Preparing for the New LinkedIn Design: How to Optimize Your Page and Profile

social media how toAre you wondering how the new LinkedIn design will impact your personal profile and business page?

While you might be waiting for the launch of the new LinkedIn profile design, there are still many other areas of LinkedIn you can improve upon today.

In this article, you’ll learn more about both new and existing LinkedIn features for your professional profile and company page that can help you get more results from your LinkedIn experience.

LinkedIn Professional Profiles

Want to make sure your LinkedIn profile is prepared for the new profile design (which you can preview by enlarging this image)? Here are some things you should make sure to include in it now.

The Basics

basic linkedin profile

The most important parts of your LinkedIn profile.



New LinkedIn Profiles: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

LinkedIn’s Next Generation of Profiles:  LinkedIn Profiles have a new look. These new LinkedIn Profiles make it easier for you to tell your professional story, discover people and opportunities and engage with your network. You’ll see a new “Improve Your Profile” button to help you. “Over the next few months, all LinkedIn members will start to see their profiles in the new look and feel.”



7 Ways to Drive More Blog Traffic Using LinkedIn

social media how toWant more people to read your blog?

Are you fully leveraging LinkedIn?

Many business bloggers neglect one of the most powerful social networks for growing visibility and traffic. LinkedIn is THE professional web.

If you are a business owner or entrepreneur, or a working person who is blogging, you should consider LinkedIn as a valuable place for getting more exposure.

Keep reading to discover seven powerful tips to use LinkedIn to drive more traffic to your blog.

LinkedIn Profile Views Drive Blog Traffic

Your LinkedIn profile can serve as one of the most important referral sources for your blog.

If you consider that significant blog traffic from LinkedIn can come directly from LinkedIn profile views, it makes sense to work to increase your profile views.



7 Steps to Building a Business Using LinkedIn

social media case studies“If you can’t make money on LinkedIn, you’re deaf, dumb and blind,” says James Filbird of JMF International Trade Group.

It’s 6 pm on the west coast of the United States, but it’s already 9 am tomorrow at James Filbird’s apartment in Shenzhen, China.

Filbird is the proprietor of JMF International Trade Group Ltd., a company he built to $5 million in revenue largely through his efforts on LinkedIn, the only major social media platform that is not blocked by the Chinese government.

His beginnings in China, however, were less than auspicious.

Organization: JMF International Trade Group Ltd.

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10 LinkedIn Tips for Building Your Business

social media how toAre you using LinkedIn to grow your business?

With 161 million business members, LinkedIn provides a lot of opportunities.

The real value of LinkedIn for businesses is to connect one-to-one with other business professionals.

Why LinkedIn for Networking?

The Start-Up of You, a recent book co-authored by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, notes that companies don’t give you business – people do.

Many of your LinkedIn connections can introduce you not only to business influencers and partners, but also refer your company to new customers.

In the book, Mr. Hoffman also states a key point about business networking:

It’s better to be the best connected than the most connected.”

In addition to teaching you new skills, that’s what this article will help you accomplish.

A personal LinkedIn profile is commonly viewed as an online resume or digital business card, and using it for that is a good start.

However, you can take that further – going beyond LinkedIn’s basic capabilities – to build a more powerful means of attracting and managing your connections and professional online presence to encourage more business opportunities.



Twitter Changes: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week? Enhancements: Twitter is rolling out a new interface when accessing your accounts on  The old @Mention tab is replaced with two new tabs: an “@Username” tab and an “Activity” tab. Similar to Google+, this shows you new people who have followed you and new activity of people in your network.



More Social Options: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

LinkedIn Enhances Business Profiles: New additions to LinkedIn profiles include Projects, Honors & Awards, Organizations, Test Scores and Courses. “LinkedIn’s new profile sections give you the opportunity to highlight achievements to potential employers and industry experts who can help shape your career.”

linkedin sections

Go to your LinkedIn profile page in edit mode, and click the blue “Add sections” bar under your profile summary to find this pop-up window.



10 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your LinkedIn Account

social media toolsDo you have a free LinkedIn account? Have you considered upgrading to a paid account? Wondering if it’s worth it?

There are several options to choose from. Which one would be right for you?

In this article, we cover what you actually get for your money and how you might use some of the enhanced features.

Let’s take each area of the business upgrade in turn and run through it.



How to Use LinkedIn With Twitter for Better Networking

social media how toIf you have profiles on LinkedIn and Twitter, you may already be aware that these two networks are integrating. In fact, LinkedIn has a specific application called Tweets that can help you keep tabs on the Twitter updates from your LinkedIn connections.

As more professional LinkedIn users create Twitter profiles, I believe this application will become more and more powerful for building influence and visibility with your network connections.

The primary benefits of the LinkedIn Tweets application are:

  • Follow your LinkedIn connections on Twitter
  • Post status updates simultaneously to both Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Monitor and interact with your Twitter streams from within LinkedIn
  • Create a LinkedIn-specific Twitter list



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