Category Archives: LinkedIn Advice

LinkedIn Profiles: remember you have two. Use them!

LinkedIn Tips and Advice: LinkedIn Public ProfileWe all know about our main LinkedIn profile – after all it’s the cornerstone of our activity on the site. It is our key resource and the place which defines us on the site – I guess if all roads lead to Rome, then on LinkedIn, all roads lead to your profile! It’s certainly the next logical place to go after someone “bumps into” you on the site either having read one of your updates, something that you’ve written about in a Group or in the Answers section, or having received a invitation to connect etc.

Remember your other LinkedIn profile

However, all this information is only available to people who are logged into the site and particularly those within your sphere of connections. There is, however, a second profile, your “Public Profile” which is one of the sections which is accessible from outside of the site and so is indexable by Google and visible to users of the internet at large. It’s therefore equally important to get that right too in terms of the information that you put out through it.

The layout and format is slightly different (more…)

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LinkedIn’s new Share Button

LinkedIn Share Button - site updateWell, we’ve been able to share things at a click with friends on Twitter with tools like Tweetmeme, Facebook has its “Like” function where we can pass on webpages we find interesting, so it’s only natural that LinkedIn should also offer a way for use to allow readers to share pages quickly with our LinkedIn connections too with a counter thrown in.

And that’s what they have announced today – the LinkedIn Share button that you can insert on your website to allow people to share your content on LinkedIn. Simples! 😉 Of course, in the same way it can also be useful to you as the content producer if you want a quick way to share your own articles of LinkedIn so lots of potential value

Where do I find The Share Button?

Well, there is now a new area on LinkedIn relating to people creating information which you will find at (more…)

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Make the most of your Linkedin Recommendations

LinkedIn Questions and AnswersWhenever I run a LinkedIn Training session, no matter whether it is an Introduction to LinkedIn, or something more advanced for Sales and Marketing teams or Recruiters, we always, always, look at the Recommendations feature in LinkedIn (you might call it “testimonials”) as a great way to demonstrate a big “thumbs up” and indication of trust for you and and what you do.

It is of course also a great differentiator – a key element when we are looking to increase our sales and marketing reach. I can assure you that if you have two suppliers or partners or candidates in front of you with seemingly similar qualifications and experience, then the Recommendations of others will be a key deciding factor!

Anyway, I was recently asked if there was a way to direct people directly to the Recommendations section on someone’s LinkedIn profile. What they wanted (more…)

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LinkedIn Tips: back up your connections list

LinkedIn Tips and AdviceI’ve always been a fan of making sure that my information and files are safe and sound – I guess it comes from having lost data or information in the past (having of course vowed “that would never happen to me!”). At the same time, I’m also a great fan of using the information that we have to best effect – though only within both the letter and the spirit of the law!

Anyway, although you have your connections nicely stored away within your LinkedIn system, it may also make sense to ensure you keep a backup and perhaps that they are also kept in your own Contact Management or email system, whether you use Outlook for example or something more sophisticated.

Let’s be clear, this is not because I believe that you should (more…)

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10 focus areas on your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn Profiles - 10 focus pointsThe old adage states that “All roads lead to Rome” and, for me, on most social networking sites the same is true when it comes to your profile page – no matter where you come across someone, you will automatically gravitate back to their profile page soon afterwards to find out more about them. This makes your profile page an essential element to get right and one that is worth spending the time on to make sure it works for you and not against you.

This is particularly true on LinkedIn where you now have an increasing number of ways to communicate what you do, allowing you to both state and demonstrate your experience and your knowledge. However, it isn’t a CV (Resume) so don’t just take your “normal” CV and copy (more…)

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Using LinkedIn: 5 steps to success

Using LinkedIn: 5 steps to successThere is an ever increasing body of evidence showing that LinkedIn is the place to be within the social media world if you are looking to gain serious traction in the online business networking world. It is also generally considered to be a great social media antidote to the (all too often) chaotic worlds of Facebook and Twitter.

However, it’s important to realise that using LinkedIn can still very time intensive like most social media tools, even if we make the most of integrating our other online tools and sharing information we create elsewhere (as well as on LinkedIn itself). It’s unfortunately true that the business world is littered with people who have tried to take on too much and suffered the consequences – the internet world, because of it very nature, offers us a range of tools and the ability to follow in those footsteps unless we go in with clear business objectives in mind!

Therefore, to gain all of the benefits that LinkedIn can offer without suffering the potential downsides, it’s important to (more…)

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