LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals and currently has more than 400million registered users. In order to optimize your LinkedIn account and make it more effective, there are different strategies that you can utilize. One of these strategies is connection automation, which can help you grow your network so that people will see your profile in their feed or on searches. This post will teach you how to start the process of connecting with others on through the LinkedIn Connection Automation process.
Which types of LinkedIn connections can be automated?
LinkedIn has five different types of connections that you can automate. The following are the names of each type and how you use them.
1. Automated Followers: This is a list of people who you follow voluntarily on LinkedIn and these people will follow back. All that is needed to do here is click the “Follow” button in your profile, then follow the person exactly as you would on Twitter or Facebook using their email address or phone number to create a connection. After following, chances are they will also follow you back since they will know it was intentional. You can then see all these in your profile by going to Settings> Connections> Automated followers.
2. Automated InMail: In Mail is the premium version of LinkedIn messages that you can send to any person on LinkedIn. An Automated InMail is a message that you had previously sent to one of your connections, but LinkedIn has remembered this email address and will use it as a source for future connections. To do this, head to Settings> Connections > Automated InMails.
3. Calendar Invites: There are many ways you can use Calendaring on LinkedIn, but calendar invitations may be the easiest. These are invitations you send to people that give them the option to select a time to connect. The settings will allow you to choose a category, location, and how the invitation should look.
4. Chat Invites: If you want to start a conversation with someone and possibly bring them into your network, this is one of the best options since it is similar to instant messaging on other platforms. As with Invites, there are many settings in this section and you can also invite anyone in your network who uses an up-to-date device for chatting or has sent an invitation within the past 24 hours.
5. Community Invites: Just like chat, the community invitations allow you to reach out to people in your network, but this allows for both parties to share content and messages with other members of their networks. The settings are similar to chat invitations in that there are options for location, category, and how the invitation should look.
How to automate your connections?
LinkedIn does not make it very clear how to actually start the process, but there are a few ways you can do this. If you want to jump right in and try it out, here is how:
1. Once you are logged in, navigate towards “Automated follow” option under Settings> Connections> Automated Followers. Click on the first option that says “Click here to begin your connection automation”. A small window will open with a two-step process. Step 1 asks you to define settings for automated followers. Step 2 allows you to begin the connection automation process with a click of button saying “Connect now”.
2. Another way to start your connection automation is to click on the second option under Settings> Connections>Automated Followers. This allows you to go through the same two-step process of defining settings for automated followers and clicking on “Connect Now” to begin the process.
3. The third method is better long term since it allows you to save your settings first, but can take some time depending on the number of connections you want to automate. If you navigate towards Settings>Connections> Automated InMails, there is a fourth option called “Manage my automated inmails”. From here, you can edit or delete any automated inmails that you have created. You can also add an address to automated email as well.
LinkedIn has many connections that you can automate, but the ones listed above are just a few of them. These connections allow you to reach out to more people and grow your network faster. Although LinkedIn may not be as popular with teens as other social networks, it is definitely worth considering. For example, if you are a college student, this is the perfect time to build connections with people who you will meet in your future career.