Sat, 10 February 2018
Welcome to episode 197, I’m back and it’s just me this week.
Someone alerted me to a shocking issue regarding invitations to connect this week and it got me thinking about the ineffective way that LinkedIn introduce new features. It seems that introduce features on a slow roll-out and rely on their users to report issues…..but what if we don’t or aren’t able to spot a problem…….based on the evidence of this week, it appears that such issues just remain until someone does report it.
More of that later but as usual I scanned the internet to find any interesting articles about Linkedin, I found a few but it has been noticeable this year that LinkedIn’s own blog seems to be focussed mainly on job seekers - very few LinkedIn users are looking for jobs so why are Linkedin writing virtually all their blog articles for jobseekers?
People Still Spend an Insane Amount of Time on Facebook, But Trust it Much Less than LinkedIn
I will be attending three Linkedin local events in the next month or so;
The #LinkedInLocal concept is really taking off with an amazing 48 events happening in February and March across the world including Bristol, Leeds, San Francisco, Paris, Las Vegas, Edinburgh and Lahore to name a few
To find an event in your area go to https://linkedlocally.com/explore/
Post of the Week
A great video post from José Chávez-Ruz that hits the mark for being relevant, interesting and highly shareable.
LinkedIn are improving the skills endorsements feature (mobile only at the moment).
Now when you endorse a skill you are asked to grade the level
And then give it some context
In addition you can now see the actual number of endorsements on mobile, rather than the previous 99+
Will this make skill endorsements relevant?
I was truly shocked to find this out this week - thanks to an eagle eyed connection who spotted it.
This is, I believe a direct result of LinkedIns ridiculous feature launch policy that appears to involve zero testing or quality control and relies 100% on the user reporting a problem……but what is the user is unable or highly unlikely to spot the fault?
It’s time that LinkedIn stopped letting their members down and implemented a proper, thorough quality control testing procedure.
Do you agree?
“How do I stop those irritating badge posts from LinkedIn appearing on the left of my screen while I'm working? The ones which talk about how it bases choices it offers me on my interests or posts or some such nonsense. I've only really noticed them this week”
Sat, 3 February 2018
Welcome to episode 196, this week I chat with personal branding expert Jennifer Holloway about the article that LinkedIn bring out every year highlighting the most used words in LinkedIn profiles.
Click on the image above to view the full article
Takeaways from our chat
Some words (such as passionate) are overused in profiles without much thought going into whether they are true or not
Thanks again to Jennifer for her time and ideas. You can find out more about her from her LinkedIn profile (link in image above) or by going to her website https://www.jennifer-holloway.co.uk/
This weeks question comes from Mahan Tavakoli
Sat, 27 January 2018
Welcome to episode 195, I had planned to cover a different subject (The dangers of automation - let me know your thoughts on that!) this week but then I got an excellent voicemail question from Giles about the differences between following and connecting and decided to cover that subject in more detail.
But before that……
Find the Right Words to Land the Right Job
LinkedIn are clearing ‘moving the furniture’ on desktop at the moment, so many things are not working - especially @mentions and notifications. I also found that only half the comments on one of my posts were showing when I checked on mobile. Suggest you keep an eye on mobile at the moment until things settle down.
As I mentioned, this subject was instigated by a question I received from Giles;
Definition: Following someone means that you could see their content and activity in your feed (articles, posts, shares, likes and comments). You can follow anyone on LinkedIn provided their setting allow this.
You can follow up to 5000 people who are not your connections. To follow someone simply click on the 3 dot ‘More’ menu at the top of their profile or look for the Follow button on the Activity section of their profile.
A connection is a follower and someone you follow by default. You can unfollow a connection at anytime from the ‘More’ menu. You are allowed up to 30,000 connections.
The difference with a connection is that, as well as their activity you are able to see and filter their connections (dependant on their setting), send messages and see their full contact info including their primary email address.
Now to Giles question
Firstly let me address the question of blocking.
This is the only way you can prevent him from following you
What harm can come from him seeing your activity - assuming you are not giving away commercially sensitive information?
This brings up a wider point;
The ethics of competition on LinkedIn;
Is it ethical to provide advice and demonstrate your knowledge on a competitors post?
When to follow and NOT connect
A complete stranger whose content you find interesting
Obviously 1 and 3 may be pre-cursors to connecting.
Following has been around on LinkedIn for years but still most people just connect, it’s beginning to be understood better but we still have a way to go. When I talk with people who are more familiar with other social networks, I explain the mechanics of LinkedIn as being like a blend of Twitter, where you follow and Facebook where you connect (friend). On LinkedIn you can do either!
This weeks question is also about following and comes from Nigel Willis
Nigels first question refers to following Influencers such as Bill gates. Influencers have become known for posting some decent content but never engaging with comments, this somewhat flies in the face of the point of content in my opinion! I’m not surprised you want to unfollow Bill and as far as I know it will not cause you any issues with the algorithm.
Sat, 20 January 2018
Welcome to episode 194, this week I have a chat with my friend and fellow LinkedIn trainer/consultant Sandra Long about personal branding.
Interesting Stuff I Saw This Week
I have mentioned previously that I’m aware that LinkedIn are currently working on a project to improve groups and this week they sent out a communication advising of several changes that will happen soon.
This week I had a chat with LinkedIn expert Sandra Long. Personal branding was one of my predictions for 2018 covered in episode 192 and a subject I believe to be very important to all of us. I even covered it briefly in the first ever episode of LinkedInformed when I introduced ‘Personal Branding for Brits’ author Jennifer Holloway
Tom Peters article The Brand Called You which is still just as relevant today as when it was written in 1997!
Sat, 13 January 2018
Welcome to episode 193 and a very happy and prosperous new year to you all. I trust everyone had a fantastic break over Christmas.
Towards the end of last year I conducted a survey of LinkedIn users to see how behaviour had changed on LinkedIn. I had a sense that the results would be interesting……and I wasn’t disappointed!
In this episode I will go through the results with you but before that….
New LinkedIn Feature
I think an additional catergory of “customized with a message” would also be helpful as, when I do have a lot to go through, I always prefer to read those with messages first.
I still don’t have the feature but if you do and have been using it, I would love to hear how well it has worked for you.
Thanks to Carl for sending this one in.
This is actually pretty easy to do yourself, but only if you have access to a Sales Navigator or Recruiter account. For some reason the url’s on those interfaces ignore the customised version and show the original source url with your number in it
The 2017 LinkedIn User Survey Results
We had 780 responses in total, thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the questions.
The average number of connections was 2178
We had five people who had reached the maximum 30,000 connections.
The highest number of followers was 205,000 (11,658 were connections) and equally impressive was someone who had 165,231 followers including only 1903 connections!
As for the rest of the questions, the full results can be seen below;
Sat, 23 December 2017
Welcome to episode 192 and a very merry Christmas to all of you.
There has been very little news about LinkedIn this week but I did native the following two related articles;
What we got right — and terribly wrong — in our 2017 predictions
LinkedIn are, as always, keeping very tight lipped about their plans for 2018 so I thought it would be fun to take a stab at what I think the likely trends for LinkedIn in 2018 will be.
LinkedIn in 2018
Increased use of #Hashtags. Hashtags re-emerged in 2017 but next year they will become mainstream and ‘trending hashtags’ will become an important feature that we will all be using extensively by the end of the year.
Please note that ALL the above predictions are total guesswork on my behalf. I have no inside knowledge on what might actually happen!
Thanks to everyone for contributing to the 2017 LinkedIn User survey.
I will compiling the results in January and expect to announce the results on either the first or second episode of 2018.
If you didn’t get time before, way not help out now by taking a few minutes to answer the questions below;
That’s it for this week and for this year!
We will be back with the first episode of 2018 on January 13th
Happy Christmas to you all, enjoy the break, open time with your families and switch LinkedIn off for a week or so!
See you next year.
Sat, 16 December 2017
Welcome to episode 191, this week I’m going to cover a topic I tackle almost on a daily basis at the moment…..How to know what subjects to post about on LinkedIn.
But before I get onto that……
The Crappy Handbook of LinkedIn Profile Pics
Fri, 8 December 2017
Welcome to episode 190, it seems that many people are talking about the mysterious LinkedIn algorithm, myself included! I can’t believe how many of these people are still blaming the algorithm for the poor performance of their content, it’s not the algorithm folks, it’s your content!……
But before I get stuck into that, here are a few things I came across this week
Interesting Stuff I Saw This Week
People Are Flooding LinkedIn With Strange Stories. We’re Calling Them Broetry.
Native video problems
A number of people have been seeing error messages on native LinkedIn videos this week
It would appear that simply refreshing your page often sorts this out, if not then try clearing your cache.
Sat, 2 December 2017
Welcome to episode 189, not much news this week but I do have a couple of new features to share with you and a cool thing plus I feel the need for a rant!…..more later.
‘LinkedIn degrees’ from global providers ‘could leave UK behind’
Double tap to Like
This new mobile feature is copied straight from Instagram and is definitely aimed at millennial who tend to move through their streams much more quickly and ‘thumb tap’ rather than finger tap as us ‘oldies’ tend to
New Magnet Posts
This feature is in the early stages of roll out so you may not see it yet but it’s a good one!
When you create a post on a mobile app you now get the option to specify to send it to the homepage of (and potentially notify) followers who have specific skills - via a magnet icon.
This means that the distribution of your post will initially only be to targeted followers - it may of course reach further as they like or comment on it.
When you receive such a post in your feed you will see which skills you have that match the specified ones and you are encouraged to ‘Add your thoughts’
The only problem is that the skills you pick have to be skills that you also have on your profile. This seems like an unnecessary criteria to me and will result in people adding false skills to their profile just so they can target people they are interested in.
You can tell these posts said because the skills specified and those you match are clearly identified
All that said, it’s a great new feature and hopefully we will all have the opportunity to use it soon.
Whilst conducting some research this week I was stunned by the amount of people that are still wasting time and resources in posting external links.
Its a waste of time….virtually no-one see’s it!
I’m somewhat puzzled by this. Do these people not care that there is zero engagement and views?
Maybe I’m wrong and they are getting huge numbers to their website….I doubt it!
It seems to me that it is taking people a long time to shift their habits from the ‘share relevant content to build trust’ into ‘build trust through engagement.
I suspect much of this is just people who have set up automatic sharing via aggregate and scheduling tools so they don’t really notice - the problem is that it messes up their ‘ranking’ with LinkedIn algorithm making it harder to reach many people, even if their posts are better.
Maybe it’s just extremely hard for people to break long established habits? The ‘post interesting content and bring people to your website’ mantra has been around for a long time but does it really work?
I personally found that it didn’t
What do you think?
Are you still posting links?
If you want to post a link you need to do it manually as I showed recently in this video
Evernote Business Card Connecting
This isn’t actually a new, just something I had forgotten existed!
This is a great tool to use when at a physical networking event.
This video shows you exactly what to do
Before you can use this you need to make a few adjustments to your Evernote app and account.
This feature is only available to Premium Evernote users
Go to Account > Settings
Now tap on Camera
Now tap into ‘Business cards’
And now you will see the option to connect the app with your LinkedIn account
You can’t customise the invitations so I would only use this whilst you are actually with the person but it can be a great way to ensure that you always quickly and efficiently remember to connect!
How can I see who is following me?
This feature is exactly the same on desktop and mobile but it’s not where you would expect it!
Go to your profile and scroll down to your activity and you will see a blue link ‘Manage Followers’ next to the number of followers
The following list will always start with your followers (as opposed to connections who are followers). If you see the option to follow them back then you know they are not a connection, scroll down until the option ceases and it states that you are already ‘following’ these will (mostly) be your connections.
Sat, 25 November 2017
Welcome to episode 188, this week I had some very sad news, one of the clipper race crew was swept overboard and tragically lost his life - devastating for his family and also extremely unnerving for all the other crews. I can’t begin to imagine how they carry on from this.
It highlights just how dangerous this race is and impressed on me even more just what Brendan Hall had to go through when he won the race previously.
Brendan incidentally released his new speaker showreel this week;
I had an interesting chat with Stoke School student Tim Collins who has been using LinkedIn along with some of his friends recently and has been impressed with the authenticity and kindness shown to him by LinkedIn members……(give it time Tim!). You can hear that interview later in the episode but firstly.
Interesting Stuff I Saw This Week
Trends in marketing investments: LinkedIn starts to establish status?
Some people have reported seeing a new design to the search page. This is clearly of on LinkedIn annoying A/B tests but doesn’t it look awful?
You can now embed posts into your website, just as I have done several times in this post, including the video below. This can be done on anyone’s posts including your own but isn’t available to everyone yet (roll out).
LinkedIn are now officially launching their new ‘Career Advice’ feature which is closely allied to the mentoring feature. More in this video;
What You Saw On LinkedIn This Week
This could become an interesting new feature if you get involved!
I really liked this one sent in my listener Carl this week.
I can’t wait to see how that develops!
So from now, when you spot something interesting, take a note of the url and send it to me.
My LinkedIn Survey
I announced this last week and I was terrified that my target of 1000 respondents was going to be too hard to reach…..I might have been right!
Over the last week I have managed to gather 300 respondents but that leaves me woefully short so….
Please take a few mins out of your day to complete the survey and then share it with your network.
A Millennial’s view - LinkedIn is Authentic, collaborative and refreshingly ‘real’
Listener Anna McAfee pointed out to me a video posted by 3 school kids made while they are waiting for parent evening to start.
I really enjoyed hearing what an 18 year old makes of LinkedIn, especially in comparison to Facebook (old and dated) and Instagram (lacks authenticity)
This is Tim’s Video post
I love the way he was brave enough to know that is was far from ‘perfect’ or ‘professional’ and post it anyway…….if an 18 year old can then why can’t you? (assuming you have video)
And this is the post he referred to when talking about ‘it’s about who you know’
No questions for this week. Please feel to drop me a line or leave a voicemail of you want your question featured on the show.