So, you want to learn how to social sell on LinkedIn, but don’t know where to start. In today’s post, we’ll dive into what social selling is, why it matters, and how to be successful at it. We’ll even include some top LinkedIn profiles that do this well so you can see it in action.
Social selling is a sales technique that allows you to leverage your social media network, in this case, we’re using LinkedIn, to find your ideal clients, build strong relationships, and drive sales.
It’s not about merely gaining new contacts to pitch endlessly to. We’re skipping the sleazy, cringey sales tactics and focusing on building actual relationships with prospects so that you can establish trust. Unsolicited messages do not work. In fact, they repel.
Social selling is concentrated on listening and learning more about your target audience so you can find the right opportunity to present them with a solution to a problem they’re having. The goal is to make their life easier.
SSI stands for Social Selling Index and is essentially your ranking (compared to other LinkedIners) on a score of 0 to 100 of how well you meet the 4 elements above.
You can check your SSI score for free to determine your starting point.
You’ll notice that your current SSI score is out of 100 and the four components that determined your score are on the right. Each of the 4 categories has a maximum of 25 points.
As your SSI score rises, so does your sales success. At the moment, the fastest way to boost your SSI is LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator (according to LinkedIn, it can boost your SSI by 20% within 6 months).
Using the 4 elements of social selling, make sure your profile is answering these sections to work toward receiving the full score:
The higher your SSI, the more likely you will get better results. The stats don’t lie:
Network and engage with other LinkedIners. It’s important that you mix this group of individuals to be like-minded thought leaders and people in your target audience.
We recommend prioritizing commenting on other people’s posts as it’s the best way to engage and build relationships. Here’s an example of how to comment on a post:
The idea is to ensure that you add value to your comments and contribute to the conversation. Consider it as a way to network with others quickly!
As you like, comment, and share posts, you will increase your visibility and build relationships with people around you.
The results of working toward establishing a strong SSI score will establish you as a go-to expert and generate more leads!
Now that you have all the ingredients on social selling, why it’s important, and how it works – let’s dive into some of the best examples of LinkedIn social selling leaders so you can see it in action.
Here are 6 profiles we recommend looking at:
A little deeper dive of examples to consider:
Sarah uses a profile photo with a colorful backdrop to help her stand out and be memorable. She provides a strong headline on her cover photo that draws attention to the company she works for, Gong.
People love tips that provide value and are actionable. Gabe does a great job of giving his network a tip to be successful on LinkedIn – and as you guessed it, it revolves around building trust and personal connections.
Colleen utilizes LinkedIn Pulse to provide her expertise in shareable article content that her ideal clients can read and learn from. Building content assets helps establish your authority and positions you as a go-to person to learn from.
Now, it’s your turn to utilize social selling to generate leads. Use the steps above to establish your personal brand, build relationships, and fully optimize your LinkedIn profile for sales.
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