How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for Lead Generation
LinkedIn is a powerful social network for professionals. With over 58 million companies in 2023, it is arguably the platform for forging new business connections. Another stat is that almost 80% of the people you meet on LinkedIn are capable of making business decisions. Meaning those people can decide on their own whether to buy your services/products or not.
Impressing these people is the most important thing to do because that generates robust leads. And that is why it is important to optimize your LinkedIn profile. In this article, we will tell you how you can brush up on your profile to generate more leads.
Optimize Your Cover Photo
Your profile picture aside, your cover photo is the most important thing on your profile. Why? Because it is the first thing that people see when they visit your profile. An unassuming cover photo will not do anything for you. But an interesting one can tip the scales in your favor. That does not mean that you can put any kind of interesting picture there. Here are some things that you can do to garner a positive response using your cover photo.
- Use it to show proof of your profession. Are you in the business of plumbing? Then put up a picture of a good plumbing project on your cover photo. You can even add some text that lists your services.
- Use it to provide evidence of your work. In your headline, you claim that you do something. The quickest way to prove that you indeed do whatever you claim is to put up a picture of it.
- Market yourself with your cover photo. Add your titles and brand logos to your cover photo. This makes your profile look legitimate and gives a positive impression to your viewers.
Try to do these things intelligently. Blindly applying all of them will make your cover photo look bad. Do one or two of these things and be content with that.
Write an Engaging Headline and Introduction
Your headline and introduction are just as important (if not more) as your cover photo. Headlines, in particular, are important because they are the first that people see when they search for your profile (aside from your profile pic). It needs to be catchy to attract people’s attention.
A good way to optimize your headline is to do the following:
- Do not just list your job title; tell what it is that you do.
- List your skills and what you bring to the table.
- Highlight your value to make people more interested in hiring you.
Your introduction should follow up on your headline. The headline is not big enough to hold all of the information about you. That is why the job falls on to the introduction. The number one thing about introductions is that you need to keep your first line extremely hooking. That is because the rest of the intro falls below the fold.
Experiment via rephrasing this first line to ensure it is the most engaging it can be. You can even take help and rephrase online with the help of tools. Try to use a rephraser that has many different modes and experiment with them to see how you can create a strong hook.
Create at least ten different hooks, and then choose the best among them for your intro. This will help you generate leads easily.
Optimize For Keywords
LinkedIn has its own search engine that functions in a similar way to conventional search engines. That means it also uses keywords to index profiles and matches them to searches. Therefore, using the right keywords will make you show up in the searches of people who have the potential to become leads.
Those keywords will relate to your job, expertise, achievements, and experience.
You can find proper keywords by researching your niche and what keywords are used in it.
You can also look up job postings and profiles that share a similar skill set as yours and see what keywords they are using.
You can also use LinkedIn’s auto-suggest. Simply type a word related to your field and let LinkedIn auto-complete it. This will tell you what kind of keywords people are searching for.
Use your location-specific keywords (if applicable). If your work is not something that can be done digitally, then use location-specific keywords. That helps people who live/work in those locations to find you.
You must use these keywords in your headline, introduction, and about sections. If you can adjust them naturally, then adjust them in your experience and achievements section as well. Naturalness is very important because if you just forcefully shoehorn keywords on your profile, it will make a bad impression on your potential leads.
By optimizing for keywords, you will be able to attract a larger audience of members to your profile who can become your leads. Thus, you will raise your chances of lead generation.
List your Experiences and Achievements with Proof
To generate leads, you need to convince people that you are indeed the real deal. That you can do by using proof of your experiences and achievements. What kind of proof you can use on LinkedIn? Well, LinkedIn has sections for adding your experience. Here you can list your real experiences and even tag people or companies with whom you have worked. You can also ask your clients to provide testimonials on your profile or endorse it.
All of these things improve the credibility of your profile and remove your prospective leads’ unease. You should also add any degrees or certifications related to your profession to your profile. That adds another layer of professionalism to your profile and tells your prospective leads that you have a good understanding of your profession. Thus, they will have fewer qualms about becoming your leads.
Add CTAs Throughout Your Profile
People do not just decide to become your leads even if they like your profile. You actually need to convince them to do that. The easiest way to do that is to add CTAs (calls to action) in various places in your profile.
A CTA can be in any shape or form you like. For example, your CTA could be simple text, or you could add a graphic somewhere in your profile. But CTAs cannot just ask people to become their leads for free. Your CTAs should be offering something in return. Some common examples of things to add to your CTA are:
- Trial versions of your services
- A free consultation (if you are that kind of service)
- Maybe an E-book or timed access to members-only content
Try out a few things to find out what works for you. But be warned, though, CTAs only work if you have a pristine profile to begin with. If your profile is bad, then CTAs will not work. That is why this tip is listed at the end.
By following these five tips, you can generate more leads than before. The tips that we discussed in this article relate to making your profile more search friendly. The more people can find it through a search, the more leads you can generate. The rest of the tips are related to making your profile look credible by adding proofs and experiences. And finally, in the end, we discussed adding CTAs to ensure that people who do come to your profile become your leads.