How To Find Someone's Email Address

How To Find Someone’s Email Address

When you mail to people to sell or promote a product or service, you handle email marketing. It is one of the most effective digital marketing channels, with a mind-blowing ROI – around £32 per every £1 spent, according to the latest email marketing statistics report compiled by us. Not a surprise that more than 75% of both B2B and B2C marketers use it as a content distribution channel. But the reason for being so popular is not a high payback alone.

There are more than 4 billion email users, and their number increases year by year. Hence, mailing offers the greatest capacity for reaching out to people – in whatever place they live. Even though your target customer may not have a social media profile or Telegram, Skype, WhatsApp (add other popular chatting apps to the chain) – a reasonable bet is that he or she owns at least one email address. The only challenge for you as a marketer may be to find email addresses. And – to make sure these are valid, because who wants to waste marketing expenses or be banned for spam?

If you’ve ever wandered around the Internet looking for leads’, or partners’, or candidates’ emails, our concise guide would come in handy.

Use email lookup services

A bulk email finder is the first how-to that pops into the head. This is a parser that is configured to scrape email addresses from the HTML of different web pages. Finders can be included in compound marketing tools or be available as independent programs. Below you can check out TOP-6 lookup programs, in our humble opinion.

Hunter

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Source: a snapshot of Hunter.io homepage

This tool will be useful for both personal and professional purposes. To start scraping, upload the list of domains you want to acquire emails from. Hunter.io gives an option to mention the maximum number of emails that you want to extract per every domain. You can set up to 10, and after the program finishes search – choose the most relevant contacts from the scraped list. However, the more you request to parse, the more credits you will spend, so don’t overstate the quantity.

You can use Hunter.io to verify scraped emails as well. For marketers who are seeking good authors, the program offers a convenient “Author Finder” option. You can paste the URL of the beloved article, and Hunter.io will show you information about the copy’s author.

Snov.io

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Source: a snapshot of Snov.io homepage

With this program, you can adjust bulk email search by domain, location, job titles, social network profiles, names of organizations, their size, or industry. After the scraping, Snov.io automatically begins email verification. As a result, you get a “neat as a button” data table – free from troublesome e-addresses:

  • temporary emails
  • misspelled ones, like [email protected]
  • lacking @ symbol
  • duplicate contacts
  • unexisting domains & catch-all email addresses, etc.

In general, the program conducts a 7-steps validation process. For ones using third-party software or custom platforms, developers have created an API.

Voila Norbert

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Source: a snapshot of Voilanorbert.com homepage

VoilaNorbert is another email finder which one can utilize either solo or with external programs – through API. This instrument will mostly fit marketers who work in the Business-to-Business niche. It contains a B2B emails database against which all verifications are conducted. Also, the contacts you receive can be enriched with names, positions, and links to clients’ social accounts, which brings a considerable time-saving effect. However, this option comes with extra costs. 

For verification, one will be asked to pay for each contact in the list. The price isn’t extreme. If you need to check up to 500,000 emails, that’ll cost $0.003 per one, and as the quantity increases – the price reduces to $0.001.

Find That Email

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Source: a snapshot of Findthat.email homepage

Here you can search for people within specified companies. For one-time searches, you’ll need to enter the prospect’s name into a search bar and select the company from a drop-down list. Or download a Chrome extension to extract emails from social profiles.

Find That Email offers a bulk search – against either domain names or a list of leads’ names and companies. After contacts are in place, you can transmit these to HubSpot, Salesforce, or use Zapier to incorporate data with even more tools. The service offers validation, as well. It eliminates not only misspelled emails but also role-based ones – containing @info or @support. In case you won’t have time to skip through findings manually, this may hold hundreds of pointless mailings.

Name2Email

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“Use this extension to find emails right from the Gmail”, source

This is an extension for Chrome browser developed by reply.io It serves to get email by entering the recipient’s mailing domain and name into Gmail’s “To” field.

An extension will find the email address and insert it into the field. To try, install the app, open your Google mailbox and enter the following query:

{Recipient’s first name} {Last name} @{company name}.com.

Finder Expert

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Source: a snapshot of Finder.expert homepage

Besides domain search, Finder Expert allows searching for emails through LinkedIn or Twitter. A typical set is required – a name of a person, domain, and/or company. The program doesn’t differ much from others in terms of quality:

  • it provides integration through API
  • it runs verification (via proofy.io)
  • it grants monthly free credits.

Use Twitter

Twitter is a sweeping social network with as many as 300 million people using it every month. For marketers, this is a noteworthy reference point for searching information about leads and studying interests, preferences, way of life, and concerns of target audiences. There are 3 ways how to find email address through Twitter:

  1. Investigate profiles by hands

An obvious and easiest way to collect emails is to check out prospects’ profiles and scrape emails from there. If you fill in the database from scratch, you can also read the user’s bio and extract more information: name, profession, personal traits – whichever matches your mailing objectives. You can deepen even more and check out external resources that users do usually post in their Tweets. These may be links to other social profiles, like Instagram, or to personal or corporate websites, blogs, media publications, and others.

This method has a foreseeable disadvantage – manual data scraping is very time- and labor-consuming. As such, profiles’ research is rather suitable for the B2B niche, where there may not be so many likely accounts and personalization means really much.

  1. Use lookup tools, like AllMyTweets or Tweetbinder
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“Look through your old Tweets by using AllMyTweets”, source

These are free tools for registered Twitter users that allow getting a timeline’s history, including previous Tweets, likes, and followers. To get your own time – log in to the account, navigate to All My Tweets and type sought information, say nickname, in the search bar. You’ll get a “canvas” with chronicled posts and will be able to use text search (with “CTRL+F”) on the page. To find emails from previous publications, test the following search combinations:

  • CTRL+F plus “@gmail”
  • CTRL+F plus “email”
  • CTRL+F plus “@{domain.com}”
  • CTRL+F plus “contact/website/blog”.

If you want to get a similar report about other Twitter accounts, you can use a Tweetbinder tool. 

  1. Upload contacts to Twitter and check out suggestions

This isn’t a universal searching method because it necessitates that you already have prospects’ phone numbers – at least. Still, it may work for existing leads that you now want to approach through email as well. Moreover, this is a good way to grow one’s contacts through Twitter’s smart suggestion algorithm.

The algorithm works as follows:

  • it analyses other users’ uploaded contacts; if a person has your email or phone the in the list, you’ll see him or her in the suggestion
  • it analyses your location, activity (followers and Tweets), and visits to external websites that do include content from Twitter (if you acknowledge in settings, of course) – and use these facts to adjust suggestions.

Guess someone’s email address with the help of email guessers

Although a guessing method may sound like it lacks seriousness, it can bring a good result, especially on a scale. Here, the rules are pretty simple: if you know the recipient’s name and company name, you can assume his or her corporate email. Say, you know that a guy called John Smith works in a “Smart Solutions” organization. You may try the following combinations:

Of course, it’s better to automate the compilation of variants, especially when it comes to dozens of prospects. To generate an email, use Google Spreadsheets and merging operators.

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“Use merging formulas to generate different combinations of e-addresses” , source

Generate as many combinations as you can. After a draft table is ready – give it a critical analysis. Again, by utilizing verification instruments:

The only case with online verifiers is Captcha, especially if you send too many subsequent verification requests at once.

These will show a person’s information, like name or social links, when you hover over the email address in the “To” field. If the email is invalid, no information will be provided.

Apart from exploiting your own imagination, try specialized email guessing tools. We recommend starting with www.guesser.email. It’s as easy as ABC – just type name, surname, and mailing domain or a supposed corporate website’s address. And the tool will generate loads of combinations.

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Source: a snapshot of Guesser.email homepage

Subscribe to your target’s mailing list

If you can’t find your clients’ emails – why not subscribe to their newsletters and get the contact immediately in your “Inbox”? Again, this suggestion is applicable for companies who work on the B2B. To launch the process, you’ll have to perform some spadework:

  1. Form a table containing leads’ websites

Say, you own a SaaS company that writes code for interfaces for mobile Apps in the Medical & Healthcare niche. Your clients may be software companies that develop applications in fitness & nutrition categories. You can scrape their corporate sites from Google SERPs, or from Play Store or App Store’s results pages. Assume search queries that might be related to your B2B leads, for example, “running tracker”. Also, double-check if you have the correct region settings while searching.

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“Search for prospects’ websites through mobile Apps stores or search engines SERPs”, source

Then open individual Apps’ pages and navigate to the “Additional information” (or “Publisher’s info”) block – to get the website address. With a high probability, you will also find an email address in the section as well, however, these are usually “[email protected]” ones. So these may not match your targeting goals. If you want more emails or if you use Google search to find websites’ addresses – proceed to step 2.

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“This is how an information about developing company looks like in Google Play Market”, source

  1. Visit each site and find the “Subscribe” box

This is usually positioned on the homepage, “Products”, or “Pricing” pages. Another way to subscribe to email is to create an account and agree on receiving regular newsletters from your target.

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“You can register and agree to receive emails – to get contacts”, source

Don’t forget to check your “All mail” and “Spam” folders – to proceed with the double opt-in verification.

  1. Finally, copy & paste the sender’s address to your database.

This “hunting” method is lengthy, but in the case of promising deals – it pays back. Not only do you get the email address itself – but you also can be acquainted with news and the overall “vibes” of the brand. Use newsletters as a reference point in the dialogue. Show a client that you’ve done the homework and learned about the product range, particular qualities, and target audience.

Check out “About” and “Contact” pages

Most people and companies are interested in making their contacts easy to find. Hiding phones or emails means limiting one’s opportunities for collaboration and business expansion. Typically, emails are kept in the footer – closer to the bottom of the web page. It may be tricky to get there if the page uses an infinite scroll, however. So instead of manual scrolling, use an on-page search for the “@” symbol.

Many websites use contact forms, so you can message them directly via the website. To increase chances of being heard, choose correct subject lines or topics, e.g. “Business partnership” or so.

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“If you want to send a message via on-site form, choose the correct topic from the list”, source

Use Google search operators

Apply search operators to either collect emails from external websites or to browse through your Gmail and master the Inbox better. Below are few examples:

  1. Operators to find specific information across URLs across Google search engine:
  • {domain name you require contacts from} intext:”@gmail”

Try this regular expression that is suitable for sporadic email search within rather small sites. For web listings,  aggregators, and yellow pages it won’t work, however, because you’ll get too many resulting URLs in the list.

  • {domain name you require contacts from} inurl:contact

Through this expression, you can collect contact pages for hundreds of sites at a time. Generate queries by using merging operators in Excel or Google Tables. Then – write down a script or use Zennoposter to automate typing a query into the search bar and scraping results. Don’t perform this operation from your IP address – it’s better to proceed under VPN or proxy. Otherwise, Captcha will annoy you.

  1. Gmail search operators:
  • from:{companydomain.com} – to find all contacts from a specified company; this may be useful in case you had dialogues with a number of employees (including ones in Cc and Bcc copies) at once
  • from:{sender’s name} after {mm/dd/yyyy} – to list all emails from particular sender after a certain date
  • subject:{request name} – to look for particular applicants, say, ones’ who sent you orders on invoices
  • has:attachment – to find senders’ emails who’ve emailed you some data previously, e.g. presentations or .pdf files.

Don’t think of email finding as something humdrum. A few pieces of input data, a little imagination, luck, and proper tools – and the search will turn action-packed. The most important rule here is – whichever exact method to find someone’s email address you choose, just find time and the opportunity to verify emails that you’ve collected.

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