Email is still one of the most important communication tools on the planet—despite it’s age. And in many instances, being able to find a person’s email address is critical to success. But whether you met someone at a networking event and misplaced their business card or are trying to get in touch with a gatekeeper at a company you’d like to turn into a customer or just want to make contact with an old friend, finding a person’s email address can actually be frustrating and quite difficult.
Thankfully there are a number of services (some free, some paid) that will help you find email addresses; even those that are unlisted. Some work by guessing or inferencing, some compare data across the web (from social profiles, for instance) and some work off of precedent. In all cases you’ll just need to provide a bit of starting info (such as a name or domain name or company name). And don’t worry, if you don’t have any luck with one option, give another one listed here a try; when I have tried these out myself there wasn’t one standout email lookup service that consistently worked better than the others; instead some worked sometimes and others worked in other instances. You’ll probably just have to play around with them a bit.
VoilaNorbert is one of the simpler—and better looking—email search interfaces on the web. All you need to do is enter a first and last name along with a domain name and hit the “Work for me, Norbert” button and you’re off to the races. If you’re looking for more powerful, enterprise-level email lookup tools, you can give VoilaNorbert’s Massive Search tool a try.
Email Permutator works in conjunction with Rapportive to find a person’s email address. While it make be slightly more work than other methods listed here, it’s probably quite a bit more effective. It works by cross-referencing potential email addresses against social profiles.
Spokepoint Email Lookup
Spokepoint’s Email Lookup tool gives you 250 email lookups for free. What helps to set this tool apart from other options is the ability to lookup email addresses in bulk using a CSV file.
EmailBreaker is simple—dead simple. It works a bit differently than the other tools here as well; all you do is enter in a domain and EmailBreaker spits out the format it thinks emails from that domain use. I’ve had better success with this tool than some of the other free email lookup tools.
X-Ray Search Engine
The X-Ray Search Engine from Sell Hack is free to use (although it requires registering first). The way it works is by searching public profiles like LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, GitHub, Facebook, etc. in order to return results.
Toofr is a straight up sales prospecting tool. One of it’s functions is to help you find people’s email addresses so you can reach out to them about your product. Toofr says it charges pennies for email addresses and will give you 100 credits for free—whatever that means. I’ve never used this service so I have no idea how well it works.
Thrust.io’s email lookup tool makes use of the Anymail Finder API. It’s simple and worth a shot if you’re having trouble finding an email using another method.
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