LinkedIn Etiquette - Connected, Read Message, No Response?

Hello WSO community!

I have been trying hard to network on LinkedIn and have made a few connections. But my problem is that they will read my connection message and not reply...

When is the appropriate amount of time to followup again?

Ex: Sunday, viewed an MD's profile but didn't add (not in my city). He quickly viewed mine after. So I added him as a connection - no note. He accepted this Morning. Sent him a note right after he accepted. He read the note...

Seems to happen a lot - please help!

Thank you!

BSP

Comments (26)

May 22, 2017

Don't follow up. If they read the message, they consciously didn't reply. The harsh truth is that they just don't want to.
Reach out to people lower in the hierarchy if you're looking for responses.
Network in person at events rather than LinkedIn.

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May 22, 2017

Hello Escobar Houdini! Thank you for replying.

QQ - I saw in threads that people followup using the professional email after they connect. What are your thoughts on that?

Thanks!

BSP

BSP

May 22, 2017

If a telemarketer called you on your cell phone and you don't answer but then he follows up with a call on home phone, will you be happy?

May 22, 2017

Oops!

I mean - after you connect, no messages exchanged, then you email them on their professional? I thought I read a bunch of threads for people doing that...

BSP

May 22, 2017

If you haven't contacted them in any other fashion previously, go for it.

Personally, I'm no the biggest fan. An MD once yelled at me when I sent out a holiday reminder to the deal team. He said he doesn't give a f*** and doesn't want juniors junking up his inbox... Granted, he was a grade A tool.

I always preferred meeting someone in person at career, networking or similar events and then ask if you can contact them later to pick their brain. Normally they're happy to respond to a familiar face/ name.

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May 22, 2017

Hello Escobar Houdini. I guess that makes sense... I just don't know how to network in-person since I am out of school now!

I guess I'm just annoyed - why accept my connection anyways -,-

BSP

May 22, 2017

This is how most people use LinkedIn to cold e-mail:

1. Look up professionals on LinkedIn by bank, region, country, alma mater, etc. If their full name does not appear, Google their first name and last initial with their title to find their full name. For example, for Jon D., an associate at Goldman Sachs, you would Google "Jon D. associate Goldman Sachs LinkedIn".

2. Find out their e-mail address.

3. Send them an e-mail asking for time.

May 22, 2017

^ Yea, email them instead by finding their email or plugging their name into tot company format.
I wouldn't message them on LinkedIn, no one really checks those things, and a message over LinkedIn would probably have less on an impact on them than on their business email. Plus it could be intrusive to some.

May 22, 2017

Thanks so much for the advice guys.

As I'm a total Linkedin Noob, got some follow ups.

It seems like most of the people I find on Linkedin don't have their email visible unless I try to connect with them, not if we're in a group together (College alumni group for example). Is that normal, or am I not looking in the right place to try and find it?

I know about using the standard company format for email, but what do you say about how you figured out their email address?

"I was looking through XYZ college alumni and came across your profile. I saw we both majored in basketweaving so I wanted to see if you could offer any advice for breaking into the consulting field with that background." And then should you just leave out the fact that you're guessing on their email address? I feel like it's a little stalkerish to not find their email in a legitimate way, where as Linkedin, it is at least clear you got in contact with them.

What if they have a common name, for example Tom Smith, you might end up sending it to the wrong Tsmith or [email protected]?

So does this mean that I should ask the people from that alumni association to reach out for me rather than trying to reach out to these people through Linkedin?

Thanks again for all the help guys.

May 22, 2017

Has anyone been successful with messaging on Linkedin?

May 22, 2017

Bump

May 22, 2017

One last try

May 22, 2017

When I was doing this, I always found it difficult to locate their emails via LinkedIn as some choose not to post it. Mostly I located an executives email, saw the format and plugged in where I needed to.

May 22, 2017

Did you ever explain in the cold email how you found their email or were you ever asked about it?

May 22, 2017
Craftphoto:

Did you ever explain in the cold email how you found their email or were you ever asked about it?

I've never been asked the few times I didnt note where I got it but eventually I just began to vary it to a colleague passed it on, saw it on a job advert and LinkedIn. I think its not a major issue for the person where you got the email, especially to me, it seems like you made an effort.

May 22, 2017
FinancialNoviceII:
Craftphoto:

Did you ever explain in the cold email how you found their email or were you ever asked about it?

I've never been asked the few times I didnt note where I got it but eventually I just began to vary it to a colleague passed it on, saw it on a job advert and LinkedIn. I think its not a major issue for the person where you got the email, especially to me, it seems like you made an effort.

Great! Thanks so much for the help!

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May 22, 2017

I've found myself running into the same situation as you. My suggestion would be to follow the typical networking/cold email advice of following up with another message about a week or so later.

May 22, 2017

What would you say in the follow up message though? "AYYYYY, I noticed that you've seen my message and never replied back so I am messaging you again to have your attention"

May 22, 2017

Your follow-up response will depend on the content of your initial outreach message, sooo... post the message, dawg.

May 22, 2017

This. I've had great success getting people to connect by using a very short connection invite message (ex: "XYZ university student interested in learning about investment banking and ABC"). Very few will actually reply to my first message, but they do connect with me. So in this case, my follow up is a longer message where I say a bit more about how I found them and to schedule call.

I'd say no matter what your follow-up message includes, starting it along the lines of "Thank you for connecting with me a couple of days/weeks ago, [body]." is always a good way to go.

Edit: Like many people are saying, emailing is also great. Follow up with them via email, starting off by saying that you connected on LinkedIn a few days/weeks ago

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May 22, 2017

Repeat after me: "I will not LinkedIn message bankers."

May 22, 2017

Hint: email them not message on Linkedin.

May 22, 2017

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