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LinkedIn Comes Strong With Q2 Earnings

Wall Street gave LinkedIn its latest endorsement Thursday, driving the Mountain View, Calif., company’s shares up by more than 7 percent after it released its second-quarter results. The professional network announced second quarter earnings results on Thursday, and it was another good one, as the company grew to 238 million members and saw revenue increase to 59 percent to $363.7 million from $228.2 million in Q2 2012.


LinkedIn Adding Threaded Mentions

To make it easier for users to connect LinkedIn has added a way to start conversations, share knowledge with others and ultimately become even better at what you do.

How does it work?

– Begin by typing the name of a connection or a company in your status update box or a comment field on the Homepage.
– Select someone from the list of your connections that appear in the drop-down, complete your status or comment and post it.
– The person or company you mentioned will receive a notification alerting them that they have been mentioned.

In addition to first-degree connections, you can also mention other LinkedIn members engaged in conversations in the comment sections of posts on the LinkedIn Homepage. Mentions will make it easier for you to start conversations with your network while also enabling you to respond in real-time when someone begins a conversation with you. My question is what happens to InMails? Should users even pay for the service?


Americans are More Addicted to LinkedIn than Twitter.

Are you as shocked by the title as I was? Yes, it is true.

A recent study by a digital measuring company, ComScore recently unveiled the top ten Countries that use LinkedIn and Twitter the most with the U.S coming in as the third Country most addicted to LinkedIn, which is not unexpected since it is a social networking site for businesses.

What was unforeseen was the lack of presence on the Internet penetration by reach for the U.S and the real-time  social networking site, Twitter, although it does have a strong American Twitter population, the U.S. did not make the list for Twitter…at all.

 

Here are Top 10 Countries in Internet Penetration for LinkedIn.com and Twitter.com by Reach (%)

LinkedIn Reach (%) Twitter Reach (%)
1. Netherlands 26.1% 1. Netherlands 26.8%
2. Ireland 21.0% 2. Japan 26.6%
3. United States 17.6% 3. Brazil 23.7%
4. Canada 15.6% 4. Indonesia 22.0%
5. United Kingdom 14.9% 5. Venezuela 21.0%
6. Denmark 14.4% 6. Canada 18.0%
7. Australia 13.1% 7. Argentina 18.0%
8. New Zealand 12.9% 8. Turkey 16.6%
9. Belgium 12.6% 9. Philippines 16.1%
10. Singapore 12.0% 10. Singapore 16.0%

 

Where Did Your County Place in the List for LinkedIn, Twitter or Both?

I lived and worked in Europe for over 12 years and know that LiknedIn is popular in English speaking countries. Non English speaking countries use services that cater to their language. For instance Germany uses a LinkedIn like service called Xing. A major problem for LinkedIn is the fact that the interface is in English. If they can get that fixed it would overtake other services.

Twitter is becoming more popular in Europe. It helps that it has a multilingual interface. However, it is still viewed by many as kitsch.

 


Tools but no Social Media Blue Print.

I enjoyed the article “Most Companies Are Still Clueless About Social Media”  by Meghan Ennes . The article caused me to have a few flashbacks from some of my recent job interviews. I have been looking for a Social Media marketing job in the San Francisco bay area for about two weeks.

During that time I have had some really good interviews. I have also had some really, really, really bad interviews.  Some of the companies I have interviewed with love the idea of Social Media. Unfortunately, they have no real clue how to leverage Social Media for their specific business.

There was the HR company  that did not want to use LinkedIn.  Excuse me?

Or the industrial photographic firm that did not like the idea of using flicker.  Was? Really?

I most cases it was oblivious that the firm’s had picked their social media tools (Facebook & Twitter) before the understood what they truly needed.

I thought  Meghan Ennes‘s article hit the nail on the head and provided some interesting stats.

Social media has arrived, but companies still aren’t sure what to do with it.

Fifty-eight percent of companies are currently engaged in social networks like Facebook, microblogs like Twitter, and sharing multimedia on platforms such as YouTube – but research from the Harvard Business Review Analytics Services report “The New Conversation: Taking Social Media from Talk to Action” [Report PDF; sponsored by SAS] finds that much of the investment in social is future-oriented.

In the slides that follow, we’ll dive into this research, showing how most companies really use social media – and what the most effective users do differently.

Read more at: http://read.bi/lrcrhG


LinkedIn IPO to List on NYSE.

Source: http://on.wsj.com/lDVESr

New in today’s updated LinkedIn IPO filing: the social networking company for business professionals has decided to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

The LinkedIn IPO — one of the most high profile tech-stock debuts of 2011 — is a big psychological boost for the Big Board, which is fighting off a unwanted acquisition overture led by the Nasdaq stock exchange. Nasdaq,  of course, is a traditional haven for tech stocks and would have been an obvious choice for LinkedIn.

Other recent tech-stock listing wins for NYSE include today’s debut for Chinese Internet giant RenRen, often referred to as the Facebook of China. Online-music service Pandora Media also has applied to list on the NYSE, under a coveted one-letter stock symbol, “P.”

NYSE and Nasdaq fiercely fight over prominent stock listings, and take joy in poaching listing companies from the other. Listings also have become a battering ram in the heated war over a NYSE acquisition. An annoyed-sounding NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer last month lashed out angrily at Nasdaq for suggesting the Big Board was losing ground in stock listings.

“You’ll also read some stories that says, the NYSE isn’t competitive anymore going after IPOs, or NYSE Euronext: we’re not well positioned,” Niederauer said last month in a message to his troops. “More than 80% of IPO issuance in the US in the last couple years has happened at the NYSE.  You can do the math and figure out where the other less than 20% has gone.”

For its NYSE listing, LinkedIn has chosen the stock symbol “LNKD.” Steve Rubis on Twitter reminded Deal Journal that a perhaps more logical ticker — LINK — already is taken by a small company called Interlink Electronics.

Also in the updated IPO documents, LinkedIn disclosed that its first-quarter revenue accelerated a bit from the growth pace of 2010. LinkedIn said it generated $93.9 million in net revenue for the three months ended March 31, a 110% jump from the same three-month period of 2010. For all of last year, the company pulled in $243 million in revenue, about 102% more than in 2009.

LinkedIn eked out $1.28 million in income from operations for the first quarter, down from $3.2 million in the same period of 2010.

LinnkedIn also disclosed it has more than 100 million members, up from more than 90 million when it last filed its IPO materials a month ago.


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