Make It Rain: LinkedIn and the “Media not Marketing” Model

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Congratulations to Copyblogger’s Brian Clark and Robert Bruce on the New Rainmaker podcast.

Episode 1 was so compelling that I almost walked into oncoming traffic on my walk to work the other day.

Episode 2 made me even more of a believer, though perhaps even less safe.

In anticipation of the forthcoming Rainmaker Platform, Brian asked me to write this article to offer some ideas about promoting it on LinkedIn. While certainly savvy, today’s “Sophisticated Marketers” still have a thing or two to learn about using LinkedIn.

Namely, how to take full advantage of its brand new functionality.

For instance:

LinkedIn Showcase Pages: Reach and build a relationship with specific audiences

At the moment, Copyblogger’s Company Page aspires to be all things to all people, but now it can be all things to specific groups.

The Showcase Pages feature we debuted in November is perfect for Copyblogger for a couple of reasons:

  1. Segmentation station. The Copyblogger Company Page already has over a thousand followers. You can segment those followers by setting up Showcase Pages designed to engage distinct audiences in distinct ways.
  2. Tell more stories. Copyblogger Media has multiple offerings (StudioPress, Scribe, Synthesis, Authority, and now New Rainmaker), all with distinct brands and audiences. Showcase Pages can be used to extend the presence of each of these brands and create separate social platforms that embody those brand stories and identities more fully.

For an inspiring example, take a look at what Adobe has done with their Creative Cloud and Marketing Cloud Showcase Pages.

Follow Company Ads: Encourage members to follow you

Most marketers know the importance of including Follow links on their website and blog.

But many don’t know that they can also create targeted Follow Ads to build specific audiences on Company Pages and Showcase Pages.

These personalized messages appear on the home pages of select audiences and invite them to follow you. Once they do, their new status is shared with their full network, which is another powerful means of boosting your audience and your credibility.

When HP ran a Follow Ad campaign to engage senior decision makers in various industries, it increased followers by 300,000 over a two-month period. In fact, HP was the first company on LinkedIn to hit 1,000,000 followers.

Follow Ads help you make sure your followers are also potential customers. They help you cultivate relationships with high-quality audiences through their news feeds.

When they’re ready to explore business relationships, they can find you easily.

Sponsored Updates: Content marketing in the professional feed

If you’re a Copyblogger fan, you’re probably familiar by now with LinkedIn’s native advertising offering, Sponsored Updates. It’s a great way of reaching beyond your followers to start conversations and build authority within additional LinkedIn members’ news feeds.

I’d just like to press home one key point about Sponsored Updates, which the New Rainmaker series embodies in full: We aren’t papering billboards here; we’re relating with people.

Because you can track impressions and engagement metrics in near real-time, each Sponsored Updates campaign quickly teaches you about your audience.

You may just as quickly decide to tighten, or broaden, your target pool and increase your results. You’ll find your campaigns may prove so successful that you run them longer.

For this reason, LinkedIn makes it easy to fine-tune campaigns while they’re in progress. You never need to feel like you’re driving past a digital billboard about your company that has lost its relevance (shiver).

In today’s social environment, as Brian likes to say, “Success is about media, not marketing. Building an audience is crucial.”

In other words, build your audience — and deploy the power of that audience to make it rain.

Best of luck, guys!

Editor’s Note

Jason will be a featured speaker at our content marketing and networking event — Authority Intensive — taking place May 7-9, 2014, in Denver, Colorado. The show is sold out, but stay tuned for details on next year’s Authority Intensive.

About the Author: Jason Miller is the Senior Manager for Content and Social at Linkedin Marketing Solutions by day, and a rock and roll photographer by night. Get more from Jason on Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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