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LinkedIn hits 15 million user mark in India
LinkedIn hits 15 million user mark in India
By: iMedia News Bureau

The professional social networking site has registered a user base of over 15 million in India. India is LinkedIn Corp.’s largest market outside the US in terms of membership, currently accounting for 9.3% of the site’s overall user base of 161 million.

LinkedIn started its India operations in 2009 with a member base of 3.4 million and today India is LinkedIn’s largest market outside the US in terms of membership. 

Hari V. Krishnan, Country Manager, LinkedIn India, said, “We are delighted to reach the 15 million member milestone. It demonstrates that professional networking is becoming increasingly important to Indian professionals. In just three years we have scaled our operations in India and our member base has grown by over 300%. We attribute this growth to the tools we have developed that help professionals to stay connected, gain insights for their businesses, bag that dream job and ultimately, realize their professional potential. As awareness of our product features has grown, engagement and adoption of the platform has accelerated.”

LinkedIn India’s audience of professionals is one of the most influential, educated and affluent on the Web with one out five members being drivers of business decisions. In India, members turn to LinkedIn to keep up with industry discussions (58%), fostering their professional identity (75%), networking with other professionals (77%) and learning about companies (46%).

Recent acquisition of Slideshare, leading professional content-sharing community has helped LinkedIn advance in the social media jargon. After hitting $14 million Indian users mark recently, the company has also dived in the app market by creating a remarkable iPad app.

The Indian user base of the largest professional social networking site has grown 300% in three years since it had a marketing presence in India.

LinkedIn has been able to reach critical mass with English - unlike other markets such as China, where local language is the key to build a successful Internet business. That may explain why India is a larger market for LinkedIn than China, where it has barely a million members.

Headquartered in Mumbai, LinkedIn India has 4 offices across Gurgaon, Bengaluru and Mumbai. In February 2012, LinkedIn launched localized pricing for hiring solutions in India. A number of high profile brands are opting for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions to build conversations and influence with a highly targeted, affluent audience. Brands like AMEX, Wipro, DSP Blackrock and Volkswagen India have leveraged the customized solutions that LinkedIn provides to its advertisers.

Moreover, companies like ING Vysya Bank, HCL Technologies, Genpact and Larsen & Toubro have been extensively using LinkedIn Hiring Solutions to recruit professionals for various positions in their organization.