This is not the year to take a break from marketing during the summer. Even under the best circumstances, it’s incredibly important to ensure your clients are happy and that you are consistently generating new sources of leads and referrals.

Here are 25 ideas on how to do that in my JD Supra article,

I talk about the professional benefits of LinkedIn all the time – for years in fact – and there’s never been a more important time to make LinkedIn part of your marketing strategy than right now during this extraordinary time of social distancing.

But before you can use the platform to generate leads, build stronger

It’s a great time to take stock of your marketing and business development activities over the past year, including your successes and failures, and set goals for the year ahead.

Each of us has room for improvement and growth, and while you have some down time during the rest of the summer, thoughtfully examine this

I wanted to dedicate a post to a newish LinkedIn feature that enables the platform’s users to spotlight other members of their LinkedIn network by sharing someone’s profile with their LinkedIn connections. You can also share your own profile to your network.

You can share your profile with any of your 1st-degree connections and coworkers

Here are 10 quick tips on how to use social media to build your business and brand for any size company or individuals looking to enhance their profile, which you all should be doing in this time of social distancing.

  1. Share content that is helpful and useful for your target audience and written in their

For true social media success, it’s not enough to post strong content to your firm’s social media accounts, you also need to tap into the critical social networks of your employees — particularly the superstars with more than 1000 connections — to ensure maximum reach and engagement.

Why? Because many of their important contacts are

Use the summer and this time working remotely to make enhancements to your LinkedIn profile and your LinkedIn branding and marketing plan.

LinkedIn is the most important social media channel for professionals in any field. LinkedIn enables you to nurture relationships or build your brand more easily and efficiently than ever before.

A robust and

LinkedIn has never been more important than it is right now – not only because it has nearly 700 million users globally, but because during this time of social distancing, and this pause in in-person networking –social media is the most effective (and efficient) way to build your brand and business.

LinkedIn is a great place to network with other professionals who could become business partners, referral sources, clients and employees or employers.

While quality is always better than quantity when it comes to the number of LinkedIn connections you have, most business professionals who use LinkedIn can greatly increase their connections with a strategic plan.

Join me in spending the month of August strategically building your LinkedIn network. Aim to get to at least 501 connections (which will add the coveted 500+ connections mark right on your profile instead of your actual number of connections – some believe those LinkedIn users with 500+ connections are somehow more accomplished). I know all of you know more than 500 business professionals out of the millions who are using LinkedIn. If you’re already at the 500+ mark, aim to increase your connections by 10 percent this month. Here’s a plan for how to do this for business professionals of all levels and in all industries.


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LinkedIn has never been more important than it is right now – not only because it has nearly 700 million users globally, but because during this time of social distancing, and this pause in in-person networking –social media is the most effective (and efficient) way to build your brand and business.

LinkedIn is a great place to network with other professionals who could become business partners, referral sources, clients and employees or employers.

While quality is always better than quantity when it comes to the number of LinkedIn connections you have, most business professionals who use LinkedIn can greatly increase their connections with a strategic plan.

Join me in spending the month of August strategically building your LinkedIn network. Aim to get to at least 501 connections (which will add the coveted 500+ connections mark right on your profile instead of your actual number of connections – some believe those LinkedIn users with 500+ connections are somehow more accomplished). I know all of you know more than 500 business professionals out of the millions who are using LinkedIn. If you’re already at the 500+ mark, aim to increase your connections by 10 percent this month. Here’s a plan for how to do this for business professionals of all levels and in all industries.

When it comes to strategically building your LinkedIn network. There are four primary ways to do it:

  1. Reach out
  2. Accept connection requests
  3. Connect to people who are suggested by LinkedIn
  4. Use groups – they are among the most powerful networking feature in LinkedIn

If you are starting from scratch or building a profile from a low number of connections, start by adding everyone in your professional life as a connection, current colleagues, former colleagues, clients, referral sources, former classmates and certain friends and family members who make sense from a professional standpoint.

Then incorporate these steps:


Continue Reading Join Me for the August LinkedIn Connections Challenge: How to Cultivate a Powerful LinkedIn Network