Social Selling – LinkedIn Expert

The Ultimate LinkedIn "Social Selling" Tips for newbies and experts alike.

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LinkedIn and social selling go together like peanut butter and jelly, LeBron James and NBA rings, chocolate brownies and ice cream. However, for this special magic to happen, you and I need to talk about using LinkedIn to sell big in 2021.

The 2021 LinkedIn “Social Selling” Tips for newbies and experts alike.

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"Social Selling" Tips for newbies and Linkedin expert alike.

I totally understand that there might be a ton of how-to guides and blog posts online. However, few of them reveal the simple tips, hacks, and mysteries of being a social selling leader. In this article, I believe to be the top tips for applying social selling on LinkedIn.

Whether you’re a LinkedIn expert, newbie, or somewhere in between, you should walk away with some new knowledge on how to engage, interact with, and sign new prospects with the help of LinkedIn after reading this ebook.

2021 Tips for Beginners New to LinkedIn social selling, or LinkedIn in general?

Similarly, some great tips to get you started using the platform and incorporating it into your selling strategy.

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1. Optimising Your LinkedIn Profile

Optimising Your LinkedIn Profile Leads who see your profile on LinkedIn should be impressed with what you’ve put on there. Thus, it would help if you convey your understanding of this social networking platform with an optimised profile.

That is to say that at the very least, ensure your profile has the following important things:

• An up-to-date, professional profile picture with clear resolution.
• A 1-2 paragraph summary explaining how you and your company help clients.
• A downplayed presence of your previous roles.

Likewise, your LinkedIn profile should be optimised for selling your product to prospects – not yourself to recruiters.

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2. Post-Daily Status Updates

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It would be best if you aimed to publish at least once a day on LinkedIn to keep your connections up-to-date with the latest industry content you’ve been reading.

Secondly, to keep your name synonymous with industry expertise and news.

Remembering the 80/20 rule when it comes to social sharing. 80 per cent of the Content you promote should be industry news or helpful Content that does not heavily emphasise your product — at least not heavily promoting it.

This type of Content contains news items or blog entries that your connections will find useful and/or informative about the sector. 20% of the Content you promote should be about your company, such as new product launches, case studies, and customer success stories.

This balance helps earn you respect and trust while showing you’re looking to help other potential customers succeed – setting you on the path of becoming a LinkedIn Expert.

3. Establishing a Daily Routine

If you don’t have a plan, social selling might be daunting. Set sufficient time to create a framework for a 15-30 minute daily regimen for your LinkedIn social selling activities.

For example, you may spend 15 minutes reading the newest news and changes in your business, 5 minutes drafting and releasing a post to share the story you want to emphasise, and 10 minutes reaching out to prospects referring them to the piece of Content and explaining why it applies to their circumstance. Whatever is most effective for you and your leads!

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4. Don't Forget About Your Personal Brand - Social Selling

It’s easy to forget that social selling on LinkedIn is about connecting your prospects to your company through you, not the other way around. So keep your brand’s tone in mind when conversing with leads to create a consistent brand experience from the first conversation.

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5. Stay in Touch With Marketing

Your company’s marketing department should create up to date and collateral and new Content and help you earn trust with leads and close more deals.

Check-in with marketing frequently, set a regular cadence to see what new Content or campaigns the Marketing Team in your company have on their calendars. Then, I recommend that you follow up and inquire about how you might best position or frame this Content in your sales conversations.

6. Join LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn lets you join up to 50 different groups on the site. The benefits of joining a Group on LinkedIn? Here are a few that come to mind:

• You can see what potential customers are talking about and offer a comment when appropriate.
• You can submit your own posts or articles to cement yourself as a thought leader further.
• You can send messages to other members of your group, even if you are not connected.

In other words, groups allow you to learn from, engage with, and send Content to leads in an inbound way. You’ll be seen as a member of a community rather than another salesperson sending an inMail message.

7. Be Personal Remember 

– even though you’re using an online tool in the process, this is social selling, not automated selling.

To clarify, do your preparation on all of the leads you reach out to and providing a unique and personalised message or piece of content to everyone in your initial outreach. People can quickly detect when they’re being sold to, and they don’t like it when it feels impersonal. Because LinkedIn is software, you should make even more effort to be personal to break through that screen and make a connection.

8. Identify Your Social Selling Index (SSI)

Score Your Social Selling Index Score is determined by how well you meet four different criteria:

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• Establishing your Personal Brand.
• Finding the right people.
• Engaging with insights.
• Building relationships.

Similarly, knowing and working to improve your score directly leads to greater results for you. Therefore, I will go into greater depth on ways to improve your score.

Further, you can learn more about finding your SSI score here. Once you’re familiar with your score, commit to consistently taking action to improve it. Here are some ways to grow your score in each part of the sales index’s framework.

9. Continue Building Your Personal Brand In Becoming a LinkedIn Expert

To improve this score, ask your previous happy customers to write you a recommendation, explaining how you provided valuable solutions to those who visit your profile. 

10. Boosting Your Score –

Finding the Right People To boost this score, you can reach out to those who have viewed your profile and are qualified to make a purchase. Chances are they’re curious about you or the company you work for, which is why they clicked to see your profile. 

11. Engaging with Insights 

For example, before you share an article or piece of Content with prospects, research them and their specific industry to ensure what you’re sharing is relevant to them specifically. 

As a result, you may reference the incident or reason you’re sharing the Content in your message, so they know you took an interest in finding a solution in your approach. 

12. Building Relationships 

Firstly to improve this score, focus your outreach efforts on decision-makers of the businesses you want to get in front of. Thus, saving you and those you reach out to less time and effort.  

13. Don’t Give Up 

Consequently, building relationships on LinkedIn and establishing yourself as an industry thought leader on the site takes time but can be career-advancing. This is good news for you, too, because the richer the connections and the more established the credentials, the better your chances of closing a sale are! 

So, if you’re new to this, don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. 

Moreover, keep putting the work in and lay a stable Personal Brand foundation as an approachable LinkedIn Expert. Your prospects and company will ultimately thank you. In my next section, I want to highlight one of the essential tools for LinkedIn social selling – the LinkedIn Sales Navigator

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Tips for Using Sales Navigator If you’re serious about social selling on LinkedIn, you want to use LinkedIn Sales Navigator as part of your journey to becoming a powerful LinkedIn Expert.

Yes, you guessed it, this tool unlocks exclusive ways to find and engage with prospects who are the best fit for your product or service. This section will go over the basics of using Sales Navigator, plus a few pro tips for the experienced social seller.

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14. Saving Leads

Interested in a lead who’s not quite ready to buy? Save your leads and follow them for updates and to see when they’re in the best position for you to reach out – like changing companies or roles. You can save leads from a company’s Account Details page, from search results, your Sales Navigator homepage, and the lead’s own page.

15. Sync Sales Navigator with Your CRM

Using a CRM at your company? Sync your sales navigator account with your CRM account to keep a report of the communication you have had with your prospects.

Consequently, doing this will afford you the insights and reporting you need. Saving you much time from the back and forth between two different sites

It only takes a click, and you’ll quickly thank yourself for doing it. If you’re a HubSpot CRM user looking to connect your account to Sales Navigator, click here.

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16. Log Calls to Sales Navigator

If you use the Sales Navigator mobile app, you can log calls, length, and duration. This is an easy way to recall your previous conversations straight through LinkedIn rather than an additional call tracking software.

17. Integrating Email and Sales Navigator

Why stop at your phone and your CRM? You can sync your Sales Navigator account to your email, which produces the essentials of that contact’s LinkedIn profile alongside your email inbox. You can even save as a lead directly through an email interaction.

18. Save Your Searches

Don’t keep reinventing the wheel. Once you develop a filtered search that you believe will consistently produce quality leads, save that search from receiving periodic emails for those who have newly met your criteria, you’re able to run or edit these saved searches at any time.

19. Utilising Shared Experience

One of LinkedIn’s best premium filters is the “Leads with Shared Experiences/ Commonalities.” You’ll be able to more easily find leads who have areas of professional overlap like you. For example, reaching out with a “Glad to be talking to another UMass alum!” is a lot more effective than jumping right to the “have you evaluated your online banking needs lately?”.

20. Employing the “Past Not Current” Filter

People hop jobs all the time – and that includes your customers. You can utilise the “Past Not Current” filter to identify leads who previously worked at a company that is currently your customer. The conversation can go something like, “I saw you moved on from [old company name]. Out of curiosity, what is [new company name] using for their [solution you provide]?” This is a great way to use your existing customer base to add to your customer base with the power of LinkedIn.

21. Saving Your Searches

Looking for a particular type of lead? Use a Boolean search to find who you need. This is where you’ll employ “OR,” “NOT,” and/or “AND” in your searches to take multiple factors into account. For example, you could search for “CTO” OR “VP of Security” or “Manager” NOT “Sales” to accomplish your catered search needs.

22. Utilising Your Lead Recommendations

Are LinkedIn’s gifts to you. Each person is similar to someone who you’ve saved as a lead or is someone who matches the preferences saved in your settings.

23. Target Companies

Better With Account Details Pages – when you want to reach out to a rep from a company you know would benefit from what you’re selling but unsure who to reach out to? Search for that company in your search bar and head to the Recommended Leads section, where suggested leads at that company based on what you’re looking for in the lead will be produced. You’ll also be able to monitor company updates, job changes from employees, news mentions, and more.

24. Keep Your Records Together With Notes and Tags

Notes and tags are for your own internal record keeping and organisation needs. You can bucket leads into pre-set categories, like current role, with a tag, or with a custom note to yourself about that lead with a note (i.e. “Just took the role on in January – follow up in three months.”).

Further, these tools are great for quick reference when you need to recall the needs of a certain lead. Your notes and tags will also be saved in your CRM if you’ve synced them with your Sales Navigator account.

25. Applying the TeamLink Filter

LinkedIn is a networking site, so use your network to help you sell! When you apply the TeamLink Connections filter, you’ll find possible leads who share a first or second connection with you, as it incorporates the relationships of members of your sales team in addition to your personal first connections. You can then reach out to that mutual connection to see if they can make an intro on your behalf.

26. Save Your TeamLink Searches Just like saving searches in general, saving TeamLink searches keeps you updated on your targeted leads’ professional lives. Revisit that search or set up a notification cadence to see if you develop any mutual connections for those prospects. Following the same steps as above when starting a conversation.

Got a sales team you’re managing?

Getting all of your reps to use LinkedIn can be difficult. Holding them accountable to sticking with it can be even more of a challenge.

The next section is dedicated to tips for ramping up your team to be better at LinkedIn social selling. Tips for Getting Your Team into Linkedin Social Selling Some reps would rather jump right into selling in other ways than take the time to learn social selling on LinkedIn best practices and becoming an experienced LinkedIn Expert.

If this is true for your team, try these team training tips.

27. Provide Training for Your Reps or Sales Team

If your reps aren’t familiar with LinkedIn – either at all or using it as a social selling tool – set up training sessions for Sales Navigator or have successful reps be there for a Q+A. Guiding them along, so they grasped the basic foundation.

28. Offering Instructional and Educational Content.

Set up regular meetings with the marketing department to ensure they’re sending your reps the best and most relevant content to be used in social selling efforts.

That is to say, building this bridge can go beyond improving social selling programs – it can result in stronger sales and marketing alignment for the company by opening up doors for collaboration and feedback.

29. Offering Incentives

When all else fails, offer incentives like bonuses, gift cards, or other rewards for reps who close the most deals or bring in the most prospects through LinkedIn and Sales Navigator. 18 Pro Tips If you’re a seasoned LinkedIn social seller, you’ve probably been holding out for this section.

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30. Recording Personalised Videos

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Once you’re connected with prospects, you can record an introductory video for them rather than sending a traditional text message. On your mobile app, start a message for the prospect, press the + button, press “video,” and then record a quick 30-60 second video introducing yourself and explaining why you’re reaching out. It’s a more personal way to make an introduction and impression.

31. Developing Talk Tracks for Each Role and Trigger Event.

Different buyers in different positions have different needs. Do you have a talk track for each role you sell to, from an SVP to a CEO, to an individual contributor?

Likewise, you can also develop records for when people have a role change, join a new company, or have asked you to reach back out and revisit after a few months. This creates consistency in your messaging and allows you to tweak your approach based on your success over time.

32. Creating the Content That You Share

Think of how much more impressed your prospects will be if you share an article that you contributed to or a blog post that you wrote with them rather than a generic industry article or a blog post that Joe from marketing wrote.

Building this trust and establishing yourself as a thought leader will show that you are willing to help prospects out in ways that don’t just involve sharing. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter.

33. Scheduling Posts in Advance with a Social Media Tool

Condensing your social selling work by scheduling your content posts a week or two in advance. This allows for more time for uninterrupted prospecting throughout the week while still sharing the same amount of quality content with your connections. Need a social media publishing tool? Try HubSpot’s!

34. Setting Up Google Alerts for Targeted Accounts

This idea lives outside of LinkedIn but can be immensely helpful in starting conversations on the platform.

Similarly, if there’s an account, you’re desperate to get into your pipeline, set up a Google alert for whenever their company appears in the news. Then, if the story is ever applicable to your business, use this press as a springboard for a conversation.

For instance, you might see a press release that they raised a new round of funding, and in the past, haven’t been able to explore buying from you for budgetary constraints. Reach out to your contact, offer congratulations, and ask if now would be a good time to reopen conversations.

35. Engaging always with anyone who connects with you on your Content.

In other words, be “social on social media” – to continue to expand your network, use your status as a thought leader to connect with those who have liked, commented on, or engaged with your updates or with your group posts. Do this routinely so people remember who you are when you invite and offer to keep the conversation ongoing.

36. Being Organised – PointDrive

Keep your collateral and Content organised when you send it to prospects. As a result, you have many people who are involved in the decision making process for purchasing.

Therefore, you should keep all of your links, files, and resources in one place. This is where PointDrive comes in. With PointDrive, you can package up Content to share with potential buyers. You can even see how your Content was engaged with by those who saw it. You can learn more about how to use PointDrive here.

37. Scoping Out Your Prospects’ Profiles

For Talking Points, Don’t just go off LinkedIn bylines for your conversation starters. Instead, check out the profiles of everyone you’re prospecting to see what you can bring up in that discovery call. Maybe they’ve listed their experience using a competitor product or software in their job description or gotten a certification related to what you’re selling. This is how you become a LinkedIn expert.

Key Takeaways – Social Selling on LinkedIn – by a LinkedIn Expert

I really truly hope these tips, hacks, and pieces of advice have given you the knowledge and inspiration to become a better social seller on LinkedIn in the year 2021. 

Like all social media platforms, LinkedIn is always changing, so as you do more social selling, remember to document what works best for you, your company, and your leads. 

Also, suppose I can leave you with one tip that we believe will impact you the most. In that case, it’s syncing your CRM with your LinkedIn  Expert Sales Navigator account.

To sum up, this action will ensure that your data and interactions are kept in one centralised place and will definitely streamline the organisation in social selling to focus on reaching out to prospects and ensuring they turn into the highly valuable customers you are looking for. 

 

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