Here’s a question I get regularly… how do I figure out someone’s email if I can’t find it anywhere?
There are a bunch of tactics and theories, and much has been written on it. Instead of duplicating anyone’s in-depth writeups, let me point you to a few cool resources:
YouTube video: Find and email address for almost anybody. This guy points you to the rapportive Gmail plugin PLUS a spreadsheet he probably created and shares with you to guess email addresses based on common formats. Basically, you plug a name and company domain into the spreadsheet, then get a bunch of possible addresses, then you paste those into gmail and click through each one until you find one that looks like the right one. It’s pretty clever, even though it will take some time. Watch the 5 minute video to see it in action (it’s worth your time, if you are trying to figure out how to get a good email address).
How to Find ANY Email Address Contact in 2 Minutes: This is the rapportive trick explained step-by-step (without the spreadsheet from above). It’s a great hack/idea.
How to Find Email Addresses: This post starts out talking about rapportive (same as above), but then shares a tool called mailtester.com. This is a super-cool tool. Looks geeky, and there’s a lot to ignore in the results, but it can be really helpful. There are other cool tools to check out on that post.
The Complete Guide To Finding Any Email Address: Tools, Tips, Tactics, And More: This starts out saying to please not use the rapportive trick :p I agree with a commentor that it has too many tool suggested with not enough info… but hey, if you are really wanting to crack this nut, here’s a nice list to spend your time on 🙂
3 Ways to Find Any Email Address: from hubspot/Sidekick. This is a great post… the three ways (read the post to learn how) are (1) strategic guessing, (2) email permutations, and (3) scouring the internet.
And then there is always the Jason Alba suggested method: figure out how to network into the person, and ask someone to send an email introduction. In my experience, that has always been more successful at getting to the next step than a cold email from some dude named Jason Alba, who just happened to guess the right email address 🙂 (however, if you can’t do that, go for the cold email, and follow up with a phone call!)
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