Notice how many of this advisorís phrases contain keywords that would be used in a Google search. Also, she is a fee-only advisor, and she is not afraid to let you know how she does business. Donít try to be all things to all people.
Power Tip #2: List Your Specialties
LinkedIn offers you an opportunity to list your special services and abilities. This is your chance to list some specific areas where you can really be of service to your prospective client. Here is an example of a good Specialties List:
College aid; goal setting; accumulation and withdrawal strategies for retirement; financial management during major life changes.
Potential clients only know what you tell them, so create a Summary and Specialties List that speaks to their needs. If you have won awards, mention them. If you are a thought leader, say so. Let your clients know they are picking the right person when they pick you.
Iíd recommend that you go to LinkedIn and read the Summaries and Specialties Lists of several professionals you admire, and follow their examples. Remember, your profile should be written in a Ďnatural manner,í for people you want as clients.
Power Tip #3:† Get Yourself a Custom URL
Normally, when you set up a LinkedIn profile, you are given a default URL, but you can establish your own using your own name. Your custom URL will raise your ranking in the SEO standings and make you just that much easier to find. Remember to check with your home office for any compliance issues that might be raised by this step.
Make it your goal to create the same atmosphere on your profile that you have in your office. Put a great photo in the photo spot. Use a keyword-rich headlines and descriptions. Use every component available there and you will attract new clients, and your current clients will be more likely to come back and do more business with you.
Craig Faulkner is CEO of FMGSuite, a company dedicated to creating digital marketing tools for today's financial professional. For more ways to make the most of your marketing efforts, check out his free online video course, TheArtofDigitalMarketing. You can also follow him @fmgsuite on Twitter.
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