This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!
Use Linkedin to message others, even when you’re connected
I have to give tribute to Janice Porter for this one. I attended her workshop, So You’re On Linkedin – Now What? which was like a Level 2 class on how to connect with people once you’ve got your profile all filled out.
We were talking about message templates and I mentioned that I keep templates like this as e-mail signatures, because whenever I get notified of a new connection request on LinkedIn, I’ll connect and just hit reply on the e-mail.
The problem is, that e-mail might go to their spam folder. That darn spam folder!
I learned the importance of using templates but as soon as you connect, don’t hit reply on the e-mail, but instead click on the Message icon on the person’s profile, like I would do if I was first connecting with Janice above. This will ensure that you connect with the person directly on LinkedIn, and if they have set their notifications to go to e-mail (like I have) there is pretty much a 100% chance they will get your message.
Now, if they haven’t set their notifications or forward to e-mail and they don’t check their LinkedIn account very often, you’re out of luck. But why would you want to be connected with people who don’t take their social networks seriously anyway?
Do you have any tips besides using message templates and LinkedIn’s message function that have worked well for you?