You went to a networking event and met a potential client, investor or a business partner. You now want to send a nice follow-up note but realize you did not get their email address.
You can try reaching them on social media but it has more hurdles than sending a simple email. You might have to pay to send a LinkedIn message, or the person might not accept Direct Messages on Twitter from strangers. Just emailing them directly would be the best option.
Finding an email address is definitely not easy. Most of us are protective of our email address. It is for good reason: We hate spam. With a little creative work, though, you can find almost anyone’s email address.
Let’s check out how.
Try an Email-Finding App
If you’ve completed combing your web and social media and still can’t find an email address, it’s time to use a tool designed for this search. There are lots of apps available just for this.
You just need to enter your prospect’s name along with their company name, and you’ll receive either the best guesses or a list of viable options. Here are the best options:
Once you’ve found a potential email address for your prospect, you can use Mail Tester to see if the address is valid. It can’t tell you if that’s the address for the person you want, but it can confirm whether or not an email exists on that domain name.
If the email address is valid, Mail Tester shows the server details it found. If it’s unable to confirm the accuracy of an email address, it will display a corresponding message.
One important point to note here, even if the app can’t confirm whether an email is accurate, it doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with the email address. Sometimes it comes down to whether or not a company’s server will allow Mail Tester to connect to it and provide users with valid information. The only reliable way to be fully certain is to send an email to the address and see if you receive a bounce message stating that the email address does not exist.
It’s free to use.
Email Hunter lets you find emails right from its home page. You just need to enter the company’s domain name into the search field, click search, and the app will find all of the publicly available email addresses for that company domain.
It also gives the number of sources found online for each email, which adds to the validity of each address. This makes it even better in terms of trust to find email addresses that actually work.
Find an Email with a Browser Extension
Another useful way to find emails is with a browser extension. These work right inside your Gmail inbox; with just a few clicks, you can quickly look up an email without opening a new app or website.
FindThatLead adds an icon next to people’s names on social media platforms or websites you visit, such as LinkedIn. When you click the icon, the resulting pop-up menu will display the person’s company name and email address. If the search isn’t successful, the plugin will display the best result it was able to find, along with a percentage score of how certain it is that the email address is accurate.
This Chrome extension integrates with Gmail, and quickly finds email addresses from its own database, along with other company and personal data. Just enter a company’s name, select the correct one when there are multiple options, and then filter through the contacts it listed.
Ninja Outreach searches a company’s website for any mention of a prospect’s name that you highlight on the web page. If it doesn’t find any match, the extension will check its own database; it also gives you links to the prospect’s social networks, physical address, and more.