How many LinkedIn Connections do you have?

LinkedIn Connections help broaden your networking reach!

It is real easy to tell how many LinkedIn Connections you have if you have less than 500. The number shows up on the headline area of your personal profile. But what happens once you reach that magical 500+ number that most people strive to achieve?

Why do you need so many connections?

Part of what makes LinkedIn so useful for anyone is the fact that someone knows someone that might need your services or product. The greater the number of connections, the further your reach is in the LinkedIn network. 30% of the 360m users (as of this writing) are in United States. How can you reach the person you need to reach if you network is small and closely held. Today for LinkedIn to work, you need a minimum of 500 connections. How can you find out how many more than 500 you have?

It is more difficult to find out what that number is. One of the previous versions of LinkedIn used to have the listing of how many contacts you had on the right hand side of your status update stream. When they moved the Home page around, they lost that bit of information.  Now you have to go to your Connections page, click on the settings and find out how many contacts you have there. It will also tell you how many of your email contacts are in your network as well.

Watch this brief video to see where you need to look to find out how many LinkedIn Connections you have.

 

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June 16 LinkedIn Workshop

Join the June 16 LinkedIn workshop to learn how to warm-up cold leads!

Do you need some updates to your LinkedIn profile? LIworkshop200

Everyone needs to spend a few minutes on social media a few times a day. Does that include your LinkedIn profile? You bet it does. Making tweaks and knowing the right updates to make will help you show up better in search results.

Do you need to learn how to warm up cold leads?

Have a meeting coming up with someone you have never met? Trying to find some potential clients?  Find out more about the power of LinkedIn to help you find and warm-up leads. This hands-on LinkedIn workshop is the place you want to be to help you use LinkedIn better. We will go over your profile to help you establish the best use of keywords to be found, how to invite new connections, how to track connections using the CRM function in LinkedIn, and how to use the search features in LinkedIn to your business’ benefit.

When:   June 16, 2015 8:30AM to NOON Includes continental breakfast.

Where:   Valley Industrial Association, 2000 S. Batavia Ave., Ste. 110, Geneva, IL 60134

What:   Bring your laptop.

To register visit http://time2mrkt.com/payment-center

Find the 6-16-15 LinkedIn Workshop Registration $40 Per Person

Type in your name, select Buy Now  You will be taken to Paypal to register.

Questions? Call Dee Reinhardt – 708-822-2152

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Sharing is Caring

Sharing events/promotions and job postings is easy with LinkedIn groups.

Do you participate in groups? One of the ways that you can really score some points with the other group members is to share value. Everyone determines value differently, but if you are always sharing things that point back to you, your services or products, or your own interests, the value that others see may begin to diminish with time.

One group to which I belong on LInkedIn, doesn’t want it’s members to post external links in the initial discussion post. I understand their philosophy. It is a large group and many people are only interested in getting their blog posts out to promote their product, service or thoughts. But, one of the best features of a group is the ability to promote an event or post a job opening.LI group postsWhen you are entering your discussion into a group directly, you can select “General”, “Job”, or “Promotion”. This differentiates the post and puts it into a category that appears at the top of the group menu. If you have an upcoming event or item/service that you want to promote, share it with the group, but be honest about the fact that you are promoting something. Not everything is a valid “Discussion”.

Now, when it comes to jobs, if you know of any job openings, it is great to share them in the LinkedIn job discussion postgroups to which you belong. If you are not a recruiter and posting the job on LinkedIn, just share the link in the discussion post and it will show up in the “Job Discussions” like the picture. If you don’t see jobs, check the job discussions option. You may find something worthwhile that you wouldn’t have found otherwise.

Remember that sharing is caring and you want to share as often as possible in the groups to which you belong. When you are sharing in a group, it also shows up as a status update to your connections!

 

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LinkedIn Hands-On Workshop January 29

Do you need some updates to your LinkedIn profile?LinkedIn Hands-On Workshop

Everyone needs to spend a few minutes on social media a few times a day. Does that include your LinkedIn profile? You bet it does. Making tweaks and knowing the right updates to make will help you show up better in search results.

Do you need to learn how to warm up cold leads?

Have a meeting coming up with someone you have never met? Trying to find some potential clients?  Find out more about the power of LinkedIn to help you find and warm-up leads.

This hands-on LinkedIn workshop is the place you want to be to help you use LinkedIn better. We will go over your profile to help you establish the best use of keywords to be found, how to invite new connections, how to track connections using the CRM function in LinkedIn, and how to use the search features in LinkedIn to your business’ benefit.

  • When: January 29, 2014 8AM-to 11AM Includes continental breakfast.
  • Where: Northern Kane County Chamber office 20 S. Grove, Carpentersville, IL 60110
  • What: Bring your laptop. This is limited to the first 20 people who sign-up.
  • How: Sign-up by linking here – if you sign up by December 31, you will save $5 on the $30 registration fee. Click here to sign up! Select the workshop option that applys, enter your name and you will be taken to PayPal, where you can pay by credit card or PayPal.
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Build Your Network

How can you build your network without having to physically network?

I just read a LinkedIn post from William Arruda advocating that you accept every invitation that comes your way on LinkedIn. Read it here While I totally agree in principle with what he says, I do understand people’s reticence to actually doing accepting anyone and everyone.Broaden your network

For an experiment, I went to my invitation box. It had 328 invitations in it. Almost every single one of them was not personalized. That means that either the person just clicked the connect button too quickly, they thought I would know who they were, or they were just inviting someone from the people I might know section.  I did find a few people that had personalized their invitation that I may have overlooked during a busy time period, but for the most part they were generic invitations.

To follow through on the advice from Mr. Arruda, I decided that I was going to connect with almost all of the people whose invitations were awaiting my response. I added about 170 or so people to my network in about 20 minutes. I received a response from 2 of them relatively promptly, so I could begin to build a relationship with them right away.

One of the reasons that I didn’t automatically connect with the people is because I like to tag my connections for future reference. Read more here.  With this in mind, I tagged all of them with a tag that let me know they were “on-line only” connections.

Another reason I like to keep at least some of these generic invitations in my in-box is that when I teach LinkedIn classes, I like to show people how to “reply don’t accept yet. Read more here.

My mantra when I teach is – It’s not about who you know, but who they know. The broader your network is, the more likely you will be able to connect with a potential employee, employee, or new business connection.

Whatever you choose to do with your LinkedIn connections, it is the best way to build your network without actually having to network!

I invite you to share your thoughts.

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