Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring InMail and messages on LinkedIn, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
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- Messaging people on LinkedIn is a pretty straightforward process, and LinkedIn makes it easy to email any connections that you might have. In this movie, I'll show you how to send mesages using the LinkedIn system, and we'll also discuss something called InMail. Up at the top, you'll notice that I have a little red icon indicating that I have a new message. And, this is a reply from Elaine after a message that I sent her asking her if she wanted to have coffee. In order to access your messages, all you have to do is click on this icon, and it will take you to your inbox. Inside of the inbox, you'll see things like your messages, any invitations, messages you've sent, an archive of messages, and also any messages that you've thrown away.
By clicking on the messages section, it'll show you any unread messages you have. To access that message, simply click on it, and it takes you to a more open thread, much the same as an email would be. You can see here the original message I sent to Elaine. Saying, "I'll be in the office on Tuesday, "and was hoping we could meet over coffee "to discuss our lastest project." Elaine has responded with, "I'd love to, but I'm busy that morning. "Maybe in the afternoon, around 2PM? Thanks!" I can reply to Elaine very quickly from here at the bottom. Saying, "That works. See you Tuesday! -Kramer." Then, I'll hit Send Message.
And that message is now sent back to Elaine. If you want to compose a new message, that's relatively straightforward as well. Just click on New, enter the name of the person you want to message. In this case, I'll email Jerry. And, I'll say, "Client Meeting @ 4PM." I'll say, "Hi Jerry, We have a meeting w/ a high "profile client today at 4PM. Was hoping you'd "be available to join us. Thanks! -Kramer." Now let's hit Send.
And that message is then sent off to Jerry. So, as you can see, it's pretty easy to send and receive messages from the colleagues and connections that you have on LinkedIn. However, you may come across something called InMail from time to time. And, we talked about it earlier, but let's explore it a little bit further. InMail is something that you will have to do in a case where you're not connected to someone. So, if you go to someone's profile and you're not a connection with them or you don't share any connections with them, you won't be allowed to message them directly, unfortunately. But, if you choose to upgrade your account, you will be able to do so.
In order to do that, go up to Try Premium for Free. And, that's gonna take you to this same page we talked about earlier. Remember, based on the amount of InMails, or based on the amount of all of these different options that you want, you need to select a plan that fits that. For instance, the Basic plan here, is going to give you three InMail messages. That means, you can have three times where you can contact anyone on LinkedIn, and that's per month. InMails, for me, are usually a last resort. And, I generally don't send them a whole lot, because of the fact that it's a little presumptuous to think that you can just email somebody without a proper introduction first.
There are methods for getting introduced to people, both on LinkedIn and in person. And, I highly recommend getting introduced to someone before you reach out to them cold. However, if you're a recruiter or someone interviewing for a new position, you might not have that luxury. So, InMails might be your only option. And, if that's the case, that's fine. You just need to go to this page and make sure that you pick a plan that corresponds to your needs. In any case, sending messages to just about anybody you want is fairly straightforward on LinkedIn. You just have to know where it is and how to do it.
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