LinkedIn marketing is something I really, really believe in for 2019.

LinkedIn has transformed so much as a platform. Years ago, it used to just be for job seekers. People would post resumes, and only connect with people they knew and no one else.  

Now, it’s become more of a content platform.

People share status updates, articles, and interact with each other within a business or professional context. And because the platform is still relatively early, they’ve made the organic reach insanely high.

It’s where Facebook was at 5-7 years ago.

In this article, I talk about some strategies and ideas on using LinkedIn to grow followers and get actual business results for your organization.

The only way to build a big audience online

You have to understand what value is. That’s the only way to get really big.

It took me 10 years to get to 1.8 million followers on Twitter.  And it’s taken me 3 years to get to 5.2 million followers on Instagram.

It’s because I understand what “value” is on Instagram. I know how people consume content and how to make my content the most contextual to that platform.

I believe value comes in two basic forms:

  1. Entertainment.
  2. Education.

For example, on Instagram, entertainment can come in the form of being very attractive, being funny, or a number of other ways.

Education can come in a number of different ways.

But the problem is… most people create content that’s not built to entertain or educate. They create content that’s in their own self-interest instead of thinking about what value the end consumer is getting out of it.

Here are some marketing strategies and ideas on how to build an audience on LinkedIn by giving value to other people first:

1. Use the $1.80 strategy for LinkedIn

The $1.80 strategy is a concept I came up with a couple of years ago when people were asking me how to build audience on Instagram.

My advice was to find the top performing posts in your space by searching relevant hashtags or looking at the “top posts” in your area — and add your “two cents” in the comments.

Not fluff comments that so many bots leave, but something meaningful that shows that you actually consumed the piece of content.

Do that 90 times a day, and you’ll start building a community and a personal brand

What people don’t realize is, the same strategy can apply to LinkedIn.

There are different ways you can find trending posts …

You can look at the “What People Are Talking About Now” section to see what news topics are trending.

If you click on them, you’ll see posts from people who are adding their two cents to the topic in the form of status updates:

You can share your own POV along with an article on the topic that you find interesting.

You also can search the top 5, 10, or 20 hashtags related to your field, click on them, and see what people are talking about:

Go through the posts, and comment on anything you find interesting.

You can also follow influencers and leave thoughtful comments on the content they post.

There are so many different ways to engage. If you leave the best comment on a post that gets a lot of reach, people will notice — especially if you stay consistent with it.

The reason why most people don’t do it is because it’s hard to implement. It’s hard to really consume 90 pieces of content a day and leave a thoughtful comment on each of them.

But if you want to build a community of followers, you have to care about adding value to the community before you can expect them to care about you.

2. Write native articles on LinkedIn

There are two ways to “attack” content:

Either engage with it, or produce it.

The $1.80 strategy is about engagement. It’s about seeing what posts and topics can be relevant to the niche you’re playing in, and leaving thoughtful comments to build a following.

The other way to do it is by actually producing content through video, written, or audio form. One thing that I’m seeing get a lot of traction on LinkedIn is native articles and text posts with content contextual to business.

For example, if you’re a travel company, you might be posting a bunch of beautiful travel photos on Instagram. But on LinkedIn, the right way to do it would be writing an article about something like, say, how CEOs can travel more efficiently.

(It depends on your market and your ambition, but you see where I’m going with this).

3. Add your profile link to your email signature

When you create content and publish it on LinkedIn, the people who see it are those who follow you (or are connected with you) and those who follow the hashtags that you’re including.

Here’s one hack to build your audience if you’re starting out without many connections:

If you’re someone who sends a lot of email from your personal or business account, add your LinkedIn profile to your email signature.

It’s a quick way to get more exposure to your LinkedIn profile and get more followers. As you get more and more connections, it could be the match that starts the process of your content getting higher reach.

4. Don’t spam out messages

What doesn’t work on LinkedIn is spamming people through messages.

The thing that blows me away is, so many salespeople and entrepreneurs get spammy LinkedIn messages and hate receiving them — yet they’re so willing to spam other people.

There’s a lot of tone deafness and hypocrisy there because the truth is, it’s just not the best way to build a following and extract value out of LinkedIn.

The proper way to do it is by giving value to the community first by producing or engaging with content.

This content was originally published here.