Are you missing some expert advice or would it benefit you or your business to get in contact with a specific person? Then use your LinkedIn network to connect - but do it in the right way.
LinkedIn was designed for the business community and is a professional platform where individuals and companies can connect. So why not take advantage of the functions offered by LinkedIn?
InMail and Introductions are used when you wish to contact LinkedIn members with whom you're not yet connected. By using the LinkedIn InMail or Introduction services you have the opportunity to get in contact with people outside of your immediate network.
Getting in touch with a 2nd degree connection can be achieved via an introduction through one of your primary connections, i.e. a connection you have in common with the person you'd like to contact. To get introduced, simply click the "Get introduced" link on the profile of the person you'd like to contact.
How the introduction benefits you:
While the introduction service is a free service, LinkedIn InMail is not. It is a paid feature that is included if you have a Premium account.
An InMail is a private message which enables you to contact another LinkedIn member - even 3rd or 4th degree connections - while still protecting the recipient's privacy.
How the LinkedIn InMail benefits you:
Thats's it. Now go and try out introductions - and you can even try InMail for free as LinkedIn regularly offers a free month of their Premium service to regular members.