Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Guest blog post from Susie Israel at Sketchology Video

Blogmaster’s note: Susie and Neil Israel own Sketchology Studios. and are my go-to animators (as you will soon see!). When I spoke recently about the new LinkedIn feature of a 30-second video behind your headshot, Susie asked a few questions I could not answer. But leave it to her, she figured it out and educates us here on what she found out, and she goes beyond the elementary. Follow her instructions!

I discovered at 10:00 p.m. last night that I could upload a cover video to my LinkedIn profile. I was so excited I stayed up all night working on my video! 

The LinkedIn rollout of the cover video functionality was a little confusing. With some perseverance and luck, I finally have the answer to all of my questions, and possibly yours as well: Who has the ability to add cover videos to their profile? (EVERYONE!) What is “creator mode” and do I need it to have a cover video? (Creator Mode is separate functionality and you DON’T need it to have a cover video.) Can I add a video from my computer? (NOPE!) So I do it on my phone? (YEP!) Is it possible to upload a video, as opposed to recording it on the spot using your phone? (YES!) 

Read on, or watch the video accompanying this blog post, to learn more.

How you know someone has a cover video

You may already have seen cover videos in action on a few select profiles. When you first visit their profile page, their cover video plays silently for a couple of seconds and then reverts to their still profile picture. Click on their profile picture to play the video and learn more about them!

How to record (or upload!) a cover video 

Go to the LinkedIn app on your phone and go to your profile page. You may see a notification that says, “Introduce yourself with a 30-second video. Add a cover story”.  Click on this notification. Or you may just see a “+” icon in the bottom right corner of your profile picture. If yes, click on this “+” symbol. A “Record” screen will appear, and you will see yourself on the screen in selfie mode. There is a red “record” button at the bottom of the screen, as well as a “picture” icon to the left of the “record” button. 

Record and save your cover video

To record a message, click the record button and record up to 30 seconds. You can add stickers and/or type to your video. You will be prompted to save it, and it will be added to your profile!

Upload a video as your cover video

But maybe you want to record a few versions of your video and decide which one you like best. Or maybe you want to use a phone or computer app to edit your video. Or maybe you’re just not great on camera, and you have an amazing short animated video from Sketchology Studios you’d like to use instead.

To upload a video file, first you need to make sure it’s in the Photo gallery on your phone. See the video accompanying this blog post to learn more about transferring files to your phone. Also, remember your video must be 30 seconds or less.

Once your video is in your Photo gallery, go to the “Record” page in your LinkedIn app, and instead of clicking “record”, click the “picture” icon. Your Photo gallery will appear. Select your video. You can still add stickers or text using LinkedIn’s functionality, or just upload it as is. You will be prompted to save it, and it will be added to your profile!

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Suzie Israel is Creative Director and Co-Founder of Sketchology Studios, a Gainesville, Florida animation marketing company that caters to nonprofits and small purpose-driven businesses around the world. She is also an animal lover, plant nut, web designer, artist, and writer. 

With her husband Neil, Suzie started Sketchology Studios in 2019 to foster an environment that supports creative self-expression in all its beautiful, wacky, and diverse forms—including her own. She’s a video production geek who loves to record, edit, and animate videos, adding her own flourishes to recorded video and mashing it up with animated characters or text. 

Suzie enjoys running a small family business because it allows her to create a more collaborative, diverse, and empathetic world. In her spare time, she volunteers her skills to worthy causes so they can be successful in an increasingly competitive online environment. She has also showcased her art in local Missouri art galleries.

Learn more about Sketchology Studios at www.sketchologystudios.com.

1 thought on “Guest blog post from Susie Israel at Sketchology Video”

  1. Thanks for your easy-to-understand and -follow blog and video, Suzie, and thanks, Marc, for sharing this with your followers. Loved seeing Sketchology’s work!

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