Look up a contact or lead's LinkedIn profile from Salesforce for free!

Posted by Craig Maxwell on Nov 19, 2019 4:14:55 PM
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One of things we often get requests for here at SalesHud is to be able to populate LinkedIn profile URLs into Salesforce.

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However, when digging deeper into this use case we discover that most of the time Sales Development Reps just want a quicker way of getting to a prospects LinkedIn profile from inside an existing Salesforce record (Salesforce used to have this as a social button as default but shelved it)...
Here's some good news, it's real easy to recreate this as a Salesforce Administrator, and this guide will show you how to build your own lightweight LinkedIn integration for Salesforce using what's sometimes referred to as a "URL hack".

The use case:
You want to get your sales team right into the LinkedIn profile of a lead so they can research that lead before making a qualification call.

The solution:
We're going to create a neat little URL button that you can add to your records page layouts in just a few minutes (It's super simple).

Here's how it works:
A LinkedIn search URL is hardcoded into your custom Salesforce button and the search parameters of record being viewed are inserted into this URL using Salesforce merge fields, for example:

https://www.linkedin.com/search/results/index/?keywords={!Contact.FirstName}%20{!Contact.LastName}%20{!Account.Name}&origin=GLOBAL_SEARCH_HEADER

Becomes when clicked:

https://www.linkedin.com/search/results/index/?keywords=Craig%20Maxwell%20SalesHud&origin=GLOBAL_SEARCH_HEADER

Here's what your button should look like:

  1. Display Type: Detail Page Button
  2. Behaviour: Open link in new tab
  3. Content Source: URL
  4. Code:
    https://www.linkedin.com/search/results/index/?keywords={!Contact.FirstName}%20{!Contact.LastName}%20{!Account.Name}&origin=GLOBAL_SEARCH_HEADER

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    Add this to your page layouts:

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    Go and give it a try and if you need more, check out SalesHud we specialise in building beautiful apps that salespeople love!


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Topics: Salesforce Hacks