Here’s an easy and effective way to leverage LinkedIn for business development and networking – use information and updates about your connections from the Notifications tab to build stronger relationships.
LinkedIn gives you many reasons to reach out to people in your professional network through the Notifications tab
These reasons range from new business, networking, jobs, referrals and branding opportunities.
Prompts from the LinkedIn Notifications tab about your connections’ birthdays, work anniversaries and new jobs can serve as powerful catalysts to get back in touch with your connections.
I have seen these prompts lead to new business and reignited relationships many times.
I call these notifications “low hanging fruit” because they require very little effort on your part and they’re easy to do, and can yield major benefits.
Marketing strategies don’t have to be complicated to be successful. We often overlook them when it’s so basic.
So how do you leverage them?
- For a work anniversary notification, you could say, “Hey Jim, I can’t believe it’s been X years since you joined your company! Time sure flies. How are you?” Then take it a step further, suggest an off-line conversation either in person, over the phone or via zoom.
- For a new job announcement try, “Congratulations on the new role – how is it going so far?” again offer to take the conversation off-line and have a separate conversation either in-person or virtually. (Many people don’t send an email when they get a new job anymore – it’s up to us to do the due diligence to find out where they landed and then take the initiative to congratulate them on their job move).
- Wish your connections a happy birthday. Just saying a simple “Happy birthday – I hope you’re having a great day – would love to take you for lunch or a drink to celebrate” is a great way to make someone’s day. Adding your birthday into LinkedIn works – I had about 200 LinkedIn birthday well wishes and one of them actually led to a new client.
Sometimes the basic actions that take just minutes are the most impactful.
Having reasons to reach out to your connections is powerful versus the dreaded “just checking in” email.
LinkedIn has made it even easier now to stay updated on others’ notifications by enabling us to follow certain individuals by clicking the bell on their profile.
No one knows who you are following, so use it strategically and follow your clients, referrals, VIP connections and even your competitors. You should also follow content creators whose information you find useful. Why don’t you click my bell while you’re at it…
I’d love to hear how the Notifications section has worked for you.