How To Generate Leads For Your Business Using Linkedin

Ranya Barakat

February 03, 2015

LinkedIn has a reputation for being the social platform that one goes to when they are job hunting. But, this is only one use of Linkedin. Another key element to Linkedin that is utilized at its best is a great online lead generation tool and can generate great leads for your business.

Seeing that most people on Linkedin are there for professional reasons, and the network is huge, it will work to the advantage of your business if you manage to fit the pieces together. 

LinkedIn’s ability to provide potential buyers with information about you, your product, your brand, and your business has the social network at a visitor-to-lead conversion rate that is 277% more effective than Facebook and Twitter. –

To generate leads for your business using LinkedIn is not as straightforward as just you signing up. However, you need to take a well-studied and planned approach if you want to start building relationships and conversations with potential clients on LinkedIn. Here are a few tricks and tips on generating leads and, in turn, increasing your online conversion.

1. Offer To Help

Parallel to one of the key components of Inbound Marketing methodology is to create helpful, remarkable content. The same applies to Linkedin. Offer to help people in your network or in the groups that you are part of. Help other users by providing them with useful information in group discussions.

This can be done by others connecting them with ‘experts in the field, or by offering informative content that is beneficial to them provided by you if you can. This will make you, as a user of Linkedin, stands out as important contact to have in your network or an active group member with credibility. This is a start to building relationships that are based on professional trust.

2. Communicate With Your Network

One of the most useful tools of LinkedIn is how it displays your professional network and the connection between you and the connections of your connections. It is very similar to the concept of 6 degrees of separation. This means that you have access to an enormous group of people between your connections and all your connections.

This, if utilized correctly, can path the way to an introduction to a potential lead. If you do not directly know the person, chances are you know someone who knows someone who knows them. You might be a 2nd, or 3rd degree step away from the person you want to communicate with.

So if there is a prospect that you would like to connect with, find someone in common between you, and ask to make an introduction. Then, have them put in a good word for you. When you are introduced personally via a shared connection, this is much more effective than picking up the phone and attempting to make a cold call.

3. Use The Advanced Search

Linkedin’s advanced search is brilliant. I love it. The different filter options are beneficial. For example, you can filter users by industry, company size, position in the company, country, etc. Make sure you use this search tool well when you are preparing your targeted leads list. First, find whom you are looking for, then how you may be connected, and then make the connection.

4. Join LinkedIn Groups

Another useful way to generate leads is to position yourself as an industry leader. A good way to do this is to post useful, helpful, informative content in groups you think your prospect will be a part of. For example, search the Linkedin groups and join the ones that have trending discussions of use to your prospect's industry.

Once you have become a group member, take the time to post your helpful, informative content to the group, and make sure to answer comments and discussions related to your post. However, make sure you do this carefully.

You don't want to spam as many groups as possible with links to your latest blog post because this alone will not give you the result you are looking for. In fact, this can backfire in your face, and you can be blocked from the group. We wouldn’t want that! What you do want to do, is to choose very selective groups and only post informative content related to that specific group.

You also have the option of going through groups where you think your leads will be and answer any questions that they are asking related to current issues that they are facing - their pain points. Once you start to answer these questions with helpful answers, you open the door to a direct connection between you and your lead. 

5. Get Personal

Rule of thumb on Linkedin, well, not only Linkedin. Rule of thumb on any professional social media platform, when you send messages to people, never send impersonal, generic messages.

No one wants to receive generic messages. So what happens when they do? They either delete the message without reading it, or they ignore it. Social media platforms are saturated with generic content. What you do want to do, though, is send personal messages.

Draft the messages you are sending to your new or current connections to relate to them in person, their pain points, what they want to hear, what they are looking for, what they are interested in. Make sure you give the person you are messaging a reason to read your message and find the value you in it. Then, again, in your message, offer to help if you can. If you manage to do this correctly, you again set the path for a direct dialogue between you and a potential lead. 

LinkedIn can do amazing things for your business if you are taking the right approach. Be patient and focus on building relationships based on trust and credibility. Remember that this part of your social prospecting strategy. 

Social prospecting provides you with a huge opportunity to identify and engage with new prospects and get your brand, product, or service out there. However, your content offering will be the determining factor of your success. Creating remarkable, relevant, and personalized content will stand out from other content on the Internet and will attract your target audience to read and share.

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Ranya Barakat

Ranya is a serial entrepreneur with over 8 years of experience working on the HubSpot CRM. She loves pushing her sleeves up , and getting s*** done. When she is not running her HubSpot partner agency, you can find her upside down on her yoga mat.

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