I LOVE LinkedIn and if you are using it I am sure you do too! One of my favorite LinkedIn gurus, Wayne Breitbarth, author of “The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success,” recently explained one of the newest features of LinkedIn…downloading your 1st degree connections. Here’s how you download your connections:
You can download your 1st degree connection’s information (name, title, company name & email address) into a spreadsheet (.csv or .vcf format) in two simple ways:
1. If you have already upgraded to LinkedIn Contacts (free and highly recommended) , click on Network, then click contacts, click on settings (top right), click Export LinkedIn Connections and follow the prompts.
2. If you have not upgraded yet, go to your Contacts and on the bottom right click Export Contacts and follow the prompts.
I’m sure many of you are already drooling over the idea of being able to add all of these contacts to your email/mailing list. I don’t want to burst your bubble here, but be cautious when doing so. The CAN-SPAM laws prohibit you from uploading lists of people that haven’t expressed an interest in receiving your information. One strategy you could use would be to send them an email indicating your connection on LinkedIn and ask them to opt-in to your email list and/or use a check box feature where they can check what information they’d like to receive from you. For example, my list could include: e-mail marketing, social media strategies and automated marketing tips.
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