I often get questions from people regarding LinkedIn. When I feel the question is shared by others, I post it here on my blog for all to read. Keep reading to learn how to mention or tag a person in a LinkedIn post.
Question: LinkedIn suggests I mention someone in my post to expand its footprint. How to I mention that person and link them so they and others notice the mention?
Mentioning or tagging a person in your LinkedIn post is a great way to get more eyes on your post and boost engagement of the post. Posts that have activity are more successful, showing up longer and more often on other people’s LinkedIn Feed.
By mentioning a person in a post (or even a comment), that person will receive a notification that they were tagged in a LinkedIn post. The person will then click the notification to see the post and then typically they will like, comment, or even share the post. Likes, comments, and shares are all activities that prove to LinkedIn that the post is relevant and resonating and deserves to be seen by more eyes.
You can mention one person or more than one person in a post or comment. Think of it as a way of drawing people into the conversation.
Step by Step Instructions: How to Tag a Person in a LinkedIn Post
Time needed: 10 minutes.
How to mention a person in a LinkedIn post
- From your LinkedIn homepage, click, “Start a post.”
You can also mention people in comments, click “Comment” at the bottom of someone else’s post.
- Add text and where you want to mention a person, type “@” and then begin typing a name.
A drop-list of potential people will appear.
- Click the name of the person you want to mention from the drop-list.
The person’s name will appear in bold.
- Click the post button.
The person or people mentioned in the post will receive email and app notifications of the mention.
What to do if you are mentioned in a LinkedIn Post
If someone mentions you in a post, you will receive a notification via email and/or app notifications. Best practices suggest visiting the post and reacting to the post in some way:
Liking the post is the most benign approach. Consider it an acknowledgement that you saw the post.
Commenting on the post is your way of jumping into the conversation. When you comment, make sure you mention the writer of the post in your comment. Hannah Morgan says, “It also helps to mention/tag them when you leave a comment, otherwise the person will not see it in their notifications.” What do you say in a comment? You can add more information, you can ask a question, or if at a total loss, you can simply say, “Very interesting, thanks for tagging me.”
If you are extremely moved by the post, you may choose to share it. Sharing the post is a way of promoting the post and giving it a greater audience by sharing it with your network and followers.
There you have it, how to mention a person in a LinkedIn post and what to do if you find yourself tagged in a post. If you liked this post, you may like this video I made all about LinkedIn Hashtag best practices.
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