At a recent AICC lunch, Nick Leeder, MD of Google Australia and Tim Reed, CEO of MYOB, discussed how the Internet is becoming an integral part of business. While they used the example of Domino’s Pizza as a great success story, they struggled to define how the Internet can help those businesses that rely on a more personal approach.
Here’s what they left out:
LinkedIn’s metamorphosis into a business community is an excellent way to build your brand and develop global relationships. Beside viewing your qualifications and recommendations, potential customers can really understand your thinking before engaging any further.
More than a vehicle for displaying a CV or company brochure or for sending marketing messages, the true value of LinkedIn is in building your brand through participating in discussions, posting updates and sharing articles and research. It’s a great way to become known and valued in a global market and adds to your credibility as a thought leader.
With businesses that require many touch points to make a sale, LinkedIn, as well as blogging and Twitter, allow potential customers to check you out, without committing to anything to determine if your offer matches their need. It lets you reach out to them as well, communicating your beliefs in a medium that respects their own time and space.
Save Facebook for your friends, unless your business is a consumer product. If you are dealing with ideas and market leadership, you’re best served in the LinkedIn community. It’s growing, expanding and really is the immediate future of business communications.
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