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Linkedin Ad Campaign Objectives: How to Choose the Right One

One of LinkedIn’s primary goals is to aid B2B companies with their marketing strategies by hosting a platform that is strong in business networking and provides tools and subscription opportunities that tie-in with a company’s marketing, sales, and growth targets. We explore the seven LinkedIn campaign objectives and how to use them in your strategy. Nevertheless, if you are not sure how to create a LinkedIn ad campaign, you should maybe consider hiring a reliable Linkedin ads agency that get results to help your B2B company.

Driving Marketing Results with LinkedIn

Before beginning preparation for any digital marketing campaign, regardless of chosen platform/s, it’s important to be thoroughly clear about what the desired outcome you expect from it is.

Marketing for the sake of marketing is too vague to achieve good results, en masse, so pick an outcome (i.e.: urging users to download your eBook, raising awareness of a new product or service, driving traffic to a recently re-vamped website, and so on) and build your campaign prep based around this one outcome.

LinkedIn campaign objectives

The 7 LinkedIn Campaign Objectives

At present, the seven marketing campaign goals that LinkedIn can help with are as follows:

– Website visits

– Brand awareness

– Engagement

– Video views

– Lead Generation

– Website conversions

– Job applicants

It’s crucial to note before you begin your LinkedIn ad campaign that once you’ve chosen your LinkedIn campaign objective of focus and your campaign is live, you cannot then change it (the objective) later down the road. So, be sure that your objective is clear, realistic, and actionable.

So, without further ado, let’s delve into the seven LinkedIn campaign objectives and how to use them in your strategy.

Target 1: Website Visits

LinkedIn campaign objective Website visits

 If your objective is to drive traffic to a website or landing page (on or off LinkedIn), here are your tools:

Ad Formats:

– Single image ad

– Carousel image ad

– Video ad

– Text ad

– Spotlight ad

– Message ad

– Conversation ad

– Event ad

Bid Types:

– Maximum delivery

– Target cost

– Manual bidding

LinkedIn is a wonderful resource for driving traffic because of the tools it uses to create an ad campaign that aims to get as many clicks as possible – because every click will take the user straight to your website/landing page.

How it works is LinkedIn’s algorithm will optimise the way your ad is presented for the purpose of driving traffic, instead of impressions (likes, shares, etc), and target the ad to the screens of users most likely to click on it, instead of just a generic LinkedIn audience.

How it does this is it pulls various user information, such as historical data, intent, and behaviour of users based on their interaction with previous content of a similar nature.

If your goal is to secure landing page clicks, it’s recommended to choose this manual bidding option, as it allows for more control over the results of your campaign.

LinkedIn  ads bidding landing page clicks

Target 2: Brand Awareness

LinkedIn campaign objective awareness

Ad Formats:

– Single image ad

– Carousel image ad

– Video ad

– Text ad

– Spotlight ad

– Follower ad

– Conversation ad

– Event ad

Bid Types:

– Maximum delivery

– Target cost

– Manual bidding

– Reach

Utilising LinkedIn campaign objective  for brand awareness (particularly for B2B companies) can be an effective solution for both enhancing your chances of generating and converting leads, as well as building a robust business network.

If your ad campaign target is to draw more awareness to your brand, here’s what to consider when using LinkedIn:

–  Create a campaign that aims for impression-gathering. And again, LinkedIn’s algorithm will accelerate the success of your campaign, because it will place it in front of users likely to view it, and it will base the number of potential views on the budget you’ve set for the campaign.

LinkedIn ad bidding impression

– Be clear that brand awareness alone is the goal here. Following the above method with hopes of brand awareness and, for example, conversions will not work. So make sure boosting your brand’s visibility is the one and only key focus here.

– Naturally, the best type of bidding for this campaign is “Maximum Delivery”, which is the default bid setting. Your “optimisation goal” should be set to “reach”. This setting will present your ad to as many targeted users as possible (in keeping with your budget limit, of course) and as many times as possible.  

LinkedIn  ad bidding reach

Target 3: Engagement

LinkedIn campaign objective engagement

Ad Formats:

–  Single image ad

– Carousel image ad

– Video ad

– Follower ad

– Conversation ad

– Event ad

Bid Types:

– Maximum delivery

– Target cost

– Manual bidding

As the title suggests, this goal is to encourage users to interact with your campaign. If you select Engagement clicks, LinkedIn will try to deliver your ads to members who are most likely to interact with them.

LinkedIn ad bidding engagement clicks

LinkedIn user interactions include: like, share, comment, react, click, or company/user follow. LinkedIn’s data will be focussed on a user that is likely to interact based on his/her previous engagement activity.

Naturally, your post will (or should) have a CTA (call-to-action), but with LinkedIn, it’ll also display a “follow” button on the ad, giving you increased exposure and more opportunity to network.

It is worth factoring into your budget that you’ll also be charged for follows as well as generic engagements, so this may not be a viable option for those on a smaller budget.

Target 4: Video Views

LinkedIn campaign objective video view

Ad Formats:

– Video ad

Bid Types:

– Maximum delivery

– Target cost

– Manual bidding

Video is a powerful medium because it allows users to be spoon-fed information quicker and easier than they would by reading through paragraphs of text. And again, LinkedIn will target those prone to watching videos as their go-to method of media consumption.

Please note: with this method, an ‘ad view’ is not the same as a ‘video view’. Unless a user has clicked ‘play’, they are not considered an interactive user.

In terms of outcome, this is similar to brand awareness insofar as it’ll very likely create interaction and audience expansion, but not necessarily conversions.

In terms of bidding choices, it is wise to stick with ‘manual’ to maintain control over your budget. With video views, other options (particularly ‘automated’), you may find your budget spending becomes unmanageable or unsustainable. LinkedIn will provide counsel on what to do if your ad campaign is underperforming too.

LinkedIn ad bidding video views

Target 5: Lead Generation

LinkedIn campaign objective lead generation

Ad Formats:

 – Single image ad

– Carousel image ad

– Video ad

– Message ad

– Conversation ad

Bid Types:

– Maximum delivery

– Manual bidding

LinkedIn is an ideal platform for lead generation, and in terms of campaigns, often creates the best results. One of the reasons for this is that LinkedIn allows users to create a native Lead-Gen form to gather leads on LinkedIn. The idea is that the form will extract the information directly from the user’s profile, meaning he/she won’t have to take the time to manually fill it out, which can be time-consuming, and therefore off-putting to a potential lead. Because of this, there will be increased form submissions and a reduction in cost-per-lead fees.

Lead gen form Linkedin ads

In terms of bidding options, You can select between generating the most leads as possible, getting the most clicks, or driving the most impressions with your ads.

Target 6: Web Conversions

LinkedIn campaign objective website conversions

 Ad Formats:

– Single image ad

– Carousel image ad

– Video ad

– Text ad

– Spotlight ad

– Message ad

– Conversation ad

Bid Types:

– Maximum delivery

–  Manual bidding

Web conversion campaigns are similar to the above lead conversion objective, with the only difference being that this tactic directs users away from LinkedIn and onto your website. Whether or not you wish to convert them once they land on your homepage is up to you.

It is important that you set up LinkedIn Conversion Tracking first before proceeding with this campaign objective. This tool will provide data on the actions of users once they land on your website homepage, which can be paramount for future marketing, as well as your web design. 

Your LinkedIn default optimisation setting will be “website conversions”, and the bidding type that’s recommended here is “Maximum Bidding”. As with the other LinkedIn campaign objectives, the amount of website conversions will be influenced by your budget.

Linkedin ad bidding website conversion

Target 7: Job Applicants

LinkedIn campaign objective job applicants

Ad Formats:

– Single job ad

– Jobs ad

– Single image ad

– Spotlight ad

Bid Types:

– Maximum delivery

– Manual bidding

Consultation call LinkedIn ads

Last but not least, our final LinkedIn campaign objective is seeking job applicants. LinkedIn is better-suited to this target than any other social media platform, owing to its professional networking prowess, and that it offers more demographic information in comparison to channels such as Facebook or Twitter.

When advertising a job through a campaign, this LinkedIn campaign objective will allow you to do so through three different ad formats: ‘Jobs’, ‘Spotlight’, and ‘Sponsored Content’ (single image ad).

Selecting ‘Jobs’ will divert users to the ‘Job Offers’ section of your company’s LinkedIn page. Please note, however, it will not take the user to the specific position.

If you choose ‘Spotlight’ or ‘Sponsored Content’ you’ll be able to create standard LinkedIn jobs with a custom URL. Naturally, the optimisation goal here is ‘landing page clicks’.

Either bidding tactic will be suitable. However, if your budget is on the smaller side, consider sticking with ‘manual bidding’ to better control your budget.

Linkedin ads bidding

Conclusion

So, as you can see, LinkedIn ad is a powerful tool for both marketing and recruitment alike, and its software and algorithm will aid your ad campaign every step of the way – providing you choose the best ad format and bidding options based on your campaign objectives and your budget.

If you’d like to learn more about how we help B2B SaaS and Tech companies grow their MRR through LinkedIn advertising, contact us online or send us an email today at info@getuplead.com to speak with someone on our team.

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