Latest LinkedIn Blog Posts

LinkedIn’s New Searching Limit: Are You in Danger?

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LinkedIn giveth and LinkedIn taketh away. As of January 1, 2015, all LinkedIn members (free and premium accounts) can now see the last names and full profiles of the people in their extended network–which includes first, second, and now third degree. Thanks, LinkedIn. Also, as of January 1, all members now have a limited number of searches they can perform each month–and at this point the number of searches we are limited to is not…Continue Reading »

Does the Experience Section of Your LinkedIn Profile Impress Anyone?

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Whether you’re a thirty-year business development professional using LinkedIn to help hit your numbers each and every quarter, just graduating from college and hoping LinkedIn will help you find your first great job, or anything in between, the Experience sections of your profile could make or break you. You may be wondering where the heck are the Experience sections on your profile–all you remember seeing is a Jobs section. Well, they are one and the…Continue Reading »

Have You Found These 10 Hidden LinkedIn Features?

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Wow. With all the LinkedIn changes taking place lately, even a guy like me has a hard time catching up. So, I’m going to share with you ten really cool hidden LinkedIn features you may have missed. 1.  Give them a shout-out. Here is a really cool but simple way to get someone’s attention when either sharing or commenting on a status update. Just type an “@” sign prior to including someone’s name in an update. Then…Continue Reading »

My Most Important LinkedIn Prediction for 2015

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Happy New Year. Over the last month, my corporate clients have bombarded me with requests for my predictions about what is ahead for LinkedIn. I don’t think you’ll find a more passionate LinkedIn student than me, and my goal each week is to help you use LinkedIn more effectively. Therefore, trying to guess what LinkedIn will do next is not high on my priority list. So, rather than predict how many times they’re going to…Continue Reading »

Are You Showcasing Your “Social Proof” on LinkedIn?

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I’m pretty sure that sometime during this holiday shopping season you checked the ratings of a specific product and/or researched what others said about something you wanted to purchase. What others are saying is called social proof. Whether it’s a hamburger, a computer, or even a new accountant, we are all looking for information (including social proof) to help us make our decisions. Here’s how Hubspot defines social proof: Social proof, also referred to as…Continue Reading »

Use This Free LinkedIn Assessment to Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever

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Are you ready to make 2015 the best year ever? LinkedIn to the rescue! I’ve developed a quick and easy 20-question quiz to help you assess whether you are positioned to kill it with LinkedIn. In less than five minutes, you can add up your score and know just what you need to do to make 2015 the best year ever. If you need more extensive help in any areas, I’ve included links so you can…Continue Reading »

Get Organized With This Secret LinkedIn Feature

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When I was a kid, my friends and I collected baseball cards. We would spend hours buying, trading, reviewing, discussing, and, of course, organizing them in shoe boxes. Boy, did all those shoe boxes drive my mother crazy.   But it was those shoe boxes and our primitive organizational system that made the cards much more accessible when it was time to find a specific statistic about a player or make that “big trade.” As…Continue Reading »

7 LinkedIn Steps You Should Take to Help Your Favorite Nonprofit Organization

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It’s that time of year here in the U.S. when many of us think about giving thanks for the important people in our lives. For me, it’s also a good time to reflect on how I can continue to help my favorite nonprofit organizations. On several occasions I have taught a LinkedIn seminar that is specifically designed for the board members of nonprofit organizations. I show them how they can help their organization by leveraging…Continue Reading »

Do you know the difference between helping and selling?

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“The difference between helping and selling is just two letters. But those two letters now make all the difference.” – Jay Baer from his book “Youtility” What a great book. It really puts into perspective the new selling/buying world we are operating in. Do yourself a favor and pick up your own copy. If you’re an accountant or you sell real estate, there’s also a companion book available. So, what is the overall concept of Youtility? Here…Continue Reading »