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The Many Faces of LinkedIn Marketing: Lead Generation with Paid Features

The Many Faces of LinkedIn Marketing

Estimated Read Time: 4 minutes
Intended Audience: B2B Business Owners, B2B Marketers, Microsoft Partners

Professional growth is at the heart of LinkedIn. Be it through a personal profile or leveraging its features to boost a company’s visibility, LinkedIn helps professionals make meaningful connections and expand their reach in the business world. Nowadays, LinkedIn Marketing is part of every B2B company’s marketing plan. There are over 850 million members and over 59 million companies on LinkedIn today. It’s no surprise that LinkedIn is so sought-after among B2B marketers. Let’s take a look at the nuances of LinkedIn Marketing and what capabilities you can weave into your marketing plan.

LinkedIn Marketing with a Company Page

If you are a business owner, a Company Page on LinkedIn can prove to be a strong marketing asset. It has remarkable potential to give all the relevant company information to your intended audience at no cost to you. There are several features that you unlock by creating a company page. Not only are you telling people about your business, but also you can actively share content and job openings. Given the variety of beneficial avenues, a LinkedIn Company Page will boost your visibility on the web and drive traffic to your website.

Screenshot Showing LinkedIn Company Page
Company Page on LinkedIn

Admin View of Company Page

The admin view gives you a behind-the-scenes input on how LinkedIn members are interacting with your page. You can track new visitors and followers and utilize analytics to tweak the page for better performance. Admin view gives insightful information on how to use your page for building more connections and possibly growing the business. LinkedIn allows you to pick different levels of admin roles, giving you the flexibility to control who sees/accesses which aspect of your company page. More to come…

Company Page Best Practices

Use your company page to engage and attract clients. Being active on your company profile not only through content generation but also with meaningful engagement will drive web interactions and in turn traffic. Furthermore, you should encourage your employees to interact with posts for better impressions and reach.


LinkedIn also includes a Showcase page feature that spotlights individual initiatives or brands. This is an effective way to gain more visibility across the platform and widen your audience. You can utilize Showcase pages to target a more niche audience and curate content and solutions around specific needs. Showcase pages can prove to be fruitful for meaningful LinkedIn Lead Generation.


There is also the option of creating a product page and using that to provide relevant information about a particular product. The information here can range from ratings, reviews, and a custom call-to-action. A Product Page can help build trust within your potential buyers and garner interest from genuine leads.

Explore LinkedIn Marketing’s Paid Features for Lead Generation

LinkedIn has many free-to-use capabilities, but there is so much more to the platform when it comes to paid strategies. By paying a small price you can unlock some powerful capabilities of LinkedIn marketing. Let’s explore:

LinkedIn Advertising

The LinkedIn Ads Account allows you to promote your content and work in several ways. According to researchers, an ad on LinkedIn can reach 13% of the world’s population. So, you should definitely consider this as part of your marketing strategy. By having a Campaign Manager account, you can access all your campaigns, ads and promotion initiatives in one place.


LinkedIn Advertising offers a wide range of results, from lead generation to brand awareness. There are multiple kinds of ad formats, like text ads, sponsored content, dynamic ads, carousel ads, and more, that are customized across devices to reach your target audience.


Did you know that you also have the ability to reach your target market when they are most active and engaged on the platform by tweaking when your ad appears? You can even market to specific groups of people like decision-makers or industry influencers to get your solution and services noticed by the right people.

LinkedIn Campaign Manager - Maven Collective Marketing
LinkedIn Marketing Campaign Manager


Sponsored InMail is a way to reach prospects that are not a direct connection on your profile. By utilizing a sponsored InMail you get your message sent directly in their LinkedIn inbox. You can either use it as a paid feature on your LinkedIn Profile or sign up for LinkedIn Premium for 5 free InMails a month.

Sponsored Messages

This is a form of advertising that takes place in the inbox. This can be setup in two ways: a direct message or a conversation in which you capture your audience through a choose-your-own-path experience. This is a great way to keep your content from getting lost in the feed. In addition, the personalized element of a direct message helps engage your audience and accelerate your lead pipeline.

Using the Company Page for Promotion

The Company Page has some paid media admin options that help you expand your reach as well:

  • Sponsored Content Poster – on behalf of your organization you can create sponsored content ads to reach those with similar interests as your target audience. As a general content admin, you can even boost organic posts for more impressions across the platform.
  • Lead Gen Forms Manager – you can create lead generation forms and embed them in your ads and promotional content. As a Lead Gen Forms manager you have the ability to download leads that were collected from your Page. This can prove to be extremely impactful as you can utilize this data to target your leads on other platforms as well.
  • Pipeline Builder – allows you to generate and manage leads for hiring purposes. It is an efficient way to advertise an opening at your company and attract the right candidates for the job. By building a strong team, you are only contributing to enhanced marketing efforts in the future.
Screenshot of Admin View on LinkedIn
LinkedIn Marketing Admin Tools

LinkedIn Sales Navigator and Sales Insights

LinkedIn Sales Navigator is the tool for finding and generating leads on LinkedIn. It is available to both individuals and companies and can prove to be impactful for B2B sales. It offers advanced lead and company search capabilities and gives recommendations based on the same. Therefore, you have access to an extended LinkedIn network. Furthermore, LinkedIn has a Sales Insights product that keeps you updated on your target market with real-time data. Through Sales Insights your sales team will be better prepared to meet the needs of your customers.

Get Started with LinkedIn Marketing

There is so much more to LinkedIn than what we have mentioned above, this is only a birds-eye view of what the platform is capable of. Given the range of capabilities that it offers, there is no doubt that the platform should be a part of your marketing efforts. But do you know how you can best leverage these features? It is not the mere implementation that will deliver results, you need to strategize, implement and monitor regularly to reach your goals.


The Mavens are experienced in LinkedIn marketing and are readily available to support you with industry best practices to realize your marketing and business goals. Don’t forget to check out our valuable resource on optimizing your personal LinkedIn Profile to establish your presence and improve overall engagement. If you have any questions about LinkedIn Lead Generation or LinkedIn Marketing, please get in touch with us.

B2B Celebrity Endorsements Made Easy with Cameo

Simplify Celebrity Endorsements with Cameo

Estimated Read Time: 5 minutes

Intended Audience: Microsoft Partners, B2B Business Owners, B2B Tech Business Owners

Revised September 2023

Imagine being able to get a celebrity endorsement for your product or service from your favorite celebrity or influencer. Wouldn’t that be a welcome addition to your marketing strategy? Don’t worry, you don’t have to hire your own celebrity publicist to make the right connections to hire your favorite comedian, actor and/or musician. Now you can hire celebrities, from the entertainment industry to sports, to create personalized videos for any occasion or promotion with the help of Cameo.

What is Cameo?

Cameo is a video-sharing website that allows people to obtain curated videos and product endorsements from celebrities. Some of the most well-known Cameo celebrities that are available on this platform are Snoop Dogg, Smoky Robinson, Mia Hamm, Caitlyn Jenner, Lindsay Lohan, Emmitt Smith, Chaka Khan, George Foreman and more.


To get started, you will submit a request to hire your favorite celebrity. You should take some time and precision in completing this form, as this is what is used to compose your video endorsement.  Once they accept it, you will receive a personalized video from them! This is truly a unique way to engage with your favorite talent and create a memorable experience for your target audience. These endorsements can be used for one-on-one business relationships or for a wider audience (e.g. a new product launch).  


It is also an opportunity for businesses to experiment with their content and get creative on their social media channels.

Accessible Celebrity Endorsement Options

Cameo is an public video platform that is growing in popularity and is an excellent place for businesses to garner celebrity endorsements for their products and services without needing your own publicist to get in touch with your favorite celebrities.

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Customized Videos for Business

Here are a few considerations you need to be mindful of when booking a personalized video through Cameo:

  • VIP Services: Cameo offers VIP services for businesses if they choose to partner with them. In this case, your business will get additional benefits such as a dedicated customer services representative to manage and prioritize all your requests and a 5% service fee discount. For standard Cameo videos, there are no added perks. You get the service for what you pay.


  • Creative Brief: Since Cameo doesn’t provide refunds or permit editing celebrities’ videos to avoid the possibility of using the videos out of context, make sure to provide accurate information about the products and samples along with their phonetic pronunciations to the celebrity while booking them. This applies to personal and business videos. Also, the talent has the sole creative freedom to determine how they want to create the content.

Celebrity Endorsements vs Influencer Marketing

Now that you have a gist Cameo, you may wonder, what’s the difference between promotional celebrity cameo videos and influencer marketing. They may seem similar, but they are completely different. Here are some points that will help you clear any confusion:

  • Usage of Platform: Influencers are individuals who have gained popularity on social media platforms because of their expertise or talent in a particular field or genre. Any promotional content created by them is posted on the influencer’s social media platform and cross-promoted by the brand that may have hired the influencer to post the content. With promotional Cameo videos, you get access to the video created by the celebrity or talent, whereas, they don’t post or promote the videos on their personal social platform. It’s the brand’s responsibility to leverage that video for social promotions.


  • Revisions and Creative Control: With celebrity Cameo videos, there’s no scope for revision. Therefore, you need to find the right celebrity and share a very thorough creative brief to use as inspiration in order to deliver your request. On the other hand, with influencers, you can have more creative freedom and oversight, depending upon the budget and delivery time.


  • Terms of Contract: With social media influencers, you can negotiate and draft a contract that will benefit or meet the needs of both parties. With Cameo’s celebrity endorsement videos, you are investing in an experience, and the deliverables or license cannot be negotiated. If strategically planned, custom Cameo videos deliver significant ROI. To see how we delivered remarkable results with Cameo, keep reading.

“The World’s Most Interesting…Cameo” with Orchestry

As the social media space evolves, continually iterating on unique solutions to help people stay connected and entertained, marketers, like us, are always on the hunt for new opportunities to leverage these powerful platforms. Social media marketing is must-have for any B2B and SaaS-based business these days to connect with and understand the psyche of their target audience, and potentially new audiences as well, with needs and purpose for B2B products and services. That’s why creating an effective social media marketing strategy requires timing and creativity to be visible and trend on people’s feeds. For our trusted Microsoft Partner client, Orchestry, we strategized an ideal use of the celebrity endorsement platform to promote their latest product release and its powerful new capabilities. As B2B technology marketers, we understand how competitive the social media space can be. To freshen up Orchestry’s social media content and announce the latest release with a big endorsement, we chose to work with none other than ‘The Most Interesting Man In the World’.  Maven Collective Marketing’s purpose for this campaign was to create more awareness around Orchestry and its new features. Generating engagement on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and X (formerly Twitter), which included the promotion of our release and main virtual launch event. In planning a big product release in the middle of a global pandemic, Cameo ended up being a perfect fit!
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Orchestry Software Collaborates with Most Interesting Man in the World

Here’s a quick breakdown of how this campaign was run, plus the social media marketing strategies that we used to leverage the celebrity Cameo video to promote a successful product release launch:

Hiring the Most Interesting Man in the World

For this social media campaign, we hired the actor Jonathan Goldsmith through Cameo. Jonathan Goldsmith is better known as “The Most Interesting Man in the World” from the beloved Dos Equis commercials. These Dos Equis commercials ran from 2006 to 2018 and gained popularity across North America. They became so popular that the internet turned them into various popular memes that are used on social media daily.


In pitching Jonathan Goldsmith as the ideal Cameo Celebrity to Orchestry, we felt the style and tone of the original Dos Equis commercials were an accurate reflection of how we wanted to position the launch of Orchestry’s latest release. The creative brief was then composed for Goldsmith to emulate that same persona in Orchestry’s Cameo video, informing and inviting the viewers to Orchestry’s official virtual launch event.


This video also inspired us to create fun-related marketing materials with Orchestry’s Co-Founder’s dog introduced as “The World’s Most Interesting Dog”, on behalf of Orchestry.

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Orchestry Mascot, Archie, taking Social Media by Storm

Cameo Leveraged X (Formerly Twitter) Performance Insights

We posted the Goldsmith’s product launch Cameo video inspired by ‘The Most Interesting Man’ commercial on Orchestry’s X (formerly Twitter). It became an instant hit and was the top-performing organic tweet of September:
  1. The campaign posts including Cameo  outperformed previous month’s top tweets by 117%.
  2. The posts also increased the company profile visits to the X (formerly Twitter) account by +750.9%.
  3. Plus, tweet impressions rose by more than 80%.

Cameo Leveraged LinkedIn Performance Insights

Additionally, the Cameo video was shared on the company’s LinkedIn to reach a wider B2B audience and technology enthusiasts from the industry. On LinkedIn as well, the video performed extremely well. 

  1. The impressions of the Cameo LinkedIn organic posts increased  by +255% and organic clicks  +150%.
  2. All the “Most Interesting Man” posts maintained a CTR of over 3.3% and an engagement rate of over 5%.
  3. The Click-Through-Rate (CTR) increased by 95% in comparison to previous organic company posts.


These results show the true impact of a well-planned and successfully executed social media campaign!


Through only organically posting and sharing the Cameo social media posts, Orchestry was able to achieve these notable outcomes. This readily displays that B2B businesses can exceed their performance on social media by creating well thought and planned campaigns by leveraging unique tools, such as Cameo.

Is Celebrity Endorsement for You?

For B2B businesses today, social media isn’t just for B2C companies anymore. Using a little creativity, and leveraging the accessibility of celebrity talent, the sky is the limit to differentiate your brand in the technology industry. To do this successfully, B2B organizations need to segment their audience and understand their preferences to make informed decisions while building a comprehensive marketing strategy that should include social media marketing. 


In the end, only you can position and prove the value of your product or service to your target audience to garner their interest and patronage. Once there’s a clear understanding of the goals, challenges, and level of competition in the market, you can define and assign budgets to achieve those marketing goals and execute on your B2B marketing strategies.


We at Maven Collective Marketing understand the pressure of putting together an extensive marketing plan. Why not involve a B2B marketing expert to help you grow further? The Maven Collective team works across North America, Europe and Australia, partnering with B2B technology organizations, such as Microsoft Partners. We  understand your competition and what it takes to standout in the sea of software and services sameness. We can not only help you put together the perfect celebrity endorsement campaign, but also implement an attractive social media movement.


Get in touch to see how the Mavens can deliver the B2B marketing expertise you can measure!

How to Build Your Personal Profile for LinkedIn Lead Generation

Conquer LinkedIn Lead Generation

Estimated Read Time: 5 minutes 

Intended Audience: B2B Business Owners, Microsoft MVPs, Tech Industry Experts

Revised September 2023

LinkedIn is a sought-after platform by professionals from all industries and has over 500 million active members. Isn’t that a great place not only to build a strong professional profile, but also to build your network with other professionals and create meaningful leads for your business? But simply creating a profile and posting every now and then is not the most efficient way to leverage the power of LinkedIn. In this blog, we will walk you through some of the ways you can leverage your personal profile for LinkedIn lead generation and be that thought-leader you want to be!

Why Invest Your Time in LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a vast platform full of people that are looking for or providing different kinds of solutions and services. It is very likely that on a platform as extensive as this you will cross wires with like-minded professionals. Study shows, LinkedIn is 277% more successful in lead generation than Facebook and X (formerly Twitter). LinkedIn is a great place to gain visibility and credibility among your peers and industry experts. Additionally, your presence on LinkedIn helps build a brand image not only for yourself, but also for the company you work for. The platform hosts nearly 740 million users, providing great network expansion opportunities to all members.

Establish Your Presence on LinkedIn

Creating a Linkedin profile is easy, but making it visible and of substantial value is what takes work. It is all about how you curate your profile for other members to enjoy, showcasing your experience, strengths, skills, and winning personality. 

Optimize! Optimize! Optimize!

We can’t say this enough about the importance of optimizing your personal LinkedIn profile and posts. It is crucial how others discover your profile, aspects like LinkedIn bio, interest, work, and academic experience, all play a role in your visibility. Adding keyword-heavy details in the ‘About’ area, describing responsibilities under each work/study experience, or including links to projects you have worked on can go a long way in improving your visibility. 

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Optimize your Personal Profile on LinkedIn

Prove Credibility, Authority, and Expertise on LinkedIn

Skills, endorsements, and recommendations can help your profile stand out among other members that don’t make adequate use of these features.

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Utilize Skills and Badges to Show Expertise and Support LinkedIn Lead Generation

They are a good way to get that thought leadership status and how people view and perceive your opinions. Skills and endorsements showcase your strengths and the support you have garnered from others, in turn indicating the trust, authority, and expertise you have in the industry.

personal recommendations for linkedin lead generation
Endorsements and Recommendations on a LinkedIn Profile

Engage and Interact with LinkedIn Members

Add people of similar interests as connections and follow your interests, other thought leaders, industry experts, and companies whose work resonates with you. Go ahead and join LinkedIn Groups to widen your network and connect with more people. It is always good to have a healthy mix of connections that ranges from people working in and around your industry and at different hierarchical levels. As you grow your connections, you will have the opportunity to analyze their content and learn from their insights as well. Once you are a group member, make sure to participate actively with relevant and meaningful content. You can even create and manage your own group on LinkedIn, this can be a very significant step to get your business the visibility that it needs. 

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B2B Linked Lead Generation with Group Membership and Participation

Publish Your LinkedIn Content

Creating and sharing content is crucial to your profile’s success. Identify the gaps in topics in your industry and write about what is most relevant to your audience and connections. Sharing original content in the form of insights or from your blog post is vital to exhibit your knowledge. At the same time, don’t be afraid to reshare content related to your brand or industry. Stay on top of trends and make sure what you post is what the audience seeks.
publishing content for linkedin lead generation
LinkedIn Activity and Content Promotion

Once again, it is time to stress optimization, but this time of your posts. Use keywords, links, and hashtags to make sure your work is reaching the right people. Tagging related company accounts or personal profiles also increase impressions of your post. Find the right balance of how often you post on LinkedIn, do not bombard your followers with too much information, but pace it out at regular intervals.

Spotlight Your Work in the Featured Section

Use the Featured section of your personal profile to showcase your work samples. This section helps boost your profile with valid examples and proof of work. You can include any form of external media, documents, and links that you would like to be spotlighted when someone views your profile. It is a great way to establish your professional identity!
linkedin featured section for linkedin lead generation
List your Work Samples and Spotlight Responsibilities

Tapping into In-built Organic Feature for LinkedIn Lead Generation

Begin business development with your closest circle of connections and move outwards. This means 1st, 2nd and 3rd connection emails are your starting point. Reaching out to people in these tiers should get you a measurable response as they are most likely to be familiar with your content, hence, they are more likely to engage with you. 


Did you know that the LinkedIn platform is the best place for account-based marketing? Narrow down on the industry, size, and interests of your current customers and find others like them on LinkedIn. Use professional demographics to determine who your potential customers are, it is all about persona building and finding those that fit into it in a professional capacity.


Utilize LinkedIn Events as a way to get more information to your audience. Depending upon your target you can organize meetups, workshops, seminars or several other types of events. This is an engaging way of driving interest in your work or solution and building a professional community that further facilitates LinkedIn Lead Generation. You don’t have to organize events for all LinkedIn page followers and can target specific segments and host verticalized events or product demos for specific functions. With events, you can also capture information about your attendees and view their experiences before, during, and after the event. All that information can be really helpful for future marketing initiatives as well. 

linkedin lead generation with events feature
Creating an Event on LinkedIn for Meaningful Lead Generation

If you are the administrator of a group on LinkedIn, you can send out announcements in the form of emails to your group members. This can include anything from a whitepaper to a product update, webinar, or free trial. It is a simple way to reach out to a large number of people and capture information about those that show interest.

Go Premium on LinkedIn

The LinkedIn Premium account has many added features that you can utilize to harness more leads from the platform. In the premium account, you get regular analytics like search terms and trends to improve your professional presence. Furthermore, it is uncommon to find contact details of other industry professionals on LinkedIn, but with Premium, you get to unlock more InMail credits that you can use to reach out to industry leaders and build connections with larger networks.

We might have given you a lot to consider about LinkedIn and its features. A good place to start would be with your own profile and taking small steps towards optimization. In our next blog, we will uncover more aspects of LinkedIn that help build your company’s presence and how to drive traffic from your Company Page, Showcase Page, and using Sales Navigator and several other Paid LinkedIn Features.

If you have any questions about LinkedIn Marketing and conquering social media platforms for your business, please reach out to us!

Live Video Streaming: Should It Be Part of Your B2B Marketing Strategy?

Live video streaming is increasingly becoming a relevant channel for B2B marketers, read the blog now to see if it’s a viable tool for your organization.