5 LinkedIn Practices For Great Word Of Mouth

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LinkedIn is one of the most business-friendly social sites – focusing on brand networking as its primary goal. It is easy for personal brands to enter into the site and begin sharing their abilities with the audience…

So what are best practices on LinkedIn for great word of mouth?

While opening a LinkedIn account is a no-brainer, applying the right techniques to the right areas for you to generate ideal word of mouth marketing can be a bit tricky as your new associates begin sharing you with their own networks.

How to Optimize Your Social Networking Experience with LinkedIn

1. Target your URL

The most basic thing that you should do is to target your LinkedIn URL and make sure that it comes up on the Google search as you want it to (i.e. your personal brand name). This enables Google searches to bring your brand name up in the top 10 list. So, you have to include your brand name in the URL.

2. Complete your profile

Don’t leave things blank, especially your profile picture… and be honest about everything you post. Honesty is the first step to developing reliability and worth on this social network, and will affect what is shared concerning you.

If you’re looking to develop a profile that is worthy of being shared by associates, demonstrate yourself as an indispensable addition to their networks through your professionalism and your openness to share with others.

3. Get endorsed

Endorsement is one of the best additions to LinkedIn and perhaps the most effective at demonstrating word of mouth influence. This feature allows you to create a list of your abilities and allow others to endorse them. Don’t be shy when asking for LinkedIn endorsements, just be sure that you only ask associates that you’re familiar with to help promote your abilities.

Maria Elena Duron of Buzz2Bucks explains the value of LinkedIn Endorsements

LinkedIn Endorsements Example

4. Join LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn Groups is going to be your most beneficial tool for networking with others in your field. This will give you the opportunity to establish yourself as an expert and meet other potential contacts that can endorse your abilities. Just be sure that you discuss and share with the groups.

When asking a valuable question, (demonstrating your expertise) it is generally good practice to keep questions going longer than average so that others have more opportunity to interact with them.

Do not overwhelm them with links and sales pitches, or you may lose credibility and cost yourself some valuable endorsement opportunities. Also, don’t just settle in one spot for too long. Explore different groups and keep the topics and opportunities fresh.

5. Interact with others

Interaction itself is going to be what really expands your notability. LinkedIn offers a few tools to get you started such as applications, LinkedIn app for mobile devices, LinkedIn Contacts, and @ mentions (tags).

LinkedIn Contacts brings together all your address books, emails, and calendars, and keeps them up to date in one place.  It helps you keep track of birthdays and job changes within your network so you can stay in touch with your personal network and celebrate important milestones.  Tagging within LinkedIn, (@ mentions) lets you personally interact on a daily and weekly basis.

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Maria Elena Duron
Maria Elena Duron, is Editor-in-Chief of the Personal Branding Blog, CEO (chief engagement officer) of buzz2bucks– a word of mouth marketing firm, and a professional speaker and trainer on developing social networks that work. She provides workshops, webinars, seminars and direct services that help create conversation, connection, credibility, community and commerce around your brand. Maria Duron is founder and moderator of #brandchat - a weekly Twitter chat focused on every aspect of branding that is recognized by Mashable as one the 15 Essential Twitter Chats for Social Media Marketers.
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  1. It was a pleasure to host Maria at my blog!

    Great best practice tips for LinkedIn — The network I think we're all going to need to know more about.

    While I think the Endorsements feature could use some tweaking, this post should be a good resource for many for awhile to come.

    ~Keri
    My recent post How To Embed Instagram Photos And Videos

  2. Maria, I am always harping on my clients about these very things. Especially #2, it really doesn't matter what the platform, Facebook, G+, Linked In, you should always complete your profile on every platform you utilize. Nice job….

  3. Great list! Please explain the value of endorsements. They are given in bulk, require less work than clicking "like" on Facebook and everybody is a Social Media expert.
    May be I'm not understanding them right?
    My recent post 5 Awesomely Easy Ways to Make More People Read Your Blog!

    • The important thing in endorsements is to not be lazy about it. Do not accept every endorsement there is. You don't want to be known as "jack of all trades, master of none". Yet, it's still the internet where search is how people find you. Allow the endorsements that endorse your keywords. You just want people to find you. It's when you're visible to them that they can begin to sample your character and competence.

      Thank you for reading and for your insights!

      Gratefully,
      Maria Elena

  4. I agree with all the items but the endorsements. I've noticed that people sometimes just make words up or endorse people just so they can show up in updates.
    My recent post The Top 5 KPIs For Your Business

    • Maria Elena Duron says:

      Hello Jay,
      I see all the comments here are under moderation so I'm copying part of my response to Frithjof since it addresses your comments –
      The important thing in endorsements is to not be lazy about it. Do not accept every endorsement there is. You don't want to be known as "jack of all trades, master of none". Yet, it's still the internet where search is how people find you. Allow the endorsements that endorse your keywords. You just want people to find you. It's when you're visible to them that they can begin to sample your character and competence.

      Weed out those endorsements that don't have anything to do with what you want to be known for our how people search and find you. Just don't even make those endorsements public.

      I appreciate your comment and your readership, Jay!
      Maria Elena

  5. great tips, linkedin is a under used resource for personal branding

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