There are a number of key worries that people have as they start to post on LinkedIn and what to write about, whether they will have enough to talk about and how best to communicate their messages to their readers all come high up the list … effectively, what sort of posts should they write. Well, posts can take many shapes and forms according to the author’s inclination and the readers’ preferences – I think the skill comes in matching the two as closely as possible.
To help you in your deliberations, here’s a list of 16 possible types of posts that you could look at to develop the conversation through your posts – they won’t all be relevant for every post, update or even article that you publish but they should help to spark some ideas on ones that would be most applicable for you.
1. Foundation Posts
Foundation posts – sometimes also referred to as “Pillar” posts – are the core content areas that your posting activity should be built upon and they focus on the key subject areas that you want to communicate to your connections and potential prospect. Given their importance, they are (more…)
One of the things that I always check for when getting ready for a training session are the profiles of the people who will be attending – I look at a number of elements that we can then look at during the session. Most of which are very much outward facing and designed to communicate with their desired audience, the readers of their profile page.
There is one element, however, that is very simple yet also impactful that I check and that is whether they are successfully connected to their Company Page.
Connecting to the Company page may sound natural but it is in fact something in most cases that you have to actively do. LinkedIn did used to try to connect you automatically but there were so many mismatches that they no longer bother, so we have to.
There are a number of reasons why you might want to do so. (more…)
Let me quickly set the scene of my analogy today and identify a couple of the main protagonists. We are talking “Strictly Come Dancing” here – “Dancing with the Stars” for colleagues across the Pond.
As you might imagine, Strictly is ostensiously a dance competition – you dance well, the judges mark you highly, you stay in to dance again the following week, and the person who comes last is voted out of the competition after a dance off.
Except that it isn’t.
Granted, it is partly a dance competition … but it is also part popularity contest. Why so? Because it is not just the well informed judges voting on who stays or goes, but also us, the general “armchair experts” public. And while we do partly judge it on the dancing, we also bestow our voting favours on what we enjoyed and, crucially, on who we like.
And on occasions, it is the mix between these two elements which is crucial. (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…)