In the real world, when we meet someone face to face but before we have the opportunity to speak, they are already starting to build a mental image and first impression of us. They create a back story, imagine what we sound like and even how the conversation would start. It’s instant, it’s automatic & it’s based on what they see.
The same thing happens on LinkedIn … except there, all of this is conjured up by and based on our Profile.
In particular, the top part of our Profile – the Introduction Card – serves exactly that purpose and creates this first impression. Above all, it has two very visual parts that we need to use to influence and, to an extent, direct that first impression.
Those elements are the banner & our photo.
Let’s take the banner first. This is “prime real estate” (more…)
One of the big changes which happened when the top of the profile was modified earlier this year was that it provided the contact info box with a much more prominent position – previously this information had been somewhat lost in the wilderness in the right hand side bar and to be honest somewhat lost when you looked at someone’s profile.
No Longer! It is now very much front and forward and it is massively important to use it to best advantage … because most people don’t.
As a big indication of this, before every training session I run, I have a look at all the profiles of the people who are attending my courses or one of the in-house sessions for sales teams that I run. What they have in their Contact Info area is one of the elements I check and record.
In about 80% of cases, this section only contains one element which is (more…)
There are some layout changes to the Personal Profile page which are being rolled out at the moment on LinkedIn – this is following a similar phase to other roll outs with a beta phase coming first and then extended across the network.
You may not yet have it but forewarned is forearmed so here are the changes I’ve noticed and some recommendations for 4 key elements where the emphasis has shifted.
[I’ve also highlighted some Points To Note (PTN) that I feel warrant a special mention – forgive me the use of yet another acronym but NB didn’t really seem to cut it anymore.]
Well, for those of us who are yet to receive the new format, here are the two side by side: (more…)
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When we talk about getting our profile up on LinkedIn, most of the time we’re thinking about our Personal Profile. And rightly so, it is the central element of our activity on LinkedIn. However, there are two other “profiles” that we have control over as well – or maybe one and a half would be closer. Our company’s profile (better known as the Company Pages) and our Public Profile.
Our Personal Profile is where we add our details, experience, summary and all of the information that’s relevant about us; the Company Pages, on the other hand, is where we can represent our company and its products or services; finally, our Public Profile … the “half” … is one that is automatically created from our Personal Profile and then appears out on the Web.
At first sight, this Public Profile may seem unimportant in comparison, but do bear in mind that while your main profile can be viewed by the 259+ million members of LinkedIn, your Public Profile is (more…)
With the new personal profiles on LinkedIn, graphics and visibility are becoming more and more the order of the day.
One aspect of this is the company logo which now appears next to the company name of where you have worked within the Experience section, highlighting the company and its branding. All well and good if it’s where you work now, I’m sure you’ll agree. However, what about for the places you used to work? (more…)