Sat, 18 March 2017
Welcome to episode 154, it’s been a tricky week this week, I had planned an interview with an Italian LinkedIn trainer to tackle the important subject of multi-lingual profiles but due to a combination of illness and power cuts, I had to postpone that!
Instead I decided to cover a subject I am very enthusiastic about - research, specifically researching people.
LinkedIn’s founder Reid Hoffman has been wondering what to do with himself since he found the the company he had a major stake in had been sold for $26.2B…..tough life!
LinkedIn have updated their mobile app.
Instead we have to try to figure out the changes for ourselves although they did announce in their blog that the new version now has profile picture edit options;
There are some other notable changes. The ‘Me’ menu has disappeared….wait! I thought they redesigned the desktop experience to be more in line with mobile…but now they are dropping the Me menu from mobile?!!
This was how the menu looked before the update;
This is how it looks now
As you can see, the Me menu has been replaced with jobs (boo hiss!). So how do you get to the profile edit page?
They have also improved the controls you have over your feed. Now when tapping on the edit link (see below) you get more options.
One of these options is ‘Improve my feed’
Have you noticed any other changes?
LinkedIn Warn Cheaters!
LinkedIn are sending out emails to users who they spot are logging into another persons account, this currently only seems to happen when they are a Sales Navigator or Recruiter Lite subscriber.
A listener sent me this screenshot of an email they received recently
I Know You…..Profile Research
There are so many things you can find out about someone from their profile. In this section I talk in more details about;
No episode next week (probably)
I think it’s likely that I won’t get an episode out next week as I will be networking and learning like crazy at the Social Media Marketing World Conference in sunny San Diego….can’t wait!
Sat, 11 March 2017
Welcome to episode 153, this week I discuss my thoughts on @ mentions in LinkedIn posts. There seems to be a growing trend out there and I’m not sure it’s all good.
Interesting Stuff I Saw This Week
Perhaps Jeff Weiner needs to have a word with his new President…..I believe he has some good contacts in Russia!!
Last week I featured a question from Jamie…..firstly I used the wrong name! It was actually from Robert Curley….apologies Robert.
Thanks to Giles Davis for that.
New Desktop Design Update
LinkedIn are now rolling out more ‘advanced’ filters in search, I don’t have the feature yet but I saw this screenshot this week.
I’m noticing an increasing amount of posts that are using the @mention feature in what I feel is an inappropriate manner.
I have also noticed a growing trend towards @mentions in comments.
But I have also noticed a lot of people just tagging someone…no comment or question just their name.
This is being used as a way to share the post with someone, which is good but the right way to do this is to ‘share’ the post via a message
That is how I see it but I’m interested to know what you think.
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Q - Why don't I get notified when all my contacts post an article?
Previously we received a notification when one of our contacts had published a Pulse blog (now article). Now I only see a few notifications from my contacts publishing articles. This week I know of two people who published an article, but it did not show in my Notifications!
Ans - The algorithm has definitely changed on this front. The problem is that so many people are publishing articles and LinkedIn does not want to overwhelm you! I think they will only notify you when someone you have shown more interest in posts.
Ans - No the link you need is shown below;
I’m delivering a short TED style talk this coming week in Manchester.
Sat, 4 March 2017
Welcome to episode 152, this week I’m going to cover the new Neptune design quite a bit as there have been quite a few developments.
Firstly a big thank-you to Kurt Shaver, Darrel Griffin and the mysterious ‘LoveWeb’ for giving the show 5 star reviews on iTunes - I massively appreciate your support.
New Desktop Design Update
It would seem that there is no way to see your sent invitation messages - this is crazy!
The Great U-Turn
LinkedIn have had to face an enormous amount of negative feedback about the new design.
Anyway the good news is that LinkedIn are listening and David Flink published this article this week;
It would also appear that they are seriously considering bringing back postcode radius search…which would be massive!
I really applaud LinkedIn for their approach. Taking criticism is not easy and to take this approach is refreshing and progressive. But……
I could have told them about all these faults in October but no-one was listening!
LinkedIn say they survey members before making changes but either;
Such a massive u-turn on so many features should not be necessary at this stage. Waiting until almost full roll-out before listening means they have lost a massive amount of credibility.
Thanks to Sandra Clark for her voicemail question about Sales Navigator.
For me the three key benefits are as follows;
Saved searches are better, partly because of the above filter. You can receive daily email alerts about people who meet your criteria and are active
If however you are using the ‘in page’ messaging feature then you are effectively using a chat feature and every ‘return’ is a ‘send message’. This makes sense to me. If you want to construct a nicely laid out message, using the Messaging page.