Sat, 25 February 2017
Welcome to episode 151 at the end of another traumatic week for LinkedIn and it’s new design!
Following on from last weeks episode, I want to dig a bit deeper into what communication techniques work and what really don’t work on LinkedIn.
Interesting Stuff I Saw This Week
Are LinkedIn understaffed and overworked?….or just low quality or ignorant? I suspect they are severely overworked and understaffed….ironic for a site that makes 60% of its revenue from recruitment!
LinkedIn Salary - Did you know that premium users no longer have to add their salary to be able to use the salary feature.
New Desktop Design Update
Now that the majority of users have the new UI, the heat is really turning up on LinkedIn…members are really not happy!
Someone has even created an online petition!
Whilst I think it’s important to provide LinkedIn with feedback, I don’t think ranting helps (other than the person that wrote it might feel better!).
I’m not happy with the new design either but I am trying to be constructive and find realistic solutions.
Here is my list of bugs, it is worth noting that this list was almost double the length in November, so things are slowly getting better.
Bugs or ‘forgotten’ features
Have you found any more? Let me know if I have missed any.
New UI fact: Did you know that emoji’s in name fields make the person impossible to find in a name search?
Communication. The Mirror Effect
What is going on here?
Let’s consider a better example;
Mike noticed that following an article he wrote on LinkedIn (aimed at being of value to treasury professionals) he was getting a lot of new followers.
I noticed you recently reviewed my profile maybe after reading one of my articles, you may also have seen this post about improving your LinkedIn profile if it helps you?
All 22 accepted!
This is no surprise because he acted on a clear signal that they were interested in him, rather than assuming they would be.
This is what I mean by effective communication.
I would love to hear about more examples, both good and bad.
Sat, 18 February 2017
Welcome to episode 150, that seems like a pretty good milestone to have reached but I think the main celebration will be at number 200!
Something interesting I saw this week
Well there hasn’t been much news at all this week, it seems everyone is so pre-occupied with the new desktop design (which I am trying to avoid covering in this episode).
LinkedIn did announce that they had re-vamped their premium accounts, I’m not sure they have changed much to be honest and Business account holders are still getting a raw deal but there are a few changes worth noting, especially to the jobseeker account which is now called ‘Career’.
Here is the article;
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New Book - I need your help
I’m starting to research the topic of online relationship building a communication for a book I will be writing.
Social Media Content. What matters most - When or What?
I read a great article this by Jay Baer that really got me thinking about what matters when posting content on LinkedIn.
The Truth About How Often To Post In Social Media
Jay makes some great points but I also think that consistently high engagement will lead to more people seeing your posts initially (before the algorithm can judge how interesting it is).
His main advice is spot on;
I would just add - also at the right time, with an image and ask a question!
Lars asked via voicemail which browser I thought worked best with LinkedIn.
Sat, 11 February 2017
Welcome to episode 149, it seems that the roll-out has now reached about 75% if users so I thought it would make sense to get through some of the many questions I have been receiving.
It’s funny for me, I feel like I have been talking about this for so long with very little feedback and then all of a sudden….everyone is talking about it and asking questions!
Published Post Comments
Firstly LinkedIn have officially announced a new feature within published posts - the ability to switch off comments and report inappropriate comments - woop-de-do!
Maybe it’s just me (probably) but I find it hard to read those ‘corporate’ type posts that say nothing at all for the first two paragraphs!
Update to Mobile App
LinkedIn have quietly added an interesting new section to a personal profile, it’s on on mobile currently but I suspect it may come to desktop eventually.
When you tap on add topics you are given a list of topics (presumably based on your profile & network) from which you can pick 3.
Then you add them to your profile
And this is what they look like
I’m not sure if these are searchable yet but that could become an option. It’s certainly worth adding them for now.
Your ‘Neptune’ Questions answered.
This is a bit hidden but you will find up at the bottom of the ‘more’ menu (you do need to scroll down).
How do I find my own company page or one I’m an admin for?
For some reason this is in a different place to the above!
How do I personalise invitations?
Don’t invite someone from anywhere other than their profile! If you click ‘connect’ from a shortlist or ‘people you may know’ it just sends a blank invitation.
Has the recommendation button gone?
No but it has moved. See below
How do I conduct a search within my first tier connections?
This actually hasn’t changed, the best way id via an advanced search…..wait! Advanced search has gone!! No worries, you can still do it, this video shows how;
How do I sort my homepage feed by ‘most recent’
Unfortunately you can’t but I believe there is a strong possibility that this feature may be coming and that it will be much better than before…let’s hope so!
How do I revert back to the old UI?
Sorry you can’t! My suggestion is that you focus on making the most of Neptune, it has it’s faults but also some good points and I’m certain it will improve in time.
Sat, 4 February 2017
Welcome to episode 148, this week I interview a young chap called Jack Parsons who is the CEO of an exciting start-up called YourFeed.
Jack and he team are about to launch a brand new website and social network called YourFeed, here is how they describe themselves;
I found this a fascinating conversation about the challenges that LinkedIn face with the younger generation.
I would love to hear your views on this. Please leave me a voicemail or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
So long as you keep open the tab that this opens, you have the new UI…as well as the old one!
Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to work for everyone, some are getting 404 error page and others see an earlier version of Neptune that is completely useless.
This weeks question is about the new user interface.
Question: Where have groups gone?
Answer Groups are now accessed via the ‘More’ matrix menu