LinkedIn has recently rolled out their own stories feature, following Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. For many, Stories are now preferred over standard feed posts when it comes to consuming content, meaning LinkedIn Stories may be a great new way to reach your audience, especially for B2B companies.
For marketers looking to utilize this new feature to promote your brand, here are 4 of the best ways to do so.
1. Share Professional Tips
Majority of LinkedIn users use the platform in a professional manner. Looking for networking connections, industry news, trends, ect. The goal of LinkedIn Stories is to build a strong and professional network for your brand. Sharing professional tips is one of the most effective ways to do this.
For a product-based company, you can share product development, show how to use your products, answer questions, etc. If you have a new product, making your audience feel like they’re a part of the process, creating a connection and making it more likely they’ll purchase the product when it’s released.
For a service-based company, you can show how you solve your audiences’ pain points. An innovative way to do this is my holding an “Ask Me Anything” session on LinkedIn Stories. Users can send in their questions about your services. It’s easy to answer in real time and you can describe your services in greater detail than if it were a standard social media interaction. This is a great way to build a relationship with your audience members and demonstrate your expertise.
2. Highlight Achievements
It’s encouraged to share awards and accolades on LinkedIn, this can be both personal or company-wide. For example, if a member of your staff gets a promotion, wins an award or gets an article published, you can share that information on your company LinkedIn story. Similarly if your company wins an award, won a high-profile partnership, released a new product/service, etc. you can share that as well. Be sure to include a call-to-action to learn more either online or offline so your audience can view your wins.
3. Go Behind the Scenes
Everyone loves to feel like they’re getting a special peek at something, no matter what it is. This also allows you to show off a more casual side of yourself and your company. You can show your or other team member’s work environment or team members interacting, create a “day-in-the-life” series, share different tools or apps you use to boost productivity, ect. This is just an additional way to allow your audience to feel more connected with you, creating a better relationship and ultimately, solidifying loyalty.
4. Share Customer Testimonials and Stories
When it comes down to it, people trust people over brands. And today, online reviews have a great impact on potential customers. If you receive a great customer review, take advantage of it and share it on other platforms. If it mentions a specific team member you can also use it to give them a shoutout of praise on LinkedIn that they could potentially share on their personal profile. Even better, if a customer is willing, they can tell a personal story of how your product, service or company in general helped them. This can ultimately help make your brand feel more relatable.
LinkedIn Stories really just presents a new way to reach your audience. Most social media users are looking for quick information and in a less formalized form. Because this feature is still fairly new, this is a great opportunity to jump ahead of your competition and get out in front of your target audience before them.
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