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Yahoo! Activity Feed Returns to LinkedIn Profile Pages


LinkedIn ImageAs of May 22, 2014, LinkedIn has brought back the Activity Feed feature to Profile Pages, however this time, it’s in a different location. Don’t fret if you don’t have this feature yet, it will soon be available to you in the near future.  Only activity from the past two weeks will be displayed. To view your recent activity or someone else’s, all you have to do is:

  1. Move your cursor over the  down arrow icon in the top section of a profile as shown in the screenshot below if you are on your own profile. If you are on someone else’s profile, click on the arrow next to your connection’s “Endorse” tab. LinkedIn Profile Activity Feed
  2. Click “View recent activity” as shown in the screenshot above.

LinkedIn Activity Feed Is Back

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If you choose not to have your activity broadcast to your network, you can turn off this feature in one of two ways.

1.  In the top right corner, hover over your photo thumbnail for the drop down. Click on Privacy & Settings.
2. Uncheck the box in your activity broadcast setting under Privacy Controls shown below.

Turn on/off activity broadcasts.

Turn on/off activity broadcasts.

3. Also, click on Select Who Can See Your Activity Feed. Select”only you” as shown below.

The second way to turn off your activity feed from broadcasting to your network takes place while in the edit mode. Here’s how:

1. While in “edit” mode, you’ll see on the right side of your profile a box that reads “Notify your network?” Simply click “No, do not publish changes.”
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Turn off activity broadcasts while in edit mode.

According to LinkedIn, the following updates will be posted regardless of your activity settings:

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LinkedIn: How to Share Ideas, Questions, Articles and Website Links and Why It’s a Good Idea


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LinkedIn is a great platform  to use for both personal and corporate brand awareness.  It operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 300 million members in over 200 countries and territories. If you’re not optimizing your profile and taking advantage of one of the many ways to draw attention to your profile or company page, then you should pay close attention because I’m going to give you several ways to use the LinkedIn status bar for marketing. Here we go:

1. Share a blog post. If you have a blog for your organization – or a personal blog – you can write up a quick summary of the post and attach a link to it in the status bar. It will then be shared in your LinkedIn network and Twitter (if you want to do so).  Remember, your network can then share your latest update, like it and comment on it. This will help propagate the message even further.

I digress for just a minute. Here are some thoughts sharing updates through LinkedIn to Twitter at the same time.

I’m not a big fan of publishing your status updates to your personal Twitter account via LinkedIn for every status update unless the majority of your Twitter followers are colleagues and like minded individuals. Why, you ask? You’re dealing with two entirely different audiences, with different personalities, writing styles and lingo. On LinkedIn, you may have some important work-related intel to share with like-minded connections. While those in a directly related field may express interest, it will likely go over the heads of all those on Twitter.  Twitter is designed to be more of a casual, conversational format. You may want to gain followers by posting a tweet intentionally designed to get a reaction. While random people may love it, your business contacts may get turned off by the “unprofessionalism” of your tweet. Remember, not everyone uses Twitter, so your colleagues on LinkedIn may not know how to read some of the special characters and abbreviations on Twitter.

2. Increase the reach of a press release – When you send out a press release, you can post it through the LinkedIn status bar with a link to the complete news release and your network(s) will get the information that way. Again, your connections can share, like and comment on the status and their networks will get the press release information too.

3. Media coverage or bylined articles – If you  or your company are covered by the media or you write an article for an industry publication, post it to the status bar. Include the link to the article and ask your network to like, share and comment. You would be surprised by the number of people that will help you out if you just ask. If a colleague is mentioned in the article, you can “mention” them or their company by using the @ in the status bar and they will get a notification from LinkedIn they were tagged. More on mentioning companies or people in status updates in this earlier blog post.

4. Promote an event – Hosting an upcoming event or conference or just attending one? In addition to using traditional channels to market your event – write up a short description with a link to the event’s website and send it out through the status bar on your home page or just let people know the event and booth number like in the below screenshot. This post generated 375 views in less than 24 hours (this number is growing by the minute!) and also shows the people behind the V2Soft brand! A good combo for generating engagement.

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V2Soft Screenshot Whos Viewed Your Updates 592014 82939 AM.bmpJust four days later this post is at a whopping 722 views as shown in the below screenshot.

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5. Job Opportunities – Is your organization hiring? Let people know about it by posting an update. Post a brief description of the job and add a link to your careers page. This is a great way to get referrals from your connections!

6. Share Other Information — You can share thoughts, articles or other content-rich websites with others from several places.  You can use LinkedIn Pulse on your home page to share information. The example “How To Generate Qualified B2B Leads With Inbound Marketing, Blogs and… Great post by salesforce.com!” is shown in the below screenshot. I even ‘mentioned’ salesforce.com in my post, so they will get a notification email generated by LinkedIn.

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Whatever you do, don’t do this! It may generate a lot of likes and comments, boost up your profile views for your 15 minutes of fame in the news feed, but it will damage your professional brand in the process. I will hide those posts in my news feed every time. I’m sure I’m not alone.

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How to Post a Status Update on LinkedIn

1. Click into the text box where it says “Share an update” and type in your remark and/or link.

  • Limited to 600 characters maximum.
  • If you choose to update your Twitter status too, only the first 140 characters will be visible on Twitter.
  • Please note: If you have publishing capabilities, there are no limits on word count.

2. To attach a link, type in the URL. Allow a few seconds for a summary to display.

3. To attach a file, click the  paper clip icon on the top right. You can attach files such as PDFs, Word documents, and JPEG images.

  • The size limit for an upload is 100 MB
  • Uploaded images cannot be resized.
  • Your update can include either a file with text, or a link. You cannot share both a file and a link in the same update.

4. Select an option under Share with:

  • Select Public to show the update to everyone in your extended network including your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree connections.
  • Select Connections to show the update to only your 1st degree connections.
  • Select Public + Twitter to have your update visible on both your LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Note: Only the first 140 characters will be visible on Twitter. You can learn more about Twitter on LinkedIn.

You can manage your Twitter settings from the Profile section of your Privacy & Settings page.

An update will be broadcast to your network’s homepage feed. You can select who can see your activity:

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5. Click “Share.”

  • You can also share with groups or individuals once the update is posted. It will show up on your home page under “All Updates” as shown below in my post “Why 55% of Potential B2B Buyers Might Not Trust Your Website Content.” A great article written by Dianna Huff, who is an AMAZING Website Marketing Consultant. Click “share” to post to groups or share with individuals. You can share posts with 1 group or as many groups as you belong.

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Who’s Viewed Your Updates?

An update will remain visible in your side bar under “Who’s Viewed Your Updates” until it is replaced by a more recent update or until it is deleted by LinkedIn. You can even check to see how your update is performing by viewing it on the right hand side of your home page shown below underneath in the screenshot. The 1st circle represents views by your 1st degree connections, 2nd circle represents views by your 2nd degree connections and so on for 3rd degree and out of network views. Also, within each circle you will see different colored dots.  The purple dots will represent ‘views’ and green dots will represent ‘likes’. Hovering over a green dot will show a bubble that will give you more information on the connection or connections who liked your update (you won’t see the viewers, but members who liked/commented.) There is also an option to ‘View Full Conversation’ that you can click on that will take you to the update you have shared. 

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Other Ways of Sharing Updates:

  • From Discussions in your groups.
  • From partner sites like Content Marketing Institute, Wall Street Journal, Forbes or the New York Times.
  • From LinkedIn Pulse.
  • From any webpage when using the LinkedIn Sharing Bookmarklet.
  • From your connections’ updates by liking their posts.

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[Infographic] 12 Things to do After You’ve Written a New Blog Post


You’ve spent a ton of time researching and writing your blog post for the world to see and, hopefully, share. Even the best articles need help getting noticed so the only people reading your blog posts aren’t you and your subscribers. Promoting your blog post is vital to driving social media engagement for your article which will lead to traffic back to your blog.  This infographic by Divvy does a nice job explaining the steps you should be taking after you’ve written your next article.

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4 Ways to Gain Followers on Your LinkedIn Company Page


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If you’re not taking advantage of LinkedIn’s Company Pages, then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to reach an even broader audience and further brand your business online. It’s an opportunity to share your company story, engage with a captive audience, drive word of mouth at scale and highlight your products and services. So, with that said, once you’ve created a Company Page, you need to grow your follower base to promote your company’s products and services and even recruit talent.  The good news is I’m going to give you four ways to do this. The bad news is that LinkedIn does not make this as easy as it could be by automating this process. Ultimately, doing all four of these tactics will be the most beneficial.

1. Right now, the best and only way to directly invite your connections would be to send them a direct message which would include your link (http://www.linkedin.com/company/yourcompanyname)  to your Company Page. You should also include verbiage about your company and why they should follow.

2. If you haven’t already done so, I’d suggest adding the ‘Follow Company’ button to your website. This is easy to set up and another way to grow your follower base. Find out more about how to do this here.

3. You can also add your Company Page URL (http://www.linkedin.com/company/yourcompanynamehere) to your outbound emails and all marketing communications.

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4. You can create Ad campaigns to promote your Company Page and attract new followers. You can engage in advertising to promote your business, product, service, or job openings, with highly targeted, pay-for-performance ads that drive traffic back to your Company Page. You can find out more about this here.

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5. Make sure your company name and logo are added on your personal profile page.  If you haven’t done so already, make you you select a company from the type-ahead menu when adding a position to your profile. Your logo from the company’s page on LinkedIn will display next to the position listed on your profile. If your company doesn’t have a company page on LinkedIn, no logo will be shown. If a page is created for your company after you’ve created your position, you must edit your position and select the company from the drop down list in order to display the logo. You can learn how to create a company page here.

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If you would like to learn more about LinkedIn Company Pages, you can visit Company Pages Frequently Asked Questions and there will be tons of helpful information about the requirements of adding a company page,  company updates and sponsored updates, administrative functions and career pages. If you don’t have the time to tackle this, you can always contact me to provide a quote.

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[Infographic] Linkedin Boasts 3 Million Company Pages~Congrats!


linkedin heart imageAccording to their official blog, Linkedin has announced yet another milestone, more than three million Company Pages. This includes a half-million just in the past 12 months! Here’s a few highlights:

  • Company branding efforts, such as Inside looks and interviews, draw the most engagement.
  • Employment branding and Career Opportunity updates also get the most action.
  • There are 4,000 think tanks on LinkedIn.
  • Over 1,000 pages focus on nanotechnology.
  • There are 490 company names with the words “Ninja,” “Pirate,” or “Samurai.”
  • Mashable has the most engaged follower community on Linkedin.

Check out some other fun stats below in the infographic created by Linkedin:

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[Infographic] Facebook ‘Best Days to Post’ Segmented by Industry


facebook heartWhat is the best time to share content on Facebook for maximum exposure?  Should you post first thing in the morning?  During lunch?  At the end of the workday when people are getting ready to head home? Determining when to post  to get the most engagement is one of the greatest challenges of Facebook page admins. Who’s to say that a post targeted at the retail industry wouldn’t do better on the weekends while a post targeted towards technology fans wouldn’t do better during the work week? Not all Facebook posts are targeted at the same people, so you have to be careful of “general research” about Facebook or any other social media trend. It may not apply to your industry or audience. That’s why this infographic from LinchpinSEO is helpful. The data for this infographic analyzed the user engagement of more than 1,800 Facebook pages from the world’s top brands for the first two months following the implementation to Timeline. The data was collected from April 1 to May 31, 2012 and is organized by industry. For instance, companies considered “general retail” will find more engagement on Mondays (19% above average), whereas nonprofits will see greater success on weekends (14% higher interaction on Saturdays and Sundays.) 

Check out the infographic below and let me know what you think in the comments below.  Do you think you’ll start paying more attention to the timing of your social networking as a result of these findings?

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On a side note, if you’re not sure how your Facebook page is performing and you’re looking to get your  feet wet in the world of marketing, I wrote a post awhile back about PageLever, who launched an app called Minilytics. Minilytics is a FREE app for marketers looking for quick answers to the basic marketing questions of your Facebook pages. This basic analytic’s tool is a great way to get answers specific to YOUR Facebook pages: your best time to post, the number of fans your posts reach, the most popular kind of content to post for your fans and an analysis of the demographics of your fan base. You can get more information on this tool here.

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[Infographic] The LinkedIn Profile–Insight Into the Users of the Professional Networking Powerhouse


Are you surprised that 61% of 500 Americans surveyed by Lab42 chose LinkedIn for professional networking over Facebook at 22%? Probably not. What is surprising to me is that 35% of users check-in daily and 42% update their profile regularly. Only 6% check-in less than once a month. It wasn’t that long ago that professional networking meant printing off your resume, attending job fairs and scheduling coffee dates with old co-workers or friends of friends who could help you land your next dream job. This is not the case anymore. As of January 9, LinkedIn boasts over 200 million members with representation in more than 200 countries and territories. 74 million coming from the United States. Wow.

Check out this infographic by Lab42 to see how these 500 Americans surveyed utilized their profile and to see if they valued LinkedIn as a professional networking too.

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