LinkedIn Announces New Showcase Pages: Great For Law Firms

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LinkedIn Showcase Page For Their Marketing Solutions ProductYesterday, LinkedIn announced the addition of “Showcase Pages,” which are subsets of Company Pages. Read on as I discuss how this has great utility for law firms.

WHAT ARE SHOWCASE PAGES? 

LinkedIn tells us that:

“Showcase Pages are dedicated pages that allow companies to highlight different aspects of their business and build relationships with the right community. Whether it’s a brand, a business unit, or an initiative, following a Showcase Page will provide you the updates you are most interested in.”

WHY SHOULD LAW FIRMS CARE ABOUT SHOWCASE PAGES? 

If you have more than one practice, industry or client team, or consulting arm of the firm, Showcase Pages can be a great marketing tool. In the non-legal world, this would be compared to individual brands under the umbrella of a larger company.

Let’s look at a few examples to get our wheels turning about how to apply this to your firm.

MICROSOFT EXAMPLE

Here is the Office Showcase Page, which is an off-shoot of the Microsoft Company Page.

Screenshot of Office Showcase Page of Microsoft Company Page 11-18-2013 10-11-01 PM

As I’ve highlighted above on the left, Microsoft has set up this Office Showcase Page to feature Office 365. To the right, I’ve shown you the copy LinkedIn adds to all Showcase Pages, which is to identify the other Showcase Pages established under the main page. In this case, the other Microsoft Showcase Page is Microsoft Dynamics.

Note: To see these additional Showcase Pages, you need to click on the Show More tab. To cover them again, just click on Show Less.

HEWLETT-PACKARD EXAMPLE

Let’s also take a look at Hewlett-Packard’s Showcase Page for their HP Converged Infrastructure solutions service.

New LinkedIn Showcase Pages

As you can see above on the left side of the screenshot, Hewlett-Packard is featured as the parent Company Page for this Showcase Page. As you look to the right, I’ve shown you how LinkedIn shows HP’s other Showcase Pages. As I hover over each one of the HP logos, the name of the Showcase Page was shown, along with the number of followers of that page.

CROSS-SELLING INSTITUTIONALIZED

Let’s think about this for a second. We all know how challenging it can be to encourage and institutionalize cross-selling in law firms, right? Although I’m not letting any of you off the hook when it comes to being responsible firm citizens by cross-selling additional services your clients might need or want, this sure can help.

It’s a simple reminder of other practice, industry and client-focused services offered by your firm. It’s a subtle, albeit noticeable, mention of these services, which helps send the message to visitors of the Firm’s LinkedIn Company Page, as well as all of its Showcase Pages.

HOW DO I CREATE A SHOWCASE PAGE?

1.  Make a list of the “brands” that belong to your firm.

LinkedIn is currently allowing us to create up to 10 Showcase Pages. This doesn’t mean you have to use all of them at once, but you need to be strategic. These brands can be:

    • Practice areas
    • Industry teams
    • Consulting groups
    • Annual conferences that are a definite part of the fabric of your firm.
    • …or any business unit, effort or event your firm is interested in marketing on a continuous basis

2. Decide what resources you have to create and administer Showcase Pages.

What kind of time and budget do you have to devote to making this a living, breathing, interesting Page?

3.  List the Showcase Pages you would like to create. 

List them in order of importance, so that you have a plan, and so internal expectations are managed.

4.  Begin creating your Showcase Page.

Only LinkedIn Company Page Admins can create Showcase Pages. If you are the Admin of your firm’s Company Page, go to the Edit drop-down menu and click on “Create a Showcase Page.” If you want to become an Admin of a Showcase Page, see my instructions at the end of this post.

How To Create A LinkedIn Showcase Page - Step 1

You will then be taken to this page.

How To Create a LinkedIn Showcase Page - Step 2

5.  Choose a name and additional Admins.

This is where you will a) Name your Showcase Page, and b) Add additional Admins. Under your photo, you will be prompted to write a description, which can be up to 200 characters. Then click Create Page in the bottom right corner. Again, if you want to become an Admin of a Showcase Page, keep reading as I’ll show you how in a minute.

How To Create A LinkedIn Showcase Page - Step 3

6.  Upload an image.

After your Showcase Page is created, you will then need to upload an image to use as a header for your page. This should be consistent and complementary with other visual branding you use elsewhere, and should be 974 x 330 pixels.

7.  Start adding updates to your Showcase Page.

This is segmented marketing. It’s now time to begin speaking directly to those people who have decided they have some degree of interest in this area you have chosen to “showcase.” Remember, they have chosen to visit or follow you, so make sure you connect with them by giving them valuable content.

8.  Promote the page! 

Just a few ideas:

    • Put the URL in the email auto-signatures of those who practice in that area, or who have a complementary practice area.
    • Invite those who have followed your Company Page to follow specific Showcase Pages, giving the links to the pages to make it easy for them to find.
    • Discuss complementary clients, products and services on your Showcase Pages, which will invite their participation and interest, and create additional value for your followers.
    • Don’t create it and forget it. This, like all other Social Media, is a living, breathing communication tool that needs to be tended to on a regular basis. It takes proper care and feeding in order for people to notice it.

SHARE THE ADMIN LOVE

It can take time to Administer all of the posting and detail of these pages, particularly as the number of them grows as you build out these Showcase Pages. For those practice areas or teams that have specialists assigned to the team, you might consider bringing them into the fold by sharing posting duties for their Showcase Page. If you are comfortable having what I would consider “Brand Managers” for each area, you could make them additional Admins for these pages.

If you want to become an Admin for a Showcase Page:

Showcase Pages How to become an admin 11-18-2013 9-49-25 PM

As we see above:

Any LinkedIn member can be assigned by a Company Page administrator to be a Showcase Page administrator, but that member must be a 1st-degree connection to the Company Page administrator. The Showcase Page admin does not have to be an employee of the Company.

If your profile is associated with the parent Company Page, you can look up the Company Page administrator to make your request:

  1. Add and confirm your company email address to your personal LinkedIn profile.
  2. Go to the parent Company Page for the Showcase Page you’d like to manage.
  3. On the right side of the parent Company Page, select the Contact an Admin link in the Become an Admin module.
  4. View the admin list and contact an admin with a personal message, InMail, or offline to request to be added as an admin of the Showcase Page.
  5. Once you’re confirmed as a Showcase Page admin, you should receive a welcome email. You will have access to manage the page and post updates.

Welcome to LinkedIn Showcase Pages!

Let me know how you are going to use them, and share your new Showcase Page links below, okay?

Nancy Myrland, Myrland Marketing & Social Media and LinkedIn Coach For LawyersNancy Myrland is a Marketing, Content, Social & Digital Media Speaker, Trainer & Advisor, helping lawyers, law firms and legal marketers grow by strategically integrating all marketing disciplines. She is a frequent LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook trainer, as well as a content marketing specialist. She helps lawyers and legal marketers understand how to make their marketing and business development efforts more relevant to their current and potential clients, and helps lead firms through their online digital strategy when dealing with high-stakes, visible cases. As an early adopter of digital technology, she also helps firms with blogging, podcasts and video marketing. She can be reached via email here.

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saniya1
saniya1

In a strange way I’m jealous of your time in Bangkok, I’m dying to get back to Thailand but I know that I need/want to settle for a while (though not for long). All that travel is worth the occasional heartache, but I agree that saying goodbye to family is the worst! http://indresult.com

sjfpc
sjfpc

Nancy, for a one man law firm does this have relevance.  Currently, I just have my individual profile at LinkedIn.  I never bothered with my PC as a separate law firm.  Is this needed in a one man shop?  Seems redundant to me.  What do you think?

dellapelle
dellapelle

Thanks for sharing this Nancy!  Hope all is well with you!  Tony

debdobson62
debdobson62

This is an excellent outline of LinkedIn Showcase pages.  Thanks for taking the time to create a great reference.

kerijaehnig
kerijaehnig

Thanks, Nancy, for this thorough outline of LinkedIn Showcase Pages.  I'll point people to it as a reference! ~Keri

NancyMyrland
NancyMyrland moderator

@sjfpc Steven, it just depends on what kind of marketing and positioning your Marketing Plan calls for. You and I are in the same boat. I'm a one-woman show, too. I will give a great deal of thought to the use of these Showcase Pages for my different areas of expertise because, although I know they could be valuable, I also know I have to manage my resource, that being me, to the best of my ability.


I am considering building one for my growing Lawyers and LinkedIn Training Division because there might be lawyers and legal marketers who care about LinkedIn training, but who aren't allowing the entire subject of Social Media on their radar at the moment. If that is true, then my LinkedIn Profile or Company Page might not garner much attention from a part of my target market, but a page dedicated to a service like LinkedIn that is targeted, just might. 

This can all be true for lawyers as well. If there are different practice areas, or industries that you focus on, or topics that are an important part of your practice, then a Showcase Page might fit into your Marketing Plan. 

Again, this is all part of a longer discussion that is dependent upon your practice, but I hope that helps a bit. Let me know if you think that makes any sense.

NancyMyrland
NancyMyrland moderator

@dellapelle My pleasure, Tony! Yes, things are great...enjoying lots of LinkedIn training lately. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by! 

NancyMyrland
NancyMyrland moderator

@debdobson62 Thanks, Deb. I like what I see, and think there is great potential for law firms, so it was a pleasure to put together.

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