Last Updated On March 10, 2023

LinkedIn Paid Ads : How to Get Started?

LinkedIn Paid Ads : How to Get Started?
By Team TIS

If you are looking for a highly-targeted advertisement platform that provides marketers a great opportunity to promote their business, then LinkedIn is the best choice for you. With more than 300 million users and counting, LinkedIn is a flourishing and popular social media platform for business professionals worldwide. LinkedIn’s self-service ad platform often gets overlooked by today’s media planners and marketers, but the following amazing statistics and facts are evidence of the popularity of LinkedIn:

  • The number of new LinkedIn members per second: 2. Source
  • The number of LinkedIn users in the U.S.: 100 million. Source
  • The geographical reach of LinkedIn: 200 countries and territories. Source
  • Percentage of users that check LinkedIn daily: 40%. Source
  • The total number of LinkedIn business pages: 3 million. Source
  • The total number of LinkedIn groups: 2.1 million. Source
  • The number of new groups created weekly: 8,000. Source
  • Percentage of LinkedIn visits via mobile: 41%. Source
  • LinkedIn’s growth in web traffic referrals from 9/12-9/13: 34.51%. Source
  • LinkedIn’s percentage of B2B social logins on websites: 26%. Source

These amazing statistics show that advertising on this social media platform can be an extremely important and effective way to create brand awareness and attract potential customers to the website. In addition to this LinkedIn helps you to achieve a very precise reach due to the following two factors:

  • It provides great targeting options, which include the ability to target by the employer, job title, role, skills, and interests
  • Its profiles contain up-to-date and detailed “professional” information compared to what people list on their Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Now, one question might be popping into your mind is LinkedIn right for me, how can I create and measure the effectiveness of LinkedIn ad campaigns, and what are the tips for a perfect ad campaign? This article will give an elaborative answer to these questions and it is a complete guide for those who want to make their LinkedIn ad campaign a great success. Let’s begin.

Is LinkedIn right choice for you?

Before advertising on LinkedIn, you should figure out if this platform would be a good fit for your needs. LinkedIn allows marketers to target ads to users by B2B demographics, therefore, for effective advertising, you should have an answer to at least one of the following questions:

  • Do I know the Job titles of my target audience?
  • Where does my target audience work?
  • Does my target audience have any unique skills/interests?
  • What type of role my target audience holds at a company or their level of seniority?

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, LinkedIn ads are the right choice for you.

Anatomy of LinkedIn Ad

LinkedIn ads are different from standard AdWords ads, as they have a photo.

1) Ad Headline- Your ad headline should be punchy and less than 25 characters. Using the ad title of the people you are targeting can be effective.

2) Ad description- Ad description should not be more than 75 characters and should clearly describe the purpose of your ad.

3) Destination URL- It is a landing page which should be tailored for LinkedIn members.

4) Photo- Choose a photo that draws the eyes of your target audience. Photos of people are better and using the title of people you are targeting can be quite effective.

All about LinkedIn Ad Campaign

While advertising on LinkedIn, you should remember that creatively designed ads for the right products and services can sell very well, whereas poorly designed ads may generate lots of the wrong clicks for you. In order to create an ad campaign on LinkedIn, you will need the following:

  • LinkedIn account
  • Understanding of your target audience
  • Ad copy (Ad headline + Ad description)
  • Video (optional)

Go to the LinkedIn Ads login page and click “Get started”, which presents two types of campaign options:

  1. Create an ad
  2. Sponsor Content

Here, you can choose “Create an ad” or “Sponsor content”. Let’s look at what makes them different. Create an Ad- If you have a LinkedIn account, you can start or manage an ad campaign with “Create an ad”. Sponsor Content- Sponsored updates allow marketers to raise awareness, as well as build relationships, and drive quality leads. With the help of “Sponsor Content”, you can sponsor existing or new content to reach a wider audience. These updates appear in the homepage newsfeed of LinkedIn members who fit the targeting criteria set up by you.

How to choose an Ad Type?

“Create an ad” and “Sponsor content” can both be effective ways to reach your target audience. Before choosing one, you should think about the goals of your LinkedIn Ads campaign. LinkedIn’s “Create an ad” can work in the following scenarios:

  • If you are trying to increase followers of your LinkedIn business page
  • If you are trying to drive leads or sales
  • If you are looking to promote branding and awareness

On the other hand, LinkedIn’s “Sponsor Content” works well if your post regularly updates your company page, which you can use for Sponsor content. Keep in mind that fresh, informative, and up-to-date content is the key to successful Sponsor content. If you want to “Create an ad”, follow the following steps:

Step 1: Create Your Ad

After clicking on “Create an ad” the following screen will appear: Here, you need to fill in the following information:

  • Campaign Name: Create a unique name for your ad campaign.
  • Ad Language: Select the language for the ad campaign.
  • Media Type:  You can select either a basic advertisement that follows the traditional format as well as a video ad which includes a play button on the image.
  • Ad Destination: With the help of this, you can link your ad to either a LinkedIn profile page or an external URL. I recommend that you tag URLs if you want to drive traffic to your website so that you can measure the quality of traffic in your analytics platform. You can also take help from various URL tagging tools like Google URL builder.
  • Ad Design:  Here, you can create a headline and description of an ad campaign. You should keep in mind that the headline has a 25-character limit, and the ad description cannot exceed 75 characters. As you edit your ads, a thumbnail preview also appears on the right side, which allows you to toggle the ad size by square, tall and long. Carefully inspect the ad preview in order to ensure that the image you use is alluring.
  • Ad Variations: On LinkedIn, you can create multiple variations of your ads. For every ad, you can choose an external URL as well as a page on LinkedIn. The choice of location does not affect the price. LinkedIn advertising is push advertising, not pull which means your audience is not actively looking for your offered goods or service; therefore, you have to strive to make sure your ad stands out and captures the attention of users.

Step 2: Targeting

After completing ad, now it’s time to focus on targeting. Some targeting options on this platform are quite similar to Facebook and Twitter, but on LinkedIn, you can also target people by their job title, industry, employer, and even skills/ interests.

Let’s take a closer look at targeting options.

  • Location- This targeting option is quite easy. If you are running a local business trying to reach people in your state or city, then this is what you’ll select. If you are a large national company trying to reach the audience across the country, then choose that specific country.
  • Companies- In this section, you can enter specific company names as well as you can select an entire company or industry size. Keep in mind that each campaign can target not more than 100 companies. If you have a list of more than 100 companies, you can divide the list into less than 100 and create a different campaign for each.
  • Job Title- Job title targeting is another unique feature of LinkedIn. Whether your target audience is high-level executives or entry-level employees, you can reach them on LinkedIn. You can select job title by seniority (like CXO, director, entry, manager, etc.) or by function (like art and design, business development, finance, etc.).

In addition to this, you can choose more targeting options like school, skill, group, gender, and age that will help you to target your audience more precisely.

Step 3: Budgeting

After targeting, you can set up the payment method that works best for you. On LinkedIn, there are two options for pay-per-click advertising

  • Cost per click (CPC)
  • Pay per 1,000 impressions (CPM).

If your goal is to get conversions, then you’ll most likely choose the Cost per click (CPC) option. If your goal is to increase visibility for your business, then you’ll most likely choose the Pay per 1,000 impressions (CPM) option. You should know the following concepts to understand LinkedIn ad budgeting:

  • Budgets- Daily budget is the maximum amount that you are willing to spend each day. Further, LinkedIn displays ads at different rates during the day depending on users’ activeness on the site. 50% of your budget might be spent in the morning, 25% in the afternoon, and the remaining 25% at night. After reaching the daily budget limit, your ads stop showing for that day. If you are not receiving as many impressions and clicks as you’d like, your daily budget may be too low.
  • Bidding- When a prospect visits a page on LinkedIn, an “auction” happens each time between your ad and other advertisers. Further, LinkedIn offers a suggested bid range or an estimate of current competing bids from the other advertisers. If your bid is high, your probability of “winning the auction” becomes higher. In addition to this, if you do not enter a bid within the suggested range, your ad will be less likely to beat other advertisers’ bids, which results in fewer clicks.

Where LinkedIn ads are placed?

LinkedIn ads appear on prominent pages to the people within your target audience. Up to two other ads may be shown on the LinkedIn page alongside yours in each ad placement. Your ads are placed mainly on:

  • Profile page – When members view the profile of other LinkedIn members
  • Inbox- The page where members see messages and invitations to connect
  • Homepage- It is the page that members see when they sign in to LinkedIn
  • Search results page- The page that results when you search for a member by name
  • Groups- When members view pages in their group

Who sees your LinkedIn Ads?

Your ads are seen by nearly everyone surfing LinkedIn and some of their partner websites. Partner websites also called the LinkedIn Audience Network, are mostly high-end media websites, some of which are also part of Double-click exchange and ad network Collective Media. Some of their partners are:

  • New York Times
  • BusinessWeek
  • CNBC

How to measure the performance of your ads?

It is quite important to define your overall advertising goals before launching your LinkedIn ad campaign. A clear goal will guide you in creating effective ads, targeting the right audience, and choosing the best destination landing page. For example,

a) If your aim with LinkedIn ad is to generate clicks to your site at a certain cost per click, then use the Reporting tab and My Ad Campaigns tab in LinkedIn Ads to track your progress. Here, you can track the number of clicks you have received against the total budget you’ve spent on ads.

b) If your aim is to generate leads, inquiries, or sales that result from clicks you receive, then you need to track user’s actions on your site and attribute these actions to your ads on LinkedIn. You can do this by using reports from a website analytics tool. Free website analytics solutions such as Google Analytics can provide key insights such as the total number of conversions (actions of visitors on your site) as well as conversion rate (the percent of visitors). With these measures, you can estimate the number of clicks that you will need to achieve your business target. According to LinkedIn, good ads have a click-through rate greater than 0.025%. You should monitor the CTR frequently, and if you notice a drop, refresh the ads with new images or copy. In addition to this, you can narrow your target audience so that your ad is more relevant, which results in driving higher CTR.

Effective tips for a successful LinkedIn ad campaign:

  • You can resurrect your LinkedIn ad by using an eye-catchy and more relevant image or changing the existing image. High contrast, bright colors, and easily identifiable images work well. Each element of your ad must attract your target audience and inspire people to click on the ad.
  • One of the best ways to capture your target audience is to call them out in your ad. For example, if you’re targeting by job category, mention that category in the ad and if you are targeting by job title, use that job title in your ad. With this technique, the wrong people won’t click on your ad as well as you will get the attention of your target audience.
  • Write bold headlines with elaborative ad descriptions so that they can capture the interest of your viewers.
  • You can also follow effective social media marketing strategies to increase your sales and profit.
  • If you are having trouble in earning a good number of impressions, then bid above the system’s suggested CPC bid.
  • Landing pages are quite important and you should create a special landing page just for LinkedIn users, which makes the experience of landing on your page more rewarding. It will also likely increase the conversion rate.
  • Creating multiple ads can increase your chances of getting responses. LinkedIn lets you to create up to 15 ads per campaign.


LinkedIn is a very valuable social networking tool which is used to build networks with like-minded professionals. But it is a very lesser known fact that it is also used as a marketing platform. 

It might be a little overwhelming since you already have so many social media platforms to be present on. Do you really need another way to advertise and reach out to your targeted audience? Actually, yes. With Linkedin, you have a lot more opportunities than you might realize. 

And that is because LinkedIn has a very powerful ad platform. If you use a pay-per-click (PPC) strategy for Facebook, Twitter, or Google, you can add LinkedIn to that list too. 

Using a LinkedIn ads campaign can be very beneficial for your company’s marketing strategy as it has the most powerful advertising platform with a very well-researched and optimized policy which can bring a lot of potential new customers for you ultimately turning them into sales and conversions.

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