Friday April 1, 2016
What to do when LinkedIn won't give you a Name!
Occasionally, we have to go beyond LinkedIn to find the names of our connections, and one of the first tools you can use to find the name of a "LinkedIn Member" is Google!
Google Site Search
For example - when looking for the marketing people over at Zulily with a free account - LinkedIn gave me a few folk''s first name and last initial, and several "LinkedIn Member" results (inviting me to upgrade to see more). In order to see the first and last name of a prospect - I either have to have a paid account - or use the following "Google Hack"
The search is very simple.
Type “Site: LinkedIn.com/in” in the search bar on Google. Then, in quotation marks, add who you are looking for, or if you have a search already on LinkedIn, whatever you can "salvage" from your LinkedIn search results.
Now I can click on the public profile URL that will let me see the person's websites, possibly their Twitter handle, maybe even their groups and interests. In some cases I get access to their whole profile! With a little more digging I can probably find a way to reach out to that individual (see http://linkedintobusiness.com/What-is-a-LinkedIn-Prospect/)
While I am a big fan of LinkedIn's premium account (http://linkedintobusiness.com/to-pay-or-not-to-pay-that-is-the-question-e2-80-a6/ ), this little trick will get you the results you need - without the monetary investment!
What are your favorite LinkedIn "hack"?