Guest post by Ann Smarty
Think about the best social platforms for promoting your content. What came to mind? Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? Maybe StumbleUpon, for those hipsters among you. All of those are good answers. But the list is missing one very important component you may not have thought about in the past: LinkedIn.
Promoted (and used) as a professional networking tool, it is usually seen as a means of direct communication with others within your industry. You have a conference to go to, and a quick search will bring up others who have been posting about going. So you can set up meetings before you ever hit the trade floor, or find people you met at events so you can nurture those connections.
While that might be one of the primary reasons for having a LinkedIn profile, it isn’t the only one. A commonly ignored use for the platform is content marketing, and the social network can be easily integrated into any content marketing strategy you may have in place. [Read more…]