Many people still believe that LinkedIn is just a CV database; as a result, some companies have even handed over the company page to be run by the HR department. That's a mistake. There are some primary business reasons for using LinkedIn, and they both have very little to do with HR.
The main reasons are; to verify who people are, to interact with customers, prospects and peers, and to gain knowledge.
There are two primary ways to use LinkedIn:
Using a passive approach and merely being present.
Taking an active process by interacting with peers.
Either way, the more time and effort you put into relevant LinkedIn activities, the more significant becomes the rewards.
Being present on LinkedIn
You can gain the attention of potential new clients, customers, partners, peers and influencers by:
Just having a LinkedIn profile
Building your network of connections
Following interesting people & companies
Keeping your account up-to-date
Reading articles to stay up to date and to gain knowledge and inspiration
Like in most other interactions, the more you put in, the more you will get out. Additionally, if you get actively involved, you are much more likely to yield quicker and better results.
When you have been active, consider upgrading to a premium LinkedIn membership. It will give you access to additional features to help you achieve your objectives. LinkedIn has several subscription options. Usually, there is a free trial, so you can test the other features from a paid membership before committing to it.
Finally, I'd like you to start using LinkedIn as a natural part of doing business. Utilising LinkedIn's reach and networking features will help you expand your network. In addition to creating a professional image for you and your business, it will help you find and interact with prospects, clients, and customers. Even if you think something other than LinkedIn will work for your company, it will be worthwhile to check out how others in your industry use LinkedIn. As a networking resource, LinkedIn can give you connections that can lead to publicity, more business, and other excellent business growth opportunities.
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