Are you using or playing with LinkedIn?

Why LinkedIn?

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What is the benefit of this platform?

Is it just a professional Facebook?

Is there a point to it?

The above are just some of the comments I receive on a daily basis when I ask people “Are you on LinkedIn? Can we connect?“; and it makes me wonder why people are not seeing how we can all have something that is just so much more than a Professional Networking Platform. It has grown so much from the early days when, yes, you could say that it was just platform to look for a job, but even then it was so much more.

How do I explain this? I can’t fully because I am not here to tell you why you should be using it but highlight some ways and how you can help yourself in so many ways. Just think, when you search the internet, it is to find information on anything and everything. Well with LinkedIn, I can undertake many things including….

  • search for companies and see what they are like, do they deliver what I (or my clients are/) am looking for, what information to share, do they have someone there that could benefit myself or my clients?
  • search for information that I am looking for – call it doing a professional Google search for what I need. Yes I know I could just Google it, but doing it here, I get information from the people within my network, so the chances are it is more update and valid than just a Google search with results driven by SEO!
  • should I meet someone at an event and want to discover more about them and their company, I can undertake a quick search and see what they are saying and connect with them
  • where am I and what is generating that people wanting from myself? Well, yes you go to your website and use tools that will show which page they viewed, where they came from etc – but for me it is their “Who viewed your profile?”facility. Why? Simple, I get a breakdown that shows:-

– Who has viewed myself
– Are they level 1, 2, 3 or outside of my network
– What industries are they from?
– Where did they come from? For an example, a recent search showed that my viewers were:-

  1. United Kingdom – 890
  2. United States – 478
  3. India – 119
  4. Canada – 51
  5. Australia – 35
  6. Netherlands – 35
  7. France – 33
  8. China 21
  9. Pakistan – 20
  10. Germany – 19
  • Having groups that I can actively take part in and communicate in, whether with my Peers, Competitors or people I have never interacted with before

The above are just a few points to consider but there many other points to consider, such as extra to tools to help (and yes I do use most of these) you fully utilise LinkedIn as explained here in this article called “8 Great LinkedIn Tools For Business” written by Pam Dyer and published in Social Media Today. Some of these 8 tools are so very key and important for me in so many ways that helps me to keep engaged with my connections; they include:-

Also, one that is not listed but I do use every day is LinkedIn Contacts, which really does help me engage with my connections in an in-depth manner. So these are just a few points and I haven’t even gone into Company Pages or Showcase Pages either. Or, I haven’t even mention the benefits of how you can search for your target decision makers to help with your sales growth. Just think of the above as the main filling to your cake and these points I haven’t gone into as being the icing.

Also, I have met on-line with LinkedIn (and been fortunate to meet some in person), some truly amazing inspiring people, who have helped me both personally and professionally to move forward. Now, does it do anything else?

Well, yes, some of my connections whilst they do have a website, they actually put 95% of their effort into LinkedIn and when people ask them to explain about their business, they drive (direct) people to their LinkedIn profile 100% of the time as it clearly shows them and what they do. A good example is Richard Sink who does this and it truly creates so much more understanding for his prospective clients when they come back to him to ask about working with him and his team.

I do hope this as given you some thoughts as to why you should be using LinkedIn and in my opinion why this platform is developing into such a strong all-purpose tool, that it should be one of the first Social Platforms you name as being in your portfolio – I would say it should be one of your Top 3.

[Please note – this article was written by myself and portrays my thoughts and observations only, they don’t represent the views of LinkedIn or neither have they or anyone else paid me to write this Blog Post]

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Getting Engaged and learning from children…..

Change of plan……

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I was all set ready to press send on my blog but then I reflected on events at the weekend, yesterday and items that appeared on my LinkedIn profile this morning…. so, I will have to leave wearable technology, communications and other things to another time….

On Sunday, I was at a birthday party for Joey who was one and there was a wide range of adults there, with all together around 20 children ranging from younger than Joey up to about six years except for his cousin who was eight. The amazing thing when you stood back watched these children play, there was something that we all lose as we grow older…..

engage, interact and fear

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Taking these in stages….

  • engage – none of the children sat or stood around, they were just going up to each other and talking. Asking their name, want to play, what are you doing….all things that come natural….
  • interact – all the children were very much about playing together helping one another and even the older ones say around four to six were going up and playing with the under two’s….
  • fear – this is was that I was surprised at! There were balloons everywhere and they were playing with them in different ways from football to throwing them in the air then…..BANG! Someone burst a balloon and there was screams of laughter followed by them trying to burst more…..

However, let’s skip forward ten years or more to the adults, they ranged from eighteen through to late forties and if you take the three points above, let’s compare…..

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  • engage – the adults just mostly stood or sat at the sides hardly talking to anyone unless it was someone they came with or their child…
  • interact – the adults only interacted with other’s was when it was time for the food. All the children gathered at the table to sit or went with their parents to get their food. Whilst either in the queue or the table when everyone was together, the adults started to interact. Then food finished and the children started to play, it stopped! Only when the games started, only then did the interaction start again……
  • fear – this was the surprise! The children were bursting the balloons and there was shrieks of laughter yet the adults let off screams of shock and panic and then moaned how they didn’t like bangs!

So what went wrong? What happened over those ten years or more? Where did we lose this engagement, interaction and gain this fear?

Thus, I was thinking about writing about this event later this week or next week, but yesterday I saw so much about people posting comments on Twitter and LinkedIn all virtually about the same or similar topics. When you looked at who had liked, favourited, re-tweeted or shared these items, quite often people were the same and had posted new items on virtually the same topic. Yet, none of them commented on the other’s streams! Why not?

What did I speak about above? Engage and Interact…..yet this was lost! Why?

To create a new article without acknowledging the person where the idea came from or commenting on their item, I find strange – why didn’t you engage or interact with them?

The art of engaging and interacting seems to be disappearing more and more with our society and something we need to rebuild. Whilst I have my up’s and down’s (mostly up’s I will say) with LinkedIn and things they are doing, lately they have changed, especially over the last six months. They are truly building a facility were they are encouraging engagement and interaction. Some examples are:-

  • LinkedIn Contacts – this App has truly taken me to another level when it comes to engaging with my connections
  • LinkedIn Pulse – this news facility that replaced LinkedIn Today, lets you share all the latest news with your connections
  • LinkedIn Influencers – By getting some big names to write articles which are informative and educational helping you not only to learn, but take the articles, share them and engage with your connections and starting interacting with them….
  • Blogging/Post writing – Following on the success of the above, LinkedIn is now opening up the facility above, to enable you to write your own blogs and articles and thus engage with connections and beyond by writing these articles and creating the opportunity to interact with such a wider audience….

Michael Kinnear wrote an excellent status update  sharing an article entitled “How LinkedIn Quietly Built a Massive Media Empire” written by Dave Kerpen. Michael’s article clearly knows how to engage and interact in a clearly straight forward way. In the opening paragraph about Dave’s article’s, Michael tagged Dave in – clear engagement, interaction and furthermore acknowledgement!

Then, if you read through the article, you will see that Michael continues to interact and engage with the people commenting on his article but taking it a stage further! He actually looked and took notice of this update by taking a stage further by seeing who had commented and then engaging and getting involved with them.

I must admit, I missed this article (so I hadn’t even liked, shared or commented on it) from Michael (even though we are both 1st line connections) but when replying to people, he included myself. Why? Michael was highlighting the fact of engaging and brought me in asking for my opinion. I was both flattered and intrigued but maybe this was because Michael may have been reminded by my strap line on my profile

Helping you develop and grow by “Engage – Collaborate – Influence” – Your Advisor, Connector, Influencer and Introducer” 

who know’s but Michael, engaged with me by mentioning myself and thus getting me to interact with him, his connections and the people who commented on his article…

So, take a step away, look from the outside in on your Social Media profiles and see how you engage and interact – are you?

Go back to what I said at the beginning – think of the children at the birthday party on Sunday….

ENGAGE

INTERACT

and……

have no

FEAR

Hide your fear and start interacting and engaging with your audience. This will help you not only be more involved with your connections more but also with other people who comment on your articles or ones you commented – these could become future connections, prospects and clients….

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Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers in Houston 2013 1-50

This is a very informative way Eric shows on how to really leverage using Twitter

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Influencers.jpg Houstonians are proud. We’re Texans, we’ve got great sports teams and our economy has remained strong throughout the recession.

Our city is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation, and is consistently ranked among the top in business, energy, technology and medicine, yet Haydn Shaughnessy’s list of the top 50 Power Influencers in Social Media fails to list a single person from Houston.

Most of us have been to plenty of Crystal and Lantern Awards ceremonies where we’ve seen great marketing and social media campaigns recognized for their ingenuity and effectiveness. We know there are great social media professionals in our amazing city, but who are they?

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Is the Cloud really needed?

Aren’t Clouds just big white fluffy things in the sky?

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What is”The Cloud“?

Is “The Cloud” an important tool to me or my business?

Should I care?

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Oh, so you are talking about my computer or internet enabled mobile telephone connecting to the internet then?

Whilst in a way yes you could say this may be the case, but it is much bigger than just that simple statement….

The wonder of The Cloud is that if anything happens to your computer or your telephone, all your data is stored in a safe place allowing you to replace the data you lose (that is if you are backing up on a regular basis) or if you move from one place to another, all the data is there, so you don’t have to think, “Oh damn, I left it behind in the office…..

Whilst that is just a plain and simple view of what you could say The Cloud is, you need to start thinking of the much greater wider picture. In the future, when we are all moving from place to place, wanting to share either personal or business data/information with other people or having this data somewhere for us to access it – whether this be music, photos, files, etc, etc – the importance of The Cloud will become apparent more and more….

Take your Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram or Twitter for example, you share you details of what you are up to and access the information to share with other people and this is being undertaken like what the cloud can offer you.  So, look at your email, this is now changing with Microsoft moving from Microsoft Office to Office365 and Google are using their gMail facility which again is another by-product of cloud hosting.

So imagine in the future, your company is wanting something manufactured in Asia but you want to send details of what is happening with drawings, photos, etc, etc; yes you can be emailing all this back and forwards, but by using The Cloud, you are all sharing and accessing a virtual filing cabinet of all this information. Think back years ago, when companies actually, designed, manufactured and made things on a single site, all documentation was stored in the file room or archives. The Cloud is just a modern-day version and now we have the ability to do this and so so much more…..

So are you ready and starting to really embrace The Cloud?

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As the above highlights, whether Data Storage, Emails, CRM, the opportunities for The Cloud becoming an everyday part of your business and life is happening and you need to be ready to embrace…..

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR…….

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Who or what are Fund Managers, Traders and Investment Managers?

Self serving or Greedy?

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Is the technology industry really being held back the greed of Venture Capitalists, Investment Bankers and Speculators?

Recently there has been an abundance of “Money” people appearing in the news, on the radio and on television over the last weeks talking about Apple, Blackberry, Facebook, Google, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola and Yahoo amongst many technology and Social Media companies, saying that this needs to be done, this needs to be sold, break this company up, is this the right person etc, etc…..

Hello – why?

Oh, the reason is simple! You are greedy and just want to make money for yourselves in double time! Make money for your clients to get your bonuses plus get rewarded by expanding your client base and all your media appearances and impressions more like!!

As many people  – including myself – have written about this on numerous occasions! Just let’s look at a recent examples…..

  • investors criticising Marissa Mayer for under-performing with generating sales at Yahoo and that was this a signal that Yahoo was going in the wrong direction and maybe she wasn’t doing well! What? This is the person that in the 18 months or so that she has been in charge at Yahoo, she has increased the share price by around 141% – is this not a success? Now who is smart? Marissa Mayer and Yahoo of course….
  • Google moves in the limelight by buying Motorola for $12.5 Billion and everyone thought wow they are moving into mobile phones and then they go and sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.9 Billion along with 2000 patents! Analysts jumping all over the place saying what a mistake Google have made and losing nearly $10 Billion – how wrong were they! Firstly analysts then remembered that Google had already made a deal selling the Motorola set-top box division that when added to the Lenovo deal produces nearly $6 Billion – short memories as they raved about what a good move it was selling the set-top division!  Then later that day, analysts, bankers, investors, etc,etc start releasing details that had been in the public domain starts to finally came out, Google was left with over 15,000 patents! Best not explain what patents are as you will think of money and completely miss the point! Oh and plus during all this deal, they got a sharing deal with Samsung which produced a deal where neither party would sue each other over Patent’s! Now who is smart? Google of course….
  • Then of course there is Lenovo, and such confusion with them here too! Excellent news of Lenovo buying IBM‘s computer division a few years back and disappointment when the IBM‘s small server division sale to Lenovo fell through. Yet joy when that sale reappeared and completed last month together with the above purchase from Google too. Yet now, with rumours circulating that Lenovo will possibly make some more purchases including today’s rumour mill (2012/02/05) that they are likely to announce purchasing the VAIO Computing Business from Sony – what is happening? These same people are now saying too much debt, more borrowing, share dilution, etc, etc… Hang on a minute…. Lenovo has a history of buying divisions or companies which couldn’t make money or are starting to lose money and turning them into profitable operating divisions with Lenovo

There is a bigger picture forming around the Technology and Social Media and this is not money – or is it? Let’s see, companies need to grow, they need to invest and develop new products that are open to two markets. Yes “Money Makers” there is two markets – business and consumers – which need to be both keep separate and in some cases together. So why do you interfere where you don’t understand how business works….

You are slamming mismanagement as to how things have happened at Blackberry yet you are the ones that compared it to Apple and killed the business but blamed management!

Blackberry has always been a business tool over a consumer tool and the majority of all its income came from large Corporate and Government contracts – yet hey….Apple comes along and then you compare it and kill it!

Let me give you a quick lesson………..

  • Blackberry was a telephone with web access and the ability to work with Microsoft on a variety of levels via two platforms in which was the secure network and hence it was used by Governments and Financial sensitivity businesses
  • Apple, was a computer which ran a different computer system to Microsoft and they tried to compete but lost by having to finally allow software that would make Microsoft Office products workable on Apple computers. Then they launched a portable music device – iPod – which then was aimed at the consumer market. Yes the CONSUMER market! With the growth of this, they then looked at adding camera and telephone technology to it and hence the iPhone was born! The Consumer was happy as they could do so much on the move and if you actually look at the iPhone today, you will see that the majority of iPhone‘s usage is actually leisure usage. (A quick lesson for you, leisure time is something we try to find when we aren’t working which I know may be a foreign concept to you!)

So, by you saying that Blackberry is not doing well when comparing the numbers of their handsets against the iPhone, you were comparing figures from High Street telephone retailers – not like for like! As stated above previously, Blackberry‘s are mostly sold by Business (b2b) telephone companies, who do not sell to consumers. With you slating Blackberry and their products (look again at what you did by comparing the Playbook to the iPad) – you destroyed the brand and blamed the management!

Over the last fifteen plus years, you have killed and potentially ruined so many companies by falsely comparing them to the consumer market, commenting on products and services that you don’t understand and trying to make a quick buck by forcing companies to sell divisions which they have then had to buy back later which has cost them more money then they made! Oh, wait you guys made money, so I guess that is OK then…..

In summary, stop being greedy and self-serving Banks, Bankers, Investment Bankers, Investors and Venture Capitalists – leave Social Media and Technology alone….

Social Media and Technology will only grow through development and innovation via the people within these companies and technology experts and users.

Thus, if you want to understand the industry, talk to myself or any of the other experts here that are around with knowledge within Social Media and Technology and we will, by all means, happy to educate you – as you clearly need educating……

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