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LinkedIn Training Course

LinkedIn Training from the B2B social media expert & best-selling author of "Social Marketing to the Business Customer."
4.1 (303 ratings)
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14,494 students enrolled
Created by Eric Schwartzman
Last updated 1/2015
Price: Free
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 hours on-demand audio
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to Optimize your Profile
  • Tips and Tricks for Accelerating the Growth of Your Network
  • How to Hide Your Connections
  • How to See Who's Been Viewing Your Profile
  • How to Evaluate a Linkedin Group Before You Join It
  • Group Networking Best Practices
  • Generate Leads in Linkedin Answers
  • Embed Profile Badges on any Website
  • Embed Share Buttons on any Website
  • Crowdsource Industry News
  • Use Sign-In with Linkedin Buttons
  • How to Use the iPhone Linkedin App
  • How to Use the iPad Linkedin App
  • Branded B2B Social Networks
  • B2B Social Networking Strategy
  • Managing B2B Social Networks
  • The ROI of B2B Social Networking
  • And much, much more
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Learn to use Linkedin effectively and responsibly in this definitive Linkedin Training Course.

Learn how to use Linkedin for business, how to use Linkedin for job searches and get tips on how to use Linkedin for social recruiting in this comprehensive online social media training course packed with training videos and tutorials by the coauthor of the first book on B2B social media.

Leverage the world's largest online professional network with more than 200 million members in over 200 countries and territories, 2 million company pages and corporate hiring managers from 85 of the Fortune 100.
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
5 Lectures 16:24

Find out what's included in this online social media training course on how to use Linkedin for business.


Find out what makes Eric Schwartzman's social media trainings different.
About this Instructor

Find out what previous attendees of Eric Schwartzman's social media trainings have to say about his courses. 

Promotional Materials

What you need to know before you take this course.


Introductory tour of the main menu options in Linkedin.

Basic Tour
17 Lectures 01:05:26

Set up and edit a professional profile on Linkedin.


How to get a memorable custom Linkedin URL and where to use it.

Vanity URLs

See who's been viewing your profile, and block what others see when you view their profile.

View Visitors

How to view someone else's contacts, and how to hide your own.

View Contacts

How to accelerate the growth of your network with web mail sync.


How to find, sort and message your Linkedin connections.


How to grow your Linkedin connections through signature blocks and Gmail.


Intro to Linkedin profile badges, which can be embedded on your blog, corporate bio page or destination website.
Here's the link shown on screen:

Profile Badges

Screecast demo show how to find, generate and embed a Linkedin profile badge on any blog or website. Here is the link to the Linkedin profile badges page:

Badge Embed Demo

Finding, sorting and evaluating Groups. Connecting with Group members and Group settings.


Sharing and engagement best practices in Linkedin Groups.

Networking in Groups

Messaging Linkedin Group members, even if you're not connected to them.

Messaging Group Members

The benefits of connecting with coworkers, colleague and competitors.


LinkedIn Today

How to embed a Linkedin Share Button and how to use it to share to Linkedin Groups.

Share Button Embed Demo

LinkedIn Twitter Integration

How to increase web conversions with a Linkedin Sign-In Button.

Button
2 Lectures 12:16
Mobile App

How to use the Linkedin iPad App.

iPad App
5 Lectures 26:58

How the SAP Community Network increases sales and reduces their cost of goods sold.

Branded B2B Networks

How to determine what kind of B2B social networking strategy is right for you.

B2B Networking Strategy

Learn the key character traits that effective B2B online community managers possess.

B2B Community Managers

Industry research on the return on investment of Linkedin for Business.


Additional resources for mastering Linkedin.

Next Steps
Supplemental Resources
5 Lectures 03:01:19

Overview of additional supplemental resources available with this course.

Supplemental Resources

If you’re a B2B marketer looking to fine tune your Linkedin marketing strategy, this podcast is for you.

You’re going to get tanglble, applied Linkedin marketing tips and learn Linkedin marketing strategy from the company’s own developer advocate Kirsten Jones (@synedra), who blogs at Princess Polymath.

In this lecture, she discusses the technology behind Linkedin’s marketing strategy for extending their services beyond their website and helping members take their credentials with them wherever they go online.

With more than 135 million members, and 4 million new members joining each month, Linkedin is the world’s third largest online network and in this podcast, she tells you everything you need to know to mastermind a smart Linkedin marketing startegy. Linkedin’s goal is to connect to world’s professionals and make them more productive and successful and one way they do that is by making it easy for members to leverage their Linkedin professional profile and network of contacts on third-party websites and in mobile environments.

Kirsten speaks at conferences and meetups to educate and engage developers with the LinkedIn API. She has given presentations at various events, including the Silicon Valley iOS Developer Meetup, the Semantic Web Meetup, the DataInsight Hackathon and Silicon Valley Code Camp. Her talks range from overviews of our platform to hands-on workshops. She's comfortable speaking in front of small and large groups, and is an engaging and entertaining speaker.

Topics addressed:

  • Presdo Match Linkedin Integration for Connecting at Le Web
  • Demographics of Linkedin’s user base
  • Linkedin’s competitive values: Identity, Insights and Everywhere
  • Linkedin Homepage, Linkedin Today and Linkedin Groups
  • Linkedin’s Javascript APIs and REST backend
  • Linkedin’s prebuilt, easy to integrate Plugins
  • Integrating Linkedin into trade show and conference websites
  • Integrating Linkedin into recruiting websites
  • Linkedin Company Insider Plugin at
  • Linkedin’s iPhone, Android and Blackberry mobile apps
  • Information Storing Kerfuffle between Monster and Linkedin Linkedin Plugin Builder

This lecture was recorded at Le Web in Paris.

Linkedin B2B Social Marketing Update

Korn/Ferry International [NYSE:KFY] Executive Vice-President of Corporate Affairs Don Spetner talks about the impact of Linkedin on the executive recruiting industry, nurturing contacts using social media and the death of the cold call.

This interview was conducted as research for the my book with Paul Gillin "Social Marketing to the Business Customer," the first book about B2B social media marketing.

Topics addressed:

02:52 - Impact of Linkedin on the executive recruiting industry.

05:07 - How social networks solved the single, biggest challenge of recruiting, the hard lesson Korn Ferry learned with Future Step and Linkedin's ability to give recruiters and hirers access to passive candidates who are not actively searching for a job.

07:35 - Impact of Linkedin on Korn Ferry's business.

12:45 - “We think the finding of candidates is becoming commoditized,” says Don. “The real value comes in helping clients assess the fit of a candidate and follow in services to help them retain and maximize the performance of the candidate.” Korn Ferry is the only search firm with an online assessment tool designed to analyze how candidates think, and their emotional make-up.

18:27 - The art of nurturing and maintaining contacts using social media.

21:04 - How Linkedin has replaced the cold call in the recruiting business.

24:20 - Where Korn Ferry is headed.

25:30 - Advice to those seeking high-profile jobs.

26:50 - Can job seekers use social media too aggressively?

How Social Media Killed the Cold Call

Managing online communities isn't always all it's cracked up to be.  Sometimes, things go a little sideways. That's just what happened to me.
I have always been impressed with Rachel Happe's deep subject-matter expertise in the area of online community management. 
She has invested a great deal of time and energy thinking about and helping others figure out how to actively manage online communities, even in some of the toughest, most delicate situations.
Having recently had some challenges of my own participating in a Linkedin Group set up by Kim Albee of Genoo and managed by her intern, I decided to share my situation with Rachel, get some guidance and see what I could learn.
And learn I did. So will you, if you listen to this epsiode.
Not many organizations are brave enough to leverage communities to market themselves. Content marketing is still a safer, and easier to grasp approach. But for the organizations that can pull it off, generating leads, building awareness and making a market -- particularly for considered purchases with longer sales cycles -- via social networks makes a lot of sense, because it’s a way for the market to come up to speed and self-educate, which is less expensive then direct sales and has the added credibility of learning through a peer, rather than through a sales person, where it typically takes longer to establish trust.
In this audio resource, Rachel Happe (@rhappe), principal and co-founder of the Community Roundtable, an online resource for community practitioners, discusses:
  1. Why B2B communities are more sustainable.
  2. Peers are more trusted than authority figures.
  3. Strategy for participating in someone else’s community versus your own.
  4. Value of differentiating service offerings through social networks.
  5. Using online social communities to prequalify prospects.
  6. B2B Online Marketing Linkedin Group managed by Kim Albee, president of Genoo
  7. What makes a good community manager.
  8. Community for information sharing versus engagement.
  9. Eric’s guest post on Scott Monty’s blog.
  10. Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook are important for  awareness and consideration, but late stage buying decisions are more likely occur on niche networks.
  11. Should community managers be held to the same standards as community members?
  12. Is posting relevant links to a community a good way to stimulate conversation, or is requiring members to post only questions a better way to germinate discussion?
  13. Do communities with user ratings make it easier to assess the community without having to invest the time and learn first hand?
Managing B2B Online Communities

Considering launching a B2B social networking site for your organization?
You've come to the right place. 
In this audio resource, Mark Yolton, Sr. V.P. of SAP Community Network tells you almost everything you need to know about what it takes to launch a successful B2B social network.
The SAP Community Network -- a B2B social networking initiative nearly 2,000,000 members strong and growing at a monthly pace of 30,000 new members spanning 200 countries and territories worldwide -- has been recognized by the Altimeter Group and SiteIQ as one of the most successful business-to-business social networking sites in the world.
Yoltan reveals SAP's winning B2B online social networking formula that has resulted in 6000 posts per day, 1 million unique visitors per month and 200,000 contributions by celebrating imperfection, profiting from surrender, improving product performance through user ratings and building deeper professional relationships through personal interactions.
This interview will be incorporated in a book I am writing with Paul Gillin on business-to-business social media engagement. If you are aware of other instances or case studies involving the successful use of social media for business-to-business online communications, please leave a comment here. We are interested in interviewing others with experience deploying social media communications channels for measurable business gain.

Topics addressed:

01:42 -- Using a social network to deliver value to different stakeholder groups including customers, partners, the sponsoring company and individuals.
03:54 -- Building brand loyalty through social networks and more compelling business benefits of sponsoring a social network.
04:20 -- Why customer-to-customer communications is a significant benefit of social networks for business-to-business applications and the key to stimulating peer-to-peer activity.
06:34 -- How to determine what type of information is appropriate for sharing within a B2B social network without compromising the sponsoring company's competitive edge.
08:42 -- Why a corporate social media policy tailored to the sophistication of the employee base is a critical component of effective business-to-business social networking. SAP has published their Forum Rules of Engagement and Blog/Community Guidelines.
11:21 -- Using a wiki to include employees in the development of a corporate social media policy.
12:24 -- The strategic criteria by which SAP decided between establishing a branded B2B social networking community versus a public B2B social networking community. Note: While SAP used their own software, branded communities can also be built using tools such as Ning, while public communities are commonly hosted on Web 2.0 sites like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
15:35 -- Deepening business relationships through Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and B2B social networks as adjunct to a core, branded, B2B social networking site.
16:25 -- The advantages of branded communities over Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and which companies are not candidates for managing their own branded, B2B social networking community.
19:04 -- The types of roles or job functions within the organization and generations predisposed to participating in a social networking B2B environment.
21:10 -- How to decide which sections of a B2B social networking site should be public, and which areas should be private.
24:33 -- Conducting edge work through mentors, who are nominated by the community and do not work for SAP. The use of exclusive access and private areas to seed information within the community through influential community members.
28:38 -- How active contributors benefit from participating in the SAP B2B social networking site through lead generation and reputation management.
30:28 -- The business benefits of relinquishing control of the conversation to your customers and exactly what it takes to drive active discussion amongst customers, resellers, partners, and other channel sales participants in a social networking B2B environment.
32:06 -- The intangible benefits of online social networking to B2B online social networking community members.
36:33 -- The use of friends or contacts in an online social network to filter important, relevant information through recommendations.
37:58 -- Staffing requirements for managing, weeding and farming B2B social networking sites.
40:29 -- Using star ratings and user reviews inside B2B social networking site to promote sales and improve product performance.
41:25 -- The specific skills that make for on exceptional B2B social networking community manager.
44:41 -- The relationship between a B2B social networking site community manager's willingness to reveal at least some aspects of their personal lives with their business colleagues, their effectiveness at shepherding conversations within a social networking B2B environment and why imperfections and human flaws are essential to driving conversations.
45:39 -- The use of Facebook, Twitter and object-oriented social networking sites to deepen personal relationships, which are sustained primarily in a branded, B2B social networking environment.
47:06 -- The relationship between user ratings and product sales within a B2B social networking site, why perfect ratings are not usually good for sales and how low ratings can be used to improve product performance.
50:03 -- Integrating proprietary and open source software to power a B2B social network initiative and dealing with potential tension between open-source platforms and licensed proprietary software.
55:39 -- End
B2B Social Networking Case Study: SAP Community Network
About the Instructor
Eric Schwartzman
4.2 Average rating
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51,125 Students
21 Courses
Multidisciplinary team leader

After 15+ years of marketing, public affairs and digital product management experience, I can lead multidisciplinary teams with the urgency of an entrepreneur, the sensitivity of a diplomat and the effectiveness of a scrum master.

I founded the first content management system for corporate communications, iPRSoftware (formerly iPressroom) before applying the merits of big data analytics to public affairs initiatives for the U.S. Dept. of State and DoD.  Currently, I lead digital innovation at a $1B industrial manufacturer responsible for critical infrastructure power equipment.

I'm also a digital product management, demand generation, search engine optimization, email marketing, and marketing automation expert with experience integrating and implements multiple platforms. 

In 2011, I cowrote the best-seller “Social Marketing to the Business Customer," the first book on B2B demand generation and created a portfolio of self-paced online courseware used by more than 36k students.