If you’re a specialist in SEO or link acquisition, then you’ll know that generic email addresses are as much use as a chocolate fireguard when it comes to outreach.
You need to develop personal connections with influencers, regardless of whether you work in PR or SEO, it’s always the same.
But finding the right person’s email address can be a draining, time-consuming task.
Who has time for that?
Well, actually, it’s not so difficult, or time-consuming.
In this post, I’m going to walk you through the exact step-by-step process our agency uses to find (almost) anyone’s email address, in 60 seconds or less!
#1 – LinkedIn & Email Hunter
LinkedIn has to be one of my personal favorites for finding anyone’s email address.
According to a report by Statista, LinkedIn now has over 450 million members – an increase of 413 million since 2009.
Finding an email address with LinkedIn is easy – but it involves a two-pronged approach, so let’s start with the first step.
Simply head over to LinkedIn advanced search and enter the name of the company who your target works for.
You’ll then be provided with a list of relevant people who work there.
Depending on the size of the company, however, you may wish to include specific keywords or titles to narrow the search.
For example, if you’re searching for someone who works in the editorial department, make sure to include the title “editor”.
Below is an example, for illustrational purposes.
Once we have some top-notch results, let’s move on to step 2.
If you want to fetch someone’s email address in a flash, then I’d recommend you sign up to Email Hunter and download their Chrome extension. It’s free up to 150 requests per month and integrates with LinkedIn.
Once you have clicked on the relevant person’s profile, a slick red button will appear next to their profile picture.
Click this button, and VOILA.
Piece of cake.
Email Hunter has a super high success rate and it works well for finding most corporate emails.
#2 – Followerwonk & Viola Norbert
If LinkedIn proves unsuccessful, then give Followerwonk and Viola Norbert a try!
Followerwonk is a Moz-owned Twitter tool that has lots of great features for marketers, although Moz recently announced they will no longer be investing in Followerwonk and they intend to find a good home for it, so we’re hopeful it will be here to stay!
A simple yet powerful feature of Followerwonk allows you to search keywords within Twitter bios, allowing you to quickly track down the person you’re looking for.
For this example, we’ll include the keyword “director” with the URL “goamplify.co.uk” to quickly find my profile.
Then, once you have the full name of the person you need to speak to, copy and paste his/her name directly into Voila Norbert.
Voila is a powerful tool that pings the mail host to find and confirm the correct corporate email address, so it has high accuracy.
It’s not rocket science either, simply conduct a search, and you’ll be provided with the relevant email address.
Once you sign up for a free account, you’ll get 50 free leads to play with.
#3 – Google Search Operators
Sometimes, we all like taking shortcuts.
And there’s nothing better than using Google search operators to help you easily find those ‘hard to find’ web pages and contact details.
Combining the target domain, name of the person, and specific keywords in search operators can work a treat.
Head over to Google and search one of the following examples…
site:companywebsite.com + “name” + contact
site:companywebsite.com + “name” + email
Should the relevant persons contact details be published on the domain, operator shortcut should instantly provide you the page you’re looking for, along with the contact information you need.
#4 – Mail Tester
If you have an email address, but you’re not 100% sure it’s correct, head over to Mailtester to see if it’s real.
Mailtester usually gives a really good indication of whether it’s a valid email address.
But the tool is dependent on how the websites mail servers are set up.
On occasions, mail servers block email verification and it will be highlighted in yellow, in which case, you’re out of luck.
If it returns in red, that means the email doesn’t exist.
Most of the time, however, it’s green, so pop this in your bookmarks, and it’ll save you a bundle of time.
#5 – All My Tweets
All My Tweets allows you to crawl and display up to 3,200 recent Tweets from any profile, all within one page.
When you search for your targets Twitter handle, use CTRL + F and search for the keyword “email” or “@examplesite.com.”
This saves you a great deal of time scrolling through their Twitter page to find the targets email address.
#6 – Pick up the phone
If you’re having a hard time finding an email address online, then you should pick up the phone and just ask.
If you have a direct phone number for the person you’re trying to reach, then great, but make sure you get off on the right foot by talking about something of value.
If you have a super amazing piece of content that’s relevant to their audience, or an outstanding product that will get them excited, then pick up the phone.
However, DON’T call if you don’t have a good reason to do so.
Put yourself in their shoes, would you be interested what YOU have to offer?
Hopefully, you did enough research before carrying out any outreach in the first place.
Wrapping it up
Hopefully, these simple yet powerful techniques will help you to find your target’s email in a flash, and will save you a great deal of time so you can focus on what matters – building relationships.
Have I missed any of your favorite email finding tools? If I have, feel free to share in the comments below!
Featured Image: Pexels
Screenshots by Joshua Daniels. Taken October 2016.