Are you one of the 80 million (and rising) who use LinkedIn as your social networking platform? Does it seem like your attempt at LinkedIn is failing due to lack of connections? If you answered “yes” to one or both of these questions, keep reading! The potential of learning as well as displaying your business expertise is very high on LinkedIn. It is like a huge daily conference where you have the opportunity to network.
Like other social media networks, the key to successfully connecting with others is by avoiding small mistakes. Today, we have included small but deadly mistakes in this cheat sheet to help you connect with more business professionals successfully.
5 Small but Deadly LinkedIn Mistakes to Avoid
1. Using the Default Picture or Nothing at All
Three important words to remember “Brand Your Profile” By not putting your a personal picture or logo up, you are risking other contacts not wanting to connect with you. People are more willing to connect with you, when they can put a face to the name.
- Make sure you add a personal picture or business logo
2. Avoid Joining Groups
The main purpose of LinkedIn is to connect with other business professionals or individuals who share the same interest as you. By avoiding groups, you are not going to connect and learn from other’s knowledge.
- Join Groups within LinkedIn
3. Join Every Group Possible
With LinkedIn, the amount of contacts you have under your page does not matter like it does in Facebook or Twitter. Remember, the purpose of LinkedIn is to connect with people who share the same interests, hobbies and business ideas.
- Be selective and choosy when accepting/requesting contacts.
4. Never Updating Profile
The key to keeping your profile up to date is posting a simple sentence or message. This keeps your contacts update to date with what is going on with you.
- Logging in everyday or at least every few days, will help keep your profile up to date and current.
5. Profile Updates Are Unprofessional Statements
Make sure when you update daily, you keep the statements or questions professionally. The audience who uses LinkedIn is mainly business professionals – so respect that.
- LinkedIn Contacts are looking for business like statements, so keep it professional.
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