We have all spent the time and effort to build up our LinkedIn connections, yet most of us have no idea how to actually make use of them. Sales professionals and recruiters are usually the best at shamelessly reaching out on LinkedIn, and when done right, LinkedIn connections can be hot leads.
Whether you’re selling something or just looking to build your network, gain new clients, or ask for advice, your LinkedIn connections are full of great people who are open to talking to you. The start of a new year is a great time to re-ignite those old connections! So, how do you re-engage LinkedIn connections?
First, see who you’re connected to.
To find all of your connections, click on ‘My Network’ on the top menu bar.
See the number of connections you have on the left-hand side. Click on the number and you will see all of your connections.
This is what it looks like with all of your connections. Click on the ‘Search with filters’ beside the ‘Search connections’ box
You will now see all of your 1st connections where you can start messaging them. Just hit the ‘Message’ box
Now, start messaging people!
Think of your LinkedIn messages as little emails, they should be formatted like emails and have the same tone as an email. Think about how you would send an email to someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Be real. Be informative (maybe send a link to your most recent blog). And, be professional but approachable.
Remember to add your email signature as well. Did you know that your email and web address will be hyperlinked? Give it a try.
Hi LinkedIn Person,
It’s been a long time. I have decided that 2018 is the year of meaningful connections. I feel like I’ve been head down working for too long and really want to stay in touch with people. Have you ever felt like that?
I’m happy to have you as a connection and look forward to seeing where 2018 takes us.
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