B2B Lead Generation on LinkedIn

Monica Romeri
Monica Jade Romeri Founder and CEO, Darwin Digital Content

Posted on February 25th 2013

B2B Lead Generation on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 200 million users. The social network is great for making new connections, staying up-to-date on relevant industry B2B-Lead-Generation-on-LinkedInnews and trends, sharing your original content, building a following and boosting visibility. LinkedIn is the best social medium for B2B companies.  The social network has a visitor-to-lead conversion ratio of 2.74%, which is outstanding and greatly outranks the conversion rates of Facebook and Twitter. Although the high conversion rate is very appealing, refrain from engaging in overly “salesy” marketing on LinkedIn. After all, it is a social network, so be social, focus on being an informational resource and provide links to highly shareable content full of relevant, valuable solutions and insight. LinkedIn is a rich opportunity to increase engagement, promote your company, gain influence, attract leads and win new business.

5 Ways to Amplify B2B Lead Generation on LinkedIn

1.  Add Custom Banners to Your Company Profile 

Adding banners is free, and each banner can link back to your website.  You can add up to three distinct linkable banners to the Products & Services section of your company page, which is a great way to funnel LinkedIn traffic to your blog, premium content, webinars and targeted landing pages.  Many companies on LinkedIn fail to take advantage of this great feature.  When prospects visit your Products & Services section, ensure that there is a fast and easy way for them to contact you by linking your URL, your blog or a targeted landing page to your banners.

2.  Use the LinkedIn Lead Collection Widget

The widget is a highly useful tool for testing a LinkedIn ad campaign budget, which you should add to your company page.  A little box sits at the top of your page—allowing people to easily submit their email address to you with just one click.  The widget helps you generate more leads faster; it is especially effective with mobile users who are likely to opt out of typing all their information into landing your pages.

3.  Share Customized Content and CTAs

LinkedIn company pages can offer different content based on the profile of the visiting LinkedIn member.  This optimization allows you to employ the most appealing language according to industry, geographic location, job function, company size, etc.  Creating custom content for specific LinkedIn members helps you drive them to highly relevant landing pages and offers, and the set-up is relatively quick and painless.  Here is the dashboard for creating multiple versions of LinkedIn company pages based on audience type:

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4.  Optimize the Timing of Company Status Updates

You should post status updates during the times of day when you get the most impressions on LinkedIn.  Most companies see more engagement in the morning.  However, mobile use, which is rising, spikes in the evening.  Experiment by posting at different times of day to determine what works best for your industry and target market.  Engagement metrics, including impressions, clicks and shares, can be accessed by administrators of company pages.  Your metrics should be analyzed to figure out what types of posts are driving the most relevant traffic and leads to your website.  Pay close attention to what content generates the most social shares, since high numbers of shares translates into increased visibility in LinkedIn streams and more reach for your business.

5.  Send Customized Messages to Your Prospects

LinkedIn Sponsored Inmail is an amazing marketing tool.  Linked will help you identify exactly who you should be contacting to advance your business.  Just create your message, add your URLs, and then let LinkedIn do the rest.  Think of these messages as highly targeted sales pitches.  Although this option is not free, it is well worth the cost for its ability to reach the right people, create leads and send targeted traffic to your website.  A Sponsored Inmail campaign may be exactly what your company needs in order to fully optimize LinkedIn lead generation.

Experiment with various ways to distinguish yourself and your company, and LinkedIn can become an invaluable part of your social media marketing and overall inbound strategy.

Monica Romeri

Monica Jade Romeri

Founder and CEO, Darwin Digital Content

Monica is Founder and CEO of Darwin Digital Content, a performance-based content marketing agency.  DDC delivers highly evolved and strategic content creation and marketing services to help clients—big and small—attract their target audiences and drive revenue.

Monica has a proven track record of publishing captivating, persuasive and elegant content. Her background in sociology and interest in group dynamics facilitate her development of unique and provocative and yet highly relevant content topics and strategy. Her content has trended on LinkedIn and been featured on SocialMediopolis, Jeremy Goldman’s daily Social 6 and Yahoo! Small Business Advisor. Monica consistently incites seriously high rates of website traffic, social content curation and lead generation and conversion. For all her latest content, follow her on Twitter: @MJRomeriDDC.

The Darwin Digital Content team can breathe life into any topic—attracting a significant captive audience, enhancing SEO and amplifying online influence to help clients reach and surpass their content marketing objectives. DDC creates blog and premium content and also offers strategic content consulting, editing services and social media marketing.

 

 

 

 



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Comments

kendall427
Posted on February 25th 2013 at 6:18PM

While this article is very helpful, my company page on LinkedIn does not have very many followers. It's mostly just employees of the company. Do you have any advice on how to gain more followers?