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LinkedIn Connections Beta Mode: Answered Prayer

By: Viveka Friday April 17, 2009 comments Tags: LinkedIn, Networking, LinkedInExpert

Ask prolific users of LinkedIn the one thing they wished it could do, and they are likely to tell you: "I'd love a quick way to view and organize my connections so that I can more easily select who I send messages, profiles, and events to." Well guess what - though not available to everyone YET (I had to use my friend Rose's Profile as I don't have access to Connections Beta due - I think - to the number of connections I have) LinkedIn has come up with a solution: Connections Beta Mode Used to be you could only sort by industry or city, but now you can classify and tag your connections however you want. You can classify your folks with tags LinkedIn has set up, or with tags you create. (This is going to take and then save me literally hundreds of hours!) LinkedIn as... Read More

Social Media Speaker Reveals: The Tweet In

By: Viveka Sunday April 5, 2009 comments

Social Media Marketing Strategies: The "Tweet In" When: May 20 Where: (or Time: 8 Eastern, 6 Mountain, 5 Pacific Hosts: @LinkedInExpert, @FreeRangeMom, @MariSmith Hashtag: #tweetin Michael Stelzner ( in his " Social Media Marketing Industry Report " set out to understand how, why and where marketers and business owners were using social media. His findings reflect that 88% of the participants are either using social media to market, or plan to shortly. That leaves only 12% who will not be your competitors in the social media marketing world. Social media either already is, or will shortly... Read More

LinkedIn Expert on the

By: Viveka Friday April 3, 2009 comments Tags: LinkedIn, LinkedInExpert, Social Media, Melody Campbell, BlogTalkRadio, Get More Business

The magnificent Melody Campbell , otherwise known as the Small Business Guru (@SmBizGuru) recently had me on her radio show. "Get More Business" Listen to the show here: LinkedIn on Blog Talk Radio There were some excellent questions asked on the radio show . Here is a brief synopsis of the questions and answers. Steven Bates (@batess) asks: What might you suggest are best practices for a small business wishing to establish a corporate presence on LinkedIn? Have all your businesses' employees join LinkedIn Create a company profil e under "companies" Make sure your company has a group Make sure you are active on that group Create a keyword rich word document on your company and ask... Read More

The LinkedIn Expert tells you

By: Viveka Saturday March 21, 2009 comments Tags: LinkedIn, LinkedIn Expert, LinkedIn Invitations, LinkedIn updates, Add new tag, LinkedIn Inbox

So like me you are probably a little annoyed with LinkedIn's new setup. As one Twitter follower said: "LinkedIn is looking a little skinny". What happened to my Inbox? Where are the three "I's": Introductions, Inmails and Invitations? AS a LinkedIn Expert , you'd think they would have told me about this upcoming change. Sigh. That's the problem with being self-proclaimed. Well, Introductions and Inmails are now to be found (where they always have been) in a searched person's profile (in/near the header area). So you have to find the person you want to connect to and then simply hit the "inmail" (paid) or "introduction" link (off to the right) and LinkedIn will walk you through it. But more importantly - where are my invitations, pending accepted or otherwise and can I still bulk... Read More

The LinkedIn Expert Begs You to List All Your Email Addresses on LinkedIn.

By: Viveka Tuesday March 17, 2009 comments Tags: LinkedIn

"Should I use my personal or business email address on LinkedIn?" This question has been coming up a lot for me lately, so I thought I would address it here. Many people fail to list ALL their email addresses in LinkedIn . Either because they are unaware of how to do it, or are concerned about spam. This leads to duplicate accounts what I call LinkedIn Schizophrenia . Having more than one account not only reduces your functionality within LinkedIn (youll get a warning that says you are not the intended recipient of this message when you clearly ARE,) but it is also just bad practice. As for spam, people are only going to see the email address that you make your primary account . So you might consider creating a gmail, hotmail or yahoo account JUST for social media . And... Read More

LinkedIn Tips and Tricks

By: Viveka Monday November 17, 2008 comments Tags: LinkedIn, Networking, Social Media, LinkedIn Expert

Hey y'all (practicing for my trip to South Carolina) So here are a few tips and tricks you might want to take into consideration when building a LinkedIn Profile. Treat your LinkedIn profile like a website. Make sure it is formatted, clean, and most importantly, filled with search engine friendly keywords Create a LI Profile Word template to create and edit your profile. This will guard against spelling and grammatical errors, and can be easily copied into other social media platforms to keep your branding unified. Keep your name clean LinkedIn cant find you if your name looks like this: Joe A Smith ([email protected]) Smith A LION Keep your photo professional. Headshot only. LinkedIn doesnt like logos. ... Read More

Elements of a Good LinkedIn Recommendation

By: Viveka Monday November 17, 2008 comments

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I knew it - check this out!!!

By: Viveka Wednesday November 12, 2008 comments

ReBlog from Helping Others Makes You Hot! Posted by Roger Dooley under Neuromarketing , Neuroscience Research Altruism in humans is difficult to explain with traditional models of behavior, which have focused on competition between individuals for mates, scarce resources, etc. Its undeniable, though, that being willing to help unrelated individuals is a common (though not universal) trait. In past Neuromarketing posts Taxes Arent Painful and The Joy of Giving vs. the Pain of Buying , I wrote about fMRI studies that showed how altruistic behavior activated the brains reward centers. Now, theres new research that suggests altruistic behavior makes... Read More

More Twitter Tips for Newbie's

By: Viveka Tuesday November 11, 2008 comments Tags: Social Media, Twitter, Guy Kawasaki, LinkedIn

I just love Guy Kawasaki, Check out his latest blog with more useful Twitter tips! Tip 1: Follow the smores (social media whores*). They are the folks with large number of followers and seem to be the opinion leaders (and perhaps even heros) of Twitter. You can get a good idea of who they are by viewing Twitterati.alltop , TwitterCounter , and Egos.alltop . There are three reasons to follow them: first, many have scripts that will auto follow you; second, you might learn something from watching what they tweet about; third, when people look at your profile to see who you follow, you want to appear that you have a clue. (*originally coined by @worleygirl who passed it to @pauladrum... Read More

Kevin Houchin teaches TEC friends and members how to utilize WordPress.

By: Viveka Sunday November 9, 2008 comments Tags: Social Media

You gotta love Synchronicity!!! So I was emailing my LinkedIn buddy, uberpreneur Braun Minchner , and we were both talking about how we like these blogsites that look and act like websites. And as incredibly talented and adept as we both are, neither of us really knows how to create them. Later that day I hooked up, via twitter, with the Facebook Doyen, Mari Smith - who has a fantabulous blogsite ( And I once again got blogsite envy. And then I found an email in my spam filter from another uberpreneur, Kevin Houchin (Esq.) Just so happens he is a WordPress expert. What is WordPress you might ask? (Well, I did) Its a blogging application that allows you to create - you guessed it - website like blogsites. Ah, but it doesnt end there. Several hours later... Read More