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New Features for LinkedIn Company Pages

LinkedIn LogoThere have been lots of changes happening for Companies on LinkedIn by way of their Company Pages.  If you haven’t heard the news, here’s what you need to know.

 

First, there are over two million companies who have claimed their pages on LinkedIn. What are you waiting for? And, if you have a page but it’s been a while since you put it up: take a new look!

 

In addition to the overview, you now have the ability to add Careers—if you use the job posting service—and Products & Services. Here’s where it gets good!  You can now segment by audience demographics what people see when they look at your Products & Services tab.  Can I get a WoW!? How do they do it?

 

More Control Means More Opportunity

Take a look at the screen shot below. Notice the entries on my LinkedIn profile. It’s entirely User Generated: Location, Industry, Seniority, Company Size, and more. It’s what we share that determines what we see. In fact, this is the only place I know of where the company can segment what people see that does not depend on cookies or opt-ins. It’s brilliant!

 

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Your company page is another outlet for your brand advocates to connect with users through social media.

 

Want to see it in action? Visit our Company Page on LinkedIn, or the Social Media Sun company page. You’ll notice a subtle new layout. The overview is still there. But rather than seeing the employees first, you’ll see Company Updates. Employees in your network are now below the updates, meaning you see relevant company news first. Be sure to follow companies that you are interested in to help you stay informed.

 

Market Your Products on LinkedIn

Next, look above the Company logo, and you’ll notice tabs, once the company populates them. Careers if the company lists jobs on LinkedIn, and Products & Services—or just Products OR Services, depending on the company.

 

Now, before you click on the Products & Services tab on our page, think about your own demographics. Are you in High Tech in Australia: or in Oil & Energy in the US? Your demographics based on Company Size, Job Function, Industry, Seniority and Geography will determine what you see first on our Products and Services page. In the former you’ll see the product description and banner below; if the latter, you’ll see our 1-2-3-Rock program highlighted.

Company Page Product - Integrated Alliances

The Products tab gives you the chance to step it up a notch for users who are truly interested in learning more about your brand.

 

I feel like a TV commercial, “But Wait! There’s More!” Once you have 100 followers (get them now while the getting is good!), you can also target your status update messages. This can be an entirely different demographic than the audience you select for your Product & Service tab.

 

Improved Targeting Features

Let’s say you are based in a specific geographic area. You want to announce a special in one area; but you don’t want to inundate all your followers all of the time.  With the targeted audience, you can drill down to metro area. The catch is… your update must target at least 100 people, as shown in the screen shot below. If I target all of North America, my update will go to 377 followers. OK. But if I want to send a message just to our followers in the Greater Denver Area, only 60… so no go, I have to add more options to get that number up.

 

LinkedIn Targeted Updates

Targeting becomes more important as your customer base broadens.

 

You can see how important “gaining followers” is becoming in the world of LinkedIn for Companies. There’s even more services for companies available now, like Company Page Follower Statistics and Company Page Insights, an enhanced look at your company for viewers. Admins also now have enhanced Page Statistics and Follower Statistics. And more is on the way.

 

LinkedIn is actively working to enhance the ability of companies to experience a powerhouse of opportunity on the LinkedIn platform. Where other platforms have tried to provide networking options for companies, no one else has the audience and exposure offered by LinkedIn.

 

So what are you waiting for? If you have a company, now’s the time to act. B2B or B2C makes no difference. LinkedIn is an environment rich in success stories of business getting done. If you have a Company Page, post your How-To questions below and we’ll work through getting it right together. As always, I’ll check back, follow your company and answer your questions.

 

Lori Ruff

Lori Ruff is a business speaker and trainer. Known as the LinkedIn Diva, she has nearly 30,000 connections on LinkedIn, and is one of the top 10 most connected women on the network. Check our Lori's latest video training series, Rock LinkedIn.

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8 comments

  1. I really need to work on adding a Product to Social Media Sun’s product tab!

    • Don’t worry Adam… I’ll help!  Let’s schedule a 45 min call to get the new features up to snuff or you. 

      • The problem I have is that we don’t have a product yet! lol, In due time I think we’ll have something that fits, would love to get your input. 

        • Dude!  What would you call Social Media Sun?  And your blog roll?  Services count and you also serve guest bloggers… let’s talk. There might be another way to educate your customers and garner traffic, likes and recommendations that you’re not seeing immediately.  I can’t draw, but I’m very creative when it comes to “how you look”.

  2. writerlisamason /

    Interesting Lori! I’m going to have to log in and check this out. 

  3. Awesome, I guess I need to pay more attention to those notification emails that Linked In sends when they modify features…  Except for the part where I haven’t ever seen one….

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