With more than 364 million members in over 200 countries, LinkedIn is the world’s largest digital professional network. What’s more, according to a LinkedIn study, 80% of LinkedIn members say they want to connect with companies on the platform. These statistics are strong indicators that LinkedIn Company Pages are an important channel for communicating with existing and potential customers, job candidates and your broader professional network.
To that end, we’re pleased to introduce new LinkedIn targeting functionality—as well as comprehensive design updates—to Sprout’s publishing tools to help facilitate more effective social communication between your business and your professional community.
You can now target your LinkedIn Company Page updates by company size, industry, function, seniority and geography. Targeting your updates allows you to communicate with your LinkedIn followers in a more relevant and personal way. In turn, by sharing content that is tailored specifically to your intended audience, your targeted LinkedIn status updates are likely to garner more engagement. Some examples of effective targeted update strategies include:
- Sharing job opportunities with relevant candidates with seniority or job function targeting.
- Posting updates about local events or regional company news with geography targeting.
- Publishing thought-leadership articles and other topical content to a tailored audience with industry or company size targeting.
It’s important to note that in order to publish a targeted status update on your LinkedIn Company Page, you must have at least 100 followers in the targeted segment. As you apply more targeting criteria across the various target segments, you will be narrowing in on a more refined subset of your followers. Whether you’re publishing to one LinkedIn Company Page or several, the Follower Counts tray will help you understand if your chosen targeting segments meet the 100 follower minimum.
We’ve also redesigned the entire user-flow for targeting posts on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The new flow is super intuitive and will make targeting network specific and syndicated posts a seamless process.
In addition to the new targeting user-flow, we’ve revamped the Compose window. It’s now easier than ever to schedule and post messages to multiple networks simultaneously and leverage unique targeting options for each individual network—all from a single intuitive Compose window.
We’ve cleaned up the profile-picker menu and repositioned the icons for targeting, image attachment and character count. These updates all make room for a larger text input area so you can focus on the task at hand: composing a great message to share with your audience. Also, when creating lengthier posts for Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn Company Pages, the entire Compose window now expands as you type, allowing you to view more of your message without having to scroll.
By continually improving our social publishing tools, Sprout is able to enhance and refine your social publishing process—saving you time, boosting engagement and ultimately providing a platform to more effectively power social communication.
As always, let us know if you have any questions or feedback.
Product Team: At Sprout Social, we embrace and revel in the fact that social media is a crucial component of brand and customer relationships. Our team of dedicated engineers, marketers, designers, product specialists and customer service professionals work tirelessly to create an exceptional product for our customers.
Posting to company pages is great! I also want/need to post inside of LinkedIn groups. Many who want to add value to the communities they serve would do well to post content inside of the groups they've started/run for that purpose.
I run a marketing agency, and just started a new client who wants the ability to post meaningful content on a regular basis. Of course, the corresponding analytics to demonstrate ROI would be a fundamental component.
@dhuns Facebook recently retired the functionality for third-parties to post to Facebook Groups back in April of this year. If that changes, we'll be sure to look into it!
@Jade Phillips Happy to hear it, Jade! We always welcome feedback and would love yours if you have any.
@IGOPOST Business Gifts We're always listening to our community! Happy we could provide you with a feature you've been looking for. Feel free to shoot us any feedback if you have them.
What a great update
We've been waiting for this feature for a long time :)
can't wait to try this new feature....
@41studio Let us know what you think!
Another great update from Sprout for LinkedIn. However as a social media manager for multiple companies what we really need is the ability to export analytical from LinkedIn. Without that it's always a challenge to show ROI for LinkedIn to clients. Thanks, Talia
@Talia Hi Talia, we welcome the user feedback. Can you tell me more about which metrics within LinkedIn you look to utilize and how often you'd use it? Thanks!
@Darryl Villacorta LinkedIn analytics such as Impressions | Clicks | Interactions | Followers Acquired | Engagement would be great to integrate into sprout social reporting – I generate monthly reports.
@emymordue Fantastic. I'll be sure to pass along your suggestion to the team to discuss. Thanks again for the suggestion!
@Lucas Castro Hi, Lucas. All the user interface changes, along with LinkedIn targeting options, are available to all plan users. Hope this helps!