Linkedin has become one of the fastest-growing social media platforms out there, with over 300 million dedicated users building their brand authority. This is why it has it’s so important to brand yourself on Linkedin. The more you are out there, the more your network grows, and the more opportunity you receive.
I started my writing journey as a career and branding strategist with having over a decade of experience in the onboarding process for major companies in NYC like The Bombay Company, Jennifer Convertibles, Saks Fith Avenue, and more. At the time, Linkedin wasn’t as evolved as it is now. Linkedin is not just a platform to look for jobs but for you to be discovered.
I used LinkedIn to help my clients improve their professional portfolios by optimizing their profiles with targeted keywords.
This platform has allowed me to serve my clients and help me build my business and brand authority. The demand for a writer is extremely high, but targeting the right audience can help you achieve success with your business.
Linkedin has allowed me to not only grow my network but grow my business. It just grew from there. This is why I am inspired to writing this article for you right now. So that you too can achieve maximum results on how to brand yourself on Linkedin. My overall goal is to post my articles in hopes that people would see them and would like them and hire me for a gig.
Right now, I have grown my Linkedin to over 300% since I started taking it seriously back in 2019. And here’s how I did it!
Optimize Your Linkedin
Optimizing your LinkedIn profile is going to be the pathway to branding yourself online. When you optimize your profile, you give your ideal audience a clear direction to what you have to offer. In addition, optimizing your profile helps bring out more clarity to help others achieve success with their future goals.
Have a Catchy Headline
There are so many creative ways to incorporate everything you do with a catchy headline. This is the same concept as having an engaging summary. Your Linkedin profile is the gateway to your long-term funnel. What you want to do is guide people to your profile for a chance to be followed or viewed.
Write an Engaging Summary
One of the best ways to brand yourself on Linkedin is by having an engaging and interesting summary. Give people a reason to connect with you. When people go to your profile, the first thing they are going to see is your summary. Let others know immediately what you do and how you can help them achieve success in their personal or professional lives.
Have a Professional Photo
Having a professional photo is going to show people that you mean business! Remember, Linkedin is a professional platform. People on here take this very seriously. This is how business owners, CEOs, COO, and other industry leaders connect.
Connect With at Least 20 People a Day
Branding yourself is like building up your reputation. Your reputation should be everything, no matter if it comes from your professional or personal life. People are going to remember how you make them feel. Every day I try to connect with at least 20 people. Sometimes during this process, people will message you back with their warm felt thank yous.
What I do is I have a prewritten script, and when I am ready to send it out, I change it to the person’s name that I am messaging or trying to connect with. But make sure you double-check I accidentally sent someone a message with the wrong name, ugg! Luckily he wasn’t hung up about it, and we ended up connecting.
Trust me; people do this more often than you know.
Let Others Know You Are Open To New Connections
Once in a while, I see influencers with a large following utilizing their platforms to help grow their network as well as helping others grow theirs. It would be a great idea to leave a comment and express that you are interested in connecting. However, you may find that some people aren’t open to new connections. Which is ok right? That’s why you have to separate yourselves with a warm message and search for those who are willing to connect.
Send a Meaningful Connection Request
When you send a message to someone on Linkedin, you always want to start by introducing yourself and letting them know where you are connecting from. People don’t like to be blindsided by random message requests from people they don’t know. So what I like to do is let my connections know my name and how I found their profile. Usually, I find people through Linkedin groups that I join and let them know I am connecting. Another way is to connect with people that like your profile.
Create an Engaging Post With Good Content
Linkedin reminded me of college when I had to participate in group discussions. And to be honest, I treat it as such to help with increasing my engagement rate. Engaging with others is not only going to help with building your brand authority but also with growing your network.
Write a Recommendation For a Trusted Connection.
Let the world know how valuable your connection is to you by giving them some kudos to their profile. You can either endorse one of their skills or provide them a recommendation. This will not only help you but help the other person as well.
Support Other Connections as Much as Possible
They support one another by celebrating a new role, birthday, or maybe even a milestone they achieved. Celebrating on Linkedin gets you viewed, and it also helps the other person feel accomplished.
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4 thoughts on “10 Win-Win Strategies How To Brand Yourself On Linkedin”
This post was super helpful for me! I have always struggled with improving my LinkedIn and would find myself working on my profile for days on end!! Having a professional photo is super duper crucial because that is the first thing people see when they come to your profile and it needs to be clear, professional, and a great headshot/body shot of you! All your other tips are really useful as well for anyone wanting to optimize their LinkedIn. I wish I had come across this post earlier just so that I wouldn’t have to figure everything on my own like I did at that time. lol. Anyhoo, engaging is another top one but i did not know about engaging with at least 20 ppl. That seems intimidating especially when starting out! How would you suggest we interact with others on the platform without sounding too creepy-ish and cringe-ish?
Hi, Sasha thank you for your engagement and great question! What I do is I message my connections with something in common such as a mutual connection or maybe a group that we are both associated with and I start the conversation that way. Many times you get really good results by implementing those little things
LinkedIn is definitely one of the fastest and professional ways to serve your clients and help build your business, network and brand. Having a professional profile picture, will to show people you are serious and you mean business. A catchy, interesting and professional summary is very necessary as this could possibly make and unmake you.
Recommendations also do a lot for you on linkedin, especially recommendations from trusted people and this shows that what you said about your skills are true.
We should take time to build our LinkedIn profiles as it is a good way of connecting with people.
Thank you, Femi for your engagement totally a great way to build your business,