I can never get too comfortable because LinkedIn loves to keep me on my toes! Every time I turn around, it seems that LinkedIn has added a new feature or function. One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed is LinkedIn’s new creator mode. Perhaps you’ve seen the feature within the Resources section of your profile.
In case you missed it, creator mode is a LinkedIn profile setting intended to help you grow and reach your LinkedIn audience. Originally, it was only available to select users, but now, anyone can take advantage of it.
I have to confess, when I first received access to creator mode, I didn’t love it. Now, looking back, I realize I didn’t like it because I didn’t understand it. I coach my clients all the time that new doesn’t mean bad—it just means it may take some getting used to and learning.
I decided to listen to my own advice and try it for a while before I made up my mind. Now that I understand the purpose of creator mode, I love it! After several months of use under my belt, there are three things I think everyone should know about creator mode.
When you turn on creator mode, you’ll have the ability to select up to five hashtags. These are featured prominently in your Intro section to help people understand at a glance what kind of content you share on LinkedIn.
Users have long been able to follow hashtags related to topics that interest them, but creator mode now allows you to align your content with hashtags more clearly. As a result, your content now has a better chance of reaching people who care about your expertise. Pretty cool, right?
Pro Tip: Creator mode also allows you to include one hyperlink at the top of your profile.
Because creator mode is aimed at expanding your following, rather than increasing your connections, the mode changes your “Connect” button to a “Follow” button. If your goal is to build your audience, this small change makes it easier to funnel people toward the action you want them to take. Note that visitors to your profile can still request to connect with you through the dropdown menu that appears when they select the gray and white “More” button to the right of the “Follow” button. By activating creator mode, you’ll also gain access to LinkedIn’s newsletter feature which offers another way to nurture your audience.
Pro Tip: After you turn on creator mode, you can still change your “Follow” button to a “Connect” button in your settings and privacy, but doing so will also turn off creator mode.
Turning on creator mode will reorder the top portion of your LinkedIn profile to better support the goal of building a LinkedIn following. Without creator mode, the top profile sections will appear in this order: 1) Intro, 2) About, 3) Featured, 4) Activity. With creator mode, these sections will be reordered to 1) Intro, 2) Featured, 3) Activity, 4) About. Note that creator mode makes Activity and Featured more prominent than they otherwise would be since these sections create social proof around your content expertise.
If you’re trying to build an online audience and have a focus on content creation, creator mode was made with you in mind. The new tool adjusts the default settings of your profile to help you build your LinkedIn following. While it takes some getting used to, I recommend it for people whose goals on LinkedIn are content-related.
Wondering if creator mode is right for you? Here are a few questions to consider before you try this feature.
Is my profile complete and attractive? (If not, hire me to help you!)
Do I post at least two times per week on LinkedIn?
If your answer to both of these questions is “yes,” I recommend giving creator mode a try. If not, focus on the building blocks of your LinkedIn presence first before using creator mode.
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