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Using LinkedIn to Get Quality Answers

Using LinkedIn to Get Quality Answers

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Using LinkedIn to Get Quality Answers
By Ilene Rosenblum | Posted onAugust 10th, 2011
I recently picked some of the brains of local techies at a Tweetup(gathering for Twitter users) about how to go about making some thingshappen on the website of what was then a client. I was amazed at all of the helpful advice that I got. All you have to do is ask!Say you want to know how to do something new and fancy on yourwebsite, your Facebook page, or you just want to figure out how the heck to use Twitter. All you have to do of course is type in your question toGoogle and the first page is likely to send you to message boards and siteslike Answers.com, Yahoo Answers, WikiAnswers, and other crowd sourcing
sites that helpful anonymous people on the ‘net participate in.
It’s no
replacement for consulting an expert, and in the end, you might still wantto get professional assistance, but if you have a few different people fromdifferent sources telling you the same thing, at least you have a somewhateducated place to start.If you want to try to target a more specific answer, here is a helpful listfrom Lifehacker of  other ways to find answers online besides Google. 
Some of them are well-known like Twitter (but did you know how to crowdsource on it?) and others are more obscure, yet effective, like Aardvark.
Crowdsourcing on LinkedIn
I’m getting more and more as a return on investment of time on LinkedIn,
sometimes by answering questions. This time, I decided to take a crack atdoing the asking.
I got stuck trying to figure out how to best manage a client’s Google
 AdWords campaign. I did some research on my favorite marketing blogs,
but I couldn’t find a good mod
el to follow for my target industryspecifically. It was time to ask a real human, and one of the great thingsabout LinkedIn is that the response is tied to a whole profile, unlike ananonymous poster on a site like WikiAnswers.Since I have a lot of connections on LinkedIn who are internet marketingexperts, I submitted a question, sending it to my connections, and thewider internet marketing audience. Within one hour I had two greatanswers, and within a few more hours I had six answers from industryexperts with years of experience. Not only did they impart helpful advice,
they also built off of each other’s suggestions, because I wasn’t asking in
isolation, but rather, as part of a forum.
I could have also posted the question on my profile in a status update or inan industry group. There are lots of ways to ask questions and receivesupport on LinkedIn. At first I was reluctant to post my question.
Maybe others would think I’m
an amateur, I thought. But then I just chilled out.
 You don’t get help
you ask, and if you don’t have an opportunity to learn, then you make
It’s my duty to find the best solution for my client, pride be damned.
 I took the suggestions that I received from professionals I had never metbefore, applied it to articles and blog posts that I read, and came up with aplan of action that I sent to my client the following day. I went from zeroto hero with a little help from my new friends. As an added bonus, one of the people I connected with and I realized that we might be able todevelop a working partnership! You never know where a new contact cantake you.
How to Ask a Question on LinkedIn
 Target millions of professionals on how to get something done! Here is ashort video I made on how to ask a question on LinkedIn:
 Your Turn to Answer!
 I encourage you to demonstrate your knowledge in your area of expertiseby answering some questions and give back to the community. Aside fromthe good karma of helping someone else out
how would you like it if noone answered your question?
helping out someone else, particularlysomeone in a related industry, is a great way to get your name and brandout there. Where appropriate, it can also open up opportunities forpitches.

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