So it’s a NEW YEAR . . . and you may have made a resolution to use your social networks more in 2012 than you did in 2011. Good for you!
Keep It Simple . . . Join Groups and Discussions / Make Comments and New Friends
While there are many things you could do to leverage LinkedIn, a very basic (i.e. easy-to-do) tactic that is also highly effective is to:
1. Join / Explore relevant groups that interest you
2. Observe what people are talking about in the group’s Discussions
3. Comment when you feel you have something to contribute
4. Follow-up any meaningful response with a direct message
5. Invite the other person to connect with you
This is a very basic and DO-able process that will help you build your LinkedIn network with people whom you have connected to in a meaningful manner.
Recently, I saw a post by someone in a group where I’m a member, made a comment and received a very nice response.
Here’s a follow-up message I received from another (new) connection after we connected on LinkedIn:
This happens far more often than most people realize. If you’re so inclined to grow your LinkedIn network, do it gradually. Set a goal to find and comment on someone’s post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. When someone responds, if it feels right to do so, invite them to connect — and cite the common connection you both shared. Slowly but surely your LinkedIn network will grow — as will the opportunities your LinkedIn community generates for your business or practice.
Growing Your LinkedIn Connections isn’t hard . . . just do the ‘basics’ consistently!