LinkedIn has 347 million users and reaches 200 countries and territories. Just for comparison, Twitter has 316 million monthly actives.
40% of LinkedInâ€™s users check it daily, and itâ€™s the most popular social network among CEOs running the top 50 companies in the Fortune Global 500. A new infographic from Salesforce runs down these and other interesting stats about the professional network and some important dos and donâ€™ts for businesses.
Among the â€œdosâ€ are treating your profile like a professional brochure, providing a detailed description, using simple language, spell-checking turning off notifications when updating your profile, linking to valuable video, choosing your group wisely, being active in groups, nurturing relationships, etc.
On the â€œdonâ€™tsâ€ side of things, it gets into connecting without researching, using the default message, sending spammy messages, posting faulty links, self-promoting, etc.
We recently looked at some developments at LinkedIn that are making it more appealing for businesses for marketing and sales, especially for B2B companies. Among these are the extension of ads to publisher sites, changes to its Pulse news service that better utilise the userâ€™s personal network, and sales tools like new Sales Navigator features and the new Social Selling Index, which kind of lets you know how well youâ€™re doing in terms of the aforementioned doâ€™s and donâ€™ts.
â€œSSI is the metric LinkedIn developed to help sales professionals benchmark their performance across the 4 pillars of social selling in order to better connect with leads, and ultimately close more deals,â€ a LinkedIn spokesperson told us. â€œWhile the concept of SSI has existed for some time, this is the first time that anyone will be able to log on to LinkedIn and access a score, any time.â€
While it may be aimed at sales professionals, itâ€™s available to all users and gives you a good idea of how youâ€™re doing in your LinkedIn efforts in general. To get better at LinkedIn, youâ€™d probably do well to work on bringing that score up, just because itâ€™s a good indicator of those efforts.