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    Making Your Mark: The Importance of a Strong LinkedIn Summary for Financial Advisors

    It’s no secret that LinkedIn is an incredibly important platform for any financial advisor. With over 900 million global members, LinkedIn provides financial advisors with the opportunity to showcase their expertise, connect with potential clients and industry peers, and establish themselves as thought leaders in the financial services industry.

    But let’s talk about the unsung hero of your LinkedIn profile: the summary section. It may seem like a small piece of real estate, but it’s actually one of the most important parts of your profile. Why? Because it’s one of the first things people see when they click on your profile and it’s your chance to make a great first impression.

    Like an elevator pitch in print, your LinkedIn summary is your opportunity to share who you are and differentiate yourself from the competition. In a world where attention spans are shorter than a TikTok video, you need to make sure your summary is descriptive and engaging in order to draw users in.

    Writing a compelling LinkedIn summary is both an art and a science, requiring knowledge of marketing principles and communication techniques. In this blog post we’ll walk through some practical tips on how to write an effective LinkedIn summary so that you can make the most of this important tool.

    What is a LinkedIn summary?

    First of all, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. The summary, also known as the LinkedIn bio or LinkedIn about section, is a brief section of text that appears at the top of a LinkedIn user’s profile, just before their list of current and past positions.

    LinkedIn allows up to 2,600 characters for the summary, but only the first three lines are visible to visitors before they have to click ‘See More.’ This means that the first few sentences of your summary are especially crucial — they need to grab the reader’s attention and entice them to read more about you and your expertise. As a financial advisor, you should strategically use this section to highlight your experience, differentiate yourself from the competition, and showcase your unique value proposition.

    How to write a good LinkedIn summary

    Now that we know what your LinkedIn summary is and why it matters, let’s talk about how to write a good one. Here are some tips to get you started:

    1. Be clear and concise: Remember, you only have a few seconds to capture someone’s attention. Use simple, easy-to-understand language, and avoid industry jargon. Make sure your summary is easy to read and understand. And for the love of grammar, be sure to proofread it!
    2. Highlight your expertise: Make sure you highlight your most relevant and important experience in the financial services industry. Consider using numbers, statistics, or specific examples to demonstrate your skills and knowledge.
    3. Spotlight your personality: Your LinkedIn summary is not just a resume. It’s a chance to showcase your personality and share what makes you unique. Don’t be afraid to inject some humor or show your personal side.
    4. Explain what sets you apart: Perhaps most importantly, you need to be able to differentiate your products or services from the competition. When clients select a financial advisor, part of their process is weighing their options, which means comparing you to your competitors. Being able to give them a clear description of what makes the service you provide better than the competition is critical, whether it is the niche you work with, your client process, or your specialized expertise. Being able to clearly articulate why clients should choose you will automatically give you a leg up.
    5. Include a call to action: What do you want people to do after reading your summary? Do you want them to contact you for a consultation? Follow your company page? Make sure you include a clear call to action at the end of your summary.

    Here’s an example:

    “Hello, I’m Sarah, a financial advisor and CFP® with a passion for helping families achieve their financial goals as pre-retirees and maximize wealth during early retirement. With over 22 years of experience, I’ve developed an evidence-based approach to financial planning that focuses on your unique needs and circumstances while helping you understand and visualize the tradeoffs.

    As a mother of two, I understand the importance of planning for your family’s future, and I’m committed to helping you sustain a strong financial foundation. Whether you’re looking to diversify your wealth, become more tax-efficient, or create estate plans and giving strategies for the next generation, I provide strategic financial guidance and support to help you confidently delegate the management of your financial X’s and O’s.

    As a fee-only advisor, my only allegiance is to my clients, and I’m committed to always putting your interests first as a fiduciary. Whether you’re looking to maximize retirement savings at work, evaluate Roth IRA conversions, or coordinate the timing of retirement distributions, I’m here to help.

    When I’m not helping families plan for their financial futures, you can find me hiking in the great outdoors or whipping up a batch of my famous guacamole. Let’s connect and start planning for your next stage in life! Schedule a complimentary second opinion call via my website or by visiting [#short link like].”

    Final Thoughts

    Crafting a strategic and thoughtful LinkedIn summary is key for financial advisors looking to get ahead in our competitive industry. It is important to ensure that you have a comprehensive profile that highlights your experience, skills and qualifications, as well as showcases your unique value proposition and personality.

    All in all, a strong LinkedIn summary can go the extra mile in helping you reach your professional goals. After all, people do business with people they like and trust.

    Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? We get it. Building a strong digital presence takes time and careful consideration. Reach out to the Beyond AUM team for guidance on optimizing your online presence.