The Challenges of Connecting with LinkedIn Contacts
Linkedin is undeniably the best source of business contacts. However, although it offers an endless supply of prospects, it doesn’t always provide the most effective way to get in touch with them.
One of the biggest challenges you’ll stumble upon when trying to reach out to your LinkedIn connections is the low response rate.
Even though the InMail response rate is higher than the email response rate, it’s still only between 10% and 25%. This means that you’ll have to contact a lot of users to get some meaningful responses.
Still, blasting your connections is not only unproductive and annoying, but you also risk getting flagged as a spam account.
The Benefits of Exporting LinkedIn Connections
Low response rates aside, InMails are simply not the most elegant way to connect with people.
That’s where exporting LinkedIn connections comes into play.
Even when you manage to get a response, keeping track of your response rates and engagement directly through LinkedIn is quite complicated.
Although LinkedIn is a great place for finding prospects, it’s not the best place for nurturing leads. With limited messaging features, building engaging relationships with your connections via InMail is virtually impossible.
However, exporting LinkedIn contacts and integrating them into your communication platform of choice will allow you to track engagement and response rates and automate follow-ups and keep track of your messages.
How to Export Your LinkedIn Contacts
To export LinkedIn contacts directly from LinkedIn, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings & Privacy
- Then go to the Data Privacy section
- Select How LinkedIn uses your data
- Under the section Get a copy of your data, select Change
- Check Want something in particular?
- Then check Connections and click Request archive
- You will be asked to enter your LinkedIn password and click Done
- Finally, you will receive an email with a link to download the list of your LinkedIn connections.
You can then upload this .CSV file to a spreadsheet or a CRM software you’re using. That way, you won’t be limited by InMails, and you can use the extracted contact information whichever way suits your needs the most.
However, when you try to export connections directly from LinkedIn, you’ll find that this process is not without flaws.
LinkedIn is not the most elegant platform, and its UI has been bugging design experts and average LinkedIn users alike for years now. Exporting connections is no exception when it comes to causing these frustrations.
Besides its clunky design, LinkedIn also offers quite limited options when it comes to exporting contact information. There’s no way to filter your network, so you have no choice but to export all your connections at once, even if you don’t need them all.
Another significant issue is that you won’t be able to export all of the email addresses.
In 2018, LinkedIn introduced some new privacy settings. These changes were a step in the right direction for privacy, but they also took businesses two steps back, especially marketers and recruiters.
The new privacy setting made email address exports much more difficult by blocking other users from accessing contact information by default. Although these settings can be changed, the vast majority of users tend to stick with the default settings and won’t go out of their way to explicitly allow access to their contact information. This means that when you export LinkedIn connections directly from LinkedIn, you will only get contact information for a fraction of your contacts.
How to Export LinkedIn Contacts with LeadDelta
If you want to access more contact information, relying solely on LinkedIn isn’t enough. However, third-party LinkedIn connection managers such as LeadDelta can help you achieve this with ease.
Not only does LeadDelta allow you to export your connections without fiddling with LinkedIn privacy settings, but it also allows you to unlock, view, and export more contact information.
Another problem LeadDelta solves is filtering the connections you want to export. With LinkedIn, you always have to export all of your connections, but with LeadDelta, you can organize your connections with tags and notes that can help you extract only the contact information you really need without swamping you with unnecessary data.
You can contact selected connections or even groups of connections directly through LeadDelta and boost engagement with your contacts by sending them targeted messages based on their specific interests.
Step-by-step guide (+ screenshots)
Exporting LinkedIn connections with LeadDelta only takes a few steps.
Open your LeadDelta extension by clicking on Manage Connections.
A table (CRM) with your contact list will open, and you’ll find a Download button above it.
If you want to export all of your connections, simply click on this button, and a .CSV file will start downloading.
If you don’t need all of your connections exported, you just need to filter your connections based on specific criteria.
Just choose the tags, notes, contact status, or industry and tick all checkboxes for connections you want to export.
Once all the connections you want to export are selected, click on the Download button and wait for your .CSV file to download.
The file will be saved on your device under the name connections-export-MM-dd-YYYY.csv.
And you’re done! You can then proceed to use the extracted data whichever way you please.
In the sea of LinkedIn connections, fishing for contact information is not always easy, especially if you don’t have the right tools. LeadDelta can help you seamlessly filter through your connections and extract just the information you need. Exporting contacts with LeadDelta offers more flexibility, boosts productivity and helps you build more meaningful relationships with your connections.
Download LeadDelta extension and start exporting your LinkedIn connections to unlock the full potential of your network.