Posts Tagged ‘LinkedIn’
How to Leave a Group on LinkedIn

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Seems weird right? Who would want to leave a Group on LinkedIn? Well, I would. My business model has changed, and you can only join so many groups, so I needed to clean house in order to gain clarity on my business goals. In addition, I am not afraid to admit that I don’t just friend every Jane and Joe out there. I respect my connections list, as well as the Groups I decide to join. It helps me make the best possible referrals I can. It really has to be about quality over quantity. That being said, I would love to connect with my blog readers. Please feel free to add me as a friend on LinkedIn and tell me you read the blog in your request!

So, how do you leave a Group on LinkedIn. Here’s how:

1. Login and Click on Your Groups under the Groups tab

LinkedIn Groups menu

2. Click on the Group name you’d like to remove

3. Click on My Settings under the More sub-menu tab

4. Click on the Leave Group button at bottom right of page. It’s greyed out. They really don’t want you to leave 😉

You’ll get a confirmation on next page that looks like this:

Hope that helps you make LinkedIn a more productive experience for you, your network and your business.

Tags: LinkedIn
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Your Favorite Deviant Posts of 2010

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Here’s a look at the four posts from 2010 that you guys liked the most. We have a lot on tap for 2011, but we would love to hear what you would like us to blog about this year. Comment below.

1. Democrats Go Social — a post by Taylor on the new branding approach the Democratic Party have taken.

2. 5 Ways to Raise Your Profile on LinkedIn — a brief snapshot of one of our popular Drinks & Apps series seminars. LinkedIN has come leaps and bounds in 2010, and has no plans to slow down in 2011. The social business networking site has features and tools of its own that aren’t always the most user-friendly. We broke down the most popular features, such as Groups, Answers, the Reading List, Events, as well as how to conduct Market Analysis in the space.

3. 5 Great Apps for Start-up Facebook Pages — Our picks for 5 great apps to build out your Facebook pages with ecommerce, blogs, tabs, promotions, sweepstakes, video and more.

4. The Wilderness Downtown — A look at how Arcade Fire and Google experimented with HTML 5. I still get goosebumps.

P.S. That’s my kiddo in the pic. Not sure why the waitress gave him a tiara considering he’s wearing flannel…

Tags: best of 2010, LinkedIn, social media 2010
Posted in Advice, blog, Facebook, HTML5, marketing, social media, Social Networks, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

5 Ways to Raise Your Profile on LinkedIn

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Drinks and Apps

Taylor and I recently developed a series for our local Ladies Who Launch chapter called “Drinks & Apps.” We sit in the historic and kick-ass Point3 Media loft office space in downtown Nashville with women entrepreneurs both seasoned and start-up to discuss, walk-through, and demystify apps, from mobile to web. Sitting around talking about technology and the web may sound worse than a trip to the dentist, but did I mention there are drinks involved? What better way to open up the shy, get to the meat of the question or problem and get down to brass tacks on figuring out how to make these social media networks, applications and widgets work for you.

Our first Drinks & Apps event was last week, and we decided to focus on LinkedIn because a lot ofthe entrepreneurs in the room were familiar with it, even had profiles up on it, but didn’t understand how it was more than a resume holder or how it differed from having a Facebook profile.

While it’s true that the premise behind LinkedIn’s origins was the fundamental notion that people find jobs through people they know – therefore what better way to expand “who you know” – LinkedIn has grown to be a place where you can stay abreast of current topics in your industry, do research on competitors, find business partnership opportunities, get further training, and much more.

Our “show-and-tell”-style walk through the sites and apps we explore and dissect for the group works wonders for their familiarity and comfort level. Here I’ll do a round-up of the top “tell” items that really help those who haven’t yet embraced the power of LinkedIn raise their profile and business in the space:

1. Groups:

  • Join groups in your industry to stay current on trends and issues affecting said industry.
  • Respond to discussions you are interested in and consider relevant to you and your needs.
  • Start discussions, debates, conversations anywhere you see gaps or need answers on a subject.
  • Only start a group if you find that one doesn’t exist already — Search the groups first. No reason to try and build a membership base when there’s probably already one there where you can contribute to the conversation and be seen and heard by more people.
  • Join groups that your clients, potential business partners or audience might join to get a feel for the trends and issues happening there, and how you might fill a need. Go to where they are, don’t expect them to find you.

2. Answers:

  • Questions AND Answers really. This is the place to ask any question you have been trying to find an answer too — What the hell is Ruby on Rails anyway? What’s the difference between LinkedIn and Facebook, and why should I care? Should I join Twitter? What tracking and management tools do you use? Etc. NO question is a dumb question when it’s posed from a sincere place. You would be surprised who will answer you — CEOs from Fortune 500 companies, leaders in their field. You make connections this way, but more importantly, you learn something new everyday.
  • Be sure and return the favor by answering questions, too. I won’t tell you how often you need to do that, but certainly you’ll get more out of it by how much you put into it.

3. Reading List: Add the Reading List by Amazon app to your profile and post books you want to read or have read in your industry. You can recommend, refute, and see who else is reading what out there that you might have missed. Remember, reading is fundamental.

4. Events: Post events, yes, but also FIND events near you or in a city you may be visiting soon. It’s the best way to network offline.

5. Market Analysis: This is where businesses and professionals in your same field post their goods. Read up. Does your resume read well? Is it sharp? Does it show results? Do your homework and update your profile every time there is a change in your world — something to celebrate, a change in title, a new result to post, a status message about an event at which your speaking, etc.

There are many more ways that you can leverage LinkedIn to boost your brand and your business. What has worked for you? What would you add? Tell me in the comments.

Tags: Drinks and Apps, Facebook, LinkedIn, social deviants
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