Is it possible to find customers on LINKEDIN WITHOUT SPENDING ANY MONEY ON ADVERTISING?
follow these tips to start making connections with prospective customers on LinkedIn!
Many businesses are using LinkedIn to cultivate relationships that turn in to leads, for $0! It takes a little bit of time every day, and a concerted focused effort. But it is possible to find customers using LinkedIn – without spending any money on advertising!
Answer these questions for me, honestly.
How much time do you spend on Facebook every day?
How much time are spending on building advertising campaigns?
How much money are you spending on advertising on Facebook or other social networks?
How can you find customers without spending a dime on LinkedIn?
TIp 1: Commit to spending time every day on LinkedIn
How? Make it part of your daily routine. Every business day, for 30 minutes. That’s all it should take.
Ok – 30 minutes is doable. So, what should you do?
- Spend time liking and commenting on content that is relevant to your target industry.
- Commented on posts from companies or people you’re hoping to connect with or who are influencers in your target industry space.
- Join groups that are focused on the industry or position that you are targeting,
- Don’t waste this committed time on your ‘peer’ groups. Most of the time you aren’t going to find clients in your peer groups.
Did you know – when you ‘like’ or ‘comment’ on a post, that action will now show up on other users feeds?
How does this help you?
It shows you are an active participator, while also helping build your credibility.
But most importantly, it expands your reach. Your name is now showing up in feeds of people who are not directly connected to you (your 2nd-degree connections – connections of connections). Exposure! After a while, LinkedIn may then recommend you as someone to follow!
TIP 2: Post consistent Quality content
Liking and commenting is great for expanding your reach. However, posting consistently on your own account with quality content will build your own credibility as a subject matter expert.
What should you post?
- Text only. Yes – a bunch of studies has shown that engagement levels are much higher on text-only posts. Test it out for yourself! (Why text only? LinkedIn gives preference to content that stays within LinkedIn, versus links out to external sites.)
- Keep it short and simple. No one wants to read a novel. However, if you feel compelled to write something longer than a few sentences, then consider using the LinkedIn blogging platform, called “Publisher”.
- Opinions. Do you have an opinion on a news story from your field or industry? Share your opinion and invite responses.
- Ask questions of your followers – their opinion on something, or recommendations etc.
If you want to include links to articles include those in the comments.
Don’t forget – this is a public forum, so your posts and comments are a reflection of you and your personal brand.
Extra Tip: Make sure your posts can be seen by everyone! Turn your posts to ‘public’ in the settings section of your profile.
Tip 3: Don’t be that annoying sales person!
Noone likes “that guy”. You know… the guy/girl who tries to connect with you and goes right in with the sales pitch. Or the person who likes to comment on your posts with “what I can do for you!”
I know you’re asking “But how am I supposed to get business from LinkedIn???”
Selling constantly, and badgering people with your sales pitch is annoying. It will alienate you from your prospects, and people find it really disruptive. It especially doesn’t work for people who are selling their expertise (like consultants).
You are more than likely not speaking to a “qualified” lead – meaning you haven’t established a need for your product or service, nor determine if it is the right time for them to purchase.
It really comes across as desperate.
Connect with 5 people a day – this will grow your 2nd-degree connections and increase your reach.
So how are you going to make sales from LinkedIn?
Be omnipresent and engaged.
Be the person who provides value in the content they’re posting, and in the comments they’re making.
Grow your network and reach so you can be discovered by your 2nd-degree connections by liking and commenting on posts relevant to your target industry.
And then people will start approaching you! You are the expert in the field they’re interested in and seem to be knowledgeable and helpful. So perhaps you are the person for the job!
Would you like a BONUS tip?
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How are YOU using LinkedIn to connect with prospective customers?