Hello Rohan, recommendations and references are extremely important for me and I am pretty sure this is universal.
I have a very basic question. Why should someone use your platform and not LinkedIn? And the answer cannot lie in extra features, because LinkedIn could add those any time they choose. There are also many recruiting platforms that allow for recommendations and referrals.
Ask yourself how many platforms you actually use in your daily life? Very few, I am sure. It is quite hard to drive adoption of a new product unless there is a very sharp and compelling value proposition. What is yours?
The biggest consideration for any marketing strategy would be to show low-cost traction. Can you quickly get a group of users to use, love and recommend your platform to others?