Linkedin, the horse with 9 lives
I've received this question a few times over the past couple months that I wanted to explain.
Q: Why should I use LinkedIn?
Not to beat a dead horse or even worse answer a question with a question, but why wouldn't you use LinkedIn?
When it started it was a place to post your resume and qualifications for potential employers to find you.
Here's where LinkedIn is like a cat with 9 lives, it has changed too many times to count since inception in 2002
A: With over 575 million users, it is the largest professional social network. 40% of its users, actively use Linkedin daily.
It's no longer just employees looking for jobs, it's for business owners to share their influence. Sharing tips and trick, and insider knowledge that helps their business function daily.
It's become a key prospecting platform for all industries from Accounting to Writing, and Automotive to Motion Pictures. LinkedIn has also become the place to find business funding, marketing, partners and business opportunities.
Imagine the possibilities of connecting with all those people! It's mind-blowing.
If a potential client finds you on LinkedIn, you want them to be able to clearly understand:
If your profile is not saying that in a client-centric way, you’re missing out on connections and potential sales.
With a professionally written profile, you’ll now be able to easily share for whom your services fit, what makes you different, why those differences matter and what you do. Let people know you are on LinkedIn and how they can find you.
Take advantage of this ever-growing platform with an amazing LinkedIn profile.
To help you do that, you can download the questions I use when I'm working with clients.
Improve your LinkedIn profile today.
Sales Letter Template Just For You
Yesterday, I wrote about sales letters that achieved results.
Would you like to know how to write your own sales letters that bring in clients and help you achieve resutls?
No, it doesn’t necessarily involve hiring me to help you, but it could.
I’m going to give you the exact template I’ve used for years.
This template has allowed me to write sales letters that move people to take action.
To get your own copy of this template visit — Sales Letter Template
Start writing better sales letters today!
I was writing sales letters and emails for a real estate investor - Jason.
Due to those letters, he met with a family selling their parent’s house. The house had been vacant for a year and the children were taking care of all the maintenance and utilities for this empty house.
The letters piqued their curiosity, and they wanted to talk with Jason, who claimed to be fair and transparent. So he met with them, answered their questions, and got the house under contract.
What you need to understand is these siblings shopped around. They received information from other investors.
You know the letters, they say things like:
“Please allow me to offer my condolences on the passing of Jane Smith. I’ve experienced the loss of a loved one and I know first-hand this can be a very difficult time. I am sincerely sorry for your loss.”
“The reason I am contacting you is that I understand you are the Executor of the estate.”
“The probate period for the estate of Jane Smith should be nearing the end, assuming, of course, there were no legal snags along the way which is often the case here in Florida. I was wondering if you had decided whether or not to sell the property located at 652 Harding Place in Tampa?”
These two letters are probate examples which are one type of letter. These examples are insincere and full of what’s in it for the investor, not the benefit to the seller.
With refocused content in his letters, we help sellers see past the situation and focus on the benefits of working with Jason. He won the deal. He continues to use the letters today to earn clients.
How about you?
If not, you need to speak with your marketing director to see what you can do differently to start helping people.
Or call me and we can write some great emails and letters together. You can also visit my website for my list of other services.
Social media posts are polished and perfected before posted. At least, that is how the majority of people publish their content; cleaned up, edited, and blemish-free.
There are a few people out there who are willing to wing it. I admire them for putting themselves out there.
While I'm not willing to shoot a video on this topic, I will share some of the business insights I've had in the four years I've been a copywriter.
When I first started, I thought I could learn the craft, practice, and become good enough for people to hire me on the spot. While my writing has been spot on for some clients, I will admit I've had a couple of challenges along the way with a few as well.
Respond to challenges
When those challenges arose, I took them for what they were, the feedback I received and took a good hard look at what they were saying. In both cases, I missed the mark. I did.
I didn't dig hard enough to portray the brand voice in a way that my clients wanted and needed.
So I did what any good copywriter does, I continued learning. I read more books. I participated in more personal development. I became a better copywriter.
Keep on Keeping on
The next hurdle has been marketing consistently. Most of my clients are project-based. We work together on their website, or direct mail letters or email follow up messages, and the project is complete.
I touch base to see if I can help them with any other writing projects, but for the most part, when the first project is over, they do not need my services. They are bringing in more clients, and the new marketing is working to their advantage.
However, I keep following up. Not necessarily to see if I can help them, but to learn about the results they've had since we worked together. This is the only way I can verify that the piece is performing and bringing results.
As in any business, repeat clients and retainer deals are the best forms of consistent work. I send out new marketing messages to find new clients daily — I follow-up with past clients monthly.
And until my calendar is full, I do everything I can to keep current clients happy. If that means I learn more, or I edit a piece based on my client's instructions, or I work on a customized retainer deal. Happy clients = happy business.
Four years has taught me that it's not easy and can be very challenging. But it's how we respond that can make all the difference.
I'd love to say it's been sunshine and roses, but the fact is, it has often been partly cloudy with a chance of crabgrass. However, I will keep helping businesses improve their marketing and content writing, and I will continue to grow in the process.
What pain points have you had in your business, and how did you handle them?
When you’re considering starting a new marketing or content project, cost is always part of the equation.
The other two pices of the puzzle are quality and time.
Everyone knows about the “Walmart Effect,” having to pay your employees less to work for you because your goods and services are now considered worth less due to a big retail player like Walmart moving into the area. While Walmart is great at providing quantity for lower price, quality can take a hit.
This triangle of cost, quality, and time affects us all.
Especially when you’re a business trying to provide quality content or marketing to your potential clients to build trust and earn their business.
As a professional service provider, I see this in my marketing and content writing business. Bid for work sites like Upwork, Fivver and Textbroker, fill a need for their clients. However, if those same business owners consider hiring a writer on their own, they may be hit with sticker shock. While you can find quality writers on bid for work sites, most are hired for speed or quantity.
The triangle adjusts when you’re looking for two qualities over the other.
You can get a better idea of implementing the cost, quality, and time by knowing an estimate of costs to complete your project.
To give you a better idea on cost, I’ve created an Estimated Fee Schedule to cover the most frequent marketing and content writing projects. There are of course other writing projects and these are only estimates as each project is customized based on the client’s needs.
Fill out the form now to get a copy of the fee schedule for yourself.
Your best referral sources are happy clients.
Share those successes with a fantastic story!
It’s true when your clients are happy they will tell everyone about you. They’ll tell their friends, their family even their hair stylist how pleased they are with your products and services.
The problem is that people forget.
When it comes time for them to look for those product and services, finding the right company to help like is like looking for a needle in a haystack. It's especially confusing when most companies sound like others in their industry. They are saying the same thing as their competitors and offering the same services.
Now imagine this, your client sharing a story about how they had been looking for over a year to find the perfect house but they kept coming up empty-handed.
They were about to give up when they met you at an open house. You hit it off and understood their plight to find the right home.
They decide to give house hunting one last chance. They schedule a day to talk about what they’re looking for, and you ask the perfect questions to uncover their wants and needs in a new home.
Throughout the week, you send them suggestions based on their criteria. You took the time to narrow down the properties you felt would fit them, and you knew there was a winner in the bunch.
You were right. After visiting each home, they had a hard time deciding which of the three they wanted to offer. They chose the house closest to their children’s school. It had all the amenities they're looking for and room to expand. They submitted an offer.
The next day you hear back from the listing agent, and your client’s offer was accepted with a clear closing date set.
Your clients close on their new home, and they can’t stop raving about the fantastic service you provided.
Why wouldn’t you share that story? Why wouldn’t you ask your client to take a few minutes to walk through their experience?
You don’t have to be a real estate agent or broker to take full advantage of the social proof client success stories can create. Every business should be using client success stories in their marketing mix.
You may have asked for a testimonial. However, testimonials are not the same. They leave out all the good parts, like the emotions they felt when talking with you, the problems they faced looking for someone with your products and services, and the overwhelming satisfaction in working with their “favorite” business.
To best capture those picture-perfect moments, you need a “client success story.”
These stories are social proof that covers the problems your clients faced, and the solutions and results your service provided. Your “client success stories” can be used on your website as an article, or all across your social media platforms.
Publishing it allows other potential clients not only to see that the closing was successful but step into the shoes of your satisfied client and imagine themselves as the client.
Let's turn your happy clients into a "client success story."
Set up a call to talk about how you can utilize client success stories to your advantage and raise the bar on testimonials and referrals for your business.
You can reach me at 920-858-5105, or email me, email@example.com
When I work with clients to re-write their LinkedIn profiles, I also help them start to utilize the platform better. This is what I call "homework." These ideas come from many contributors across the LinkedIn platform* and I have pulled them together for you.
On a weekly basis you should try to connect with 1 new person. Be intentional and connect with prospects and prospective companies. Your goal is to connect in a personalized way to start a conversation.
If you are not taking advantage of groups, you need to start immediately! During the month join 5 groups your prospects are a part of, join in the comments once a week and see what kinds of conversations you can start.
Once a month, introduce two of your contacts to your network through a post. Share a nice post about who they are and why it would benefit someone to connect with them.
You should be following prospective companies with whom you’d like to work. Watch their posts, if they are posting and comment on one once a month. Try value to what they are sharing. If you think your connections will benefit from their post, like and share it your feed.
Last but not least, you need to be posting on LinkedIn once a week. This can be an original article or short post, a quote, sharing someone else’s content, inspriational, or educational. The point is to get active and stay active. With more eyes on your content, the possibility of reaching the personal who is looking for your products and services is much higher.
As a service I provide personalized messaging for my clients to use and can help them interact with a month contract. Inmail or email me for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
*I’d like to give credit to the influencial people who helped with these insights: Michaela Alexis, John Nemo, David Petherick, Wayne Breitbarth
In a couple well visited networking groups I attend, there are a small percentage of business professionals using LinkedIn.
But out of the active users, the actions they describe are still only scratching the surface of what they could be doing.
I’m guilty of not harnessing the potential of LinkedIn. I’m still using a BMX bike. My training wheels are off but I haven’t graduated to racing yet.
You may be thinking that you don't have time to make changes, contact people and chat with people.
You don't have time.
Which is why you need to have a few pieces in place and schedule of when you will be on LinkedIn to utilize it correctly.
By ignoring LinkedIn and social media in general, your results won't change. You might be saying it has never brought you leads or grown your network.
With comments like these, I often find, it's because you are not active on the platform. So let's help you get active and create results.
The most important action you need to take is just to start!
First- Take a look at your profile. Do you have an updated-professional headshot? Professional background picture with clues as to your product or service? Does it contain contact information?
Second- You need to update your summary. This should speak to the benefits of doing business with YOU, as a person, with your company being a second string player. Utilizing the right keywords people are using to search for you and your industry in your summary is crucial.
Third- Are you sharing media about your company? A video? A report? Case study? Any form of education?
Utilize the networking capabilities!
There are strategic messages you should send when you connect with people. Message showing them you understand their company, sharing how it relates to you and how you can help.
After they connect there are strategic messages to keep the conversation going. Start by viewing the exchange as a real conversation over a cup of coffee. Use it to learn more about each other and how you each can benefit from each network.
By using a contact schedule with both individuals and groups you can how your connection base and opening up opportunities.
Share your network with others, after all that’s what LinkedIn should be for—networking. On a monthly bases help someone in your network by sharing their information in a post. Highlight their position and benefits of working with them. This opens them up to others in your network and theirs.
LinkedIn is powerful if you use it. Even if you’re not perfect with timing, connecting or messaging the key is consistency. Update your profile, make a connection schedule and start your online networking today!
To chat about a LinkedIn profile update, comment, message me or connect. Let’s make your profile work for you.
8 main goals for running your social media campaigns.
Now social media isn't just about direct selling, however you can do that, of course you can do that. But you should have these eight things in mind when you're ready to post on social media, or make up your messages.
First is reaching a wider audience. Sharing a message that then gets shared by lots of people and gets lots of eyes on your information. That can lead to a broader reach throughout all of your marketing content.
The second goal is building your brand. Now I'm not huge on brand building, but I know that it is really important for your marketing, and so I don't deny that is what we tried to do when we are working with companies is build their brand. But don't let that be a sole focus. You don't want it just to all be about you, you want it to be about the benefits
for your clients.
The third goal is engaging your readers. so you actually want to try to start a conversation. That's what social media is all about, starting a conversation and actually you know interacting with people online just as you would offline.
The fourth part is influence. Now when you are in a position of authority, you're an expert in your field you have influence. You can teach people things that they need to know. You can tell them about current events or other things that affect your industry. So make sure that you use that influence wisely and broadcast it on social media.
Now part 5 is driving people to places and what we mean by that is your social media
should then lead to your website where you have other educational pieces that
lead people to learn more about you, your company, your values, how you can help
them, and why they should work with you.
Part 6 Social media shouldn't just be all about your fun time in the office, or all about your pets, or kids, or anything like that. You should also be sharing the reason that they need to visit your website, and why they need to download your report, or why they need to contact you for more information.
Part 7 is customer service. People are ruthless online they're gonna share the best and the worst, but more likely the worst. So be sure that if here's a comment that you deal with it not only publicly, in the correct way, but then privately. Make sure that the internet world knows that you're helping people with the problems customers bring to the table.
The last one is direct sales, so if you are a direct sales company be sure to you share the benefits of your products, all of that can be readily available online through your social media and then leading them to the website to take further action.
To learn more about social media and how it can benefit your business check out my Social Media Management services.
Even the best website platforms have issues.
Too much code to text, not enough content per page, formatting issues causing errors in google and ranking to fall.
When you pay good money to have a professionally written, SEO keyworded website, with forms and lead Autoresponders, you expect it to work perfectly. Most of the time it’s great...until it’s not.
As the platform makes changes, the coding causes issues on the backend. Most people are not familiar enough with the dashboard of a website to make changes. They might have enough knowledge to write and publish a blog post. However, most don’t fill in the meta description, categorize and tag the article to boost SEO.
Imagine, your website only being going on page 10 in a search for your main keyword string, worse yet page 16. Lost in the infinity of a Google search, is where two of my clients were when I started working with them. Now I don’t know about you, but who goes past page 2 in a search? I rarely do.
So how are you supposed to get found on page 10 or 16? You’re not.
However, you can improve it with a little work. Work you should delegate. A business owner should not do it. A jump in ranking is what happened when I was hired to help my clients improve their websites. More on that in a second.
You may be thinking you can contact your service provider for support.
However, not all platforms have the kind of support necessary to fix the backend problems without adding large costs. They may only explain it to the website owner and expect them to do the work. There are not many business owners comfortable in the backend of their website.
So they need to hire help.
That’s where I come in. By running a website audit, website functionality errors and content errors both affecting your Google ranking can found and fixed.
Once you get the errors fixed and the audit is error-free, a writing plan can be made to improve the website’s content.
The clients I’ve helped have moved from page 10 and 16 to page 3. With a little more work on better Copywriting and content, those results can be even better.
The audit and plan will show you exactly what you need to do to improve your website. Pricing is included on the plan if you'd like me to help you or you can do it yourself.
To see how a website audit can improve your Google ranking DM me, call me at 920-858-5105, or email me at email@example.com for your audit and writing plan for $199.
Eva is a marketing copy and content writer. Her goal is to help businesses set themselves apart and grow!