Wednesday, November 27, 2013

More on LinkedIn: Managing the Manager's Choice in LinkedIn Groups

Greetings fellow LI Group owners and managers!  Occasionally there are discussions posted in our group that we would like to spotlight.  The easiest way to highlight a special post is to use the Manager's Choice setting.  Selected posts are prominently displayed in the Manager's Choice banner that appears at the top of the group.  Many of us are probably already aware of how to add a post to the Manager's Choice section: simply click on the discussion you want to add, and look for the option in the lower left pane of the discussion page.  Here, you can 'add to Manager's Choice' or 'undo' if you want to take the post down.

Adding and undoing Manager's Choice selections are easy enough.  What if you want to change the order of the posts, and where do you go to add a picture, or HERO image, on the front tab?  Did you know there was a limit to the number of posts you can have in the Manager's Choice section?  We'll answer each of these questions below.

1. How do I change the order of the Manager's Choice posts?

 When you are in your group, look for the Search tab at the top.  The Search tab will be located next to Manage tab.  Click on Search.  Once in the Search section, on the left hand panel you will see two options on the menu: Manager's Choice and Set Manager's Choice Order. Click on 'Set Manager's Choice Order'.  Now you can number your posts in the order they should appear.

 2. How do I add a HERO image in the Manager's Choice banner?  

When you are in your group, go to the Manage tab. Once in the Manage section, on the left hand panel, find the 'Group Information' option.  Click on 'Group Information'. The 'Add a Hero Image' option will there right below the 'Add Logo' sections.  Here, you can upload a pick for your Hero image.  Keep in mind the size requirements for the Hero image (646x200 or larger).

3. Is there a limit to the number of posts I can have in the Manager's Choice?

Yes, the limit is 10 posts.  In my experience working with LinkedIn, there's no error or message that indicates you've reached your limit.  If you're trying to add posts to the Manager's Choice section, but they never appear there, check the number of postings.  You may have reached your limit.  If that's the case, you will have to select the 'Undo' Manager's Choice setting for one post to allow another one in its place.

The tips have helped me greatly in managing LI groups for my clients.  I'm sure they will help you too.  Have you found other ways to work with the Manager's Choice banner?  I would love to hear your ideas - just leave them in the comments below and I'll be sure to respond.