92% percent of B2B marketers use LinkedIn to distribute content, build business relationships and generate leads. And it’s not hard to see why.
LinkedIn is home to the largest global community of professionals, from senior-level influencers to individual contributors. Unlike with other social media platforms, people come to LinkedIn to invest time, not waste it. They’re here to learn, advance their careers, and connect with peers. This means people engage with content more thoughtfully and are more receptive to new ideas.
Out of all major social media platforms, LinkedIn is considered to be the most effective tool for business:
And it’s also the best way for sales reps to connect to potential clients (after emails and cold calls).
This makes LinkedIn an ideal platform for connecting with a B2B audience.
And the best thing is — LinkedIn understands its potential and offers many built-in tools for engaging with your audience.
The UMG team tried and tested these tools to find out some of the best ways you can apply them, connect with potential prospects and drive growth for your company.
Before you start creating content and spending money on ads, it’s important to determine a few key things.
Seems like a basic step, but it’s a step you can’t miss. It’s not enough to know roughly who you usually do business with. Instead, structure and segment your audience precisely and do not underestimate the power of market segmentation.
As LinkedIn is an open-source platform, most of the information on your audience that you will need, will be filled in by the prospects themselves. The platform just allows to sort through it efficiently.
These are the basic parameters that most LinkedIn tools will allow you to work with:
Depending on the tool that you choose, be it LinkedIn ads or lead generation, there’s additional behavioral criteria such as:
The first order of business when selecting a target audience would be to create an Ideal Customer Profile. Using LinkedIn filters is a good first step, but you need to think beyond that.
Returning to the basics — what part of the sales funnel are they in? Are they aware, considering or making decisions? How your prospects approach the content will determine what kind of content is going to resonate with them and drive engagement.
There’s no need to underline the importance of good engaging content. The stumbling block most of us come to when designing content is HOW to make it appealing.
There’s a wealth of information about it, but the single most important rule is this:
Address their problems and offer a solution.
Marketers are always quick to focus on the amazing features of the product or service, and often neglect the deciding factor — what’s in it for the prospect?
Put yourself in your customer’s shoes. How do they feel? What do they see? What do they think & do?
The more you understand the challenges and needs your audience are facing, the better results you are going to get!
According to LinkedIn’s own statistics, it’s important to focus on creating content that is appealing, relevant, and timely.
But here’s a tip — it’s not necessary to create content completely from scratch. Break down your bigger content into smaller ones! Your blog, or that expensive report can be transformed into a number of content pieces, such as infographics, ebooks, videos, case studies and reach wider audiences.
These are a few rules that your content should follow:
The beauty of using LinkedIn for this purpose is the fact that the platform already offers multiple built-in ways of executing your marketing strategy. In other words, you can create a full multi-channel outreach, and establish your market leader presence in a myriad of ways.
After all members exposed to both brand and acquisition messaging are more likely to convert than those who are mainly exposed to demand (acquisition) activities.
So make your funnel do the job and surround your prospect with relevant messaging.
Here’s an overview of some of the most common LinkedIn tools which can all be used in combination with each other.
Advertising on LinkedIn has become one of the most popular ways of engaging with B2B audiences. These are a few key reasons:
These are just the general guidelines — how you write, format and integrate these ads into your funnel is completely up to you!
Here are just a few good rules for your ad content:
If you are looking for a practical guide to LinkedIn ads, the platform provides plenty of in-depth tutorials to help you get started.
Even though they are technically part of LinkedIn’s ad platform, we thought we’d single direct messages out since they are some of the most efficient ways of genuinely connecting with your audience and speaking to them directly.
Why use LinkedIn Message Ads:
In our experience, message ads are best suited to convert the big whales of your audience. In other words, the most sought-after prospects in hyper-relevant companies.
Combining message ads with brand awareness messaging in the form of other LinkedIn content marketing will increase your chances of engagement.
Instead of wasting precious time and dollars warming them up in direct messages, it’s best to let ads in their newsfeed gradually prepare the prospect and them engage them directly over messages to collect that lead.
What you need to do before the campaign:
How to approach LinkedIn Ads:
And last but not least: be creative! Combining different types of ads and communication channels will create a sense of trust and credibility for your brand and it’s only one of the ways to boost your marketing funnel on LinkedIn.