In our previous post, Finding People to Invite to your LinkedIn Network – Search Titles, we talked about using the advanced search on LinkedIn to find contacts. In this post, we take a look at ways to invite people to your LinkedIn network.
Inviting People: Send InMail
InMail is a way to send a message internal to LinkedIn. You can message anyone on LinkedIn, not just those in your network. Sending InMail generally means upgrading your account. You can buy InMails for $10 apiece, or get three InMails a month with the Business premium account, 10 with the Business Plus account, and 25 with the Executive account. The various LinkedIn recruiting accounts offer more InMails.
Inviting People: Fellow Group Members
A far easier way to contact random people on LinkedIn is to join LinkedIn Groups. As we discussed earlier in this chapter, there are all sorts of groups on LinkedIn — hundreds of thousands of them. You can join 50 at a time, and you can message group members publicly by replying to their posts in the group discussions, or privately. The hitch here is that the group member must first post a discussion topic or comment on one.
If your target person is shy and doesn’t post, go to the Members tab for the group, which enables you to invite any group member to connect or even send them a private message.
If you’re more interested in finding companies, LinkedIn has a comprehensive company search.
Figure 28 — LinkedIn Company Search Example
A simple search for the keyword “accounting software” finds more than 3,300 organizations. You can filter the results by industry, location, country, postal code, degree of connectedness to you, company size, and whether they’re hiring.
Next up: Using LinkedIn Toolbars
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