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How To Find An Email Address On LinkedIn 📨

LinkedIn is a great platform for networking and keeping in touch with professional contacts. But LinkedIn’s messaging system is designed for short, quick communications – not for pitching your product or sending a lengthy message.
So when it’s time to take the relationship to the next level, you’re going to need an email address.
But how can you find those elusive email addresses?

Here are a few ways, from the quickest to the most time-consuming:
1- Use a LinkedIn chrome extension
A chrome extension like ContactOut works by scanning the LinkedIn profile data for you and extracting the contact info. It only takes one click, and all the relevant details will be displayed for you.
Here’s an example of how it works:

First, you have to have the extension installed. You can find it on the chrome web store here.
Then just click on the little ContactOut tab on the side while browsing LinkedIn profiles.
Click on the eye icon to reveal the forbidden knowledge…
And bada bing, bada boom, contact details!

Best part is that it only took the better part of 10 seconds to get that info. Technology is amazing.
2- Check their contact details
You can also look through their profile manually.
Many LinkedIn users include their email addresses in their profiles, usually in the contact information section. Some users may also put it in the details of their work experience.

If you can’t find the email address in either of those places, try looking in their summary or LinkedIn headline.
3- Use an email finder tool
There are loads of email finder tools out there that can get you business email addresses and other contact info. Most tools only need a name to return results, and other details like company domain or city helps in narrowing down the search results.
All you need is a name (I’m using our Co-CEO this time):

And then, tada!

Just a couple of clicks, and you’re ready to rock and roll.
Grab yourself 10 searches. My shout.
(Because it’s free on registration.)
4. Ask for their email via PM
If all else fails, you can always send a LinkedIn message asking for the person’s email address.
LinkedIn is a professional platform, so most users are keen to talk business. If you explain that you’re interested in talking more about their work, they’ll likely be happy to give you their email address.
Keep it short and simple, something like this should do the trick:
“Hi [name],
I saw your profile, and I’m very impressed with your work. I’m interested in talking more about what you do. Would it be okay if I emailed you?
Thanks,
[Your name]”
This method takes the longest because you’re waiting on a response from another person. But it’s also the most personal, which can be helpful in building the foundations of a strong business relationship.
And that’s it!
Some super simple tricks to get you on the fast track to prospecting success! LinkedIn is a powerful tool – use it to your advantage!
Make sure to read our ultimate guide here on proven ways to find anyone’s email address. Or specifically how to find someone’s: 

And while you’re at it, you have to try out our LinkedIn Chrome extension. You’re guaranteed to find the emails you want for free. 

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How To Find Anyone’s Email Address With Twitter 🐤

So you want to send someone some stuff, but the only thing you’ve got on them is their Twitter profile. It might feel kinda weird to reply to a tweet and ask them outright, but what else can you do?
Here are some tricks you can try on your quest to get into their inbox!
1- Check their Twitter bio
This is your obvious first port of call.
Not many Twitter users will have their email addresses just out in the open on their profile since it’s basically asking for a thousand spam emails. The people who do usually put up only their professional email addresses for business purposes, which makes this part of your job super easy.
So just head to their profile and check their bio for any contact details:

Source
2 – Using Twitter Advanced Search
A more internet-savvy person will sometimes hide their email address from bots by replacing the “@” symbol with “at” and the period in .com with “dot.”
Using Twitter Advanced Search, you can look for the words “at” or “dot” within your target person’s tweets and see if they’ve tweeted out their preferred contact email before.
Including words like “email,” “contact,” and “reach” is also a good idea.
So first, get onto the advanced search menu.
Next, key in your search terms. For example, let’s look for a “John Smith.”

And voila! Here’s one

Let’s see if we can make the magic work again. This time, let’s search through tweets by a specific Twitter user. This might help you narrow the search for people with common names.

Well, it was worth a shot.
If your prospect is more cautious about their internet privacy, you’ll most likely only find links to personal websites and portfolios on their Twitter account. But fear not! You can…
3 – Check their website and other social media
If they have a personal or business website, they’re likely to have their email address listed somewhere on it. Check their “about us” or “contact us” pages, and if their email address isn’t listed, it should still hold some contact details that you can use to keep prospecting.
4 – Doing a WhoIs check
If you can’t see an email address on their website, you might still be able to find the address associated with the website itself. For example, if the prospect owns the website, then you can use the ICANN WhoIs lookup.
This tool gives you information about the domain owner. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see a name, an address, email address, and phone number associated with the domain registration.
It’s a super straightforward tool to use.
First, enter the domain name (don’t include the “https://” bit).

Then scroll down to find the contact information.

This doesn’t always work. For example, sometimes the domain is under WhoIs protection, or the domain is purchased under an agent, which hides the owner’s details for better privacy. In which case, you’ll have to crack your fingers and do things the old-fashioned way.
5 – Google their username
Try plugging their Twitter handle into a search engine and see what comes up. Most people use the same username for several different social media accounts, so their Twitter username is likely the same or similar on other sites.
If they’re part of any web forums, they may have included a link to their Twitter account in their profile as a way to contact them. This means that the profile will show up if you run a google search on their handle.
For example, after plugging their handle into google, you find that Twitter user @dentistdrill (if this is your actual username, first off, why?) is part of a web forum for orthodontists where they go by DrillBro86 (again, I have questions).
You can then plug in the username from the forum to see if they show up elsewhere. Usually, after about two or so degrees of association, you’ll find some contact info, including an email address.
But if this too fails…
6 – Slide into their DMs
Bite the bullet. Be bold.
You can do it. I believe in you!
It’s scary, and the success rate isn’t always high, depending on what you’re trying to communicate. But sometimes, just shooting off a direct message with a “Hey, I’m [x]. I do this cool thing that I think you might be interested in. Can I send you some stuff to look at via email?” is the way to go.
It’s best to be straightforward and genuine in a direct message. Take a few minutes to really craft the message before you send it off so that you can make a good first impression and increase the likelihood of a response.
To maximize your chances of getting a positive lead from this method, make sure you’re contacting the person on their professional Twitter account. Most people hate getting business stuff on their personal accounts.
Why is this so hard?
People are cagey about putting their contact information online for good reason. With the number of scams floating around out there, it’s understandable that people would want to limit the number of unsolicited emails they receive.
If your starting point is a personal Twitter account, finding the right email address for a professional inquiry can definitely be an uphill battle.
But it’s not impossible! And it’s a skill that you can get better at with time! So with just a bit of practice, you’ll be prospecting through the bird app with the best of them.
Check out our ultimate guide on proven ways to find anyone’s email address. Or specifically how to find someone’s: 

And of course, try ContactOut for free if you want to find accurate emails from 75% of the world’s professionals!

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How To Find Anyone’s Company Email Addresses 🏨

Entering into B2B communication can feel a bit like navigating a minefield.
You want to be professional, but you don’t want to seem like a robot. First impressions count for a lot, so how do you find that company email address without seeming like a creeper?
Here are some tricks to finding company email addresses that will help you get the ball rolling (without resorting to guessing games or putting your foot in your mouth).
1- Check out the company website
This may seem like an obvious place to start, but it’s often overlooked. Often, company email addresses will be listed on the “About Us” or “Contact Us” page.
Larger companies won’t have every employee listed, of course. But if you’re trying to reach a specific department or individual, this can be a helpful starting point.
Sometimes the website might only have a contact form to fill in for inquiries. It doesn’t hurt to send one in with your email address attached. Worst case scenario, you don’t get a response. But you might just get lucky and get someone reaching out to you directly.
2- Do a Google Search
If the company website isn’t helpful, try doing a Google search for the company name + “email address.”
If you’re looking for someone specific, you can also put their name into the search tab.
Here’s a search I did for a Jessica Jones working at Microsoft (who I did not know actually existed before this search, sorry if this is you).

3- Make use of social networks
If nothing comes up attached to a particular name or department, then you might have to take an indirect approach.
See if you can get the contact details of someone in your prospect’s circle. Maybe a co-worker or another department that works in the same building.
Then, reach out to them and see if they’re able to forward you to give you info on how to best reach the person or department you’re looking for.
4- Use an email lookup service
Now, this option isn’t always free, but it’s convenient and quick.
And you know what they say in business; time is money.
An email lookup tool like ContactOut can shave off hours of work for you (and lucky you – we give 30 free searches every month).
All you need to find a company email address on ContactOut is a name and a company domain.
ContactOut has a database of over 1 billion email addresses and a 99% rate of accuracy, so you’ll be sure to get the right email.
You can get the contact info you need in three easy steps!
Step 1: You’ll need to log in or create an account. If you’re new, register here.
Step 2: Head to your search dashboard and enter the name and company name of the person you’re looking for.

(Let’s see if Microsoft’s Jessica Jones turns up in ContactOut’s database)

Step 3. Click search, and voila!

That’s it. That’s all it takes.
Using an email lookup service like ContactOut speeds up any email search. That entire process took me less than 2 minutes on my dinosaur laptop.
You can sign in with one click using a google account.
So there you have it!
Finding company email addresses doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these tricks in your toolbox, you’ll be well on your way to B2B communication success!
You can also read our ultimate guide here on proven ways to find anyone’s email address. Or specifically how to find someone’s: 

Onwards and upwards, soldier!
And of course, try ContactOut for free if you want to find accurate emails from 75% of the world’s professionals!

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Find An Email Address By Domain Name 💻

So you need to get in contact with someone, and all you’ve got is their name and a domain name to go by.
Firstly, can I just say…

But don’t worry bestie. We can make it work!
1- Use an email finder tool
If you’ve got a name, that’s already a pretty substantial lead.
There are email finder tools available online like ContactOut that can help you track down email addresses. All you need to do is enter the name and the domain name, and it will scour the internet for any email addresses associated with it.
Here’s what I got by looking up “Santosh Sharan” on ContactOut.
I put the name in the search bar under the right category.

I hit search, and ctrl+f searched the domain I was after. In this case, it was “Contactout.com”.
And there it is! An email!

Make sure to check the details included so that you know you’ve found the person you’re looking for. Give the tool a try for free here (my shout).
2- Check Google
Just plugging in the name of your prospect into Google can get you some valuable contact information, like their LinkedIn or Twitter profiles.
But you can also use advanced google search operators to narrow your scope a bit.

Square brackets (these ones [ ]) are for exact matches
Quotation marks (these ones ” “) are for phrase matches

If you’ve got a domain name, you can try putting something like “@[domain name.com]” + contact name into the search bar.
Here’s what I got for a Santosh Sharan. I’m looking for a Gmail account associated with this name, so I type in “@gmail.com”.

Bingo.
3- Guess and verify emails
Guessing can seem like shooting off darts into the void, but if you do it well, you can definitely have a high chance of hitting a bullseye.
The key is in the verification step.
First, find a common email convention.
Most companies use the same format for all of their employees, so you can use a tool like Hunter.io’s Domain Search to see how your target’s company usually does it.
Here’s what shows up for google.com.

Then, you need to generate some likely email addresses. You can do this using your own brain or borrow The Power of Technology.

There are tools called email permutators that do this step for you. All you need to do is input the domain name and your target’s name.

Now, since we already know that google.com usually does “First [email protected]” for their employees, we can reasonably guess that Jessica Jones’ email, if she works at Google, would probably be [email protected]
But an email permutator is great if the pattern isn’t so clear. It generates likely formats based on the name and the domain name.

So now, instead of groping around in the dark, you’ve got some pretty solid guesses to work with, all from just a few clicks!
But like I said, the real work is in the verification.
You need to make sure that your list of likely email addresses is valid and that you’re not just sending off an email to nowhere. That could negatively affect your sender reputation score, and the lower that score gets, the more likely it is for your email to be filtered out as spam.
Verifying email addresses can take a long time. Most free-to-use verification tools only allow you to check one email address at a time, and you have to input it in yourself.
That’s all folks 
And there you have it! Look at you, making a whole house out of clay!

It just takes a little bit of work to find email addresses from a domain name. In no time, you’ll be sending out invitations and inquiries like the best of them.
By the way – check out our ultimate guide here on proven ways to find anyone’s email address. Or specifically how to find someone’s: 

Happy contacting!
And of course, try ContactOut for free if you want to find accurate emails from 75% of the world’s professionals!

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How To Find Anyone’s Gmail Address 📧

We all know how important Gmail is. It’s our go-to email service for both personal and professional use, and according to Ofcom, around 67% of people worldwide use a Gmail address.
So what happens when we need to find someone’s Gmail address but don’t have any idea where to start?
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Here are a few methods you can use to find anyone’s Gmail address.
1- Check in your inbox
Your first step should be to check within your own email inbox.
If you’ve had any prior contact with the person whose Gmail address you’re trying to find, there’s a good chance that their email address will be stored in your address book or contact list.
To search for them, simply open up your inbox and hit the search bar. Start typing in their name or any other relevant keywords (e.g., company name, subject, their name) and see what comes up.
If that doesn’t turn up anything, you can also try to…
2- Google it
Just type in the person’s name followed by “Gmail” (e.g. “John Smith Gmail”). This should bring up any email addresses associated with that person.
Here’s what I got when I looked up our Co-CEO.

And bingo! A Gmail address!
We cover this extensively on our ultimate find anyone’s email guide.
I wish that it was that easy every time. But when it’s not, you can use…
3- Gmail lookup tools
There are a few websites that can help you find Gmail addresses, such as Email Hunter and Anymail Finder. All you need to do is enter the person’s name or website domain, and these sites will scour the internet for any Gmail addresses associated with that person or domain.
You can also try inputting your prospect’s name into ContactOut’s search portal.
I’ll show you what I got by searching for a Rob Liu.
Step 1: Log in to ContactOut. If you’re new, you can register an account or sign in using a Google account.
Step 2: Enter the name into the search dashboard.

Step 3: Hit search.
Step 4: Do a ctrl+f “Gmail” search on the webpage to find the Gmail addresses.
Here’s what I found.
Easy peasy. And it only took me 1 minute! (Here are 10 free searches to get you started.)
Don’t forget to check the details given in the profiles before you start emailing to make sure that you’re reaching the right person.
4- Guess and verify
It isn’t ideal, but if google isn’t turning up anything and your email finder tools aren’t helping, sometimes you just have to give it a good guess.
Now fair warning, this doesn’t always work, and it does take a bit of elbow grease. But it’s easier than you think!
Most email accounts follow the same standard conventions. If you’ve got a name, you can guess what the likely Gmail addresses would look like. And then all you have to do is verify it!
First, get a list of likely Gmail addresses. You can use an email permutator tool to help you with this stage.
Just input the first and last name and chuck in the domain name, too (Gmail, in this case).
We’ll try to find our Co-CEO’s email again.

The permutator then will spit out some likely possibilities.

You can then take some of these permutations and plug them into an email verifier (don’t skip this step!)

Hopefully, you find some emails that give you this result.

But be careful! We don’t know if we have the right guy!
That’s when you test them out in the email box.
Compose an email per address and type it into the receiver bar. If you hover over the address, you can see if the profile of the Gmail account that comes up belongs to your prospect.
This part will obviously be easier if you know what they look like. And if they have a photo of themselves on their profile.

(Not sure who we got here… An orange at the executive level? Diversity wins!)
If you’re unsure, make sure to be polite in your email in case it reaches the wrong inbox. You can begin by saying something like, “I’m trying to reach the Gmail address of _______ from x company. I’m sorry if this is the wrong email.”
Conclusion
Following these steps should help you find anyone’s Gmail address. Just remember to be patient and persistent, as it may take some time and effort to track down the right address.
In any case – here are some other ways to find someone’s: 

Good luck!
And of course, try ContactOut for free if you want to find accurate emails from 75% of the world’s professionals!

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How To Find An Email Address With A Phone Number 📱

So you met someone at a networking shindig and got their digits (for professional reasons, of course). You want to reach out but don’t have their email address.
Is this budding (professional) relationship destined to end at the stroke of midnight?

Don’t worry, your highness! There’s still hope for you yet! Here’s a guide on how to find your Cinderella’s email address using their phone number.
1- Give them a call
I know! Who even calls anyone these days?
But really, this is the most reliable way to get a person’s email address. If you’ve already got their phone number, make it easy for yourself and take the obvious route.
Maybe shoot them a text first to ask and let them know what you’ll be sending them so that your email won’t end up languishing in the spam folder.
But I’m assuming that if you’re here reading this, you’ve already tried picking up the phone. Or maybe you’re at the point where it’ll be super awkward to ask.
In that case…
2- Use a search engine
Google is your best friend. Plug in their number online and see if it pops up anywhere.
And then it’s just a matter of going through the relevant results to see if there’s an associated email address. You might find their personal or business website that lists their phone number and their email address side-by-side.
You can also give their social media sites a look-see and check if they’ve listed their email address anywhere. (Here’s how you can find an email address on Twitter and LinkedIn)
But if Google isn’t returning anything useful, you can try to…
3- Use reverse phone lookup tools
There are a bunch of databases that hold both phone numbers and email addresses.
Try using the reverse phone lookup service on these people search engines:

All you have to do is input the phone number, and if you’re lucky, you might find an associated email address listed alongside the phone number you’re looking up.
However, these tools often have that sort of information locked behind a paywall, and details associated with cell phone numbers can be less accurate than residential or business numbers.
4- Use the phone’s email address
You can also try using the email address that comes with the phone number.
This option is great if you can’t text them for some reason. You can send an email to their phone via their cell provider.
Here’s how it works.
Many cellphone providers include an email address with the phone number they give their customers. When you send an email to this address, it will show up as a text on their cell phone.
First, use a carrier lookup tool to figure out who their cell provider is. Here’s a couple you can use:

Then, you can search to see what format the cell provider uses.
For example, you can text a:

Don’t bother with any fancy formatting for these. They won’t appear on the text, or even make it impossible to read.
Keep it short and the number of attachments at a minimum. The receiver has to download it all through their phone, and making them pay for all that if they don’t have an unlimited data plan is a jerk move.
Off you go!
So there you have it; a few ways to find email addresses using phone numbers. There’s no need to give up on that prospect just yet!
If all else fails, check out our ultimate guide here on proven ways to find anyone’s email address. Or specifically how to find someone’s: 

And of course, try ContactOut for free if you want to find accurate emails from 75% of the world’s professionals!
Now get out there and find your prince(ss)!

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How To Find Someone’s Email Address By Name 💁‍♀️

When prospecting for new leads, the first step is usually finding contact information like email addresses. However, this can be difficult if you don’t have much to go on – all you might have is a name.
If this is the case, don’t worry – there are a few ways you can find someone’s email address using just their name.
Let’s dive into it.
1 – Google and Search Operators
Google truly has all the answers. You can start by simply typing your prospect’s full name and the word “email” into the search bar to see what comes up. If that doesn’t yield helpful results, you can start utilizing some Advanced Research Skillz™.
Pay attention, Padawan. These are the master’s tricks.
When your regular broad search terms don’t turn up anything good, it’s time to whip out some advanced google search operators.

Square brackets (these ones [ ]) are for exact matches
Quotation marks (these ones ” “) are for phrase matches

Try out these operators in combinations like these:

[Full name] + email
[Full name] + “email address”
[Full name] + company + email
[Full name] + “contact”

And if you know a company that they’re working at or that they’ve worked for previously, you can narrow down the advanced search results even further by typing in something like:

2 – Email address lookup tools
Playing around with google and other search engines can take some time, and in business, time is money.
Locating contact details is only the first step of the communication process, and spending hours finding email addresses really cuts into valuable working time.
That’s where email lookup tools come in handy.
Tools and extensions that source email addresses for you from databases and social media can save you a lot of time and effort.
Depending on the software, it can find an email address by name in seconds, as well as other contact info like phone numbers. The downside is that not all of these tools are free to use, and some have premium features locked behind a paywall.
Now, of course, I’m biased (and for great reason). So here’s how you can use ContactOut to help find emails.

First, create an account or log in. You can click here to register or log in here.
Then head to your search dashboard and simply enter the name of the person you’re trying to find. Of course, the more details you can filter, the better.

3. Click Search.
4. Once the results come up, click on “Show” next to the result that looks most like your prospect! Our tool also pulls their work and education history from LinkedIn so you can make sure it’s the right person.
19,000 John Smiths in a matter of seconds (unfortunate name if you ask me). Finding emails are that easy with ContactOut. Plus, you get 30 searches on the free plan.
Give it a shot here!
3 – Social media
Everyone has some sort of social media nowadays.
If you’ve got your prospect’s name, putting it into google will likely lead you to their Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn profiles. These profiles might not get you email addresses directly, but they can get you some valuable contact info that you can use to prospect further.
(Actually, I lied. LinkedIn is one of the easiest ways to get someone’s email with the right tools. I’ll show you how here)
For example, while not many people will have their personal email address displayed on their Twitter account, they might link to their personal website or personal blog.
From there, you might be able to locate a “contact us” or “about us” page that can get you your target’s email address.
(Psst – check out this article to find out more about using Twitter advanced search to find email addresses)
4 – Asking personal connections
Another valuable thing that social media can provide is knowledge of your mutual connections.
If you share some personal acquaintances with the person you’re looking for, see if you can reach out to them to ask for their email address.
It’s best to ask close professional associates rather than just people who work in the same company, but even that might give you a place to start.
5 – Asking them directly
I mean, what’s the worst that they could say?
Maybe they’ll say “no,” but they could just as easily say, “yeah, sure. Here’s my email address, come at me”.
And if you let them know that you’ll be emailing them, you can have some assurance that your carefully crafted and meticulously worded email won’t just go directly into the trash folder.
The important thing here is tone. You want to be polite and not creepy. Mentioning things that you know about the prospect may show that you’re serious about wanting to hire them, but no one in the history of email has ever responded positively to a stalker message.
So yeah; tone. It’s important.
At the end of the day…
Keep in mind that not every method will work for every person, so it’s important to try a few different tactics. But with a little perseverance, you should be able to find at least one way to contact them.
You can read our ultimate guide here on proven ways to find anyone’s email address. Or specifically how to find someone’s:

And of course, try ContactOut for free if you want to find accurate emails from 75% of the world’s professionals!
Good luck, and may the force be with you!

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