Picture this. You’re at a Gourmerican burger joint chomping a cheeseburger, when an outspoken vegan friend starts preaching that you’re killing the planet. Last week, that same vegan downed a pricey glass of pinot before their flight to a far-flung destination, armed with their strongest mossie repellant and first aid kit. Anything amiss?
LinkedIn has opened up its publishing platform to all members and introduced a raft of new influencers to its content program.
To date, only those belonging to LinkedIn’s influencer program could publish long-form content on the portal. In a blog post, LinkedIn director of product management, Ryan Roslansky, said the decision to expand this to all members was about tapping into the insights and knowledge across its membership base as well as helping them build out their ‘professional brand’.
When members publish a post on LinkedIn, their original content will become part of their profile and shared with their network. From today, 25,000 English-speaking members have the ability to publish content, and the capability will be rolled out to multiple languages and territories in coming months.
LinkedIn is also adding a range of new influencers to its list including Nissan CEO, Carols Ghosn; CNBC host and financial expert, Suzie Orman; and Morgan Stanley CEO, James Gorman.
The company claimed since the launch of the influencer program in 2012, each post gets an average of 31,000 views, 250 likes and 80 comments. Existing members include Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, Bill Gates and Australian online retailer, Ruslan Kogan.
Earlier this month, LinkedIn confirmed it had reached 50 million members in Asia-Pacific including more than 5 million members in Australia.
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