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Top 10 Largest Linkedin Groups

by Jake on April 17, 2012

The power of groups on Linkedin should never be under estimated as it is one of the most powerful networking tools available on the site. There are well over 1.2 million groups on Linkedin so that gives you a fairly large field to play in although do remember, you are limited to joining 50 only. Due to this it is a good idea to choose wisely depending on what it is you are looking to gain from Linkedin.

If you are looking to find sales leads or hunt talent for clients or company, then it is beneficial to join the right groups that are relevant to your industry. It also helps massively if that group has a huge number of members rather than just a couple. Not that small groups are pointless, far from it. A small but highly targeted or niche group that suits your game plan is still worth engaging with.

If you bring up the groups option on Linkedin you will find that just about every conceivable niche is represented, so you should be able to find a few that are relevant to you.

A great reason to be in a large group is also the networking potential if you are looking to grow your 1st degree contacts. Now don’t go spamming people at random as this will simply get you a restricted account in no time. I get invites all the time claiming that we worked or have done business together. It’s a clear lie to try and get into my network and at best I’ll click ignore, but if someone pushes their luck I will report as spam.

But if you honestly want to network, then there is nothing wrong with making a connection and saying hi, we are both in XYZ group and I thought it might be beneficial to connect as we have a shared interest. You are far more likely to get an acceptance this way. Also, if you engage in the community discussions regularly with quality and relevant insights, then you will really boost your chances of the target person accepting your invite.

So which groups are the biggest and how many members are in them? Well let’s take a look at the top 10.

Job Openings, Job Leads and Job Connections!

#1 LinkedIn Jobs, Career and Networking Group: HR human resources recruiter recruiter’s executive executives managers management consultants consulting business marketing sales information technology finance media telecom healthcare open networkers education alumni US UK Europe Canada Asia India USA

770,147 members

Linked:HR (#1 Human Resources Group)

Leadership CHRO professional management executive executives consultant consultants coaching training HRIS SHRM ASTD corporate recruiter recruiters recruitment recruiting headhunting headhunters staffing hiring health care workforce safety employer employers employment engagement career education

640,422 members

LinkedIn Accounting OFFICIAL

Join the conversation with 500,000 other Accounting professionals. All contributions here are moderated to keep the conversation at a high level of quality. There are over a million groups on LinkedIn – discover other interesting groups at http://lnkd.in/GYML.

499,584 members

LinkedIn Residential Real Estate OFFICIAL

Join the fully moderated conversation with 500,000 other Residential Real Estate professionals. All contributions here are moderated to keep the conversation at a high level of quality. There are over a million groups on LinkedIn – discover other interesting groups at http://lnkd.in/GYML.

497,095 members

LinkedIn Entertainment OFFICIAL

Join the fully moderated conversation with 500,000 other Entertainment professionals. All contributions here are moderated to keep the conversation at a high level of quality. There are over a million groups on LinkedIn – discover other interesting groups at http://lnkd.in/GYML.

441,337 members

eMarketing Association Network

Largest marketing group with 411,000+ members. Managed by the eMarketing Association, the world’s largest Internet Marketing Association. Focus on Social, eMail, Search and Web Marketing. Open to all interested in business marketing. Join us April 3rd – 4th in San Francisco for the eMarketing Event.

417,521 members

Social Media Marketing

This is the LARGEST and most active social media group on LinkedIn.com with amost 300,000 members as of January 2012, and 20 special interest subgroups. It is intended for interactive advertising, marketing and other professionals who are actively engaged in social media and community websites.

350,589 members

The Recruiter Network – #1 Group for Recruiters

Recruiter: #1 LinkedIn Recruitment & Career Networking Social Media Group. Network with recruiters, find a job or headhunter. Read recruiting, HR, staffing, & employment news. Recruit talent, find jobs, careers, executive, alumni, and professional connection. Members in US UK Europe Canada India USA

318,994 members

The Project Manager Network – #1 Group for Project Managers

#1 Project Manager Social Media Group & Community on LinkedIn. Find PM jobs or a job in a PMO. Discuss methodology, management of projects. Research PMP certification, Prince2, CMMI, PMI PMBOK, RUP, Six Sigma, ITIL, IEEE, Agile & Scrum, Software, PDU career education. USA, Canada, UK, India, Europe.

304,171 members

Telecom Professionals

The group for Telecoms & Media discuss: New Devices & Technology, Mobile Content & Apps, Billing, IPTV, Cloud Computing, LTE, WiMax, Connected TV, Pay TV, Telecoms Marketing & Advertising, PR, Jobs, Events, Social Media, VOIP, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Symbian, 3G, Wireless, SaaS, Broadband, OSS.

260,675 members

Now I’ll be honest, if you apply some advanced Boolean logic to the group members here you will find a lot of them contain a lot of recruiters and HR professionals. But they are still huge groups and depending upon your Linkedin strategy will give you access to a vast number of people to connect with and leverage off their connections.

So take a look and play around with the group function. Use it correctly and you can really start to network like a champion. Do a search for industry. Maybe you are into digital marketing or social media? Search the groups for those keywords and see which are the largest that get returned and join them.

As a final note though, size doesn’t always mean better with Linkedin groups. Some markets are naturally small or you may find a smaller group that has a high engagement of its users. This is a good thing. Take a look at the discussions and see how well they are moderated. If it’s all spam then maybe use it to quickly network then get out and join another. If its high quality content being discussed, join in and make your mark.

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

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