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Using Linked In to Build Your Professional and Personal Network—plus 50 websites to do things faster, better or cheaper...

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  • The Power of Personal Connections*: Using to Market Yourself and Your Business
    • Presented by:
    • Mary Bahr
    • 09/30/09
    * Plus, 50 Fabulous Free websites to help you do things faster, better cheaper.
  • Source: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2009/the-hierarchy-of-digital-distractions/
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    • Largest B2B social network: founded in 2003; 42M members; 1new member per second; 50% outside US
    • All Fortune 500 represented; over 4M small businesses
    • Increase visibility, improve Google page rank & search engine results
    • Increase connectability: locate people from your past, present & future
    • Research companies & people (staff movement, hiring turnover, job descriptions)
    • Give and get — ask questions, answer questions, write recommendations
    • Promote yourself and your business with added apps, website, blog visibility
    • Scope out the competition, potential customers and employers
    • Keep track of job movement and people within your network
    Why use
    • Must Do! Strive for 100% complete profile (click “complete profile” button to see how complete your profile is: follow instructions to get to 100%)
    • Must Do! Use the “professional headline” for more than your current title: use it to describe yourself (see Basic Information section)
    • Should Do! Use “current status” (AKA “Facebook” field) to raise your professional profile: e.g.: what are you working on?, what are you reading?, what are you attending?…Current status updates appear in your network’s email updates
    • Make your profile and work experience as complete as possible: it will bring more potential connections to your attention
    • Your LinkedIn profile should complement your resume, not duplicate it; what do you want people to know “behind” your resume?
    • Must Do! If you’re a business owner, create a business page for your business NOW ; it increases business’ credibility & visibility
    Maximize Your Experience
    • Must Do! Edit your public profile URL to your name; add this URL as a hyperlink to your email signature: people you email can instantly look you up
    • Add your websites and blogs to website listings: list up to three (you could also list causes you are involved in)
    • Applications add functionality and visibility to your profile: select ones you’ll use (I love: Amazon Reading Lists, SlideShare and Blog Link, but choose what works for you and your business)
    • Give and get recommendations strategically: however, do not give recommendations that you would not give in “real life”
    • Join groups that will complement both your professional and personal interests
    • Ask questions when you are trying to solve a problem or find a solution: particularly if you are looking for something specific
    Maximize Your Experience
  • Use description for more than your title Strive for 100% complete Formatted profile Personalize your URL
  • Email signoff includes hyperlink to LinkedIn profile
  • My Lucky Strike Extra! The Fast Fifty Websites* that will help you do things faster, better and cheaper (*and they are almost all free!)
  • google.com/alerts Google might take over the world! They have free apps galore that can help your business immensely. These are just a couple of the best… stay on the lookout for Google Wave! What are they saying about you on the web? Track it and your competitors…
  • google.com/adwords What are the hot words on the web right now?
  • google.com/analytics How does your website rate?
  • google.com/trends What are the hot topics right now? Use this app to make your blog rank higher, your website more relevant…
  • google.com/reader Keep all the blogs you follow in one place; sort and save functions very helpful
  • dimdim.com Free web-conferencing and audio bridge for up to 20 people
  • websitegrader.com Free SEO tool: easy to use and understand; also has facebook and twitter graders; How does your website score against your direct competition? This will tell you and tell you exactly how to improve your score.
  • instapaper.com Save web pages you want to read but don’t have time to now in one central place! Read later icon in toolbar…
  • tinyurl.com Create short URLs with one click: indispensable for FB and Twitter: add app to toolbar
  • posterous.com A phenomenally easy blog/website platform. Email whatever you want and it’s instantly posted to site.
  • hetemeel.com Personalize pictures to send or use in presentations: fun but functional
  • imagechef.com Similar to hetemeel; great time waster
  • “Getting Things Done” Davidandco.com: David Allen’s process: GTD The god of productivity gurus…his email management ideas are gold…
  • 43folders.com A David Allen disciple: great productivity tips and tricks
  • thefourhourworkweek.com For those of you who love Tim Ferriss, or really hate him; either way he’s interesting and provocative, and urges us not to waste our personal time and resources
  • itunesu.com Get the equivalent of a graduate degree in anything…Classes available for download on any subject from some of the best universities in the world
  • Trendhunter.com Keep track of what’s hot around the world: great free reports on worldwide trends
  • charlesandmarie.com My favorite shopping site: their Soupe du Jour: a product offered for only one day, is fabulous
  • bagsnob.com Need I say more? Can any woman have too many handbags?
  • mint.com Integrated personal money management site
  • someecards.com For those of us who prefer snark to sincerity.
  • trademarksearch.com A government site that actually works.
  • brandsoftheworld.com Logos, logos and more logos
  • Printwhatyoulike.com Save paper: print only what you want from a web page
  • lifehacker.com Productivity tools and tricks: particularly involving technology
  • zenhabits.com Good advice for those of us over-scheduled, over-worked people
  • mashable.com Stay up to date on what’s going on in social media, and it changes daily
  • ted.com Give yourself a gift and listen to at least one TED talk a week. Share on Facebook and LI, share your favorites with friends and colleagues
  • presentationzen.com Stuck with powerpoint? At least try not to suck so This will help your presentations not suck quite so badly
  • findsounds.com Free SFX. Can be used in ppt!
  • visualthesaurus.com Note: trial is free, website is not. If you write, you’ll love it
  • thesaurus.com
  • clichefinder.com Sometimes that cliché is right on the tip of your tongue…find it here
  • smartbriefentrepreneurship.com Links to the best articles for entrepreneurs. Many other smart brief editions available.
  • digg.com See what other people find interesting on the web and vote yourself
  • stumbleupon.com A huge timewaster, but loads of fun
  • groupon.com Great deals, if enough folks sign up
  • tripadvisor.com
  • iltrafficalert.com Set up alerts based on your own schedule and route
  • opentable.com
  • openforum.com From American Express: great resources for small business owners.
  • dailybeast.com A somewhat snarkier CNN. Good columnists that you won’t find elsewhere
  • alltop.com An aggregator of great information on almost any topic. Try here first rather than wikipedia…
  • evernote.com Capture everything from a web page to photo to clipping and keep it all organized on your computer. Premium version is worth it. Syncs with smart phone.
  • godaddy.com Easy, cheap URL purchase, web hosting and more.
  • whois.net Find out who owns a specific URL and how to contact them.
  • pagesix.com Gossip, gossip, gossip.
  • gethuman.com Get around horrid customer service via phone.
  • mailchimp.com Free email blasting service!
  • Flip mino Not a website, but the coolest, smallest, easiest HD camcorder. Stores up to 2 hours of HD video. Connects to computer via USB.