The LinkedIn Social Selling Index (SSI) is a score developed to quantify how well you are leveraging LinkedIn for social selling on a scale from 1 to 100. According to LinkedIn, social sellers create 45% more opportunities than peers with a lowers SSI, and they are 51% more likely to achieve quota. LinkedIn also states that 78% of social sellers outsell peers who don’t use social media.

The SSI is calculated using the following 4 elements within LinkedIn:

  1. Establish your professional brand – Complete your profile with the customer in mind. Become a thought leader by publishing meaningful posts.
  2. Find the right people – Identify better prospects in less time using efficient search and research tools.
  3. Engage with insights – Discover and share conversation-worthy updates to create and grow relationships.
  4. Build relationships – Strengthen your network by connecting and establishing trust with decision makers.

Your SSI score is a simple way to measure your engagement on LinkedIn. We recommend that our clients record a baseline and check it on a consistent basis, either weekly or monthly, to track improvement over time.

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Here is my quick list of what you can do today to start increasing your SSI Score:

1. Complete your profile

  • Upload a background banner. While LinkedIn can’t evaluate if it is a good one or not, your buyers can. Uploading just any banner isn’t enough; make sure it is branded and professional.
  • Include a professional picture that is up-close and in which you are making eye contact with your profile visitor.
  • Customize your Headline to be more than your title and company. I recommend that it include whom you help and how you help them.
  • Complete your Summary from a client-centric viewpoint. Don’t focus on your resume; instead, take this opportunity to add value. Be sure to add your contact information so you can be easily reached, as well.
  • Fill in your job description not only with what you do but also the experience your clients get when they work with you and your company.
  • Add rich media to your Summary and Experience sections, including videos, PDFs and other collateral that will bring value to your reader.
  • Complete your Contact Information, including your professional email address and 3 website links.

2. Find the right people

  • Create searches for targeted stakeholders
  • View profiles of both your current and 2nd-degree connections and beyond

3. Engage with Insights

  • Share content in the newsfeed and in groups
  • Like, comment and share other people’s content
  • Create original posts
  • Use InMail for premium
  • Respond to your notifications

4. Build relationships

  • Connect with new people through a personal message
  • Send welcome messages to your new connections
  • Engage with your connections’ activity

Although LinkedIn’s SSI score isn’t a perfect KPI to measure your social selling success, it certainly is a benchmark worth tracking.

Want to increase your SSI score? Check out the LinkedIn Sales Playbook…