How To Send A “Thank You” Message After Connecting On LinkedIn – 11 Best Practices

If you send a Connection Request to someone on LinkedIn but fail to follow up with something as simple as “thanks for connecting”, you will almost for sure be forgotten about in a matter of hours. Maybe even seconds. 

It doesn’t mean that your professional experience and what you do matter less. It’s just, that we are being bombarded with so much content, social media interaction, and trivial, everyday things, all of which easily draw our attention away from anything that doesn’t capture instant interest. 

That’s why sending an original and a well-timed “thank you for connecting” message on LinkedIn means creating a solid connection right away and using its benefits later. In many cases, this practice turned out to improve your visibility, and therefore crucial for further communication and even collaboration. 

We’ve put together this blog with keeping in mind all of this. Hence, here are:

  • The elements of a good “thank you” message.
  • How to spend less time on LinkedIn but build more meaningful relationships.
  • 11 best practices to say “thanks for connecting” without just saying “Thank you for connecting with me”, and stay remembered in the long run.

What Makes A Good “Thank You” Message

Keep it short 

And sweet. No need to write “War and Peace”. It’s enough to thank them for accepting your invite and to expand on what you wrote in the Connection Request (‘cause you didn’t just send a blank note, did you?). We’ll elaborate on what to write after that simple “thanks for connecting” contained in pretty much every message and how to personalize it to strengthen your business relationship.  

Don’t try to sell 

Ohhhh, this is a big no-no. The only thing worse than trying to sell in a “thank you” message is doing so in a Connection Request. Use this occasion to start a conversation that later can lead to sales instead. Check out the templates below to get inspired. 

Make it about the lead 

Don’t introduce yourself in a conventional way – ‘Hi, my name is…’ and then talk exclusively about your business and professional successes. Don’t force your product or your services. Instead, shift your attention to asking meaningful questions about your lead, and get off to the right start. You’ll have plenty of time to sell. And successfully. 

Focus on the value

Following up on the previously said, show your lead that they can benefit from you in some way. If that transition doesn’t come smoothly, you can speak about how you can mutually benefit from each other. Show them what problems and challenges you can potentially solve and they will, if nothing else, for sure appreciate the effort.

11 “Thanks For Connecting” Templates For LinkedIn 

Now, let’s dive into some of the best examples of how to compose a successful “thanks for connecting” message on LinkedIn. Hopefully, these will get you inspired to include this kind of practice in your lead generation routine. 

After connecting with members you don’t know personally [option #1]

Example

Hey Sonia, 

Thank you for accepting my invitation.

I don’t believe we have met in person.

As someone open to networking and building new business relationships, I just wanted to greet you, check in with you regarding the challenges you are facing, and see how we both might benefit from this connection. 

Have a great day! 

Template 

Hey {{firstName}},

Thank you for accepting my invitation.

I don’t believe we have met in person.

As someone open to networking and building new business relationships, I just wanted to greet you, check in with you regarding the challenges you are facing, and see how we both might benefit from this connection. 

Have a great day! 

After connecting with members you don’t know personally [option #2]

If you feel like making an extra effort, which usually pays off, create a personalized Image or GIF to express your gratitude for connecting with a lead. 

Skylead’s native Image & GIF personalization feature is available to all our users. If you’ve never used it, and need to get inspired on how to use them to improve your response rate by over 50% (proven, we’ve tested it out!), check out these 10 personalized Image & GIF templates

Glad To E-Meet You, Personalized GIF, Skylead Image & GIF Personalization feature

After connecting with members you met an event 

Example 

Hey Johnny,

Thank you for accepting my invitation.

Once again, it was a pleasure chatting with you at ‘Entrepreneurs Roundtable: The 411 on SEO and Google Analytics - What’s working now?’. 

I would really like to continue the conversation we had at the event regarding the SEO tactics your company used to improve its blog ranking from the 3rd page of Google to the top 3 rated in the sales industry. So much to say so little time! 

Let’s chat here or schedule a call, let’s say next Thursday around 2 pm. 

How does that sound? 

Template 

Hey {{firstName}},

Thank you for accepting my invitation.

Once again, it was a pleasure chatting with you at {{eventName}}. 

I would really like to continue the conversation we had at the event regarding {{topic}}. So much to say so little time! 

Let’s chat here or schedule a call, let’s say {{day&time}}. 

How does that sound? 

After connecting with someone you have a mutual connection with 

Example  

Hello Jamie, 

In the spirit of networking, I would like to hear more about you and also introduce myself. 

You are the Head of Sales at FlyProject, aren't you? I know several people from there, do you know Matthew Stone? 

Btw, thanks for connecting with me! 

Template 

Hello Jamie, 

In the spirit of networking, I would like to hear more about you and also introduce myself. 

You are {{occupation}} at {{company}}, aren’t you? I know several people from there, do you know {{mutualConnection’sFullName}}? 

Btw, thanks for connecting with me!

If you wish to offer help to your new connections 

Example  

Hello Josh, 

Thanks for accepting my invitation. I am delighted to connect with you. 

I would like you to let me know if there’s anything I can do to assist you with. It would be my pleasure! 

Have a fabulous day! 

Template

Hello {{firstName}},

Thanks for accepting my invitation. I am delighted to connect with you. 

I would like you to let me know if there’s anything I can do to assist you with. It would be my pleasure!

Have a fabulous day! 

Providing value for your connections

Example 

Hello Mark, 

It’s great to be part of your network! 

As I mentioned earlier, I recently wrote a blog that might help you with the problem you expressed in the ‘Startup Specialists’ Group. I actually had the same issue with developing internal processes since we were growing pretty fast as a startup. This experience inspired me to write a series of blogs on the topic. Maybe it will help you figure out where to start. 

Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. 

Template 

Hello {{firstName}},

It’s great to be part of your network! 

As I mentioned earlier, I recently wrote a blog that might help you with the problem you expressed in {{groupName}}. I actually had the same issue with {{issue}}. This experience inspired me to write a series of blogs on the topic. Maybe it will help you figure out where to start. 

Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. 

Introducing them to one of your connections

Example 

Hey Steve, 

Thanks for connecting on LinkedIn. I would like to know more about you and your business. If there’s anything I can help you with or introduce you to someone in my network, please let me know. 

Kind Regards, 

Jim

Template

Hey {{firstName}},

Thanks for connecting on LinkedIn. I would like to know more about you and your business. If there’s anything I can help you with or introduce you to someone in my network, please let me know. 

Kind Regards, 

{{yourName}}

Showing interest in your lead’s work 

Example 

Hi Selena, 

Thank you for accepting my invitation. I am looking forward to learning more about your business expertise. 

Please have a look at my connections and if there is someone you would like to be introduced to I am happy to make the connection. 

I am here to make meaningful connections because I deeply believe in networking! Thanks again for your acceptance, and if you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Best regards!

Template 

Hi {{firstName}},

Thank you for accepting my invitation. I am looking forward to learning more about your business expertise. 

Please have a look at my connections and if there is someone you would like to be introduced to I am happy to make the connection. 

I am here to make meaningful connections because I deeply believe in networking! Thanks again for your acceptance, and if you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Best regards!

After connecting with someone whose content you read 

Example 

Hey Michelle, 

I am so glad to be part of your network! Thank you for accepting my invitation. 

As mentioned in my previous message, your last post on the importance of employee branding really resonated with me, especially the part where you say that ‘employee branding is not only about the people who already work at your company, but also about the professionals that apply for jobs and their recruiting experience”. It really made me revise the entire recruitment process. 

Again, thanks for accepting my invite to connect, and I really hope we’ll have the chance to chat in the future. 

Have a great day! 

Template 

Hey {{firstName}},

I am so glad to be part of your network! Thank you for accepting my invitation. 

As mentioned in my previous message, your last post on {{postTopic}} really resonated with me, especially the part {{quoteParagraphThatResonated}}. It really made me revise {{whichPartOfYourBusiness}}.

Again, thanks for accepting my invite to connect, and I really hope we’ll have the chance to chat in the future. 

Have a great day! 

Use email to thank them for connecting on LinkedIn

In some cases, email conversation is more in line with your business outreach strategy or it’s your lead’s preferred channel of communication. For the sake of higher engagement and response rates, you can thank them for accepting your Connection Request through an email. Additionally, email communication is convenient for starting a sales-oriented conversation, so don’t forget to include your sales pitch and a CTA that brings results.

Example

Hello Mark, 

I just wanted to thank you for accepting my LinkedIn Connection Request here as well in case you prefer email communication. 

Anyways, I love question you recently posted in the Digital Marketers group regarding the optimal content posting schedule to draw traffic to your website. I actually wrote an article covering that topic in particular, I’ll just leave you a link here. However, if you need a more personalized and thorough insight, we can schedule a call and meet up, let’s say next Wednesday at 3pm. How does that sound? 

Thank you once again for accepting my Connection Request on LinkedIn. 

Best,

Matt 

Template

Hello {{firstName}},

I just wanted to thank you for accepting my LinkedIn Connection Request here as well in case you prefer email communication. 

{{yourSalesPitch}}

Thank you once again for accepting my Connection Request on LinkedIn. 

Best,

{{yourName}}

Congratulate them on their success

Example

Hey Sharlane, 

Thanks for accepting my Connection Request! 

Once again, congratulations on your promotion to the Head of Growth at Jumbos. I am always excited to see professionals with such enviable backgrounds progress and hold decision-making positions. 

Let’s keep in touch. 

Template 

Hey {{firstName}},

Thanks for accepting my Connection Request! 

Once again, congratulations on your promotion to {{occupation}} at {{company}}. I am always excited to see professionals with such enviable backgrounds progress and hold decision-making positions. 

Let’s keep in touch. 

How To Speed Up Your Outreach Process 

Thanks to Skylead’s AI-inspired algorithms, Smart Sequences, you can create different scenarios, set up conditions in advance, and then let the platform make choices for you. This way, Skylead takes care of boring and time-consuming sales tasks, while you can focus on building meaningful relationships and closing the deal. 

Once you’ve narrowed down your leads through Sales Navigator filters or LinkedIn filters, all you need to do is copy-paste the URL into Skylead. Then, compose your Smart Sequence according to your outreach needs and goals, click Start, and let the platform do the work for you. 

Here’s an example of a multichannel Smart Sequence. 

Skylead Smart Sequence Thank You Message After Connecting On LinkedIn Example

 

For veteran sales reps, Skylead supports CSV-imported campaigns as well. At first, this can seem like a lot of work, but it has been proven that this campaign type brings the highest reply rate. 

Add leads in a Google sheets file, and, aside from regular columns such as name, surname, linkedin profile URL, business email, or similar, add a column named “thankyou”.

Your “thankyou” column should contain a personalized paragraph for each lead. This way, you are able to insert the personalized paragraph that is different for each lead into a message outline that is, on the other hand, the same for all leads. Check out the following example. 

How To Hyper-personalized Your Outreach Using Google Sheets And Skylead

This is how your message would look in Skylead. 

Skylead Message With Variables Example

And this is how your user would see it on LinkedIn (for example). 

How Personalized LinkedIn Message Looks When Sent From Skylead

Awesome, right? 

Summary 

Keep in mind that sending a genuine “thanks for connecting” on LinkedIn followed by a personalized line or two can do wonders for both your network and your conversion rates in the future. 

Whether you will use our templates, get inspired by them, or come up with your own, sending a “thank you message” after connecting on LinkedIn is a good practice to adopt if you wish to bond and stand out in your connections’ networks. 

Also, as mentioned above, to simplify the entire process of reaching out to your leads, use Skylead and let the platform take care of the time-consuming sales things while you focus your full attention on closing the deal. 

Schedule a demo call and check out how Skylead can make your business life easier. 

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