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Why Consultants Need To Demonstrate Expertise on Social Media

By 10/05/2023No Comments

Social media has become an essential tool for consultants to demonstrate expertise and attract clients.

By leveraging social media, particularly LinkedIn, consultants can showcase their skills, share their insights, and connect with an audience beyond traditional networking events.

However, not all consultants are taking advantage of this opportunity.

In this blog post, we’ll explore why it’s crucial for consultants to demonstrate expertise on social media and provide practical tips on how to do it effectively.

Whether you’re just starting or looking to improve your LinkedIn presence, this post will help you establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry.

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Why Thought Leadership Is Essential For Consultants

Put simply, thought leadership is a way to position yourself as an expert.

You can achieve this by creating original content. Cover industry topics, share your knowledge, and provide commentary on the latest industry news and trends.

It’s an excellent marketing strategy for anyone looking to grow their influence, gain career opportunities, and build up their networks.

So why is it especially important for consultants?

Clients are paying specifically for your expert opinion.

Whether you’re a lawyer, a management consultant, or a recruiter

Your potential clients want to know why they should hire you over someone else. So demonstrate your expertise!

Thought leadership on social media is the best way to become known as the authority in your niche. 🏆

Consultants often cannot share their actual work or client names on social media, due to client privacy and the nature of their work. 

This makes building a social presence a bit more challenging than for example, creative professionals.

A graphic designer can share examples of their work, demonstrating their skills and providing social proof.

If I were looking for a photographer, the first thing I’d do is look at their portfolio or Instagram profile.

Whereas if I was looking for a recruiter, I’d want to see that they have a deep knowledge of my specific industry, B2B SaaS Marketing.

This is where thought leadership content becomes essential.

And the benefits aren’t just immediate, e.g. getting more inbound leads.

Thought leadership enables you to play the long game. ⛳️

Building your professional social media presence allows you to stay front-of-mind for future clients. 

Remember that a prospect may not be looking for a consultant right now, but when they are, you’ll be the first name that springs to mind.

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The Role of Social Media in the Consulting Industry

It’s no secret that the world is becoming increasingly online.

From remote working to digital conferences, the pandemic created a shift for almost all industries.

And consulting is one of them.

LinkedIn has evolved from a website to find jobs, to a complete professional social network. It’s the place to network, find opportunities, and even become an influencer.

While many in-person events and conferences have returned, they’re less popular than before the pandemic.

Consultants used to build relationships at conferences, and demonstrate expertise by giving keynote speeches.

These days, it all takes place online.

Even if you do give a presentation in person, you can bet they’ll be recorded or live-streamed. If you’re not active on LinkedIn, you won’t see the benefits if online viewers can’t easily tag or connect with you. 😫

Prospects do their research online before reaching out to you or your company.

Edelman research revealed that 83% of B2B purchase decisions happen before ever engaging with brands or salespeople.

What will they see when looking at your consulting firm’s LinkedIn page or your own LinkedIn profile?

Trust has shifted from brands to individuals.

What I mean by this is that the public now expect a company’s CEO to have an active social media presence.

They want insights from individuals, rather than faceless corporations.

As a consultant, an expert, this benefits you. 💪

You’re much more likely to be trusted on social media than your company.

Plus, as people spend more time online for work, it’s easier than ever to reach decision-makers.

In fact, 54% of decision-makers and 48% of C-Suite executives say they spend over an hour per day consuming thought leadership content.

That’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

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How To Demonstrate Expertise on Social Media

If you’re a consultant looking to establish yourself as an expert in your field, then maintaining an active professional social media presence is crucial.

The goal is to build a personal brand that highlights your unique skills and knowledge. Focus on creating content in your area of expertise to reach the right people.

This will result in potential clients reaching out to you directly, or coming to your consultancy company looking to work with you specifically. 👏

The social media platforms you choose depends on your niche. For example, many doctors are seeing success on TikTok, as people are searching for health guidance on the app. 

The key part is that all consultants should have an active presence on LinkedIn. Start by optimizing your LinkedIn profile, then you’re ready to get started!

Share these three types of content to build trust with your audience:

  • Company Content
  • Industry News / Third-Party Content
  • Personal Branding / Employer Branding Content

Don’t just post about yourself or your company; share your commentary on the latest industry developments and valuable third-party content that can benefit your audience.

It’s all about showing up and adding value!

It’s not about writing one post or article then leaving. 🙅‍♂️

You need to consistently create content, whether on a daily or weekly basis.

Follow and engage with other industry thought leaders to build a community of likeminded professionals. Comment on their content with your insights.

Set up Google Alerts to stay up-to-date with industry news and trends. It’s an easy way to source third-party articles to share with your audience.

By consistently sharing high-quality content that demonstrates your expertise, you can build a loyal following on social media and position yourself as a thought leader in your industry.

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The Challenges & Pitfalls

The importance and impact is clear.

But what are the challenges?


Here at DSMN8, many of clients are within the consulting sector. The biggest challenge they face on social media is simple: time.

Consultants are busy! ⏰

While getting your name out there on social can sound like a daunting task, there are ways to make the journey easier:

  • Create content in batches when you’ve got time.
  • Schedule content to go out in advance.
  • Block out 15-30 mins per day in your calendar to engage with your comments and other creators’ content.

If you want to make it even easier, consider DSMN8’s employee advocacy platform.

DSMN8 enables you and your colleagues to create, share, and engage with content efficiently. Features like Auto-Scheduling and our new AI Assistant Tool help time-poor professionals maintain an active social media presence.

Frank Recruitment Group, a global leader in resourcing IT professionals, use DSMN8 to amplify their experts’ content at scale.

Here’s what their Chief Marketing Officer, Kashif Naqshbandi, has to say:

“By automating the sharing of both our own content and interesting and relevant external content, DSMN8 has helped drive engagement and conversations while building our brands, and empowering our employees to become thought-leaders in the ecosystems they recruit for.”

Fear of Risk

Another major issue faced by consultants on social media is fear of risk, both to their own reputations, and their organization.

Many consultants don’t post on social because:

  • They fear accidentally going against their company social media policy and risking their job.
  • They fear getting into conflicts online, or dealing with trolls.
  • They fear unintentionally breaking strict industry regulations, particularly those in healthcare and financial industries.

Here’s a 3-step solution to alleviate their concerns:

Step 1: Establish new company social media guidelines that encourage your professionals to create and share content. We’ve got a social media policy template to help you get started.

Step 2: Provide social media training for all employees. Dealing with a troll? Block them, don’t engage.

Step 3: Reduce the risk. To make sure everyone sticks to all industry regulations, it’s best to work with your marketing team to create a set of content guidelines.

To take this further, DSMN8 makes it easy for marketing to create company-approved content for employees to share. You can even create multiple captions for each post, so everyone isn’t sharing the same content.

This also provides your consultants with a starting point for creating thought leadership commentary that remains on-brand and within regulations.

They're Not Social Media Experts

Finally, the third main challenge of building a social media presence for consultants is that they’re not social media experts… unless they’re social media consultants.

Whether you’re starting a fully-scaled employee advocacy program, or dipping your toes into the water, it’s worth getting your marketing department involved.

They know what kinds of content to create for different channels, how to increase followers and engagement, and the stats you’ll want to track. 📈

DSMN8’s analytics suite is industry-leading, making it easy to monitor all the key metrics for impact. If you’re managing a team of consultants, you’ll be able to see track what’s working on social, at a company, team, and individual level.

Plus, you’ll be able to see how the impact compares to paid social, enabling you to demonstrate ROI to leadership.


To conclude, leveraging the power of social media has never been more important for consultants. And the best way to grow your network and attract clients is by demonstrating expertise with thought leadership content.

However, there are challenges. Building a strong social media presence as a consultant requires consistent effort, and adherence to company and legal regulations.

By following the tips and best practices outlined in this post, you can effectively establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry.

If you create and share high-quality content and engage with other experts, you’ll be winning at social in no time.

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