Here’s what I have found with getting more connections. You have to try to make it easy on the guy on the other end. For example, I use OpenLink a lot to contact potential new contacts. It works fine and there are reasons I use it. That said, it is not nearly as effective as just sending an invite. I am pretty sure this is because the OpenLink message doesn’t give me an option to give the recipient a connect button. So they have to copy my email and send an invite. Not so easy, not so likely to happen.
Think about a fellow (or lady) cruising an invite post in one of the open networking groups. Here’s the quick way to do that. First if it is important you move the cursor over their picture and get some basics about the person. I do this because although I accept invites from around the world I only invite U.S. based connects. That is my market.
Next I want to know if I have already contacted them. To know this once I look at a profile I usually click “follow” So when I am cruising these lists anyone that says “unfollow” at the bottom of their picture I don’t need to look at, already have contacted them.
Last I capture their email address on a spreadsheet I have open. When I am done collecting names I just send them all invites at once.
If there is no email address I don’t follow them and hope to catch them later. This is because, if I go to their profile it means starting over on cruising the list. It just takes more time. Occasionally I am on a short list I will send a message like I did you. It bumps me off the list but easier to get back.
I’m probably not doing it right but it is what works for me. BTW, there are some tips about where else you can put your email to make it easier to find. Having it where you have it is great. I often capture emails when I am sending an InMail. When you put your email there, it shows up on InMails when someone wants to contact you. Makes it so I don’t waste the InMail. Same principal though, is if it is in your name it is easier to capture. There is a blog post on that too.
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