K0030 LinkedHelper Automation

LinkedHelper Automation

1. A super-important overview of why automation is so vital (don’t miss it)
2. How to Install Linked Helper (LH)
3. How to set up your instance of Linked Helper
4. How to create automated messages to existing First Level Connections
5. How to create automated connection requests to Second Level Connections

1. Why is automation so vital

  • Consistency in Outreach: Automation ensures regular contact with potential leads, even during busy or distracted periods.
  • Works while you are Asleep: Automation simulates action on your behalf 24/7, reaching out to people even when you are not actively working.
  • Increases Engagement: Automated outreach leads to more responses in your inbox, prompting you to continue conversations more readily.
  • Converts Proactive to Reactive: It helps shift the burden from constantly initiating contact (proactive) to simply responding to inquiries (reactive).
  • Natural Response Tendency: People often find it easier to respond to messages they receive, compared to initiating new ones.
  • Saves Precious Time: Automation allows you to focus on more critical aspects of your work rather than spending time on repetitive tasks like sending messages.
  • Team Consistency: Ensures that your team’s outreach efforts are uniform and continuous, which is vital for collective success.
  • Cost-Effective: The benefits of automation outweigh its costs, making it an economical solution for scaling outreach efforts.

Why LinkedHelper?

LinkedHelper is not a browser extension – why does this matter?

  • LinkedHelper’s Unique Approach: Unlike many LinkedIn automation tools, LinkedHelper (LH) is not cloud-based. This was a strategic decision by Linked Helper following its earlier cloud-based version, aimed at making the tool safer.
  • Avoiding LinkedIn Jail (the link to the left is important – please read it): There’s a history of LinkedIn penalising users for using automation tools, with some facing account suspensions. This risk is greatly mitigated with LH’s non-cloud-based operation.
  • Operational Requirement: LH operates as an application on your computer (or a virtual server provided by the Connect Collaborative), performing tasks as if you were doing them. 
  • Concurrent Use Caution: Using LH while also manually operating LinkedIn on the same account can be flagged as suspicious. It’s recommended that simultaneous use be avoided to prevent detection by LinkedIn’s monitoring systems.

These points highlight the advantages and operational considerations of using LinkedHelper, particularly its non-cloud-based nature, for LinkedIn automation tasks.


LinkedHelper’s Support and Adaptability to LinkedIn Changes

  • Responsive Customer Support: LinkedHelper (LH) has consistently provided excellent support, responding effectively to user inquiries and issues.
  • Adaptation to LinkedIn Updates: LH is known for staying abreast of LinkedIn’s frequent changes, ensuring the tool remains effective and relevant.
  • Case Example: A recent incident where a member received a LinkedIn limit notification demonstrates LH’s quick response. They not only confirmed the new limitation but also provided workarounds.
  • LinkedIn’s Unannounced Changes: LinkedIn often implements changes without prior announcements. LH’s ability to quickly adapt and inform users is a significant advantage.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: The tool’s effectiveness makes a paid LinkedIn subscription unnecessary, offering a more cost-effective solution for users.
  • Continuous Improvement: LH has shown a consistent pattern of enhancement in line with LinkedIn’s evolving features and user feedback.

LinkedHelper’s commitment to support, its ability to keep up with LinkedIn’s dynamic environment, and its ongoing improvement make it a valuable tool for users navigating LinkedIn’s platform.

How do we recommend you use LH?

At the moment, LH offers many possible automated actions. As you become more familiar with LH and gain experience using additional LinkedIn functionality, you may use more of these actions. However, for now, we suggest you start with just two objectives:

(1) Automatically send messages to selected people who have already connected with you
(2) Automatically send connection requests to selected candidates

(1) Automatically send messages to selected people who have already connected with you

You and/or some of your team members will have many LinkedIn first-level connections.
Most of these connections you/your team members will never have met.

Yet they are “warmer” connections than those to whom you send connection requests simply because they have connected with you.

It makes sense to send them a message saying something like: 

“We have been connected for a while, and when I recently looked at your profile, I thought I might have some great connections I could introduce you to and vice verse. Let’s have a quick meeting and see where it takes us. To make it easy, please choose a time that works for you using the following link to my calendar. Your message would include your Calendly link so that they can book in with you.

Should you reach out to everyone who has connected with you on LinkedIn?

One approach you could take is to start manually examining all of your LinkedIn connections and handcraft a message for every one of them (or decide to skip them and move to the next one).

The problems with this approach are:

  • It is a very tedious, boring, time-consuming, and repetitive task that many of your team members will find reasons to avoid. It is better to use and recommend a process that they’re likely to use.
  • Many of the people who set meetings with you through this process may not be good candidates, and whilst they may be interested in having a conversation with you, it may simply be a waste of your time.
  • How can you remember which person you last messaged on LinkedIn?
  • On a non-paid version of LinkedIn, there is a limit to the number of searches you can perform per month. After that, LinkedIn will stop showing you results until the first of the following month (when this limit resets). LinkedIn doesn’t say what this limit is, but we believe it’s around 25 searches for the month.

Instead, we recommend

Step 1 – Message relevant existing (first-level) LinkedIn Connections

  • Use a Boolean search on LinkedIn to find existing contacts that are more likely to be “Corporate Captives” (or other good candidates).
  • Construct a message that aligns with that Boolean Search that you can send these “first-level” connections.
  • Set up a campaign in LinkedHelper to progressively send messages to your selected first-level connections.

For example, if you want to engage with “corporate captives” looking for a side hustle for professionals, you could start with a search like the following.

(“manager” AND (“years of experience”) NOT (“business owner” OR “founder”) AND “enthusiastic”)

And send them a message such as:  

Hi First Name,
We have been connected on LinkedIn for quite a while.
I see from your profile that ………..
I know many others who may be good contacts for you to build your business network and explore side venture opportunities.
Are you up for a quick Zoom chat?
Your Name

Step 2 – Send Connection Requests (without a message) to second-level connections

  • After you have done Step 1, your consistent daily activity will mostly consist of reaching out to your (exponentially increasing) second-level connections.
  • We recommend you use Linked Helper to send them a connection request without a message.
    • Many of the team members you introduce will not have a paid version of LinkedIn. Unless you have a paid account, LinkedIn may only allow you to send 5 connection requests a month with an attached note.
    • Our experience tells us that roughly the same number of people will accept your connection request whether or not you have a personalised note. It is more important that your profile indicates that you can help them meet the people they would like to meet.
  • When people accept your connection request, scan their profile.
  • For example, if you were seeking to build relationships with “Corporate Captives”, are they likely to have (1) A sharp nail and (2) Sufficient income to support a side venture?
  • Do they sound like the sort of person you would like to meet (virtually)? If not, move to the next person. Otherwise, send them a message such as the following

Hi First Name,
It’s great to connect here on LinkedIn.
I see from your profile that ………..
I know many others who may be good contacts for you to build your business network and explore side venture opportunities.
Are you up for a quick Zoom chat?
Your Name

Let’s have a quick meeting using the following link to my calendar and see where it takes us.

https://calendly.com/your_name/30min

Talk Soon

Your Name

In summary, the steps in sending a message to your first-level connections are:

1.  Construct a relevant Boolean Search (As shown in the example above).
Important Note: Constructing a Boolean Search is very simple when you use ChatGPT

(2) Design messages to send existing and new LinkedIn connections (see above).

(3) Create campaigns in Linked Helper that will work through the list that it collects from your Boolean Search (as described in the steps below), sending them the message you designed.

Notes

  • It’s safe to send up to 100 LinkedIn messages per day using LH. On the other hand, you can only send 100 LinkedIn connection requests per week
  • When you send someone a connection request, they will often be curious enough to look at your profile (which is why it’s important that your profile provides compelling reasons for them to want to accept your connection request).

As a result, the process of sending out Connection Requests using LH is as simple as:

1. Use ChatGPT to construct Boolean Searches for LinkedIn to find good candidates (such as corporate captives)

2. Collect these names into a LH campaign you’ll set up (using the steps described below)

3. Determine how many connection requests you want to send per day and on what days (see below)

4. Check your LinkedIn messages to see who has connected with you and send them a hand-crafted message based on what you see on their profile – a personalised message such as the following can be highly effective:

2. Install and Set Up Linked Helper

First, let’s put the cost of Linked Helper in perspective.

Click Here to access the Linked Helper website

We suggest the following

There are some cash outlays involved in building your Side Venture, such as

  • Your CC subscription (where you and your team can learn things such as those contained in this document).
  • Any subscriptions or costs that may be directly attributable to your Side Venture.
  • Linked Helper automation.
  • You may decide to adopt other automation to save your precious time.

Good questions:

  • What will it cost to set up any other business that has the potential to earn as much as one or more side ventures supported by Network-Building?
  • How quickly do you plan to eliminate your CC subscription by onboarding 5 paying partners to each program?
  • How much more effective will your team be if they follow the example you set for automating?
  • If your team becomes twice as effective (because they automate), what happens to your income?

3. Set up your instance of Linked Helper

We are only skimming the surface of what Linked Helper can do. We highly recommend that you supplement this with the Linked Helper manual.

Most importantly, remember how Linked Helper is accessed

Linked Helper is an app installed on your computer (or the CC Server); it is NOT a browser extension.

First, you must access the Linked Helper Launcher

It is an app on your taskbar at the bottom of your screen that looks like the following screenshot.

It’s the dark blue one (see screenshot below)

When you click this, a screen like the following will be displayed

When you “hover” over your account (usually you’ll have only 1) it will come up with a play arrow as shown in the screenshot above. Click this to launch your “instance”.

The first time you do this, you will need to enter your LinkedIn email address and password. After that, LinkedHelper will automatically log into LinkedIn for you in your instance of LinkedHelper. This will show up as a light blue icon in your taskbar that looks as shown in the following screenshot.

When you are in your instance of Linked Helper, here’s what you need to do.

Set up your maximum Actions per day.

Linked Helper recommends that you ensure that all the actions you take with Linked Helper add up to no more than 150.

We recommend that you start with 100 per day and increase from there if necessary.

The following screenshots show you how easy this is.

Set up your working Hours

There are a couple of important things to note here:

(1) Concurrent Usage

It’s wise to set up Linked Helper to operate LinkedIn on your behalf when you will not be operating it yourself.

This will prevent the LinkedIn bots from thinking you are using an automated process as well as your own manual effort.

Set Linked Helper working hours to be at a time you are sleeping!

(2) Choose times that are most likely to get the best response.

Many “Corporate Captives” check their LinkedIn messages on the weekends, and perhaps less on Mondays and Fridays.

4. Create Automated Messages to existing (first-level) LinkedIn Connections

Important: Even if you don’t believe it’s worth reaching out to your existing first-level connections, it is nevertheless important that you know how to do it so that you can explain it to your team members.

Ok, now you need to enter the message you will send out to your first-level connections as follows:

Next, you need to add profiles to the “queue” – here’s how.

Create a Boolean Search that you think could work for you.

For example:

(“experienced professional” OR “years of experience”) AND (positive OR attitude) NOT(Owner OR Founder)

Log into your LinkedIn account and paste the above into your search bar, as shown in the screenshots below.

This will then generate a list of your first-level connections that meet the criteria you entered in the search.

Examine this list and see if they are the sort of people you would like to have a conversation with.

Important Notes

  • Below, we show you how to add these profiles to your Linked Helper “Queue”
    • You can add multiple searches to grow your Linked Helper queue
  • If you are on a free version of LinkedIn, the number of searches you are permitted is limited (to around 25 per month)
    • In other words, think about each search before you enter it.
  • If you make your LinkedIn Search too complicated, LinkedIn will come up with the following message

For example, the following search will work:

(“experienced professional” OR “years of experience”) AND (positive OR attitude) NOT(Owner OR Founder)

But add just one more “operator”, and it won’t.

For example, the following search won’t work: (“experienced professional” OR “years of experience”) AND (outgoing OR positive OR attitude) NOT(Owner OR Founder)

In general, we have found that 5 operators (AND, OR, NOT) will work. Whereas 6 and beyond won’t work.

  • You don’t need to be an expert with “Booleans (AND, OR, NOT) to start trying things.
    • ChatGPT is a fantastic, easy tool that helps you compose LinkedIn Boolean Search strings and teaches you how they work!
    • Check out the following screenshots from ChatGPT.
    • By the way, if you are not using ChatGPT (or equivalent), help with Booleans may be a good reason to start.

If you click “Copy Code” (see above), the following is what you get:

(“senior professional” OR “senior manager” OR “director” OR “vice president” OR “executive”) AND (“positive attitude” OR “enthusiastic” OR “motivated”) AND (“side hustle” OR “additional income” OR “extra work” OR “part-time opportunity”)

If you paste this into the LinkedIn Search Bar, it is too complicated to work (it contains more than 5 Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT).

So, you need to copy and paste it to a document where you can play with it. Cut it down so that it has no more than 5 AND, OR, NOT, and do several searches (each of which can be added to your Linked Helper queue in the way shown below).

Note: When you paste the search into LinkedIn, ensure your AND, OR, NOT operators are all in capitals. Sometimes, the paste process converts them to lowercase.

How to add the results of a LinkedIn Boolean search (such as the above) into Linked Helper

First, copy the URL of the LinkedIn Search as shown in the following screenshot.

Hint: make sure you are on page 1 of the search results in LinkedIn before you perform the copy.

Now select the Campaign in Linked Helper

This will launch the following screen

After clicking above, the following screen will appear

How to run this campaign

To start the campaign running, click as shown in the following screenshot

Note: The will also start the “Campaign Runner” if it is not already started. The campaign runner will run all campaigns that have an “Active” status.

4. Send Automated Connection Requests

Now set the Delay settings to be as shown in the following screenshots

Then, all you need to do is:

(1) Perform a Boolean Search to find people to send a Connection Request (see above)

(2) Collect the names from that search into the Queue for this campaign (as described above)

(3) Click “Collect” (as described above)

(4) Start the campaign (as described above)

(5) Monitor your LinkedIn to see who has accepted your Connection Request and start corresponding with them.

Final Note: Make sure you keep monitoring the Queues in your Campaigns to check if they need “topping up”.

You will need to do more Boolean Searches and add the results to queues as described above, as LH will be continually working its way through your queues.