I have been asked a few times now about LinkedIn's Social Selling Index (SSI) and how it compares to the online brand assessment so I thought I would share with you the differences between the two.
If you've never heard of LinkedIn's SSI, you can learn more HERE .
LinkedIn's Social Selling Index
LinkedIn developed the Social Selling Index by identifying top performing sales professionals within LinkedIn. They analyzed their LinkedIn usage habits and determined how they use LinkedIn to drive successful outcomes.
The proprietary algorithm LinkedIn uses is based on the social selling activities of these professionals and “connecting the dots” between those activities and their success.
The SSI is a number, calculated by the algorithm, between zero and one-hundred. The number updates daily based on your activities within LinkedIn.
Since I've been paying attention, my score has been as high as 75 and as low as 65. Here's my current index score.
Components of the Social Selling Index
- Establishing your professional brand – Completeness of your LinkedIn profile
- Finding the right people – Using the search functions within LinkedIn
- Engaging with Insights – How often you post, share or comment on content within LinkedIn
- Building relationships – How you are growing your connections within LinkedIn
Each category has a total of 25 points. The algorithm assigns a point total to each category based on your activities.
What's the point?
After all, more active users attract more advertisers. I think it also increases the chances that we will see the benefits of the platform and upgrade our accounts to a paying tier.
So to sum, the SSI metric is base don your activities within LinkedIn. It looks at nothing else. Unlike the online brand assessment.
The Online Brand Assessment
I created the online brand assessment (OBA) after three years of reading, learning, buying courses and application. I used the principles in the assessment to go from page three in Google search results to owning page one.
The OBA will help you establish and raise your online visibility.
The assessment looks at your online presence holistically. It takes into account how you appear online to others overall regardless of platform, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, it doesn't matter.
As an example, since LinkedIn is only a portion of your overall online presence it accounts for only a portion of your online brand assessment score.
Improve your OBA score and you will increase your online visibility. People will find you when they search for you, hiring managers, recruiters, potential boyfriends and girlfriends for example.
Improve your LinkedIn SSI score and you will be using LinkedIn a lot more than you are today.
Which could be a good thing, I think.
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