LinkedIn has prioritized on-platform engagement over the
last few months, developing a handful of new features that encourage dialogue
and help facilitate interaction between members. With record
levels of engagement – up 24% year over year – it seems those
efforts are paying off. To better understand these new offerings and their
implications for brands, we’re diving in to how recent LinkedIn updates can be
leveraged to engage your audience.
Earlier this year, LinkedIn finally caught up with the
other major social networks and debuted its own version of live video
Live. As with other forms of live video, LinkedIn Live allows
broadcasters to share videos with their network in real time.
For brands, LinkedIn Live offers an opportunity to engage
members in a variety of ways such as live streaming from conferences, Q&A
sessions with key brand figures, sharing real-time product announcements, and
so much more. Since launching its native video tools in 2017, video has grown to
become the most engaging content type on LinkedIn, so we expect to see live
video succeed at engaging members as well.
LinkedIn is currently piloting live video streaming with
select broadcasters, so the feature isn’t yet available to all members. Brands
and users can request to become a live video broadcaster here.
We’re all familiar Facebook’s various post reactions like
‘Love’ and ‘Haha’, but did you know that LinkedIn now has its own set of
reaction buttons on posts? We first discussed the possibility of this update
and other LinkedIn engagement trends in this
post, and now we’re seeing the update come to life.
LinkedIn stated that it regularly received feedback that
users wanted more expressive ways than a “Like” to respond to the different
posts in their feed. It was from this feedback and other research that they
developed four new
reactions to posts, in addition to ‘Like.’ The new reactions include
‘Celebrate’, ‘Love’, ‘Insightful’, and ‘Curious.’ In deciding which reactions
to add to the repertoire, LinkedIn analyzed the top 1-2 word comments on posts
and the type of content that people share most.
With a wider range of available reactions, LinkedIn
members may be more prone to interact on posts. Brands can leverage this
feature by including calls to action for members to share their sentiment
around an update by tapping the reaction most relevant to them.
In hopes to spark deeper conversation around post
updates, LinkedIn is giving users the power to attach a much wider variety of
file types to their posts. Now, all member have the ability to upload
documents and presentations such as PDFs and PowerPoints directly to
their feed, in a group, or to a LinkedIn Page.
Now, one thing we’d like to caution here is that just
because you can upload an entire presentation deck to a post, doesn’t mean you
should. Keep in mind that social audiences’ attention is constantly being
pulled in different directions, and they may not want to spend fifteen minutes
sifting through one presentation.
This is, however, a great opportunity for Company Pages to pull out key pieces
of information from a best practices playbook or a recent trends report, or
even share a full whitepaper or case study depending on its length. These are
all opportunities to not only spark discussion around your brand, but also
showcase your company’s thought leadership on LinkedIn.
As a social-first agency, we’re constantly analyzing the latest social media trends like these. If you’re looking for insight on how these and other updates may impact your brand, let’s talk.
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