Leveraging LinkedIn can be a powerful way to drive sales leads; in fact, LinkedIn claims that 80% of B2B leads come from using LinkedIn. (Read other powerful statistics on marketing with LinkedIn here.) To understand the value of LinkedIn as a lead generation tool, it helps to understand its users and the information it offers. There’s a wealth of knowledge available to support B2B salespeople and marketers on LinkedIn – you can use content to gather insights on potential job candidates, qualify leads, gather insights on companies, offer insights into your own organization’s capabilities, position yourself and your company as thoughts leaders, and enable targeted advertising to qualified prospects.
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After being acquired by Microsoft in 2016, LinkedIn has gone through monumental changes, including the robust integration of Microsoft’s suite of services, including Office 365, an expanded publishing platform, and streamlined desktop and mobile apps. Critics had a lot to say, noting that Microsoft’s acquisition was the inevitable demise of LinkedIn. Over the past several months, however, media and marketing outlets have been noting that LinkedIn has truly improved, including AdWeek in this article.