In the age of social selling LinkedIn is the B2B sales network of choice. There are many blogs and sites that cater to the B2B sales professional but LinkedIn is by far the place most sales people flock to when trying to find out more information about who they should be talking with. The only limitation is that a normal LinkedIn account limits some of the information you can view, messages or InMails you can send and doesn’t let you connect with people that you do not have a direct relationship with.

Connect with more people on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is more than a place to keep your work history up to date and can be used for more communication than to just keep in contact with past colleagues. I have used LinkedIn for years as a way to contact and communicate with customers and new prospects and now I want to extend that opportunity to all of you. By upgrading your Linked account you get added to the OpenLink Network. [tweetmeme source= “insideview” only_single=false]

OpenLinkNetwork iconThe OpenLink Network lets LinkedIn users find and contact other professionals who are interested in meeting new people. The OpenLink Network is available exclusively to premium account holders.

What a Paid Account Includes:

Social networking service LinkedIn is free, but if you choose to upgrade to a paid account, you have access to additional features. What are the four top advantages in updating your account?

1. Send messages directly, without waiting for an introduction from one of your contacts (called “InMails”), which the site says get a 30 percent response rate;

2. Access the Profile Organizer that allows you to track important profiles in a dedicated workspace, organize profiles into folders and add details to contacts such as notes and contact information;

3. View more profiles when you perform an advanced search (free accounts limit you to 100 search results); and

4. Access more specifics on who’s viewed your profile.

There are three types of paid accounts: Business, Business Plus and Pro. The Business account costs $24.95 per month and allows you three InMails per month, 300 profiles per search and five folders in the Profile Organizer. Business Plus costs $49.95 and allows you 10 InMails per month, 500 profiles per search and 25 folders in the Profile Organizer. The Pro account costs $499.95 per month, allows you 50 InMails per month, 700 profiles per search and 25 folders in the Profile Organizer.

More information on the specifics of paid accounts can be found here.

Let InsideView upgrade you to a Premium Business Account.

We are giving away a free 6 month Business Account to one of our friends. All you need to do is go over to the InsideView page on LinkedIn and leave us a recommendation. While you’re there you might as well follow us on LinkedIn also so you can keep up to date on other promotions and business news we share. We will choose a winner of the 6 month Business account on Dec. 15th and we will contact the winner through LinkedIn.

Leave InsideView a recommendation and you could receive a 6 month paid LinkedIn Business Account upgrade. $150 value

Infographic by our friends at HubSpot.

Do you really want an upgraded LinkedIn account, leave us a comment telling us what you would use it for.