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Ira Bass ~ Your LinkedIn Guy ~ Your Virtual Media Director
Ira Bass ~ Your LinkedIn Guy ~ Your Virtual Media Director

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BOOOOOOO!!!!!!! How is this IMPROVING my experience????

Dear Ira,

At LinkedIn, we're always looking for ways to simplify and improve your experience – helping you be more productive and successful. This sometimes means removing features that aren't heavily used by most of our members to invest in others that members tell us offer greater value.

As such, we're removing the Premium search filters feature that allowed you to apply additional advanced search filters to find people on LinkedIn. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

If you'd like to continue using this feature, it's available on our Sales Navigator platform, which you can now enjoy for a free trial period of 3 months*. LinkedIn Sales Navigator is a product we launched a couple of years ago and is targeted at sales professionals - it lets you keep track of your existing relationships, research your network, and find new leads faster with tailored recommendations.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding your Premium account.

The LinkedIn Premium Team

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Another jammed pack week of LinkedIn workshops and speaking engagements! Here's info on Thursday's Taste of LinkedIn. Would your group like a Taste? http://tinyurl.com/TasteofLinkedInJuly21
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First, let me say how wonderful it was to lunch with +Teddy Burriss today in Charlotte!  Traded stories (a lot) and looking forward to a joint venture in 2016.

Noticed something today.  When receiving a connection request via my iPhone LinkedIn Mobile app, the default message says, "I'd like to join your LinkedIn network".  Requests via my laptop say the old default message, "I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn".  So we went from the person asking you to join their network to them asking to join yours.  So who's network is it anyway???  And why is the phone asking me something different than the laptop??? I'm so confused!!!

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Come on out to Elevate Charlotte's monthly meeting, Tuesday, January 19th where I'll be reviewing the important elements of a well optimized LinkedIn profile.
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Momma always said it never hurts to ask.  And so I did.  As a result I was notified today by LinkedIn that I will be a participant in their new ProFinder Pilot program currently live in SF and NY.  As they enroll more individuals in my region of Charlotte, NC, I'll be included in their test.  

I spoke with a LinkedIn representative for 15 minutes today and she showed me around the platform.  A couple of pieces of insight:

1) Once live those seeking freelancers in a specific pre-determined field, will fill out a form requesting the service.  It then is a first come, first served free for all.  I'll be notified via email and need to respond within 24 hours.

2)  Your existing profile is reformatted to exhibit the elements LInkedIn feels any person looking for you would be most interested in: Picture, Headline, Background Image (which doesn't render properly; we discussed it and she is raising the issue in her next meeting), Location, Website, My Services, A call to action to start a conversation, Summary, Published Posts, Recommendations, Experience and Education (in this order and you are not able to re-order them as you can on your standard profile).

3)  Search for your services is based on LinkedIn's secret algorithm but includes the obvious: keywords and location.  I tried to get more from the rep but I'd probably have to promise her my entire life savings to pry it out of her.  It was pretty funny!

Here's a few Screenshots of what it looks like.  Enjoy!  I'll update you as I learn more!
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The Hits Just Keep On Coming!  Anyone seen this before when someone sends you an InMail?  It's a default message for response.  You can click the X and write your own... Really?!
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Charlotte TV viewers, turn your channel to WBTV this Saturday morning, 1/2 at 6:50am to see Linda Bass and Ira Bass talk about LinkedIn tips for 2016. http://www.wbtv.com/category/132534/morning-news
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Get a Taste of LinkedIn when Connect To Success teams up with the Charlotte Business Journal for a lunch & learn on January 21.  
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Conducting the 1st of a series of private #social selling webinars for Universal Furniture today!  Topic: Creating a buyer-centric #LinkedIn profile. 
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LinkedIn Mobile App Adds Back Personalize Invite. Will You Use It?
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