You may already know it takes about three seconds to make a good first impression, but are you considering this rule when it comes to your digital brand? LinkedIn is further putting this to the test with its new design.
In case you haven’t noticed, LinkedIn has switched things up again. But this time it’s not just a matter of playing hide-and-go-seek with common features. You may also need to update your profile.
A noticeable change impacts the way your Summary displays (or should I say, does not display). Now, anyone who visits your profile will only see a teaser of your Summary. To see your full Summary, your audience will have to click “See more.” Otherwise, approximately 90 to 200 characters will show depending on whether your profile is viewed on a mobile application or desktop.
Blame it on short attention spans or people wanting more with less. So what’s the big deal?
This change, although small, adds another layer when it comes to building your personal brand on LinkedIn. If the first few lines of your Summary are not enticing, people will be less inclined to click to read more.
To capture the attention of your audience, make sure your Summary includes your brand message. It should speak to one or more of the following:
- What you do.
- How you do it.
- How what you do adds value.
If you think in terms of an elevator pitch, which is a compelling and brief summary of your brand, the same rules apply. You want to be like Jerry Macguire in the infamous scene and have your audience at “Hello.”
Do you need to make any formatting changes? Or, do you need to adjust your brand message? Think about what you want to relay in three seconds, and make your audience want to “see more.”
Inspired by The Personal Branding Blog article by Mariette Gentles Crawford