Can You Really Get Results from LinkedIn? The Warm Prospect Process
What’s the point of LinkedIn?
I often get asked this question. Lots of people are told to join LinkedIn because everyone says it will help their business. But once they have created their profile, nobody tells them what to do next.
So here’s the strategy that I use.
I use LinkedIn to create warm prospects
My activity is based around having a network of people who are ideal clients for me. They are likely to find my products and services interesting. And they see interesting information from me on a regular basis.
That means they are very open to talking to me. And they often approach me asking how we might work together.
I have a simple four-stage process
- Have a great profile that makes me interesting to prospects
- Build my network on LinkedIn
- Engage my network with interesting information that is relevant to them
- Approach relevant prospects and have a 1-2-1 conversation with them, usually away from LinkedIn
So does this really work?
LinkedIn is now my primary new business channel. I don’t do any cold-calling. I don’t e-mail anyone who hasn’t heard from me before.
Look out for my following e-mails: I’ll be sharing some success stories.
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Many printing companies are frustrated how hard it is to engage buyers in today’s world. That’s where Matthew Parker can help. He is a gamekeeper turned poacher. Parker has bought print for more than 20 years and received over 1,400 print sales pitches. He now uses his buyer’s point of view to give practical advice to printers. He helps them engage with prospects and customers to create profitable relationships.
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