Dux-Soup just released a new version 6.3.0. With this update comes some brilliant new features that will make your automated LinkedIn outreach better than ever!
You asked us for these features, particularly around blacklisting, so we hope you’re as stoked as we are that they are now in the product.
In this guide, we’ll be exploring:
- The benefits of blacklisting connections
- How you get started with using these new blacklisting features both manually and automatically
- How you can be more selective in the LinkedIn profiles you’ll be visiting
- How you can use system tags to track activity within your campaign.
Here’s what you need to know:
Blacklisting Connections on Dux-Soup
One of the most important things to do before launching your LinkedIn campaign is carefully think about who you’re going to be targeting with your messages. To save you the embarrassment, trouble and time of messaging the wrong people, with version 6.3.0 you can now blacklist certain LinkedIn connections so that Dux-Soup will skip them when auto-visiting.
This feature allows you to ignore any commands on the profile, and will instead move on to the next profile. In other words, they become an exception to your campaign and can be skipped.
For example, if you’re going to be pitching your services as a consultant, it would be bad form to contact your current clients or competitors. Similarly, you might also want to blacklist your current colleagues, or any other people you think that might not be relevant.
Manual Blacklisting - Pro and Turbo Editions
If there’s a specific group of connections you want to be exempt from your messages, you can manually filter them from your campaign list.
To do this you need to; enable Dux-Soup Pro or Turbo, go to their LinkedIn profile and in the “Your Tags” section manually type in the tag “blacklisted”.
If you want to blacklist people who you can’t filter out in any other way from LinkedIn Searches, then tagging them one-by-one is the best way to make sure Dux-Soup doesn’t send them any messages.
Note: You need Dux-Soup Turbo or Pro for this feature
If, however, you want to automatically blacklist a group of people who you can filter on LinkedIn, here’s what you can do.
From your LinkedIn tab, go to “All Filters” and specify the connections you want to exclude from your campaigns.
Then, filter based on your preferences.
For example, this would bring up your 1st and 2nd connections in the United Kingdom. To filter out your previous colleagues, you would have to type in your previous workplace name in the “past companies” tag. Additionally, you can also export your current CRM into Dux-Soup and tag all of them together to avoid contacting your current prospects. (Guide on Integrating Dux-Soup with HubSpot here).
Now, go to the Dux-Soup extension, tick the option to tag profiles when auto-visiting and type in the tag “blacklisted”
Now, go back to LinkedIn, click the Dux-Soup extension and then “Visit Profiles” for Dux-Soup to automatically start tagging your list. The robot will then automatically start visiting all of their profiles one-by-one and tag them as blacklisted.
Note: Anyone tagged as blacklisted will be Skipped from any future Dux-Soup actions - including first-degree messaging campaigns and automated follow-ups.
Automatic Blacklisting - Turbo Edition
To enable enable automatic blacklisting with Dux-Soup Turbo, you need to turn on the Message bridge first:
Now, with the Message Bridge active, any profile that sends you a message that is processed by the Message Bridge, will be blacklisted.
System Tags - Turbo Edition
Another new feature of Dux-Soup Turbo is using system tags to automatically keep track of any activity on profiles based on your campaigns.
Please note you must be using Dux-Soup Turbo and have Message Bridge activated for this to work.
Essentially, the aim of these tags is to automatically filter and tag your prospects, based on their activity. For example, if you get a reply to your automatic follow up Zap, the campaign will stop and give you the chance to manually reply to them.
For this, there are three different system tags:
When you first enable the Message Bridge, Dux-Soup will add this tag to the most recently added connection. This way Dux-Soup will be able to detect when new connections are added later, and will trigger the Message Bridge to send a connection acceptance message to the WebHooks.
After a profile accepts your connection request, the Message Bridge will add this tag. This simply means that they are now your connection on LinkedIn and you can retrieve these profiles anytime for your future campaigns.
If they responded to your current campaign (e.g. as a reply to your connection request or any other campaign template), the Message Bridge will add this tag instead. Anyone tagged as default-responded will be skipped from any future dux-soup actions, this includes first-degree messaging campaigns and automated follow-ups.
Essentially, the above tags are automatically added to help make your connection filtering easier and more convenient. Once your campaign is running and you have a number of people with the corresponding tag, as mentioned above, you can use the tag-search function in Dux-Soup to get the full list of tagged people.
To see the full list of all the people tagged (both manually and automatically), go to the Dux-Soup extension and click “search by tag”.
After, type in any of the above tags (both blacklisted and the system tags) in either of the search bars to see the full list of people you’d be including or excluding in your campaigns.
We hope you find the new features useful in your future LinkedIn outreach campaigns. If something is unclear or you’re unsure about any of the new features - feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you!