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Five Tips For Finding Contact Information Online

Mar 9, 2008
Finding business and executive contact information online does not have to be frustrating. The Internet has a wealth of resources to make you search stress-free. Here are five tips for finding contact information online.

You know if you could just reach the Vice President of Marketing at that hot new software company you could close the deal. Or if you could find the phone number of the editor at the top industry magazine he would cover your upcoming product launch. Or if you could reach the conference organizer for the big show you could land a speaking spot on the agenda.

But just how do you reach the right contact at the right time? Titles and jobs change fast. Key contacts move positions. And many websites don't list personal contact information. To avoid having your request go to a generic email box or getting stuck at the front desk, you not only need a great message, but you need the accurate contact information.

A visit to these online resources can help you uncover the right contact information for your key contacts.

1. LinkedIn. This mega network of business professionals is a great way to connect in a "permission" environment. Members of LinkedIn join for the purpose of making professional contacts, so as long as you are reaching out with a relevant message, you won't be accused of "spamming" your contact. To use LinkedIn, simply search on the name of the person or company you are trying to reach. If they are connected to one of your contacts, you can ask your contact to make an introduction. If they are outside of your network, you can purchase credits from LinkedIn that allow you to send introductions to people outside of your network.

2. Goliath.ecnext.com. The mega site of information allows user the ability to create custom lists of contacts. By selecting industry, location and demographics you can instantly purchase and download contacts from more than 430,000 companies. If a company is on your prospect list, it's probably in Goliath.

3. JigSaw. JigSaw has created a new economy one in which contact information is the currency. JigSaw members can upload contact information from their network and earn "credits" can be redeemed in the form of new contacts. Think of it as swapping contact information from the networks of your few thousand closest friends.

4. Yahoo! People, People.Yahoo.com. Yahoo People is a free resource that allows users to search online databases for phone numbers and email addresses. The database not only searches addresses and phone numbers, it searches email databases as well. A great feature of this site is a reverse telephone number lookup feature. Trying to figure out who keeps calling your mobile phone and not leaving a message? Type the number into the reverse phone number lookup feature to find out who has been calling!

5. ZabaSearch. This free site offers a simple Google like interface. Simply type in a name and instantly find phone numbers, addresses and email information for your contacts.

Reaching the right contact is a key part to success in sales, marketing and public relations. By accessing current contact information, delivering a relevant message and respecting your contact's time, you greatly improve your chances of making the right connection.
About the Author
Charlotte Beulow is a contributing writer for Goliath. Goliath is one of the Internet's largest collection sof business research, news and information. Learn more: Goliath.
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