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Case Study on Data Mining to Extract Contact Information from LinkedIn

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The Customer's Business Requisite

We were approached by a Swiss manufacturer based out of Urdorf, Switzerland for data mining services. The client has an established brand name for the past 25 years, and is one of the world's foremost manufacturers of precision and analytical instruments, weighing equipment, scales, etc. Currently, they supply to companies belonging to various internet verticals such as food, retail, industrial, etc.

The client was on the lookout for an established partner who could provide exemplary contact information data mining services and had prior experience in data mining several social media channels; especially LinkedIn. They chose Flatworld based on our dedication to on-time delivery, and our ability to provide accurate contact details for more than a million profiles, without any duplicates and with all corresponding email IDs and telephone numbers.

Project Challenges and the O2I Solution

Since data mining is an exhaustive process and requires manual labor, we had to ensure we set up a team of large resources who were dedicated to the project, ensuring no one left the project mid-way. At the same time, we had to find a workaround for accessing closed LinkedIn groups, and also find a way to extract multiple profiles easily without LinkedIn blocking access from a particular IP.

In order to combat the challenges thrown by the project, we started with using software which was reliable and had been used by us before. Thereupon we were able to extract and tabulate profiles based on the exact nature of the client's demands, including the location and the industry for each profile. We also made sure all duplicate profiles and unwanted profiles were removed from the final list.

Once we had the names and other relevant information, we then ran a thorough Google search against every profile to find out any other contact information which we might have missed, but was available publicly. This was especially helpful in cases where the profile information was incomplete (contacts belonging to closed groups), as a thorough Google search was able to turn up more information for each profile. Finally, in order to ensure LinkedIn did not block multiple search and profile lookup attempts from a single IP, we used web filters and gave our resources segmented contact lists.

Project Outcome

Our experienced handling of the project ensured the task was completed flawlessly, while ensuring all client specifications were met. We were able to source more than 95% of the numbers estimated at the beginning of the project, and delivered more than a million complete profiles with detailed contact information to our client.

The client, on the other hand, saw close to 50% reduction in their costs, and signed several other projects with us. They are currently one of our largest billing clients.

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