Launched in 2003, LinkedIn was shaping to become a business-oriented networking site for all business professionals. Twelve years later and over 400 million users later, it’s an absolute essential platform for your company and organization to network and provide information to your fellow prospects and customers.

Let’s walk through the necessary steps and best practices for creating the perfect LinkedIn Business Profile:

1. Create your LinkedIn Company Page

This wouldn’t be a guide to creating the perfect LinkedIn Business Profile without walking through how to create one!

Here are some quick steps to getting you started:

  1. Log into LinkedIn and move your cursor over Interests at the top of your homepage and select “Companies”
  2. Click “Create” in the Create a Company Page box on the right
  3. Enter your company name and work email address
  4. Click continue and enter your additional company information

There’s also a very handy demo to help with the process here.

2. Optimize your Company Description and Specialties

One of the first things you need to tackle is your Company Description and Specialties within your company profile. Each one of these will help bring your products, services and company information to the forefront of your audience. Your description should have keyword-enriched sentences for increased search visibility.

Specialties show off your company’s skills and services to your audience. This is an ideal place to place some of your most important keywords related to your products, skills and services for a boost in SEO and visibility to your LinkedIn page.

3. Add a Logo and Create a Visually Appealing Banner Image

Your logo is an immediate way to brand your page and will be shown throughout company listings throughout LinkedIn. As of 2014, there is now space to put a visually appealing banner image right above your company description for another opportunity to visualize your organization.

Here are some things to know prior to thinking of ideas for your banner image:

  • An ideal image size for your banner is 1400 x 425px (Logos are 400 x 400px)
  • Make sure the banner image is under 2MBs (Logos under 4MBs), otherwise it will not upload.
  • The mantra “less is more” falls into place with your profile banner. Try to stay clear from it being visually distracting from the remainder of the page.

This is a great opportunity to showcase current campaigns and causes, recent milestones and achievements and provides a place to showcase your company’s culture visually for all to see.

Updated and recommended image sizes via LinkedIn are listed here.

4. Showcase Your Important Updates

Your page is created and you’ve filled in all of the blanks, now it’s time to put together status updates that are relevant to your content and industry. Maybe you want to post regarding a recent blog post or content offer you’ve created, or share a very interesting research article. To help alleviate the stresses of everyday updates, find a tool that you can schedule your social posts ahead of time (preferably a tool that is linked to your blog and website efforts) to better align your content to your other campaign efforts. Showcase your best performing or most relevant content offer by setting it to the top of your company updates for increased exposure.

5. Show Your Company Culture

One of the most important things you can do for your organization is show off your company’s culture to the masses. Give your viewers a taste into the life of your organization, the passion you have and help tell your “story”. These types of culture can be displayed in your updates, showcased in your banner image or through the Careers Tab.

What other things have you done when creating your business’s LinkedIn Profile?