Are you an SME manufacturer and just getting started with social media? To me the best place to start is with LinkedIn. In a 2015 survey, published by Social Media Examiner, 41% people chose LinkedIn as their preferred option for business to business marketing.
It’s a great tool on so many different fronts. If used well then LinkedIn can:
Increase awareness of your business and brand/(s)
Promote your business as a thought leader and expert in your areas of manufacturing and engineering
Help you to attract new talent to your manufacturing and engineering business and give you an edge over your competitors – when skills shortages are so common in the manufacturing and engineering industry
Enable you to gain valuable insights into the business and structure of your customers, prospects and competitors
Support partnership development and growth for future collaboration and innovation
So what can you be doing to get going?
Set up a personal profile and a company page – do yourself justice.
Start creating some meaningful connections – with your clients, suppliers, prospects.
Share interesting content to support raising brand awareness – that might be news of business successes, product information, case studies and testimonials or latest vacancies for instance.
Once you’re confident in the basics, getting involved in relevant groups and comment on other people’s posts can also help raise profile.
There are many benefits to be gained from social media marketing such as increased website traffic, brand exposure, lead generation and the gathering of customer feedback and market insight. Don’t miss out and get started with LinkedIn.
I’ve spent many hours of my life working with LinkedIn for various businesses. If you would like a helping hand or any more useful tips then I am happy to help…so get in touch.