How to Send a LinkedIn InMail
If you’re looking to connect with someone on LinkedIn right away and you don’t have an immediate or secondary connection with that person, you can use LinkedIn's InMail feature to send a message directly to another LinkedIn member without anyone else getting involved.
This feature is currently available to paid members of LinkedIn with available InMail credits. If you’re using a free account, you have to pay for individual InMail credits to reach other members through InMail.
InMail is basically a private e-mail message that enables you to reach other members, but it protects those members’ privacy and e-mail address information. If your message is accepted, you’ll receive a message in your LinkedIn inbox with the other party’s name and e-mail address, and you can communicate further. In some cases, you see only the other person’s professional headline first, and then you see the person’s name after he accepts the InMail message.
When you’re ready to send someone an InMail, just follow these steps:
While logged in to LinkedIn, search for the person you’d like to meet.
You can use the Search box in the top-right corner of any LinkedIn page, or you can click on your Connections and search your friend’s networks.
From the list of search results, click the name of the person you want to contact. (If you didn’t find the person you’re looking for, try another search.)
You’re taken to the person’s profile page.
Click the Send InMail link.
For example, suppose that you want to connect with Lynn Dralle, the Queen of Auctions, who can not only teach you how to sell on eBay, but who sells more $100,000 per year in antiques and collectibles herself. Her profile shows the Send InMail link, which means she is open to receiving InMail. You click the Send InMail link to send her a message.
In the Compose Your Message form, select or deselect the Include My Contact Information check box, depending on your preference.
You’re asked whether to provide contact information that your recipient can use to contact you, in the form of e-mail and/or a phone number. Simply select the Include My Contact Information check box if you want to send contact information.
Complete the Category, Subject, and Salutation fields, and then enter a message in its text box.
Your Salutation options are Dear Name, Hi Name, Name, or no salutation. As with an Introduction, keep your message focused on why you would like to talk with this person, and/or what information you were hoping to exchange.
At the bottom of the page, you can see how many InMail credits you have; remember that you need at least one credit to send this message.
Your recipient receives this InMail in his LinkedIn Inbox and can decide whether to accept it. (If they have configured LinkedIn to get immediate e-mails of their InMail messages, they will receive the InMail in their e-mail account Inbox as well.) If your message is accepted, it’s up to the recipient to contact you in return.