Welcome to episode 213. A big thanks to everyone who contributed with ideas of LinkedIn mistakes/disasters that I can use in a book I’m considering writing. If you have any other stories, please let me know by either sending me a message on LinkedIn (it’s free even if we are not connected) or leave a voicemail (link on the right side of this page) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some ideas so far;
- Employees using LinkedIn to get their own back on former employers and vice versa
- Political posts or comments from someone who is in business – what does this achieve?
- Posting pictures in factories that may include commercially sensitive material that contravenes an NDA (commonplace in China).
- Overly religious posts or comments. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs but LinkedIn is not the place to preach!
- @mentioning someone who does not speak your language!
Keep them coming!
I have been spending some of this week getting familiar with the new communities feature on LinkedIn and I’m so excited by it that I’ve decided to feature it on this weeks episode.
More of that later…..
Interesting Stuff I Saw This Week
Groups update – nothing to get too excited about but a recent post in a group managers forum confirmed that progress is still being made and that they see that “success is largely defined by the quality of the discussions and connections formed within Groups”. That sounds promising although at the same time they also suggest that they are working to help group managers in 4 areas – building, growing, engaging and managing. The 2nd one ‘growing’ worries me as I believe that large groups are what caused the problem in the first place.
Cisco report. I mentioned this last week but admitted that I hadn’t read it. I have now and it makes for an interesting read;
- Globally, IP video traffic will be 82 per cent of all consumer Internet traffic by 2021
- Live Internet video will account for 13 per cent of Internet video traffic by 2021
- Smartphone traffic will exceed PC traffic by 2021. In 2016, PCs accounted for 46 per cent of total IP traffic, but by 2021 PCs will account for only 25 per cent of traffic
- It would take an individual more than 5 million years to watch the amount of video that will cross global IP networks each month in 2021!
- Read the full report here
New on LinkedIn
This is quite a nice feature if it works! My experience was that very few jobs in the UK had a stated location postcode, perhaps because they were added prior to this feature. The couple that I did find both stated the car journey was ‘2+ hours’ – not very helpful!
I don’t have this yet so it’s hard to comment without playing with it properly. How will it be used? Will you be able to search for it – perhaps via a Recruiter account?
More importantly, will anyone use it? I suspect it will be missed by most users unless LinkedIn does something to really highlight it.
LinkedIn is either rolling out or testing QR codes for your profile.
I can’t see myself using this as QR codes really haven’t taken off here but it will be an important feature in other countries.
This seems like quite a useful feature for large companies
These look nice and help with storytelling, although videos are a better way to tell stories.
If they can do it for an ad’s why not allow us to post ‘story images’ as normal posts?
This is strangely pleasing to watch!
Having played for almost a week now, I’m convinced this new feature has the potential of being a game changer for LinkedIn.
I’m not saying it will….that depends on how many people use it but if they do, it will fundamentally change the way we use Linkedin.
As you can see above the feature is accessed in the left sidebar.
The first thing to note is that your feed has changed. Instead of being ordered by ‘top’ from those you follow who the algorithm thinks you might be interested in, it now shows posts from those you follow who have posted, Liked or Commented with and on #topics you follow.
This is much better but only if you refine what you are following. To do this;
> click on the ‘Discover more’ link (see arrow above)
> Unfollow those Topics LinkedIn has assumed you are interested in or those you no longer see as key.
> Check the other topics for any you wish to follow
To do this on mobile you need to tap on the 3 lines shown below
It is really important to get this right – only follow topics that fall into one of these categories
- Something your prospects and customers are interested in
- Something very closely related to what you do (product or service you provide)
- Something that interests you.
These Topics will define the relevance of your feed from now on.
You can decide to filter your feed by just one specific topic by selecting it from your list of #topics
To make this quicker on a desktop you can ‘pin’ your main topics.
Once you have set your feed up correctly you should see much better content that gives you plenty more opportunities to engage.
The premise here is that we should be focussed more on conversations around relevant topics than on specific people we wish to do business with.
When you focus on people, it leads to direct messaging and unwanted invitations to connect – these actions kill engagement and lead to lower levels of activity.
My belief is that, if people adopt the right approach to this, that those less active members will start to get more involved – that’s potentially amazing and why I believe this could be a game changer!
LinkedIn is making a major effort to ensure that #topics are widely adopted. Every post you do, as you are writing the text, you are suggested hashtags to use.
Having a more relevant feed should improve everyone’s LinkedIn experience allowing us to ;
- Learn from others
- Engage with a wider range of people
- Expand and diversify our networks
- Increase our own visibility
What I don’t like
The are several things that could go wrong. If people # incorrectly or misuse the function to ‘game the system’ our feeds could end up being poor again. The suggested tags feature could increase this issue as I have found it is often suggesting the wrong topics.
It is not possible to see what others are interested in. I think it would be better to show what topics someone is following in their profile. This will help us better understand the right topics to follow.
To my mind, engagement is at the heart of social selling and yet this feature is nowhere to be seen in Sales Navigator….go figure! Another example of a severe lack of joined up thinking at LinkedIn.
The simple answer is no.
Messages on LinkedIn are designed to be individual one to one ‘chat streams’.
You can create a group chat in messages but that is different from one message sent to multiple recipients.
You can post an update that will be seen by many of your connections but by no means all of them
Finally, you can download your connections email addresses. This would give you the opportunity to do what you wish although I would imagine it to be very time consuming and you will then be holding their data (rather than LinkedIn) without their permission which would be in breach of GDPR regulations
That’s it for this week, until next time.
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