As already mentioned in our previous article, adding connections to your network is a great way to enhance the credibility of your profile. It will also go a long way to make it easy for prospective leads to get to know who you are and what you do. Start by adding the people you know. You will be given an option to connect with contacts on your email and phone who are currently on LinkedIn.
Also, you can search for people you know on the recommendation (people you may know) list. Consider requesting to connect with all the people you know as it will go a long way to enhance the credibility of your profile in the eyes of prospective leads.
For the best result, it is advised to spend at least 5 minutes daily on the “People You May Know” section in order to find the right connections. When people you know are recommended, you should click on the “connect” button to send a connection request to them. It’s that simple! However, to protect your reputation and that of your LinkedIn account, it is advised to add only people you know and a few that are important to the growth of your business.
The more people you add, the broader your network would be. But adding people you don’t know may have a detrimental effect on your account. This article will furnish you with a few important tips to broaden your network rapidly without dampening your reputation. Read on for more information.
Target Major Drivers in Your Industry
When choosing and listing down your prospective connection, it is advised to target the major drivers in your industry. By major drivers, I mean individuals who actually make things work in your line of business. For instance, if your business involves recruiting and employing workers for a news publishing site, the major drivers for your industry will be media websites owners, writers, proofreaders, and the likes.
Before going ahead to draw a conclusion with regards to the people who fall within the category of “major drivers” for your industries, you should consider your goals, the way you want to achieve them and the people who can help you achieve them. These are the people you need in your network.
Furthermore, it is important to state that the notion behind going after major drivers is because they are a category of individuals that can contribute to the success of your business. This will also go a long way to make it easy for you to generate leads from your connections as they will be interested in what you do.
Also, you will be able to contribute positively to their post which may, in turn, help you generate more leads for your business. However, if you decide to connect with individuals who have totally different interest from you, then lead generation may prove slightly difficult for you.