Filtering Your Connections for Maximum Relationship Building
Tags are simple key words you can use to organize your LinkedIn connections to filter them quickly. You can categorize people according to profession, company, position, location, where you met, or other important factors.
How to add or remove a tag:
1. Click on ‘Contacts’ at the top of your home page. This will take you to the ‘My Connections’ page.
2. Select the ‘Manage Tags’ filter in the left panel.
a. Delete tags by clicking on the tag you wish to delete then click ‘ok’ to confirm. Removing a tag does not end your connection to this person. It only removes this tag filter you have attached to connections.
b. Add new tags by entering the tag name in the empty box and clicking on the ‘Add new tag’ button
How to Use LinkedIn Tags:
Use tags to remember people well – to remember important details. Here are some questions you could ask yourself to help you sort them out.
Where did I meet them? A tag could be “2011 CFA planning convention” or “Facebook friend”
How did we meet? (In person, Phone, Email, FB, TW, Web)
How do I want to manage the relationship? Ex. Meet | Prospect | Maintain | Reconnect – this way you can frequently be in touch with people who are in your “Meet/Prospect/Reconnect” lists to further your relationships with them
What type of relationship do you have? Are they a (Client | Personal Friend | Power Partner | Industry Leader | Relative | Colleague | Vendor?)
And, if you want to get a bit more specific, how strong is your connection? (1 = Weak, 5 = Strong- then perhaps spend most of your time on the strong connections)
Use these tags to be in better communication with the people who are most important to you (business referral partners, client prospects.)
If you want to message people who fit in a “tag,” simply to go Contacts, then select the tag from the left toolbar “filter connections” that you want to message, and select all (or select only the people you want by checking the box next to their name and picture” and in the toolbar to the right, select “send message.”
**Note: You’ll need to invest some time at the beginning to correctly tag all those you are connected with. And if you have more than 50 people that are associated with a specific tag, you can’t use the handy “Send a Message” feature because of the limitation of 50 contacts per InMail.
Have you used LinkedIn tags? How have you used them? What do you think of them?