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    1. Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn Pulse

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      LinkedIn Pulse

      As part of our overall marketing strategy, we spend a tremendous amount of time producing targeted thought leadership content. Now that we have a bank of it, we’re always thinking about ways to creatively reuse and leverage what we’ve already created to continually share useful intel with our audience.

      One of the things we’ve been exploring a lot lately is how, when, and where to repost to avoid issues related to duplicate content, etc. For example, if we share a post here on our blog, we typically wait a week to repost the article on LinkedIn, and when we do repost, we do things like change the title, adjust or truncate the content, and layer in additional information. Other times, we post original content on LinkedIn first in order to experiment and test out alternate approaches.  

      Many people are still figuring out reposting best practices and how to make the most of LinkedIn Pulse publishing. So let’s explore a few ways you can amplify your content on LinkedIn, regardless of how you get multiple-use out of the original work.

      1. Look to LinkedIn Pulse’s “Influencers” for posting best practices.

      Follow a few of the more than 500 LinkedIn Pulse Influencers, from Mark Cuban to Lena Dunham, and start studying what they cover and how often they publish. Think about how their posts are positioning them as industry pundits, notice if they publish certain pieces of content elsewhere by doing a quick Google search of article titles, and take note of nuances such as article length and imagery. Are they backlinking to posts on their blog or to other influencers’ posts? What are people commenting about?

      1. Everytime you post on LinkedIn, think about authenticity, not self-promotion.

      Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente and LinkedIn Influencer Bernard J. Tyson’s examination of race relations in response to Ferguson reached half a million people on LinkedIn. Why? The authenticity and passion that resonated from Tyson’s post not only brought positive attention to him as an influential thought leader, but also drew positive recognition for his company just by virtue of the post.

      Remember, the key to thought leadership is to publish your perspective on highly relevant topics, not shouting out your brand (because, simply put, that’s called advertising).

      1. Make sure you’re using visuals.

      As you know from blog, social media, and media relations best practices, a picture is worth a thousand words. LinkedIn profiles with a photo are 14 times more likely to be viewed than those without so give your posts some image love too.

      Not sure where to snag free stock imagery? Try Pixabay, Gratisography (if you’re feeling a little cray), or Death to the Stock Photo which sends free photos to your inbox every month.

      1. Engage, engage, engage.

      After you post, your work is not done. Actively engage with your network by creating conversations in response to LinkedIn Pulse post comments. If someone likes your post, be “pat-their-back proactive” by checking out what they’ve written on LinkedIn and share the love as you would on any other social platform.

      Bonus points if your LinkedIn post includes a highly shareable graphic created using Canva or any other graphic design platform that empowers non-designers to turn their thoughts into visual hooks.

      1. Encourage fellow employees to join in.

      If you publish something you think your colleagues will find interesting, send them the link via email, Slack, or anywhere else outside of LinkedIn that could help the post gain off-site exposure. (Sharing the post via your social media channels should be a given at this point… )

      The results? A) Your colleagues will probably read it. B) Some of them will “Like” it. C) Some will comment. D) You may just inspire them to write and publish a thought leadership post of their own.

      LinkedIn is no longer just about making connections with other business professionals. It’s become a one-stop-shop for communicating thoughts, ideas, experience, and useful information with a highly targeted group (your carefully curated network). How are you making the most of LinkedIn Pulse?

      A version of this article appeared on Inc.

       

       

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      Ryan Rapp

    2. 10 Ways PR Can Leverage LinkedIn

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      A few weeks ago I conducted an exclusive interview with two of LinkedIn’s leading tech ladies, Sarah Clatterbuck and Erica Lockheimer, alongside PR Manager Kenly Walker. We talked about everything from how to ensure your LinkedIn connections aren’t aware of your stalking habits, to how the company’s “women in tech” initiatives are setting an example for other public companies and laying the foundation for the next generation of STEM-focused gals.

      After the interview (because I may or may not be obsessed with all-things-PR) I asked them if they could kindly cull together a list of ways in which everyone from PR professionals to startup founders can leverage all of LinkedIn’s amazing features to enhance both internal and external communications strategies.

      Well, needless to say, they did better than cull. They immediately put me in touch with Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Catherine Fisher, so we could sit down and talk “PR shop.” Whether you’re a seasoned PR professional, an entrepreneur, or simply looking to raise your professional profile, Ms. Fisher’s insightful and useful tips will be a stellar way to round out your PR toolbox.

      LinkedIn can help you strengthen and amplify your internal and external communications strategies.

      How PR can use LinkedIn1. Humanize Your Brand with Your Employees, Senior Executives and Thought leaders: Whether they are in the corner office or in a cubicle right beside you, your best advocates are sitting right down the hall. Smart companies are tapping their employees to write and share content.

      Dan Roth, LinkedIn Executive Editor, recently shared, “The best of them are actively encouraging their employees to get their voice out there–by supporting their writing, suggesting content for them to comment on and share or making suggestions of what people might want to tackle and then curating and sharing the posts.”

      In fact, “on average, according to our data, the employees of a company have 10 times the social following that their company has.” A company that is doing it well is Dell.

      2. Company Page: Consume and share content on LinkedIn as a company. Does your company reign supreme in healthcare PR, or does your CEO often provide expert analysis surrounding the latest millennial marketing trends? Make sure your company has a LinkedIn Company Page and gain followers by sharing updates like employment branding and career opportunities, fun industry-related facts and quotes, and an inside look into your company’s corporate culture via executive and employee interviews. It enables your company to share news and insights with LinkedIn’s 364+ million members.

      3. Gain insights from top industry leaders known as “Influencers” on LinkedIn’s Pulse.

      Ever wonder how Arianna Huffington built her media empire or what Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, foresees will be the next big thing in social media? In addition to members publishing content on LinkedIn, you can check out LinkedIn Influencers, around 500 of the top minds in business like Bill Gates to Richard Branson who write and share on topics like entrepreneurship and social good, for the latest news and insights affecting the business world today.

      4. Reinforce the value of authenticity, not promotion.

      Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente and LinkedIn Influencer Bernard J. Tyson’s examination of race relations in response to Ferguson reached half a million people on LinkedIn. Why? The authenticity and passion that resonated from Tyson’s post not only brought positive attention to him as an influential thought leader, but also drew positive recognition for his company just by virtue of the post.

      A robust LinkedIn profile is your ticket to a variety of professional opportunities like jobs, mentorships, new business ventures, and referrals.

      5. A picture is worth a thousand words. First impressions count in PR, so make sure your profile conveys who you are as a professional. In fact, profiles with a photo are 14 times more likely to be viewed than those without. Follow The LinkedIn Guide to the Perfect #WorkSelfie to capture the perfect lighting, angles, and environment to best illustrate you in your PR setting.

      6. Don’t bury the lede with a lackluster headline or lifeless summary. Your title is already listed in your experience section, so use your headline to differentiate yourself and grab the attention of others. Do you pride yourself on being an evangelist for health and wellness clients? Are you known for being a consummate connector? Your summary is the real estate to focus on career accomplishments, aspirations and to show a bit of flair. In fact, a summary of 40 words or more makes your profile more likely to turn up in searches.

      7. Focus on the quality of your connections not the quantity, and leverage search to reach out to new contacts (media). PR professionals come across so many people at work, but keep in mind your network is an extension of your professional brand. We advise only connecting with those you know and trust. Send a connection request with a brief, personalized note to the producer you worked with on a great broadcast segment, not the cameraman you briefly chatted with in the elevator.

      8. Show, don’t just tell who you are as a professional, and be your own best publicist on LinkedIn. Do what you do best, and use LinkedIn to publicize your professional brand to the world. Give a dynamic, visually appealing presentation of your professional story by uploading presentations, portfolios, and articles you’ve secured for clients to demonstrate your PR prowess. Broadcast to your network how the fruits of your labor culminated in an award-winning event or exclusive story in the Sunday business section by sharing an article link in a status update.

      9. Receive a stamp of approval through recommendations and endorsements.Ask for recommendations from clients, former co-workers and employers to make your profile go that extra mile. Do the legwork for them and provide the specific qualities or project examples you’d like them to highlight. For your skills section, select the ones you want to be known for and list them starting with the most important to you at the top. HINT: You can (and should) always reorder your skills, add new ones and delete others as your career goals change.

      10. Grow and engage your network. Actively engage with your network by posting status updates, joining and participating in Groups, and blogging on LinkedIn. Share links, articles, images, inspiring quotes, or anything else that may interest your connections via status updates. Did you learn compelling B2B marketing strategies at a recent conference you attended? Share a photo from the event in a status update and tag the event organizer.

      BONUS: You can also strengthen your PR reputation and grow your reach by blogging on LinkedIn. Publish long-form content to deeply explore topics that matter to you such as the state of the media industry or your best pitching tactics, and then monitor the comments to see your impact.

      As you can see, LinkedIn is no longer just about making connections with other business professionals or simply finding jobs. It has become a one-stop-shop for communicating thoughts, ideas, experience, and useful information in a conversation driven, two-way public relations world.

      A version of this article first appeared on Inc.com.