Do you have a daily check list for using LinkedIn to network?
What works and what doesn’t? How much time does it take you and is it worth it? The truth is that if you’re using LinkedIn to network on a daily basis, the benefits are exponential. It is a bit like why you must blog. It needs to happen regularly and with consistency.
This is what I try to do every day, although more often it is four times a week!
Try using LinkedIn this way. How does it work for you?
1. Each morning scan the email notifications from LinkedIn groups to which you have subscribed
2. Select the discussions where you feel you can add a contribution
3. Click on these so they open in your browser and you can easily access them to comment throughout the day in between doing other things
4. Comment on the discussions. This will frequently result in invitations to join others’ networks.
5. Review your invitations
6. Look at the profiles of each invitee
7. Open their website. Is there something you can validate, add value to, or comment on in a meaningful way?
8. Now go back to the invitation, accept it and include in your reply any contribution you can make
9. Respond to the replies to this. You will frequently get a reply back from your initial acceptance email if you have included a contribution.
10. If you have a group, then invite people to join (such as Inspiring Women Online!)
11. Invite people to subscribe to your blog, especially if you have just written a post that is pertinent
12. Invite people to meet, if they are in the same city and you genuinely feel you have something to offer them by way of a strategic alliance or a service. Or maybe they have something to offer you are interested in. Either way you have created a relationship.
Using LinkedIn can work well with Twitter.
If you own a group, your comments are automatically tweeted. In some groups, if you start a discussion, they are automatically tweeted as well.
If you have a Twitter widget on your blog, this means you are frequently updating your blog by virtue of the comments you are making in LinkedIn. Love it.
Be mindful though, to open your comments in such a way that they are meaningful and have value in Twitter.
Blogging and using LinkedIn
Keep an eye on topics in the LinkedIn groups you have joined where a post might answer a query or provide a solution. This is a great way to leverage off your excellent content.
With all your posts, make sure that you publish the link with a short but inviting precis of what the post offers the members.
Using Facebook v using LinkedIn
Aside from uploading my posts, I do very little on Facebook? What do you do?
Facebook is not intuitive to use. It’s frustrating too that when you like a comment on someone else’s page, it frequently appears on your personal profile, even when you have the page selected. Does anyone else have this problem?
If you would like to chat with me about using LinkedIn, please feel free to contact me here.