LinkedIn discontinuing Sales Navigator for Gmail (formerly Rapportive) on March 18th, 2020
LinkedIn is sunsetting the Sales Navigator for Gmail extension that it originally acquired as LinkedIn Rapportive back in 2016. Both Sales Navigator for Gmail and Rapportive before it were useful tools for viewing detailed information about contacts and peers that you communicated with via Gmail.
The professional social network is citing low usage as the major reason for deciding to discontinue Sales Navigator for Gmail. LinkedIn Sales Solutions Product Lead Lindsey Edwards gave the following statement when asked about the decision by TechCrunch:
“We continuously work with our customers and partners to focus on building and supporting the features that best help them build and maintain relationships with their buyers. As a result of low adoption, we have decided to sunset the Sales Navigator for Gmail feature on March 18, 2020.”
Though the Gmail extension for Sales Navigator is being discontinued, the feature itself will still be functional on LinkedIn proper. LinkedIn has set up a Sales Navigator how-to article on its official support site.
For those that want a Gmail-compatible contact management platform with similar functionality separate from LinkedIn, AlternativeTo users' most liked alternative is Contacts+ (formerly the FullContact app). From there, you can find other platforms that may better fit your use case as well.
Sales Navigator for Gmail will be usable until the March 18th, 2020 shutdown date.