Whether you have the new LinkedIn format or the old LinkedIn toolbar, you have the envelope and the flag! Both should be near your name with the old bar or to the left of your photo with the new version.
Let’s talk about the Envelope first:
This is the place where your current invitations and messages reside. By clicking on the envelope your invitations appear first and your messages below them. I typically make it a practice to look at the person’s profile before accepting the invitation to connect. If you decide you want to connect with someone; you can send a message thanking them for reaching out to you to connect. I know I discussed how important your photo can be, here is another example of why it is important. People want to see who they are connecting with. In this crazy world of spam, it’s important to know just who your connections are. Remember when connecting with others don’t sell, it’s a turn off! As for the messages you receive, you can decide if you want to reply or not. Some people will blanket their entire network with a message about an event or try to sell you something.
As for the Flag:
Of course, we all want to be seen and hear on the social media platforms. However, it’s a lot more than just adding a page, an account or a profile. It’s all about the communication but more importantly, the listening. It’s a two-way street!
If per chance, you drop off of the social media grid like I did ( due to personal reasons) it will take time to rebuild those relationships. It could even take three months or more! Be patient and don’t take it personal. After all, it’s not like folks don’t want to know what’s up with you. You just need to get in front of them. So, post more often and engage in their conversations. Add a photo or video to your updates 🙂
Invest some time every day to interact with someone; it will definitely pay off. Just when you think it’s a waste of your time, people will start responding!
Happiness and Success Always,
This is probably the best new feature that LinkedIn has introduced. I highly recommend setting up this new format. It moves your profile organizer into the contacts area. You can sort your contacts by name, saved contacts, you can tag them (200 tags total). You can also sort by companies, titles and locations. You also have the option to import them from various sources, hide them or even remove them.
Most importantly, it shows you when you last chatted with them and the entire conversation. It gives you the ability to add how you met and who introduced you.
Can you tell I’m excited?? Yes, because this is a great opportunity to connect or reconnect with your contacts. If you are like me, you think you will reach out to this new contact later, but that never happens.
More about this feature later; need to send some more reconnect messages!
Happiness and Success Always 😆
It’s time to brag!! You can tell your connections how great you are but with a twist. Allow me to explain. They want to know who you are but more importantly -how being who you are can help them. An example: You won an award in your industry doing what you do best. This award states you are an expert in your field. Yes, that’s what they want to hear! At that point, they are thinking “You are the expert; therefore you can help ME!”
You have a total of 2000 characters to woo them. Why should they hire you?
What groups to join is a common question among LinkedIn Users. You want to think about your industry and where the thought leaders are; so you can keep up with all the latest trends in your industry. You also want to join the groups where your target market is hanging out. Be a contributor to these groups on a regular basis and comment on posts written by others. It’s a two-way street 😉
Some groups will not allow you join automatically but will review your request. Typically, if they are closely moderating their group, you will receive an email saying you are accepted into that group.
Remember playing tag as a kid? Well, it’s not exactly the same 😕 However, you can tag your connections. Some of you may have been doing this for years and others may just be starting. Here is where it pays to have fewer connections! You are allowed to have 5 tags or let’s call them lists because that is really what they are. Go to your connections and set up lists for your connections. No one but you can see your tags/lists so call them anything you like! Maybe potential clients, clients that really need my help, prospects I want to invite to a special event or offer a podcast, etc. You get my drift!
Happy Tagging~ Sherry
LinkedIn is the “Business- Networking Site for Professionals” with over 200 million users in over 200 countries. However, only a few are taking full advantage of this client- generating/job- seeking site. Anyone can create a LinkedIn profile with the basics; but if you want to be found, you need to have it optimized.