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What Does LinkedIn Mean for Businesses Today and Why Should You Care?

While LinkedIn started as an online business social network, everyone knows it’s turned into a major recruitment platform over the years.

Since 2020 there has been a huge turnaround and LinkedIn is becoming a powerful networking opportunity not only internationally but nationally and even locally because:

  • There have been fewer physical networking events
  • There were no international events, trade shows, expos, etc. for months
  • People have gotten a taste of WFH and are less willing to waste time going to live events

While thinking about the difference between live networking and online networking on a professional platform like LinkedIn, the only differences I can come up with include:

  • You can touch other people in a live setting
  • Other people can touch and shake hands during a live event
  • You can drink and eat with other people
  • You have to wear a mask which makes communication in a noisy place difficult
  • It’s easier to interact with a group

None of these are deal-breaking moments when it comes to building quality business relationships unless we agree that we can’t do business with people unless we get a chance to interact with them in person.

Therefore, we have to explore what networking remotely through LinkedIn can bring to our business.

Since the launch of Smarketing Lab in November 2020, we have been researching and observing businesses and individuals to understand what is the new real value of LinkedIn in today’s market.

Here are three key observations of what LinkedIn means for business in 2022, why should you care, and what you can do about it.

In 2022 LinkedIn is used by 70% of business owners and procurement managers to research potential suppliers.

Why should you care?

If you are in business and want to sell more, it’s valuable to know that there are companies out there who desperately need your products and services. Often they don’t even want to hear from you until they’ve done their research and ‘found you’.

Have you checked what they find when they come across your company?
On Google? On LinkedIn? On your website?

Yes, research shows that people are looking at you and your company in that order: Google – LinkedIn – your website.

On top of that, if you approach someone yourself, they will want to research and understand you first in the same order: Google – LinkedIn – Your website.

So, if you have invested in making your website amazing, now is the time to consider what they can find by looking on LinkedIn.

People judge your business and you based on your company and personal profile on LinkedIn more than they care about your beautiful website. Sad, but true.

What can you do about it?

Fortunately, a lot can be done relatively easily. Here is a simple step-by-step plan for you:

  1. Upgrade your Company’s LinkedIn Profile. It’s like your business card but available 24/7.
  2. Upgrade your personal LinkedIn Profile and profiles of key people in your business. You can test its strength by following this link.
  3. Commit to publishing at least 1 article a month.
  4. Commit 15-30 minutes a day to connect with new people, and reconnect with existing connections – that’s what networking is all about.
  5. Post your thoughts, observations, and questions with a relevant image once a day.

Sounds like too much work?

I completely agree. I can’t keep up. That’s why my team and I have created a special and secure process to help you and your business be visible and vocal on LinkedIn

Do you agree this great plan is a LOT of work?
Is it true that you don’t have the time to do it, even when you recognize it’s a good idea?

How about you let our team do this work. We’ll only need 1-2 hours of your time per month where you can share your thoughts and approve content that our #Teamtalent creates for you.

Book time with me today to learn how it can happen in just 1-2 hours of your time a month.

Word of mouth that supported your business for decades is rapidly disappearing and new managers want reassurance that you and your company are still a good fit

I agree that it’s a bit harsh, but life is life and your loyal supporters, past contacts, customers, and managers are nearing retirement and are leaving.

New managers don’t know you and your company, have no loyalty and want to make their mark.

Do you think you will be a natural choice in the process?

Why should you care?

 

New Managers, especially in government and corporates are young and digitally savvy. They may respect the value of past relationships but at the same time, they are eager to prove themselves. Challenging existing relationships is an obvious choice to ensure they are getting the best return for their dollar.

Therefore, reviewing current and long-standing suppliers is a common practice.

Guess what, they are modern-day professionals and they will also go and look on Google first, LinkedIn second, and only then check your website … if they can find it. Because let’s face it, when you are busy with large long-standing clients there was no time to upgrade your website.

With full respect for your expertise and experience, let me ask you one question: what would you say about a shop with old outdated signage?

Have you considered that your LinkedIn and your website are like digital signage?

Do you care as much about your LinkedIn appearance as you care about your street signage?

The bottom line, today some people will judge you and your business on the strength (or weakness) of your LinkedIn profile and your website. It’s OK that you don’t care, others do.

What can you do about it?

I was tempted to repeat the action plan described above because that’s all there is to it. Regardless of why a solid professional presence on LinkedIn is a modern necessity. You can invest your time and effort or outsource it to people like Smarketing Lab, which, by the way, gets feedback like this:

“I am indebted to SML’s hard work, the unconditional patience to a greenhorn like me and your commitment to ensuring that this project becomes successful which it has indeed.

Triode Group Ltd is now enjoying the fruitage of your efforts with a record-breaking revenue since we started despite the pandemic with its supposedly gloomy financial outcomes. The year has just started and yet we already have confirmed orders to fill half of the year which is beyond any previous experience.”


Joey Llanes, Sales Director

While this article is about LinkedIn, here is an easy to follow 5 step plan for how you can improve your website because once LinkedIn is taken care of your website is likely to need an uplift too:

  1. Check the look and feel of your website – these days it is 10 times easier to make it look great on a basic budget. Just do it because your competition is onto it. Check them out to see how many used their time in lockdown to upgrade their website. Reach out if you need a hand.
  2. Add more content. These can be case studies, better product and services descriptions, more about your team, company history, etc. Enquire to get a full list of Must-Haves for a Modern Website.
  3. Take time to visit every page on your website to catch old, outdated or plain incorrect information and images and commit to changing these asap.
  4. Consider adding an AI chatbot to enhance the initial customer service interaction.
  5. Are you collecting emails of your website visitors? Why not? Ask me why you are leaving money on the table if you do not have a system for that.

If you ever want to move and do something else or add consultancy as a personal income stream, it’s easier to do if you have a strong LinkedIn presence.

Why should you care?

Actually, you don’t have to care at all if your plan is to retire and do nothing one day.

Something tells me that you are not that kind of a person and doing nothing will get boring very quickly.

If so, keeping your LinkedIn profile lively, and sharing your experience and expertise on a regular basis (we call it Claiming Your Space) can allow you to transition into consulting at your pace.

Is it worth it?

The decision is very personal and is based on your higher aspirations and plans for life. I’m here just to pose a question and suggest a solution, which is manageable and attainable.

What can you do about it?

The good news is you may choose to do nothing.

Or you may consider everything suggested above about LinkedIn and even the website because every little bit counts. So that one day you may feel free to focus on things you like most and be paid for doing it.

Trust this article sparked your thoughts.

I’d love to know what you think and would value it if you can share your thoughts and observations on how LinkedIn is changing in the comments.

Assia Salikhova

Managing Director

E-ideas Limited t/a Smarketing Lab 

assia@smarketinglab.co.nz

P.S. Who am I and why you should listen to me?

I graduated with a degree in Physics and worked on the Human Genome Project. I wrote my first line of code in 1977 and was in a leadership position working for IBM in their largest software development lab here in NZ. I developed a fashion brand and with my team, we changed the colours associated with two industries here in New Zealand.

Today my customers refer to my writing as “the best they ever seen” and experience deep and meaningful conversations about the course of their business. Now it’s your turn to experience the difference and discover how one hour of your life can have a long-lasting impact on your business.

Book a Smarketing Blueprint consult here while it’s still free, because that won’t last long.

Trust this article sparked your thoughts.

I’d love to know what you think and would value it if you can share your thoughts and observations on how LinkedIn is changing in the comments.

Assia Salikhova

Managing Director

E-ideas Limited t/a Smarketing Lab 

assia@smarketinglab.co.nz

P.S. Who am I and why you should listen to me?

I graduated with a degree in Physics and worked on the Human Genome Project. I wrote my first line of code in 1977 and was in a leadership position working for IBM in their largest software development lab here in NZ. I developed a fashion brand and with my team, we changed the colours associated with two industries here in New Zealand.

Today my customers refer to my writing as “the best they ever seen” and experience deep and meaningful conversations about the course of their business. Now it’s your turn to experience the difference and discover how one hour of your life can have a long-lasting impact on your business.

Book a Smarketing Blueprint consult here while it’s still free, because that won’t last long.

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