It’s well known that LinkedIn is the best source for finding potential leads regardless of your target, niche, or industry. Besides the ability to run super-targeted ads, it also allows you to perform really specific searches for people on the platform.
However, you’ll quickly find the issue with LinkedIn. Unless you have a 1st-degree connection with the person, you can’t see their email address. In many cases, you can’t even message them and we know that the success rate of an invite with a note attached is low. On top of that, you may be dealing with a segment of contact that numbers into the thousands—way too many to pick emails by hand.
So, you’ve found the person, market, or region that you want to target with your campaign… but how do you find email addresses on LinkedIn? The good news is that there are a couple of ways to help you solve this problem.
In the first section, you’ll learn how to manually find email addresses from LinkedIn for free.
The manual way
It’s possible to get unlisted emails from LinkedIn, and other sources, manually. It’s not the best option when you’re trying to fill in a massive database for an email campaign. But if you only need a small number of emails it can do the trick. Here’s how you do it.
Find your contact on LinkedIn. Right now, we’re not going to focus on that person. What’s more important is the company they work for. There are plenty of tools that provide email addresses based on company queries. Hunter.io is one of the more popular email finder sites.
The free account at hunter.io is free forever and allows 50 free searches per month, you just need to provide your business email address to register. With the free version, you can see the first 10 results, sometimes there are thousands more. No worries, we only need to see a few.
We want the standard form of email addresses for that company’s domain. With this information, you can take the name from the LinkedIn profile you want to contact and plug it into this pattern. It’s even easier for companies that aren’t enterprise size. This is really successful with SMBs and startups.
Exporting your connections
Sometimes you might want to send emails to the people you’ve connected with. If that’s the case, you can easily export their data from your profile. This method has one downside, though.
As you probably know, every user decides whether they want their email address to be seen on the profile. So you might end up with some empty spaces in your Google Spreadsheet.
It’s worth it to give it a shot, though:
- Go to the My Network tab and click on your Connections (on the left)
- Then, click Manage synced and imported contacts (on the right of the page)
- Select Want something in particular? Select the data files you’re most interested in
- Select Connections
- Click Request archive
- You’re going to have to enter your password
- You’ll get an email with a link which will allow you to download the data
Using paid tools
Now let’s move on to using automation to find emails from LinkedIn accounts. Is there a way to extract the data with only a couple clicks?
There’s lots and lots of tools that could potentially be useful in getting the email addresses.
There is, however, one elephant in the room that we need to address.
Is extracting email addresses from LinkedIn legal?
Let’s get this one out of the way.
Technically, you can do it.
Having said so, LinkedIn is strict about any third party apps being used on their site without their consent, so they check users’ profiles for such software and extensions. They do this to keep the platform spam-free and probably also not to lose revenue to other apps.
Using prohibited plugins and extensions goes against the LinkedIn User Agreement and can result in your account being blocked or shut down.
Ultimately, the decision is yours, but we wouldn’t recommend it – the risk is just too high.
And just so you know what kind of tools we’re talking about, here are a few:
Lusha is one of the most popular email finders. They offer a browser extension to make email and phone number extracting easy to access.
Skraap is a tool that allows you to find emails through LinkedIn as well as company websites. The email finder feature allows to search by first and last name as well as the company domain for your goal contact. Their Domain Search function operates a lot like hunter.io.
ContactOut positions itself as a tool to help recruiters find talent faster by extracting emails from LinkedIn. ContactOut has a browser extension to integrate itself into your LinkedIn searches.
Wiza is a LinkedIn email scraper that offers to transform and LinkedIn Sales Navigator search to a neat list of verified emails. This tool is dependent on LinkedIn Sales Navigator.
Gem is a talent recruitment-focused tool. This could be the most comprehensive option out of all these tools.
Over to you
As you can see, getting emails from LinkedIn profiles can be a bit tricky. Hopefully, now you can make an informed decision about how to approach this process.
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