LinkedIn Contacts - Part Two

By: Viveka Friday May 3, 2013 comments Tags: LinkedIn Contacts, LinkedIn CRM

Why LinkedIn Contacts is Such a Big Deal


If you haven't already done so, sign up for LinkedIn Contacts at contacts.LinkedIn.com.

There have been a ton of articles already, if you want to read about the release, I've listed them below.

Here's a quick intro video I shot:

Let's chat a little bit more about why I think Linkedin Contacts are a BIG DEAL!.

Personal Assistant


Koka Sexton Contacts

LinkedIn is making a big deal about the personal assistant aspect of contacts – and you know what, I think they're right. I have hired VA's to do less for me, and the intelligence behind the new contacts app is a timesaver.

The conglomeration of all your contacts, calendars, and even communications in one place is ingenious. Now if they could just add a scheduler and an updater like HootSuite – I'd be the happiest girl in the world.

But I'd settle for a nice cup of coffee :-)

The Social CRM?

The Social CRM?


I love the ability to take notes on my connections, make a note about where I met the person, but more importantly schedule reminders. (I would love it if the reminder feature linked with my calendar and allowed me to actually choose the time of the reminder, but this is a great first step.)

reminders

The Social CRM?

Follow -Up:


I've already mentioned the reminders which are great – but I really like the other two features mentioned in my last article, Recent Conversations and Lost Touch.

You can read about them here: http://linkedintobusiness.com/linkedin-new-contacts-feature-1/

If you suck at follow-up like I do, you're going to love these features. I've already been more successful in my weekly follow-up with contacts, and reengaged with long-lost buddies which directly resulted in increased income. Yeah LinkedIn! And you don't even have to pay for it.

Tagging:


TAgging

 

 

 

 

 

LinkedIn's had tagging for ages. But now it's just easier to do. It's all in one place. The only downside is that you can no longer send messages to tagged groupings. Stay tuned on other downsides in my next article.

Remove Connections:


Finally, as I mentioned in my previous article, we can remove connections again. Woo hoo. Now there is something I'm going to have my personal assistant do for me while I make a trip to Starbucks :-)

Want To Learn More About New LinkedIn Contacts?


Miles Austin and I will be doing a free webinar on LinkedIn Contacts next Tuesday  (May 7th) at 9 AM PST, noon EST.  Click HERE to sign up!

More LinkedIn Contacts Resources:


Where to get it: http://contacts.linkedin.com/

iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/linkedin-contacts/id635424128?mt=8

LinkedIn’s Take: http://blog.linkedin.com/2013/04/25/introducing-the-new-linkedin-contacts-a-smarter-way-to-stay-in-touch-slideshow/

Mashable: http://mashable.com/2013/04/25/linkedin-contacts/

TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/25/linkedin-turns-its-contacts-section-into-a-personal-assistant-with-google-yahoo-evernote-outlook-apps-integration-and-a-standalone-iphone-app/

CIO Today: http://www.cio-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=003000CCWG2L&full_skip=1

Small Biz Trends: http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/04/new-linkedin-contacts-personal-assistant.html

Contacts for Hoteliers: http://aremorch.com/2013/04/30/linkedin-contacts-the-crm-tool-that-simplify-hotel-social-network-collaboration/

CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-33692_3-57581484-305/linkedin-contacts-looks-to-boost-relationships/

Great Intro: http://thelinkedinman.com/1801/contact-connection-or-client-linkedin-contacts-is-coming-to-help-you/#wp-comments

 

Why do you think LinkedIn Contacts is a big deal? Or do you?

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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