Eight people are hired through LinkedIn every minute. But you already have a job; you’re a coach. So LinkedIn is no use to you, right? Wrong. LinkedIn is more than a job hunting platform. It’s also a client attraction network

Especially for coaches specializing in careers, business, or executive leadership, LinkedIn is a goldmine for finding clients. Instead of a focus on casual conversations that characterizes other platforms, LinkedIn is geared towards career growth, business collaborations, and professional knowledge exchange. 

Let’s explore how coaches can harness the power of LinkedIn to scale their coaching practice.

Why LinkedIn Is the Best Place to Find Great Coaching Clients

Its inherently professional nature sets LinkedIn apart from other social media platforms. With nearly 206 million users in the USA alone, the audience you’re engaging with is not just large but also laser-focused on what you’re offering. 

1. LinkedIn offers especially high-caliber potential clients

Look at these key facts from LinkedIn itself:

  1. Four out of five LinkedIn members drive business decisions.
  2. LinkedIn’s audience has twice the buying power of the average web audience.
LinkedIn is the intersection of motivated professionals and the coaches who are equipped to guide them.

For career coaches, LinkedIn is where prospects often start their job search or career transition journey. Business coaches will find start-ups, entrepreneurs, and established companies looking for strategies to scale. Leadership and executive coaches will discover a pool of professionals aspiring to refine their leadership skills or navigate the challenges of senior roles. 

2. LinkedIn users interact with a professional mindset

Potential clients are not just browsing LinkedIn to escape boredom as they do on Instagram or TikTok. LinkedIn users are often in search of the exact solutions you can provide. They are work-minded and industry-driven. 

Look at these LinkedIn engagement statistics

  • Forty-eight percent of users in the US use LinkedIn at least once a month.
  • Sixteen percent of US LinkedIn users log in every day.
  • Forty percent of visitors engage with a page organically each week.

3. LinkedIn values transparency

Moreover, the authentic nature of LinkedIn profiles adds another layer of seriousness to its interactions. Unlike anonymous interactions on other social media platforms, on LinkedIn, you are more likely to know who you’re talking to along with seeing their background, endorsements, recommendations, and professional trajectory. Plus LinkedIn has a better reputation with user privacy than other online giants such as Facebook and Google.

How to Find Clients on LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn profile is your digital resume and elevator pitch, all rolled into one. 

1. Optimize Your Profile

Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the maximum exposure with and setting the best impression from your LinkedIn profile. 

Upload a professional headshot

First impressions do matter. Since LinkedIn is a professional platform, you want your profile visitors to see you in your best light. Invest in a high-quality, professional headshot where your photo is clear, friendly, and aligned with your industry’s standards. Avoid dark or selfie-style photos that come across as amateur. 

Add the open to work banner

Use the #OpenToWork banner to broadcast your intentions to your network and any profile visitors.

Make your headline your pitch

Instead of simply listing your job title, create a headline that tells people what you can do for them. The goal is to invite potential clients to reach out to you. The best way to do this is to bring their needs to the forefront of your profile. 

For instance, in addition to listing Business Coach in your headline, try Helping Brands Amplify Their Authority. Here’s a great formula: 

Helping/Coaching {target client} {get what result}

Showcase Your Achievements

Use the Experience and Achievements sections to showcase your accomplishments, certifications, and skills. The more specific you can be, the better. If you have coaching certifications, this is the place to list them on your profile. 

When prospective clients are browsing your profile, this section will help you gain their trust by showing them you’re dedicated to your work and continuous improvement. 

Recommendations

Request recommendations from clients, other coaches, and anyone you’ve helped using your expertise. These testimonials offer social proof of your abilities and expertise and build more trust with the people you aspire to work with.

One of the best indicators for me of someone that’s doing something right with their business is that credibility piece and that often materializes as a referral. When a client of yours is passing your name around, that means a series of things need to be good enough or great for that to happen. 

BBrent ‘Spillly’ Spilkin, on the Coach Factory Podcast

Keywords

Always use relevant industry-specific keywords. This will make it easier for potential clients to find you through searches. Try using keywords like business and career coach or executive coaching in your bio and experience descriptions.

Posts

Share relevant posts to LinkedIn, using your personal profile. These can be a wide variety of content as long as they showcase your skills, enthusiasm, and overall tone:

  • Thought leadership such as a strong opinion that goes contrary to conventional wisdom.
  • Industry-specific trends that you’re seeing.
  • Tips that resonate with your ideal client.
  • A personal anecdote that leads to a relevant insight.
  • Photos that represent your work, especially the results you get for clients or any speaking engagements you have. 
  • Resharing a popular LinkedIn post with your own observations and opinions.
LinkedIn is great for coaches to find new clients

2. Attract Organic Leads on LinkedIn 

According to research from the Content Marketing Institute, LinkedIn is the best platform for business-to-business (B2B) organic content distribution. 

Organic means leads come to you naturally, without spending on direct advertising. However, getting these organic leads does require deliberate intent on your part. 

Here’s how to leverage LinkedIn for organic lead generation.

Connect Liberally

Do your best to connect with all your current clients, your past co-workers, anyone who does a discovery call, conference-goers where you speak or attend, etc. The more connections you have, the more intricate your relationship web is and the more likely you will be found by the people in your connections’ networks.  

Engage Consistently

Dedicate time each day or week to engage on LinkedIn. Besides sharing your own posts, leave insightful comments on other posts to stimulate dialogue. Share posts from your connections and other high-profile accounts that are relevant to your services, always adding your own insights when you do. 

This activity increases your visibility in their networks, leading to potential profile visits and connections. More profile views increases your chances of finding the right coaching clients. 

And so I am also looking forward to … getting beyond my bubble on LinkedIn and really starting to join different groups and really starting to engage with people who could be my target audience and kind of get away from my comfort zone, which is other marketers. We like marketing and we can chat about marketing all day, but preaching to the choir doesn’t necessarily help me get new clients, but it does invigorate my network. So it’s kind of like a interesting dance and interesting balance there.

Adrienne Sheares on the Coach Factory Podcast

Participate in LinkedIn Groups 

Join LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your industry or target audience. Engage in discussions, answer questions, and share your expertise. Over time, this give and take will position you as an authority in your field, prompting individuals to reach out or connect.

Cleary Feature Your Marketing Funnel Freebie

What are you using to attract new clients? For many coaches, it’s a free discovery call. Whatever you use as an incentive, be sure it’s obvious to anyone who interacts with you on LinkedIn. 

3. Use Paid Ads to Get Leads on LinkedIn 

Paid leads come from direct advertising efforts on LinkedIn. By investing money, you can promote your services, products, or content to a broader audience targeted specifically for your services. 

Go straight to the source, and take LinkedIn’s free courses that will teach you exactly how to set up ads campaigns. 

Define your target audience

Before investing in ads, know who you want to target. LinkedIn allows for detailed demographic targeting, from job titles and company sizes to specific industries and geographic locations. Make your ad spend count by reaching the right people.

Choose the right ad format

Whether you’re aiming to broaden your content’s reach, engage users through personalized messaging, or leverage dynamic customization, LinkedIn provides a tool for every need. Here are the available formats:

  • Sponsored Content: Promote posts from your company page to your target audience.
  • Sponsored InMail: Send personalized messages directly to the inboxes of the clients you want to work with.
  • Dynamic Display Ads: These visual ads appear on the side or bottom of the LinkedIn feed. Content is customizable and based on user profile data.

Create a budget and adjust your ad campaign

Despite a desire for instant results, it’s best practice to start with a small budget. A modest beginning allows you to treat your initial campaigns as learning experiences — compare audiences, test messaging, and evaluate ad formats. 

Once you run your campaign, regularly check on its performance. Use LinkedIn’s analytics tools, like A/B testing, to monitor the performance of your ads. Experiment with different ad creatives, headlines, or targeting options. You can refine your strategy for maximum results by analyzing which version performs better.

Be sure to pay attention to key metrics such as click-through, conversion, and engagement rates. These indicators will provide insights into the effectiveness of your campaign. If a particular ad format or message resonates well with your target audience, then slowly increase the budget for that campaign. A twenty percent climb each week is a good rate. 

LinkedIn Is the Home for High Value Clients

The value proposition of LinkedIn is clear: It’s a platform where quality overrides quantity. Every interaction, post, or connection request is an opportunity to engage with potential clients pursuing services and collaborations that will advance their professional objectives.

LinkedIn’s features, from detailed targeting in ad campaigns to engaging groups, make it the premier platform for B2B marketing and networking. It provides an unparalleled environment connecting with clients who recognize and are willing to pay for value.

If you want a top-tier coaching clientele, then LinkedIn is worth your time and investment.

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Written by The Coach Factory Team

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