Gathering LinkedIn Recommendations

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Title Insurance with AmeriTitle

Online recommendations are huge.  In today's internet research market, you ARE what people are saying about you.  Some glowing recommendations from clients on the web can help a person searching for you make that decision to pick up the phone and connect. 

"How do I invite my client to recommend me on LinkedIn?"  This is a question that comes up frequently.  I am a big fan of utilizing LinkedIn as a place to collect client recommendations.  Here are two different methods for doing so... 

 

Request Recommendations on LinkedIn

One of the very best uses of LinkedIn is as a place to gather recommendations from your clients.  These are public and show up on the web when people are researching you. 

 

1. Log into your LinkedIn account.  (Or get one - you are a professional and you should have an account.  It's free and easy.)

2. Make sure you are linked to the person you're requesting the recommendation from.  If you are not, search for them to see if they are on LinkedIn and  request to link up.  (If they are not on LinkedIn at all skip to the information below…)

3. After you’re all linked up—click on Profile / Recommendations

4. Click on “Request Recommendations” and fill out that information

Note:  This method is for requesting recommendations from people who are members of LinkedIN

Tip:  Include a well crafted personal note when requesting a recommendation. 

 

 

 

How to get the recommendation if your client is NOT on LinkedIn:

 

LinkedIn has not made this an easy process and it is really set up for people within the LinkedIn community to provide recommendations.  The best method I have heard of to add recommendations to your LinkedIn account from people not on LinkedIn…

 

1.)  Invite them to join LinkedIn and provide a link for them to do that.  Include your request for a recommendation as well.  This would only be appropriate for certain people… LinkedIn is not for everybody.  AND this is a lot of steps for somebody to go through to create the recommendation.

 

2.)  An alternate method is to add the Box.Net application to your LinkedIn account. 

From "edit profile"—select “Add an Application”  and choose Box.Net.  Then your client can send your recommendation in any form (email, letter, handwritten note…) and you can upload it to your LinkedIn account.  (It would be nice to get their permission to display their comments on your account.)  

 

 

 

 

Yelp.com and Google Places are also excellent places to request on-line recommendations. 

(Click for a downloadable document)

 

Does anybody else have tips on gathering recommendations?  Do you prefer to gather your recommendations all in one place or do you spread the info over different sites?  What are your favorite recommendation sites? 

Happy marketing and recommendation building to you!

 

 

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Rainer
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Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

I actually have had clients "friend" me on Linkedin before I have even met them.  I guess I should ask them for some recommendations on LinkedIn!

Jul 05, 2011 09:47 AM #1
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Rosi Green
AmeriTitle - Silverton, OR

That's a great sign!  LinkedIn has outstanding SEO so when somebody is searching for more info about you, this site consistentlyh shows up.  Having those recommendations on there is a good business growth tool.  Thanks for the comment Jennifer. 

Jul 05, 2011 09:57 AM #2
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Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
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Rosi,

Thanks for the information. I sent a request to a client that is on linkedin. She sent me a message back in linked in saying she would recommend me, but I cannot find the recommendation. I wonder if she did not fill out the form correctly?

Thanks,

Donna

Sep 16, 2011 01:41 AM #3
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Marie Fox
Foxy Interiors Inc. Lake Mary Florida - Lake Mary, FL
Lake Mary, Florida, Home Stager & RE Photographer

Good script for how-to Rosi.  I've been spending more time on Active Rain and need to further develop LinkedIn.  I will say though that I've acquired quite a few friends/likes from LinkedIn over to Facebook.

Jul 04, 2012 09:00 AM #4
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Rosi Green
AmeriTitle - Silverton, OR

Thanks for the comment Marie - my current favorite place for Realtors to collect recommendations is Zillow.com. These are the easiest process for your clients and also SHOW UP THE BEST in internet searches. Also, the more recommendations you have on Zillow - the higher you'll rank on this busy site. I'm sharing with agents that LinkedIn recommendations are good but I think getting a few good solid notes on there is sufficient. It rounds out your LinkedIn "resume."  The downside is that these remain with in the realm of LinkedIn and don't show up to the non-LinkedIn public. So - a few solid ones there and get as many as you can on Zillow.  :o)  Happy marketing to you!

Jul 05, 2012 01:30 AM #5
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I recently requested few more recommendations, but people have to be reminded to post them. 

Do you write a recommendation back? 

Oct 29, 2017 12:47 PM #6
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Rosi Green
AmeriTitle - Silverton, OR

Hi there, Inna - If you have worked with the person and can recommend them then yes, it is great to return the favor.  For the buyers and sellers that you represent, I recommend using Realtor.com or Zillow as your landing place for people to write a review on your services. 

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