- Solutions to the weekly invitation limit
- Alternative ways to reach out to your leads
- What else Linked Helper can be useful for?
As you probably already know, not so long ago LinkedIn implemented a weekly invitation limit for all its users so now you're able to invite only about 100 profiles a week. So, if previously you could invite 100 contacts per day, 7 days a week, now you're allowed to do only 100 invites on Monday or Tuesday, for example, and then have to wait till the next week for the limit to be lifted.
Do you really need an automation tool for those 100 invites? Is there a sense in using LinkedIn as a lead source for a business? This may seem like a dead-end for automation as well as a hard time for those whose business depends on LinkedIn. And you can't do anything with the way things are... or can you?
We in Linked Helper believe that it's not the end of the story just yet. To avoid that limitation we came up with a couple of solutions and workarounds (there is one more on the way) which you should be aware of. Here they are:
Solutions to the weekly invitation limit
Overcome LinkedIn weekly invitation limit
Linked Helper 2 can now overcome LinkedIn's weekly invitation limit! Enable "Go over LinkedIn weekly invitations limit" setting in the General tab of Invite 2nd and 3rd level contacts Action and you'll be able to continue sending invites even when the limit is reached. Yes, as simple as that:
Warning: All Linked Helper 2 features just reproduce real human actions by clicking buttons, scrolling, typing, or inserting texts to provide maximum security for your LinkedIn account. BUT getting past the LinkedIn invitation limit is done by using an undocumented LinkedIn feature, which cannot be reproduced manually. You must understand the risk of being detected by LinkedIn when deciding to use it. P.S. It will look like an invite wasn't sent, but it actually was sent. You can find it on Sent invites page here: https://www.linkedin.com/mynetwork/invitation-manager/sent/
Invite 2nd and 3rd contacts by email
If you don't want to use the solution above, then probably you'd like to try this one which allows you to continue inviting connections via LinkedIn invite by email feature after the weekly limit is exhausted.
This method works as follows:
- Linked Helper gets a profile's email address either via Snov.io integration or, in case you already have emails, from the uploaded custom field;
- Then navigates to the LinkedIn invite contacts page, pastes the email address, and hits "Continue";
- LinkedIn sends an invitation to the specified email address on your behalf.
It is possible to invite profiles by their email addresses via Invite 2nd and 3rd level contacts contacts action:
As an alternative, you can set up a separate campaign for this type of workaround. Here is the link to the article with more detailed instructions on how to set it up: How to invite contacts by email when the weekly invitation limit is reached.
Alternative ways to reach out to your leads
Although there are no more solutions to the weekly invitation limit, Linked Helper provides a number of other ways to reach out to your leads.
Send free messages to group members
Since LinkedIn restricts its users from sending invitations, it could be a good workaround to substitute the invites with messages to group members. Unfortunately, in regular LinkedIn, there are no filters to collect only those who meet your criteria. However, that's not an issue if you have a Sales Navigator subscription since it offers a "Group" filter on top of which you can use all the other available filters:
Basically, you need to:
- Filter out the target audience using the needed Sales Navigator filters.
- Collect the profiles into a campaign and assign a group ID for messaging from within the Action Queue.
- Start a campaign.
Moreover, you can transfer filtered profiles to other LinkedIn accounts managed in Linked Helper 2 and contact them even without a Sales Navigator subscription (but provided that those accounts are in the same group as transferred leads). So, if you're an agency, you can pay only for one Sales Navigator subscription, but use collected profiles on several LinkedIn accounts. All you need is to transfer the leads and assign a group ID as per the article above.
Here is some additional information:
- How to download profiles from Linked Helper
- How to upload profiles' data from Linked Helper CSV file
- How to change the LinkedIn platform for processing profiles
Send messages to event attendees
LinkedIn allows you to filter and collect profiles who attend an event which you are hosting or attending, too. What's more important, LinkedIn allows you to send messages to event attendees even if they are your 2nd or 3rd-degree connections.
Let's imaging you're a recruiter who searches for a junior marketing manager. So instead of inviting every suitable candidate, you can collect them from an event which has lost of suitable candidates:
And then simply send a direct message via the event without a need to be connected:
The same thing can be done via in Linked Helper but in an automated way which saves you loads of time and efforts, not to mention invitation credits saved to this feature:
Send free InMails to open profiles
LinkedIn allows sending free InMails to premium profiles (those with a gold LinkedIn badge) who didn't disable the ability to receive free InMails from others. Such contacts are called "Open link" or "Open profile" and have a special hidden badge on their pages.
Prior to sending limited invitations, you can reach out to your leads via free InMails thus saving the invites for those who do not have an open profile and cannot be reached via group messages.
Please refer to the article with detailed instructions on how to filter out such profiles: How to send free InMails to Open profiles.
Get emails of your 2nd and 3rd connections
LinkedIn does not allow you to get emails of your 2nd and 3rd-degree connections, but that's not a problem: using Linked Helper, you can get their emails via via LH Email Finder (our own service) or via built-in integration with Snov.io / its alternatives if you're willing to go through a few extra manual steps. Reference materials:
- Use Find Profile Emails action in order to get personal email addresses of your 2nd and 3rd-degree connections.
- How to extract emails of your 2nd and 3rd-degree connections via Snov.io
- How to get emails of your 2nd and 3rd connections in LinkedIn
What else Linked Helper can be useful for?
Warm-up your leads
Automation in a social network is not limited to inviting and messaging only. For instance, it would be far from ideal to just bump into your leads with an offer in the invitation note - it's better to warm them up prior to reaching out in order to increase the acceptance rate.
For that, you can use Follow/unfollow profiles as well as Like and comment posts and articles actions which help your LinkedIn account to be noticed by your leads so they are aware of you being interested in them. Also, after some time since the invitation is accepted, you may consider endorsing some skills of your 1st-degree connections.
Here is an example of the Workflow:
- Action #1- Like and comment posts and articles to show targeted 2nd and 3d level connections that you like their content.
- Action #2 - Delay between actions for 1 - 2 days to postpone the transfer of the contacts to the next action in order to make sure they had some time to check the notifications.
- Action #3- Follow/unfollow profiles to let your prospects know that you're interested in them.
- Action #4 - Delay between actions for 1 - 2 days to postpone the transfer of the contacts to the next action in order to make sure they had some time to check the notifications.
- Action #5 - Invite 2nd and 3rd level contacts to invite targeted contacts.
- Action #6 - Filter contacts out of my network (keep 1st level only) to filter those who accepted the invitations to connect.
- Action #7 - Message to 1st connections | Group members to send 1st follow-up like "Thank you for accepting my invitation to connect!" to start a small talk.
- Action #8 - Delay between actions for 3 - 5 days to postpone the transfer of the contacts to the next action.
- Action #9 - Endorse my contacts to endorse some skills and show that you value the person as a professional.
- Action #10 - Delay between actions for 2 - 3 days to postpone the transfer of the contacts to the next action.
- Action #11 - Message to 1st connections | Group members to send 2nd follow-up with your offer.
Invite to group / event / organization
Apart from usual invitations, Linked Helper is capable of inviting 1st-degree connections to join a group or event in LinkedIn, as well as to follow your LinkedIn company page provided that you have the ability to do that manually.
This may help in building brand awareness and keeping your LinkedIn account active.
- How to invite LinkedIn 1st-degree connections to join a group
- How to invite connections to join Event
- How to automatically invite your connections to follow your Company page on LinkedIn
Extract and export profiles and messaging history
Linked Helper 2 allows you to export your 1st-degree connections with all their details including messaging history:
This may be helpful when you're about to cancel your Sales Navigator subscription because, as per LinkedIn Help Center, your messaging history will be lost: Cancel Your Sales Navigator Account