Instead of having to filling out a form with a few fields, now, at the click of a button the form is automatically populated with user information taken right from the user’s LinkedIn profile. On a mobile device, filling in even a couple of fields can be a painful task and creates a barrier for user follow through.
However, unlike Facebook, these forms promise to be much more qualitative. As LinkedIn is a network for professionals, influencers, industry thought leaders and most importantly, business decision makers, user profiles are usually complete and accurate. When a form gets automatically pre-populated with this profile information, the ratio of high quality lead forms will go up, and bogus leads will go down – thus the main advantage of these LinkedIn Lead Gen forms, compared to other social networks.
It doesn’t end there. After users submit the form, they can be presented with an in-app thank you page that immediately connects them with more content or they can be taken to the website.
Right now, the new functionality is only available on mobile. That really isn’t much of a hindrance considering that according to LinkedIn, 80% of engagement with their Sponsored Content campaigns occurs via smartphones.
LinkedIn is saying there is a lot of great reporting and lead management functionality to go along with this, such as integration with CRM systems. You can read more about all that “technical stuff”, but the most important take away is that businesses can now amplify their targeting, and greatly improve on the quantity and quality of leads. That’s a great bottom line.
This tactic won’t apply to every business. But for most businesses looking for leads from other professionals in identifiable and targetable demographics – this can be a game changer.
Sol provides consulting services in the areas of business and project management specifically related to digital marketing, lead generation and eCommerce. Co-founder of SunHouse Marketing (formerly eCommerce Innovators), a digital marketing consulting company that provides the full range of the most current and up to date digital marketing services and techniques: Strategic Planning, Business Development, Project Management, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and our area of specialty - Lead Generation. In the Telecom industry from 1999 – 2009, with a focus on Business Consulting/Business Process Analysis. In this role I collaborated with teams across large Tier 1 corporations, and the corresponding teams within our company, to create integrated, cross functionality synergies. Background in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, providing a tremendous positive impact on all interactions, and ensuring that business dealings are not only pleasant but more efficient and cost effective. My passion is business process analysis. Tell me about your current business, and I will uncover new ways for it to be more efficient and more profitable.