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A Guide to Sharing Your US Builders Review Feature on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is sometimes an afterthought in social media strategy, second in priority to networks like Facebook and Twitter. But the fact is LinkedIn is much more than a place for job hunters; it has evolved into a platform for content marketing. With this content component, LinkedIn has become an effective tool for generating new business leads, developing referral relationships, connecting existing employees and more.

With more than 225 million members worldwide and the ability to connect with target audiences, your business is losing out on valuable word-of-mouth opportunities and impressions if you’re not making the most of your LinkedIn presence.

Rethinking LinkedIn

Here are a few reasons why you should be regularly posting updates to LinkedIn and why your US Builders Review feature article and LinkedIn are a match made in marketing heaven.

Your US Builders Review feature is a high-quality content tool that can be used on LinkedIn to:

  • Attract business partners, vendors and subcontractors looking to do business with your company.
  • Grab the attention of prospective talent eyeing your company page.
  • Differentiate yourself from competitors.
  • Position your business as a thought leader.
  • Engage existing employees and update them on recent happenings and exciting news.

2 ways to post your US Builders Review feature

Now it’s time to post! As a LinkedIn page admin you can share your feature article two ways:

1.) Share as an update on your company page

Posting regular company updates is an effective way to start a conversation with LinkedIn users who are following your company — it’s also a way to gain new followers and drum up more word of mouth for your business.

Step 1: Copy and paste your case study URL into the “Share an update” box on your LinkedIn company page.

Step 2: Write a headline that summarizes the update. Example: “Check out the US Builders Review Feature article on McCormick Paint’s >> (URL goes here)”

This slideshow offers some helpful tips for writing compelling company update headlines.

LinkedIn company update

Step 3: Edit the update preview. An image from your case study will populate when you paste the URL; you can change the image if you want by clicking in the right corner of the thumbnail and uploading a new one.

You can also edit the short description. Make sure the short description has key information relevant to the post. If you don’t edit the preview the URL will just grab the first couple sentences from your feature article.

Step 4: Choose your audience. You can send the update out to your followers or select a target audience, narrowing it down to industry, company size, geography and more.

LinkedIn audience

Step 5: Share! Once you have published your company update followers can like, comment or share the update. These interactions can be seen by their networks, exposing you to a greater audience. By using the “Analytics” tab you can see how many impressions, clicks, interactions and followers acquired by your updates.

If something is performing well, you can opt to sponsor an update using LinkedIn Marketing Solutions, but that’s a whole other blog topic…

Need more of a visual? This video by LinkedIn Marketing Solutions also outlines company update steps.

2.) Publish a post on your personal LinkedIn and link to your company

OK, maybe your business’ social marketing strategy is not there yet and you haven’t created a company LinkedIn page — while you should, option two is sharing an update on your personal LinkedIn page.

Step 1: Go to your personal LinkedIn profile and click “Write a New Post.”

Step 2: Write a headline. Example: “US Builders Review Features Coastland

Step 3: Write a description that announces the news as seen in this example. Be sure to link to your company’s website and the case study URL.

Step 4: Add a header image. LinkedIn suggests an image size of 700×400 pixels.

Step 5: At the bottom of the new post page click the small tag icon to add keyword tags so it’s easier for people to find your post when searching a certain topic on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn post

LinkedIn also provides insights for your personal posts, including where traffic is coming from and what types of professionals are looking at your posts.

LinkedIn Insights

Follow these steps and get your company conversation started today while boosting your business with LinkedIn’s free content marketing tools.

Testimonials

Working with Kyle at TrueLine Publishing was a great experience. We are quite pleased with how the article about Souder Brothers turned out. The magazine article and photo spread is going to be a very effective tool to use in our marketing. If you have the opportunity to be featured in a project like this, I would recommend doing it. Kyle and his team made the whole process very smooth and we are happy to have been a part of the latest edition of US Builders Review.
— Corinne Schaffer, Project Manager, Souder Brothers Construction
The staff was very helpful and easy to work with while developing our story. They were always open to our ideas and provided us useful information to maximize our visibility using social media. We were certainly pleased with final article.
— Daryl Whitmer, Marketing Program Manager, Harrison French & Associates (HFA)
On behalf of Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, I would like to thank you for showcasing our company as a cover story in US Builders Review, and express our gratitude for a job well done in putting together an impressive editorial product. We already have received a great deal of positive feedback on the article and are confident it will be a very effective tool for sharing Alfred Sanzari Enterprises’ story, and our new hotel project, with a national audience of industry professionals. Please also extend our thanks to everyone on your team that helped in any way to produce this article. This was truly a collaborative effort.  Your staff listened to our feedback and was incredibly professional and accommodating to our requests throughout the entire process. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with US Builders Review on future projects.
— Ryan Sanzari, Director of Operations, Alfred Sanzari Enterprises
The team at US Builders Review is professional and did a great job with your published article. They asked for and listened to my feedback and responded quickly to any requests I made.
— Susan Courter, Director of Business Development, R.E. Crawford Construction
I would like to commend the US Builders Review staff for their work in developing and writing a fantastic article for Miller Contracting Group, Inc. It was truly a pleasure to work with their professional and well organized staff.
— Chuck Daniels, Business Manager, Miller Contracting Group Inc.
Ryan at TrueLine was a pleasure to work with and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend him or TrueLine to anyone in the future. They were professional, organized and great to work with through the process!
— James Cahill, President and Partner, J. Calnan & Associates
The process was simple: we were provided questions that the writers wanted to discuss, we were interviewed, and then we got to see a few drafts before the final version went to print. Given the quality of this publication, on behalf of Giroux, I can assure everyone that all of my partners would be happy to participate in similar articles in the future.
— Barbara Kotsos, Director of Marketing & PR, Giroux Glass
What a great team US Builders has put in place! Having worked with Victor Martins a few years back, I was pleasantly surprised that he remembered our experience and contacted us again about an updated article. Not only did Victor brainstorm with me about content that would resonate with readers, but he assigned an excellent writer, Molly Shaw, to our account. Her interview with my client, Bardi Heating Cooling & Plumbing, was professional and succinct; as was her writing style. We had very few edits and were pleased not only with the article, but how well it was enhanced by color photos. Much appreciated!
— Karen Bird, Owner of Strategic Marketing Services, Bardi Heating Cooling & Plumbing
Thank you all your efforts in putting together such a great article about our company in US Builders Review. DH Construction appreciates the professional manner in which your team worked with us to achieve the stateside exposure we were after; especially taking the time to get all of the facts correct. In short, the article was extremely well put together and we have already received a great deal of feedback, interest, and compliments as a result of the piece. Once again, we appreciate all the effort, and without a doubt, we will not hesitate to work with your organization again in the future.
— Daniel Harrigan, Principal, DH Construction
Professional with attention to customer’s needs. Well prepared vision for article while open to suggestions. Provided plenty feedback and review prior to final draft. Thanks in advance for the assistance and promotion of our organization!
— Jason Lee, LEED AP O+M, Director of Sustainability and Optimization for Harvard Maintenance

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