Earlier last week, LinkedIn announced its testing out a ‘stories’ feature with universities named “Student Voices.”
Seems as though they’re finally jumping on the ‘stories’ bandwagon. Other platforms like Instagram and then Facebook were quicker to add this functionality to their apps.
With LinkedIn’s audience typically skewing older and more professional, it begs the question; is LinkedIn evolving for a younger workforce?
Survey Says… Yes! Clearly, through adding a Snapchat-like stories feature, along with a few others, the social site & app aim to pique the interest of a younger crowd.
Snapchat’s original purpose of stories was to create spur of the moment videos/photos that disappear (so you don’t have to worry about its impact on your reputation), but according to TechCrunch, LinkedIn’s purpose of including stories is to improve reputation and for students to build their network.
Let’s cover the updates that LinkedIn plans on making & our take for marketers...
LinkedIn’s Platform Changes (Coming Soon..)
So far, LinkedIn confirmed to TechCrunch that its testing out stories for students at universities to add to a “campus playlist.”
But why are they testing out these new functionalities?
With millennials taking over the workforce, most presumably, it’s to attract and engage a younger audience. But why do younger audiences crave things like ‘stories’? They’re core to apps that skew younger, like Snapchat and Instagram.
Deeper than just the functionality of a story, younger audiences demand ‘human’ interactions. (But don’t we all, really?)
What we mean by ‘human’ is the ability to express oneself and build trust with an audience as close to an ‘in-person’ interaction as possible.
Adding the ability to create unrehearsed, in-the-moment content via stories evokes a different sort of relationship building opportunity amongst LinkedIn’s users.
Second, if your audience is on LinkedIn and you want to make a bigger impact there, you NEED to invest time in video - pre recorded, or maybe stories in the future - whatever it may be.
There’s no doubt that video is essential to building trust today, and everyone should take note when a platform is making changes to push video more.
As we see all the time, sites and apps will continue to evolve and we must be prepared to evolve with them. As users test new features, it opens up a way for us to communicate with our audience differently.
Stay tuned here and on LinkedIn for further updates on these features.