By: Viveka Wednesday June 4, 2014 comments Tags: New user Interface, LinkedIn's new look, LinkedIn Banner dime, LinkedIn Banner dime, dimentions

LinkedIn Premium Members Get a New Profile Page Banner!

Today (Wednesday June 4th) LinkedIn released - to its Premium members - the option of adding a banner to their personal profile page.  In case you have a Premium membership (folks with free memberships will get it eventually too) and want to add it to your profile, here are the steps...

  1. Go to Profile
  2. Click on Edit Profile
  3. Click on Edit Background
  4. Choose optional backgrounds or upload your own
  5. If you upload your own, it should be 1400 x 425 pixels
  6. Hit save

You can also apply for more stylin' profile backgrounds here: http://specialedition.linkedin.com/custom-backgrounds/  (I'm really starting to love specialedition!)  Check out Kevin Mullet's very colorful and original banner below: www.linkedin.com/in/kevinmullett

Mashable has a really good article on it you should read here:  http://mashable.com/2014/06/04/linkedin-new-profile-deisgn

And my friend Christian shared this one: http://linkedinprofileservice.co/linkedin-profile-tips-advice/spotlight-plan-background-image/

Another really cool thing being offered to the Premium membership is a keyword suggestion box - I think to go along with its new ranking.  Since we lost the  linkedin.com/skills page to find keywords this will be a nice alternative!

And they have a new cheaper Spotlight Premium ($10) membership - I think I'll stick to the one I have, but this is a nice entry level: http://venturebeat.com/2014/06/04/linkedin-launches-major-profile-redesign-new-10-premium-tier-for-beginners/  LinkedIn talks about the new membership here: http://blog.linkedin.com/2014/06/04/stand-out-with-the-new-linkedin-premium-experience/

Also interesting is that LinkedIn has re-introduced the Activity feed  - why that is interesting is because its the first time LinkedIn has removed and then re-introduced a feature.  Also worth noting is that this is one of the first times that LinkedIn has added features and offered them first to Premium members.  And that these features will visually differentiate Free and Premium members (at least for awhile). Up until now all the Premium features have been about use and utility - not graphics.

What are your feeling about LinkedIn's new personal profile banner and about Premium members getting it first?

 

Viveka

About the Author: Viveka

Viveka is author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert”.
CEO of Linked Into Business, she also hosts the biggest LinkedIn chat on Twitter.  Forbes has listed her as a top social media influencer for three years running, and she has been cited in Ragan, CNN, Forbes, Mashable, Simple Living, Bloomberg, LinkedIn's Small Business Site and "The Sophisticated Marketer's Guide to LinkedIn, The Miami Herald, Social Media Today and The Social Media Examiner!

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