Connecting with people you know and do business with on LinkedIn has many benefits. But are you thoroughly connected to everyone you know?
Unfortunately LinkedIn doesn’t provide an easy ‘100%’ tool for connections, as it does with completing your profile. However, here’s something that comes close.
Check how thoroughly connected you are on LinkedIn
Chances are there are people who are your customers, clients, partners, colleagues and associates who you are not yet connected with in LinkedIn. You may be missing opportunities if you’re not connected.
Outlined below is a short-cut to help you organise and manage the task of connecting with people you know that will boost your network quickly and save you time as well.
LinkedIn provides a tool to help with this. However, there are some limitations and work-arounds that I’ve identified. Knowing these you can decide which approach you’d prefer to take, then allocate some time to connect or re-connect with people you know.
An easy way to Connect with People you know on LinkedIn
The starting point is the Contacts Menu, and the Add Connections option.
Select the Email system you use and sign-in
When you enter your password there will be a delay as LinkedIn fetches and matches your email addresses with your contacts and identifies those you’re not connected with yet and those who are not yet on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn will identify a list of people you are not connected to.
WARNING – If you leave ALL selected and Click ‘Add Connections’ a generic connection request will be sent to all on the list. Currently there is no option to personalise the message. If you’ve received impersonal connection requests from people you know this may be why.
- Untick the ALL box and select people you know very well individually, if you’re still happy to sent the impersonal connection request. There is a counter at top right to show how many you’ve selected.
- Or, COPY all the entries into a WORD document (Drag the curser over all the records with the left button down, do Ctrl C to copy, open a new WORD document and do Ctrl V to paste.) You now have a list to work through, to find your contacts in LinkedIn and send them a personal invite request. Much slower but more meaningful.
After selecting the ‘Add Connections’ or ‘Skip this step’ you will see …
LinkedIn now lists people from your address book that it can’t find on LinkedIn.
WARNING – if you select ADD TO NETWORK a generic invite will be sent out. Also, this list may be very inaccurate, depending how clean your email system is. People will have changed companies, changed email service providers, there will be position ids ( ie. firstname.lastname@example.org), email addresses will be in the wrong field and other rubbish.
- Untick ALL and TICK ONLY those who you are comfortable sending a generic request to. There is a counter at top right to show how many you have selected.
- Or, as above, drag the curser across the list to select all and past into a WORD document. This again gives you a list to work through on a manual basis. Use this as a back-stop as even valid contacts may already be on LinkedIn and connected to you under a different email address.
Check who has been sent an invite
On your Connections screen at the bottom right there is a way to see who you’ve sent invitations to – next to the option to Export connections
Bonus LinkedIn Tip
The Export Connections option at the bottom of your LinkedIn Connections page will generate a CSV file. You can use this to upload your LinkedIn contact details into your preferred email marketing system.