How to Successfully Message People on LinkedIn

Message people on LinkedIn? What’s the big deal? Isn’t messaging just a form of conversation? You tell me. I’ve got a ton of messages on LinkedIn that I haven’t read since I got there. I still get the message that I’m a LinkedIn expert, but I’m not. I’ve changed my tagline many times in the past year — it used to be “LinkedIn Expert,” then it was “LinkedIn for Business,” and now it’s “LinkedIn for Business Professionals.” I know what I’m talking about, but I don’t know who. Ask me about LinkedIn, and I’d probably tell you like the article I read on “Greater than the sum of its parts” — the only thing there is a LinkedIn.

You know that LinkedIn is a great place to meet people, but that doesn’t mean you can message people whenever you want to. After all, some people are a lot more selective than others about whom they’ll accept friend requests from, and if your messages get sent to the spam folder, you could be missing out on a lot of great business connections.

So, here’s how to successfully message people on LinkedIn.

 

• InMail

There are hundreds of ways to contact people on LinkedIn. Some work better than others. And it’s not always easy to figure out which techniques are best. There are many ways to contact people on LinkedIn. If people are being honest, they’ll say they feel uncomfortable messaging strangers on LinkedIn, especially those in positions of power.

A small business owner would rather reach out and have a discussion with a high-ranking decision-maker than send a generic message via LinkedIn InMail. All the hype about messaging people on LinkedIn is reaching a fever pitch. You may be feeling like you need to sign up for a LinkedIn account and begin messaging people immediately. But while this is smart, you should first make sure you are on the right track.

 

• Direct messaging

Many people are hesitant to send messages on LinkedIn, even if they know the person they are contacting. They are afraid they will make a mistake or that the other person will not be interested in talking to them. Direct messages are often the best way to establish a relationship with someone you want to meet in person. LinkedIn is an online networking site where people can be contacted by “direct message” (think of it as a private email).

But it’s not just about getting to know each other: they say it’s a great way to “close the deal,” and whether that’s true, it’s a great way to get to know people. And I’m a firm believer that the more you know someone, the better you can help them. But that’s not all: not only do you get to know them, you also get to know their network, as well as those who they know. And when you know this kind of personal information, you can do a lot of good for your clients, too.

 

• Group messaging

Group messaging is a great way to stay in touch with one another, but there are still many people that don’t know how to do it properly. If you’re trying to message a lot of people at once, it’s worth learning the ropes of group messaging.

When writing an email or social post, it can be tempting to expand on your message. After all, it’s your message, and you want to make sure it’s as clear, concise, and informative as possible. Unfortunately, too many messages wind up filled with filler, unnecessary text, and excessive verbiage, adding extra clutter and confusion.

While it is (obviously) important to be professional in your emails and personal calls, you should also remember that short and to-the-point messages are just as important. If you are sending long, technical, or emotional messages, you are probably not going to get as much attention as if you focus on the core details of your message.

 

LinkedIn is a networking site that allows you to connect with other professionals in your industry. One of the best tools LinkedIn offers is the ability to send a message to someone you don’t know. Sending out a message can help you stay in touch with someone you may have met in a past job or networking event. However, some people use LinkedIn for the wrong reasons. They use it to message someone and then never respond, or worse, they send a message that is inappropriate and then delete the message. This article will show you how to send a message to a person you don’t know and what to do when you get a message that seemed fishy.

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