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Have you heard about the LinkedIn Influencer publishing platform?

linkedinInfluencersThis publishing platform was reserved originally for top influencers, including the President of the United States! Other influencers include academic professors, leaders and CEOs and even celebrities.

Now it’s your turn to be an influencer because the LinkedIn platform has expanded its availability. This gives you, me, and anyone who has the desire to build online influence a pretty great way to do so.

There are still close to 500 “official” LinkedIn Influencers today. Most of these influencers hold high level leadership positions (corporate), are public figures (authors, celebrities, and speakers), or have simply amassed an impressive online following as self-publishers.

You can still follow your favorite influencers on LinkedIn, and you can like, share, or comment on their posts. More importantly, you can now follow anyone who is publishing on LinkedIn. This means you can also build your own following without having to actually add those folks as connections. Nice.

Learning from LinkedIn Influencers

Successful online marketers understand how important it is to build online influence in order to expand their visibility and grow a trusted network of loyal fans, followers, and advocates.

Here are some ways to grow your influence on LinkedIn by learning from existing LinkedIn Influencers:

Sharing content with your network

For successful marketing on LinkedIn, you want to position yourself as a thought leader and go-to resource within your industry and with your target markets. Sharing relevant, high quality content published by the influencers you follow on LinkedIn is a great way to do that. As you consistently showcase great content to your connections, you will build trust and influence with your target audience.

Early commenting on LinkedIn Influencer Posts

Another way to build influence is to be one of the first people to comment on your favorite LinkedIn Influencer posts. Not only will the influencer most likely see your comment (whether or not they respond is a different story), but other viewers and commenters on the post will see you. This may create new opportunities for engagement and for adding connections.

Tapping LinkedIn Influencers for blog post ideas

With the influencers you follow on LinkedIn, note which of the posts generate lots of views, comments, and shares. Chances are, those same topics might be interesting to your target audience. Use those posts as inspiration to develop new thought leadership content on your own blog that includes your personal insights and opinions. Go deeper on the topic, or pull a concept from the post that resonates with you and expand on it. Don’t forget to link to the original LinkedIn Influencer post that inspired you, and never copy someone else’s content! Provide unique perspective.

Not sure which influencers to follow? Click here to find LinkedIn Influencers to follow.


Editor’s Note

If building or leveraging on-line influence is a focus for your clients or your profession, plan to attend “Getting Real with Influence” an expert panel at the May 22 SMC Dallas meeting.  Register on Eventbrite.

 About the Author

stephaniesammons1Stephanie Sammons is the founder and CEO of Wired Advisor™ (, a company that helps entrepreneurial financial advisors and firms build online influence through strategic content marketing and authentic social networking. In 2014 she was named as a “Top 25 Social Media Expert You Must Know” by LinkedIn, and a Top 10 Financial Industry Blogger by RIABiz. Her previous experience includes over 15 years with Merrill Lynch and UBS both as a financial advisor and in corporate leadership roles.