• firstname lastname

    And linkedin isn’t even worth the premium accounts because as you mentioned, LI has been slowly removing all the useful stuff for users, so you pay for nothing. I watched how former employers paid thousands for minimal success. I personally closed my account this summer after 11 years on there and 10K connections. I hated the news stream, the limited access, the fake profiles, the constant changes, glitches and roadblocks. My hope is microsoft will sink it.

    • Casey

      They seem to want it that way. Forcing dumb ideology such as Social Selling Index so untalented sales reps use the tool and pay for it. Now its nothing but spam for sales reps and a bunch of untalented sales people posting random items that are not relevant because LinkedIn says it helps you sell socially.

  • Blcarey

    Having had interactions with LinkedIn’s salesforce over the last few months, I completely understand why this is happening. My impression after countless calls and meetings was that if you’re not working with a sales and success team then it seems that you’re worthless to LinkedIn.

    Unfortunately those sales teams are terrible in their approach and methodology as they attempt to upsell you without providing real enterprise product substance or functionality that’s materially different from the Premium solution (I mean really, single source invoicing is barely an “enterprise” solution). And furthermore, there are no plans to add functionality that people will pay for (i.e. Salesforce or CRM integration, access to email on mobile) in the near future.

    So the only solution is to degrade the premium product to the point where it becomes useless and you’ll have to engage the sales team and buy their crappy functionality. So the prevailing product development attitude is that if you can’t build something bigger, tear everything around it down. This is the epitomy of innovation by destruction vs innovation by disruption.

    So I’ll take my 3 month free Sales Navigator trial and if I still find it not helpful then I’ll switch to a “free” version. Either way, I’m not paying for a while. Thanks LinkedIn.

    • Casey

      Their sales team is as annoying as the folks who spam you with the awful “social selling” features.

    • Casey

      Also, I agree with your point of forcing you to deal with their sales team. They all have engaged my company at various levels offering us to pay more (we already paid for 20 premium licenses for a year in advance) for Sales Navigator to keep the functions. We are simply done as a company using any product now and are working on a refund to get 20 users / 10 months each back on our credit card.

  • Casey

    LinkedIn can not get out of its own way. They are forcing a product that turns their very product into a feature that simply annoys most users. Those of us who use LinkedIn for recruiting, networking, articles and professional outreach are being destroyed by inmails (btw – 15 emails a month is not worth much). The features they let you use for free are fine. Its not the users fault that LinkedIn has failed to monetize a product full of great data that other social or similar sites have.

  • Randy Reece

    The part LinkedIn seems to be losing touch with = giving all those free members incentive to create and update their profiles. If LinkedIn loses its data quality, it loses everything. And its data quality depends on fresh profiles, mostly from nonpaying members.