Do you ever find yourself having to know more about someone when you only know very little about them?
You’re probably here because you’re going through the same thing – trying to find a way to get in touch with someone you want to be connected with.
Connecting with people through email is considerably one of the most powerful ways to effectively market your brand.
Whether it be for any professional reason, to create wider connections, or to simply reach out to someone, finding their email address can be quite a problem.
We’ve been there too, and throughout the years we’ve had the same problem to ourselves to eventually find ways of solving it.
Let us share with you five of the most effective methods that have been proven to give the best results when trying to find anyone’s email address online.
Use Google’s Advanced Search
Aside from Google itself being an easy-to-use search engine for practically everything you need to know, there’s more to it than just typing in the how-tos. It helps to know what exactly you are looking for and more importantly, how to do it more efficiently.
This advanced search feature by Google is just making use of simple syntax to try going into more specific search results. Knowing some of them makes finding an email address a lot easier.
Moreover, knowing basic patterns of email structure helps too. For instance, companies typically use simple formats such as firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com and more often than not, employees in the company share the same format as well.
Here are some Advanced Search formulas that are worth the try:
- Using quotation marks to search for exact keywords. Try searching with an email address, then add quotation marks to both ends (e.g. “firstname.lastname@example.org”) as this will lead you to results containing websites with the exact keywords indicated inside the quotation marks.
- If you have a hunch on where you can find the email address you’re looking for, try searching the person’s name in-site using a simple format. Here’s an example of what to type: John Doe site:example.com.
There are plenty of other ways to make use of Google’s Advanced search that is found to be very useful. If you are eager to know more, consider learning about Google search operators and try these methods for yourself.
Ask for Their Email Address on Their Company Website’s Live Chat
Although this might sound a little silly, live chat can be the way to go. Most companies have this feature incorporated on their website and chats are often answered by an actual person rather than a bot. It doesn’t hurt to give this a try since you’ll only be asking for someone’s email address for professional reasons.
In talking with someone from the company’s live chat, these tips helped us get better answers, fast:
- Let them know what your particular purpose is.
- Ask in a professional & polite manner.
- Be straight to the point, and ask only what is needed.
It may be kind of time-consuming, but this one’s worth a shot.
Subscribe to Your Target’s Newsletter
In times that Google search and live chat can’t just give enough answers, worry not. We figured that newsletters can still be an effective way to connect with people.
More often than not, subscribing to someone’s mailing list gives you direct access to their personal email.
This is because most people with newsletter services use their personal email addresses to make stronger connections towards their audience. Besides, it’s an easy way to build rapport with someone you’re trying to connect with.
So that’s what we did; and when we got our first email from the newsletter, we sent a simple response asking them about the topic presented in the newsletter. Not only did this build new relationships, but it also earned us a plus one on our mailing list.
Check Their Social Media Sites
This might sound the most obvious of all, but social media has helped us more than expected. Most people still put up their personal email addresses on their Bio or About page.
This may be well hidden on their posts, but it wouldn’t hurt to just check if they have it indicated in their bio.
In some sites with easily accessible About pages like LinkedIn and Facebook, not only can you potentially find email address and phone number, but a company’s email format as well.
Having the email address also means having the format used for the email addresses. The same way can go as well with Twitter or Instagram – that is if they consider their email address as public information.
But then, how can you know for sure that you’re emailing at the right address? This is where our simple fact check comes in.
With the help of Gmail, you can try drafting an email and putting the email address you’ve acquired.
Once inputted, try hovering your cursor over the email address, and it should show a summary of the recipient’s account. By doing this, you’d easily know if it’s their current email address just by looking at the summary.
Use People-Search Tools Online
In case you haven’t heard of it, there are free and reliable search tools online other than the ones we already know.
Besides Google, we have also tried other tools and the one must-try search engine is DuckDuckGo.
It’s very simple to use – just follow the advanced search method and put quotation marks on both ends of the domain website, and then you can add a target’s name if you like. (e.g. “domainname.com” John Doe)
Tools specifically for the purpose of finding people’s contacts online, whether finding their email address by phone number or by name, actually exist.
It may be quite a hassle to search people online with only limited information but luckily, there are readily-available search tools to help solve this problem in no time.
Out of all the tools we’ve tried, Nuwber offers the most extensive and convenient ways to find people’s email addresses. Nuwber lets you search for someone’s email address using any information you have about them.
Email marketing has been by far one of the most effective ways to communicate with your audience, so it helps to know certain tricks to easily get a hold of your contacts.
These are just five of the most effective ways to search for someone’s email address online, but it’s also important to learn how you can make the most out of email marketing.
In essence, having a few tricks up your sleeve can never fail to up your game. Sure, it may be difficult and time-consuming at first, but it still depends on how you make use of the tools to your advantage, and how dedicated you are at facing such a challenge.
Remember that you are free to try multiple tools as long as you get to your goal.
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