users access email from mobile devices
  • 15% make purchases from mobile devices

Here are my 4 tips to help you improve your mobile marketing.

1. Have a Mobile Friendly and Responsive Website

This is a must-have. You need a website that is mobile friendly/responsive and loads fast for mobile viewing. Include relevant informations and ensure your mobile website is easily accessible and navigable with clear links and user-friendly icons.

2. Mobile Relevant Articles and Content

Your website needs to have a mix of dynamic (topical content in the form of blogs) and static (About Us, Services, Products, etc.) content. Potential clients search for more than just what your company does. There needs to be a value exchange when developing useful, mobile-friendly content.

3. Be Social

When visitors find great content on their mobile devices they want to share it quickly and easily with others on their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc.). Be sure to include social media icons on all of your web-based marketing.

4. App- Centric

Consumers spend more than half their mobile time using mobile applications. I am not saying that all companies need a mobile app, but you need to consider how your website, content and marketing is presented within other mobile apps – for example Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You should also have a presence on the popular social media networks, with branded pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, etc.  Ensure that the profiles on these sites are complete, up-to-date and provide relevant information.

Have You Tried Twitter Ads? Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should

Twitter has become a great tool for markets and companies. This social media platform is sometimes overlooked when developing a social media and/or digital strategy. Most companies focus on Facebook, but this post will focus on Twitter and how Twitter ads can help leverage and expand Twitter’s ease of use and viral outreach. Twitter ads can help you offer timely, relevant and useful information targeted at a geographic specific area (even as close as a postal code).

Here are 4 reasons why you should consider Twitter ads as a tactic in your digital marketing arsenal:

  1. It’s easy to set up, use, target and monitor
  2. You can target specific areas (cities, towns, postal codes, new office locations, target markets/locations, etc.)
  3. You only pay for results that you set and manage (budget, followers, engagements, retweets, comments)
  4. Drive Mobile Foot Traffic (with geo-targeting and messaging)

Twitter’s geo-targeting features have enabled businesses to tailor their marketing strategy and increase their local presence. By providing users with thoughtful, helpful, useful content you will increase engagement and your online exposure.

Why You Should Be Using Videos In Your Marketing

If an image is worth 1,000 words than a video is probably worth a million (depending on length and quality). The main point is that videos can be used to convey viewpoints and messages in clearer and simple fashion. As a result, videos can increase engagement and help support your sales and customer service. Here are 3 reasons why you should use videos in your marketing:

1. Customers enjoy videos (across multiple platforms)

People watch videos on many devices, computers, tablets, smart phones, etc., which means that you can reach them on the medium of their choice.

2. Videos build credibility

Just think, video testimonials, or product demos help customers trust your company and brand. Videos also demonstrate your confidence in your company and what service or products you are offering.

3. Videos really impact buying behavior and can increase sales

Building off of tip 2, consumers find videos helpful when they are making purchasing decisions (or signing up for a B2B service). You may also be able to attract and impress new customers, by utilizing videos. 

Key Video Takeaways:

  • Be direct. Keep video intros clear and short, don’t distract from the video’s main goal.
  • Be concise. Don’t try and say everything in your video. Make a plan and a script that helps your customers take the ‘next step.’ I would recommend staying around the 1-2 minutes range.
  • Set an accurate budget. You don’t need to spend a fortune, but you need to make a quality video that reflects your brand.
  • Survey and communicate with your target market to find out what questions they ask and then answer them clearly in your videos.
  • Demos work (especially more than an explanation).

Here are 5 Ways to Create Shareworthy Content

Is your content engaging and shareworthy? Here are 5 quick tips to help you create shareworthy content:

  1. Start a conversation
    Write your content so it reads like a conversation. End the content by asking a question or encouraging feedback in your social channels and providing links for readers to do so.
  2. Share conversations from your social channels
    Include content from your social channels across all your social platforms and in your various online channels. Show tweets where your brand is mentioned, share blog/Facebook post comments and invite consumers to join into the conversation.
  3. Format Appropriately
    Content formatted in accordingly can lead to increased social sharing. Create lists of tips or best practices, announce industry events, provide solutions to common problems and highlight important industry news.
  4. Enable sharing of multimedia content
    Providing links to your photos, videos, podcasts or other interactive content is recommended. The goals of your multimedia content should be creating interest, providing valuable information and encouraging social sharing through the use of sharing links.
  5. Recap your most popular social content
    Include a list of your “best of” content from your social channels. Include your most popular blog posts, your most re-tweeted tweets or your most commented Facebook posts. Share this across all your online marketing channels.

6 Tips Creating a Valuable Online Survey

Because of the wide availability of opportunities to create surveys using free online survey software, you can quickly and easily gauge customer satisfaction or interest in new product offerings via customer surveys.

When using a free or subscription-based online tool to create a survey, however, you must be certain that the survey is carefully designed to yield the most valuable data.

  1. Preliminary Research

Online survey software makes it easy to create multiple surveys, which means you don’t need to create one survey to address all of your market research needs.

So know what it is you want to know:

  • What information do you need from your survey?
  • What do you plan or hope to do with that information?

Different goals require different types of data from customers or potential customers. For example, the information you gather prior to launching a new website will be different from the information you’ll solicit before adding a feature to an existing website.

  1. Determine the Target for your Survey

Almost all survey software enables you to enter an email list. How do you determine which people to include on that list?

Choose a specific group of people you want to survey:

  • Existing customers
  • Potential customers
  • Purchased sales leads

Customize your survey for the target group. When you create a survey for college students, for example, the tone and language will likely be different from that of a survey for senior business executives.

Writing questions tailored to your target audience will increase the response rate of your survey and result in more valuable data.

  1. Write Simple Questions

Regardless of your target, use simple, straightforward language in all of your questions.
Most participants will not take the time to read a question more than once.

Multiple-Choice Questions

If you choose to use multiple-choice responses, be sure that each choice is distinct. Participants should not have to consider two responses that seem almost identical.

It is acceptable to use questions with fewer (or more) response choices than other questions if doing so improves the clarity of a question.

Double-Barreled” Questions

Double-barreled questions actually query two different data points. An example would be “How important are cost and quality when considering a new car?”

This question asks for two pieces of information, the importance of cost, and quality. And so there is no way of knowing which feature respondents have in mind when they respond.

Break down such questions into two short and simple questions; doing so will lead to better data.

  1. Prioritize Your Questions

You have a choice of how to order your questions:

  • Randomized question order: Questions appear in a different order for each respondent.
  • Static question order: Questions appear in the same order for all respondents.

To best control the survey results, choose a static order.

Create a survey that starts with questions your respondents will find most interesting. Respondents are always most engaged when responding to questions about their own experiences. The most effective survey will therefore move from the most- to least-personalized questions.

Group questions. When you create a survey, also consider the groupings of your questions. Developing blocks of questions that address a single theme from different perspectives will return very specific data.

  1. Formatting

Most online survey software websites offer premium features that enable you to customize the layout of your survey. Be sure that there is ample white space between questions.

If possible, use survey software that presents each question individually, on its own page.

progress bar will help respondents measure their progress, without being overwhelmed by a long list of questions.

  1. Test Your Survey

Finally, test your survey before sending it out to. Survey testers should, of course, check the questions for spelling and grammar errors. Just as important, however, is to learn how respondents may react to the questions.

Key issues for survey testers to assess:

  • Are there any questions that are confusing?
  • Could any be misperceived as offensive?
  • Is there a logical order to the questions that allows respondents to build upon prior responses with more detailed data?

Once you’ve vetted and revised the survey based on the feedback from the testers, release the survey to your target group.

The next time you create a free online survey, keeping these tips in mind will ensure survey results are meaningful and valuable.

Keys to Social Media Success for Large Companies

Are you working to implementing and optimizing social media in a large company? If so these 9 keys to success, can help you drive your results:

1. Document, review and revise your strategy
2. Define the roles and responsibilities of those involved
3. Create and follow a defined process
4. Spend time to create your content calendar and update as needed
5. Utilize technology simplify and save time
6. Engage influencers and delegate work to all-star team members
7. Target your content and distribute it accordingly
8. Track and measure your results through analytics
9. Continue to learn, optimize and grow

Creating a Social Media Strategy The Forrester Post Way

The Forrester Post method is one of the best ways to develop a social media strategy. The 4 elements developed by Forrester Research are conveniently presented as a memorable acronym POST:


  • People. Who is your target group? What kind of clients and prospects do you have? How do they behave online? Knowing the people who you want to communicate with and where they are is where, is where you should be.
  • Objectives. What are your goals? Do you want to increase leads, track conversion, generate awareness, gain insight or foster engagement? Do you want to talk, collaborate, immobilize or evangelize? Deciding on your objective before selecting a technology will help you in the long run.
  • Strategy. How are you going to reach your objectives? Make a plan and envision where you would like to end up. Use this to plan backwards. Which direction(s) would you like to take? How are you going to improve your relationship with your customers? What do you want to get out of these relationships? What will be different when you are done?
  • Technologies. What technologies and applications should you use to accomplish the first 3 steps (P-O-S)? What is a reasonable yet accurate timeline? Whether this means an online community, a blog, a few blogs, or some dashboards, this should be your last step.

This may sound complicated, but it’s not. The Forrester Post method can help you create an effective and well-thought out social media strategy.

5 Ways to Develop Your Social Media Marketing Goals

To get your social media marketing on track, here are five steps to develop effective, actionable objectives for your program.

  1. Define specific and actionable goals.
  2. Get buy-in from senior management.
  3. Use metrics related to your business goals.
  4. Make your social media activity trackable.
  5. Incorporate your social media marketing into your overall plan.