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If you're a solopreneur, small business owner, freelancer, switching careers, or looking for a new job, I highly recommend that you take advantage of the opportunities available on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is the largest professional social media and networking opportunity in the world.

It has:

  • 850 million members

  • 85 million companies

  • 66 active accounts each month.

  • 6 people hiring on LinkedIn every minute

Think of it as an investment. If you start putting in the time now, you will see growth little by little. It won't happen overnight, and it won't happen by itself. You have to do the work. However, if you optimize your profile and engage regularly, you will start to notice a return.

Like any investment, you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket. You shouldn't stop creating content on social media or forgo writing your blog posts or stop sending marketing emails. LinkedIn should be one of many sources for you to market yourself.

The first thing you need to do is optimize your LinkedIn profile. If you're engaging on other creators' posts or creating exciting content, and someone visits your profile and sees very little to grab their attention and keep it, then they'll move on.

First impressions matter, so give a great first impression starting with these three tips to optimize your profile:

Tell a Compelling Story

The first thing to focus on is your summary. Do you have one? Is it a little hard even for you to finish reading? Now is the time to write or re-write it!

Start with a great hook. The first three lines of your summary are all visitors will see when they check out your profile. So use the first three lines to keep them reading.

After you've hooked them:

  1. Tell your story

  2. Give it personality

  3. Talk about where you came from and how that has made you excellent at your work

  4. Share your strengths and your skills and how you got them

In addition to telling your story, you should consider the keywords in your industry and profession:

1. What words are people searing for?

2. Who are recruiters trying to find?

3. What keywords are in job postings for a similar role?

And then find a way to include those skills or other keywords in your summary.

Close it out with a call to action or CTA. A CTA is a classic marketing technique you can include in your summary. Don't let your readers escape without giving them direction. Tell them to message you, call you, connect with you, follow you, or visit your profile. There are lots of options depending on your business or individual needs. Your job is to give them guidance on the next steps.

Want to see some great profile summaries? Take a look at these.

Create an Eye-Catching Banner

If you don't have a banner, then please add one! Ok, ok, this isn't a copywriting tip, but it is important!

The banner and your profile picture are the first things someone will notice about your profile. A banner that stands out can entice a lead, recruiter, or prospective employer to stay your profile and learn more about you.

After all, people remember only 20% of what they read but 80% of what they see.

The most accessible suggestion, in my opinion, is to create one on Canva. There is a free version that anyone can use, and if you want to try the professional version and access more tools, you can do so for 30 days.

Consider your brand when designing your banner. Keep it consistent with your website, add your logo, and make it a reflection of what your customers or clients expect to see.

If you're looking for a job or transitioning careers, take advantage of the opportunity to leave an impact on future employers. Keep it professional and show your personality. Set yourself apart from the competition!

One thing I've seen that you don't need is another profile pic on your banner. If it's a headshot, then it's not adding value to your banner. Your profile pic appears on the left side of the banner already. Use that space for something else.

The last step is to check how your logo looks on desktops, mobile devices, and smartphones. Your profile picture shouldn't cover important information. Check if the information at the bottom or sides is cut off. You might need to adjust a few times until you get it right.

The Skills Section is Your Friend

The skills section is important because it's a factor in the LinkedIn search algorithm. That means you are more likely to appear in a search result if you have an added skill someone wants to find.

What skills should you add to your profile? Here's how to figure that out:

1. Consider and then add industry and profession-specific skills

2. Search for current job postings in your profession

3. Pull out those skills and add them to your profile IF you have them.

The goal is to understand what people want and your skills and to communicate that you have those skills.

Another thing that factors into the algorithm is endorsements of those skills. The more endorsements you have, the higher you will likely end up on a results page.

I'll be honest. I haven't focused on this part yet for my profile. However, it is something you should keep in mind.

How do you get endorsements? Here are some ideas:

1. Invite your friends to endorse you.

2. Post regularly, and your connections may endorse you without asking.

3. Participate in an endorsement post you'll see with active content creators.

4. Endorse someone, and they may endorse you in return.

Once you've added your skills, you can denote where you acquired those skills, i.e., with your employment history, volunteer work, certifications, etc.

Those skills will remain in the skill section and will appear under that job or other experience if you do this. I've seen some recruiters suggest this. I tried it on my profile for a while and found it too cluttered, given the number of skills I had added. However, it's worth it to experiment with your profile.

And there you have it: my three suggestions for optimizing your LinkedIn profile. Let me know if you have any other suggestions in the comments below!

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Let's talk about buyer personas.

Buyer personas are detailed bios of a semi-imaginary character within your target audience. They include names, demographics, lifestyle info, fears, values, and how they get their information.

Why You Need a Buyer Persona

Buyer personas are used to improve marketing. If you truly understand your target audience, their pain points, why they act, how they get their information, and their values, then you can adapt your message and the media you're using to target them.

How to Create a Buyer Persona

How do you create a buyer persona?

Step One: Doing the Research

Here are some starting points for small business owners:

1) Examine your past customers.

Look at the information you need for the persona. Do they have anything in common?

2) Send surveys or interview your customers.

They're on your email list so take advantage of free surveys like Survey Monkey and start getting to know your customers.

What are their goals?

What problems are they looking to solve?

3) Take a look at social media.

Where are prospects coming from? What networking groups do they belong to on LinkedIn or Facebook?

Step Two: Analyzing Your Research

Gather your information together.

What characteristics do many of your customers share?

Are you seeing any patterns?

Are there multiple sets of characteristics among your customers? If so, maybe you need to create more than one buyer persona.

How to Create Buyer Personas

Once you've done the research, the good news is that there are a ton of free buyer persona templates you can use!

Hubspot has several templates you can download:

I also love how easy and visual Semrush's template is to create:

If you're anything like me, having visuals help. Take a look at the examples Semrush has put together:

And there you have it! The Whys and Hows of Buyer Personas!

Are you using a buyer persona as part of your marketing arsenal?


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What’s your opinion on beauty filters?

I have to admit, they make me sad. No judgment here if you’re using them. I get it. There’s so much emphasis on our looks and on our youth. I think most of us have either tried them or been tempted to.

Not sure who needs to hear this:

You are beautiful as you are.

🙂 You’ve got lines when you laugh or smile? Keep laughing and smiling!

🧫 Got splotchy skin? Acne? Rosacea? You’re not alone! I’m the President of the Splotchy Skin, Acne and Rosacea Societies! Let’s normalize what real skin looks like.

🍔 Embarrassed about the COVID 19 you gained in the past couple of years? Be kind to yourself. You’ve been through a lot!

How do we stop this rollercoaster of obsession with perfection? Every generation is facing more pressure than the last to be some online ideal of beauty. I'm here to tell you that you don't need a filter. You are ALREADY beautiful. Everything that makes you unique and YOU is what makes you beautiful.

I know I'm not the only one who feels this way!! I'm happy to see more and more brands raising awareness about the negative impact of filters. Take a look at Dove’s video on this issue!

What do you think? It gave me chills to see how much that beautiful person changed themself to please others.

Something else to think about for small business owners is authenticity. Ninety percent of consumers report that a brand’s authenticity is a determining factor in whether they support that brand.

The next time you post on social media, try dropping the filter and show us the real you!

What do you think of filters? Are they harmless or harmful?


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