HomeActions & IndustryNewsletters Announces Laura Thebodeau to Manage Customer Service and Kathy Bowman to Handle Lead Generation

HomeActions & IndustryNewsletters Announces Laura Thebodeau to Manage Customer Service and Kathy Bowman to Handle Lead Generation

We’re pleased to announce some new appointments to our team:

  • Laura Thebodeau is now Director of Customer Support for our IndustryNewsletters division.
  • Kathy Bowman is now our Director of Lead Generation.

Barry J. Friedman, CEO of HomeActions, LLC

Barry J. Friedman, CEO of HomeActions, LLC

“I’m delighted to welcome Laura and Kathy on board,” said Barry Friedman, Founder and CEO of IndustryNewsletters. “Hiring experienced customer support staff like Laura is one of the key ways we show our clients that we’re deeply committed to a long-term relationship. And with her deep sales support experience, Kathy will be helping our sales staff continue to grow the company.”

IndustryNewsletters serves the payroll, PEO, accounting and legal estate planning channels. Each IndustryNewsletters product contains professionally written articles that are automatically populated in each issue. In addition, clients can also write and add their own articles. Clients don’t need any coding or programming skills to use the service. Indeed, no matter how the clients use the newsletter, all articles are laid out and sent out automatically with the push of a button. And for those who want to customize their newsletters, the company provides online, in-context help and live customer service support.

About HomeActions and IndustryNewsletters

IndustryNewsletters was founded by Barry Friedman, CPA, who managed many CPA firms for over 25 years and subsequently sold them to American Express. He then created BizActions LLC, which became the largest marketing e-newsletter company for CPA firms and payroll companies. He sold it to Thomson Reuters in 2012. He has over 15 years’ experience in the email newsletter space.

IndustryNewsletters is a division of HomeActions LLC, a virtual company that employs more than 35 people and is headquartered in Green Cove Springs, Florida.

LinkedIn for Business: 6 Easy Steps to Get More Connections

LinkedIn for Business: 6 Easy Steps to Get More Connections

We all know that having a personal LinkedIn profile and one for your business is essential to your social media goals. But merely setting up profiles and forgetting they exists won’t help your efforts. There are some relatively simple things you can do to make your pages more interesting to your LinkedIn community.

First and foremost, you should ensure that your personal LinkedIn profile lists your business as your current employer. When people view your profile, your current employer is among the first few pieces of information displayed, making this an important connection back to your business page. Another step toward boosting engagement is increasing your connections. Having a solid following on your LinkedIn page will help you reach more potential clients; however, procuring these connections isn’t always intuitive.


LinkedInHere are six strategies that will help you increase your professional connections.


1. Compose Daily Status Updates

Being active on LinkedIn as a whole will help to increase your connections. The best way to stay present is to make sure you post at least one status update every day. This tip holds true for both personal and business pages. But don’t post just any old thing, share a link about something relevant to your business, industry or community. Having a consistent presence on LinkedIn will give users an opportunity to stay updated on your business, and relevant posts give your followers a reason to visit your page in general.


2. Send a Personalized Message to Connect Once a Day

There are two steps to this tip. First, make sure you’re reaching out to potential connections that are personally known to you or with whom you have a friend or colleague in common. A good place to start is by utilizing LinkedIn’s “Alumni” feature, where you can find fellow LinkedIn users that share your alma mater. Once you find a familiar individual you’d like to connect with, write them a personalized message to connect. Ditch the automated message that LinkedIn provides and write something that the other person knows you wrote specifically for them. Writing your own message increases the likelihood that they will accept your invitation.


3. Utilize LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform

LinkedIn’s publishing platform is a great way for you to position yourself in front of a wider audience. This tool allows you to post long-form posts, creating a string of three posts and accompanying images. These posts will be available to the entire LinkedIn audience and will appear on your profile under the “Posts” section. Not only will you have the ability to create professional looking long-form posts, but the reach of these posts is not limited to only your connections, giving every LinkedIn user the opportunity to discover your posts. You can also customize your own “about us” blurbs as the closing of your personal posts and link them back to your business profile.


4. Join Groups and Participate in Discussions

A great way to stay active in the LinkedIn community is to join groups that are relevant to your industry niche or philanthropic involvement. Pick a minimum of three groups, and stay active on a weekly basis. Membership in LinkedIn’s groups will help you to discover potential new prospects or referral sources. Furthermore, you should also make sure that you have a strong presence on these group pages. Try participating in group discussions or even initiating conversations on the page.


5. Comment on Your Connections’ Updates

A really simple way to garner more connections and nurture your existing professional relationships is to simply show interest in the people you are connected to on LinkedIn. If one of your connections posts a new job, comment to say congratulations. You can also respond to links they post or like their status updates. Displaying your interest in your connections’ professional achievements will brand you as a valuable member and make others want to connect with you.


6. Endorse Others

Endorse others for the skills that you admire. This is another way to increase your credibility, build relationships and demonstrate the value you add as a connection. In order to gain new followers, you should have a track record of being an asset to your current connections. When others endorse you, send them a personal message to thank them.

All of these tips will assist you in attracting more people to your personal and business LinkedIn pages and give you more opportunities to increase connections. Having an active presence is the key to success.

Look for our next post, which will go in depth on the type of posts you should be sharing, breaking down exactly which ingredients create the most effective posts.