The first step was to find a list of emails for companies I wanted to apply to. CrunchBase is great for this. With a free trial they allow you to search for a list of companies against filters like date founded, number of employees etc.
Unfortunately, that’s where the free trial ends. In order to export your now filtered list you need to “upgrade” your free trial and pay about £250. No thanks. To get around this I first highlighted all the companies whose emails I wanted and copied that information into notepad. At first I tried MS Word but discovered that notepad is significantly faster for processing large amounts of text.
All the text is raw and so I needed a way to filter out only the emails. After some googling I came across this script on github. I ran the script after selecting which companies in particular I wanted to contact.
This script very neatly pulled out all of the emails.
Next up is verifying that those emails work. Hunter.io is the perfect tool for this. I copied the emails into their bulk verifier and let them do the work.
Once I got the list of verified emails the last step is to send out a campaign using those emails. Hunter.io provides this functionality too.
This is as far as I’ve got. When my email campaign is completed I’ll be sure to update this post.