LinkedIn Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

LinkedIn

Get the most from your professional network

4.46/5 (548 reviews)

LinkedIn overview

LinkedIn is a professional networking site that allows members to create business contacts in order to search for jobs and find potential clients. Users can build a professional profile that can be viewed by others in the network.

With more than 546 million members worldwide, including executives from every Fortune 500 company, LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network on the Internet. The company has a diversified business model with revenue coming from Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions, and Premium Subscriptions products. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, LinkedIn has offices across the globe.
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United States, Asia, Australia, Canada, China and 7 other markets, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French and 11 other languages, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
LinkedIn screenshot: Users can find and apply for jobs, and view job recommendations What is LinkedIn?LinkedIn screenshot: Users can Refine job searches on the LinkedIn jobs tab by location, distance, company, job title, job function, salary, industry and date postedLinkedIn screenshot: LinkedIn offers a one-click apply feature to submit your LinkedIn profile for the job opportunityLinkedIn screenshot: See who viewed your profile and where they workLinkedIn screenshot: Using the career interests dashboard, users can set their career interests by location, company size, industry, and the job titles they're interested in pursuingLinkedIn screenshot: Search for jobs using keywords via mobile deviceLinkedIn screenshot: List skills, and collect and showcase endorsements from other usersLinkedIn screenshot: LinkedIn offers integration with the Profile Card in Office 365

LinkedIn reviews

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Navin Nathani MBA, PMI-ACP CTP

A Great Professional Networking Platform enabling connections and life time learning

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-11-21
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
LinkedIn is a great platform for professional networking primarily. The platform enables individuals to connect with people and build connections, share ideas, thoughts and perspectives and also look for prospective employers. Businesses leverage LinkedIn for building a customer base and potential partners/suppliers. Over a period of time, LinkedIn has scaled the number of functionalities it used to provide. LinkedIn is a great platform to share innovative ideas, trends, white papers, Point of View (POV). Its a perfect medium which continues to churn exponential knowledge management in any field/domain. I love the structure of LinkedIn. Anyone can send an invite to connect and take forward the connection from there. Whether its a job opportunity or a business proposition or invitation for a professional event, LinkedIn makes it easy in 2-3 clicks. There is a lot of security inbuilt to avoid anyone using your personal data which is fantastic in todays world where data is compromised easily. Next is creating your profile which is simple and gives a very clear picture of professional achievements. The All-star rating indicates that the profile contains all mandatory data needed for profile. If one is open to actively pursuing opportunities, enable a button "On" and recruiters would clearly be able to identify an active candidate.The Premium feature enables you to send an 1-1 Inmail and chat with the other person, also enables you to see who is viewing your profile. The Publishing functionality enables you to put your thoughts and point of view across any domain area, one can track view-ability and likes and comments of people who have viewed your article. Overall, a great medium to leverage and build strong life time connections.

Cons
There are a lot of jobs which have either expired or have been filled. There should be a regular update mechanism to archive those postings to ensure relevancy of job or role. Sometimes the UI has an interpretation challenge but over a period of time you get used to it. The Groups can be more structured and guided to enable quick conversations and moderation can overcome irrelevant topics being discussed in the group.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Virginia Brooks

Professional profiles suitable for any and every guru in the world

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-07-25
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
LinkedIn (LI) is the world’s largest professional network and career website, that allows you to easily connect with like-minded peers and industry leaders for trading ideas, sharing advice, etc. Whether you’re looking for a career, seeking out employees, or trying to become recognized as an expert within your industry LI’s simplistic platform provides it all. As a Marketer, I feel it’s important to show my own expertise to demonstrate the knowledge I have acquired and how it can be applied across various industries. LI is a great place to start a professional network. LI’s mobile application provides all the same features as the desktop platform (i.e. post, notifications, jobs, and professional network). PROS •Become a member of the groups in your area of interest allows you to ask specific questions, collaborate with other members, and/or post content. This is probably my favorite feature as it helps me to keep up with all the latest and greatest marketing trends, tools, and platforms. You can also revisit your LI responses to groups at any time; LI will keep a digital record for you which you can locate from your profile in “recent activity”. Regularly engaging with groups in your industry also helps to showcase your expertise and gain more visibility across your niche. •As an alternative to gaining knowledge through the online community via LI groups, you can also use LI Messaging to connect directly with your connections one-on-one and/or can choose to include multiple individuals in a message. (LI has helps me connect my personal and professional network – I have hired helped hire two friends from my personal network this way). •LI Ads are a simple and effective, they pertain to a smaller niche and shared focus; a great alternative to utilizing Google Ad’s. •Businesses can create a LI company page as well as showcase pages (for events, open positions, etc.) at no expense. I would recommend that every business should have a company page on LI, as it’s the most popular professional network. Out company page has helped us bring in more sales, increase traffic to our website, find candidates to fill open positions, and helps others understand what it is that we do/what we have to offer. Company pages are used to post regular company updates and/or news, social posts about your business, content, and/or open positions… which you can measure the performance of with the analytics available to you. •LI’s blogging interface can be used to gage where people are spending their time, what followers are interested in, and helps to boost visibility outside your network. •Maybe there is truth to the saying, “it’s all about who you know.” I have had the opportunity of helping one of my friends get hired, when a past co-worker of mine asked if I knew any qualified candidates. If you are someone looking for a job, don’t get discouraged – keep in touch with the ones you know as well as your new connections.

Cons
•When posting on LI’s company pages make sure to completely optimize your images. Sometimes, your posts appear differently on your company pages as they do on LI’s home feed. •Much like Google, I would not recommend running a targeted LI Ad unless you have a fairly large budget; advice I received from LI, directly account manager. In the past, we have run ads with lower budgets with an ending result, nowhere close to our ROI.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Linkedin to everyone

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-03-26
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
Linkedin is a professional career website, it allows users to create social and business connections amongst friends, family, colleagues and business acquaintances. If your pursuing a business adventure having Linkedin is a added bonus, you can build your network of friends and see which friends have careers in desired fields in which you seek to start or grow your business in. You can get advice and directions from connections. You can also see connections, connections and go from there. You can allow for friends to independently or upon request endorse you for skills they know you have professionally or personally. You can write references as well on members profiles. It is a great way to share your personal resume with employers by sending them to your personal linkedin page via a link that linkedin provides you at no cost. you can login with other social sites such as GetApp to write reviews. Linkedin is the number one professional site amongst professionals. You can also create groups of intrest public or private and allow anyone or specific members access to discuss amongst liked minded individuals different ideas, launches, concepts, concerns, etc. You can share on your page and like things on other pages which shows up on a feed to your followers. You can send personal messages via instant messaging or you can send private mail to others. You are alerted of job changes, work anniversaries, promotions of contacts. You can apply for jobs or post jobs. You can take tutorials or watch tutorials on Linkedin. You can advertise as well on Linkedin. They have several different professional aspects across different occupations, sectors, and amongst entry level to corporate professionals. You can see some people who have viewed your page. You can have your resume set up to be viewed in other languages besides English. You can see how many times you pop up in a search result, or if a company you applied to on Linkedin has viewed your resume or profile.

Cons
You have to have a paid memebership to uncover additional features. You have limited access to the entire site without the paid membership. You can view every single person who viewed your page with a paid membership and how they found you via a search or directly inputting your name in the url. You still have a lot of features you can access without a paid membership, a paid membership will give you more access to networking and building connections to grow your brand, name, and/or company.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Brittney Collier

Newest Features Transform Communication between Employers and Job Seekers

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-07-20
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
I love how LinkedIn has added features that drive traffic to user profiles, allowing your profile to serve as an online resume. Rather than constantly reaching out to employers, it enables recruiters to easily reach out to potential candidates as well. One of my favorite features is the recommendation section. I have recommendations on my profile from previous supervisors and co-workers that really legitimize my work experience because recruiters can see my skill set and accomplishments, but they can also see that I have soft skills that can't be easily validated in an interview like being a team player or having a personality that meshes well with others. There's also a switch on your profile that can be turned on to let recruiters know when you are (or are not) open to new opportunities. I was offered my first full-time job 2 months before finishing grad school because I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn and I am forever grateful because its been one of the best jobs I've ever had. LinkedIn is more than a professional network and I believe that it's really transforming the way that we network and approach job searching.

Cons
The things I don't like about LinkedIn are more about the people on LinkedIn than the application itself. However, I think that LinkedIn should do more about preventing those things. What I hate the most is that there are illegitimate jobs posted on LinkedIn that can be scams. In my younger years, I wasn't able to tell these scams from decent jobs. But now, I can tell the difference very easily. I wish LinkedIn would do more to filter these jobs and/or remove them, but I understand how that could be difficult to do without taking away someone's right to post what they want.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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David H. Deans

Global Connections + Self-Publishing = Key Benefits

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-05-20
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
Personal and Corporate use of LinkedIn has evolved during the decade that I've been a member. Originally conceived as a directory of professionals across the globe, the site now includes many additional features. The basic 'Profile' content enables LinkedIn (and now Microsoft) to aggregate information about people and companies. The 'Groups' feature enables LinkedIn to align people and companies with topics. Also, publishing on LinkedIn enables people or companies to post an article, photo or video that can be shared with followers. The site can be effectively used with the 'Free' version (which is advertiser supported), with many more capabilities available in the 'Premium' version. Note, LinkedIn owns 'Slideshare' which enables the publishing of presentation content, also available for 'Free' use, that can be embedded in posts on the LinkedIn site.

Cons
LinkedIn periodically updates the user interface of the site. Sometimes the changes are an improvement, other times the UI updates create minor confusion (until members discover the benefits). Also, LinkedIn is constantly being challenged to counter the acts of Spammers who attempt to manipulate the capabilities of the site. At times, changes targeting the acts of Spammers negatively impact other members. Members must learn to configure their own 'Settings' to limit the unwanted solicitations of Spammers.

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LinkedIn pricing

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Basic version of LinkedIn is available for free. There are different pricing plans for Recruiters, Job Seekers and Sales Professionals.

LinkedIn features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Applicant Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Reminders

Customizable Branding (261 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (256 other apps)
Data Import/Export (252 other apps)
Employee Database (219 other apps)
Employee Management (292 other apps)
Employee Onboarding (208 other apps)
Employee Portal (221 other apps)
Employee Self Service (221 other apps)
Performance Management (205 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (223 other apps)
Recruitment Management (219 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (365 other apps)
Self Service Portal (236 other apps)
Third Party Integration (276 other apps)

Additional information for LinkedIn

Key features of LinkedIn

  • InMail messages
  • Introductions
  • Search
  • References
  • Skill endorsement
  • Network suggestions
  • Lead builder (premium feature)
  • Sales alerts (premium feature)
  • Reference search (premium feature)
  • Keyword search
  • Recommendations
  • Advanced people searches
  • Professional gallery (work examples, photos, video, etc.)
  • Unique profile link
  • Targeted searches
  • Create a company page
  • Review analytics
  • Alumni tool
  • Join groups
  • Trending topics via the newsfeed
  • Chatbot
  • Smart replies
  • Native videos
  • Search categories
  • Chat-like messaging
  • Advanced search filters
  • Blogging interface
  • Homepage feed
  • Notifications
  • Group suggestions
  • Articles
  • SlideShare
  • Multi-media
  • Real-time conversations
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Benefits

With LinkedIn users can:

- establish your professional profile and control one of the top search results for your name.
- build and maintain a broader network of professionals.
- find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates.
- learn about other companies.
- find and reach the people you need.
- get access to the knowledge of your network.
- discover new opportunities.