What’s the difference between scanning and visiting?

To access "Visit Profiles" or "Scan Profiles", log in to LinkedIn first, find a list of profiles that would be of interest to you, then click on the Dux-Soup icon in your Chrome browser to see the following drop-down:

Visit Profiles

By clicking on the “Visit Profiles” button, Dux-Soup will automatically run through LinkedIn profiles and open up LinkedIn profiles one at a time. This is exactly the same process as if you would manually click on a person’s LinkedIn profile and view it. If you choose to visit profiles, the profile owner will also get notified that you have visited their profile, which can be a good thing if you want to be on their radar before you send them a connection request message.

Scanning Profiles

Scanning profiles means that Dux-Soup will scan through a number of LinkedIn accounts very quickly and extract information from these profiles without actually viewing them. This will not be classed by LinkedIn as visiting a profile. No users will be aware that you have extracted information about their profile.

What Data Do You Get?

The aim of using Dux-Soup is to build your network, grow your connections and generate leads, but an important question to consider is which technique is the most efficient for you: Scanning or Visiting?

Visiting Profiles

Visiting profiles is the most comprehensive way to get lots of data as the following fields are captured:

Regular data

Extended data

In addition, when visiting, Dux-Soup is able to extract the profile’s employment history, education and skills list.

Scanning Profiles

Scanning profiles is much quicker than visiting as the Dux does not have to open each profile one by one, but instead can quickly work through 100s of profiles in minutes. The fields that are downloaded from scan data are the following:

Regular LinkedIn

Sales Navigator


Why use one or the other?

To be able to select the best option between visit and scan, you need to be clear about what is you are trying you achieve.

(1) Use visiting profiles to warm up your cold leads, and to download detailed profile summaries.

(2) Use scanning profiles to build CSV lists with minimal profile information, for inputting into the Dux-Soup Revisit tool to connect with these profiles