Three awesome tools that LinkedIn offers (and they’re free!)

LinkedIn introduces new ways for us to connect all the time – including an app that turns business cards into contacts on their site. How cool is that?

LinkedIn introduces new ways for us to connect all the time – including an app that turns business cards into contacts on their site. How cool is that?

Part two of a three-part series on LinkedIn

Last week, I shared a bunch of stats and advice on setting up your company page on LinkedIn. This is now part two of my LinkedIn series, where I uncover some resources the site offers (no charge) that prove pretty useful. Check them out…

cardmunch app – Created and offered by LinkedIn, this app allows you to take a photo of someone’s business card with your iPhone. Actual humans at LinkedIn transcribe the card into a contact, which is sent back to you to store on your phone. And with one tap (voila!), you can turn that person into a LinkedIn connection. It’s very convenient, but the wicked cool factor it wields in a meeting is priceless. Here’s how it works.

LinkedIn’s blog – I didn’t even know this existed until recently! There’s a ton of actionable items posted there from LinkedIn’s geeky yet highly connective staff—including posts on finding jobs, industry news, articles, infographics, tips and a whole lot more. It’s worth a look every so often, because you’ll definitely pick up more ways to harness the site to your advantage.

Fast, easy surveys – If you belong to a group, LinkedIn offers an easy way for you to do surveys to that group. The site then automatically notifies you of the results. I’ve used this a lot to get a quick snapshot or question answered from colleagues in my field or with a certain specialty. Take a look…

Here’s a group I belong to. When I visit there to do a survey, I click on the right side of the discussion bar. (See yellow arrow and circle)

 

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LinkedIn then prompts me to set up a question with up to five answer choices, and even what type of discussion you want it to be.

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I’ve done these mini surveys on everything from business and industry questions… to gauging professional opinions on issues… to finding answers to perplexing questions I’m facing on the job. The best part: You start getting results back in a matter of hours or sooner, especially with active groups.

Next week, in part three of my LinkedIn blog series, I’ll share a slew of LinkedIn tips and tricks you can put to use immediately.

– Andy Badalamenti is the creative director for CI-Group

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3 Comments
  • Madelin
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    Hi, I’ve been reading your great blog!

    I’m sure you probably already know this,but just
    in case….

    CardMuch is going away. LinkedIn is now working with Evernote to not only scan business cards but pull relevant info from LinkedIn as well.

    Pretty cool stuff.

    12 May, 2014 at 6:28 pm

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