Is LinkedIn good for small business? Yes!
“In this day and age, the majority of your customers are online and not doing business in person,” notes LinkedIn consultant and executive trainer, Chuck Hester. “LinkedIn is the number-one B2B business networking platform. It's where your customers live!”
Indeed. More than 174 million Americans use LinkedIn and recent eMarketer survey data show it’s the most trusted of the top nine social media platforms.
As LinkedIn is designed for business people, it’s the best place to conduct B2B activities. Here are three ways small business owners use LinkedIn:
One-third of LinkedIn users use the site to research purchases and providers. LinkedIn’s audience is predominately decision-makers (4 of 5 users) with twice the buying power of audiences using other sites. No wonder it’s the top site for B2B lead generation. A strong presence on the site also encourages referrals because people can quickly share your information with others.
It’s tempting to treat LinkedIn like an online resume or brochure. Hester says that’s a missed opportunity. “It's about what you can do for the customer,” he says. Here are three ways to do that:
Forty million job seekers use LinkedIn to search for work each week and 3 people are hired every minute. Using LinkedIn to augment traditional help-wanted ads enables you to reach a larger, qualified talent pool.
“Develop a list of key terms your potential customers would use to find you through a LinkedIn search,” Hester counsels.
Not sure what terms to use? Check out competitors or companies like yours on LinkedIn to see what terms they’re using, and what skills they are recommended for. Note the ones that apply to you and use these as inspiration for other terms that apply.
If you want to take it to the next level, Google can help. For example, enter “additive manufacturing” and Google automatically makes suggestions based on frequent activity. Click on the one that’s the best fit for your shop and scroll down the page to People Also Ask to see more options. Make a list of the terms you see here. Head to the bottom for Searches Related to “additive manufacturing” to get additional ideas on words and phrases to include in your profile.
Your contact information is another must-have. Avoid using a catch-all email address that doesn’t get checked regularly. A direct contact email and phone number provide easy access for interested prospects.
Xometry's Partner Network LinkedIn company page.
Don’t forget to finish your profile and page with pictures that add an important show to the written tell, creating accountability and trust. Check out the Xometry company page for an example of how we use visuals.
A strong LinkedIn presence is a low-cost way to increase visibility, drive referrals, generate leads and find employees and partners. Block out some time to start or upgrade your LinkedIn today.