So you've created a Company Page on LinkedIn, uploaded a photo and filled out some of the main categories. That's it, right? While that's a good start, it might take a little extra effort to get your page driving as much engagement and exposure as some of the best pages on the professional network.
As a point of reference, the professional networking site has named the 12 Best LinkedIn Company Pages of 2012 -- the ones that use their page to "showcase their brand and connect with their target audience." That means having effective imagery, rich content and compelling status updates, among other things.
The companies that made the list are:
We connected with LinkedIn senior product marketing manager Lana Khavinson about what business owners can learn from these great pages. Here are takeaways from three of the biggest brands on the list:
Related: The 10 Most Overused Buzzwords on LinkedIn
• Adobe: Focus on the product. The computer software giant uses the "Products and Services" section of its Company Page to showcase its products, tools and services in a compelling way, Khavinson says. Filling out the products section is important because individuals can recommend and share each product which, in turn, helps engage customers.
Since the first product that's featured in the Products and Services area appears prominently in the right rail of a Company Page, Khavinson recommends choosing the one that you want to highlight the most for that spot.
• CNBC: Killer status updates. As a media outlet, CNBC provides relevant and timely status updates, which Khavinson says engage followers in a dialogue about the headlines of the day. CNBC reaches LinkedIn's professional audience by tailoring relevant information in their efforts to build relationships, she says.
The key to driving the highest engagement for your own status updates is by sharing links to interesting content and then soliciting feedback on the content that was shared, Khavinson says. For example, publish a link to a story or post and ask a question regarding the content you shared.
Related: 10 Mistakes Your Business Might Be Making on LinkedIn
• Walt Disney: A dynamic careers section. Disney communicates new job openings as they become available through status updates, and uses eye-catching imagery and video to capture users' attention. It "showcases the magical lives of Disney employees while highlighting a variety of career opportunities available," Khavinson says.
For your own pages, Khavinson recommends keeping this section current by regularly refreshing the page with available opportunities. "Keeping your page current will ensure regular visits and greater consumer satisfaction," she says.
What features do you think make for great LinkedIn Company Pages? Let us know in the comments below.