How To Send an InMail That Actually Gets a Response

How To Send an InMail That Actually Gets a Response

You are probably reading this because like most people on LinkedIn you want to know how to send an InMail message that gets a response.

We have all struggled with knowing the best way to get someone to respond. The suggestions you’ll see below will make getting a response much more likely.  

Be relatable

When sending an InMail, you want to find something relatable you can talk about and make the message personal.

Take time to visit the person’s profile and look through it to find something you can mention in your message to them. This will make the recipient more likely to respond to you because your message stands out from all the other messages they’re receiving. It also shows you took the time to get to know them before sending a message.

Be engaging

Use words that suggest you want to engage with this person. They are more likely to respond when you say things that suggest continuing a conversation, like “let’s connect.”

You want to sound like a human took the time to craft a thoughtful message, not a robot that sent a mass message to 100 different people. Give them something to talk about, and respond to.

The other person is not as likely to respond if you don’t ask them a question, or provide them with a topic to conversate about.

Be straightforward

You want to be straightforward with your message, but don’t ask for too much right away. You also want to make sure to keep it natural, explain why you’re trying to connect, and don’t make it all about what they can do for you.

LinkedIn allows up to 2,000 characters when sending an InMail. In order to have the highest response rate, we recommend sending anywhere from 500-1000 characters to avoid being too wordy.

If there is too much content, there is a better chance they won’t read through everything. So be careful to get to your point, while also remembering that you are trying to create a conversation.

Be free

People tend to think of sending messages like a science when in reality, you should feel free to send a message when you have one to send. There is no need to waste time or energy figuring out when it’s best to send messages.

Studies have been done and found that there is no right time to send messages. We worry about avoiding Mondays and Fridays, thinking people won’t respond. Time of day seems to be important too.  

It turns out, people will respond on their own time, regardless of when you sent them the message.

Be vague

It can be tempting to get too specific, but you want to wait to provide all the details after your first response.

Avoid discussing things like a time they might be available for a call, or mentioning salary details. You don’t want to provide so many details that you overwhelm the reader.

You also want to make sure you allow them time to warm up to you before you give them too much information. If they don’t feel that initial bond, they won’t feel any desire to help you. But if you take the time to find a commonality, they will be more inclined to continue the conversation.

Provide introduction

Your recipient is not going to take time to visit your profile to figure out who you are or what you do.

When sending a message, always be sure to give a brief description of yourself as a form of introduction. Providing this not only lets them know who you are, but it shows you’re serious about connecting with them. This also another way for you to be relatable.

Without an introduction, the person reading your message will have a difficult time trying to relate to you. They want to know who you are, and why you are messaging them.

Remember the subject line

Be sure to remember the subject line, this is important. Keep it interesting, personal, and simple. Keep it to no more than five words. This may be the most important step.

If the person doesn’t even take the time to open your message, you will never have the chance to connect with them. Many people don’t take the time to go through every message they receive.

If you take the time to create a thoughtful subject line, you are much more likely to get them to open your message and continue reading.


In conclusion, there are a lot of ways to send an effective InMail on LinkedIn. Make sure to follow these do’s and don’ts before sending your next InMail.

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