I’m known as an international LinkedIn expert, some event call me a LinkedIn guru, but what does this mean and how can you become a LinkedIn guru? Having up to date knowledge and expertise around LinkedIn and social media strategy makes me a specialist, and even an expert, but you won’t hear me calling myself a guru.But what if you did want to become a LinkedIn Guru? I have found the secret formula to becoming a social media guru – 20 Steps on how you too can become a Master Guru of Social Media, and have adapted Ian Anderson Gray’s process to help YOU become a LinkedIn Guru. Let’s begin…..
How to Become a LinkedIn Guru
Learn How to Automate Everything
A true Guru will learn to automate every social media task, including automating posts to LinkedIn from another Network.
All Social Networks are the same – cross-post everything!
Impress your followers and connections with all the latest techniques, even if they don’t work on LinkedIn
LinkedIn – Twitter Power Tip: Automatic Direct Messages
Use your Guru powers to thank your new Twitter followers straight away in a vague way and of course instruct them to connect with you on LinkedIn.
You are the Centre of the LinkedIn Universe
Be sure to talk about yourself all the time on every platform. Your LinkedIn Profile is all about you (and here I was thinking it was all about your target audience!). Also be sure to reference yourself in the third person using as many titles as possible such as “Social Media Guru”, “Global Expert” and “Global Power Influencer” and on LinkedIn you must be a “LION with 16,000,000+ Connections”.
Numbers are EVERYTHING on LinkedIn!
You must be a statistic addict – LinkedIn IS all about the numbers! Do what you can do gain more Connections. Don’t worry about qualified leads, go for quantity over quality and tell everyone how many connections you have, how many recommendations you have and ask everyone to connect.
Your Klout Score is The Ultimate LinkedIn Guru Score
Know and use your Klout score – mention it in your LinkedIn headline – show it off! PS Mine sits anywhere between 66-71 most days.
Power Tip: Buy Your LinkedIn Reputation
This is gold so we are mentioning it again – it IS about the numbers. We want followers, fans, and connections by the truckload. Don’t earn your reputation, buy it, by buying your audience. It doesn’t matter if the profiles are fake.
Don’t Worry about Design on LinkedIn
A real guru doesn’t care about looks. It doesn’t matter if the design clashes. We have no time for consistency in branding, much better to have our audience confused and overwhelmed by fonts and busy graphics. Shame we can’t use Comic Sans on or LinkedIn profile, but we can use lots of special characters… the more the merrier.
Don’t Worry about LinkedIn Content Originality
Content is King. Go for quantity over quality, and stuff in as many keywords as possible. Grab a few, string them together and Bob’s your uncle. We also love creating our own content – it’s very eco-friendly to borrow from others. Find a Profile and recycle the text and save time and energy by taking images from Google– isn’t that your image library?
Use ALL the Social Platforms
Use as many social media accounts as possible to be a true Guru. It’s easy when you just syndicate your content across every platform. Automate your message to every man and his dog to achieve world domination!
Become a LinkedIn Share Master
Get your shares out of the way in one hit and do a batch in one hit. Blast the LinkedIn feed with your posts – the more the merrier. Your connections will love it!
Roar Like a LION on LinkedIn
Another strategy we have to mention again – become a king of the LinkedIn jungle by letting your inner LION* out. LinkedIn may not encourage you to connect with people you don’t know, but go connect with any and all complete strangers. Having things in common is over-rated. Don’t worry about terms and conditions – aren’t they there to be broken! A networking Guru will add LION to their name field and headline and proudly state their number of connections. Forget quality and relevance… go for quantity every time!
*LION = LinkedIn Open Networker
It’s all about Selling on LinkedIn
You may have heard it is all about relationships…. well people don’t have time for small talk, they are super busy. A true guru writes their Profile all about what they have to sell. Social Selling is selling on social. That’s it. No social selling books required.
Hide Behind your Business
Do people really want to connect with people on LinkedIn? We don’t need to see your face, so don’t add your photo. Use the default image, or your company logo, a cartoon or photo of Jennifer Aniston. Better still, just wear a bag over your head.
Never Admit Mistakes – A LinkedIn Guru Knows Everything!
To gain trust never let up that you don’t know everything about social media. Be sure to display ooodles of confidence and drop lots of tech terms and acronyms into your Profile. Dazzle your audience with as many of the latest buzzwords as possible. Be sure to use ‘Sky Rocket’, ‘Hustle’, and ‘Turbo Charge’.
Learn the Art of One-Way LinkedIn Communication
Once again we are all too busy to have conversations on LinkedIn. Best to have a clear message and shout it once and repeat it often – you are the most important person on LinkedIn, so blast out your message.
Respond with Default Message on LinkedIn
Don’t waste time with personalised messages. Just use the one or two words prompts, otherwise you will get yourself into a conversation. Save time and get to the point. It is all about you and what you have to sell.
Keep Your Cards Close
Never share your secrets – always leave your audience guessing. The more acronyms the better. Confuse your audience with a hint of vagueness. Never collaborate and risk other wanna-be gurus stealing your stuff. How on earth will you achieve world domination if you have to share and converse with other people?
So there you have it, the 18 steps to becoming a LinkedIn Guru. How did you go? Are you almost there?
Become a Social Media Guru
To read the full expert tips as they pertain to the Social Media Guru, you must read this article – but be sure not to share. Keep them all to yourself! Ian Anderson Gray shares with you the 20 Steps on how you too can become a Master Guru of Social Media, not just LinkedIn. Go for social media domination!
I trust that you realise that this article is not to be taken seriously. Learning with a bit of humour can work well. Clearly this is a backwards article and every point is to be reversed. Think Alice Through the Looking Glass. (I love that when this was published a few good friends called me to ask what on earth I was doing! I asked them, “did you actually read until the end?” Clearly not!)Don’t call yourself a Guru of any social media platform or of the entire social media world. Aim to be helpful and provide value. Expect to put in the hard yards, and the hours of research and practice, and be prepared to walk the talk. Find a niche and go deep. You will end up being referred to as a Guru organically.If you enjoyed this article, please share, tweet or email to all your guru friends.Get closer to being a Guru in your own office, by bringing me in to train your team, or working with me.