How to Find Someone’s Email Address

Josh Pacchiarotta

February 15, 2020

Whether you want to do cold outreach, or you just need to get in touch with a specific person, you need to know where to look for email addresses. 

You don't need to hire detective Pikachu to find an email! (Source: Local Digital)

We have six methods you can use to get your hands on just about any email address you want. 

These methods are not guaranteed to work in every case, especially if the person you’re looking for wants to keep their email address hidden from the public. But, more often than not, you will get what you need by using these methods. 

Hunter.Io

Source: https://hunter.io/

Hunter.Io is a Chrome extension that gives you access to all the emails related to a particular website.

All you need to do is install the extension in your Chrome browser and click on the Hunter.io icon in the upper right corner. Then you can get the email information you need from a specific website. 

Once you do that, several emails will appear with their sources. Usually, that’s enough to see if an email is valid or not. But if you want to be sure, we suggest you use the verification option Hunter.Io offers or third-party email verification tools. 

VoilaNorbert

Source: https://www.voilanorbert.com/

VoilaNorbert is currently a top-rated tool, offering trust-worthy email information based on domain and name recognition. 

How does it work? You add the name of the person you want to look for and the domain, and you’ll get back one or more email addresses. For example, if you type Elon Musk and SpaceX.com as the domain, you’ll get the email address he uses for SpaceX.

You can also save and add all the email addresses you search for in one or more lists, then export them if you want to. 

What features set VoilaNorbert apart from other email search tools?

  • You can send an email directly through the VoilaNorbert app
  • API integration with Zapier, HubSpot and many other tools
  • Gmail Plugin for scheduling emails, automatic follow-ups, and tracking

You can test VoilaNorbert free for a maximum of 50 searches. Once you reach that limit, you have to pay for one of the membership plans they offer. The cheapest one starts at $49 per month.

Use Find That Lead

Find That Lead
Source: https://findthatlead.com/

Find That Lead is a lead generation tool targeted at B2B businesses. It comes with multiple features, including:

Lead Search

This is the main feature of the tool. It allows you to search for specific emails at any company. All you need to provide is the person’s first and last name, plus the website name.

Email Verifier

You can see if the emails you searched for are real and viable. Find That Lead uses an algorithm to separate emails in two categories:

  • Correct emails – Emails that have been verified
  • Guessed emails – Emails that are not 100% reliable or verifiable

Email Sender

Create specific email marketing campaigns using the leads you generated through the tool. This feature comes with analytics and integrations to make your job easier.

Social Search

Make the most out of social media by finding emails with the help of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram profiles. Type in the URL of the social profile, and Find That Lead returns an email address associated with that account.

Prospector 

Take lead generation to a new level with the prospector feature. Use specific keywords and locations to search for thousands of leads. For example, a search for UX Designers in Barcelona will give you approximately 30,000 leads.

Check the Whois Record

Source: https://www.whois.com.au/

If you want to go straight to the source, use WhoIs to see the email of a domain owner. 

Domains are bought from different companies and registered in registrars. These registrars contain valuable information like the physical address, email address, and individual or business phone number of a domain owner.

Typically, these details are made public, but certain domain providers offer WhoIs protection as an extra service, so relying on this might not work as well as you hope.

Find a Pattern

Sometimes finding an exact match for an email address can be hard, so sometimes you need to find a pattern. What does that mean for your email search?

At some companies, employee emails follow a specific format, like firstnamelastname at gmail dot com. When you identify patterns like this, you can use them to try reaching someone at that company whose email isn’t listed on any apps or websites.

Tools like Hunter.io offer pattern recognition in emails. These tools use algorithms that search online for any email that might be viable from a particular domain.

Then, they return data as a multitude of email versions, some of them correct and some not. From that point, you can use good old trial and error to figure out which emails have the best chance of working with the help of verification tools.

Keep in mind that this method only works for more prominent companies or for domains that have a lot of emails associated with them. These companies have a defined structure in the way they create email accounts.

The companies also must have the information available to the public. It doesn’t matter where that information is on the web because the algorithms will find it. Still, it needs to be visible to everyone.

Try Verify Email Tools

Verifying emails is just as important as finding them. If you don’t want a high bounce rate or time spent for nothing, then you must check each lead you generate.

An email that’s not viable will not be delivered, downgrading the reputation and score you have with your email provider. 

Most email search tools offer an email verification feature free of charge for a certain number of emails. Still, if your lead generation tool doesn’t have that, you can rely on other email verification tools.

ZeroBounce

What you get:

  • Free account of up to 100 emails per month
  • Fast turnaround
  • Guaranteed accuracy of 98% or more
  • Real-time API
  • Duplicate Email Removal
  • 24/7 Customer Support
  • GDPR compliant

MillionVerifier

What you get:

  • One of the best prices on the market – $59 for 50,000 emails, $299 for 1,000,000 emails
  • SMTP Bulk Email Verification
  • 99% Accuracy
  • Money-back guarantee – if the hard bounce rate goes above 4%, you get your money back
  • GDPR Protection

Email List Verify

What you get:

  • 1,000 email verifications for free
  • Easy list upload
  • Fast verified list download
  • Integration with well-known email service providers
  • Monthly subscription plans

All these tools can help you verify emails one by one or in bulk. They offer other features as well but try to use a tool that focuses on one thing – verifying emails. You can use different tools for functions like sending and tracking. 

Conclusion

No matter what you’re trying to accomplish when you’re searching for email addresses, there are more than enough ways to get the job done. These are only a few of the most popular methods. 

More often than not, a combination of two or three methods will get you the best results. You can start with Hunter.Io, try to find a pattern, and then verify the emails you get using a different email verification tool. 

Don’t rely on only one method, and always make sure you validate the email addresses you find to avoid high bounce rates.

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