Last week I wrote about LinkedIn Companies, and the work I’m doing prospecting people on LinkedIn.
I was comped an upgraded account on LinkedIn (thanks LinkedIn!) and have really loved it… I have the ability to communicate with people I’m not connected with quickly, easily and immediately.
However, if you don’t have an upgrade there is a way to cheat the system. Actually, it’s not really cheating the system. And if you had my LinkedIn DVD or LinkedIn book you’d already know this… it is a powerful almost-loophole to help you contact people in LinkedIn.
Did you know that if you are in the same LinkedIn Group as someone you can message them for free, no matter how you are connected?
It’s perhaps the most compelling reason to join multiple LinkedIn Groups.
Here’s how you can apply this:
Let’s say you find a target contact… but she is a third degree contact. You don’t want to do a LinkedIn Introduction (for various reasons)… you’d rather contact them directly.
Go to their LinkedIn Profile, scroll down to their Groups, and find Groups that might be relevant to you (in other words, Groups you would join whether they are in them or not).
Then, join that or those Groups. Hopefully you’ll find a Group that let’s you in right away… if so, you can then message that key person right away – all because you are in the same Group!
Pretty cool, huh?
Remember, you can only join 50 Groups at a time, so you might find yourself joining and leaving Groups the more you do this… I haven’t had to do that because I have the upgraded account, but it’s a simple fix to the problem