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4 Linkedin Lead Generation Strategies That Actually Work

4 Linkedin Lead Generation Strategies That Actually Work

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4 Linkedin Lead Generation Strategies That Actually Work

If you've ever read any advice on Linkedin or watched any videos or even paid for training, chances are that 90% was about “optimising your Linkedin profile”.

And while having a strong profile is important, it's not the thing that's going to get you clients (in the same way that a great resumé doesn't get you a job – it's going out and applying for jobs and doing a great interview that counts the most).

In this video I describe 4 Linkedin lead Generation Strategies that actually work.

For real people. Not just social media experts selling social media services through social media.

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Video Transcript

Hi – it's Ian here. I'm back with a scary new haircut and another lead generation tip. This time on Linkedin lead Generation.

So on my recent survey about Lead Generation the topic I got asked more questions about than any other was Linkedin.

Can you use Linkedin for lead generation? How do you use it? What are the best ways of using it to generate leads? etc. S

o let's run through some of the very best ways of using Linkedin for lead generation.

And just to start with the fundamentals: you might hear a lot of people or read in articles than on Linkedin it's *all* about your profile.

And while you do indeed have to have a decent profile, just having a great profile no matter how optimized it is, it isn't going to get you a whole load of leads on Linkedin because people aren't going on to Linkedin every day and looking for consultants and then going connecting with them and asking them if they'll work for them. It just doesn't work like that.

Now you do need a good profile because eventually, people are going to look that up. You can get tips on a good profile all over the web, but basically, it means a professional headline that reflects who you work with and what you do for them – the benefits they get from working with you or the problems you solve. Expand on that in your summary give some evidence for it in terms of testimonials facts and figures and then have a clear call-to-action for how people might want to contact you or go to your website etc.

Once you've got that, the real key to getting leads on Linkedin is that you need to take proactive action. And there are really four main methods for doing that.

Linkedin Lead Generation Method 1: “Connect and Nurture”

The first method is the one you'll hear from most Linkedin experts because it's the simplest, the most straightforward one. It's the “connect and nurture” strategy.

So what you do with this strategy is you search on Linkedin for potential clients and you offer to connect with them with a tailored connection message ideally mentioning some kind of commonality between you or some reason why you would want to get in touch. Once you've connected you then nurture the relationship initially through Linkedin messaging – so you might send them a link to a useful article or a video. You get a conversation going, ask them some questions and at some point that may transition to a phone call or email or even meeting face-to-face.

There are three things you need to have in place to make that method work. The first is that they need to be high-value potential clients because you're personally nurturing them and investing a lot of your personal time for one person.

So it's got to be worth your while to get that return on investment. If you sell $100 online courses then it isn't worth spending two or three hours to nurture a relationship with someone if all they can spend is $200 with you. On the other hand if you have high-value clients it certainly is.

The second criteria you need to have in place is they need to be open to that kind of nurturing.

Some people are and some people aren't. There are plenty of industries like law and accountancy that still revolve primarily around personal relationships and they will go out, they will try and meet new people, they'll build a network of people that will eventually end up referring and doing business with each other etc.

And many of them have continued that process on Linkedin so they're very open to that relationship-building style.

On the other hand, many other people aren't and don't value it so you'll have to kind of knock on a few doors and kiss a few frogs before you get people willing to have that relationship built with them.

The third thing you need is that you yourself have to be “up for it” and you have to get good at it.

It's an outreach method and many people don't feel comfortable with outreach – whether that's cold calling, cold email or Linkedin Lead Generation via outreach. So you need to be comfortable and you have to master the art of having conversations via messaging – asking the right questions and then, of course, getting on the phone or meeting someone face to face.

Personally, it's not for me. It's not the sort of thing I enjoy but I know it does work tremendously well for a lot of people.

Linkedin Lead Generation Method 2: Referrals Rolodex

The second method you can use on Linkedin is to use it for referrals.

So what you're doing here is you're essentially using Linkedin like a big rolodex of potential contacts you can get introductions to and so what you've got to do is make sure you're connected on Linkedin to the people you feel confident will give you strong referrals – maybe clients and ex-clients and contacts if you've done great work for so you know they would be comfortable referring you.

And then you just do a Linkedin search to try and identify second-order connections – contacts of contacts who would be great potential clients. You use the right criteria to identify those potential clients and then when it shows you the list of them it will highlight who your common contacts are and if some of those are the people who you know will give you a good referral then you simply ask for that referral.

So it's an alternative to the traditional referral approach of going to someone to ask for referrals and kind of saying “well do you know anyone who works for a small manufacturing firm?” That kind of thing where you're making them do all the hard work of trying to think of the person. If you use Linkedin then you can say “oh I spotted on Linkedin you're connected to John Smith of Smith & Company. If you were me how do you go about getting in touch with them?”

And you know nine times out if they would be willing to give you a referral and they do really know John Smith then they'll say “I'll introduce you” etc etc. So you use Linkedin as a source of information for referrals. But when you ask for the referral itself you do it in person, you do it over the telephone or over email – you don't use Linkedin for that aspect of it.

Linkedin Lead Generation Method 3: Linkedin Content Marketing

The third method of using Linkedin is for content marketing. Now the way many people use Linkedin has really changed in the last year or so with a lot of the usability improvements. It used to be people almost always just went onto Linkedin to maybe make a connection or respond to a message etc

But nowadays a lot of people are getting on Linkedin and they are looking at their newsfeed. They may not go there primarily for it, but they're spending time on their newsfeed scrolling through articles to see if there's anything interesting there and what that means is content marketing on Linkedin is now proving to be very effective and because not a lot of people are doing it and not a lot of people are doing it well you can make a big impact.

So if you scroll through your newsfeed what you'll notice is there are a lot of posts on there and mainly they are the kind of images and links to external articles and stuff like that and they've got one comment and two likes at most. But eventually, you'll hit one that's got 50 comments and 47 likes and behind the scenes it's getting thousands and thousands of views. So, in other words, the person who wrote that article is getting front of mind with thousands of people who are looking at that article and reading it.

Now the Linkedin algorithm changes all the time but right now it is favouring pure text-only posts. So if you look down your newsfeed you'll find most of the posts with loads of comments and likes are primarily just text only or they are short native videos – so not a YouTube video but a video uploaded to Linkedin. Linkedin does not want people to leave the Linkedin platform – it kind of penalizes if there's a link in the actual article itself and you send them off Linkedin because Linkedin wants to keep people on Linkedin because that's where it makes its money: from people being on Linkedin.

So if you can write a good post in that 1,300 words especially one where you capture people's attention with something kind of emotionally compelling in the first few words because usually the first couple of lines appear before people have to expand it. If you tell a little story in there – a little parable with a meaning at the end and you do something that people can comment on that stir some emotion – because people feel empathy with it and they want to comment on it or you ask a question.

Similarly in your video if you ask a question if you get people to comment…if people start engaging with your content on Linkedin early on in the first couple of hours then Linkedin sees that as a sign that it's the kind of thing people want to see and it starts spreading it more a more and you can get a kind of mini-viral effect. Now that's also dependent on you being connected to the right people so in parallel with doing content on Linkedin you'll want to connect with your potential clients or other people who are connected to them so you've got a big network of potential clients who are seeing that content.

That's content marketing on Linkedin – a lot more to be said about that and I'm sure I'll come back to that another day.

Linkedin Lead Generation Method 4: Linkedin Advertising

The final method is Linkedin advertising – another big topic. Linkedin advertising is a bit of a clunky platform. Nowhere near as advanced as the Facebook advertising platform and it's much more expensive per click. But if the targeting criteria on Linkedin which are largely based on demographics and firmographics (who someone works for, their job title, their level of seniority, the number of people in the company etc)… if you can find your target clients really well through those criteria then you can do well with Linkedin advertising. I certainly tested on a couple of occasions and the last time I tested it it was something like a four hundred percent ROI within a couple of weeks for me in terms of people then going to a sign-up page signing up and a number of them then signing up for my paid programs so Linkedin advertising can work well.

So those are your big four methods for Linkedin Lead Generation. It's the straightforward one of “connect and nurture”, it's using Linkedin as a rolodex to find people you can get referrals to, it's doing content marketing on Linkedin and it's using Linkedin advertising.

All four could work, but they work well in different circumstances. So if you have a lot of high-value potential clients you may want to go down the connect and nurture route or maybe referrals. If you have online courses or other products where you need a larger number of people you might want to go down the content marketing or the advertising route.

That's it for this week – see you next. If you want to subscribe to get more – and you should – you can hit the buttons there or there depending on where you're watching this.

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Ian Brodie

Ian Brodie

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Ian Brodie teaches consultants, coaches and other professionals to attract and win the clients they need using "Value-Based Marketing" - an approach to marketing based around delivering value, demonstrating your capabilities and earning trust through your marketing.

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