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LinkedIn Premium: Is it worth it?

LinkedIn Premium

 

The $64 Million question. Is LinkedIn Premium worth it? Every now and then, more so than often, you will be bombarded by LinkedIn to upgrade to the premium service. Just so you can have the added features like InMail, and rise to the top, etc. get more visibility, etc.

I tried that. I opted for LinkedIn Premium for 4-months, and found out, its not for me. As a Consultant, I am not looking for job offers. I am however looking for more visibility of my profile. I have no qualms in paying for a premium service, but it must be able to deliver something tangible. 

What is “more” tangible for me?

  • Multiple photographs
  • Being able to upload documents
  • Have native icons to connect to my social media
  • Being able to see how a person came to my page? What was the referring page? or the search term that yielded them to my page. If possible, I would like to see who exactly came to my page. For example if someone was typing the words Payments Consultant and they clicked on my profile, I want to know that, these were the referring words/phrases that got them directed to my page.
  • Some analytics on the time. What are the best times for me to post, etc.
  • On which days do I get the most audience?

The current offering of LinkedIn Premium sound inviting, but that’s all there is to it. Once you go Premium, you will feel, other than the who looked at your profile, you really aren’t getting much.

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I was able to achieve greater visibility to my profile and connection, by engaging more with my connections and posting on Groups regularly. That was by far the best result I got out of LinkedIn. I understand the LinkedIn blogs would be rolling out soon, and I can’t wait to get my hands on that, but between the regular service and the Premium service, I would stay with the regular offering, until something really exciting (and pragmatic) comes along in the premium offering.

Around The Coin Podcast (Episode 14) – The Changing Landscape of Remittances

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This week on Around the Coin we talk about the “Changing Landscape of Remittances”.  Our in-house expert, Faisal Khan explains the current state of world remittances and a few major business opportunities over the next few years. Around the Coin.



- What are remittances?
- How big is the remittance industry?
- It fast are remittances growing?
- How is technology and the new payment methods changing the remittance landscape?
- What opportunities lie in this space?
- Will bitcoin or ripple be able to change remittances?

Our speakers in this week’s episode:


Resources:


Soundcloud: Changing Landscape of Remittances

Find more episodes here: Around the Coin

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podc…

Release date: April 19th, 2014

TransferWise Announces it’s moved £1 Billion in cross-border money transfers

See on Scoop.itThe Frugal Entrepreneurship

Faisal Khan‘s insight:

Always admired this company. They seems to understand the model of net-off, better than anyone else, barring say CurrencyFair. Keep a watchout on these guys. They are definitely going places.

See on arcticstartup.com

Facebook faces multiple barriers to success in mobile payments

See on Scoop.itMoney & Payments

Low user adoption and privacy concerns could derail the company’s plans.

Faisal Khan‘s insight:

Seems everyone has a pitch fork in their hands and are going ti nudge Facebook the moment they go live in payments! Personally I think their payments solution will be very successful.

See on www.mobilepaymentstoday.com

Walmart offers cheaper money wire service

See on Scoop.itMoney & Payments

New service lets anyone transfer money up to $900 from one Walmart to another in the U.S. for a fee of $9.50.

Faisal Khan‘s insight:

Retail goliath ventures into the world of money transfer. Right now the US giant is focusing on domestic (US) money transfer market and that too capped at US$ 900. It won’t be long before Walmart extends its tentacles abroad. 

See on money.cnn.com

Tweet-a-Coffee: Another example of Starbucks’ brilliance

See on Scoop.itMoney & Payments

There’s no denying that Starbucks understands technology, and more importantly, their customers.In 2011, Starbucks began accepting mobile payments through an app they developed. The app would allow

Faisal Khan‘s insight:

The first line sums it up: “There’s no denying that Starbucks understands technology, and more importantly, their customers.” I don’t know of another company that functions so well, inventing and continuously raising the bar in the payments space. Well done Starbucks.

See on www.linkedin.com

Tencent: The Secretive, Chinese Tech Giant That Can Rival Facebook and Amazon

See on Scoop.itMoney & Payments

A tech war has raged in China, and a winner seems ready to emerge. It’s Tencent–a controversial, $139 billion company with nearly a billion users…

Faisal Khan‘s insight:

Perhaps one of the best written journalistic pieces on Tencent, the owners of WeChat. The entire Chinese market very aptly described.

See on www.fastcompany.com

UK money transfer firms accused of excessive charges on Africa remittances

See on Scoop.itMoney & Payments

Overseas Development Institute calls for Financial Conduct Authority to investigate Western Union and Moneygram

Faisal Khan‘s insight:

Western Union is undoubtedly the 800lbs Gorilla, but the UK regulator says its time to tame the beast.

See on www.theguardian.com

Russia Plans to Fine International Payment Systems for Freezing Accounts

See on Scoop.itMoney & Payments

In March, Visa and Mastercard payment systems ceased servicing cards issued by the Rossiya bank and two of its subsidiary banks, as well as SMP Bank in Russia.

Faisal Khan‘s insight:

This is an interesting take on things. Politics aside, both VISA/MasterCard should not have been used as economic sanctions tool for 100,000s of Russians who rely on these card scheme for payments. This also goes to show that the card payment rails are nearly (read: entirely) controlled by the US, a fact that disturbs many and is changing in places like India, Poland, Latin America and some part of GCC.

See on www.pymnts.com