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LinkedIn Updates Company Page FeaturesLinkedIn Discontinues Products Services Tab Company Pages

UPDATE: 2016 LinkedIn company pages are still the place to tell your brand story and manage your reputation.

Companies that optimize their LinkedIn page with key words, tell their story and share how they solve their clients issues along with the outcomes they get from working with you, will stand out from those who put little to no effort on their page. Think of your company page as your website on LinkedIn.

How to Showcase Your Company Products and Services on LinkedIn

Just like a website has additional pages for products and services, you can do this with LinkedIn Showcase pages. Showcase pages allow you to highlight a service, or a product on an individual page. Each showcase page has its own followers, status updates and functionality just as your website does.

You can get creative and make a showcase page just for your annual conference or event, you could even create a page just for customer service and answer questions from customers.

Any showcase pages you’ve created for your business are listed in the right column of your company page and has its own visuals, audience, content, and analytics.

4 Key Features of Showcase Pages

1. Distinct design includes a larger hero image.

2. Two-column feed design to highlight the most relevant content.

3. Attract a distinct set of followers to a dedicated page.

4. Deliver updates directly in the feed of your followers across mobile, tablet, and desktop.

POSTING UPDATES TO YOUR LINKEDIN SHOWCASE PAGE

According to LinkedIn when you share an update, you have two choices.

1. All Followers – This will push your post to everyone who follows your company page.

2. Targeted Audience – This is a free option that enables you to direct your posts to specific audiences. For instance, if your company focuses on a bunch of verticals or niche markets, target the most relevant audience for your update. As long as you have at least 100 people in each targeting audience, you can share content specifically to them. Target by company size, industry, function, seniority, geography, and language.

Once you start creating regular content on LinkedIn, keep an eye on your analytics, specifically your follower demographics. Make sure you’re attracting the right people to your page.

Post Frequency on Your LinkedIn Company Page

I am frequently asked how often you should post a status update from the company and showcase pages. There is not a standard answer except to say that if you want to show up frequently and consistently people will start to take notice. I would recommend posting something a minimum of 1 x per day, ideally 2 x per day if you are a larger company with lots of activity. You will want to test the time of day by paying attention to the comments and likes you receive on the posted content.

To be successful you need to start with a content strategy. As I mention in my article How LinkedIn Content Builds Trust and Drives Leads, Step 1 is to decide what business goals your content is supporting.

What Content Makes A Good LinkedIn Post?

– Increase sales

– Increase brand awareness

– Customer loyalty

– Build authority in your niche

A well-developed content strategy can drive sales, increase your brand awareness, build trust with customers and prospects alike and show you as a thought leader in your niche.

Consistently Update Your LinkedIn Company Page

I recommend posting several times per week and be consistent. If you have a team and can manage a daily post all the better. You may want to try different times of day and watch what times and days you get the most engagement. For more insights read my tips to make your LinkedIn Company Page stand out.

How will you deliver content that differentiates you and lets the audience know your value proposition? This is defining what you are known for. Share your content in the tone of your brand. If your brand is humorous and you use lots of analogies and funny jargon than that’s how you want to continue to deliver your content. Do you have a tagline or slogan you are known for? Than you want to incorporate that theme into your content.

Why is it Important to Market Your Company Product and Services

Why is your content important to your ideal audience? Remember it is about them, not about you. If you target audience the President of a small business of under 5 million dollars and under 25 employees, what is important to them? Be specific with your answer and you will know what content they will want more of.

A LinkedIn company page has many benefits and clearly those who create an well branded page followed by a great content strategy will have a competitive advantage. Take a look at your competitors company pages and understand where you are different. Tell your story that focuses on your key point of differentiation.

It appears that LinkedIn continues to makes enhancements to company pages, and with the 2016 buy out by Microsoft we may see more robust features being added to the company page feature. So stay tuned and continue your LinkedIn company page marketing as part of your overall marketing strategy. If your customers, vendors and strategic partners are active on LinkedIn than you are in the right place!

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Previously, LinkedIn discontinued Products Services tab from Company Pages, members are seeking what new features to focus on. And there are plenty. Learn more about why LinkedIn discontinues products services tab from Company Pages.

On April 14th, LinkedIn removed the Products & Services tab from all Company Pages. According to LinkedIn they constantly evaluate how features are used and are making this change to focus on areas of the product that have proven more valuable for administrators and more engaging for your followers.

Until then, you’ll still be able to edit your existing Products & Services tab, but you won’t be able to add new items.

Where you should share content about your products and services now
While this tab is going away, we offer two alternatives for sharing products and services content that many companies are already using and benefiting from: your company’s updates and Showcase Pages.

Get Your LinkedIn Pompany Page Recommendations

If you have recommendations for your products on the company page like I do, you can get a copy of those recommendations sent to you, here’s how:

If you’re a Company Page admin, you can save recommendations by copying them from the tab into your own document. You can also request a copy of the recommendations that were present as of March 4, 2014. The recommendations will be available through Customer Support until Friday, May 30, 2014. Note: If you want to use the recommendations in promotional or marketing materials you’ll need to get permission from the individual who made the recommendation.

Where on my Company Page should I put this information now?

While Products & Services is going away, companies can get more visibility for their products and services by using Showcase Pages and Company Updates as an alternative for sharing content:

  • Showcase Pages allow you to extend your Company Page presence by creating a dedicated page for prominent products and services. A Showcase Page should be used for building long-term relationships with members who want to follow specific aspects of your business, and not for short-term marketing campaigns.
  • Company Updates are key to building relationships with your page followers. When your followers engage with your updates, it spreads your message to their networks and provides you even greater reach. Updates can be seen by your followers not just on your Company Page, but also on their newsfeed (across all devices including mobile).

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