Aug 31, 2015


I had no knowledge of you prior to this post, Jeff, but I must admit that I have harbored a bit of a love affair with your Company, Linkedin.  

I love the "thumbs up," the endorsements, the comments, the posts, — the sheer fun of connecting with people with whom I'd worked — or with whom I'd like to work.  

It is kind of like Hinge -- but kinder, more business-like, and there is no sex involved (to my knowledge.)

Recently I've felt jilted.

Have you noticed that there is NO easy way to get help from a person who works at Linkedin?  Specifically, there is no clearly-indicated CUSTOMER SERVICE CONTACT NUMBER on Linkedin's site?  

After holding for a virtual rep, a virtual voice told me that I might get a return call in 24-28 hours.  

Jeff,  imagine waiting for your Hinge date in a bar -- for two solid 24-hour days.  (And they didn't show up.  Could take you off your hinges.)

Jeff:  Consider Customer Service! 

As I remember, my beloved Linkedin promises a certain number of "qualified" candidates if one posts a job within a specific timeframe.

I had posted a job on Linkedin for a person with an advanced degree in Pyschology or  Social Work.  After one week, I got a handful of responses...none with degrees or qualifications of any relevance.  (Although one applicant had been at Whole Foods.)  

So I tried to call/chat/link/connect to anyone at Linkedin to see what happened. 

In frustration, I called the  only "sales representative phone number" anywhere on your site -- you know, the number for the top .0001% of your clients… the number you get if you are planning to buy a solid gold membership  at Linkedin? (I believe it also comes with NetJets membership).  

Using that number, I spoke to the entire baby book of millennial names:  Allie, Apple, Brooklyn, Brittny, Detroit, Lindsey, Pear, Madison, Tiffany (ok, some of those I made up), on several separate days.  Each time, the sales reps were polite, but  I was told that they did not have customer service for a "person like me." 

Not wanting to take this personally, I'll assume they were referring to my Linkedin Status.

I asked for their supervisor.  Not there.  (Vacation?  Sauna?  Volleyball?  Day Trading?) 

I asked for the manager.  In a meeting.  (Two separate days.  Two separate requests.  Two times in a meeting…..They meet a lot, I guess.  Hey, they should try using Linkedin inmail!).  

Everyone  with whom I spoke said...

"YOU should tell JEFF that Linkedin needs some customer support."  

Hmmm.  So, I'm telling you, Jeff.  

After my third call,  (three time's the charm, I suppose), I got the newbie in the department (two days on the job).  She took pity on me and promised that a person with two years experience (greatest tenure ever!) would call me back.  

(I worried that it could be a trick — disconnecting and then "losing" the number, seems to be less a trick than a tactic for Linkedin.) 

MIRACLE! The sky parted, the stars aligned and 30 minutes after the newbie spoke with me, a voice came down from above.  Well, actually the voice came from the phone.     

Taylor ScottoManager of  (… well, I'm not sure of his exact title), listened to me.  He looked at the post.  He looked at the candidates.  He calmed me down (not easy!).  He said he "cared" about providing good service —  and then he said he would call me back.   

I was doubtful (see "tactic" above), but I still have that "thing" for Linkedin — and I'm an optimistic type.  

Behold, Taylor enabled his virtual masters to understand the concept of customer service.  Taylor Scotto moved heaven, earth, Pluto (even though it is no longer a planet) and several asteroids — and got me a refund.  

Note to Jeff Weiner:  

Taylor should be promoted to VP, Customer Service, in order to provide SERVICE to your premium clients (heck, why not provide a little service to allyour clients?).  

We LITTLE Linkers drive your business, too.  

I'd be willing to bet that your revenues would rise, as well.