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LinkedIn Profile Rewrite Service

LinkedIn Profile Rewrite Banner Image Mark Stonham WurlwindA professional LinkedIn profile rewrite is a wise investment for many reasons.

  • We only have a matter of seconds to make a first impression. We owe it to ourselves and to our businesses to make the most of the brief opportunity
  • Showing up for the right keywords gives more visibility for us and our company page when potential buyers search LinkedIn
  • Being referred to the right people at the right time by our connections can be boosted by a better profile
  • Being shortlisted (or not being eliminated from the long-list) can be improved through better profiles across the senior management team of a business
  • Other business goals such as partnerships, investment, recruitment and many more can be enhanced through better profiles, especially of the business leader

Our profiles, from the photo, headline and summary, need to work really hard in the following situations:

  • when people look at our profile before a phone call or a meeting
  • when people look to see who viewed their profile
  • when our profile appears in search results (and the right words will make it appear more often)
  • when our profile is included in the list of employees of the company or organisation(s) we work for
  • when we post status updates and they appear in the home feed of our connections and others
  • when we write posts for the LinkedIn Pulse database
  • when we appear in the list of ‘profiles other people looked at’
  • when we appear in the ‘keep in touch’ reminders

Our LinkedIn Profile is the foundation for our online presence, our digital footprint, our online personal brand and professional presence.

When did you last update your profile?

And have you ever gone through a complete LinkedIn profile rewrite?

Take a look at the tips, advice and examples below to see how your profile could have much greater impact.

Or click here to send me an email if you’d like to know more or to discuss next steps.

Creating powerful LinkedIn Profiles

LinkedIn is not just a place for job-seekers and recruiters.

It’s an online network that people in the B2B market can use to find new clients and grow their businesses.

  • It’s surprising how many senior people still have a CV style profile, which people might take as a sign they are looking for a job.
  • Even more surprising are the number of skeleton profiles of business leaders and senior managers. What impression does that give out? Would you turn up for a meeting looking dishevelled and unprepared? And what example or leadership does that set for people in their department?

As the founder of Wurlwind I, Mark Stonham, have reviewed thousands of LinkedIn profiles and completed well over 100 LinkedIn profile rewrites for clients over several years.

During this time I’ve made a discovery that is overlooked by many, and realised that:

People in different business roles deserve to have LinkedIn Profiles that say different things.

After all, different people have different roles, different objectives, and different audiences and communities that they work with.

Therefore it’s logical that their LinkedIn profiles need to serve different purposes, to resonate with different audiences, and  meet different objectives.

Would you be impressed by the following LinkedIn Profiles?

Here are some examples of those differences. Take a look at some actual profiles via the links in the testimonials on the following pages.

  • A Consultant (Business Consultant, Management Consultant, Sales Consultant, IT Consultant, HR Consultant etc.) who had a clear specialisation of working with organisations of a particular type and helping them to improve their business performance in some particular way, to identify the starting point, the destination and have a methodology for the transition, and social proof through testimonials, articles, associations, peer approval etc. If that capability matched your requirements wouldn’t you want to meet them?
  • A Business Leader (Chairman, CEO, MD, Business Owner) who has a clear vision and mission for their business, one that spoke to prospects and customers, staff and recruits, suppliers and sales channel partners, investors and the press etc. One that supported the efforts of the sales and marketing team, customer services, production and development and more. Maybe one that highlighted growth and partnering opportunities. And one that inspired confidence in the likelihood that it would deliver, based on a track record of success. If the journey that the business is on was clear, and aligned with your aspirations, wouldn’t you want to know more?
  • A Sales Leader (Sales Director, Sales Manager, Business Development, New Business Sales) who is clearly customer focused, plugged into the customers’ market, connected with decision-maker peers, aware of market trends and issues, and with a track record of heading up value delivery to clients, not just making quota. Wouldn’t you want to find out how you, your department and your company could benefit, reassured by the value you’d expect to get from a conversation, and confident that you could probably refer them to colleagues or clients.
  • A Business Professional (such as Heads of delivery departments, project managers, consultants, fee earners, sales account managers etc.) who was clearly aware of their role and contribution to value delivery to clients, had clear expertise in one or more areas, and evidence of skills development and progression. And more so, would you feel reassured to see a team of specialists who worked together, as part of considering whether to short-list a potential supplier, or recommend them to your colleagues, or your clients.
  • And the LinkedIn Company Page that represents the business vision and ties together the profiles of the key individuals and staff. A powerful image and well crafted description to engage with prospects and customers, recruits and other interested parties creates a really positive tone. It can also support staff endeavours online, as the company page can make a major contribution to the way businesses are perceived, and the actions that visitors take.

This is what the Wurlwind LinkedIn Profile Rewrite service delivers – profiles that create a very positive first impression.

Click here to send me an email if you’d like to know more or to discuss next steps.

Three key objectives for a LinkedIn Profile Rewrite

If you accept the importance of moving beyond a skeleton or a CV profile then these THREE objectives become clearer.

And by the way, this goes way beyond the LinkedIn prompts that get you to 100% and they only cover the foundations.

1. The 180 degree switch – from About Me to About You!

This is fundamental for an effective LinkedIn profile for someone in post or running a business and looking for greater success in that role.

  • A recruiter has a brief for a role they are recruiting for, and they can match and score a CV against that.
  • A potential customer has a business need, a challenge, a problem to overcome or an opportunity or aspiration to move towards.
  • And some potential customers need to have their eyes opened to the needs or opportunities they don’t yet recognise.

Therefore the first challenge for a LinkedIn Profile Rewrite is to make the switch from About Me to About You.

2. Supporting the Know, Like and Trust journey

Trust is pretty important in business and especially in business development, in sales, in partnerships, in recommending and leading change etc.

And although trust will depend on many things there is the potential to be eliminated early on if a competitor has a stronger set of credentials.

Trust is also fairly granular and specific. Beyond the basics like honesty, integrity, keeping confidences and similar there is another level.

This can be conveyed in the expression of being a ‘go-to’ person. Who do people go-to for financial advice, for marketing ideas, for connections, for negotiating a deal, to design systems and so on.

The second objective of the LinkedIn Profile Rewrite is to identify the right area of trust and then to portray that trust.

3. To set up an appropriate response for the reader to take

It would be a shame if, after all the preparation, the reader was left to make their own mind up about whether to take action, and if so what, don’t you think.

If we want someone to do something isn’t it far more effective if we specifically ask them, and their only options really are Yes, or No.

Of course we’ve added our email address and / or phone number to the profile or page, and maybe our Twitter handle too.

But at the end of the Summary, and maybe in the Advice for Contacting section, include a clear and compelling call to action (CTA).

Maybe that’s asking for certain people to connect, or for referrals to particular people, of for a business leader to sign-post people in the company to be contacted for different matters.

How well does your profile meet these THREE objectives?

LinkedIn Profile Rewrite benefits

Business success increasingly depends not just on being visible but moving people through the know, like and trust sequence in ways the buyers prefer.

  • People are finding that with progressive visibility and a positive profile come progressive benefits.
  • The innovators have grasped the potential of the Internet and LinkedIn very quickly, and are forging ahead in their respective markets.
  • Our clients say they feel much more confident as a result of having a very professional, purposeful profile created for them.
  • With our support they are dressed for success online.

Profiles of each person, each company and the key people in management and sales deserve to present a credible and joined up message.

After all, our website, premises, exhibition attendance, marketing and lead generation campaigns and many other expenses could be let down by a poor impression on LinkedIn.

To discuss the benefits you’d like to achieve click here to send me an email.

What triggers people to get a LinkedIn Profile rewrite?

There are several recurring events or business circumstances when people seek help with a profile rewrite including:

  • undertaking a business review and sharpening focus in either the same or a different direction
  • attending an event or conference where there will be a lot of visibility of the LinkedIn profile
  • undergoing a rebrand with potentially a new website and wanting that to flow through, or to be guided by, the LinkedIn profile(s)
  • stepping out of a role as an employee (either voluntarily or not) or the armed services and wanting to research or pursue a new direction
  • undertaking a business or sales team shake-up and wanting to present a clearer and more consistent message to the market

And quite often people make the change having been referred to me by a previous client, often as a result of seeing their profile and the conversation that follows.

Would you like more guidance and help with your LinkedIn Profile Rewrite?

Congratulations if you are still reading. I guess you’re pretty serious about improving your LinkedIn Profile.

You might also be feeling a little daunted or maybe overwhelmed.

But also, wouldn’t it be a shame if in say 3 months you were still feeling you REALLY ought to tackle your LinkedIn Profile.

Imagine instead if you acted now and within 2-4 weeks you and maybe your business and colleagues had a much more professional image on LinkedIn.

Would that make you feel a lot better?

Especially to experience the clarity and confidence that comes from the repositioning that I help people to develop, their purpose, their golden thread, or similar.

This isn’t a high pressure sell but if you would like to discuss LinkedIn profile improvements and see if a LinkedIn Profile Rewrite is right for you and your business click the button below…

If you’ve read this far why not get in touch today. CLICK HERE to send me an email and let’s have a chat very soon.

Mark.

Business Professional LinkedIn Profile Rewrite

LinkedIn Profile Rewrite Business Professional Image Mark Stonham WurlwindHeads of Departments, Fee Earners, Sales Account Managers, Project Managers, Technical Specialists and many other people in a company deserve to have good LinkedIn profiles.

Customers and prospects may well look through the team profiles when checking out a business to decide whether they want to start or to develop a commercial relationship. LinkedIn is increasingly valuable for helping us and the companies we work for to be successful, not just for when people are looking for new positions.

A LinkedIn Profile for a Business Professional ought to go well beyond the 100% score that LinkedIn attributes when certain boxes are completed. As part of the management and delivery team of a business – especially a knowledge based business such as those in technology, agency, professional services or consultancy – it’s increasingly important to put the human faces and profiles for customers, colleagues and others to view.

The challenge of writing a LinkedIn Profile for a Business Professional

For many business professionals they don’t necessarily know what they know, or how to convey it through LinkedIn.

  • They may not have thought about it and broken it down into constituent parts
  • They may assume that their job title is sufficient for others to work out what they do
  • They may be too modest to be specific about their strengths and their contribution
  • They may not have time or knowledge about LinkedIn to write and to make the appropriate changes to their profile

And for companies, a random collection of profiles is not the best showcase for customers, prospects or recruits to see.

The benefits of a well-written LinkedIn Profile for a Business Professional

Our proven approach to LinkedIn Profile Rewrites for Business Professionals presents individuals and teams in a very positive way.

  • Directors and heads of departments will clearly represent the capability of their area, so prospects gain confidence
  • Fee earners will clearly convey their competence as domain specialists and subject matter experts
  • Delivery and support people, like account managers and project managers, will convey their ability to manage resources to achieve results for clients

When combined with well-written profiles for the Business Leader (the MD typically) and Sales Leaders (Sales Director, Business Development, New Business Sales) employed by the company, firm or organisation, this creates a really powerful message to customers and to prospects.

Next Steps:

Add an agenda item to your next Management Meeting to review the LinkedIn profiles of employees listed for your business. The likelihood is that there’s a rag-bag of profiles there that don’t show your business off to customers and prospects in a very positive light.

And if you’re a professional individual who wants to improve your own Linkedin profile and advance your career, congratulations for taking the initiative.

Email me, Mark Stonham, if you’d like to improve your profile, or those of your team or company.

The Process:

This process has been designed to deliver maximum value and optimise time on both sides:

  1. We ask you to complete a 1 page A4 background form and send us a copy of a fairly recent start the process
  2. We’ll then interview you by phone or skype for 15 minutes to understand your objectives
  3. We’ll draft the key sections of Summary and current roles and headline
  4. Then there’s a review process, conducted by email and tracked document changes
  5. We the post the changes on your behalf and update the settings etc of your LinkedIn Profile.

We know the process works when we post the changes to profiles on behalf of clients.

What’s included:

The deliverable outcome is an updated and rewritten LinkedIn Profile covering the following element:

  • Headline and Summary
  • Current Role
  • Skills section review
  • Contact Details update
  • Online support

The investment:

We aim to optimise both the financial outlay and the time you need to contribute.

  • The cost to you is £195
  • The time you contribute is about 2 hours.

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a Professional Linkedin Profile is actually gaining clarity about specialist skills and contribution to clients, and the way to articulate the. That’s where our skills and experience come to the fore.
We have a track record of capturing the essence of what makes professionals valuable to clients and positioning (or re-positioning) them on LinkedIn to make them and the team look more impressive.

 

LinkedIn Company Page Rewrite – Creating your Business Profile within LinkedIn

Wurlwind Social Selling - LinkedIn Company PageEvery business, even sole traders, should have a LinkedIn Company Page.

For smaller businesses it might be rather like the advert in the Yellow Pages – create it and (almost) forget about it.
Except that once it’s set up it’s essentially no further cost, unlike Yellow Pages or other Advertising Costs.

  • It’s a way to Showcase your business and be found for keywords

And it’s one of many ways to generate inquiries through LinkedIn

For medium sized businesses with several employees there are several benefits:

  • It’s a great way to showcase your team and their combined strength
  • Share content from your business that Page Followers can see to increase engagement
  • Share content that can be found by others to increase the likelihood of inquiries
  • Share content that can be Shared by staff, customers and others, to increase your visibility to new audiences.

For larger businesses with more resources can develop the LinkedIn Company page into the heart of their Customer Community, to increase loyalty, encourage advocacy, and attract new inquiries.

LinkedIn Company Page Service Package from Wurlwind

The service package we offer to set up a LinkedIn company page covers:

  •  Create the LinkedIn Company Page in Your Company name
  •  Write your Company Overview using keywords researched for your business.
  •  Add graphics supplied by you (we’ll supply the specifications)
  •  Advice on how to associate staff with the profile
  •  Advice on how to generate followers
  •  Advice on posting Status Updates to the page.

The cost of the service varies, depending essentially on how many stakeholders are involved eg:

The guideline cost of the service is £249

  • For sole proprietors there may be scope to reduce the cost.
  • For medium and larger businesses there may be additional work, and costs, involved.

When you’ve spent hundreds or thousands of pounds on your Website, don’t underestimate the potential of your LinkedIn Company Page.

Having, and developing, the Page within the LinkedIn Community can pay huge dividends.

If you’d like to discuss how a LinkedIn Company Page could benefit your business, or if you have a page already but it’s in need of a refresh and a new strategy, please contact me, Mark Stonham, by email here.