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Did you try LinkedIn's InMail?
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Alain Alameddine  Identity Verified
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Oct 4, 2013

Hi everyone,

Did any of you ever try using LinkedIn's InMails to meet up with potential clients? If so, would you recommend it? Please share your experiences

Alain


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philgoddard
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We've discussed this before Oct 4, 2013

I suggest you try doing a search. I've been reading all the previous posts recently, and the consensus seems to be that InMails are not worth it, though I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who's used them successfully.

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Thanks! Oct 5, 2013

Thank Phil! I'll look the other discussions up.

Update: I looked them on ProZ but I couldn't find anything Any links?

Alain

[Edited at 2013-10-05 19:45 GMT]


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They don't reply to Inmails Oct 5, 2013

So far I have sent 2 or 3 Inmails to potential clients. The result is that they don't reply.

Hope this helps.


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Did you get your InMails back? Oct 5, 2013

Hi Sarah,

I recall that LinkedIn gives you your "InMail credit" back for every InMail that goes unanswered in 7 days. Has it been the case with you?

Alain


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philgoddard
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Alain Oct 5, 2013

Just enter "LinkedIn" in the "search this forum" box. For example:
http://www.proz.com/forum/marketing_for_translators/235432-marketing_on_linkedin:_paid_for_options.html


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It worked for me Oct 6, 2013

I've been a premium user for over a year and InMail helped me acquire new clients. However, the most interesting contacts were prospects contacting me via LinkedIn rather than me reaching out to them.

Claudia

[Edited at 2013-10-06 07:20 GMT]


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Do InMails really offer some added value? Oct 6, 2013

Interesting - Did InMail offer you something "normal" emails couldn't have offered you?

Alain


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InMails are emails to people outside your network Oct 6, 2013

If you have a basic account, you cannot send messages to people outside your network of connections. You would have to add them first, wait for them to accept the invitation to connect, and then send them a message. Provided that they accept your invitation to connect, of course.

With a premium account (and InMails), you can email people you are not connected with. If they don't reply to your email within one week, you get "InMail credit" back.

Claudia


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philgoddard
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I think what Alain was asking... Oct 6, 2013

... is why can't you just forget LinkedIn and email them direct?

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@Phil Oct 6, 2013

philgoddard wrote:

... is why can't you just forget LinkedIn and email them direct?


The most likely reason is that their e-mail addresses are not published elsewhere or otherwise known to you, while you know that InMail will be forwarded to them.


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Exactly Oct 6, 2013

Rudolf Vedo CT wrote:

philgoddard wrote:

... is why can't you just forget LinkedIn and email them direct?


The most likely reason is that their e-mail addresses are not published elsewhere or otherwise known to you, while you know that InMail will be forwarded to them.


If you don't have their email addresses or don't even know their names (let's say you want to get in touch with the marketing director of a company and you have no clue what his/her name is), you most certainly do not want to send an email to info@companyname.com. You can look these people up on LinkedIn and send them a message (InMail).

Claudia

[Edited at 2013-10-06 16:16 GMT]


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philgoddard
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. Oct 6, 2013

But you can Google them.

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One does not exclude the other! Oct 6, 2013

philgoddard wrote:

But you can Google them.


Of course you can always Google them, but you may not be able to find their email addresses. Besides, I personally find it very convenient to contact people from my LinkedIn profile, where they can get an overview of who I am, what I do and what clients say about me. LinkedIn is just one of the tools we have -- there's people who prefer making cold calls, for that matter. I prefer trying to reach out to them via LinkedIn first.

Claudia


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Hone your LinkedIn "elevator pitch" Oct 7, 2013

Inviting someone to connect is free, and you have 200 characters to use as an introduction. It's not a lot, but should be enough if your message is crafted tightly enough. I know you're theoretically not supposed to invite people you don't already know outside of LinkedIn, but judging the odd assortment of invitations I regularly receive, everybody does it. Most don't seem to bother with using the invite character allotment at all -- they just send the invite, so a personal invite message alone would probably get somebody's attention.

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