I had never met Brad Feld before I sent him this email. After our correspondence, he signed up for our product, tweeted it out to his 100k+ followers, and sent it to one of the most influential entrepreneurs in his investment portfolio, Rand Fishkin, CEO of SEOmoz.
I’ve read Brad’s blog since ‘07 and had his email address from back then. It had been dormant for years in my Gmail contact list; I figured I’d email him one day about something. A few months back, I decided to oAuth my personal Gmail account and invite those folks to connect on LinkedIn. No big deal normally. I soon realized that included an invite to Brad. Surprisingly, he accepted. Pretty cool.
Beginning the Journey to Close:
The sales intelligence software company I work for, SalesLoft, simultaneously built a free app, JobChangeAlerts.com. The app provides you a daily email of all the job changes, birthdays, and new connections that occur in your personal LinkedIn network each day. During the time we built our free slice of sales intelligence, we also applied to TechStars Boulder and to our good fortune, we were accepted.
Context to Reach Out:
In the program’s first week, thanks to my daily JobChangeAlerts.com email, I received information Brad changed his LinkedIn profile to include his new role as a Board Member of SEOmoz.
Initial Introduction and Congratulations:
Being recently accepted in TechStars Boulder and now equipped with great news, there couldn’t have been a better time to send him an introduction email. The following is what transpired:
Confirmation of the Close and @BFeld’s Response: Connectors always look to add value and Brad did this in one simple email correspondence.
Not only did Brad sign up, but he also included Rand Fishkin in the thread. We were excited he liked our free app and the way we approached him.
A Hail Mary Pass for Entrepreneurs: One of the top VC’s in the industry signed up for our free service where he receives an email from our company everyday. We’ll take it! If the exchange ended there, we would have been happy. We decided to throw the equivalent of a hail mary pass for entrepreneurs: ask a well-respected VC to tweet about your product.
Noticed I crafted the tweet using ClickToTweet.com
3 ways you can close a VC in one email:
- Add value in the email: I didn’t ask for the anything in the initial email. All I did was congratulate Brad and educate him. Regardless if he didn’t respond or signup, he’s better off knowing the valuable opportunity available.
- Send it at the right time: I sent the email the day after he changed his LInkedIn profile. I could have sent an introduction email when we were accepted into TechStars, but patience was key.
- Be respectful: I was never pushy with Brad. Even when I went in for the ask to tweet, it was just an option easily available for him to act on. Heck, I even saved him time by writing it for him :)
After signing up for JobChangeAlerts.com, follow these steps and keep the SalesLoft team informed on the list of VC’s you close via email.