Failproof method to find any prospect's email address

Written by: Sapphire Li, BA

Communications specialist, 8+ years writing and copywriting for companies
Why isn't your email the first result of a Google search?
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How to find the right person to contact with Google

Before you find someone's email address, it's important to make sure you're contacting the right person. For example, if you want to reach out to a potential client, it helps to get in touch with the business's founder, co-founder or the manager who oversees the department related to your services.

Search for the role of the person you're looking for and their company name.


This also works for smaller businesses where it makes sense to reach out directly to the founder or co-founder:

If you can't find the most relevant person to contact, you can send this message to anyone from the company whose email address you can find:

Can you connect me with the right person?

Hey {First name},

I'm looking to connect with someone about your messaging platform.

Can you let me know who I should speak with?

Full name
Company Name


How to look up your contact's email format or email address

Congrats, you found the right person to contact! Now how do you find their email address?

A. Look up the email format that your contact's company uses

Use a service like Hunter. Enter your contact's company into their search and they'll show you the email format the company uses.

Hunter helps you find the email format companies use

Based on the company's email format, you can smart guess your contact's email address.

For example, if your contact's name is Sam Vy and their company email format is
firstinitial[email protected], then their email address would most likely be [email protected].

B. Use these keywords to Google someone's email

You can search for "{Name} {company domain} email" on Google and sometimes the results may show the email address of the person.

How to search on Google for someone's email address Google result searching for someone's email address Hunter helps you find the email format companies use Hunter helps you find the email format companies use

If no email addresses show for the person you're looking for, you can try looking up the emails of a few other people at the company to see what email format they use and smart guess your contact's email address.

C. If you can't find the company's email format anywhere, their company email addresses are likely in one of these widely used formats


How to verify their email address

Copy and paste your smart guessed email address into one of these free email verifiers and it'll let you know whether the email address works or not.
Hunter Email Verifier

Verify email address

That's it, now you can reach out to almost anyone in the world (apparently Beyoncé changes her email every week so she may be harder to get a hold of).

Of course, finding someone's email address is an important step but only the first step. Here are a few proven templates to reach out.

If you offer a B2B product:  interesting ways to show prospects what your product can do for them, without sounding like a sales pitch
If you offer B2B services:  how to get replies and stand out by sharing a few actionable ideas upfront


Bonus tip: ask a Linkedin contact for a warm intro

Here's another way to get someone's contact info and improve your chances of getting a reply.

Go to the LinkedIn profile of the person you're looking to connect with and see if you have any mutual contacts. You can message or email the LinkedIn contact who's the most familiar with you to ask if they can introduce you to them. It's also ok if they barely know you. Here's a template you can adapt.

Hey {First name},

I saw you're connected with Reneta Singer, Marketing Director at Compfy. I'm looking to connect to help her with her ads, any chance you can pass along a message? I'd really appreciate it.

Hey Renata,

It's Vianna from Eminent. I'm in touch with a FB ads specialist who saw your ads and has a few ideas about its copy and targeting - would you like to connect?

I'm connected to a lot of folks in the SaaS space so if you need an intro to anyone, I'm happy to return the favor.

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