Connecting with a LinkedIn user is relatively easy, or at least trying. Just send him a contact request and wait for him to accept it.
“The new tools are already available on Android and some will take a few weeks to be implemented on iOS.”
However, maintaining contact is something that requires greater involvement and effort. It is completely necessary for that relationship established in the platform to be fruitful in some way, but it is not always easy to find a moment to talk or even devirtualize by closing a meeting, either online or in person.
To help users close meetings, appointments, or stay to talk and collaborate, LinkedIn has just launched several tools within its messaging application, LinkedIn Messenger, which will make this easier to do.
- Compare your availability. It is a new function that allows you to schedule meetings directly from the LinkedIn instant messaging application, since the user can show at what moments or days he has availability to close a meeting. This way, your interlocutor can adapt his agenda and propose to him to be easily. This is a feature that is already available to all Android users and will also be available for iOS users in the coming weeks.
- Access to the local calendar. LinkedIn will allow, by pressing a single button, that the closed appointment through LinkedIn Messenger be included in the local calendar of the user’s mobile phone.
- Find a place to stay. Once the appointment is agreed, it is not easy to select where to keep the professional meeting. The LinkedIn app will make it easier for the user to share their location with their contact and, thus, try to agree to be in a place nearby.
This is very useful especially when you are closing appointments on the fly, or when you are in a city for the first time and you do not know the surroundings. Knowing where one is, the local contact can suggest a location for the appointment.