LinkedIn Feature Update: How To ‘Mention’ People and Companies in Your Status Updates!


LinkedIn-love-imageLinkedIn has recently announced in a blog post that they are slowly rolling out a new Mentions feature in an effort to cultivate a more engaging experience. Sound familiar? Of course it does because it is very similar to typing in the @ symbol followed by a name on Facebook and having a drop down of friends to choose from and Twitter’s mention feature by using the @ symbol in a tweet.

Using the Mentions feature is a great way to “…start conversations with your network while also enabling you to respond in real-time when someone begins a conversation with you,” according to the LinkedIn blog post. This is also excellent news for sales people and small business owners who utilize LinkedIn for lead generation. Now you can easily start conversations with 1st degree connections by mentioning them instead of just banking on the possibility they’ll see your status update in their sea of network activity.

If you find that you aren’t able to successfully mention someone in an update, you may not have the capability just yet. LinkedIn is still rolling out this feature to English-speaking members first and then bringing it to all global members in the future with the promise of integrating mentions into other parts of the site beyond status updates and home page comments.

How To “Mention” a Company Name or Person in a Status Update or Comment

  1. Go to your homepage share box or click comment on someone else’s update.
  2. Type “#” and then begin typing a name in the box. You’ll then see a list of potential people or companies you can mention.
  3. Click a name you want from the list and continue typing your message.

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Note: LinkedIn members outside your network can also be mentioned if they’ve commented on the same update.

After you select someone from the list and finish your update, that person will receive an email and an update letting him or her know you’ve mentioned them. The name will also be linked to a profile or Company Page from your update.

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Who sees my update when I mention a connection or company?

When creating an update, select the audience from the Share with field under the share box. For example, you can share with your connections, all LinkedIn members, or all LinkedIn members and your Twitter account (if you’ve set one up).

  • Updates containing mentions will be shared just like any other update.
  • The member mentioned will receive a notification on linkedin.com and by email.
  • The update may be shared with the network of the person being mentioned.

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How Do I Remove A Mention?

A mention of your name can be removed by moving your cursor over your name in the update, and then clicking remove. This will remove the link to your profile page and no additional notifications will be received for this update. The person who mentioned you won’t be notified.

How Do I Unsubscribe from Emails About Mentions?

The settings for this email can be changed from the Settings page.
  1. Move your cursor over your name at the top of your homepage and select Settings.
  2. Click the Communications tab in the bottom left and click Set the frequency of emails.
  3. Click Notifications and find the Mentions section.
    • Mentions emails can be set to No Emails to turn them off or to Individual Emails to receive notifications each time you’re mentioned.

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A  shout out to Carrie Schochet, Executive Recruiter at the The Overture Group, LLC, for allowing me to use her name and profile as an example for my blog post. Thank you!  The “How To’ section was completed from information in the LinkedIn Help Center.

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How To Schedule Facebook Posts On The Go With The ‘Pages Manager’ App


Facebook Pages Manager AppPages Manager App officially launched in 2012 with an iOS app (the Android version was released earlier this year), and was designed to let admins check on their Page activity, view insights and respond to their audience from their mobile device. You can keep track of up to 50 company service or product pages from your mobile phone. Before launching this tool, Facebook users who needed to moderate pages had to to use the regular Facebook app, but this didn’t give them any administrative controls. 

Some features included with the app are:

  • The ability to delete a post.
  • Content that can be shared include status updates, links, pictures and other relevant media or content.
  • A push notifications option.
  • The ability to filter and regulate content availability  by making it public or private.
  • Access to private messages which can be responded to under the page name, instead of the administrator’s name.

As of recently, you can now schedule a post directly from the Pages Manager AppIf you haven’t taken advantage of the Pages Manager app, you can download it one of two ways: 

Finally, an app that allows  you the flexibility to manage your pages on the go! As promised, here’s how to schedule a post from your mobile device.

To schedule a post from the iphone or ipad

  1. Choose the type of post you want to add to your Page
  2. Tapin the lower-left corner and select the date and time you’d like your post to appear
  3. Tap Schedule > Post

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To schedule a post from the Android phone

  1. Choose the type of post you want to add to your Page
  2. Tapin the lower-left corner
  3. Select the date and time you’d like your post to appear and tap Schedule
  4. Tap Schedule at the top right corner

You can view and manage your scheduled posts by tapping on Filter in the top right corner.

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[Infographic] Google+ vs Facebook–A Guide to Your Brand Page Strategy


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Since its launch about a year ago, Google+ has amassed a user base of 170 million, which makes it the fastest growing social network. A major factor behind Google+’s growing popularity with businesses may be the integration of Google+ pages with the search engine’s results pages. Google+ can expose brands to the billions of people using Google as a search engine every day—something Facebook just can’t offer. Another unique factor contributing to Google’s growing popularity, is  “Google Hangouts,” which are live streaming video chats that allow you to host more than 2 people within a single chat (which makes it revolutionary, and differentiates it from Skype).

Can Google’s social media contender rival Facebook, which is on its way to hitting the 1 billion user mark? It’s a well-known fact in the social media marketing world that Facebook works better in B2C than in B2B. But now it looks like companies should start taking Google+ seriously, especially if they are in the B2B technology sector, according to this infographic created by the folks at Pardot, an ExactTarget company. Citing a comparative study of the two social networks conducted by MarketingProfs, Molly Hoffmeister concludes that they tend to attract a completely different crowd, with Google+ appealing to a more niche, tech-savvy audience, primarily male. Whereas, the average Facebook user is pretty evenly split between men and women focusing on personal interactions over brand content.

Here’s a quick guide for the social savvy and newbie alike to get the gist on  some of the key differences between Google+ and Facebook and how to formulate a marketing strategy for these two social giants.  Google+ or Facebook? You decide which is best for your business.  If you end up deciding to add a Google branded page, here’s some help to get started. And, for more help you can check out Google’s blog.

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[Infographic] What Happens in an Internet Minute?


We are all aware that there are billions of people using the internet every day, but what is interesting about this infographic, is which websites are generating huge amounts of traffic. Intel has done a great job of breaking down the information. For example, 640,000 GB of global IP data is transferred every minute.  Not sure what that means? Me either, until I did some research. Most of the traffic is related to photography and movie-sharing services, as Flickr (20 million photo’s viewed), Facebook (6 million Facebook views and 277,000 log ins) and YouTube (1.3 million video views and 30 hours worth of videos are uploaded.)

Additionally, there are 204 million emails sent each minute. Google is recording more than 2 million search queries in 60 seconds. Twitter processes 100,000 new tweets and 320 new Twitter accounts are created. That’s more than five new Twitter users per second. That’s why creating specific lists will help with all the noise in your news feed and you can read the tweets from the people you want. Here’s a previous post to show you how to create a list on Twitter. Sorry, I digress.

Other interesting numbers from Intel’s report reveal that 61,141 hours worth of music are listened on Pandora. My personal favorite social media site, LinkedIn, which generates 100 new accounts in a minute. Unfortunately with the good, comes the bad. Sadly, it appears that 135 botnet infections occur simultaneously with 20 people becoming identity theft victims. Time to invest in some solid anti-virus software if you haven’t already.

Intel expects mobile gadget sales, such as smartphones and tablets, to continue to rise, thus the data transferred in a minute will keep on rising. More than 1,300 new people buy a mobile device each minute, while 47,000 app downloads are being recorded at the same time. Intel says the number of networked devices out there is equal to the world’s population and is expected to double the world’s population by 2015. Crazy. I’m wondering what this means for our future.

For more stats, check out all the amazing things that happen in an internet minute in this informative infographic by Intel.

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[Infographic] Social Recruiting with Facebook Graph Search


Recruiting Image 2Facebook is testing a feature called Graph Search that helps you find more people that share your interests.  For example, you can explore new places to eat from friends that have similiar interests, plan a trip, start a book club or find a gym buddy. Connect with friends who like the same activities—and meet new people, too. There is currently a waiting list for Graph Search, but you can sign up to get on this list. This infographic, developed by social employee referral management platform, Zao, takes a look at how to use Graph Search as a tool for social recruiting.

If someone were to ask me what platform would I focus on for social recruitment. I would say LinkedIn without a doubt. What is surprising to me, according to this infographic is that 47% of new hires through social media are referred through Facebook, which puts the social network ahead of LinkedIn and Twitter as a recruitment platform. Facebook is  the second most trafficked website in the world, only trailing Google. No less than 85% of internet users have Facebook accounts and this is why it’s time to start building a Facebook presence for your brand now.

More Facebook Job Hunting Facts

  • 1 in 5 of users have had a friend share a job on Facebook
  • 84% of job seekers have a Facebook profile
  • 14 percent search specifically for jobs on Facebook
  • 52 percent use Facebook to help find work

Companies can set up Facebook pages to build a following and post job listings, but almost 50% of users will “unlike” a page if the company posts too many status updates. This is why searching for candidates directly through Graph Search might be a better way to target people who might be interested in a new career.

Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about recruiting on Facebook. Do you have a social media recruiting success story? Do you think it as effective as traditional recruiting? Let us know in the comments.

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Are Your Facebook Cover Images and Ads Violating Facebook’s 20% Text Rule?


facebook heartFacebook recently has made some changes to the guidelines of cover photo’s, page post ads and sponsored stories in the news feed. Basically, you can’t promote images with more than 20% text in them. How do you know if you’re violating Facebook’s guidelines? In my opinion, it’s hard to tell unless you are a graphic designer and have the natural ability to eyeball the graphics. I found a handy tool that will help you quickly determine if you’re in violation. Facebook will also be releasing a tool to help quickly determine whether your image satisfies the 20% limit. In the meantime, check out the Promotheus app.

With this tool, you can check the “20% of text” compliance of your cover image, promoted page or page post and sponsored stories. As stated in Facebook Advertising Guidelines: ” Cover Photo’s, Ads and sponsored stories in News Feed may not include images comprised of more than 20% text.” Though the guideline says that the restriction relates only to News Feed, we suggest you check your ad images appearing in the sidebar. These ads may appear as sponsored in the News Feed and that might be a problem. This new policy replaces previous policies around calls to action, price or purchase information, etc. It only applies to cover images, feed eligible Page post ads and sponsored stories (including links, offers, and mobile app install units) – it does not apply to market place ads. Additionally, brands can still post images with more than 20% text on their timelines; they just can’t promote them with paid media.

Here’s how to check your images:

1. Type in your Facebook business page URL  or Upload an image.

2. Click ‘Get Image’ or ‘Upload Image.’

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3. Next, click on the area (rectangles) where you have text. The Promotheus app will let you know what percentage of your graphic has text. If you’re 20% or less, you’re all set.

More Cover Photo Guidelines

Just in case you didn’t know, cover photos may not contain the following information:

  • Promotion, price or purchase information. You need an app for that. For example, “40% off,” “Download it at our website,” or “Free cover page design all month.”
  • Contact information. For example, your web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page’s About section.
  • References to user interface elements. For example, Like and Share or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features.
  • Calls to action. For example, “Get it now” or “Tell your friends.”

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[Infographic] How Users Interact on Pinterest


Pinterest-Yellow-Brick-Road-InfographicIf a picture is worth a thousand words, then Pinterest is the biggest dictionary. As of recent, Pinterest hit 10 million U.S. monthly unique visitors faster than any independent site in history. An increase of 2,702.2%! It has experienced exponential growth since bursting on the social media scene in 2011 and had the largest year-over-year increase in social desktop usage, social web usage and social app usage.

And how do users spend time on Pinterest?  They spend most of their time pinning pictures on their boards, 83.9%, followed by liking other pins (15.5%). The engagement on Pinterest is not that strong, only 0.6% of users comment on pins. Moreover, 80% of the content shared on Pinterest are re-pins of pictures from other users. In terms of gender, females still dominate Pinterest’s usage, making up the overwhelming majority of the audience – more than 80%. It has been proven that more women than men spend money online. A large portion of women even buy all their clothes on the Internet. In fact, Pinterest pins with prices get 36% more likes than those without.

If you’re looking for interaction and traffic, then Pinterest is not such a bad option to pursue. The site has a strong community and is steaming with activity. You can easily strike up a following if you’re active. This infographic will give you some detail on how users are interacting with pins, boards, other users and brands on Pinterest in order to grow your following on this social networking site.

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As a side note, over 1/5 of Facebook-connected users are on Pinterest daily, which represents more than 2 million members. (source: AppData) If you have a Pinterest business page, you can add a Pinterest app to your Facebook business page for free. Check out Woobox, the #1 provider of page apps for Facebook.  It’s a free tool and the process is simple to connect the two accounts. Also, if you do have a Pinterest business page, feel free to leave your page URL in the comments section. I’ll be sure to check out all the pages. Virtual networking is another great way to build your followers and increase the awareness of your brand.

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