B is for Banner: A to Z of LinkedIn

“A picture is worth 1000 words” – ring a bell? Well, we all have a piece of prime real estate at the top of our Personal Profile that is the ideal place to make the most of exactly that.

You may recognise the grey / green looking image that I’ve added below as the default background or banner that still introduces so many profiles …. what a waste!

What does your say about you or what you offer?

With a little bit of work (or a visit to somewhere like canva.com), we have the opportunity to create something that gives a very powerful visual message to introduce the rest of your profile.

In fact the banner makes up about 40% of what LinkedIn calls the “Introduction Card” – that top part of your profile also containing Continue reading

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A is for Audience: A to Z of LinkedIn

Ato Z of LInkedIn - AudienceThere are so many ways we can use LinkedIn, so many parts to the site and outcomes we want to achieve. Trying to do them all at once – trying to be everything to everyone – is doomed to failure.

The first key decision you should make on LinkedIn is who you want to talk to – who is YOUR audience? And what do you want to achieve from your engagement with them.

That underpins everything else you do – if you are talking to the right people then you have half a chance of your message getting across.

From that, you can decide:

✅ What to include in your profile to attract their attention
– that’s not just the information itself, but the language you use and the visuals you include to attract and influence
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Who do you want to notice you on LinkedIn?

Don’t try to create a LinkedIn Profile that speaks to everyone. You can’t.

As Lincoln is famously quoted as saying “You can’t please all of the people all of the time”.

The same most certainly rings true when it comes to your Profile as well – write it to try to talk to everyone and you’ll end up talking to no-one.

So, it’s really important to decide who is your target audience when writing it. Continue reading

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Comments on LinkedIn are powerful for engagement

As part of the LinkedIn for Business course and the Social Selling training, we talk about creating visibility through posting. We also talk about how engagement – our real aim – can come from lots of other areas as well.

Don’t get me wrong, Posts are important for visibility but there’s much more you can tap into.

I usually encourage people to start by focussing on commenting instead, getting involved in conversations before starting them themselves.

So for me, commenting is in many ways just as important as Posting – maybe more so! Continue reading

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Open Letter from LinkedIn’s Algorithm

I’m getting a little fed up of the blame culture here on LinkedIn and, to be honest, it’s getting me down.

The algorithm did this, the algorithm did that … and all because you’re getting rubbish in your LinkedIn newsfeed.

Well, IT’S NOT MY FAULT!

(Sorry about the capitals but I feel reallllllly strongly about this)

Well, when I say it’s not my fault, it is sort of … but it’s yours too!

“How can we help?” I hear you ask?

Well for starters if you think something you see is good and it’s something you’d like to see more of, then LET ME KNOW! I’m not a mind reader after all.

Just ‘Like’ it or ‘Love’ it or ‘Celebrate’ it or Continue reading

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What’s your etiquette on LinkedIn

Hi, I’m Mark, I’m on LinkedIn and I’m worried.

Using LinkedIn comes with a set of challenges & concerns. More so than ever at the moment when things have changed so much over the past 18 months.

For many, one is still “What’s the etiquette here?” or “How should I act?” or “What should I post about?”.

There’s been lots written on this but most vastly overcomplicates things.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand people’s misgivings – I have them too, particularly about the trend to more personal posting.

But I feel most of us have an innate understanding of how to do things, because it should be no different to what we do when talking to people every day – via video or phone, or face to face again, which is thankfully returning.

We meet people, we introduce ourselves Continue reading

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