Mastering LinkedIn Ads Dashboards & Reporting: A Complete Guide

LinkedIn stands tall as one of the most popular professional networking platforms globally. With over 900 million users, it has become a hub for businesses and professionals to connect, network, and explore opportunities.

Notably, users here are highly engaged, as LinkedIn Ads have 4 times higher open rates and engagement rates than traditional email marketing. LinkedIn Ads Dashboard can help you make the most of this active user base by improving targeting and optimizing ad performance based on real-time data.

Mastering LinkedIn Ads Dashboards & Reporting

In this article, you'll find tips to make your ads work better with the help of the LinkedIn Ads Dashboard. So, stay tuned, and let's jump straight into it!

However, before we dive into the intricacies of LinkedIn Ads Dashboards, we're excited to share some groundbreaking news with you.

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This partnership enables a more integrated approach to data analysis, allowing you to leverage OWOX BI's powerful analytics in combination with LinkedIn's rich advertising data. The result is a clearer, more detailed view of your campaign's performance, audience interactions, and return on investment.

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Now, let's explore the world of LinkedIn ads dashboards in greater detail.

What Is a LinkedIn Ads Performance Dashboard?

The LinkedIn Ads Dashboard is a management interface for LinkedIn advertising campaigns and a centralized tool that allows advertisers to track, monitor, and optimize their ad strategies.

The dashboard has details about various KPIs such as spend, revenue, cost per click (CPC), click-through rates (CTR), conversion rates (CR), return on ad spend (ROAS), and others. Users can monitor campaign performance over specific dates, analyze top-performing campaigns, track ad spend versus revenue, and assess impressions, sessions, and sales.

It allows users to evaluate the performance of each campaign, as well as improve their effectiveness.

Top 4 Benefits of a LinkedIn Ads Dashboard

The LinkedIn dashboard automates the tracking and data updates from your LinkedIn pages, company profiles, ads, and individual profiles. It allows you to monitor visitor demographics, lead generation, visitor metrics, unique impressions, and more. So, let's take a look at more benefits you can get while using dashboards.

Benefit #1: A Single Source of Truth

The LinkedIn Ads Dashboard consolidates data from different ad campaigns and allows monitoring of campaign spending, engagement metrics, and demographic insights within a single interface.

Benefit #2: Full Transparency

You can see statistics for individual campaigns and details on each ad's performance. This level of detailization enables advertisers to see which campaigns are working well and which ones might need adjustments.

It also updates in real-time or near-real-time and shows the latest data on ad performance.

Benefit #3: Cross-Channel Reporting

This dashboard might let you compare how LinkedIn ads perform compared to ads on Facebook or Google. Thus, you can see which platform gives you the most profit and pay more attention to campaigns that work better.

Benefit #4: Actionable Dashboard Design

Sometimes, you may need more details about the performance of a particular campaign. Suppose you want to personalize your template and add metrics from other sources. And dashboards allow you to do that. You can effortlessly drag and drop metrics and visual elements from multiple data sources directly onto your dashboard, as well as use conditional formatting, color scales, and heatmaps.

Which Metrics Should You Incorporate in Your LinkedIn Ads Dashboard?

Here are key metrics to consider:

Tracking Ad Impressions

Ad impressions show how often your ad is displayed. Higher impressions tell about increased visibility, which is good for brand exposure and potential audience reach.

Understanding CPM in LinkedIn Ads

CPM (Cost Per Mille) is the cost for a thousand impressions and is used for budgeting and understanding the expense of reaching a specific audience.

Analyzing Click-Through Rates (CTR)

CTR measures the percentage of people who click on your ad after seeing it. It reflects how effective is your ad and if the audience is interested in your products or services.

The Significance of Ad Clicks in Your Campaign

Clicks show how users engage with your content. You should add this metric to the dashboard to see if your ads are relevant to the audience.

CPC: Cost-Per-Click Explained

CPC represents the price you pay every time a user clicks on your ad. It's vital for budget planning and understanding ad performance efficiency.

Conversion Rate: Turning Clicks into Actions

The Conversion rate measures the percentage of users who complete a desired action after clicking on your ad. This helps you understand how well those clicks turned into sales.

Total Conversions: Measuring Campaign Success

Total Conversions

Total conversions are a broad metric as it counts all desired actions completed due to your ad. Let's say that as a result of your campaign, 200 people signed up for the free trial, 50 users subscribed to the premium plan, 100 people downloaded workout plans, and 30 users referred friends to the app.

Your total conversions would be the sum of all these actions:

200 (free trials) + 50 (premium subscriptions) + 100 (workout plan downloads) + 30 (referrals), which equals 380 conversions

Engagement Metrics: Assessing Campaign Reach and Impact

Engagement metrics cover various actions (likes, comments, shares) and show how audiences interact with your content. If you're running a campaign to increase brand visibility and reach a broader audience, metrics like shares might be more desirable.

Ad Spend Analysis: Budgeting for Success

This parameter helps you spend smarter for better campaign results as it shows how well your money matches up with how your ads perform.

ROAS: Understanding Return on Ad Spend

ROAS shows how much money your ads make compared to what they cost. It's a critical metric indicating the profitability of your ads.

Get a Holistic View of Your LinkedIn Ads Performance from Different Angles

Now that you know what metrics are important, we'll provide some ideas about how to analyze your LinkedIn campaign.

Segmenting by Campaign Group for Strategic Insights (A/B Testing)

A/B testing on LinkedIn campaigns means changing one thing at a time to see if it improves your results. You create 2 ads that are the same in most ways but differ in just one aspect, like the audience, design, timing, or budget. Then, you run both ads simultaneously.

This testing helps answer questions such as:

  • Which image will make the ad connect better with people?
  • Which job title responds more to the message in the ad?
  • Which call-to-action language encourages more action?

A/B testing gives you ideas about what works best and helps you figure out what to include or avoid in future ad campaigns to get better results.

Breaking Down Campaign Performance

You can check how good your overall marketing is. This means looking at key metrics, engagement levels, conversion rates, and return on investment (ROI) to identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement within your campaign strategy.

Individual Ad Analysis of Ad Types

Then, look at each kind of ad you make to see which ones work best. It could be images, videos, slideshows, or just text. By seeing how people react to each type, you can figure out what catches the audience's attention and gets them interested.

Use Date Range for Time-Based Insights

Finally, see how your ads perform over time. You might check daily, weekly, or even monthly. This helps you see when people like your ads the most or when they don’t.

How to Analyze LinkedIn Ads Reporting from Dashboard

Dashboards provide many different numbers for each campaign you create. Discover how to use this information to see how well your ads are doing and find ways to make more money from your ads.

Visibility Analysis: How Your Ads Are Performing

Evaluate ad performance metrics to understand ad exposure and effectiveness.

  • Metrics to consider: Total Impressions, Reach, Frequency, Cost Per Thousand Impressions (CPM).
  • Purpose: To measure the reach of your LinkedIn Ads, evaluate brand awareness, and track how cost-effective your ad impressions are.

Acquisition Metrics: Beyond Clicks and Impressions

Examine acquisition metrics to assess sign-ups or conversions.

  • Metrics to consider: Click-Through Rate (CTR), Cost Per Click (CPC), Clicks, and Landing Page Clicks.
  • Purpose: To measure the effectiveness of your LinkedIn Ad by inviting users to click and visit your specified URL.

The Journey from Clicks to Conversions: A Deep Dive

Investigate the pathway from user clicks on ads to actual conversions or desired actions to refine conversion strategies.

  • Metrics to consider: Conversion Rate, Cost Per Conversion, Conversions, Conversion Value.
  • Purpose: To assess how well your LinkedIn Ads lead to desired actions, such as form submissions, downloads, or purchases.

Maximizing Your ROAS: Strategies and Insights

Explore tactics to optimize Return on Ad Spend (ROAS) for improved campaign profitability.

  • Metrics to consider: Total Spend, Average Bid, Budget Pacing, Return on Ad Spend (ROAS).
  • Purpose: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of your LinkedIn advertising campaigns.

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Understanding Your Audience: Deep Data Dives

Use in-depth data analysis to understand audience behavior, preferences, and characteristics for better ad targeting.

  • Metrics to consider: Demographic data (age, job role, industry, etc.), Audience Expansion Metrics
  • Purpose: To pinpoint the most engaged audience segments for your LinkedIn Ads and refine future targeting strategies.

Analyzing Device Type Usage for Targeted Campaigns

Review device-specific data to design ads for different platforms, optimizing campaign reach and performance.

  • Metrics to consider: Clicks by Device, Conversions by Device, Cost Per Click by Device.
  • Purpose: To see how ads work on different device types (like desktop or mobile).

Geo-Targeting: Localizing Your Ad Strategy

Use geographic targeting to customize ad strategies for specific locations to deliver more relevant content.

  • Metrics to consider: Impressions by Location, Clicks by Location, Conversion Rate by Location, Location-Based Engagement.
  • Purpose: To understand the geographic reach of your ad's audience, identifying the most engaged regions or cities for your LinkedIn Ads.

Best Practices for LinkedIn Ads Dashboard Optimization

Now, let's answer the big question: How do you make the most of these metrics?

Here are 4 tips to guide you:

metrics

Tip #1: Selecting Metrics That Matter

The metrics we’ve listed in this article are a solid foundation for your LinkedIn Ads dashboard. We don’t recommend removing any, but you always can add more.

Focus on metrics that align with your campaign goals. If you’re increasing awareness, impressions, and clicks are your main metrics. However, for sales-driven campaigns, keep an eye on total conversions and conversion rates.

Tip #2: Automate Data Synchronization

Your dashboard is only as good as the data it presents. Forgetting to sync your dashboard with platforms could lead to incorrect results. Luckily, you can automate those data syncs between the LinkedIn Ad dashboard and relevant platforms to ensure you're always working with the latest information.

Tip #3: Using Your Dashboard Wisely For Data-Driven Decisions

Smart decisions stem from accurate data. Which posts do people engage with the most? Where does your audience drop off in your sales process?

Use this information to guide your LinkedIn marketing strategy. When promoting a LinkedIn post with PPC (pay-per-click), review your data to see which ads and posts already get attention. If a post isn't hitting the mark organically, adding money to it won't necessarily raise engagement.

Tip #4: Connecting Ad Spend with Real Outcomes

Budget is the lifeblood of marketing. Make your monthly ad spend the main point in your marketing discussions. Does increased spending bring better results?

Consider analyzing monthly ad spending against monthly conversions. If there's a solid, positive relationship, scaling up your budget might be a worthwhile move.

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OWOX BI Analytics helps you understand LinkedIn Ads data better by showing it on easy-to-read dashboards. You can look closely at the details, trends, and connections in the numbers. This helps you make smarter choices about ads, improving them and getting more out of your ad budget.

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FAQ

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  • How do I customize my LinkedIn Ads dashboard?

    Choose the metrics that matter most to your advertising objectives, such as click-through rates, conversions, or audience demographics. Organize the layout to display key metrics prominently. Use filters and segments to focus on specific data subsets, allowing for more targeted analysis.
  • What is a LinkedIn Ads dashboard and its purpose?

    A LinkedIn Ads Dashboard is like an overview of how well your ads are doing on LinkedIn. It helps you understand your ad performance, offering insights into metrics like impressions, clicks, conversions, and more. The purpose is to help you make better decisions about your ads by seeing all the important information in one place.