Now You Can Create Subsections For Your LinkedIn Company Pages

LinkedIn introduces a new feature today that will be welcomed by businesses with multiple brands, locations, and product lines. Three years after launching company pages, LinkedIn has now made it possible to add multiple subsections to these pages.

Although LinkedIn has been inching in this direction for a while, today’s official launch of Showcase Pages gives companies the ability to create new pages for specific purposes, indexing them on the main company page and giving control over each LinkedIn showcase pagesShowcase Page to a different manager.

Until now, a company with multiple divisions or brands had to create a separate page for each. So a company like Yum had separate pages for its KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut brands (among others). Now, if it chooses, it can create a main company page on LinkedIn with subsections for each of its brands.

Marketers will decide the value of aggregating multiple brands in one location, as LinkedIn hopes will happen (separate company pages will still be permitted), but for companies with multiple consumer locations for a single brand, or with multiple product lines creating individual content pages will allow for greater customization and appeal to consumers and job seekers. Although all jobs will still be displayed for now under the “Careers” tab, recruiters can use Showcase Pages to tell the story of specific divisions.

For example, LinkedIn itself has created separate Showcase Pages for its three divisions: Talent solutions, Marketing solutions, and Sales solutions. Each section has its own custom content and updates.

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Joseph Roualdes, senior manager of corporate communications for LinkedIn Talent Solutions, said one feature recruiters will especially appreciate will be the ability to communicate directly with those who “follow” their showcase page — or any company page. In addition to launching Showcase Pages, LinkedIn also announced Talent Updates, a convenience feature for recruiters.

When a Company page administrator enables the feature, recruiters can directly post updates to followers of the company directly from the recruiter dashboard. Besides posting to all the followers, recruiters can target updates selectively.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.

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