This week we take a break from the norm and I answer some of your questions.
Thanks to those of you who have sent questions in, keep them coming as I intend to do more episodes like this in the future.
The following are not complete answers, you will need to listen to the show for that!
Question 1 – Can you explain (in layman’s terms) what 1st degree, 2nd degree and 3rd degree connections are?
This is never an easy question to answer without the aid of a video or image but hopefully I managed to explain it. The picture below demonstrates what I was explaining, note the lack of visibility beyond 3rd tier
Question 2 – What are Groups?
There are over 2 million groups on LinkedIn but you are restricted to being able to join 50 of them. Most groups are ‘open’ but some are ‘closed’ the only difference between the two is that you cannot see the activity (discussions) unless you are a member. Membership is normally at the discretion of the group manager for all types of groups and group managers are normally normal LinkedIn members.
Linkedin groups are one of the best places to engage with people who have similar business interests although as I explain in the podcast, there are many very poorly managed groups.
You get to groups under the ‘interests’ menu where you will be able to search for suitable groups although the best way to find groups is by looking near the bottom of the LinkedIn profiles of people with whom you would like to engage with.
Question 3 – How many connections do I need?
How long is a piece of string?! Seriously though I would normally say that 100 is not enough and over 10,000 is too many! The actual number will completely depend on your market and your objectives for using LinkedIn.
It is important to connect with as many relevant people as you can because this will make LinkedIn a more powerful business generation tool.
What happens if I comment or ‘like’ someone’s status update or post?
This is good practice so I applaud you for doing it! Most people think that by doing so your first tier connections will then see the update but this is only partially true and the real answer is somewhat more complex!
Well that was all we had time for this week, I am happy to do more shows like this if you want me to.
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