8 Free Ways to Get Someone’s Email Address
Cold emailing, a wonderful strategy for creating valuable connections with other professionals and unicorn investors, was recently lauded by me. However, in order to be successful, you’ll need the email addresses of the persons you want to contact.
Sure, you may use social media to reach out, but it isn’t necessarily the most effective strategy. Sending a personalized email (rather than a generic marketing email) that aids in the development of a relationship is the way to go.
If you’re looking for a means to find someone’s email address for free, here are ten options.
1. Go to the business’s website.
While this may appear to be self-evident, it is one of the finest places to begin. Many organizations provide contact information for specific employees, so don’t overlook this resource just because it appears to be straightforward.
When you get to the site, look at the About Us page to see if they have any information for executives or other staff. The News section is also a good place to look, as articles frequently provide PR contact email addresses.
The Contact Us website can sometimes provide results, but more often than not, you’ll be confronted with a form (and your message will be tossed into a customer service bucket someplace), so don’t be startled if it doesn’t.
2. Google It
There’s a lot of information out there, and unicorns are no exception. Accessing it may require using Google’s search tool.
If you search for someone’s name plus the words “email” or “contact,” you might be able to get their email address. Yes, it can be as simple as that.
Try different combinations, such as the person’s name and the company’s name or title. It only takes a few minutes to go over these possibilities, and it won’t cost you anything else.
3. Extrapolate from Email Addresses You Know
Almost every business follows a standard email format (for example, [first name].[last name]@[company].[com]).
Once you see the layout, it’s not difficult to crack the encryption if you find even a single email address for someone in the firm.
Now, this only works if you know the person’s name, which can be difficult for persons with common names (think “John Smith”), when there may be numerous people with the same name at the company, or for names with multiple possible permutations.
Even if you connect with the wrong person, if the case of mistaken identification ends in a response, you may be able to obtain your target’s email address (or if the “wrong” recipient forwards your message to the “right” one). It’s worth a go as long as you’re not disclosing anything that shouldn’t be seen by others or that could be misinterpreted as a phishing attempt.
4. Use Google Advanced Search to delve deeper.
Try using an Advanced Google Search to see if your guess at an email address is correct.
Put “email@example.com” in the search bar with quotes on either side, as in: “firstname.lastname@example.org”
If you’re correct, it might show up in the search results. If nothing appears, try other combinations until you find the unicorn email address among the donkeys.
5. Make contact with a system administrator
If you can locate the person’s department’s phone number at their firm, ask if you can speak with their administrative assistant.
You don’t want to merely request an email address since you don’t have one. To make this work, you’ll need to be a little resourceful.
After a cordial welcome, inquire whether the administration can assist you (people often like to be helpful, so this statement sets the stage). Inquire if they can confirm the person’s email address, and then offer your best guess as to what that email should be.
Usually, if you make (what they believe to be) a mistake, they will stop you and give you the correct address in exchange.
6. Go to their social media page to see what they’re up to.
On social media, people occasionally post their email addresses. Yes, this isn’t common, but it only takes a few seconds to look, so see if there are any tidbits on personal and company pages.
7. Look for personal blogs and websites.
There are a remarkable amount of personal websites and blogs out there, and many professionals and executives keep one to assist create their own brand.
If you’re having trouble finding information on a company’s website, try a personal search.
Most people connect back to their personal website on their social media sites, especially on LinkedIn and Twitter, so look for it there and utilize that information to conduct additional searches.
You may find up getting the person’s personal email address as a result of this, but that can be just as beneficial as contacting their company email address.
8. People Look for Information on the Internet
Although this is becoming less popular, certain people search sites do allow you to access results for free. However, it’s not a bad idea to give this method a shot.
Keep in mind that the information you find may be out-of-date, so your mileage may vary, but it’s free to try.
If these free options don’t deliver the results you’re looking for, there are a variety of commercial services available. Alternatively, you might send a direct message on social media and see if you can make a connection there. That’s that about “8 Free Ways to Get Someone’s Email Address”
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