Learn how to plan a successful LinkedIn content strategy in 8 steps. From analyzing your LinkedIn presence and choosing content types to engaging with followers and using ads, this guide covers all the essential elements for creating an effective content plan.
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What does an effective LinkedIn content strategy look like? Well,
it’s different for every business. But no matter who you are or what you sell,
it should start with you knowing what you want from it.
That means you need a clear understanding of your goals,
including the metrics or benchmarks that equal success for you.
If you want to increase your leads by “x” percent,
then you know you need to communicate the value of your products or services.
If growing your following is your main goal, then you may not want to hit the
sales pitches too hard. Sharing educational content can get you where you need to be.
The other big part of planning a LinkedIn marketing strategy is
your audience. You can’t make effective content if you don’t know who it’s for.
If you sell cinema cameras to experienced cinematographers, you don’t need to waste
time explaining the basics of how a camera works (unless you’re releasing something brand new).
So, let’s dive into the steps you’ll take to craft the perfect LinkedIn content marketing strategy.
8 Steps for a Great LinkedIn Content Strategy 1. Analyze your LinkedIn presence
Even if you’re brand new to LinkedIn, don’t skip this step. For my LinkedIn newbies,
spend some time figuring out if you’ve been mentioned by other LinkedIn accounts.
A quick way to do this is to type your company name into the LinkedIn search bar. You can
filter the results to posts by other users, or any of the other options LinkedIn offers.
If you do find that people are talking about you, pay attention to what they’re saying,
whether good or bad. Maybe they’re sharing links to educational content you wrote,
or recommending your services to their friends. You may want to lean into whatever content
your audience is sharing on their own. This information will enrich your social calendar.
Now, for my people with an existing LinkedIn presence, you can build on
those LinkedIn mentions with the data you have from your existing content strategy.
Take a look at how your content previously performed using LinkedIn’s content analytics.
LinkedIn’s built-in analytics can tell you more about the engagement on the platform. You’ll
want to note which topics got the best engagement, which days of the week you had the most success,
and what post format — like articles, PDFs, or videos — perform the best.
To figure out the impact your LinkedIn content had on your website traffic and
your general business goals, turn to an external analytics platform like Google
Analytics. This will help you tie your social efforts to actual business goals,
rather than the platform-specific metrics like shares, comments, and reactions.
Once you understand your own LinkedIn presence,
it’s time to do an analysis of your competitors’ LinkedIn content marketing.
2. Check out your competitors If you weren’t aware, LinkedIn
has this cool feature within its analytics tools where you can save a list of your
competitors and track their follower growth, content performance, and trending posts.
If you have admin access to your company page, you can open up the competitor tab,
select the button to edit competitors, and start typing in names until you hit your limit.
Do a similar analysis of your competitors as you did to your own account. Look at
the engagement they get on their posts, which ones performed best, and what types
of content they shared most often. Sure, you won’t have as much data on your competitors
as you do for your own page, but you can learn a lot just from scrolling through their pages.
3. Choose the types of content you’ll share
From your analysis, you should have a good idea of what types of posts will work with your
LinkedIn content strategy. You should really make a general plan of what content you’ll share on the
platform — even creating a calendar for everything you’ll share. I’ll get to that in just a bit.
Keep in mind that while sharing links to your content does have its place in your strategy,
native LinkedIn content performs very well, getting you a lot of engagement on the platform.
Native content refers to formats that are specific to LinkedIn and uploaded directly to the platform.
Video is a great example of native content on LinkedIn. It’s proven to get engagement
rates that are five times higher, with one study concluding that video is especially
effective at boosting engagement for accounts with up to 10,000 followers.
That same study shared that native documents,
which are PDFs uploaded to LinkedIn, got three times the clicks when compared to images, links,
and videos. LinkedIn PDFs appear as a carousel that you can swipe through.
Can’t forget about images. Data from LinkedIn
shows that posts with images get two-times more comments.
I know I’m throwing a lot of options at you. Here’s another: LinkedIn newsletters,
which are like email newsletters, but on LinkedIn. People can subscribe for
regular updates from your company, whether they’re weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
What you include in a newsletter is up to you — whether you want to share
the latest industry news or tips that help your audience succeed.
If you’re not ready for a full-on newsletter,
consider publishing helpful one-off articles and sharing them with your audience.
But, as I’ll say often, use the formats that work best. Don’t be afraid to test
new content. That’s how you learn what works best.
4. Make a content calendar It helps to have a document
that outlines all of the content you’ll share each month, week, or however often you plan
new posts. A social media calendar can also help you map out the frequency of your posts,
which days and times you’ll share content, and the goals you have for each day or week.
Some social media scheduling tools have a built-in calendar feature,
like this one from Buffer, but you may also find
that a spreadsheet is the easiest way to manage your content. It’s up to you!
I won’t pretend to know how often you should post or what days work best. It depends on
what you find when you review the data from your LinkedIn marketing strategy.
5. Create eye-catching posts Whether you’re writing articles,
designing PDFs, or writing some awesome copy, you’ll want to make it stand out.
You know what your competitors post at this point,
so you should have an idea of what you can do to be different.
Five pieces of advice I’ll give you to hook your audience:
Grab their attention with a bold design or introduction — just don’t use clickbait
Spark their curiosity with a question or interesting statistic
Acknowledge an issue they often face Tell them how a topic impacts them
Once you have their attention, you’ll want to make sure the content of your post is clear,
concise, and easy to skim. If it’s not, they’ll just keep scrolling.
6. Schedule your content You could post everything manually,
OR you could use a tool that schedules content for you. You could also schedule
directly within LinkedIn, which is a new feature at the time we made this video.
Why not post everything manually? Well, mostly because it takes a lot of time out
of your day — time you could spend reviewing your analytics and engaging with your audience.
Speaking of which… 7. Engage with your followers
Engagement plays a role in whether the LinkedIn algorithm puts your content in front of more
people, or sends it into the content abyss. So, don’t post and forget about your content.
Check back often — maybe once per day or a few times per week — to respond to comments,
answer questions, and address feedback. You may get good and bad feedback, and that’s okay.
Some of the bad may be spam. But if you notice a real complaint,
address it. Offer advice or present a solution to resolve the issue. The best thing to do may
be to provide your company’s contact information so you can continue a discussion off of LinkedIn.
Don’t let that discourage you from posting. You may get a lot of positive feedback from
your audience and very little negativity. You just need to be prepared for the bad
if it does happen. Either way, engagement is an important part of your LinkedIn content strategy.
8. Learn from your content performance This is kind of bringing us full circle. Just
as your strategy should start with an analysis, it should wrap up with one. Use LinkedIn’s built-in
analytics and any third-party tools you have to determine if you hit those benchmarks you set for
yourself when you laid out your initial plans. This should happen before you plan your next
cycle of content so you know what to lean on and what to avoid.
If something doesn’t work, but you keep doing it, you’re not going to be happy with
the results you get. Let your analytics guide your LinkedIn content decisions.
Bonus: Use LinkedIn ads Don’t shy away from
paid ads on LinkedIn. They can be really effective at generating leads and revenue,
or even just brand awareness if that’s what you’re going for.
Whether you pay to reach a specific audience with your existing content
or make ad content that’s completely new, LinkedIn ads can help boost your marketing.
In fact, data from LinkedIn shows that companies have seen their audience’s
purchase intent increase by more than 30% when they were exposed to ads.
We have a video about LinkedIn advertising if
you’d like to learn more about how that can work for your business.
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Best of luck creating your LinkedIn strategy, revenue drivers!
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