Advertising on LinkedIn is one of the three streams of revenue that LinkedIn currently breaks out when it comes to its income streams and is currently, you might say, the one that is under-performing in comparison to the Talent Solutions and Premium accounts which make up the other revenue generators.
On the flipside, for us “the advertisers”, if used correctly there are some great opportunities to reach the target audiences we are interested in speaking to in a way that will present us positively and initiate that ongoing conversation and engagement we are looking for.
The initial advertising options that LinkedIn offered (and indeed still does offer) were in the form of small ads that still proliferate throughout the site with smaller businesses and corporates alike taking the opportunity to push adverts and offers directly onto the viewed pages of their target audience through the excellent targeting options that the advertising systems allow.
This was followed by Sponsored Updates and then the latest individual offering Sponsored Inmails – these were launched first of all last year and then relaunched last month with additional elements such as the promise of 100% delivery (more…)
As either an information broadcast method, a content marketing tool or an easy method of engagement, the Updates on LinkedIn remain an often used yet rarely optimised opportunity on the site.
The Updates box site prominently at the top of your homepage on LinkedIn. However, it isn’t the easy “solve all” tool that some consider it to be – simply sending something out to appear on your connections’ homepage is not going to immediately generate hundreds of hits. Rather it is a gradual process requiring patience – a drip feed approach which increases visibility, generates page views and likes, delivers key information to connections and keeps you ‘front of mind’. If done correctly.
Keyword research forms the basis of every type of online marketing activity from Search Engines to pay Per click, email marketing and, of course, the elements of social networking and social search that we are interested in here. The keywords and, most commonly, keyword phrases, that result from this research will dictate to a large degree how we get found and whether we are getting found for the right products, skills and expertise or not.
How you use the keyword phrases is important but let’s take a step back for a second … even more important is finding the right ones or else all your effort using them after that point will be time wasted. If you are focusing your attention on being found for one phrase but your prospective clients are using a totally different one as they search for potential suppliers then we have a mismatch – and unfortunately you are going to be the loser in this.
Why bother with LinkedIn?
When we search for people to connect with on LinkedIn, we tend to do so for a variety of different reasons. Two of the main ones are that we are looking for (more…)
As many of you will aware, the start of 2015 has brought with it a raft of really quite big changes on LinkedIn with search restrictions and Inmail process changes at the top of the list.
Aside from these, there have been some smaller ones going on … little things that might prove valuable and which I wanted to ensure you were aware of. Like all modifications on LinkedIn, these may well be in roll out phase at the moment, so you may or may not have them as yet … but they are coming!
Equally normally, they have not actually been announced in any way so here are some that I think might need a little bit of looking at. (more…)
LinkedIn seems to be all about starting the New Year with a bit of a bang this year with a couple of announcements and some new policies being implemented. The latest relates to Searching on LinkedIn – so, as they say, do you want the good news or the bad news first?
Let’s start with the good news!
Since August 2012, any members on the free or basic accounts have been unable to see the full name or profile of anyone outside of their 1st and 2nd level connections in their search results. Specifically, instead of seeing the full name of a 3rd level connection, they would just see the first letter of their surname and anyone further removed from them (“Out of Network”) would appear simply as “LinkedIn Member”.
The announced change indicates (more…)
I’ve been watching something develop on LinkedIn over the past few weeks called Showcase Pages that I stumbled upon when looking at Adobe’s Company Page – today LinkedIn appears to have released them to the rest of the network which could well be a very exciting development.
Company Pages, to recap, are where companies and organisations have their ‘home’ on LinkedIn. They have grown up massively since their launch back in 2010 and now are a very powerful tool which can be used by corporates and small businesses alike, bringing together employees, products & services as well as distributing news from the organisation. A mixture of information, ‘push marketing’ and social proof (via the ‘Recommendations’) that has huge power and potential for both the visibility and integration of company activities on LinkedIn.
Well, it appears that we can now add Showcase Pages to the mix. These are additional sections connected to the Company Pages and are designed to allow a company to spotlight a brand, product line, business unit or initiative – essentially, they allow you to provide a highlight these areas and, in doing so, allow you to better segment the audience that you wish to deliver certain information to, as well as be a focal point for both broadcasting the messages and also encouraging interaction around these specific topics or product sets. (more…)