With Linkedin the power of your network includes your direct connections as well as the connections of your connections!
I find the use of social media among artists and other creative business people to be all over the board. Some are quite proficient at using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn as well as other social sites, some have a presence and really don’t know why, some know they need to start and others are not even aware. Social media may not be for everyone but if you have a creative business then you need to take a hard look at these powerful tools.
One of the more interesting social media channels is LinkedIn. According to their website – “Our mission is simple: connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do. The key word here is “professionals” – LinkedIn is not for chit chat. It’s a place where you present yourself as a professional, show your accomplishments and network with other professionals.
When I first started on LinkedIn I didn’t really “get it” or realize its full potential. I signed up, filled out the requested information and when I was done I had what looked like an electronic version of my resume – not thrilling reading by any standard. I found contacts from the schools I attended and people from companies where I had worked in my past. I made a few posts and then sat back and waited without any results.. I pretty much forgot LinkedIn and went on to pursue other social media avenues such as Facebook and Twitter.