LinkedIn groups function much the same way basic groups do on other networking sites; you canâ€™t do much more than post messages, reply to them, leave comments and add new stories. However, they are a great way to create a community for your service, website, product or company.
So how do you create a LinkedIn Group? Read on for a step-by-step guideâ€¦
1) First, login to your linked in profile. To the left hand side of your profile, youâ€™ll see a tab that says â€śGroups.â€ť
LinkedIn Group Step 1
2) Click on the plus sign next to groups and a list of the groups you belong to/have created will drop down. If you want to edit your group, click on the one you wish edit (you can only edit the ones you created - in this case I clicked on the Authority Domains one I set up for the purpose of this example).
To create a group, click the â€śCreate a Groupâ€ť tab:
LinkedIn Group Creation - Step 2.5
3) After you click the â€śCreate a Group,â€ť youâ€™ll see the screen below (it takes you directly to â€śManageâ€ť). Simply fill out the information accordingly (its pretty self-explanatoryâ€“remember to use your keywords in both the Group Name, Summary and Description). Save the changes:
4) As soon as youâ€™ve saved the changes, youâ€™ll see a page under the Overview tab. This tab does exactly what it says: it gives you an overview of all the activity thatâ€™s been going on with your group:
LinkedIn Group Creation Overview - Step 4
5) Discussion tab
- You can see what members of your group are talking about:
LinkedIn Group Discussions
6) News tab
- You can see the latest news submitted to the group:
- You can see what updates people have made
- Here is a list of members; only managers can edit this area:
- Here you can modify your group settings as needed:
- Here you can manage your account and settings, add up to ten people as managers, add , block or delete members, delete the group, pre-approve members, invite them, edit info & settings and change owner:
11) When you first login and click on groups, youâ€™ll see a notification that looks like this when someone has applied to join your group:
LinkedIn Joined Group Notification
Just click on â€ś1 request to joinâ€ť and it will take you to the Manage page, where you can then approve the member.
Alternately, you can go straight to manage and click on â€śRequests to Join.â€ť
After youâ€™ve clicked on one of the links above, youâ€™ll see page that looks like the one below. Make sure the radio button is selected, then choose the action you want to take for that member:
About the Author: Aurora Brown is the Social Media Manager and Editor-in-Chief for Authority Domains online marketing
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