As we network and do business with others, we build up our contacts and connections on LinkedIn (or at least we should do!). However, as we've been delivering email marketing and social media training here at Skittish, we've found that not many people are aware that they can export a list of their connections including contact details into a spreadsheet (.CSV file). Like with all social media platforms, LinkedIn like to keep moving things around, changing things and generally making a fool out of people like us trainers as we try to show someone how to export their connections, only to find the page has completely changed and the link has moved!
Anyway, in the past we were able to browse to our connections page (under 'Network' on the main menu) and scroll to the bottom to find a small link in the bottom right corner that read 'Export connections'. Slightly hidden away, but there all the same.
When checking into LinkedIn a week ago (21/10/13) I noticed that the 'Contacts' page had completely changed and the link to export connections was no longer there!
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So now what? Well, the new 'Contacts' page now has a settings 'cog' icon in the top right corner of the screen. Click on the cog to be taken to your settings page.
Once you're on the settings page, there's an 'Advanced Settings' section in the top right portion of the screen where you'll see a nice, easy to spot link that reads 'Export LinkedIn Connections'. (Thank you, LinkedIn!)
Once you've clicked that link, you'll be taken through the same process as before. So choose your file type (Outlook .CSV is usually fine) and fill in the security question/captcha image then your download will begin.
This feature is excellent if you want to email your LinkedIn contacts using your email marketing software such as Vertical Response, MailChimp, Constant Contact etc. You can also use this to upload your contacts into a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system.
**Disclaimer - LinkedIn is constantly making small adjustments and these instructions may become out of date very quickly. You may also find that changes are rolled out in stages across profiles and you may see something different to the screens above.