Someone with a premium LinkedIn account sent me a message recently. With LinkedIn offering free trials and a variety of different monthly packages for Job Seekers (the cheapest at £19.99/month), Business Plus, Sales Navigators and Recruiters (£79.95/month), it's happening more and more.
But this one was not from a headhunter! It was from someone who actually wanted to employ us and had found my profile using the search Social Media Trainer.
We were not 1st level connections - although we did have a couple of people in common - so he had to use a LinkedIn Inmail.
That's a special email which can be sent to non-connections if you have a paid monthly account.
Hit Reply Emails From LinkedIn
I have started to notice more and more of these messages because they are arriving in my actual email inbox not just my inbox on LinkedIn.
I also noticed that they are using the sender name Hit-Reply@LinkedIn.com. My natural curiosity had been piqued... but this week all became clear.
When I accepted the inmail and responded, I saw this message:
I was not quite sure what it meant until I saw this post which revealed that LinkedIn have changed the rules on Inmail.
Each message ends with two clickable buttons. Reply and Not Interested.
Previously, if you did not get a reply to your Inmail, it was credited back to your account. But, for 2015, it's an about face. Now, providing you do get a response to your message - even if it is a ‘not interested’ response - you will receive a credit back if the response happens in 90 days.
Now do you understand the significance of Hit Reply?
Having said that, I am still not sure why I saw the congrats about the reply message since I very much doubt that I am going to be getting a credit with my free account.
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