How to ask a LinkedIn contact for an intro (even if you don’t know them well)
How to ask someone you know professionally for a referral
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Update from my side: I have an opening for a new client.
❷ If you know someone who’s keen to ramp up their signup rates and trial to paid conversions, can you do me a big favor and pass along this message? (Feel free to edit anything.)
I heard that you’re looking to really step up your signups and trial upgrades. I know someone who recently worked with Leafy and helped them hit $100k MRR. Let me know if you’d like to connect with her.
❹ Thank you, I really appreciate it.
❺ I’m in contact with a lot of SaaS folks so if I can be of any help to you, please let me know as well.
❶ Provide a positive comment about something they’re doing work-wise or in their personal life to open the conversation.
❷ Ask them if they know anyone who may be interested in achieving a key result your services deliver. Don’t sound too salesy when describing these key results; you don’t have to hard pitch someone you already know and they wouldn’t want you to hard pitch their contact either.
❸ Provide them a prewritten message to make it easier for them to refer you. This also lets you control how your services are presented to their contact.
❹ Express your thanks ahead of time.
❷ Let them know you’re open to returning the favor.
How to ask your email contacts for referrals
Lali Acharya here.
❶ Personal update from me: I left my job at Accenture recently and I’m now parlaying my experience with enterprise customers to help SaaS startups land these mythical creatures. :)
❷ If you know a startup who’s looking to really step up their MRR, can you pass along this message?
I heard that you’re looking to acquire more enterprise customers. I know someone who worked with Accenture closing million-dollar contracts. If you’d like to connect with her for a brainstorm, let me know.
❹ Thank you, I really appreciate it.
❺ As my thank you for your help, I’m happy to hop on a 30-min brainstorm with you where we can strategize about any area of your work or business. Just let me know. :)
❶ Provide an update about your work and briefly describe what you’re doing now (do not sound salesy).
❷ Ask if your contact knows anyone who’s looking to achieve a key result your services help with.
❸ Provide a pre-written message to make it easier for them to refer you.
❹ Simply express thanks to let them know you appreciate their help.
❺ If you can, also offer to jump on a 30-min consulting call with them to share insights and strategies related to your services and expertise. While most of your contacts may not take you up on the offer, this shows them you’re willing to help them in return.
How to ask a friend for an intro
❶ How’s it going?
❷ Wondering if you can do me a big favor.
❸ Would you mind passing a message along to your LinkedIn contact, Carol Singer from Revive? I have an opening for a new client soon and I think I can really help her create some high converting content for her website. Here’s a message you can pass along.
Hey Carol, It’s Ellu, how are you? I’m in touch with a really good writer Vik and he has a few conversion focused content ideas for your website. Would you like to connect?
❹ Thanks, I really appreciate it. Next drinks are on me - just let me know when. :)
❶ Since you're writing to a friend, a casual greeting works fine.
❷ Simply ask if they can do you a favor.
❸ Mention which one of their contacts you’d like to connect with and briefly explain in a non-salesy way how you can help them.
❹ Express your thanks and offer to treat your friend to something they like.