There are a ton of reasons to reach out to someone.
You might even want to reach out to someone you already know for user research, but want more background on them before you do.
In this Leadifly Review, you’ll get two proven step-by-step methods to find that right email.
There are a variety of services to scale email collection, research and enrichment. However for this post, we’re focused on what you need for just some simple outreach.
You can use this now, bookmark it for later or pass it off to someone on your team. Whatever you do, you will no longer have any excuse to not reach out.
But FIRST…an outreach service announcement
I’ve seen great companies and people damage their reputation over bad outreach practices, which is just sad to see.
Bad outreach happens when you:
#1 Email “carpet bomb” a group with non-targeted email.
#2 Don’t concisely communicate value.
#3 Are just plain misleading or dishonest.
We won’t focus much on #3, but please don’t do this. It just slows the world down.
There’s a FB Audience Blaster Review to get around #2 and #3. The tough thing I’m afraid to say is: carpet bombing can actually work. Before you consider this type of strategy, I’d like you to consider your personal and business lifetime to be more than the upcoming month. What’s the cost to you or your business of a bad first impression?
To avoid hurting your reputation and communicate more value, break up your initial outreach list.
The more you can segment list this, the more you can create more targeted messaging. Plus, you get the benefit of observing the reactions and adjusting based on each batch you send to.
The biggest benefit to more upfront research is you now be shamelessly persistent.
This is important, because no matter how compelling you message is, you’re first email will often not work when sent to a busy executive. It might take up to 8 touches, or even potentially more until you get a response.
Doing the research up front gives you the confidence to reach out multiple times and by whatever means necessary – social, carrier pigeon – whatever it takes until you get a response. Onto email finding…
Method #1: How to Find Anyone’s Email Address, Fast.
The below will get you coverage for making contact with almost anyone. Think of the below not like a list but an algorithm. If step #1 doesn’t work, proceed to step #2. If step #2 doesn’t work, go to step #3.
Work these tools and come up with your own preferences or drop any preferred methods in the comments below.
Step 1: Do a ‘Best Guess’ Rapportive Check
The free Rapportive plugin is usually all you need to find someone’s work email.
Using Rapportive, I can quickly try variation like “email@example.com” or “firstname.lastname@example.org” and get a check in my inbox whether that email is valid.
This trick uses the LinkedIn API to verify the information, and funny enough Rapportive itself was acquired by Linkedin.
If this quick check doesn’t work, immediately go to step 2, email hunter.
Although something to note is if I’m reaching out to a Power Tool Video Profits Review a good free option to find email variations.
More advanced, but you can also use the main phone number to get connected to an assistant and retrieve the email you want.
Step 2: Try Email Hunter
Email Hunter is a website (and Chrome extension) which crawls the web to to find email address variations and addresses. It’s quite slick.
If I type in growhack.com, I immediately get what I’m looking for:
What’s great is Email Hunter will find a variety of different emails and give you a number of “sources” where they retrieved the information.
Breaking down the sources I can go into where this was found as well:
Looks like it got the email from the time I offered my email to our New York City Meetup. Now just type this email into your TO field, confirm with Rapportive, and you’re good.
That doesn’t work? Go to step 3.
Step 3: Try Clearbit Connect
Clearbit is a data company who offers a free gmail plugin that looks like this:
Method #2: Create a Magical Outreach List
I’m putting this method as #2 to encourage more responsible emailing because once you try it, you’ll realize the power of this type of service. If you’re thoughtful, ClearBit Sheets is an incredible way to build an outreach list.
(Side note: I talk a little about using BuiltWith for a free smaller outreach list research in my last post.)
With Clearbit, you can magically create a list of contacts who meet your specific needs including: company size, geography, domain, role and keywords. Their freemium plan will give you all of what you need for a quick list in a Google Spreadsheet.
So let’s say we want to do a deal with Pinterest.
We can start by installing the the Clearbit Google Sheet Add On and open it from within a new Google spreadsheet like so:
Once we click “Open” we’ll get a pop up to the right. Click “Prospector.” For this example, I’ll type “pinterest.com” as our domain, “Executive” as the role I’m searching for, and select “5” to limit our initial search results.
Boom. Like magic, we have a short list of partner executives and assistants at Pinterest:
You can now further research each of these folks on LinkedIn and elsewhere to make sure you’re reaching out to the best person and increase our odds of a successful connection.
Want to do this additional research quickly? You can use the “Enrichment” tab to pull this and other social information about the contacts you’ve just found:
Now, let’s take this a step further. Let’s say we want to be a little broader in our outreach, and want to just find companies in San Francisco with 50 employees, who’ve raised between $1-10M.
For this we can use the Discovery tab and voila:
Along with employee count, we have a number of other options to filter by including industry, technology they’re using and so forth. This tool is incredibly powerful, so email responsibly.
Both Clearbit and BuiltWith both offer paid tiers which offer additional searches. There are other paid services like Datanyze and Mattermark, as well as industry specific lists you can find depending on your topic.
If you just can’t find someone’s email..
In most cases you’ll be able get someone’s email. However, if you can’t and they’ve made it to your short list: keep working it.
Find a way to reach out on one of the many social platforms.
Does your contact have an account you can reach out to on?:
Your best choice depends where the person you’re connecting with hangs out most. I also tend to stay away from the more personal platforms like Facebook, although I can’t deny they don’t work.
It helps to keep your own reasonably updated social profile for whatever platform you’re reaching out on. But you can for example create a concise message within a LinkedIn invite to connect request.
Here’s a recent tweet to gently try to get Andy Carvell on board to get his take on mobile growth tools for our recent study on growth stacks.
If you’re confident you can add value, do whatever it takes.
Final Takeaway On Email Tracking..
If you’re sending outreach, it’s really helpful to track your email.
There are a few tools that will add a small 1×1 pixel in your email and modify your email links to give you the ability to track your email opens and click throughs.
For me, this is an essential step.
If you’re only sending a few one off emails, HubSpot Sales is a free way to get open and click through data for your outreach. If you’re doing a more advanced campaign you can use a few tools like: PersistIQ, Outreach, Tout, SalesLoft or Yesware.
Some Facebook users make their emails available on their About Page. When searching for someone's email address, the About Page can be a good place to start from. However, adding one's email address is not really needed. There are still other ways you can find out the person's email address on Facebook.
1Find the Email from the About Page
The first thing you must do to learn how to know someone's Facebook email is to log into your account on Facebook, then visit the profile page of the person you need his or her Facebook email. Scroll to the About icon right below the cover photo and then click on the Contact and Basic information option. If the owner of the account wants friends to contact him/her through email, you will find the Facebook email displayed right in the Contact Information section. Once you send any message to the listed address, it will be automatically forwarded to the person's email address.
Some users may list their email address in a different field. In this example, the owner of the Facebook account listed his email address right in the Address area on the upper side of the Contact Information page. There is also a Twitter handle, as well as a website through which he could be reached.
Another effective tip on how to know someone's Facebook email is to ask, especially when the email address is not listed. Once you follow the first procedure and discovers that the friend whose email you need has not listed it on their contact information page, ask him/her. There is an icon that says "ask for your friend's email". Click on this icon, and your friend will get a message with your name from Facebook informing him/her that you would want to have their email. This option does not give you the chance to type any message, but it sure lets your friend know of your desire to send them a mail.
3Know the Email from Facebook ID
Another important tip on how to know someone's Facebook email is by visiting the person's Facebook timeline.
You can make use of any email program to send email messages to your Facebook friends. You don't even need to be a Facebook member before you can be able to do this. Every Facebook user is assigned a particular email address for sending and receiving messages outside Facebook. To learn how to know someone's Facebook email, visit the person's timeline and follow the steps below.
Facebook usernames are not known to be case sensitive, with optional periods. The Facebook email address, Julian.Warchild@facebook.com and Julianwarchild@facebook.com are seen as the same for every practical purpose, and using any of the two will direct your email message directly to the same person. When looking for someone's Facebook username, make sure you use the name you see on the person's Facebook URL from his/her Timeline. Most times, the name shown at the upper side of the persons Timeline differs from the name shown in the URL.Via Invitation Reminder Email
When you create an account on any social media platform, you expect the networking site to respect all its privacy policies and promises. For example, if you choose not to have your email address shown to everyone, you expect your email to remain a private contact information.
But one security researcher claims he has found a new way to extract the primary email address of all Facebook users. This is in spite of all privacy settings. He claims he does this by utilizing a particular security lapse on all social networking sites.
This security researcher, Stephen Slafani gave a description of how he found the privacy loop while going through some of his earliest mailing lists.
He came across one message that contained one Facebook invitation reminder email, the message seemed to have been sent out accidentally by a user who mistakenly adhered to Facebook's promptings to send out an invitation to everyone on their contact list to the social media.
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