First impressions in business are crucial
According to many studies those first impressions are formed within 7 to 17 seconds of meeting someone and 55% of a person's opinion is determined by physical appearance.
You can't stop people from making a snap decision about you, but when it comes to your LinkedIn profile, why not help to influence those all-important first impressions.
You can achieve this by making your personal LinkedIn profile the best it can possibly. Start by making a few simple changes, and one of those changes includes creating an engaging and effective Linkedin Background.
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Five of my connections on LinkedIn are making the most of that 7 - 17 seconds, they have all used an interesting and eye-catching backgrounds on their personal LinkedIn profiles with a mixture of logo's, text and images.
1. Oliver Ellis
Oliver is on brand, using bright colours and messaging which match the Energize brand, along with bright messaging at top of the banner.
2. Elliot Dell
Using a very funky design which incorporates the office address, Elliot has a super cool and on-trend Background with grey and blue colouring matching perfectly with his profile photo and company logo.
3. James Murphy
James has used text as the basis of his Linkedin Background, and there is no mistaking where he works, the white writing on the black image jumps out and with a subtle colour fade to the right, this banner looks cool and clean.
4. Richard Wiltshire
Richard has used text with an inspirational message and aspirational image of an astronaut, there is a nice use of space and the white writing pops.
5. Jorgen Sundberg
This is a fun and cheeky image using images from his team, it sits perfectly within Jorgen's industry and shows their fun and digital side.
You'll need to ensure your LinkedIn background is the right size and file type but never fear, LinkedIn offers you a size guide for all your digital images: Adding or Changing the Background photo on your profile.
You won't be able to edit or upload your image from a mobile device, you'll need to do this from your desktop and if you are premium member you'll have access to the preloaded image gallery.
Creating a background is fairly easy to do, speak to your marketing team or if that isn't an option there are plenty of websites which offer downloads, such as
freelinkedinbackgrounds.com and linkedinbackground.com.
You could ask a freelance designer to whip one up for you or if your feeling creative, try out Canva.com, check out "My Top Tip for creating Free Digital Images" for more information on Canva.
My connections have some really effective background images, try out some designs today and stand out from the crowd!