LinkedIn: Unlock the Potential

LinkedIn just might be one of the most misused “multi-tools” on the net.  A quick look on Wikipedia just illustrates my point.  Most people are using LinkedIn as an address book of professional connections, a site to post a resume in search of a new job, a place for employers to “head hunt” to fill spots in their company.  Let me take a minute to say that those that use LinkedIn for these purposes are having great success.  With over 58 million members in the United States alone, many business owners are missing out on the great potential of LinkedIn.

Throughout history many of the things we use every day, were actually created for an entirely different purpose.  One example is a spring that was designed in 1943 by a naval engineer to help stabilize sensitive equipment on ships.  If the potential of this spring wasn’t unlocked, then there would be only a select group of people that would have any use for this spring or even know what it is.  Because the potential of this spring was unlocked, there have been more than 300 million sold and you would be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t know what a Slinky is.
Any business owner or salesman should be chopping at the bit with the thought of tapping into a market of over 147 million worldwide.  Imagine being able to reach out to this many potential customers in a place they are already visiting, and allowing these potential customers to build a relationship with you and your company.  If that wasn’t enough, the Basic LinkedIn account is FREE!  I have never seen such a pool of potential customers that you can access for free, that are already spending on average 8 – 21 minutes a day, but is being used by most to search for a job and NOT customers.  Even the paid versions of LinkedIn provide so many additional options to enhance your connection experience.
 The bottom line is that the tools are all around us.  If you are not unlocking these tools, you are getting left behind.  In a climate where millions of small businesses are closing each year, can you afford to not unlock this potential?  If you don’t know how to unlock these tools, then I would suggest finding someone with a key before it is too late.

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Jeremy Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a social media manager, trainer and consultant in  LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+ , Pinterest and the tools to manage them.  

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Why choose Social Media?


To understand the question, “Why social media”?  You first have to understand America and how Americans decide where to spend their money.  The foundation of this country has always been about “the guy next door” or “the mom and pop” businesses.  Even if you don’t consider your business one of these, it’s not about your business but about your customer. 

Your customer wants to do business with someone they “know”.  It has always been that way.  Due to the big box stores and advertising prices through the roof, the “little guy” has gotten lost.  It’s not that customers prefer these shops, because of advertising; they just know them like they used to know Tim’s Hardware down the street.  Most people will tell you that there is something missing.  Shopping from Mrs. Large Hardware Chain or Mr. Just As Large Hardware Chain just isn’t the same as when they could walk into Tim’s, get greeted by name, and put their money into the pockets of someone they actually knew.

Even if your potential customers have never known anything other than the big box stores, there is still something buried deep within their DNA that makes them want to spend their money with someone they know.  Bottom line is that your customers are looking for you!  If they can’t get to know you, they will still spend their money, but it will be with whom ever the media has told them to do business with.

Most business owners will tell you that if they could just sit down with a potential customer and talk to them about their product or service, they would be closing deals hand over fist.  With social media you not only allow your potential customers to get to know you, but you get to know them as well.  No matter what “widget” you sell, you will sell much more if people have a chance to buy them from “Tom” or “Jill” instead of a website or cold store front.

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Jeremy Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a social media manager, trainer and consultant in  LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+ , Pinterest and the tools to manage them.  

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How do I secure my username on multiple social platforms?



People ask us all of the time where and how to secure profile names that match the website address.  It is important to secure these as early as possible when reserving your domain name.

There is a great site available called: Knowem at http://knowem.com which allows you to search for a specific user name (ex: abccomm) to see what sites may have it available. It is a great tool where you can streamline a single user name through “all” of the different social media platforms and reserve that name moving forward. The key to this is build your branding and your company branding effectively by presenting the same URL user name throughout all platforms and mediums.

We have used this tool in the past and it is very helpful.



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Hollie Clere, of The Social Media Advisor is a social media manager, trainer and author in LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+ , Pinterest and the tools to manage them. Click here for her Social Media Links

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Why can’t I see all of my friends posts on Facebook?

One of the most asked questions we get with Facebook, “Why can’t I see all of my friends posts?”  When you have over 100 friends & have “liked” a myriad of pages, it is nearly impossible to keep up with everyone you are connected to. 



The Facebook news stream only shows you posts from people you are most active with.  If they “like” or “comment” on one or more of your posts, and you do so in return, chances are you will have higher probability of seeing a status update from them.

So what are things you can do to see updates from people you haven’t connected to in a while?

(1)    Categorize your Friends and Fan Pages

(a) Select your friends list from your profile page
(b) Move your cursor over the Friends box next to their name
(c) A drop down box will pop up allowing you to select a category for that friend or “Add to another list”
(d) Create as many “lists” as you prefer, your connections will not be able to see the titles ot the categories you have organized them under.  As updates happen, you will see a number next to the “list” letting you know there is a new update.

(2)    Mark your closest Friends & Family as “Close” for notifications once they post an update.  They will be marked with a “gold” star next to the word “friends” and their updates will show up in notifications.  This is similar to subscribing to their updates.

(3)    Visit your friends & Fan Pages and find a post to “Like” or “Comment” to start seeing their updates

How will you see updates?

The updates on Friends or Fan Pages will either begin to show up on your news feed or you can simply scroll down the left side of the page to view updates from your “Categories”

What if I only want to see certain kinds of updates from friends?

Some people just aren’t fans of the games or applications.  Other people prefer pictures, videos or ALL updates.  You can go to your friends page and you can specifically select the types of updates you actually see.

(1)    Go to your friends profile page

(2)    Select the “Friends” button and select the options in the drop down menu you would like to see updates about them under Settings

Play with the many features Facebook has to offer you for organizing and keeping up with your connections & pages!

Like the information shared?  Feel free to share this on your Facebook Profile simply by selecting Share from our Fan Page.

Here is more information Facebook has provided to help you organize your updates:

How do Icontrol what I seein my news feed?

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Hollie Clere, of The Social Media Advisor is a social media manager, trainer and author in LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+ , Pinterest and the tools to manage them. Click here for her Social Media Links

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