Lessons on Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation

I’ve heard more B2B marketers citing LinkedIn as a key social network they want to add into their lead generation and marketing strategy. I often get asked questions like “how do you generate leads via LinkedIn (without alienating your network)? How are you doing it? What works, and what doesn’t etc.”

In this post, “5 steps for using LinkedIn as lead generation tool,” I share what I’ve learned so far. I’m still experimenting and I’d love to get your input on this.

My colleagues over at MarketingSherpa just posted a terrific case study on Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation. In the case study, they profile a marketing team and their lessons on “joining LinkedIn groups, sharing relevant marketing collateral, and qualifying the leads that come through the channel.”

Here’s a quick look at the 6 lessons they learned:

Lesson #1. Target groups by activity level (relevance), not just by size
Lesson #2. Join groups under your own name, not a company
Lesson #3. Place collateral in the context of a conversation
Lesson #4. Response rate is highly variable
Lesson #5. Create social media-specific landing pages
Lesson #6. Quality can be an issue with leads from LinkedIn

Read MarketingSherpa: Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation: 6 Lessons

Resource:
2009 Social Media Marketing and PR: Benchmarks and Best Practices

Visit the B2B Lead Generation Roundtable Group on LinkedIn. This group is all about sharing ideas that focus on the many aspects of B2B lead generation such as lead nurturing, lead management, teleprospecting and more. The group has grown to 2800 members in just 12 week but I’m even more excited about the quality discussions. I’m learning a ton from members. Check it out

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