3 Reasons LinkedIn Recommendations are Better than Endorsements

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For anyone that has a LinkedIn profile, you have no doubt given or received an endorsement for a set of skills over the last few years. But how many times have you erroneously clicked on an endorsement for someone and gone back and corrected or removed it? Have you been asked by LinkedIn if an individual has a particular skill and you said yes without really knowing if it was true? How often have you visited your own profile to see if the endorsements that you have been given are accurate? How meaningful are these endorsements then? Below are 3 reasons formal recommendations are better than endorsements.

Three years ago LinkedIn introduced its ‘Endorsements’ feature. At the time LI lacked the ability to draw people back to it on an addictive basis like Facebook and Twitter so this was meant to be a way to get people to engage and interact with each other on a more regular basis in a few quick clicks of the button.  The problem is this feature was not properly developed and monitored and overtime has become spammed. Now it is now pretty much meaningless. The good news is that you have some editing capabilities and you can move this feature down the list on your profile page. For more information on how to management this section of your profile, click here.

Formal testimonials on the other hand, while they require a little more thought and effort, is a more effective tool, here’s why.

1. The detailed recommendation shows up on your profile and as a permanent record on the profile of the person who recommended you. You have the ability to display, not display or request an edit on any recommendation.

Tip: Move this section closer to the top of your profile page and request several recommendations.

2. You can control who you get a recommendation from and request a testimonial from key individuals in your network.

Tip: Request recommendations from reputable contacts with a large/strong network

3. You can request validation of specific skills that you want to feature about your work or about yourself.

Tip: In your request for recommendation, specifically ask your contact to speak to a particular skill or attribute that you want to draw attention to – i.e., work ethic, attention to detail, team player etc. Round out your profile showcasing various skills and personal attributes.

For more information on how to request or manage your LinkedIn recommendations or for how to provide a recommendation for someone else, please click here.

Remember, people ‘buy’ from people the know, like and trust. Your LinkedIn profile is a valuable portal for potential clients, joint venture partners and recruiters to gain insight into who you are and what your co-workers, colleagues, customers/clients have to say about you. Make sure your LI profile is kept up to date – it’s your digital resume. LinkedIn is still the most respected and visited professional networking site out there.

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Until next time,

Joanne

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5 Tips for Using Hashtags on Facebook

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5 Tips on Keeping Your Online Experience a Good One

Online Security Welcome to 2015! Let’s start the year off right! Many people are aware of the hacking scandal at Sony. Even large corporations can become vulnerable. But while hacking might become more commonplace, why make it easy for someone to make your life miserable? Google published some online safety tips this week so I thought I would share these with you adding some notes where appropriate. Some of these are common sense but as I have learned over the years, common sense is not so common… Here are 5 tips on keeping your online experience a good one.

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Changes Coming to Facebook Business Page Newsfeed

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  1. Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app
  2. Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context
  3. Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads

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Stop Horsing Around and Get Professional Business Support

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Facebook Business Pages – Improved Metrics in 6 Tabs

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Facebook has been rolling out a new version of Metrics for Business pages. You may or may not have received this yet depending on what server you are on. Overall, business owners should find this version more intuitive and easier to understand.  The metrics have moved to a 6 tab format. Here is a summary of the 6 tab layout:

1. Overview

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Canadian Anti-Spam Laws Killed my List

Canadian Anti-Spam Laws CASLAs a Canadian business, you know that the new Canadian Anti-Spam law came into effect on July 1st.

I would like to say that I am frustrated with the way Canadian government continues to try and strangle our business owners. With the ‘do-not-call’ list (we’ve seen how well this works, NOT), fax/telecommunications laws, and now the anti-spam laws, it is making it very difficult for business owners to reach out to prospective clients and build their lists. I wouldn’t mind so much if they were able to inflict this pain on businesses outside our country being able to bombard us too.  I understand the reasoning behind it, but I question their ability to properly govern it. That being said… Continue reading