I wasn't sure exactly how. I was never going to be looking for a job - but low and behold, it has been one of the most powerful marketing tools on the planet. Few platforms have been able to achieve what LinkedIn has achieved in a B2B environment.
From a recruitment perspective, I take it with a grain of salt. People make up stuff to get jobs or to try to influence perception.
I have had a love hate relationship with LinkedIn. As they changed algorithms and capabilities, it has at times been quite frustrating for me. When publishing first came about, all of a sudden my blogs went through the roof. One received a modest 76,000 plus readers and thousands of comments, but many of those were deleted (possibly because they had swear words in them).
Then nothing. LinkedIn possibly stopped pushing my blogs and that became the issue and many of my friends who have few connections on LinkedIn say that they never see the blogs I write anymore. It must be an algorithm issue.
LinkedIn now has no meaning in recruitment for us, nor for blogging, and even our company page which has a modest 7,300 connections (we never push this) - doesn't play a big role in our business.
But what does is something that we learned from a company Salesloft a few years back, when they were scraping LinkedIn for databases and consequently LinkedIn changed what they did, and allowed people access to email address of people they are connected to.
When you end up with a database that LinkedIn freely gives you that hits tens of thousands, all of a sudden you are in business. If you can take the time to segment that database, you will truly develop a good base to start communicating with, and as relationships develop, you will be able to fine tune who you can do business with, refer business, employ in the future or ask relevent questions to. The bigger you build this database - pre LinkedIn closing this option down, your business and you will benefit immensely.
Some things that you might like to do to enhance your profile:
LinkedIn allows you to be a publisher of your own material. More than anything, it reinforces your opinions, thought-leadership and your area of expertise. Use LinkedIn publisher to:
In general, LinkedIn is brilliant for:
Don't discount this medium even though it is now over-cluttered and trying to be everything to everyone, for lead generation and increasing your connections. Importantly, export email addresses because at some point, if LinkedIn doesn't clean up its act, it may be disrupted by another new platform that is more authentic.
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