There’s no doubt as to the use and value of social media for professional organizations and companies of all sizes. It’s the new way to communicate and create rapport with customers. Each service has it’s unique uses and one that’s business oriented has been adopted slowly by SMBs. LinkedIn is a great tool for businesses to connect, on a professional level, with the world at large.
Here’s four reasons why your business should have a presence on LinkedIn.
- You have more than 1 employee. With a company profile, you can pick how many people work in your organization, and many small businesses pick 1-10 or 11-50. In these two categories there are over 1.5 million businesses with accounts. Lots right? Add into this the ability to filter companies by industry, location and relationship and you have a powerful search tool that can help you stand out locally.
- You want to connect with your peers. Facebook is a great tool for connecting with nearly everybody, while LinkedIn is better for connecting to your colleagues and peers who are constantly sharing topical information and discussions that could be of great use when you’re stuck, or need advice.
- You are hiring. LinkedIn is also one of the best job boards for mid-level and higher professionals. If you have a job opening, you can post it on the site and people connected to you and your friends can be recommended for the job. You can also target the posting at professionals who you want to apply, no more having to wade through unqualified candidates.
- You don’t want to deal with games/links to cat videos/senseless sharing. LinkedIn is a professional network, as such, there aren’t many time wasting features. If you haven’t bought into, or are tired of notifications about games or other activities, LinkedIn is a great alternative. Just be warned, you won’t connect with your customers on a close basis like you can with other networks.
If you feel it’s time to get on to LinkedIn and would like to know more about the process, please contact us.
Published on 19th September 2012 by Jeanne DeWitt.