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LinkedIn: The Beginner's Guide

LinkedIn: The Beginner's Guide
Update: This post was updated October 2013 to reflect current statistics and tools. LinkedIn is considered the non-sexy, sleeping giant of social networks. It keeps a low profile, perhaps due to the professional nature of its users. Nonetheless, LinkedIn continues to exert a powerful influence on connected job seekers, brands, recruiters and industries. Founded by Reid Hoffman in 2002, LinkedIn has grown to 225 million members in over 200 countries, making it the world’s largest professional network on the Internet (by comparison, Twitter has more than 500 million registered users, and Facebook has surpassed one billion). That being said, we doubt you spend 20 minutes on LinkedIn per day, like Facebook’s power users do. SEE ALSO: The Beginner’s Guide to Facebook Have you used LinkedIn to find a job, network with professionals or research hot topics in your industry? 1. To ensure that your profile is 100% complete, LinkedIn recommends including the following information. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Simplenote DOWNLOAD Get Into Google+: A Guide For Everyone Curious about Google+, but don’t know where or why to start? Check out “Get Into Google+: A Guide For Everyone”, the latest free Google Plus guide from MakeUseOf. This guide, by author Maggie Marystone, teaches you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Google Perhaps you were a founding member of MySpace. Maybe you’re a Facebook power user, or maybe you’ve just started to explore the world of social media. Either way, if you’re reading this guide, you have probably wondered, “Why should I sign up for Google+?” The answer is simple: Google. Google Plus Guide Table of Contents §1 – Introduction §2 – What is Google+? §3 – Creating a Google Account §4 – The Google+ Sign-up Process §5 – Circles §6 – Chat §7 – Stream §8 – Sharing Content §9 – Searching and Browsing §10 – Photos §11 – Hangouts §12 – Advanced Features §13 – Mobile Apps §14 – Tops and Tricks §15 – Conclusion 1. The answer is simple: Google. You may have heard that Google+ is on its way out. 2. 2.2 How is Google+ different? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

LinkedIn Help Center - Verifying Authentication Generating Leads With LinkedIn: What You Need to Know Do you use LinkedIn for business? Are you wondering how you can use LinkedIn to generate quality leads? To learn how to use LinkedIn to attract leads and build networking relationships, I interview Stephanie Sammons for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast. More About This Show The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner. It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing. The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting). In this episode, I interview Stephanie Sammons, who blogs at Build Online Influence and is the CEO of Wired Advisor—a firm that helps those in the financial industry. Stephanie shares her LinkedIn knowledge, tips and experiences when it comes to social networking for your company. You’ll learn about the tools and techniques that will help you attract leads and connect with business professionals. Listen Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed

An Update on LinkedIn Member Passwords Compromised We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts: Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in this email. Once you follow this step and request password assistance, then you will receive an email from LinkedIn with a password reset link.These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members.

ORCID | Connecting Research and Researchers Twitter for Beginners: 5 Steps for Better Tweeting Twitter is immensely useful as a utility for joining in the global conversation and sharing thoughts, opinions, information, and media. But for new users, there's also a fairly steep learning curve. For many people new to Twitter, the site doesn't immediately "make sense" and it can be a bit daunting. But there are things those users can do to make the service more useful from the get go. Below are five steps for new users to take in order to make the Twitter experience more enjoyable from the beginning. STEP ONE: Find People You Already Know I joined Twitter later than most early adopters, but once I finally became a Twitter newbie in early 2008, it was much easier to jump into the conversation when I was following some people I already knew — people who I was sure were already talking about things I was interested in and would value my input. Another way to find friends is to check out the Twitter Facebook app and see if any of your friends on Facebook are also on Twitter.

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8 Ways to Get More Leads for Your Business on LinkedIn Do you want to acquire more traffic and leads from LinkedIn? According to Experian Marketing Services, LinkedIn received 94M total U.S. visits in December 2012, an increase of 40% in traffic compared to December 2011. So, whether you’re a B2B and/or B2C company, now is a great time to start leveraging LinkedIn to find and attract your target market. Here are 8 ways to attract high-quality leads with LinkedIn. #1: Add a Strong Call to Action and Link Did you know you can add custom banners to your company page for free? You can add up to three different linkable product banners (646 pixels x 222 pixels) to the Products & Services section of your company profile. HubSpot product banner with Request Demo button driving traffic to a landing page. Many businesses are missing this opportunity. Here are some ways to use these product banners: #2: Add Pictures or Files LinkedIn has been making it easier for companies to reach their target audience. To do this, first attach your image.

Application Directory Content Curation Tools: The Ultimate List For content marketers, content curation is integral to online strategy. Effective curation helps position you as a thought leader in your space, and is an economical way to maintain a consistent publishing schedule of quality content. But manually trying to find the most relevant content in a given industry and then publishing it across multiple channels can be time-consuming. Curata defines content curation as when an individual (or team) consistently finds, organizes, annotates, and shares the most relevant and highest quality digital content on a specific topic for their target market. This map was constructed to help you or your organization navigate the growing world of curation and find a tool that best fits your content needs. Marketing technology is constantly providing marketers with simpler solutions for publishing higher quality, more relevant content. It is increasingly difficult to keep up with the rapidly expanding universe of content marketing. Trap!

Build a Robust Profile - LinkedIn Career Services Overview Your LinkedIn profile represents your definitive professional image on Web and is discoverable through millions of searches on LinkedIn or from search engines like Google. You are in complete control over what others see on your profile, so leverage this to showcase your skills and talents so the right people and opportunities find you. This guide will step you through how to build an outstanding LinkedIn profile. So what goes into a profile? A LinkedIn profile is more than just a resume. Let’s look in detail on how to build your profile. Headline This blue section will indicate who you are and the degrees of separation between that visitor and yourself. Give your visitors to your profile a short, punchy way to quickly understand who are with your profile headline. Most prefer to highlight their current title and company, but a best practice is to highlight unique skill sets or competencies, like “Technology careers expert with 10 years of experience”. Summary Experience Education

Preparing for the New LinkedIn Design, How to Optimize Your Page and Profile Are you wondering how the new LinkedIn design will impact your personal profile and business page? While you might be waiting for the launch of the new LinkedIn profile design, there are still many other areas of LinkedIn you can improve upon today. In this article, you’ll learn more about both new and existing LinkedIn features for your professional profile and company page that can help you get more results from your LinkedIn experience. LinkedIn Professional Profiles Want to make sure your LinkedIn profile is prepared for the new profile design (which you can preview by enlarging this image)? The Basics The most important parts of your LinkedIn profile. If you want to be found in LinkedIn search by potential employers, customers and partners, you need to make sure your profile is up to date in key areas such as the following. Your Headline – Your headline is probably the most important when it comes to how your profile appears in search results. Skills and Expertise Add New Sections