LinkedIn is a great social media platform for financial professionals, offering a space to network, connect with prospects and track your career progress – but are you making the most of your profile?
From choosing the right headshot to crafting posts that align with your brand, there are several ways you can boost engagement and get your page in front of others. Read on to explore profile-building tips, learn about LinkedIn’s algorithm and more.
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A great LinkedIn profile is all about telling your story: You want to show off your credentials and skills, tell your career journey and communicate your passions – while also making your profile SEO-friendly and easy to find.
As a financial professional, you likely have a few goals for your LinkedIn, all of which you’ll need to be aware of as you build your personal page:
Knowing who your profile is speaking to can help keep your content in line with your personal and company brand. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how you can make your profile pop – both for your audience and for search engines.
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Whether you’re building your profile from scratch or giving it a much-needed makeover, we’ve got you covered – let’s get started!
However, you don’t need to write a novel! Eliminate any run-on sentences, use paragraph breaks and keep those bullet points handy. It may be helpful to have a friend or colleague proofread your work – does it all make sense? Is it easy to digest?
You have 2,600 characters to talk about your strengths, experiences and more – but you don’t have to fill up the entire space!
You can also set a background photo, which can be your own upload or your choice of LinkedIn-provided images. Many professionals choose a background that shows off their business, a picture of them speaking at an event or a neutral photo.
Here’s our Three Crowns CEO’s for reference:
After you’ve optimized your profile, you’ll need to be active somewhat regularly on the platform to keep yourself in front of others. Samantha Russell of FMG Suite promotes the 80/20 rule for social media, which says that for every one post of your own, you should interact or comment on five posts from other people.
Financial professionals can also focus on using relevant keywords, making meaningful conversations (rather than surface-level comments) and sharing links to original content like blogs.
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Those keywords could include words or short phrases that are often associated with you and your services. For example, if you work for a medium-sized RIA, it might make the most sense to post and interact with content surrounding “retirement accounts,” “financial advisors” or “estate planning.” These keywords might also be what you use as inspiration for your hashtags.
(And by the way, you should be using hashtags on LinkedIn!).
Of course, if you’re interacting and posting content that is true to your passions, interests and services, you’ll likely hit those keywords naturally!
LinkedIn’s algorithm is the AI-driven process by which the platform puts content in front of you. When you log into your account and start scrolling through other people’s posts, those posts aren’t just picked randomly – they were chosen and arranged by the algorithm.
Understanding how LinkedIn’s algorithm works can help you craft posts that are more likely to be seen by others.
A recent report from Hootsuite shows that – as of 2023 –, the LinkedIn algorithm is favoring posts that have meaningful engagement and share professional knowledge or advice within your area of expertise. On the other hand, LinkedIn may be more likely to filter your posts if they:
Followers that know you directly are also more likely to see your posts than second- or third-degree connections.
Essentially, keeping your posts relevant to your followers and offering real advice are great ways to help your content make it to the top of other people’s “Home” pages.
If you’re looking to make the most of your time on LinkedIn, refresh your profile, and build more connections, these tips are a great way to get started.
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