Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have taken over the world by storm, connecting people in ways that no one ever thought possible. There are many different types of people that use LinkedIn and access its benefits in the best ways possible, and this has quickly become a great tool for those seeking to expand their personal professional networks to others who they may only know from afar.
What is great about the success of these social media outlets, is that anyone can sign up for a profile and start meeting people, even companies. With the new LinkedIn Company Pages, companies now have the ability to make connections to others via the social network that wasn’t available a while back.
Getting a company page is akin to making a page on Facebook; both are meant to outsource a person, brand, or products availability in a way that is convenient and conducive to finding out more information. LinkedIn has created a way to share a company’s information on its site, versus the personal profile layout of the majority of its visitors.
The LinkedIn Company Pages allow companies to express their brand through pictures that they might not have the ability to share otherwise. This is invaluable since the internet is really about instant gratification and pictures can many times speak for themselves (I am looking at you Pinterest!). It also allows companies to showcase what they have to offer, such as being able to quickly give a customer the ability to scan what it is that you offer in a hands-off, non-intrusive way. This quickly builds a customer rapport on a level that regular advertising does not. These pages allow a company to highlight what’s important and keeps their followers up to date.This allows for a connection to the individual in a way that companies in the past could never even dream of!
People all over the world connect to each other every day through social media. Now, with the revised LinkedIn Company Pages, even companies can connect to their customers at the base level like never before through status updates, pictures, highlights, and comments. Companies are now able to interact directly with the people who are buying their product, supporting their brand, and who have questions. Although similar only in idea as a Facebook company page, companies can now interact so closely with their consumers like they can through LinkedIn Company Pages as LinkedIn is more about doing business and connecting, whereas Facebook is about sharing information.
Well done, LinkedIn.
Many thanks for sharing this Winston. Do you know if it's possible to set-up a Business Profile for a company as a 3rd party (Agency)? We are finding it difficult to get a response from LinkedIn and we suspect it has to do with the fact that our agency email address doesn't 'match' the client business we are trying to set up. Any suggestions
Hi Chris. thanks for the comment. Yes it is possible however what you need to do is first get a company email or a forwarding email from that company to your Email. i.e. email@example.com would forward to your Email address so you can verify you are legit. Then you can setup the Company page as LinkedIn wants to know you are the Company.
Once you do that,
1. Go to the Company Page, click EDIT
2. on the LEFT, you can now add in Admins to the Page to manage with you however you need to have a connection with them first to do that.
Hope this answers your question Chris.
Hi Winston – thank you very much indeed!
We'll give it a try.