In this article I interviewed Anastacia Hauldridge, one of my first level connections on LinkedIn. She is the “Ace of Social Networking” based in New Jersey, United States and the Host and Producer of the The Ahauldri Show which has been running for the past 2 years. You can view Anastacia’s LinkedIn profile here.
How long have you been on LinkedIn and how has been the experience? I have been on LinkedIn for several years and my experience so far has been amazing, it’s been a life-changing experience. I have established and developed new friendships and new business relationships through LinkedIn. It has been rewarding to my business through the customers I have found. Since the beginning of this year I have found 50 clients through LinkedIn. The experience has been like a journey, where I met people who would be customers or potential business partners.
How much time do you spend on LinkedIn every day or week and what do you spend the time doing on the site? – This is a very good question Bruce and I want everyone to know how much time I spend on LinkedIn. Every day from 11am to 12pm I am on LinkedIn, just one hour in the morning. I use this time to go through all my emails on the site, responding to all of these. I respond to mail via LinkedIn from my inbox on the site. This is the only time I spend on LinkedIn during the daytime for just the task of checking emails. I do not log onto the site on Saturdays and Sundays.
I return to LinkedIn in the evening from 6pm to 8pm. At this time I am cultivating relationships in my LinkedIn groups. Whatever groups I am a part of I am communicating with other members. I am a part of several groups and I communicate with these members as I see fit based on the type of post or discussion that is being conducted.
What have been your biggest benefits of being on LinkedIn? – The biggest benefits from LinkedIn I would say are professional relationships in the industry. I have been in touch with some people for over 2 years who I met through the site. I communicate with some of the people on LinkedIn every single day. In my business I get a lot of traffic from LinkedIn. It’s actually in the top 3 websites that refer traffic to my website. One of my favourite books I can recommend that I learned this from is by my friend and author Gaspare Marturano, SocializeWith.Me . It’s available on Amazon and you can view his interview on Season 1 of The Ahauldri Show here http://www.anastaciahauldridge.com/socializewith-me-interview-with-gaspare-marturano/
Would you recommend whether someone should join LinkedIn with your reasons? Absolutely! You have to join LinkedIn. There is no way around it. It’s not for playing games. It’s about people who are serious about doing business from CEOs to managers. A person needs to spend 90 days on the site before they really start seeing results.
What kind of advice can you give new LinkedIn members that are professionals and entrepreneurs? – The best advice I can give new LinkedIn members is to have a 100% complete profile so that other people on the site can take you seriously. Make sure that when you are communicating with other people, always treat them with respect and PLEASE DO NOT SPAM. You want to build rapport, a relationship must be first that is the Golden Rule of Social Networking.