–Yves M.; Director, Marketing; Industrial Company
Christine’s Answer: “We’ve all been there, Yves, so you have good company in your current LinkedIn invitation restriction situation!
The reason why we’ve all been there is that it only takes 5! IDK’s (I Don’t Know) to get your account restricted!
For going forward, if you’re in doubt on connecting with someone…for example, you know them from an event years ago or you just met them at a business networking function but didn’t say you’d be sending an invitation to connect…do it via their profile so you can add a short personal note, through groups or positions, send an InMail or ask for an Introduction.
BONUS TIP: If you use GMail, the Rapportive extension makes it easy to send invitations directly from your email so your account doesn’t get the LinkedIn invitation restriction in the first place.
As a last resort, search the company website listing on their profile or their name on Google to see if you can find an email via a website that way.
BONUS TIP: Make the invitation about how you know them only. Don’t mention any products or links, like a webinar or special report in your invite…no matter how compelling you think they are. LinkedIn has its own “language” and customs and users usually see this as spam and will flag your invitation accordingly. Save promoting for your headline later, after you’ve cultivated the relationship.”