How Schools and their Teams can use LinkedIn

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Linkedin is the largest professional network and ranks highly in search results, but are people seeking a school for their children in LinkedIn? Possibly not, but of this network of professionals, many will have children, and some seek to work with schools.

Why not build a presence to intersect where the eyes are, while amplifying the brand presence within search?

Why LinkedIn?

  • More than 610M members
  • More than 30M companies represented on LinkedIn
  • More than 20M open jobs on LinkedIn Jobs
  • 90K schools listed
    Stats updated 1 Feb 2019

Whether a school is looking to be positioned as a school of choice for families or teachers, is seeking to build relationships with strategic partners and community, or wants to showcase the achievements of the community, then this platform is worth adding to the marketing and communications toolkit.

Schools have 3 focus points – the brand (the school), the talent (teachers and staff) and the ambassadors (students). All groups can be shown ways to amplify the message and value, and graduating students can be given direction in how to build their personal brand, using LinkedIn, which is a significant part of their career.

Here are 3 ways a school can leverage LinkedIn, and its features to reach the right people.

1. Build a branded, optimised company page;

  • Brand Strategy
  • Visuals – Logo and cover image
  • Copy – optimised about info
  • CTA buttons

2. Create a content strategy to increase the visibility of the school and engage the network;

  • Examples include celebrating achievements, such as ATAR results, graduating class and academic achievement.
  • Frequency
  • Topics / themes
  • Types; Text / Video / Images / Links
  • Community engagement

3. Showcase the talent within the school through optimising individual profiles.

  • Create profile guidelines
  • Train the team

Team LinkedIn Strategy

The people listed as employees are representing the school brand. Do they have direction and training on how to best represent your brand? They show up on the People tab of your school page and on the employee search results list. Their profile is a digital representation of their own brand as it intersects with the school brand, so direction and guidelines could be useful. How can you showcase them and leverage their individual thought leadership and profile?

Staff LinkedIn Profiles

Here are some considerations for your staff when building their profiles;

  1. Photo – does it represent them as a teacher within your organisation?
  2. Headline – Are they positioned in the role, the value they offer and the school?
  3. Background image – Does this brand your school or their expertise?
  4. Contact Info – Are they in control of the information they share?
  5. Experience;
    • Title – Is the role and expertise communicated?
    • School – Does the role connect to the company page?
    • Description – Do they share the value they provide and/or the value of the school?
    • Skills – Have they listed their specific skill set?
    • Recommendations – Do they have recent recommendations?
    • Accomplishments – Have they added awards, memberships, publications and professional development?
    • Interests – Do they follow your school, relevant organisations, topics and groups?

Top Schools in WA 2018 ATAR

How are the top Performing schools in WA using LinkedIn to celebrate their position to start 2019?

Each year the top 50 performing schools are listed, ranked by ATAR scores. This recognition of the collective academic results by students is a great opportunity to position the school across their marketing channels, from websites, enews, and social media. Some schools shared on Facebook or Instagram, some wrote their own article, while others shared on LinkedIn.

Of course, this news prompted me to research how each school in the top 10 were using LinkedIn.

 

1. Perth Modern School

No Page in existence

2. Carmel School

Branding – none
About info – none
Content – None

3. St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School

Branding – logo but no cover image
About info – Complete & tag line added
Content: Last update 1 week ago (only update)

4. MLC

Branding – logo and cover image
About info – complete
Jobs – job openings listed to reach the Linkedin network

Content: Last update this week

5. St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls

Branding – logo and cover image
About info – complete
Content: Last update 2 months ago

6. Christ Church Grammar School, Claremont

Branding – logo and cover image
About info – brief
Content: None

7. Santa Maria College

Branding – logo and cover image
About info – brief + Tag line
Content: Last update 2 months ago

  • Religion
  • Awards nights
  • Art exhibition
  • Career development
  • Activities; Sport / Camp
  • Guests visitors
  • Community

8. Rossmoyne Senior High School

Branding – none
About info – no description
Content: None

9. Hale School

Branding – Logo and cover image
About info
Jobs – Last 4 months ago
Content: Last post 8 months ago

10. Wesley College

Branding – Logo and cover image
About info – brief
Content: Last post 2 days ago

  • New website
  • Media – Top schools list
  • ATAR results
  • Magazine
  • Departing staff
  • News & feature articles
  • Traditions & culture – Year 12 farewell
  • Exhibitions
  • Recognition & wins

Can your school or college use LinkedIn better?

Some of the top schools are sharing great content, but not all are leveraging LinkedIn to showcase the value of the school and their achievements, particularly being on the list of top schools.

  • Can your school represent itself better online?
  • Do you have content to share?
  • Can you engage your community?

Don’t forget, that students in addition to staff will connect to your page, to show their career journey.  Let them have a well positioned page to link to.

Should your school need some support and guidance, get in touch.  As a leading LinkedIn specialist who works with teams, business, individuals, students and graduates I am able to give direction to build your presence.

ABOUT JO SAUNDERS

Jo Saunders is an international LinkedIn expert, marketing strategist, and social media educator, who shows leaders, teams and graduates how to increase visibility, establish authority and earn influence using LinkedIn and social marketing tools. She was named #2 LinkedIn Expert in Asia Pacific for 2018 by the Social Media Marketing Institute, and is co-author of ‘Get Good or Get Off – A Guide to Getting it Right on Social Media’. Book Jo to review or build your online presence or deliver professional development for your staff.

 

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