Maybe that’s why it took 3 separate LinkedIn messages from connections for me to notice a trend.
What were they? Friendly invitations to check out their latest LinkedIn articles.
They were from a diverse group, with no overlaps in our networks.
And another was the CEO of a partner company with a previous employer, Terry Traut.
They each sent a personal message to me through LinkedIn highlighting a recent article and inviting me to read it and engage with it.
And in doing so with me and likely many others, they generated not only a high number of likes, but also a great dialogue of comments.
This is a powerful proactive strategy in sharing your own articles with key people in your network. It’s something I’ll be experimenting with – and writing about – in the coming weeks.
There’s also a reactive play. Here are 6 aspects to consider (and that’s 3 times 2, for anyone following the theme of 3).
Look for something in it that connects with your professional interests and goals. That will both highlight your personal brand and help provide the basis for your comment.
Scan other comments to put yours in context. See what other people have posted and how that has extended and amplified the author’s point of view.
If any of the commenters are in your network, like their comment, remembering to look before you like. Consider posting a comment to further your relationship and the dialogue.
If any of the comments are of particular interest to you, visit the commenter’s profile to learn more about them. Like or comment on the comment. Maybe that commenter is even someone you’d like to get to know and invite to your network.
Post comments that add something to the dialogue. Consider your comment as additive content to the original article, beyond simply a “great post!” statement that affirms the author but doesn’t add anything new.
What resonated with you the most and why? How has your experience been similar or different and why? What additional ideas, links and people can you add to the conversation? Ask yourself these questions and more as you write your comment.
Mention the author in your comment. To keep it informal and eliminate extra words, delete the author’s last name when LinkedIn auto-populates it and use the first name only.
By mentioning the author, they’ll be notified of your comment. And they may choose to like or respond to your comment.
Stick with the rule of 3. Keep your comment to 3 sentences, max. Write it and then edit out extra words and thoughts. Ask yourself how you can make your point in fewer words.
Proofread, proofread, proofread. Make sure your comment is free of spelling and grammatical errors.
I learned this the hard way with a comment today. I proofread it, fixing a spelling error that had been auto-corrected incorrectly (it was a Colin Powell quote using the word “simplifiers,” which auto-corrected to “simplifies” without the “r.” Oops.
But after I posted the comment, I realized that one sentence didn’t have the right subject-verb agreement. As of now, you can only delete a LinkedIn comment and repost it; unfortunately it’s not possible to edit it.
Not many people might have recognized the error, because the subject and the verb were separated by intervening words. But content can live on the internet forever. So I deleted the comment and re-posted it with the correct wording. Next time, I’ll proofread 3 times before posting.
Speaking of grammar and subject-verb agreement, it’s encouraging to see the 2017 AP Stylebook will “include guidance on the limited use of ‘they’ as a singular pronoun.” This a positive step forward for gender equality. And that’s why I use “they” as a singular pronoun.
Back to boosting engagement with LinkedIn articles, what strategies are you using?