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Monday, 2 January 2017

LinkedIn Tip #80 - How do you send direct messages using FREE Inmail to your followers?

Have you been sitting on pins and needles wondering how to send direct messages to your followers? -Even though you are not connected to them? Have you ever wondered how to meet someone crucial to your business collaboration who is not connected to anyone you are?

You have nobody who can introduce you to them! What a predicament!

Yes, it probably has happened to you. Here's how you go about it.

The purpose of the FREE Inmails was to assist with connecting to people we are not connected to, and being able to introduce ourselves in a networking situation through the groups we belong to. Yes, the FREE Inmails were meant for use in the groups.

The groups are meant to be a bit more intimate, like a networking organization where we can carry on discussions and arrange meetings and collaborations as we desire for business.

When LinkedIn originated, we were allowed to send as many as 300 Inmails a day through the groups to anyone we wanted to invite to a meeting of some sort, or introduce to our new groups.

A year and a half ago, when LinkedIn made all the big changes, the Inmails were cut completely, and we were unable to send any Inmails at all. It almost killed the groups!
It was a mess!

Recently, LinkedIn reinstated the FREE Inmails to be used with the groups. We all receive 15 FREE Inmails a month. The stipulation is that these can only be used in the groups. (Paid Inmails can be used with any person we are not connected to, either in or out of the groups.)

So if you are wanting to send a direct message to the people who follow you, these people are not your 1st connections, so you would need to find a way to use either a paid or FREE Inmail.

Using FREE Inmail, visit each profile and scroll down to the groups section. See if you are in any groups that they also belong to. If you are not a member of any of the same groups, then request to join one of their groups. Wait until you are accepted into that group. Once you are accepted into the group, you can then go search the group for the person you were wanting to message directly.

Voila! There you have it!

It takes time, but the result is the same.

I look forward to helping you with more tips and tricks in my next webinar, MM 202 - The secrets of the Groups. MM 202 - Secrets of the Groups  Early bird ends midnight January 17.

Christine Till
The Marketing Mentress

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