You receive an email from a new connection or someone that you think you would like to add to your LinkedIn network.
The challenge is that according to latest statistics on the use of Linkedin the average user is spending less than 20 minutes a month on the platform. Hopefully, you are spending more than that, but you are likely not there multiple times a day.
So by the time you do log in you have forgotten about that person and you don't build your network with the people you want to build relationships with.
There is a solution that advises you if the person you have received an email from has a profile on LinkedIn and it shows up in a box alongside your email, like this below.
The tool is Rapportive, which is a company that Linkedin bought a few years ago and shows LinkedIn profiles in your Gmail.
Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox.
- Who is this?
- See their happy smiling face.
- Where are they? See if they're nearby, and arrange to meet.
- What do they do? See their job, company, and LinkedIn profile.
It works with existing connections and potential new ones and is probably the #1 plugin that I use every day.
Couple of downsides;
- If the person has not registered their email address they are using with LinkedIn then their profile will not show up.
- If you plan to connect with this person do not click the 'Connect' button inside Rapportive as this will send a generic invitation, take the time to go to the person's profile and connect from there and send a personalized invitation.
Get Rapportive by going to the Chrome store.
This post is part of a series looking at useful apps that can help you with your use of Linkedin.
NOTE: LinkedIn have been addressing the use of certain data scraping tools and updated their terms and conditions recently including this statement under LinkedIn Dont's;
Develop or support software, devices, scripts, robots or any other means or processes to scrape our Services or otherwise copy profiles and other data from our Services.
Certain plugins and extensions may violate LinkedIn's terms and conditions of use. As such you should always check if the tool you are going to use adheres to their policy. Read full policies by clicking here - LinkedIn User Agreement