LinkedIn emailed all Groups owners last week saying that there is a new feature, akin to a newsletter for the Group owner: LinkedIn Group Announcements. This is pretty cool, as it allows me as a Group owner to actually send a message to all Group members.
Did I say “pretty cool?” I mean, this is THE BOMB. You see, before this there were only a few points where I could communicate to my Group members, including the page where they signed up (if they read the whole page), and through the fairly new Group Discussions and Group News (which I think are seen more as spam than anything else, due to the types of “discussions” posted there).
So I LOVE the Announcement feature, even though I can’t go find the link to send an announcement from where I think I should be able to (you have to click on the Manage tab (which you see if you are a LinkedIn Group owner), and then the top link on the right is “Send an Announcement.”
One major drawback on this is that it is likely we won’t see the “download Group member” link anymore… in other words, no way to export Group members to a spreadsheet (and then import to a CRM or Constant Contact).
I love that i won’t have to import into Constant Contact to message all Group members, as I was just getting ready to do that. But I will indeed miss the export feature.
I have another beef, which I’ll post tomorrow.
Otherwise, I’m very happy with this new feature.