LinkedIn Launches A New Navigation Bar

LinkedIn new navigation bar - understanding the new design tips from @KrishnaDe
LinkedIn have just announced that the new navigation bar that has been available to some people in the US for a couple of months is now rolling out the new design to English speaking accounts over the next month.

In essence they have simplified the navigation bar and centred the ‘search bar’.

Watch a video of the changes here: New LinkedIn Navigation Bar: Quick Guide to Get Started

Here are some tips to help you navigate the new design:

- Hover over your profile picture in the upper right hand corner and the drop down menu gives you access to your account options, language and settings and the ‘Help Centre’

- You will find Companies, Groups, and content from Influencers and channels under ‘Interests’

- The ‘Search’ function has been changed (you may have already noticed this in advance of the new navigation bar) so you no longer need to search for people, companies, or jobs separately. You now get a comprehensive page of results that pulls content from all across LinkedIn

- The top articles of the day will appear in your updates stream on your ‘Homepage’

Move your cursor over All Updates and then select ‘LinkedIn Today’ to see the latest news right on your homepage.

Where To Find Items In The New LinkedIn Navigation

With the new version of LinkedIn navigation, certain features may have moved or changed. Below is a list of items and how you can find them.

- Inbox – Click the Inbox icon at the top right of the page of your homepage to access your messages and invitations

- Top Navigation Bar – The top navigation bar disappears as you scroll down the page so to see it again, move your cursor to the top of the page

- Skills and Experience – Go to http://www.linkedin.com/skills or move your cursor over any of the skills listed on a Profile and click the title of the skill

- Recruiter link – If you have a Recruiter account, you will find the Recruiter link by moving your cursor over your profile photo at the top right of your homepage and selecting Go to Recruiter. You can also log into Recruiter via http://www.linkedin.com/recruiter.

- LinkedIn Today, Influencer Posts, and Channels – Move your cursor over Interests at the top of your homepage and select Influencers

- My Company Page – Move your cursor over Interests and select Companies. Then search for your Company and click its name in the dropdown list

- Recommendations – Go to your profile page and scroll down to the Recommendations box

- Polls – Go to polls http://polls.linkedin.com/ or share polls within a group

- *Students and Alumni – Go to LinkedIn Alumni at //www.linkedin.com/college*

- Manage Team Accounts for Sales Navigator – If you are a team admin, move your cursor over your profile photo at the top right of your homepage and select Manage Team Accounts.

I hope you find these tips of assistance to help you orientate the new design as it rolls out.

Resources to help you can be found here on which this article is based:

- The LinkedIn blog post about the change http://blog.linkedin.com/2013/05/22/new-way-to-navigate-your-linkedin-experience

- Details of the changes http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2756

- How to find the functions that were on the old navigation bar http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/38487

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LinkedIn employees making music together

Have you thought of creating video content showcasing your people? Here is an unusual one from Linkedin using office equipment to create their background track.

Watch out for the appearance of a naked chest twice in the video – you have been warned!

 

The most common LinkedIn passwords

In case you missed the news this week of the LinkedIn passwords that were compromised correspond I hope you take the time to review your passwords for your social media channels.

6.5 million passwords stolen and posted on the web by a hacker following which Rapid7.com, a cyber security company, analyzed those 165,000 passwords and have produced this infographic of the 30 most commonly used passwords.

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How are small businesses in the US using LinkedIn?

Here is an interesting infographic based on research of just over 300 people in the US using LinkedIn conducted by Wayne Breitbarth.

In summary:

- 90.9% of those surveyed use the free version of LinkedIn

- 51.6% of respondents had 200 or less contacts

- 5.1% of participants had over 1000 conntection on LinkedIn

- 54.7% of respondents were members of 10 or more groups

- and 10.5% of people were spending more than 8 hours a week on LinkedIn.

When asked how LinkedIn had helped, respondents to the survey said:

- 76.9% found it helpful for research about companies and people

- 68.6% commented that it was helpful to reconect with people

- 49.7% stated that it helped them buld new relationships with people who may influence new customers

- 44.5% said it helped them be more effective in face to face networking

- and 38.3% said LinkedIn helped them uncover potential opportunities.

One of the first things you must do when establishing your network on LinkedIn is to ensure that your profile is complete. LinkedIn recently changed it’s approach to how they calculate 100% completeness. If you LinkedIn profile is not yet 100% complete read this recent article about the eight simple steps you need to take to increase your visibility on LinkedIn.

If you are looking for training on how to use LinkedIn in your small business I am facilitating two workshops in Dublin this Spring hosted by Dublin City Enterprise Board and I can promise you they are content rich LinkedIn training programmes:

3 April 2012Getting Started With LinkedIn hosted by Dublin City Enterprise Board

29 May 2012 – LinkedIn for Leads and Profits, hosted by Dublin City Enterprise Board

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Boost your LinkedIn networking effectiveness with the LinkedIn Bootcamp

For fun here is an infographic about LinkedIn – I don’t personally agree with the comment about connecting to everyone.

LinkedIn and social networking generally in my opinion, is not a ‘numbers game’ in terms of the size of your network.

I personally subscribe to the view that you should nurture your network and that you define who you want to connect with based on your professional goals.

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LinkedIn research – for B2B companies LinkedIn delivers twice as many leads than Twitter

Have you analysed your most effective source for inbound leads to your business from social networks?

Recent research by Pardot a marketing automation company found that for B2B companies then LinkedIn was the social networking platform that delivered the greatest results.

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Lead generation was ranked as follows:

  • LinkedIn 32 percent
  • Bblogging 27 percent
  • Twitter 15 percent.

Remember to use this as a guide rahter than an absolute – the key action for us all is to learn which social networks are delivering the results we are looking for and enhancing our effectiveness – that might be lead generation for some others it could be brand awareness.

LinkedIn For Sales Professionals Workshop, 6 December 2011, Dublin

This week LinkedIn in Ireland broke the 600,000 barrier – it has seen dramatic growth in the last number of months. The estimated number of members in Ireland is 600,799 as at today.

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Once you have become a member of LinkedIn what next though? How do you get the most out of LinkedIn for your business especially if you are a sales professional.

I am delighted that next week I will be running my ‘LinkedIn for Sales Professionals’ programme in association with the Europa Academy.

Read on below and you will find out how to book your place AND get access to a workshop with Bill Cullen, Jackie Lavin and Brian Purcell of the Irish Apprentice.

Date: Tuesday 6th December 2011

Venue: Europa Academy, Balheary Road, Swords, Co Dublin

Investment: €195.00 per person (10% discount for bookings over 4 people) – Group Bookings of 4 or more receive a 10% discount.

Duration: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Bonus Workshop: By booking your place on the LinkedIn for Sales Professionals programme you also get FREE access to the programme with the Apprentice Ireland team of Bill Cullen, Jackie Lavin and Brian Purcell called ‘100 Ways To Success In Tough Times‘.

Who the Programme Is Relevant For

This workshop is relevant for sales professionals and business leaders who want to discover how to integrate and enhance their use of LinkedIn into their business development and overall sales activities. 

The programme is ideally suited to professionals who are unfamiliar with LinkedIn or have established a profile on LinkedIn but are unsure how to integrate their presence on LinkedIn with business development.

Programme Curriculum

The programme will cover the four point ‘LinkedIn for Business Growth’ programme developed by myself:

Profit From A Professional Profile – how to build a magnetic personal profile so that you attract more business opportunities and qualified leads

Contact Conversion Secrets – how to build your network of strategic contacts and convert those contacts to appointments

LinkedIn Advanced Strategies – how to leverage LinkedIn Groups, LinkedIn Answers, LinkedIn Polls and LinkedIn Company Pages

Building Brand Buzz – how to integrate your LinkedIn profile with your online marketing and social media programme

Programme Preparation and Support

- Prior to attending the programme you will be invited to complete a confidential online questionnaire about your current experience of using LinkedIn in your business

- You will be required to have already established your profile online at LinkedIn.com

- If you wish to get the most out of the programme and update your LinkedIn profile in real time you will need to bring with you your own laptop which can connect to the Europa Academy’s wireless connection.

- You will be invited to an online webinar 30 days after the programme has taken place to support you in using LinkedIn in your business and embed your learning from the programme.

For more information or to book your place, please contact Peter Finnegan on 01 883 9212 or email him at peter@europaacademy.com.

I hope to see you there if you are looking to get more out of being a member on LinkedIn in 2012.

How are American’s using LinkedIn – an infographic from Lab42

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Lab42 recently surveyed 500 Americans who were registered LinkedIn users to discover how they utilized their profile and to see if they valued LinkedIn as a professional networking tool. The survey was conducted online via social networks from July 1 to July 5, 2011 among 500 social media users who are members of Linkedin. 

How frequently do you check into LinkedIn?

LinkedIn considered to be the most important social network reports Performics study

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Performics, the performance marketing agency owned by Publicis Groupe, this week released results from “S-Net (The Impact of Social Media),” a report from ROI Research Inc. (www.roiresearch.com) sponsored by Performics.

According to the survey of 2,997 active social networkers, 59 percent of respondents said it is important to have a LinkedIn account, more than any other social network.

Furthermore, of the study respondents with an active LinkedIn account, 50 percent visit the site at least weekly and 20 percent visit the site at least daily.

While this new social media study shows the frequency of LinkedIn visits decreasing since the height of the recession in 2010 (67 percent weekly and 22 percent daily visits), the percentage of people who deem LinkedIn the most important social networking site jumped dramatically from 41 percent last year to 59 percent this year.

Photo credit – Marketing Charts

Social Networking training: Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for Business – Summer Workshop Series – 28 June, 27 July, 25 August 2011, Dublin

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How are you spending the Summer? I always find it is a great time to take stock of my business so that I start back in September ready for the last part of the year and one of the things I always mae time for is some professional development.

If you have been considering using social networking in your business but have not found the time, why not join me for one of the social networking workshops I am delivering for the Digital Marketing Institute where we will be covering how to use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in your business. This is a perfect programme if you are just getting started with social networking.

The programme is a one day workshop from 9.30am-5pm and is taking place at the Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Early bird tickets are available – the regular price is €197.00 (Early Bird €147.00, enter code DMI50EB on the checkout)

The workshop is running on three separate dates – Tuesday June 28, Wednesday July 27 and Thursday August 25.

 We will be exploring best practice case studies and covering:

- Establishing your goals for using social networking in your business so that you can track the return on investment

- How to use Twitter to attract more leads including:

  • how to increase the awareness and visibility of your business
  • best practice for promoting offers
  • using Twitter to increase sales of your products and services

- How to use LinkedIn to strategically connect to influencers including:

  • how to write a professional profile that will get you noticed
  • the etiquette of building your network online
  • building your online visibility with strategic contacts through participating in LinkedIn Groups
  • developing your company profile on LinkedIn

- How to use Facebook to promote your businesses covering:

  • developing a customised Facebook Page integrated into your overall marketing and sales plan
  • running promotions that comply with Facebook guidelines
  • how to get the most out of Facebook advertising
  • promoting your events on Facebook
  • exploring new opportunities to promote your business through Facebook Places and the forthcoming Facebook Deals
  • how to increase engagement, lead generation and sales through Facebook

- How to integrate social media marketing into your marketing plans

So if you want to make sure that you are using social networking to support your business goals, why not join me for one of these three workshops.