Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?

Subject: Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?
From: Mark Giffin <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:36:13 -0700

Good points Chris, I do see a lot of value in sheer quantity of contacts, and not just on LinkedIn. No argument at all. I try to do that in general and there's no reason not to do it on LinkedIn too.

You say LinkedIn offers video tutorials on how to use it? Can you point me to them? In the LinkedIn help center (not real obvious to find) I saw no links like "Getting Started", so in the search box I typed "get started with linkedin". The first result was "Accessing LinkedIn APIs". Second was "Contacting a Salesperson for Ads". There appears to be nothing about getting started, video or otherwise, on the LinkedIn site.

Of course googling "get started with linkedin" returns jillions of links to people's opinions about how to get started with LinkedIn. Who are all these experts on LinkedIn, and where do they get their information? Is there some secret manual somewhere?

Mark


On 7/22/14 11:08 AM, Chris Morton wrote:

Yes, Mark, a subset of the connections will be useless. But as one who has
worked trade shows and job fairs, what kind of a return do you get on all
of the printed collateral (e.g., business cards) you distribute? In
pre-Internet marketing, you were considered at the top of your game if you
got a 2% return. As I wrote earlier, I'm careful about connecting with
those who are working professionals within the industries I've worked (and
would like to work), as well as the regions in which I'm interested in
working now or in the future. For example, I don't cultivate connections in
Mid-America (e.g., Iowa), as I'm not interested in ever working or living
there. (An exception to this rule might be an opportunity to connect with
Warren Buffett of Omaha... you get the drift.) I also avoid the obvious
aggressive product/service marketers and those running a sole
proprietorship (e.g., photographer, nail salon owner) who don't meet my
criteria and have little or nothing to offer in the way of networking.

To paraphrase another forum member just wrote, "You never know where your
next assignment is going to come from." It's been my experience that this
is 100% true, and I've had both short-term contracts and multi-year,
full-time gigs come to me in the strangest of ways.

If you want to limit your LinkedIn marketing exposure and lose out on this
most valuable aspect of being a member, by all means do so. But if you are
actively managing your career and are always on the lookout for your next
opportunity, then you might want to take a longer look at all that LinkedIn
can do to help you further your advancement. This includes the numerous
video tutorials they offer, showing you ways to work their system you may
not have previously considered. In Harvey Mackay's vernacular, it's "How To
Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive."

Chris

On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM, Mark Giffin <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote:

I've been thinking about Chris's post below. Especially this part:


"The more connections you make, the more your name (brand) appears on the
scrolling Updates feed."

This fits in with what I perceive LinkedIn to be. Chris also says he sees
it as a numbers game, which also makes sense. It's obvious to me that many
people are doing this. So it's a form of advertising, which is fine with
me. But it also means that connections you make on LinkedIn tend to be
pawns to get you advertising and have only short term value. And then you
have a big pile of apparently useless connections. I guess you can just
continue on and collect many thousands of connections. I have trouble
seeing long term value in many of these connections. Is there any?

It seems to have characteristics of a "bubble" or of monetary inflation,
where something with actual value is at the bottom, but it's covered with
mountains of useless stuff.

Mark

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References:
LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?: From: Monique Semp
RE: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?: From: Peter Hirons
RE: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?: From: Chris Morton
Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?: From: Mark Giffin
Re: LinkedIn invitations - accept "unpersonalized" ones ?: From: Chris Morton

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