26 Tips to Enhance Your Experience on LinkedIn

social media how toWith more than 85 million users and “a new member being added every second,” LinkedIn is often regarded as the premier social networking site for business professionals. Companies also see LinkedIn as a valuable place to promote their products and services.

Let’s explore LinkedIn together and see if you can identify new ways to enhance your user experience by considering the topics discussed below. As I’ve done in the companion pieces to this post, 26 Twitter Tips and 26 Facebook Tips, I’ll introduce LinkedIn Tips from A-Z.

These tips will reference both personal and company perspectives. But before we get started, let’s go over a couple of LinkedIn basics—who’s on LinkedIn, creating your LinkedIn profile and developing your list of LinkedIn connections.

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Develop a network of relevant connections.

Who’s on LinkedIn?

To put it simply, everyone; full- and part-time employees, contractors, freelancers and key decision-makers from any given industry or company can be found on LinkedIn.

Creating Your LinkedIn Profile

If you’re just getting started on LinkedIn, you’ll want to strive for 100% completeness on your personal profile by adding your current position, at least two past positions, information about your education, a summary of your background/experiences, a profile photo, details about your specialties and at least three recommendations. And if you’ve been on LinkedIn for a while, think about profile changes you can make to further demonstrate who you are and what you have to offer.

Developing Your List of LinkedIn Connections

You can grow your list of LinkedIn connections through webmail contacts (email contacts who are already on LinkedIn), colleagues and classmates, and through networking on LinkedIn groups.

Your connections are what make LinkedIn work for you, so taking the time to expand your reach is time well spent. A unique perspective on connections is offered by Stephanie Sammons in her post, How Connecting Your Connections to Connect with One Another Will Help Elevate Your Social Status.

LinkedIn Tips From A-Z

#1: Applications

As LinkedIn suggests, you can add third-party applications to “enrich your profile, share and collaborate with your network, and get the key insights that help you be more effective.” There are currently 19 applications to choose from. Depending on what you want to highlight, you can give a good example of your specialties, areas of interest, and work samples.

For example, on my LinkedIn profile I’m currently using Reading List by Amazon, Blog Link and the new Publications feature. You can have a total of 15 modules and/or applications on your profile. A message bar will appear at the top of the page if you need to remove an application prior to adding another.

#2: Blog Links

You can bring your blog posts into LinkedIn with applications such as Blog Link or WordPress LinkedIn. It’s a powerful way to engage your connections with material you’ve written and if they hadn’t already been visiting your blog on a regular basis, your posts will make it in front of their eyes when they receive their LinkedIn updates.

#3: Company Pages

LinkedIn has offered company profiles since 2008 and last month the profiles were upgraded to “Company Pages.” Companies can now showcase significantly more about their business. With the new Products and Services tab, companies are able to feature products and services with descriptive overviews. Videos can also be embedded on the page, one per product or service. At this time, you can only upload videos from YouTube, although LinkedIn expects that to change in the near future.

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Recommend your favorite products and services on LinkedIn Company Pages

“Since the Company Page roll-out, 20,000 companies are sharing over 40,000 products. Companies of all sizes and industries are using Company Pages,” said Ryan Roslansky, LinkedIn’s director of product management. When a LinkedIn member recommends a company’s product, they share the recommendation with all of their connections.

Ryan spoke about the power of recommendations for businesses, and referred to the Nielsen Global Online Consumer Survey, in which Nielsen found that recommendations from personal acquaintances or opinions posted by consumers online are the most trusted forms of advertising. Ninety percent of consumers surveyed noted that they trust recommendations from people they know, while 70 percent trusted consumer opinions posted online.

#4: Direct Ad Campaigns

LinkedIn Direct Ads allow you to target ads by industry, company, geography, job function, seniority, gender and age. Ads can appear as a media box, banner ad or text hyperlink. Ads are pay-per-click or by impressions and can be stopped at any time.

#5: Events

With the LinkedIn Events application, you can browse by event type, topic, location and add your own event for users to find, promote and attend. Coree Silvera has a helpful post, Promote Your Event by Using LinkedIn Event Application. As she suggests, you can share with your contacts and also purchase paid advertising options targeting a specific audience on LinkedIn. This would entail going outside your own network of connections using advertising methods such as CPC (cost-per-click), CPI (cost-per-impression) or text ads.

You can also follow LinkedIn events on Twitter.

#6: Follow Companies

Company follows make it possible for you to keep your eye on key events happening at companies you’re interested in. You’ll see information regarding new jobs, new hires and promotions, what it’s like to work there via employee testimonials and how to contact a recruiter.

#7: Groups

LinkedIn Groups are a great way to stay on top of topics of interest to you and to network with others in your field. You can see who was most influential in the group the past week and follow their activities on LinkedIn. To find groups, go to LinkedIn Groups Directory.

LinkedIn has restrictions about whom you can reach out to with a free account. The person has to have been a colleague, classmate, someone you’ve done business with or a friend. One of the best bonus features of Groups is that you can send InMail to group members without having to upgrade to a premium account.

#8: Help Center

You can reference LinkedIn’s Help Center when you have questions and receive step-by-step answers.

#9: Images

As mentioned above, a profile picture is one of the key components that make your profile complete. Keep in mind though that the image can only be 80 pixels by 80 pixels.

Edenchanges has a very good blog post with suggestions for how to take a good LinkedIn profile picture. LinkedIn will permit you to resize a photo, but you won’t be able to do any editing. So choose your photo carefully keeping in mind location, what you are wearing, whether it has good composition and lighting and if it has the artistic feel you want. You can specify who sees your profile picture: my connections, my network or everyone.

#10: Jobs

When looking for a job, you can use LinkedIn to look into companies of interest to you by seeing if anyone you know may know someone at the company. Susan Adams, senior editor at Forbes, gives some useful tips for how to master LinkedIn for a job search in a series of articles. In one post, she discusses how to use advanced search by company, location and title. Check it out if you’re looking for ways to enhance job searches.

#11: Keywords

Use keywords to optimize your profile. Use words that are specific to your industry and skills. You can optimize the specialties section and even include mention of your geographic location to improve the chances of coming up in searches. (Learn more about SEO in #19.)

#12: Link to Your LinkedIn Profile

Be sure to include your LinkedIn URL in your email signature, on your website, info tab on your Facebook profile and blog, as well as on your print marketing collateral and business card.

#13: Mobile

Connect with LinkedIn on your mobile phone. There are apps for iPhone, Blackberry and Palm. For all other phones, go to LinkedIn mobile. The iPhone app for LinkedIn has recently been updated. Learn more about the latest version.

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Connect with LinkedIn on your mobile phone.

#14: Network Statistics

With Network Statistics, you can see information about your network, including how many users you can reach through your connections. Your network grows every time you add a connection. To get there, click on the Profile tab, and you’ll see four more tabs: My Connections, Imported Contacts, Profile Organizer and Network Statistics.

#15: Organizer

Profile Organizer is a feature on the LinkedIn premium account that enables you to bookmark LinkedIn searches on profiles, company pages and jobs you may want to apply for. You can save the information to a folder of your choice, and add details and notes that you want to keep track of.

#16: Proactive

Use LinkedIn proactively. Don’t set up a profile and abandon it. In Shama Hyder Kabani’s book The Zen of Social Media Marketing, she suggests four ways to be proactive: 1) gain more visibility by adding connections, 2) increase your rank with search engines by making your profile public and customizing your public profile’s URL to include your actual name (LinkedIn is ranked very high by search engines), 3) get business advice by finding answers to your most pressing questions and 4) conduct market research by asking your potential clients or customers what their greatest needs are.

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Enhance your LinkedIn user experience.

#17: Questions

One of the most utilized features on LinkedIn is questions and answers. Questions can be used for networking and marketing purposes. Many people make answering questions a way to demonstrate their expertise. Diana Freeman has a great post where she discusses four unique ways to get traffic to your blog from LinkedIn Answers:

  • Create a new blog post in response to a question.
  • Answer a question linking to relevant existing posts.
  • Create a stand signature for your answers.
  • Create a blog post asking a question that includes pictures.

#18: Recommendations

Recommendations are an important part of your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn suggests that users with recommendations are three times as likely to get inquiries through LinkedIn searches. To initiate a recommendation request, go to the Profile tab and select Recommendations. There you will find a list of your jobs and education and you can choose what you want to be recommended for, decide whom you’ll ask, create your customized message and send from within LinkedIn.

Kirsten Dixson, a reputation management and online identity expert, is quoted in a post by C.G. Lynch on CIO.com. She suggests you ask for endorsements from not only the person above you but “all the way around you: above, below and sideways.” Lynch adds that like a recommendation written for the paper-based or email world, a person recommending you on LinkedIn can benefit from some guidance on what thoughts and facts you’re looking to present in their recommendation.

#19: SEO on Your LinkedIn Profile

Mike Volpe shares some great suggestions in the YouTube video below for how to optimize your LinkedIn profile for SEO. Mike suggests customizing your public profile URL to be your name (versus the default LinkedIn URL that has a long string of numbers and letters), and edit the links to your websites. For example, instead of using the default “My company” for your website, you can add the name of your company and keyword anchor text. Watch the video:

#20: Tools

LinkedIn has a number of productivity tools that you can use to search, build your network and manage your contacts. You can download a toolbar for Outlook, browser toolbar, email signature, Mac search widget and a Google toolbar assistant.

#21: Updates

You can add Twitter to your LinkedIn profile and when you update your LinkedIn network by asking a question, sharing a thought or posting an article, you can choose whether to share it on Twitter at the same time. It’s a very powerful way to integrate the business side of your tweets. Read more about it on LinkedIn works with Twitter, and vice versa.

You can also see all the activity of your LinkedIn connections when you sign into LinkedIn and go to Home Page, where you can take three actions on your network’s updates; e.g., like, comment or send a message.

#22: Videos

The new Products and Services tab on LinkedIn’s Company Pages gives you the ability to add product videos to your page. This is an incredibly dynamic way to showcase and communicate more about your company.

#23: Weekly

Make LinkedIn an active part of your social networking and be sure to update your profile at least once a week; e.g., making a connection, requesting a recommendation, asking a question, adding a slide presentation or adding a new book to your Amazon reading list.

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Add LinkedIn updates to your to-do list.

#24: Experience

Use the Summary part of your profile to highlight the most important aspects of your experiences and what you have to offer. Add specific specialties as well.

#25: YouTube

LinkedIn’s YouTube Channel is a great resource where you can see videos and short “in tips” on topics such as creating a 100% complete profile, sharing your basic information, telling your story through your job history, and including details about your education. You might consider subscribing to LinkedIn’s YouTube channel so you can be notified anytime new videos are added.

#26: Zero In on Connections

Patrice-Anne Rutledge, the author of Using LinkedIn, suggests in her post, Seven Ways to Increase the Chance of Being Found on LinkedIn, that users develop a network of relevant connections. She says, “Focus on developing a quality network that can actually help you achieve your goals.”

Final Thoughts About LinkedIn

Researching and writing this post about LinkedIn has truly been eye-opening for me about the number of robust features and possibilities for using LinkedIn. In fact, up to now, it’s been my most underutilized social networking presence and I’m now committed more than ever to enhance my experiences on LinkedIn.

What LinkedIn tactics would you add to this list? Which ones are you already using? What do you plan to look into? Leave your comments in the box below.

Photo credits: Flickr: Bührmann’s photostream, Flickr: Solacetech’s photostream, Flickr: 4_EveR_YounG’s photostream & Flickr: Bark’s photostream

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About the Author, Debbie Hemley

Debbie Hemley is a freelance writer and social media coach. She helps businesses develop and maintain social media content strategies. Follow her on Twitter @dhemley & Facebook. Other posts by »




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  • deb1221

    Oh, good. I think you’ll find you can do a lot more interesting things there now. Let me know how it goes! Thanks for reading. Debbie

  • http://twitter.com/ed_han ed han

    Debbie, I like the list: very meaty suggestions, too. Well done!

  • http://www.edenchanges.com Stephen Hart

    As the author of the Edenchanges blog you link to under the LinkedIn profile photo section above I wanted to say thanks and it looks like you’ve compiled a very solid list of tips for people.

    Regards

    Stephen Hart
    http://www.edenchanges.com

  • http://twitter.com/janetcallaway Janet Callaway

    Debbie, yet another great article. Thx so much. It definitely will help to make LinkedIn a very positive experience for users.

  • deb1221

    Thanks, Ed!

  • Richard Masters

    Very good summary article. Perhaps i could suggest a few more minor ones:

    1.Create a resume from your profile and save as a PDF
    2.Open a Box.net application and upload the CV PDF
    3 Create a Slide share account and Display a PPT of your resume and any other impressive ones
    4. Upload your .PPT to your Box.net files!
    5. Embed video links in a word document and upload it to Box.net

    Hope these help

    Richard
    http://uk.linkedin.com/in/richardmastersj

  • deb1221

    You’re welcome, Stephen. Appreciated the content in your post. Thanks for reading and commenting. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Thanks for your comment Janet, and for reading the posts. Best, Debbie

  • lewishowes

    Great post about LinkedIn Debbie. One thing to consider is getting more traffic, and you mentioned this from hubspots post but also there is a great one on Problogger about how to get more traffic from LinkedIn here: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2010/02/18/top-10-ways-to-drive-traffic-to-your-blog-using-linkedin/

    Also, events are huge on LinkedIn as I’ve used it a number of times and had over 1,000 people RSVP for live paid events.. something a number of event planners miss out on.

    If you want to rank higher on LinkedIn (not just SEO for LinkedIn) then make sure you use the strategy where you add key words on your profile, but it needs to be in 5 main places at a minimum (more on that here: http://www.lewishowes.com/linkedin/how-to-rank-high-on-linkedin/ )

    This is a great post I’ll be sharing with a number of my LinkedIn list for sure… thanks for posting!

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/mdyoder Michael D. Yoder

    Thanks for putting together this extensive list, Debbie. Great resource! I also like Lewis’ comment about SEO and the five main places to make sure you’ve listed your key words in your profile.
    Just a comment about Groups. In addition to your suggestions, I wanted to encourage people to participate in discussions. This is a great space to ask questions of group members for help with everything from finding a good dentist to industry trends related to the group. Your participation in a group–asking questions or responding to a discussion–also can help build your reputation as a thought leader or subject matter expert. Also, groups are a great place to post job openings–for free! Unlike the paid LinkedIn Job listings, jobs you post to groups of which you are a member are free. And, you get targeted exposure and candidates based on the demographic and interests of the group.
    Finally, you can add video to your profile by using apps like SlideShare. Simply add SlideShare to your profile and upload your video into SlideShare. The video will then play within your profile.
    Again, thanks for putting this list together. I’m sure it will be a great resource for many people.

  • deb1221

    Richard, Thanks for adding these great suggestions. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Lewis, Thank for sharing these points and links. Best Debbie

  • deb1221

    How wonderful! Thank you for translating the post into Spanish. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Thank you, Michael, for sharing these excellent points about Groups and SlideShare. Best, Debbie

  • http://www.maxadv.com Tom Matte

    Does anyone have any experience with a successful Ad campaign on LinkedIn? I am seriously considering testing the waters. Would love to hear some success stories.
    Side note: the other day I clicked on a discussion that Edelman PR posted on LinkedIn and when it sent me to the discussion post-still on LinkedIn, a banner ad was displayed over the discussion. Well done!

  • http://www.bluebanana.co.nz Linda Coles @ Blue Banana 20

    Hi Debbie, I wondered what you might put for “Z” :) Well done on a great post. Linkedin is certainly a business networking tool to be reckoned with and my favorite SM tool overall. I will pass this link on.

    Have a great day,
    Linda

  • Mati

    I personally have underutilized Linkedin and I believe there are many more like us. Today’s digital world provides what would seem like an insurmountable amount of distractions, but due to Linkedin’s business focus I am hoping to commit a manageable amount of time and recommend to others on my team to do so as well. Due to the fact that Linkedin can be accessed and utilized across platforms, definitely gives it more appeal as I work towards my 2011 goal to quiet the noise and have a more targeted and rich experience on social networks. It will be interesting to see the results. You offered some very clear and easy tips that I hope to share as I help others get started. Thanks!

  • deb1221

    Hi Tom, Thanks for reading and commenting. I too would be interested in hearing some ad campaign success stories. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Hi Linda, Yes, “Z” is always tricky but sometimes the word works perfectly as was the case for this time around! Nice to hear that LinkedIn is your favorite SM tool. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Thanks, Mati. I think there are a whole lot of people like us who haven’t used LinkedIn to it’s full potential. Large businesses have been exploring some of the new company features but I think small and medium are going to find that they can really enhance their company pages with the new features. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Best, Debbie

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com/ Ricardo Bueno

    Nice thorough list of actionable ways to enhance your LinkedIn experience Debbie! To date, LinkedIn continues to be one of my all time favorite social networks. From day one, I’ve always loved the simplicity of connecting and engaging with contacts there.

  • http://www.benlang.me/ Ben Lang

    Really great tips, learnt some new stuff, thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/WorrellBrothers David Worrell

    Deb: When optimizing your profile for internal searches, don’t forget to include common mis-spellings of your name. If you are David Worrell, you might include David Worel, David Worrall, and David Worell. People looking for you do not necessarily know how to spell you name, so include all permutations! I have a favorite Linkedin guru to share with you too … http://www.owlishcommunications. Funny name, good stuff.
    Cheers!

  • deb1221

    Thanks, Ricardo. Happy to hear that you’ve been a loyal LinkedIn fan from the beginning. Best, Debbie

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  • deb1221

    Hi Ben. I’m happy to hear you were able to learn some new things from the post :) Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    David, Thanks for pointing out tip about including common mis-spellings of names. And thanks for sharing name of LinkedIn guru. Best, Debbie

  • http://twitter.com/vernongirl Courtenay Pitcher

    There are some very good suggestions in this article. One thing not to overlook is that you can import your contacts into LinkedIn which helps you to quickly connect with the people you already know. Under contacts > add connections > you can then bulk upload a list of email addresses.

    Also, under item #12 – Your linkedin URL can be customized so it is much simpler and not a bunch of numbers and gobbly-gook. Edit Profile > Public Profile > click edit and customize it the way you like.

  • http://chrisandsusanbeesley.com Chris & Susan Beesley

    Thanks for a really informative article with so much content it is unbelievable. We have shared this link on our blog as it will help lots of people. Thanks again. Chris & Susan

  • deb1221

    Thanks for the info, Courtenay. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Hi Chris & Susan, Thanks for your comment and for sharing the link to the post. Debbie

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  • http://www.easyonlinevideotips.com Hani Mourra

    Great tip Michael…especially the one about embedding video in your profile using SlideShare.net. You can also do this using the Google Docs LinkedIn app. My friend Grant Crowell from ReelSEO.com has a fantastic how-to video on this. You can even include a “live” link to your blog or website on the video itself!

    http://www.reelseo.com/video-linkedin-profile/

    I’ve done this on my LinkedIn profile. The important thing to note is that you want to offer value in these videos (a promotional video is not a good idea). Keep updating with a new video every few weeks or so.

    Cheers,
    Hani
    http://ca.linkedin.com/in/hanimourra

  • Rina

    Tap into the power of the “advanced search” function:

    Using this tool, you can do a lot more than search for people – you can search industries, professions, businesses, and much more.

    Let’s say you want to discover people who have done PR for Microsoft. Search “Microsoft” and “public relations.” Your results will yield people both inside and outside your network. Using quotation marks and “and” in your search will yield even more specific results. Then search your shared connections to those people, and away you go.

    Similarly, if you are looking for people with a specific job title, use advanced search for that title, or company name, school, zip code, etc.

    And here is another cool trick: Save the search results for later use. To the far right of your search result is a link that says “save this search.” You can save up to three searches.

    http://outtoown.com/2010/04/20/10-terrific-linkedin-tricks-to-grow-your-business/

  • http://felixrelationshipmarketing.com/ Juan Felix

    Thank you Debbie for this valuable content about LinkedIn. Immediately bookmarked it. – Juan

  • deb1221

    Thanks for sharing this tip, Rina. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Thanks, Juan. Glad you found it helpful. Best, Debbie

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  • http://twitter.com/bruceras Bruce Rasmussen

    Great article Debbie!

    An alternative approach I think that would add value would be to talk about how LinkedIn can fit into various “social media WORKFLOWS”.

    For example – running an event – a number of different LinkedIn capabilities can be used at different stages of the workflow. Scanning groups and running polls to identify a useful topic; DirectAds, Events and invitations to generate demand; box.net app to download pre-event readings, notes etc; both individual and company recommendations after the event, as well as connecting to attendees and maybe even get them to join a purpose built group.

    We’ve built a number of practical workflows for sales & marketing folk – and naturally the contents of the workflow aren’t confined to LinkedIn (for example – we integrate in Eventbrite for events and I know a lot of folk also integrate in Facebook to promote events).

    I think this approach can give good context, particularly for folk new to using the tools – it helps focus on the business outcome, rather than the tool/platform itself.

    Would be interested to get feedback on the approach.

    Regards – Bruce

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  • René Power

    Great post Debbie. Hats off to you for your thorough A-Z approach. I wrote a piece last year for novices that had 10 steps and it was hard enough trying to add the ten starting points. I won’t embarrass myself or others by erecting a sign on your blog but it’s not hard to find – and compared to this, it is somewhat basic in approach. A great piece of writing.

  • Rich Mistkowski

    Thanks Debbie. This is my first time to your blog. I started reading your post and got to number 3 about company pages and realized that this was going to be good. Thanks for the inforrmation!

  • deb1221

    Thank you for reading, Bruce. And, I think you are quite right that thinking about workflows is an important next step which will help people ultimately to keep the focus on business outcomes. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Rene, Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Hi Rich, Welcome to Social Media Examiner! This is truly a great blog with many amazing writers and posts. I hope you’ll keep coming back. And thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Best, Debbie

  • http://martinmelin.se/ Martin Melin

    I just checked and website link texts on public LinkedIn profiles are now rel=nofollow, which means search engines won’t follow them. This must have changed since the Hubspot video was produced back in 2009. Still a good tip but no longer an unknown SEO gem.

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  • http://aremorch.com/ Are Morch

    Hi Debbie.

    Awesome summary here. And with Lewis Howes comments here this kicked in my LinkedIn motivation here.

    Cheers.. Are

  • deb1221

    Hi Martin, Thanks for sharing the important info about nofollow website links. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Hi Are, Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Anything in particular you’re thinking of adding to your profile? Debbie

  • http://aremorch.com/ Are Morch

    Looking into build some engagement channels from my LinkedIn profile. Like have a link to my LinkedIn Group. And then work on reengage there.

    As I understood from Lewis Howes it is important to have a 100% profile. Mine is at 95%, so will work on that.

    #18 and #19 is two very important elements that I will work on for my profile.

    And adding YouTube or Video to my LinkedIn Profile that was a really cool tip. Also will check out the productivity tools you mention.

    One thing I hope LinkedIn will fix is their Location option. If I put in my actual Zip code I end up in Florence, AL. Which is a very nice city, but I live in Tupelo, MS.

    Cheers.. Are

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  • http://www.dkwtechnik.com mrketter

    This was a really nice blog entry. I think the part about groups is very important. I would also like to mention the new feature, open groups. This allows you to open your groups up to anyone on the internet. I created a open group called INGIKS (I am Not a Guru I just Know Stuff). It takes the Linkedin Answers a step further and gives advice about anything (very entertaining).

  • deb1221

    Thanks for your comment and mention of open groups. Love the concept of INGIKS! Good luck w/it. Best, Debbie

  • Julie

    Debbie

    I’m a huge Linkedin and this is very helpful advise. Thanks for sahring. Julie

  • Vitaly

    Nice article, Debbie. But I can’t find how to create a company page. Where is the “create a company page” button?

  • Shira Miller

    Great post! Altbough I’ve spent a lot of time on Twitter and Facebook, I haven’t done much with my LinkedIn account and really appreciate this helpful advice. Thanks for taking the time to share your insight. :)

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  • deb1221

    Hi, Vitaly, Log into LinkedIn. On the navigation bar click on “companies”. On the right side you’ll see “add a company” click on that, and enter the information for a new company page. Hope that helps. Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Hi Shira, My pleasure. Hope you have a positive experience with LinkedIn. Report back on your findings!
    Debbie

  • deb1221

    HI Julie, Thanks for reading the post. And will be curious to hear whether you implement anything different on LinkedIn. Best, Debbie

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  • http://xavier-vespa.com/ Xavier Vespa

    Hi,

    I noticed you haven’t mentioned the private RSS feed, even though it is the only feature that lets users interact with LinkedIn on a daily basis… Here’s my post on it:
    http://hyveup.tv/2011/01/1-tip-to-enhance-your-linkedin.html

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  • http://www.brosix.com/ Brosix

    “You can have a total of 15 modules and/or applications on your profile.” I think 15 is way to much….they should set the limit at 3-5 so the profile isn’t cluttered.

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  • deb1221

    Thanks for including mention of RSS feed and link to your post! Best, Debbie

  • deb1221

    Hi, I’d be interested in knowing how many people actually add that many. I agree it could get way too cluttered if someone were to use all 15. Best, Debbie

  • Jon

    Beware! Don’t get caught out by the LinkedIn Ads promotions – I recommend avoiding LinkedIn DirectAds.

    I got a $100 LinkedIn promotional coupon by email and signed up. A few weeks later I checked to see how the ad trial was going and found that over $250 had been taken from my credit card account without any notification. LinkedIn refuse to accept that the promotion was unclear about charging and refuse to refund any of the charges.

    Don’t fall for the marketing hype – avoid LinkedIn Ads.

  • deb1221

    Jon, Sorry to hear this story. Thank you for sharing here. Best, Debbie

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    Hi Debbie, 9 months later & this is still a fantastic blog post!  Just thought I’d add that creating a reference for the person that you’d like a reference from really helps.  That way, the reference for them is complete & they are further compelled to complete one for you.  Thanks again for the great info – I’m doing a seminar on LinkedIn next week & just want to be sure I’m not missing anything.  Cheers!  Rose

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    Great article! I am wondering if there is a way to customize my signature when I compose a message using LinkedIn Inbox. For example, I want to use my full name and a picture as well as add a link to my website.

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