Have you ever downloaded your contacts from LinkedIn?
I’m surprised at the amount of people who answer NO to that.
Apart from the very obvious reason to download your contacts – you get their emails – the real reason to download your contacts from LinkedIn is to take them away from there… and upload them as a custom audience on Facebook. (Or Instagram. Or Twitter)
There you can do all sorts of wonderful and shiny ad targeting things. I’m not going to go into that here, I’ve got an entire module of it in my online course.
What I would like to show you now is how to do the download, because since the May 2017 LinkedIn update, it’s just a little bit tricky. It’s like as if they don’t want you to get a hold of your data or something!
Follow these steps to download your contacts from LinkedIn:
Click ‘My Network’ at the top of the page
- On the left of your screen you will see the number of connections you have, click this.
- On the next screen, In the top right corner, click Manage Synced and Imported Contacts
- Next screen, bottom right, you will see ‘Advanced actions’. Click ‘Export Contacts’.
- You will be brought to ‘Getting an archive of your data’. Choose between ‘Fast file only’ or ‘Fast file plus other data’. Tick the box and click ‘Request archive’.
- You have now requested your data from LinkedIn – keep an eye on your Promotions tab if you use Gmail as it is likely to appear here.
- Once ready, you have 3 days to download your data. Click the download button and download the zip folder.
- Within this folder you will have a csv file titled Connections.csv open this up and you will see all of your connections and their email addresses.
That’s it. You’re done.
Now consider all the wonderful things you can do with this data…
If you would like a little help setting up custom and lookalike audiences in Facebook and Instagram ads, check out my online course which will show you how.
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