December 20, 2014

Why Real Estate Professionals Should Use LinkedIn

Why is LinkedIn an important tool for today’s real estate professional? It is one of the first places potential business partners, prospects and others will go to learn more about you when considering doing business with you. They may Google your name, but understand that your LinkedIn Profile will appear near the top of the search results for your name.

Today’s consumer, whether for personal or business services, expects to find you on LinkedIn. Consequently you want to make the best impression possible when they find you. Oftentimes LinkedIn Profile will be the first impression the others have of your professional identity whether you realize it or not.

LinkedIn makes it easy for you to showcase your professional brand. From your photo, to your professional headline, your summary of what you do and for whom, your professional and educational background and more. In addition, you can include rich media such as video, presentations, links and other content to enhance your Profile and more fully describe who you are as a real estate professional and what makes you different from others.

Your Profile should include keywords, words and phrases describing the value you provide to clients. Since LinkedIn is a search engine you want to enhance the odds of your being found by those looking for your skills and services.

Second LinkedIn enables you to expand, organize and leverage your professional network. You can easily connect with individuals you know from work, school, friends and family, as well as other forms of association. LinkedIn allows you to Tag your connections by categories that you designate, this feature helps you keep your network organized since you can search for connections by Tag category.

It is important to have a strategy for reaching out to connect with others as well as accepting invitations from others to connect. If you define what types of individuals you most want in your network as prospects, partners and other resources this will help you decide whom to add to your network.

As LinkedIn gives you the ability to search for people based on their name, title, company, industry, location, schools and other criteria you have the ability to identify people with whom/ you want to connect. You can review the Profiles of LinkedIn members that you find and those who invite you to connect and quickly determine whether they are valuable connections for you. It is better to start with a small group of connections whom you would be comfortable introducing to others and who would do the same for you. There is no benefit to indiscriminately connecting with others on LinkedIn.

If you can define your ideal prospects for clients and partners based on demographic criteria such as location and title, for example, you can use LinkedIn to connect with them and start a relationship.

A powerful feature of LinkedIn is that it shows you how you are connected with a person whose Profile you are viewing on LinkedIn. You can then ask for an introduction from your mutual connection to the person you would like to meet. Being introduced to someone by a mutual friend or even acquaintance is far more effective than a cold call.

Your initial request to connect with someone new should include a reason you would like to connect in the form of a personalized invitation. Please do not use LinkedIn’s default invitation to connect. Your reason for connecting could be something as simple as the fact that you went to the same school, worked at the same company, share a professional or personal interest or have mutual connections on LinkedIn.

Your goal should be to start a relationship and add value to them as a professional. Later you can talk about the services you offer as a real estate professional. The objective is to move your relationship from LinkedIn to a meeting. This may take time and there will probably be emails and phone calls before you get together in person.

If your focus is residential real estate you can search for potential prospects and partners such as mortgage brokers and real estate lawyers by location and title. If you are in commercial real estate you can look for potential buyers and sellers based on company, title and location.

Using LinkedIn’s Publishing feature can both expose you to the world’s largest professional audience and help establish you as an expert in the real estate industry.

Keep in mind that LinkedIn does not replace the methods you have been using to find and service your clients. It is simply another tool that enables you to be more efficient in strategically expanding and working through your network. An active presence there also lets your audience know that you keep current on the best practices for presenting your professional brand in the digital age.

How to Structure Your LinkedIn Summary

When people visit your LinkedIn Profile, they look at your photo and professional headline first. Next, however, they look at your Summary which is the most read section of your Profile. Your Summary provides you with 2000 characters of space, more than enough to explain what you are about and what value you provide. [Read more…]

Social Media – Beyond Marketing

 

SM Logos Alan Reeves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social media marketing receives most of the attention, but there are other powerful applications for social media technologies outside of marketing. Let’s have a look at how social media can be used to monitor your brand’s reputation, improve customer service and attract employees who are a good fit for your organization. [Read more…]

Listening with LinkedIn

The power of LinkedIn as a tool for listening and learning is often overlooked. As the world’s premier online professional network, thousands of discussions take place there every day with many being accessible by search to members. Following are some of the ways that you can use LinkedIn to learn more about topics and people of interest to you. [Read more…]

Getting Started on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the largest professional network in the social media space, with 300 million subscribers and a goal of reaching the approximately 3.3 billion people in the global workforce. For those new to LinkedIn or looking to improve their profile, here are some tips.  [Read more…]

Use LinkedIn to Showcase Your Personal Brand

 

Personal Branding 101 Wordle

Use LinkedIn to showcase your personal brand

In today’s ever changing economy there has never been a greater need for each professional to develop their own personal brand. Employees can expect to change jobs and careers more frequently than they have in the past whether it be by choice or not. LinkedIn is the ideal platform for you to showcase your personal brand as an employee or business owner. [Read more…]

photo by: ryan_rancatore

LinkedIn for Job Search

As a tool for job search LinkedIn’s usefulness extends far beyond serving as a place to post your resume online. Here are some basic tips for using LinkedIn as part of your strategy when transitioning between employers. [Read more…]

Using Social Media to Research Your Market

Much has been written about using social media to reach prospective buyers and influencers, here we will look at how small businesses and professionals can effectively use social media as a market research tool. [Read more…]

Two Approaches to Making LinkedIn Connections

The founders of LinkedIn intended for its members to use it to leverage and map their personal business networks. This in turn would help them to become more successful professionally.

Like many other social media networks, as features have been added, LinkedIn has morphed into a platform that can now serve a variety of purposes. Let’s look at two approaches to building your LinkedIn network.

[Read more…]

Organizing your business network

Relationships have always been fundamental to success in business. We normally think of person to person relationships in this context, but this can also include relationships with a larger audience, community or market. Here the topic will be organizing your person to person network in order to accomplish your professional goals.  [Read more…]