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Introducing the New LinkedIn User Interface [UI Makeover]

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the new LinkedIn user interface (UI)? You may be trying to figure out how to do or access some of the things you are used to on LinkedIn. In this article, I will outline the changes to the new UI so you can become accustomed to what’s changed, what’s lost and what’s still available. While it certainly looks like we lost more than we gained with LinkedIn’s UI makeover, there is still plenty of functionality to help professionals, sales people and marketers to find, connect and build relationships with their ideal clients. If you are comfortable with the user interface and are looking for help to modify or update your lead generation or social selling strategy, keep checking back as I will be covering this soon in a future article. Below you will find my complete breakdown of the new LinkedIn user interface. What’s Changed with LinkedIn’s New User Interface (UI) Home Page While the new home page contains many of the same elements, it has a clean, new (almost Facebook) look. The look of both free and paid accounts is similar with the only difference being the Premium identification at the top of the […]

LinkedIn Membership Levels: Free vs Premium vs Sales Navigator

Over the last couple of weeks, I have received numerous emails and messages asking me questions about the differences between the LinkedIn membership levels, Premium Business Plus and Sales Navigator Professional. In fact, many people currently using Business Premium Plus want to know what benefits are left to having this account level or if they must upgrade to LinkedIn Sales Navigator to be able to accomplish their lead generation and social selling goals. I have put together a breakdown of the different features and tools included in each LinkedIn membership level, the cost and how they can be of benefit to you. Free LinkedIn Membership Let’s start with free LinkedIn accounts, as I have had plenty of questions come in from community members regarding the LinkedIn free membership. With so many important features gone, many are left wondering if LinkedIn is still useful with a free account or if they now need to pay for it to remain worthwhile to invest their time and resources in. With the removal of the Notes & Tags feature and the downgrade of the LinkedIn Advanced Search tool, lead generation has become more work with the free account. Not only must you use outside tools […]

6 Things Sales & Marketing Have in Common with Farming

While the old analogy, “what you sow is what you reap” probably comes to mind, you might be wondering just what other sales & marketing wisdom can be taken from digging in the dirt. You might be surprised by the similarities, not just in processes but also of the mindset needed to be successful. Sales and marketing today are very different than they were, even just a few years ago. Your ideal clients now have plenty of choices easily available to them and access to the information that will help them make that choice. If you want them to choose YOU, you need to give them a good reason. You need to be easy to find, you need to stand out and most importantly, you need to make it very clear why you are the only choice for them. So how exactly do you accomplish this? You do this by building a relationship and establishing trust with your ideal clients. Oddly enough, building trust and relationships is a lot like farming. Here are the six stages of farming and how you can take these lessons into your sales & marketing to be successful – and yes, fruitful. 6 Sales & Marketing Takeaways From […]

10 Signs You Just Friended a Predator on Facebook

Have you connected with someone on Facebook that immediately starts private messaging you? Did they feel like a creepy online predator? Does this new Facebook friend appear to be interested in you very quickly? You are especially vulnerable to predators on Facebook as this is where you share so much personal information and pictures of your self, your life and family. Online predators love pictures; in fact, they are creeping your pictures right now. Online predators aren’t just men, there are female predators out there as well. They usually have a different goal which is to swindle you out of your hard earned cash. However, in this post I’ve created a public service message for women where I’ll share signs of male predators you need to watch out for. As someone with a public profile and over 13,000 combined friends and followers I have seen this first hand many times. I’ll even admit to getting conned by an online predator myself, but then again, I couldn’t know all of this information had I not. So here are the ten signs you need to watch out for to ensure you can spot a Facebook predator. Below them you will find an […]

LinkedIn Advanced Search Now Only Available with Sales Navigator [Tutorial]

Have you used LinkedIn’s advanced search to find people and/or companies for lead generation? With LinkedIn’s recent changes they have removed most of the advanced search functionality. This move is essentially forcing those that are using LinkedIn for lead generation to upgrade to Sales Navigator. In this article I am going to provide an in-depth look at how to use LinkedIn Sales Navigator’s Advanced Search as part of your lead generation and social selling process. Many within my community have expressed frustration at having to modify their lead gen process with the recent changes to LinkedIn. I am happy to report that only slightly modifications will be necessary to your existing process if you use Sales Navigator. Because it is a LinkedIn product, it already looks and functions similar to what you are used to. There are also additional benefits to using Sales Navigator as this product is built for the purpose of lead generation. You should be able to create an even more efficient and effective process using it, as you become more familiar and fine tune your process. The biggest downside is the cost. But, depending on what a sale is worth for you, it will be worth […]

LinkedIn Sales Navigator Tutorial

LinkedIn is an amazing tool for lead generation. Unfortunately, with the removal of the Tags & Notes with LinkedIn’s new user interface, this makes the lead generation process less efficient and effective. If you have taken any LinkedIn or social selling training with me, you will know the process I teach relies heavily on this feature to keep you organized and on track with your lead gen. I have spent the last couple of weeks researching alternative options for my community as to replace this lost feature. In my last article, I shared an affordable option to replace the Tags & Notes feature called Dux-Soup. This tool will work best for those who have a limited budget or those who are just starting out. If you have a large account and are doing a serious amount of lead generation on LinkedIn, you will need something a bit more robust. This is where LinkedIn Sales Navigator comes in. You can you import your existing Tags & Notes into the system (although it is not without issue, which I will explain in more detail) and you will also be able to once again do advanced searches. Here is a breakdown of how to […]

LinkedIn Changes Tags & Notes: Here’s Your Alternative

LinkedIn has made some big changes and anyone I have taught how to use it for lead generation will need to make some changes on how to stay organized in their lead gen efforts. You may have already noticed the big warning at the top of the Relationship Tab section, LinkedIn will soon be removing your ability to save tags and notes for each of your connections. Quite frankly this is terrible news. If you are actively using LinkedIn for lead generation, this will severely impair your ability to do so, especially efficiently. I have been researching potential solutions, and while none will be as efficient, effective and affordable as LinkedIn’s own Relationship Tab was, the two options I am going to share will help you to continue your lead generation efforts going forward in the future. In today’s post, I am going to share an affordable and user friendly option, the Chrome plug-in called Dux-Soup. This will work best for those who have a limited budget or those who are just starting out. In my next article I will dive into LinkedIn’s own Sales Navigator. While more costly, this option is ideal for anyone who is doing a serious […]

5 Elements of a Successful Social Media Profile Picture

In any lead generation or social media marketing campaign, you need to put your best face forward. Are you ready to wow potential clients, partners or employers with a headshot that makes you look like a professional in your industry? The first and most important thing you need to remember is that first impressions are everything, especially online. You have seconds to make an impression before they size you up and move on. While your profile photo should be professional, you also want it to reflect your personality and personal brand. It can also be a good idea to use the same profile image on all of your social media profiles. This not only ensures consistent branding but also helps make it easier for people to recognize you when they see your profile image on each of the different social media platforms. Establishing a professional, branded presence starts with a great photo and here are five elements of a successful social media profile image, to ensure that you make the right impression in your lead generation or social media marketing campaign. Key Elements Of A Successful Social Media Profile Picture 1. Have a clean or monotone background The best wildlife photographers hone in on […]

Blogging Tips, Tactics and Trends: Survey Results

Are you looking for the most current blogging tips, tactics and strategies? Do you want to know what the pros are doing when it comes to content marketing and blogging? Keeping up with the latest trends and tactics on blogging can be daunting, however our friends over at Orbit Media Studios recently shared the results of a survey, which included over 1000+ bloggers and their take on creating blog content for your business. This seemed especially timely as 2017 approaches and it is time to start planning your content marketing strategy for the upcoming year. These results will show you what is working successfully for the top bloggers right now in terms of time, length, frequency, promotion and measurement. While I am not suggesting that what works for the majority will work for your content efforts, these results can give you a great place to begin, especially if you are just starting out or are not seeing the kinds of results from your content that you want. I encourage you to experiment with your approach, to find what will work best for your industry, business and community. Remember that quality is more important that quantity. Here are the results from […]

9 Qualities to Create Compelling Content Marketing

Content marketing has been around for a long time however it’s being talked about more and more. Content for your business may mean blog posts, graphics, videos, live streaming or podcasts. Have you ever wondered what you could do to help improve your ability to create content that is regularly shared and engaged with by your community? I am going to share with you the nine qualities successful content marketers have that allow them to consistently create amazing content that is eagerly consumed and shared by their communities. It is important to remember businesses that are successful at content marketing likely did not start out with all these qualities, but often developed them over time. You too can work to develop these qualities for yourself to improve your content and the success of it. Here are the nine qualities that successful content marketers share and how you can build these qualities in yourself and/or your team. 9 Essential Qualities of All Successful Content Marketers  1. Passionate Passion is a vital driving force behind creating great content. It is why you will consistently create awesome and valuable content for your community. Your passion is important as it is tied into why […]