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Getting Started: Getting Recommended

1. Why should I add recommendations to my Alignable profile?

2. What is the best way to get recommendations on my Alignable profile?

3. How can I recommend other businesses on Alignable?

Why should I have recommendations on my profile?

Recommendations are one of the main drivers of referrals on Alignable. When you have recommendations on your profile, other Alignable members can see that you are trusted and referred by other businesses in your community and will be even more attracted to your contact and potentially hire your business.


On Alignable, you can be marked with a highly recommended business badge when you have more than 5 recommendations on your profile (see image below):

Within your community, other members can see how you stack up as a highly recommended business versus other businesses in your community while on the “My Community” page (see image below):

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Community Manager here: https://www.alignable.com/biz/messages/alignable

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What is the best way to get recommendations on my profile?

The best and quickest way we suggest to get recommendations on your profile is by having people you already trust or know you to give your business a recommendation. How do you find out who is on Alignable that you know that can give your business a recommendation?

In the section below, you will be able to see how to import your email or LinkedIn address book. The goal is that, once your address book is uploaded, we will be able to show you, based on the contacts that you uploaded, who is on Alignable that you already know and connect with to ask for recommendations, and who is not on Alignable that you can invite to join Alignable so that they can leave you a recommendation as well.

This happens because our system is able to match the email address of those businesses you uploaded with those in our system that have an account. Once connected with these businesses, not only can you exchange recommendations, but you also open up all of their network for far more 2nd hand connections and thus more referral opportunities for your business.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Community Manager here: https://www.alignable.com/biz/messages/alignable

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How do I import my LinkedIn Address Book?

There are three main steps to importing your LinkedIn Address book:

Step #1: Go to LinkedIn to download your archive file containing your LinkedIn address book.

You can go to the link to download the file via the link below:

Download LinkedIn Archive File Here

Step #2: Request your Archive File

This link will take you to your LinkedIn account where you can get an archive. To download your LinkedIn Address Book, click on "Connections" as seen in the image below. Click on "Request Archive".

LinkedIn may ask you to verify your password, as shown below. Once you enter your password, click on the "Done" button.

Once you confirm your password, the below "Saved" confirmation will appear and the button will turn gray. This means that LinkedIn will send you an email so that you can download the archive. 

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LinkedIn will then email you your contacts, which may take a minute or two. If you're using Gmail, make sure to check all of your mail tabs, including "social" and "promotions" if you don't see the email in your "primary" tab.

The actual email from LinkedIn will look like this (see image below). Click the "download it with this link" to access your LinkedIn Address Book.

That link will bring you back to LinkedIn, where you can download your data! Just click the "download" button.

The download should just take a few seconds, and once complete you can move the downloaded folder to your desktop. It will look as follows:

Step #3: Upload the Archive File to Alignable so that we can show you who you already know that is on Alignable.

You can go back to the upload page to upload your LinkedIn zip file via the link below:

Upload LinkedIn Address Book Here

Select your LinkedIn file and click the "open" button.

When you click "open" we'll then start uploading your contacts for you.

As we upload your contacts, we'll automatically match them against our database of millions of business owners.

After a few seconds, we'll then show you all of the businesses you already know that are on Alignable already (marked with a “Connect” button) and those who are not on Alignable that you can invite to join (marked with an “Invite” button).

You can pick and choose who you choose to connect and invite with. You also have the option to Connect and Invite all of your LinkedIn address book by clicking on “Add All Your Contacts” button at the top. Or lastly, you can choose not connect or invite with anyone by clicking on “Maybe Later” in blue. Keep in mind that when you do pick who you would like to connect with, the “Maybe Later” button will change to “Next Step”.

To invite people who are not on Alignable, simply click the "invite" button next to their information, or click the "Add All Your Contacts" to easily invite all.

This will send an invite to your contacts on your behalf, asking them to join you in networking on Alignable. When contacts you invite join Alignable, we automatically ask them to recommend you too as an added bonus!

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Community Manager here: https://www.alignable.com/biz/messages/alignable

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How do I Import my Email Address Book?

To import your Email Address Book you need to go the link below:

Import your Email Address Book Here

When you click on the link to import your email address book, you will see the page below:

Your email will be automatically populated into the email field, however, you have the option to change the email from which you would like to import your address book from. We would recommend to import the address book from the email which you use to do business with.

Once you have chosen the email, click on “Show Me” on the right side of the page. This link will redirect you to login into your email account as seen in the image below. Login using the email and password that you would use to login into your email account.

If you are worried as to why we are asking you to login into your email account, don’t be! Although you are signing into your email account, we do not have access to such login information as you would be logging in directly with your email provider. This process is just a means for you to import your email address book.

Once you click “Allow”, our system will start the import process and start matching the email addresses in your address book with the businesses who have joined Alignable in our system (see image below):

After a few seconds, we'll then show you all of the businesses you already know that are on Alignable already (marked with a “Connect” button) and those who are not on Alignable that you can invite to join (marked with an “Invite” button).

You can pick and choose who you choose to connect and invite with. You also have the option to Connect and Invite all of your LinkedIn address book by clicking on “Add All Your Contacts” button at the top. Or lastly, you can choose not connect or invite with anyone by clicking on “Maybe Later” in blue. Keep in mind that when you do pick who you would like to connect with, the “Maybe Later” button will change to “Next Step”.

To invite people who are not on Alignable, simply click the "invite" button next to their information, or click the "Add All Your Contacts" to easily invite all.

This will send an invite to your contacts on your behalf, asking them to join you in networking on Alignable. When contacts you invite join Alignable, we automatically ask them to recommend you too as an added bonus!

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Community Manager here: https://www.alignable.com/biz/messages/alignable

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How do I recommend other businesses on Alignable?

To recommend businesses on Alignable, scroll to the “Businesses We Recommend” section of your profile and click “+ Add”. This will take you to the page as seen below:

Type in the name of the Alignable Business member you would like to recommend. A list of options will appear as seen below. Click the business you would like to recommend:

A field will appear for you to write in a recommendation of that business, once you have finished typing the recommendation, click on “Recommend” on the purple button to the right side to send the recommendation.

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How do I get the recommendations that I have received onto my profile?

Once your business is recommended or you recommend another business, those recommendations need to be approved by the recommended business in order for them to appear on their profile.

To manage your recommendations go to Edit Recommendations page via the link below:

Edit Recommendations

You can also find this page by going to the left navigation menu and clicking “Recommendations” under “My Business”.

Once on the page, you will see the image below. Here you can approve or claim recommendations, edit recommendations you have given and see the recommendations that are currently on your profile.

Claiming Recommendations:

Seeing Current Recommendations:


Seeing Recommendations you have sent in the past:

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If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Community Manager here: https://www.alignable.com/biz/messages/alignable

 

 

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