How to Get the Personal Emails of Your Competitor’s Facebook Group Members Using Contactout

Wish you had all the personal emails of members of a Facebook Group?

Now you can get them at scale, fast.

Here’s how:

Step 1. Extract Member Data from a Facebook Group

Install this Facebook Group Extractor.

The Facebook Group Extractor is a Google Chrome plugin which you can use to extract Facebook group members’ first name, last name, company name and profile URL into a .csv file. If installed correctly, a blue Facebook icon will pop-up on your Chrome bar.

Before you continue with extracting data, set your Facebook language settings to English. Don’t forget this step as the failure to do so will mess up your results.

If you are on the group page and you are all set to extract, navigate to the member page under*groupname*/members/. Click the Facebook Extractor plugin in your Chrome bar and it will start extracting the data from each member.

Leave the software running and don’t change tabs as you’ll then lose your progress. Download the results in a .csv and you’ll have a file with a list of Facebook URLs, names, and job titles. Rinse and repeat.

Make sure to filter the results in your Google Sheet by job title so you focus on the most important members when getting personal email addresses.

Step 2. Use Phantombuster to Get LinkedIn Profile URLs

Next, you want to plug the editable version of this sheet URL into the LinkedIn Profile Finder API from Phantombuster, then fill in the appropriate column and CSV title.

Then hit Launch.

After it finishes processing the data, you’ll receive a list of LinkedIn URLs to download.

Copy these URLs into your original Google Sheet.

Step 3. Get Personal Emails Using Contactout

Next, have a virtual assistant use the Chrome extension and software, Contactout, to go through each LinkedIn profile to grab their personal email address and phone number (if available).

Another way to do this is to plug the person’s name directly into Contactout’s dashboard.

This doesn’t always work depending on how common their name is – that’s why I use the Phantombuster -> LinkedIn URL strategy as well.

For these processes, you should get 60+ percent of their personal emails.

Out of this 60 percent, you should get a 50 percent match rate when creating a custom audience.

That means if you scraped 1,000 people from a Facebook Group, you’ll have a custom audience of 300 to build a Lookalike audience from.

Keep in mind, Contactout recently released their paid plan. They have a backlog of over 10,000 requests to get it (they don’t even have a request button – you need to email them directly). As a result, it may take time to upgrade to get the paid version of 1,000 credits/month.

Start Extracting Today

If you manage to be one of the few early adopter who get the paid version of Contactout, then take advantage of it as soon as possible. In the past, we’ve seen many tools like this one get banned or acquired. That’s why competitive advantages when using online software don’t last forever.

The only advantage is for those with a first come, first served mentality.




  • Jason Bay
    Posted at 23:42h, 23 May Reply

    Hey Josh, great article. Have you had any issues with Phantom Buster finding the wrong LinkedIn URLs since it only uses the first and last name search? I did this and over half of the LinkedIn profiles were incorrect.

  • Pilar
    Posted at 07:36h, 28 May Reply

    Hi Josh! Good hack! Do you need to have 1st connection with those contacts on LinkedIn to extract their email with Contact Out?

  • Dennis
    Posted at 20:34h, 18 June Reply

    Hey Josch, what do you mean by “have a virtual assistant use the Chrome extension and software”? How ‘s the best approach to get the email addresses of a list of 30k people? Thanks!

  • Tessa
    Posted at 19:53h, 05 February Reply

    Hi Josh — Awesome article. I was trying to use your Facebook Group Extractor and it doesn’t seem to be working. Is this version of the extension up to date? I watched the tutorial video, dowloaded the zip, uploaded unpacked, and tried to run it while on the ‘member’ page within a group and nothing happens. Thanks for your help!

  • Matthew Brunner
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 February Reply

    is this legal? lol. you wouldn’t be able to extract these files and then start emailing them, correct? They would have to opt in to receiving emails?

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