Using the LinkedIn network you already have established to generate more referrals and leads is simple when you follow these four proven strategies.
1. Be Conscious of The Network You Are Building on LinkedIn (and elsewhere)
2. Nurture Past Customers
- Email follow-up information that can continue to support them.
- Create system to check back in with them in regular intervals just to see how they are doing.
3. Don’t Assume People Know How to Refer You
Beyond past customers, don’t assume other colleagues and even friends know how to refer you.
It is best to teach them and craft a sentence or two you could send a referral partner on how you would like to be referred. The quality of leads increases dramatically.
Here is an example I use:
I’d like to introduce you to JoAnne Funch, LinkedIn Trainer & Strategist at Linked In For Business.
I thought it might make sense for the two of you to connect and investigate how you might work together.
JoAnne helps companies & sales teams build their brand, develop strategies for filling their pipeline and gain more business through leveraging the power of LinkedIn.
She really understands how to leverage your professional relationships and use LinkedIn as a tool. She has created programs that make a significant impact on the way professionals connect, engage and grow their business. She will be contacting you in the next couple of days. I hope you’ll take her call, as I believe it will be well worth your time.
If you’d like to reach out to JoAnne, her contact information is:
4. Get in the Habit of Asking for Referrals
Many people fear asking someone for a referral – time to get over that!
At the conclusion of every sale, you might ask your client “Is there anyone in your network that you think could benefit from my services?” If so, I’d appreciate an introduction. Or would you mind making an introduction to Joe Smith at XYZ Company.
When building a network on LinkedIn, also consider these things:
- Be sure your LinkedIn profile is top-notch and reads as a resource – so when someone refers you, they will know who you are and how you can help them
- Make your content valuable to your network and those who might be checking you out. Do your posts align with your brand?
- Your goal should be to get engagement on your posts while establishing your authority.
Generating more leads that generate opportunities for conversation are at your reach within the network you already have. It often takes a mindset shift or simply changing your process map to include asking for referrals.