Posted on January, 21, 2013 by Kerry Rego -
A lot of people seem irritated with the game that LinkedIn is playing trying to force endorsements on everyone. If they annoy you and you’d like some advice on how to manage them, check out my screencast, linked below.
Posted on November, 23, 2012 by Kerry Rego -
LinkedIn just recently offered the ability to see whom has viewed your profile. This used to be a paid level of service. They tease you with some basic information but, of course, try to upsell you to learn more. When I look at this feature from a client’s profile, I can see a lot more than I can from my own. Take a look to see who’s been checking you out.
Navigate to your profile>Right hand column>Who’s Viewed Your Profile>Your Profile Has Been Viewed by X People….(click here)
They also give you trend information. This graph shows how many times your profile has been viewed over the last 90 days. It’s useful in guiding you as to what behaviors you undertake on LinkedIn affect viewings.
This is also one of the places where you can change the settings of how you appear when you look at others profiles. Check out your current setting and make a decision if you want to alter it. Remember, if you are intel gathering, recruiting, or checking out your competition, you can be seen here (if those people are aware that this feature is available to them).
Another option is to see how many times you’ve appeared in Search. The bonus of filling out your profile 100% is because it increases that amount of times you are served in searches.
Posted on October, 26, 2012 by Kerry Rego -
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you get WAY TOO MANY group digest emails from LinkedIn. Am I right? Every single time you join a group, check your settings. The default setting for digest emails is daily. You can belong to up to 50 groups. Ugh. That’s too much inbox action for me. I like them weekly. Here’s how to change them:
Group>More tab>Settings>Delivery Frequency>Weekly. See below.
*Sidenote - Do you see the Member Messages option in the image above? It says to “Allow members of this group to send me messages via LinkedIn.” Do you realize what that means? Free accounts receive 5 InMails. These are private messages, or emails, within LinkedIn that you can send to people you aren’t connected to. They run out fast and they want to charge you to get more. If there’s someone you want to connect with specifically, check the groups they belong to. See if you can join one so you have it in common. Once you belong to the group, you can send them an internal LinkedIn message because you can message them through the Member section (if they have the Member Messages option you see above selected).
But what if you belong to a lot of groups and want to set this in batch form rather than one at a time? Here are the steps:
Click on Your Name (upper right hand corner)>Settings>Groups, Companies & Applications (bottom left hand corner)>Set the frequency of Group Digest Emails
Posted on July, 27, 2012 by Kerry Rego -
Click ^ for video on getting help from LinkedIn
I have a client that requested that I claim their pre-existing LinkedIn Company Page, update it, and make it spiffy for them. I said the fatal words, “This is a really easy project and shouldn’t take me long at all.” Well, 4 months later, I was shaking my head at how simple turned into painful. See my video on the subject.
There were a variety of factors that created a delay but much of the wait had to do with radio silence from LinkedIn. The first challenge was the fact that I was working with a department of a government. Actually, I’ve worked for this department many times and they really are awesome (I think Jeff Boland has something to do with that). So the speed at which things occur is on a completely different cycle than for for-profit organizations.
The second issue at hand was that the government body uses one domain for ALL its departments and employees. LinkedIn has a requirement to claim a company as an administrator that your primary email address must contain the domain of the company. Makes sense right? Well, it does to me too but it created a headache for me. We had to purchase the domain just for this purpose then create and confirm the email address. I insert this *new special email just for LinkedIn* (can you hear my high pitched crazy tone of voice here?) and make it the primary email. My expectation was that LinkedIn would recognize this new address and allow me to claim the page.
It did not work.
I filed a support ticket. Help? No.
I filed another support ticket. Help? Not even close.
I filed another support ticket. Help? Hahhhahhhahhhhhhhhaaaaaa (craaaazy laughter)
I decided to go postal on this one. I went to Twitter and called them out in the loudest voice I could muster. I didn’t want to but I knew it would work. I have to say again, publicly, I really like LinkedIn and I’m grateful they were able to help. BUT my suggestion to you is, if you need help from LinkedIn, call them on Twitter using @LinkedInHelp.
Posted on February, 09, 2012 by Kerry Rego -
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Posted on December, 30, 2011 by Kerry Rego -
I spend much of my time either researching or training. I love to dive into settings for my clients. I like to quickly take care of the most nefarious and get their settings optimized right away. This is where I find many people run out of steam and give up because it’s simply too much and generally confusing. I found a few privacy settings I think you should know about on LinkedIn.
- Log in to LinkedIn
- Hover over your name in the upper right hand corner and Settings shows up on the drop down list, select
- At bottom left, look for Groups, Associations, and Applications, select it
- Under Privacy Controls, there is “Turn on/off data sharing with 3rd party applications”. Select or deselect at will.
- Again under Privacy Controls, there is “Manage settings for LinkedIn plugins on third party sites”
- This one is important: on the Account tab, there is “Manage Social Advertising”. This is where you select whether or not LinkedIn may use your name and photo in social advertising.
I recommend you read each of these carefully but I would bet money that you don’t know these settings are even there. Make sure you know where your data is going. I actually chose to keep the first two I mentioned but I opted out of social advertising. Be educated. Knowledge is power.