Some people compare Facebook and LinkedIn by saying Facebook is like a BBQ and LinkedIn is like a cocktail party.
That’s actually a pretty good comparison. Facebook has games, LinkedIn does not. Facebook is like a college kid in jeans and a hoodie, LinkedIn is like a young professional in a custom tailored suit.
LinkedIn may not have games but that’s actually a good thing because people are rarely paid to play games. More than that LinkedIn has many powerful business features, specifically they are the only social network that let’s you export the names and emails of your contacts.
This is significant since LinkedIn is the only social network that enables you to ramp up your deal flow and fill up your pipeline by exporting the emails of your LinkedIn connections and sending them a special newsletter about topics related to your business or expertise.
With that in mind here are 15 Ways to Double Your LinkedIn Connections.
1. Create a New LinkedIn Group
Creating a LinkedIn group is arguably the most powerful thing you can do on LinkedIn.
There are several reasons why this is the case. The most significant of these is that groups come with free email marketing built in.
2. Invite People to Your Group
When you invite people to your LinkedIn group not only will this get many new people into your group who you can then easily email, it also causes many of these people to initiate a connection with you – if you are not connected already.
The name of the owner of a group is displayed in the groups info-panel so the larger your group grows the more members will invite you to connect.
3. Optimize Your Groups Display Logo
When someone joins your group the logo of your group will display automatically on their profile.
So if you want to maximize your new group member acquisition (which will lead to more LinkedIn connections) I recommend you hire someone to create a great looking logo for your group.
Check out this recent post I wrote for more tips about creating a successful LinkedIn Group.
4. Update Your LinkedIn Status Daily
Updating your status shows people who discover your profile that you are active on LinkedIn, which will increase the likelihood that they will connect with you.
Some things you might share as a status update include your latest blog post, sharing an interesting Slideshare presentation or an article that is valuable and relevant to your niche.
5. Leverage Your Contact List
The fastest way to get new LinkedIn connections is to leverage your existing contact list.
Here are 5 simple steps showing you how you can invite multiple email contacts at once.
1) Login to your LinkedIn account;
2) Go to this link: https://www.linkedin.com/fetch/importAndInvite
3) Click the “Any Email” Icon
4) Select up to 500 email addresses (not more than 500 at a time) and copy them, then paste all e-mail addresses into the “Invite by Individual Email” Field
5) Press “Send Invitations” (Then repeat steps 1 to 4 and send up to 1,000 invitations a day.)
6. Follow Up By Email
After sending an invitation to connect using the five steps outlined above you can maximize your results by following up via email.
Only 1/3 of LinkedIn users log in to the site every day so if you follow up by email this will help you convert more of your contacts into LinkedIn connections..
7. Participate in LinkedIn Group Discussions
By being active and answering questions in relevant groups you will position yourself as a leader in your niche.
This will also give your profile added exposure and this will cause some new people to initiate connections with you.
8. Follow Influencers and Engage With Their Post
Influencers have posts that get plenty of exposure and if you jump into the fray and add value you can use this influence to promote your professional brand and get more LinkedIn connections.
9. Don’t Use the Standard Default Invite Request
Send new invites daily and personalize them.
The more personal you can make your invitation the better your chance of getting it accepted is.
Check out the infographic below for ideas on how to personalize your LinkedIn connection requests.
10. Prominently Display Your Contact Information
The easier you make it for people to contact you the more people will.
11. Promote Your LinkedIn Profile
Promoting your LinkedIn profile can be done in many ways.
Post updates on other social networks you are active on (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) with a link to your LinkedIn profile and a call to action for your friends and followers to connect with you.
You should also include your LinkedIn URL on your business cards, in your email signature and on your blog.
12. Auto-post Your LinkedIn Updates to Twitter
Sending your LinkedIn updates to Twitter will help you reach more of your audience, and since these are often accompanied with lnkd.in short links this will show your followers that you are on LinkedIn and can cause some of them to connect with you on LinkedIn.
13. Include Links to Your Most Prominent Brands in Your LinkedIn Profile
This will help you build credibility by displaying your full online presence.
14. Enable Endorsements on Your Profile
Enabling endorsements will enable connections to endorse you with one click.
These endorsements will give your profile social proof that will cause more people to connect with
15. Get Plenty of Endorsements
The more endorsements you have the more influence your profile will project.
For ideas check out these ways to get more LinkedIn endorsements. More influence will cause more people to send connection requests your way.
This post was inspired by the infographic Double Your LinkedIn Connections in Just Five Minutes a Day from Lab42. Check that infographic out below.
Bonus Tip: Get 500+ Connections ASAP
Whether you have 501 or 500,001 contacts your profile will display 500+. Having this many connections gives your LinkedIn brand serious social proof.
Once you hit the 500+ milestone more people will reach out to you and it will be much easier to work with people and create mutually beneficial working relationships.
If you want to discover how you can go from 0 – 500+ LinkedIn connections in less than I week I highly recommend you check out my new LinkedIn resource Rapid LinkedIn Results.