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When is LinkedIn Advertising Effective

LinkedIn Advertising has emerged as a powerful tool for businesses looking to connect with professionals, decision-makers, and potential clients.

While it’s not one of the big 3 social media platforms, it shouldn’t be ignored. With its vast user base of over 11.6 million users in South Africa, LinkedIn provides a unique platform for targeted advertising that can yield significant Return-on-Investment (ROI). 

In this blog, we’ll explore which industries benefit the most from LinkedIn Advertising and discuss effective strategies for running a successful LinkedIn Ad Campaign.

Industries That Benefit the Most From LinkedIn Advertising

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Here are some of the industries that benefit the most from LinkedIn Advertising are:

B2B (Business-to-Business) and Professional Services

LinkedIn is a hub for professionals seeking industry-specific content, making it an ideal platform for B2B marketers, and why we focus almost all our Digital Squeak marketing efforts in LinkedIn.  Industries such as software development, consulting, and professional services, can leverage LinkedIn’s advertising features to target key decision-makers and build meaningful business relationships.

Recruitment and Talent Acquisition

LinkedIn is synonymous with professional networking, making it an invaluable resource for recruitment and talent acquisition.  Companies in industries like human resources, staffing, and headhunting, can use targeted ads to reach potential candidates based on their skills, experience, and professional affiliations.

Education and Training

Institutions offering professional courses, certifications, and workshops can benefit from LinkedIn Advertising to target professionals looking to enhance their skills or pursue further education.  This includes industries like online education, executive training, and professional development.

Finance and Real Estate

LinkedIn is frequented by professionals in finance, banking, and real estate.  Advertisers in these industries can use the platform to showcase financial products, investment opportunities, and real estate services to a highly targeted audience.

Technology and Software as a Service (SaaS)

Given its tech-savvy user base, LinkedIn is an excellent platform for promoting technology products and SaaS solutions.  Companies in the tech industry can use targeted advertising to highlight software solutions, cloud services, and innovative technologies to potential clients.

Industries That Should Approach LinkedIn Advertising With Caution

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LinkedIn Advertising may not have the same marketing range as Facebook, and you will struggle to identify your target market based on consumer interests, but that doesn’t mean that a consumer brand won’t benefit from being on LinkedIn. 

Although investing in paid advertising efforts to drive sales of consumer goods may not generate high sales volumes, B2C industries can still garner great benefits from using LinkedIn to drive recruitment and investment.

Fashion and Apparel

Professional clothing may see sales from LinkedIn Advertising campaigns, but the creative limitations of LinkedIn ad formats will make it more expensive for brands focused on non-professional fashion and apparel to generate a high return on investment.

E-commerce and Retail

If the lifetime value of your product or service is less than R60,000, LinkedIn Ads may not be suitable due to their relatively higher cost per click – which we discuss in our blog “Why is LinkedIn Advertising so Expensive”.  LinkedIn ads tend to attract a higher-quality demographic and are more effective when promoting higher-priced items.  Therefore, if you operate in B2C, e-commerce, retail, or even small businesses with a value under R60,000, LinkedIn Ads may not be the right marketing channel for your paid social media efforts.

Travel and Hospitality

Like other consumer-focused industries, Travel and Hospitality will struggle to generate high ROIs promoting holiday destinations.  However, Travel and Hospitality brands can use the platform to showcase corporate functions, exhibition facilities, hotel accommodations for corporate travellers, and team-building experiences.

Food and Beverage

Like Travel and Hospitality, restaurants, cafes, and food brands will struggle to generate high ROIs promoting their products and services on LinkedIn.  But there is an opportunity to promote catering services for corporate functions.

Effective Strategies For Running a LinkedIn Ad Campaign

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When it comes to creating strategies for running a LinkedIn Ad campaign, here are some of the things you need to do.

Define Clear Objectives

Before launching a LinkedIn Ad Campaign, it’s crucial to define clear and measurable objectives.  Whether it’s lead generation, brand awareness, or event promotion, having specific goals will guide the entire campaign.

Target Audience Segmentation

LinkedIn offers robust targeting options, allowing advertisers to tailor their campaigns based on criteria such as job title, industry, company size, and location.  Understanding your target audience and utilising these parameters can significantly improve the campaign’s effectiveness.

Compelling Ad Creatives

Create visually appealing and informative ad creatives that resonate with the professional audience.  Use high-quality images, compelling copy, and a clear Call-To-Action (CTA) to encourage engagement.

Use Sponsored Content and InMail

Sponsored Content appears directly in users’ LinkedIn feeds, while Sponsored InMail allows you to send personalised messages.  These formats offer a non-intrusive way to reach your audience and can be highly effective when used appropriately. You can also explore the potential of LinkedIn Newsletters.

Test and Optimise

Regularly monitor the performance of your LinkedIn Ad Campaign and make data-driven adjustments.  Test different ad formats, ad placement, targeting options, and messaging to identify what resonates best with your audience.


LinkedIn Advertising is a powerful tool for businesses across various industries, providing a unique opportunity to connect with a professional audience.  By understanding the specific needs and behaviours of your target audience and implementing effective strategies, you can unlock the full potential of LinkedIn Advertising and drive meaningful results for your business.

Reach out to Digital Squeak to discuss your marketing objectives and see if LinkedIn Advertising is right for your brand –

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