Not long ago, I wrote about how to invite all your LinkedIn connections to your LinkedIn group. Basically I said there are no short cuts. But I lied. I’ve just discovered what appears to be a much quicker way to invite your connections to your group.
When you want to invite people to your group, LinkedIn gives you the option to import a CSV file of email addresses, which means you can invite anyone to your group, not just LinkedIn users. It also means the invitation comes to them as an email, not as a LinkedIn notification, which seems like a plus to me.
Additionally, LinkedIn has another great feature which allows you to export all your connections as a CSV file. Put two and two together, and you can export all your contacts, and then upload that exact same file right back onto LinkedIn, and it’ll email all of your contacts with an invitation to join your group.
Break it down, yo:
1. You want to click on your Contacts tab, and then click on Connections. This takes you to a page where all your connections are listed. Scroll down, and on the bottom right hand side, you’ll see this:
Click on ‘Export connections’ and it’ll take you to another page, where you’ll follow the prompts. You can choose whichever file type you like, and then click on ‘Export’. Then your computer will automatically download what’s essentially a spreadsheet of your contacts’ names and email addresses.
2. Next, you want to go to your LinkedIn group’s page. Click on ‘Manage’, and once you’re there, select ‘Send Invitations’ from the menu on the left-hand side. Then you’ll see this:
See where it says ‘Upload a file’? Click on that, and it’ll let you upload the same file you just downloaded moments earlier. It’ll take a few minutes to get all the data in, and then you’ll be able to send all those off. Everyone on that list will get an email in their regular inbox inviting them to your group.