Tool of the month – The hunt for contacts

Tool of the month – The hunt for contacts

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Firefly HQ

He aims, he sends and the e-mail bounces straight back.

Despite frequent exclamations that “E-mail is dead!”, it is truly alive and kicking and still the primary, and sometimes preferred, means of communication for most.

But what if you don’t have the right email address?

We first attempt to decipher the company email pattern, hoping that the standard first.last@company.com will reap the intended result. Even if the email doesn’t bounce back into your inbox, can you ever be certain that it truly did get sent and to the right person in the company? It is quite probable there is more than one John Smith in the business. So, as with many other problems, we then turn to Google. Hours of mind-numbing searching, preventing you from working on other important tasks, and potentially leaving you nothing to show for your efforts.

This is where Email Hunter hopes to come in. The free tool aims to unearth those important and difficult to find e-mail addresses from the internet. Simply entering the company domain or even just the company’s name reveals all employee email addresses listed on the web – hopefully exposing the company’s email pattern. This can all be filtered down to people’s specific emails by adding the target’s first and last name.

Worried that you may have noted down the wrong address?  The most useful aspect of the tool is the Email Verifier which checks the validity of the email source and its deliverability. Making sure that when you do shoot out that important email, you hit the bullseye.

Even with the right email address, this cannot guarantee total success. This tool will only help to reach some of those targets we deemed out of arm’s length, some simply are untraceable. It certainly cannot ensure that emails will actually be opened and acted upon. That is up to you. At least, though, Email Hunter can ease the hassle and give you more time to work on that.

We have already spoken about changing data protection laws (most importantly, GDPR) and this may have a significant impact about how the data from Email Hunter can be used. Just in case, better get on the hunt soon!

 

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