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Mastering Social Selling with LinkedIn Sales Navigator

Mastering social selling

Social selling has revolutionized the way businesses approach sales, allowing professionals to leverage social networks to find and engage prospects. Social selling has recently been touted as a relatively new sales approach that promises to replace traditional outbound activities loathed by sales professionals and prospects alike.

No one likes the unsolicited ring on their cell phone or a blind email entering their inbox. These cold-call efforts are intrusive and impersonal, provide no immediate value to the client, and the rejection rate is astronomical.

That said, there may be resistance from sales professionals to embrace social selling techniques for any number of reasons, including:

  • Comfort with traditional methods
  • The time and effort it takes to build relationships and create valuable content
  • Fear of rejection on a public platform
  • Lack of skills and training with respect to the platforms, content, and engagement strategies required to be successful

But here’s the secret: An effective social selling program is really just taking the best practices of any traditional sales methodology and applying them to a new platform.

Effective social selling

Let’s take Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. The concepts were timeless when I wrote Everything I Needed to Know About Social Media I Learned from Dale Carnegie 14 years ago.

Now, we can take those concepts and apply them to today’s tools such as LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator. Sales Navigator stands out as a powerful platform because it’s designed for sales professionals to target the right prospects, understand their needs, and build meaningful relationships.

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Before diving into the functionalities of Sales Navigator, ensure that your LinkedIn profile is fully optimized. Your profile should reflect your professional brand and be tailored to your target audience. Here are some key elements to focus on:

  • Profile Picture: Use a high-quality, professional headshot.
  • Headline: Craft a compelling headline that goes beyond your job title. Highlight how you help your target audience.
  • Summary: Write a concise summary that showcases your expertise, achievements, and the value you provide.
  • Experience and Skills: Detail your experience and highlight relevant skills. Include endorsements and recommendations from colleagues and clients.

See: How to Win Friends and Influence People 
Principle 2: Smile – A Simple Way to Make a First Impression

Set Up Your Sales Navigator Account

Once your profile is optimized, set up your Sales Navigator account. Start by defining your target audience and creating custom lead lists. Sales Navigator allows you to filter prospects based on various criteria, such as industry, company size, job title, and more. Utilize these filters to narrow down your search and focus on high-quality leads.

Once you’ve identified potential leads and grouped them in your lead lists, you’re ready for the hard part — listening.

Principle 3: Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

Principle 4: Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.

Using Sales Navigator, you can drill down on the lead lists you’ve collected and start learning about their interests, their successes, and their needs. You can also find when someone has shared experiences, which may lead to a deeper connection with the prospect.

Sales navigator

Leverage Advanced Search Features

Sales Navigator’s advanced search features are one of its most powerful tools. Use them to find and connect with your ideal prospects. Here’s how:

  • Boolean Search: Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to refine your searches and get more precise results.
  • Custom Filters: Apply custom filters to segment your audience based on geography, seniority level, company growth, and more.
  • Saved Searches: Save your search queries and set up alerts to stay updated on new leads that match your criteria.

Engage with Insights

Sales Navigator provides valuable insights about your prospects and their companies. Use these insights to personalize your outreach and build rapport. Key features include:

  • News and Updates: Stay informed about your prospects’ latest activities, such as job changes, company news, and shared content.
  • TeamLink: Leverage your network’s connections to get warm introductions to your prospects.
  • Lead Recommendations: Receive personalized lead recommendations based on your preferences and previous interactions.

Principle 1: Become genuinely interested in other people

Principle 5: Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.

Build and Nurture Relationships

Social selling is about building long-term relationships, not just closing deals. Once you’ve connected with a prospect, continue to nurture the relationship by:

Continue to nuture relationships
  • Regular Engagement: Stay active on LinkedIn by sharing relevant content, participating in discussions, and congratulating your connections on their achievements.
  • Value-Driven Content: Share informative and valuable content that addresses your audience’s needs and challenges. This positions you as a thought leader in your industry.
  • Follow-Up: Maintain regular follow-ups with your prospects to stay top-of-mind and keep the conversation going. Get them to say “Yes, yes!” immediately by addressing common ground and shared goals early in the conversation.

Dramatize Your Ideas

Now you can start to tell your story. To capture your prospects’ attention and make your messages more compelling, dramatize your ideas. Use storytelling to illustrate the benefits of your products or services. Share success stories and case studies that resonate with your prospects’ challenges and aspirations.

Measure and Adjust

Finally, track your social selling efforts and adjust your strategy as needed. Sales Navigator provides analytics and reports to help you measure your performance. Key metrics to monitor include:

  • Profile Views: Track how many people are viewing your profile and engaging with your content.
  • Connection Acceptance Rate: Measure the success rate of your connection requests.
  • Response Rate: Analyze the response rate to your InMail messages and follow-ups.

By regularly reviewing these metrics, you can identify what’s working and make data-driven adjustments to your approach.


LinkedIn Sales Navigator is a powerful tool that can significantly enhance your social selling efforts. By optimizing your profile, leveraging advanced search features, personalizing your outreach with Dale Carnegie’s principles, and nurturing relationships, you can effectively engage with your target audience and drive sales success. Start implementing these strategies today to unlock the full potential of social selling with LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

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About Kelly Brown:

Kelly Brown has 25+ years of experience leading entrepreneurial organizations. As Managing Partner and CEO of Sanctuary, Kelly has had the opportunity to serve a leadership role in every functional division of the organization.

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