Wish to enhance natural engagement on LinkedIn? Questioning if LinkedIn Tales and Reside may be just right for you?
To discover natural LinkedIn advertising methods that work at present, I interview Michaela Alexis on the Social Media Advertising Podcast.
Michaela is a LinkedIn knowledgeable and an official LinkedIn Studying coach, coach, and advisor who helps companies grasp their LinkedIn natural presence. She co-authored Assume Video: Sensible Video Advertising and Influencing.
You’ll study what sort of content material works greatest within the LinkedIn feed and the way greatest to make use of LinkedIn Tales and Reside video to have interaction the folks in your community.
The explanation LinkedIn is essential to professionals, particularly entrepreneurs, comes all the way down to person intent. Michaela notes that whereas most individuals spend time on Fb and Instagram to reconnect with family and friends or to flee, folks come to LinkedIn to develop, join, study, and meet new folks. Because of the present pandemic and an increase in distant working, persons are additionally turning to LinkedIn to remain in contact and engaged with their colleagues and groups.
Once you pair that robust person intent with the platform’s progress over the previous 12 months, its place as a worldwide, skilled networking area is unquestionable. Virtually 700 million persons are on LinkedIn, and 45% of web customers who make greater than $75,000 a 12 months yearly use LinkedIn.
For entrepreneurs, nonetheless, there’s an extra compelling stat: 4 out of 5 LinkedIn customers drive enterprise selections at their firms. Michaela says that 92% of individuals on LinkedIn additionally use YouTube, so in case your advertising entails YouTube, you would possibly discover traction with the identical or related viewers on LinkedIn.
What’s Modified on LinkedIn?
Over the previous 12 months, Michaela has famous plenty of technical and cultural shifts on LinkedIn.
There’s been a shift to extra private content material on the platform. Whereas this shift started earlier than the pandemic, it positively grew to become extra pronounced as folks quarantined and started working remotely.
Reasonably than posting concerning the awards they’ve received or a promotion they’ve obtained, they’re filling the LinkedIn feed with extra genuine, weak content material centered across the profession challenges they’re making an attempt to beat.
Michaela usually shares one of these content material in her long-form LinkedIn updates and makes use of a storytelling formulation to compose the publish. What occurred or what’s the story? Why does it matter to the particular person studying the story? What ought to the reader do subsequent or what’s the decision to motion?
The shift to one of these content material is working as a result of so many different persons are coping with the identical points, whether or not it’s concern of failure, rejection, imposter syndrome, or one thing else. Folks miss each day human-to-human connection and so they need to know they’re not alone within the challenges they’re dealing with.
The following shift she’s famous is a change in how persons are rising their LinkedIn community. Individuals are connecting to individuals who can assist them study and develop, versus connecting to folks primarily based on their job title or how a lot clout they’ve within the enterprise group.
She’s additionally seen a extra informal method to video on LinkedIn. Individuals are utilizing video to speak about their beliefs or values, and so they’re including extra humor to their movies. When you would count on to see one of these content material on TikTok, Fb, or Instagram, it’s pretty new to LinkedIn.
Lastly, Michaela herself has shifted the best way she’s utilizing hashtags on LinkedIn. Reasonably than utilizing solely hashtags that describe the content material, she’s utilizing hashtags her excellent viewers is prone to search for. For instance, prior to now, if she shared a LinkedIn tip as her firm web page, she would have used #LinkedInTrainer and #LinkedInExpert. Now, she additionally makes use of #LinkedInHelp, #LinkedInTips, #LinkedInForBeginners. Utilizing a mix of hashtags in your individual content material is extra seemingly to assist improve your visibility.
Utilizing LinkedIn Tales
LinkedIn Tales, a mobile-only characteristic obtainable to non-public profiles and firm pages, is pretty new so the expertise isn’t as sturdy because the Tales expertise on extra established platforms akin to Instagram. For instance, you’ll be able to’t view LinkedIn Tales from a desktop. Tales will be as much as 20 seconds lengthy and so they wait for 24 hours.
Your connections’ tales present up on the high of the Dwelling display on cellular, subsequent to your individual profile picture. To create your individual story, you’ll be able to both document video by way of the LinkedIn app or add movies and images out of your digital camera roll.
Michaela likes the filters and textual content choices obtainable on Instagram Tales so she creates a narrative in Instagram after which, slightly than publishing it, she downloads the story to her digital camera roll so she will be able to apply it to LinkedIn.
Once you’re creating Tales content material, keep in mind to match the intent of individuals trying by way of Tales—they don’t need to watch a 5-minute video that’s been reduce into 15 20-second segments. They need to shortly study one thing, be entertained, or get one thing of worth. Apps akin to Story Splitter can assist you create a single Tales-friendly 20-second clip out of your longer movies.
What do you have to publish about in your tales? Promoting through tales is okay, says Michaela, however she recommends content material that goes past the small print available in your profile. Your LinkedIn story is a good alternative for you to have the ability to break the ice with folks. Speaking about how you are taking your espresso or what sports activities groups you’re cheering for helps folks resolve whether or not you’re anyone they’ll work with or refer enterprise to.
One essential limitation with LinkedIn Tales is that solely your connections can reply to your Tales content material—one thing to remember if in case you have a small community however a big following. Nonetheless, in case you point out a connection in your story, they’ll get a notification the subsequent time they open LinkedIn whether or not they’re on cellular or desktop.
Whereas LinkedIn Tales isn’t being utilized by lots of people proper now, Michaela sees this as a beneficial alternative on two fronts.
The primary is staying high of thoughts together with her community and with connections she’s nurturing. Once you publish a narrative, you’re actually on the high of the LinkedIn feed on the house display. Even when somebody doesn’t watch your story, they see your face.
The second is reaching a brand new viewers. In relation to consuming content material, each particular person has their very own preferences. Some wish to learn articles, some wish to hearken to audio, and a few like to observe video. Some desire long-form content material and a few desire short-form content material. Using LinkedIn Tales lets her attain those that worth short-form content material, in the easiest way attainable.
Utilizing LinkedIn Polls and Questions
LinkedIn polls can be found through profiles, firm pages, and LinkedIn Occasions, and mean you can present a number of response choices to a query. Michaela usually supplies 4 choices.
They’re particularly helpful for creating engagement as a result of folks like sharing their opinions and you should utilize that to your benefit.
For instance, in case you run an organization web page on LinkedIn and have plenty of concepts for content material however don’t know which your viewers is most definitely to worth, you’ll be able to run a ballot to let your viewers information what you create. That approach, they’ll really feel heard and acknowledged. For instance:
Hey, you realize what? We’ve been interested by making a webinar sequence or a stay video sequence or this downloadable guidelines. Which one would really provide help to in your profession?
Reside Video Collection
Asking open-ended questions slightly than sure/no query is one other strategy to interact your viewers and allow them to share their opinions. Michaela as soon as requested folks to share any ebook they’d learn that modified their life. Folks really useful lots of of books and shared why their suggestion was essential to them. Then folks began messaging her with requests to create an article that included the entire books. The ensuing article continues to be on her profile at present.
Asking questions can be a great advertising technique. As entrepreneurs, we regularly give attention to how we are able to get somebody to the end line. Generally, we merely must take a step again and work out what somebody’s lacking to make the choice to work with or purchase from us. More often than not, it’s belief, and asking questions is an efficient strategy to open conversations that begin constructing that belief.
Utilizing LinkedIn Reside for Pages
LinkedIn Reside is on the market by utility to be used on private profiles and firm pages.
To enhance your probabilities of approval, you’ll want to have two-factor authentication enabled in your account earlier than you apply and make sure that your web page admins and account are in good standing. If an admin or your account has been suspended, you possibly can have hassle getting authorised.
Once you apply for entry, LinkedIn will assess your web page’s video and content material creation historical past and engagement historical past. You must have a number of hundred followers who persistently interact together with your content material; brand-new pages with no historical past are unlikely to be authorised.
Should you observe the applying course of and meet the entire standards, the approval must be fast.
As soon as authorised, you’ll want to make use of a third-party instrument akin to Socialive, Switcher, or Restream to broadcast through LinkedIn Reside. Michaela strongly recommends having a second particular person handle the again finish of the printed, group feedback, and engagement.
LinkedIn Reside is working extraordinarily effectively for firms. Automation Anyplace simply launched one in every of their merchandise through stay stream throughout all platforms and LinkedIn Reside generated 78% of their views and 400 feedback. Salesforce ran an 11-part interview sequence on LinkedIn Reside that introduced in additional than 600,000 natural views and a 3% engagement charge.
One other firm, Gong, did a 12 Days of Swagmas sequence final 12 months. As soon as a day, they went stay for a minute or two with a trivia query and requested viewers to depart their guess at a solution within the feedback part. Gong then selected a winner every day.
A wide range of approaches work. The bottom line is to resolve what your aim is after which plan the size and content material of your stay video across the aim.
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Key Takeaways From This Episode:
- Join with Michaela Alexis on her LinkedIn profile and observe her company page.
- Study extra about Michaela on mickalexis.com.
- Get LinkedIn ideas from Michaela on TikTok at @LinkedInQueen.
- Discover Michaela’s Instagram at @mickalexis.
- Take a look at StorySplitter.
- Discover out extra about Socialive, Switcher Studio, and Restream.
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