Im trying to find a list of CFO's (emails too) working at tech companies or digital agencies where there is more than 5 employees. What is the best way to get this specific info, apart from buying a linkedin premium subscription and trolling the search.
If you are looking for basic database, there are "n" number of sources. But what you may need is a customised database based on your key parameters as mentioned by you. For this, you should consider a consultant/company who can build customise list.
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Another communication route is to access the relevant online community for the membership body for CFOs.
For example, in the UK the chartered accountants' organisation the ICAEW has an online community with 104K members: http://www.ion.icaew.com/
As I recall gaining access to CFOs, and their associated influence on purchasing decisions, was a key reason why Microsoft UK financially sponsored the creation of that community back in 2008.
Her are a few options that might help:
If I were in your shoes (assuming you have a little bit of budget), I would pull together a list of target companies. This can be done pretty easily, as their are many public databases of companies you can scrape (eg. Inc 5000).
Then I would have a low cost freelancer from Upwork find the CFO or finance decision maker for each company. You'll pay around $3-5 per hour for this kind work, and a freelancer can usually find around 30 leads per hour. It's a very cost effective method.
Here are the steps to grabbing anyone's email off Linkedin:
1. Install Chrome browser https://www.google.com/chrome/
2. Install Email Hunter extension https://emailhunter.co/chrome
3. Head to Linkedin.com and search for CFO
4. Next to the connect button on their profile, you will see a new button with a target icon, click that.
5. Their email should appear most of the time. Sometimes you have to type in the URL of the company they are with now.
Note: You will rarely receive a positive response from anyone after a cold email. Hopefully what you are offering in return for opening your email (valuable proposition or opportunity) is enough for them to want to reply. I would begin the email in an apologetic fashion regardless;
I would first like to apologize for the cold email. I myself hate receiving them, but I found your experience to be an exact fit for _____ so I had to reach out via email...."
There are 2 information list brokers that come to mind.
Both of these sites have extensive demographic data to target the information you are seeking.
Remember if you are bulk emailing these people you will be in violation of multiple countries SPAM laws. If you email each one individually and type it manually tailored to each companies CFO it will not violate those laws as you sent each one manually.