In this post, you’re going to learn how to find email addresses for cold emailing. Search for emails by address, by name, title, industry, location, and more.

The secret to exactly how to find an email address by name, so rather than leading with a dreaded cold call, you can warm up the interaction ahead of time!

I am going to show you how to find the email address in a manual way first, and then show you how to find email addresses on autopilot after that. 

Then, I’ll share some thoughts on cold emailing. 

So, how do you find someone’s email?

Let’s start with the manual look-up processes to find someone’s email address.

Find an email address by looking for a pattern 

Most businesses follow a pattern for all their email addresses.

This means that, if you know the name of the person you’d like to reach, it’s fairly easy to guess their email address.

Most email addresses consist of a combination of the prospects’ first name, last name, or initials. (e.g. firstname@domain.com or firstname.lastname@domain.com).

You can also use a tool such as the Email Permutator to list out all the possible combinations for a particular email address.

Simply enter the first name and last name of the prospect, as well the website’s domain name, and the tool will generate every possible combination out there.

This will usually result in 30+ different combinations, which you can then test out until you find the right one.

For example, here’s what you’d see if you input my name and domain name:

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Find an email address by using their contact form

If you can’t seem to find the email address of the person you’d like to reach, but you have access to a general email address on their domain name (e.g., info@website.com), shoot an email to that address and ask to be connected with the person you need to contact.

Those types of email addresses are often managed by support teams and VA’s, most of which will be happy to connect you with the right person.

Find the person on Twitter

Using social media is another great way to find someone’s email address.

Twitter in particular, because people will often share their email address in their tweets. However, in order to avoid spam bots, they won’t always list their entire email address.

In most cases, they’ll replace the @ symbol in with “at”, and the dots with the actual word “dot”. You can take advantage of this by using Twitter’s advanced search.

Go to the advanced search section on Twitter and search for “email” and “at” in tweets from your target account.

You can also reach out to the person on Twitter and ask them for their email address. Most people will be happy to give it to you, assuming you have something legitimate to offer.

Now, lets talk about how you can find the email address using modern day, easy-to-use software!

How to Find an Email Address by Name, Job Title, Location, Industry, Business Size, etc

Now for the fun stuff…

Imagine taking everyone on LinkedIn, but getting their email address also?

Almost every business professional has a LinkedIn profile these days, but you can’t get contact info if you are not connected with them.

What if there was a way you can get contact information for just about anyone on LinkedIn without being connected with them?

Well, that’s where LeadFuze comes into play. 

You Can Find Leads Segmented by:

  • Job Title: I want only people who are VP of Marketing
  • Location: I want only people in Phoenix
  • Industry: I want only people in the Automotive industry
  • Business Size: I want only people who work for a company with 50+ employees
  • Technologies used: I want people who use Hubspot
  • Ad Budget: I want companies spending more than $1,000 per month on Adwords
  • Hiring: I want organizations that are hiring for marketing people
  • Skills: I want people with specific skills in python development
  • News: I only want organizations that have recently launched a new product

LeadFuze is an email hunter and gatherer that helps you build lists of accurate leads automatically, while integrating with sales outreach tools to allow you to contact those freshly verified leads.

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You can get super targeting when combining filters.

Imagine wanting to target:

The CEO of companies that use Hubspot, who are hiring for marketing help, that spend more than $1k/mo on Adwords, across the U.S., with 50+ employees, who just recently launched a new product.

Pretty cool, right?

Well, what if you have a dream list of specific accounts and you just need to find the CEO at all those companies? 

Find Specific Business Professionals at Target Accounts

You can use account based search to find someone at a specific company. 

You can look up a specific person’s name…

OR, you can upload an entire list of companies or domain names and then target specific roles at those organizations and in one click, get all the right contacts, and find the email for all of them. 

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Imagine that.. Find anyone’s email…

…VPs of Marketing.

…HR Directors.

…Biotechnology founders.

The sales possibilities are endless!

REMEMBER: The selection of the list you are going to use is by far the most important decision you are going to make in this entire equation. It doesn’t matter how well you do everything else. If you are working with a tired, exhausted list of people who have no interest in what you are selling. In fact, when it comes to marketing, the most important element is always…

How well you target your prospects!

Sweet little Mary the secretary ain’t gonna buy your software (or even let your email through).. no matter how good your sales pitch is.

You need to target the right person!

Remember, it is the quality of the list you are using and the quality of the message you are sending that will determine if your outreach will be successful. 

Let’s touch on your message.

    Cold calling has been around for a long time and it has a deservedly bad reputation. Ask 100 people what they think about cold calling and those 100 people will say…

    “Cold Calling Sucks!”

    But, that’s not exactly the case with cold email outreach technology.

    Does Cold Emailing Work?

    how to find an email address by name

    Sales legend Jill Konrath recently shared a cold email that got her attention…

    Most people will quickly scan through their email inbox in the morning looking for any important messages. I typically browse by sender name.

    Here is one she found from a name she did not recognize, so she checked the subject.

    Subject: cold prospecting ideas?

    A subject she was interested it, so she opened.

    A quick message followed:

    I learned about your consulting practice in an article I read on a sales website. I’m doing some research and would like to ask you two quick questions:

    1. As a sales consultant, have you ever heard of cold emailing as a prospecting technique?
    2. After you read (link to article), do you think this is a good prospecting technique?

    This caught her attention.

    She was interested.

    He didn’t waste any time trying to pitch anything.

    He simply started a compelling conversation around something she was interested in. He also didn’t waste time talking about himself or his company.

    A full email signature was included, with links, so she was able to review them on her own.

    She replied, and they took the conversation offline from there.

    A sales opportunity created.

    If he did this same approach with the phone, leaving a voicemail, would she have responded?

    No Chance. 

    Cold email outreach is an underutilized method to generate leads. Most people shy away from it, because they think it’s spam (it isn’t and here’s why).

    HOWEVER…You need to be careful.

    You only should send to people who would be interested in your product.

    You only should send cold emails to people who would be interested in your product. Click To Tweet

    Did this help you learn how to find an email address

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    Justin McGill
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    Justin McGill is the Founder of LeadFuze - a lead generation platform that discovers new leads for you automatically. Get 25 leads free.