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Other Voices: How social media is changing the hedge fund industry

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

By: Donald A. Steinbrugge, CFA

With more 15,000 competitors, the hedge fund industry is extremely competitive. Many institutional investors are contacted by thousands of managers a year, meeting with a few hundred, have follow up meetings with fifty, and ultimately allocating to two. In this competitive environment, any edge over the competition is vital. Having a well thought out social media strategy is one way to achieve this. During the past five years, the use of social media has significantly increased within the hedge fund industry. Today, a vast majority of firms have at least some presence on social media. Far and away the most utilized social media platform in the industry is LinkedIn, which can provide benefits to multiple parts of the firm. This paper will focus on its use to enhance a hedge fund's sales and marketing strategy.

Utilizing LinkedIn to Enhance a Hedge Funds' Sales and Marketing Strategy:

Identify, Enhance Knowledge, and Screen Investors - The hedge fund investor universe is opaque, with very little information publically available about investors. Many hedge fund investors do not even have a website, or if they do, it is often limited or password protected. LinkedIn is a great resource to map out a firm's organizational structure, figure out who conducts hedge fund research, and who has the authority to recommend and ultimately allocate to an external manager. Those in hedge fund research can be identified either by jo......................

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