Just about all marketers know that social media is an essential piece of their marketing playbook. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and others can help to drive a significant amount of traffic very quickly. This traffic is also often very targeted and can convert at surprisingly high rates. Whether using it for organic traffic or paying for ads, social media is a key tool for marketers today.
One social media platform that is often overlooked, however, is LinkedIn. This business based platform is used by millions of members, almost all of which are already working professionals or those looking to improve their career opportunities. In most cases, this means they are the type of people who will most likely have extra money to spend on product.
In addition, LinkedIn is used by millions of businesses, making it an excellent platform for those who are looking to provide products or services to other businesses.
Different Usage Goals
Another big benefit that LinkedIn brings to the table is that many people using this platform are actually looking for ways to improve their business or their careers. When this is the case, they are much more likely to click links or even buy products that can help them meet these goals. With Facebook, Twitter and other platforms, on the other hand, people are typically looking just to get updates and go. While they can still drive traffic, it is less likely that they will be already in a ‘buying’ mood.
New Report on LinkedIn
If you’re still not convinced, consider a new report that was released concerning people in the Washington D.C. area, LinkedIn is used by more than 79% of business professionals. This makes it the most used platform in the area. Facebook is in second place at 77% and 62% use Twitter. Of course, this is a very local report, but it does show just how large LinkedIn has become in the past several years.
Even in other parts of the country, and around the world, LinkedIn has become an essential tool for businesses and those looking to improve their careers. These number may even grow going forward since most people today see LinkedIn as an important part of their job search or running their business.
How to Market on LinkedIn
Getting your products or services out there on LinkedIn is not always as hard as some might think. First, there is the option to run advertising on the site. This can be very effective and it is quite easy to set up. LinkedIn has similar targeting options to the other social media networks as well, which can make this an excellent option.
For organic traffic, you can post links to blog posts or other important pages on your website. To get additional exposure, you can join LinkedIn groups that have sometimes thousands of members. These groups are segmented by topics, industries and more so you can get your message in front of the exact type of people who will be most interested in what you’re promoting.
The bottom line is you need to make sure you have LinkedIn as a part of your overall social media marketing strategy or you could potentially be missing out on a huge amount of traffic and sales.