134 Amazingly Magnetic LinkedIn Ad Examples in 2021

As you go through this article, we’ll show exactly why these ads are some of the most magnetic LinkedIn ads in 2021 (and why).

Additionally, you will discover:

  • Get a clear overview of what’s working on LinkedIn
  • Acquire new ideas for your LinkedIn ads
  • See killer creatives and copies from top brands

This is the fastest way to learn about the best practices for Linkedin ads – By looking at 134 of the most magnetic LinkedIn ads of 2021.

Related: LinkedIn Ad Specs – Everything You Need to Know In 2020

How to see your competitor ads

Before we dive into main course of juicy ads, i have to share this other little-known hack. In an effort to create more ad transparency, you are able to see what ads your competitors are running via the Ad Tab.

How can you see your Linkedin ads from the Linkedin ads Tab

Out of every 5 B2B marketers I speak to, only 1 of them know about this (estimated). So if you read and remember this, you’re already smarter than 80% of all B2B marketers.

While pulling these top performing ads, i noticed that most of the ads have these in common.

  • Their intro text and headlines are usually short and concise
  • The offer is very clear. People know exactly what action they need to take and what they will get after the click
  • Most of the ads contain action verbs. For example: Download, Read, See, Build, Choose, Accept, Drive traffic etc.
  • Use questions or quotes in your ads.
  • Focus on the audience. Use words like “You”
  • Put an interesting fact or statistic
  • Position your offer as educational and helpful. Advice and insights works well on Linkedin as most users are on Linkedin to learn
  • Calling out your audience clearly in the ad.

Linkedin ad example 1 – Nielsen

Linkedin ad example 1 by Nielsen

What stands-out in this ad?

Clear value through a guide. The offer is enticing. Who wouldn’t want to know how to beat their competitors? I’m sure any smart professional would want to know what their competitors don’t.

Linkedin ad example 2 – McClean & Company

Linkedin ad example 2 by Mclean & Company

What stands-out in this ad?

The creative itself show a snapshot of what they can read about. Entices audiences to want to learn more. At the same time, they also do a good job calling out their audience. It’s clear they are targeting HR professionals.

Linkedin ad example 3 – Salesforce

Linkedin ad example 3 by Salesforce

What stands-out in this ad?

Using specific statistics and numbers usually grabs someone’s attention. Using the date “2020” also shows that this ad is most updated. CTA like “Get The Report” is clear.

Linkedin ad example 4 – Salesforce

Linkedin ad example 4 by Salesforce

What stands-out in this ad?

You can call out your audience by industry as well, not just job functions and titles. In this case, the call-out is the Healthcare industry. Did you notice a rather similar theme between both salesforce ads? This is brand consistency at it’s best.

Linkedin ad example 5 – Microsoft

Linkedin ad example 5 by Microsoft

What stands-out in this ad?

Engaging video that relates to professionals trying to take their skills to “new heights” (Pun intended). Video is short, concise and the offer is clear – Taking your cloud skills to the next level.

Linkedin ad example 6 – Microsoft

Linkedin ad example 6 by Microsoft

What stands-out in this ad?

SUPERB call-out of audiences. It’s clear this is for Australian businesses. The offer is also clear, which is a free trial to microsoft dynamics 365. The benefits are clear too where they can save time and money. What also stands-out is how they use each carousel card to feature a customer stories. This is a 5-star ad. Awesome!

Linkedin ad example 7 – WeWork

Linkedin ad example 7 by WeWork

What stands-out in this ad?

Call out of audience is clear. A snapshot of the WeWork experience is captured in the creative.

Linkedin ad example 8 – WeWork

Linkedin ad example 8 by WeWork

What stands-out in this ad?

The office locations are obvious. If you were looking at a similar area for an office, that’s going to capture your attention. Clear CTA – “Book a personalised tour today”.

Linkedin ad example 9 – WeWork

Linkedin ad example 9 by WeWork

What stands-out in this ad?

Using the carousel cards to showcase different areas of the beautiful office is smart. If you have a product/service, you can break them up that way. Allow your audience to be immersed in your product/brand.

Linkedin ad example 10 – Workday

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Linkedin ad example 10 by Workday

What stands-out in this ad?

Workday started with a provoking question. Then they provided the answer, but not just any answer. They provided a socially validated answer (By 500 leading CFOs). The headline is clear what audience will get, which is the CFO sentiment study.

Linkedin ad example 11 – Confluent

Linkedin ad example 11 by Confluent

What stands-out in this ad?

Good audience call-out. Anyone who isn’t interested in Apache Kafka is not going to click this and waste their money. The creative also makes it clear that it’s an eBook. However, i would test a shorter intro text to avoid mobile truncation.

Linkedin ad example 12 – Gartner

Linkedin ad example 12 by Gartner

What stands-out in this ad?

When i first saw this ad, i thought it was going to suck because the fonts on the creative is so small. But i was wrong. They called out their audience well and fed a quick-win offer (1-page templates). Perhaps making the creative small increases the curiosity of their audience. This is definitely a high-risk ad but something you can test. Reduce the size of your creative if it contains technical knowledge or flowcharts.

Linkedin ad example 13 – MBAF

Linkedin ad example 13 by MBAF

What stands-out in this ad?

Trends and concerns of Miami’s executives? If you’re in Miami and you’re an executive yourself, i’m pretty sure you’re going to be interested. Great use of carousel ads to showcase an interesting stat in each card.

Linkedin ad example 14 – DOMO

Linkedin ad example 14 by DOMO

What stands-out in this ad?

This ad follows the holiday season and satisfies their audience’s curiosity. If you’re in retail, projections and predictions in the retail industry would be of interest. The ad also contains a challenger message. A question was asked to challenge the audience’s knowledge.

 

Linkedin ad example 15 – Simplilearn

Linkedin ad example 15 by Simplilearn

What stands-out in this ad?

I love the way they called out the country and shared the potential gains from their product. They dropped an interesting statistic as well. The creative also breaks down what the course contains. Take note that Linkedin does not have a text limit on the creatives as Facebook does.

Linkedin ad example 16 – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Linkedin ad example 16 by Rensselear Polytechnic Institute

What stands-out in this ad?

They showcased the outcome of their course. The game-changing result of going through a Rensselaer program. They did it in video format as well which stands out if your competitors are rarely doing it.

Linkedin ad example 17 – Smith School of Business at Queen’s University

Linkedin ad example 17 by Smith School of Business at Queen’s University

What stands-out in this ad?

Benefits are clear. Love how they clearly state how long their program is. Although the intro text is more of a “feature”, they have clearly painted the “benefits” in the creative itself.

Linkedin ad example 18 – Citrix

Linkedin ad example 18 by Citrix

What stands-out in this ad?

Great engagement ad. Brings out the human side of the brand. It doesn’t have to be serious all the time. Emotions like humour plays an important role in B2B marketing too.

Linkedin ad example 19 – Glassdoor for employers

Linkedin ad example 19 by Glassdoor for employers

What stands-out in this ad?

Image is unusual which catches attention. Their use of emoji is also not common on Linkedin which makes the ad stands-out more. The headline is clear about what the offer is – Which is a Recruiter’s guide.

Linkedin ad example 20 – Outreach

Linkedin ad example 19 by Ourtreach

What stands-out in this ad?

Good call out of audiences. It’s obvious that they are targeting sales professionals. Any ads that directly helps companies make more money usually works well.

Linkedin ad example 21 – Aha!

Linkedin ad example 21 by Aha!

What stands-out in this ad?

This is a great awareness piece. Sometimes it’s not just about lead generation. Smart marketers usually warm up their audiences with valuable ungated content. The call-out of audience is also obvious in the headline. The creative could be more customised though. More testing is needed on the creatives.

Linkedin ad example 22 – Ivey Business School at Western University

Linkedin ad example 22 by Ivey Business School at Western University

What stands-out in this ad?

Interesting use of tagging. The article is also a third-party content which gives them more credibility. Using a human image also stands-out. This works great as an awareness piece but would probably under-perform for lead generation

Linkedin ad example 23 – Qualtrics

Linkedin ad example 23 by Qualtrics

What stands-out in this ad?

Massive value here! They’re giving away templates that can immediately be plugged and played into employee experience teams. Qualtrics makes it very easy for audiences to find value.

Linkedin ad example 24 – Airbnb for Business

Linkedin ad example 24 by AirBnB for business

What stands-out in this ad?

Great ad that speaks to travelling employees. They could have created a more branded image. Just by looking at the image/creative, audiences must be able to tell that it’s an Airbnb ad.

Linkedin ad example 25 – American Military University

Linkedin ad example 25 by American Military University

Linkedin ad example 26 – Taking the GRE

Linkedin ad example 26 by Taking the GRE

What stands-out in this ad?

Using Asian faces for Asian countries helps. This would probably do well as an awareness/consideration piece and not for lead generation

Linkedin ad example 27 – Fonolo

Linkedin ad example 27 by Fonolo

What stands-out in this ad?

Thought leadership. This is a great piece to show that they to solve the customer’s pain points. The call to action is clear in the intro text but could have added another in the headline or creative itself. They also used industry terms like “SLA” so only audiences who understands this would click on the ad.

Linkedin ad example 28 – Qualtrics

Linkedin ad example 28 by Qualtrics

What stands-out in this ad?

Using “How to” presents a very actionable resource. The audience is also obvious. There’s a pinch of FOMO in the ad where they mention that CX leaders have “one thing in common”. If you’re a CX leader, you would want to know whether you have that X factor too or whether you’re missing out. Notice how all of Qualtrics’s ads also look rather similar. Great brand consistency.

Linkedin ad example 29 – Gong.io

Linkedin ad example 29 by Gong.io

What stands-out in this ad?

Absolutely love how Gong.io uses popular culture to relate that to their customers’ struggles. This is the scene where Jon Snow dies and Gong.io ties it back to a “sales slump”. Definitely an ad that stands out. This would make a great awareness piece and to show their thought leadership.

Linkedin ad example 30 – Gong.io

Linkedin ad example 30 by Gong.io

What stands-out in this ad?

I’m going on a rampage with Gong.io ads. Look at this phenomenal piece. If you’re a sales person, wouldn’t you want to know what sales tactics the top 15 CROs are using? They were also very specific in the number of CROs. Specificity increases likelihood of capturing attention. There are brands logos in the ad as well to show where some of the CROs are from. This builds up massive curiosity about what the CROs of growing brands are saying about sales.

Linkedin ad example 31 – Gong.io

Linkedin ad example 31 by Gong.io

What stands-out in this ad?

My bet is that this is an a/b test of creatives between the #26 and #27 ad. It’s the exact same offer but this time they focus on one CRO as social proof. They also used the word “Free”. Although that’s overused in direct-response marketing, it still works. An all-rounded great lead generation piece.

Linkedin ad example 32 – Gong.io

Linkedin ad example 32 by Gong.io

What stands-out in this ad?

Another great awareness piece by Gong.io. They started with something provoking and built curiosity about what the new best practices are. If you want to be left behind with outdated sales practices, you’re probably going to click on this.

Linkedin ad example 33 – Tableau

Linkedin ad example 33 by Tableau Software

What stands-out in this ad?

The bright colours and text only ad makes this unique. Remember that Linkedin does not have a text limit on creatives like Facebook does. If you’re a marketer with partnerships with other companies, ads like this would be best for you. Although the call to action is clear with “get the whitepaper” they could have done better by saying what’s in the whitepaper. Is it a tutorial? Is it a set-up guide? Overall, this is still brilliant.

Linkedin ad example 34 – NetBrain

Linkedin ad example 34 by Netbrain

What stands-out in this ad?

Illustrations, graphs and flowcharts does extremely well on Linkedin due to it’s informational environment. This ad by NetBrain brings in humour and illustration at the same time. The creative is self-explanatory and reflects the mindset of their audience.

 

Linkedin ad example 35 – NetBrain

Linkedin ad example 35 by Netbrain

What stands-out in this ad?

NetBrain takes it up one level to show the “before and after” through a well designed illustration. A very clear story of the daily struggles of their audiences and what overcoming it looks like.

Linkedin ad example 36 – TMI – Wharton Programs

Linkedin ad example 36 by TMI – Wharton Programs

What stands-out in this ad?

The shout-out to their audience is extremely clear here. I love the way they phrase this ad. They make it seem like this program is for HR leaders who wants to be part of the “elites”. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that tribe? Call to action is also clear in the creative.

Linkedin ad example 37 – Pendo

Linkedin ad example 37 by Pendo.io

What stands-out in this ad?

The horribly designed creatives stood out. It’s unrefined that it just stops you. However, as you read, you realise that there is a ton of value here. It’s original research data about product managers. They used the carousel card to showcase what’s in the report to build curiosity. Look at the level of engagement in the Likes and Comments section. Pendo was not afraid to provoke and spark discussions.

Linkedin ad example 38 – Insidesales.com

Linkedin ad example 38 by Insidesales.com

What stands-out in this ad?

Wow, they analysed 18 million emails and consolidated 6 key findings for sales people! That’s a ton of data point that most sales individuals do not have. Insidesales.com was direct on what the offer was, what the outcome was and what they wanted their audience to do with the ad. The image is also authentic showing a salesperson at work (This is based on my own interpretation).

Linkedin ad example 39 – Duke University

Linkedin ad example 39 by Duke University

What stands-out in this ad?

The headline stood out for me. Nobody wants to be taken advantage of. So i can imagine most would stop to read the intro text after or click-through to find out more.

Linkedin ad example 40 – Think with Google

Linkedin ad example 40 by Think With Google

What stands-out in this ad?

Great use of the carousel cards. Each card specified a benefit. The intro text also mentioned what they’re going to get after the click. Insights from APAC’s most-read youtube articles? Count me in! 🙂

 

Linkedin ad example 41 – Think with Google

Linkedin ad example 41 by Think With Google

What stands-out in this ad?

Google has tons of data and they use these insights to their advantage. They added value and insights to their audience through a report. This establishes them as the thought leader and go-to service/product. Think with Google featured each unique insight on a carousel cards which is examplerary.

Linkedin ad example 42 – On24

Linkedin ad example 42 by ON24

What stands-out in this ad?

Trends works well on Linkedin. People come to Linkedin to learn where the industry is going, what their peers are up to and how they can improve themselves. So this ON24 ad is sure to stand-out if you were interested in Webinars. Most professionals use benchmarking as a point of reference to make various business decisions. So it’s no surprise this report was a hit.

Linkedin ad example 43 – On24

Linkedin ad example 43 by ON24

What stands-out in this ad?

This is industry Personlisation at it’s best. They call-out the industry and also name-dropped a big brand for social proof.

Linkedin ad example 44 – On24

Linkedin ad example 44 by ON24

What stands-out in this ad?

Great ad that compiles their unique insights into Webinars that worked! Linkedin users want to know what’s working and replicate similar successes to themselves. It’s the exact same reason why you’re attracted to this article.

Linkedin ad example 45 – Atlassian

Linkedin ad example 45 by Atlassian

What stands-out in this ad?

Customer stories that brings out the emotion and social proof always works. It shows what Atlassian provides and the positive outcome they could bring.

Linkedin ad example 46 – Atlassian

Linkedin ad example 46 by Atlassian

What stands-out in this ad?

Lots of action words in the intro text. Try it free is the icing on the cake.

Linkedin ad example 47 – Quip

Linkedin ad example 47 by Salesforce Quip

What stands-out in this ad?

This is a great example to tie in your offline marketing with your online efforts. In this example, Quip launches an ad to get prospects to reserve a spot at their Dreamforce event.

Linkedin ad example 48 – Quip

Linkedin ad example 48 – Salesforce Quip

What stands-out in this ad?

The creative is well designed and has a strong call to action.

Linkedin ad example 49 – AT&T

Linkedin ad example 49 by AT&T

What stands-out in this ad?

Humour is one of the most effective ways to leave a lasting impression on your brand. In this ad, AT&T does an engaging funny video while building awareness to their fiber network. It’s interesting to see how Linkedin is evolving beyond B2B and into B2C.

Linkedin ad example 50 – Marketo

Linkedin ad example 50 by Marketo

What stands-out in this ad?

The colour somehow seems so magnetic. The creative brings out the offer really well. This kind of thought leadership and educating content fits well in Linkedin where users are there to learn from brands/experts. Who do you think they will think about when they’re looking to purchase a Marketing attribution software? Most likely the brand that added the most value to them, which in this case is Marketo. The one thing i would change is shortening the headline.

Linkedin ad example 51 – Marketo

Linkedin ad example 51 by Marketo

What stands-out in this ad?

Marketo does these thought leadership pieces really well. It hits on marketing professional’s aspiration to be “data-driven”.

Linkedin ad example 52 – Marketo

Linkedin ad example 52 by Marketo

What stands-out in this ad?

This made it to the list because of the personalization to Australia and New Zealand. Linkedin is especially a great place to promote pieces that talks about trends in skills/tech. It’s a sure-hit topic.

Linkedin ad example 53 – LandBot.io

Linkedin ad example 53 by LandBot.io

What stands-out in this ad?

LandBot does well in connecting their offer to a festive season/event. This is a straight forward to-your-face offer.

Linkedin ad example 54 – LandBot.io

Linkedin ad example 54 by LandBot.io

What stands-out in this ad?

This 2nd variation from LandBot shows a snapshot of how their product works. The text on the creative is also clear what audiences can expect when they click through. If you’re someone who wants to try a WhatsApp bot, this is for you. They even mention how easy it is for you to try it now.

Linkedin ad example 55- QualComm

Linkedin ad example 55 by QualComm

What stands-out in this ad?

This is one of my favourite! They showcase the impact of their technology through tangible products. What most important here is that they’re using a 1:1 video which looks absolutely huge on the Linkedin newsfeed. Not enough advertisers are using 1:1 videos. Your ad will stand-out if you do.

Linkedin ad example 56 – Fonolo

Linkedin ad example 56 by Fonolo

What stands-out in this ad?

Smart ad by Fonolo that ties in their expertise with various important dates. There is some sense of urgency in this offer as you need to prepare for the upcoming events like Black friday. The 2 call to action is clear what Fonolo wants their audience to do.

Linkedin ad example 57 – Sensera Systems

Linkedin ad example 57 by Sensera Systems

What stands-out in this ad?

A very unique offer. Most ads on Linkedin are not creative. The “art” in marketing is underappreciated as most marketers just focus on short-term goals like direct-response cheesey ads. I would exclude the hashtags as it might distract audience from taking the one action Sensera wants which is the sign-up.

Linkedin ad example 58 – Sensera Systems

Linkedin ad example 58 – Sensera Systems

What stands-out in this ad?

People are attracted to stories. Showcasing your customer’s story is a smart move on Linkedin. This builds up awareness and trust in your brand.

Linkedin ad example 59 – Robin

Linkedin ad example 59 by Robin

What stands-out in this ad?

Isometric designs are the cool thing these days. Other than design, they asked a question that helps qualify their audience. This helps ensure that they get higher quality audience clicking and not random users (of course ad targeting plays a part too). It’s clear what this guide can help you with.

Linkedin ad example 60 – Robin

Linkedin ad example 60 by Robin

What stands-out in this ad?

Stellar use of Humour. Linkedin doesn’t have to be serious all the time. If you can relate to your audience’s pain points in humourous ways, you should do it. Making this ad into a video gets extra points!

Linkedin ad example 61- Adobe Creative Cloud

Linkedin ad example 61- Adobe Creative Cloud

What stands-out in this ad?

Look at that background gradient colour. That pinkish purple gradients will really pop and capture attention on Linkedin. Did you notice how they name-drop top brands? Association and brand validation is a big thing on Linkedin and you should do it too. See how they place the logos on the ad creative. The only thing i might change is to create larger sized logos.

Linkedin ad example 62 – Adobe Creative Cloud

Linkedin ad example 62 by Adobe Creative Cloud

What stands-out in this ad?

Boom! Using a quote of your audience pain point is always going to be a hit. The intro text also clarified the audience that this quote came from – Creative directors. If you’re a creative director, this is going to hit you in the gut.

Linkedin ad example 63 – Dataminr

Linkedin ad example 63 by Dataminr

What stands-out in this ad?

A good direct-response ad. They call out their audiences within the creative itself and the headline states exactly what they will get if they submitted their info.

Linkedin ad example 64 – Dataminr

Linkedin ad example 64 by Dataminr

What stands-out in this ad?

I love how they showed brand validation in the headline by stating that Fortune 100 companies use them. This makes a great awareness ad to introduce what Dataminr is solving for. But i wouldn’t use this as a lead generation ad because there isn’t enough value to your audience to “sign-up” yet (Well, not unless this is a retargeting ad to warm audiences).

Linkedin ad example 65 – Dataminr

Linkedin ad example 65 by Dataminr

What stands-out in this ad?

The bomb in the image will definitely stop the right audience from scrolling. This makes for a good brand awareness ad and not so much for lead generation though.

 

Linkedin ad example 66 – Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Linkedin ad example 66 by Amazon Web Services (AWS)

What stands-out in this ad?

Sometimes, you just need to straight out introduce what you do as a brand. In this ad, amazon does it very well and even has specific ROI claims.

Linkedin ad example 67 – Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Linkedin ad example 67 by Amazon Web Services (AWS)

What stands-out in this ad?

This ad started off with a question which is great. They continued by showcasing all the free offers and services for their audience. Tons of value in the ad that is worth engaging in.

Linkedin ad example 68 – Zendesk

Linkedin ad example 68 by Zendesk

What stands-out in this ad?

Each carousel ad featured an insight. The intro text called out the country as well. Specificity gets more attention and engagement.

Linkedin ad example 69 – Zendesk

Linkedin ad example 69 by Zendesk

What stands-out in this ad?

The headline and copy in the creative is compelling. It speaks calls-out CX pros in Australia very clearly with a good offer. CTA button on the creative also helps.

Linkedin ad example 70 – Linkedin Marketing Solutions

Linkedin ad example 70 by Linkedin Marketing Solutions

What stands-out in this ad?

The smiling human imagery draws attention. The creative design is also great. Big fonts with statistics separately on the right side makes the image pop.

Linkedin ad example 71 – Linkedin

Linkedin ad example 71 by Linkedin

What stands-out in this ad?

Asking a question at the start draws the audience in. The copy on the creative is nicely placed on the left making the entire image pop.

Linkedin ad example 72 – Linkedin

Linkedin ad example 72 by Linkedin 

What stands-out in this ad?

Using a video to tell a story works. Who says B2B marketing is boring and emotionless. Zooming in on a single person, customer, user to tell their story is convincing.

Linkedin ad example 73 – Linkedin

Linkedin ad example 73 by Linkedin 

What stands-out in this ad?

Straight up offer that would be amazing for retargeting. The value proposition and benefit is clear: Get hired.

Linkedin ad example 74 – Deskera

Linkedin ad example 74 by Deskera 

What stands-out in this ad?

If you have an offer that relates to grants, time-sensitivity and government regulations, make it clear. The ad above shows how Deskera’s technology can be claimed with a grant. I would reduce the length of the intro text to prevent mobile truncation.

Linkedin ad example 75 – VWO

Linkedin ad example 75 by VWO

What stands-out in this ad?

The pink background and isometric design is unique. I like how they stated the number of brands who are working with them. Strong social proof. This would have either been a good awareness play or a retargeting play. If this was a lead gen play, it would have been costly as the offer wasn’t strong. It’s very product related with no clear “what’s in it for the user” message.

Linkedin ad example 76 – VWO

Linkedin ad example 76 by VWO

What stands-out in this ad?

VWO ads are visually appealing. This version is better than the previous one. At least there is an offer which is the 30-day free trial. There always need to be a value exchange in the ads. What’s in it for the user if they were to commit and try?

Linkedin ad example 77 – Tokopedia

Linkedin ad example 77 by Tokopedia

What stands-out in this ad?

Linkedin users are on the platform to learn new skills and trends from brands/experts. This offer from Tokopedia about skills upgrading is a natural fit. Since they’re on of the biggest tech brand in Indonesia, that makes this offer even more compelling.

Linkedin ad example 78 – Optimizely

Linkedin ad example 78 by Optimizely

What stands-out in this ad?

There’s so many amazing practices here. The intro text is short, to the point and all about benefits. It’s a strong statement of benefits. Their headline and creative makes it clear what users are going to get if they click on “Download”

Linkedin ad example 79 – Optimizely

Linkedin ad example 79 by Optimizely

What stands-out in this ad?

I love how they use a rather similar template throughout their ads and just change the background colour to make it unique. Alot of namedropping all over the ad. You’ll notice big brands in the intro text and even in the headline.

Linkedin ad example 80 – Optimizely

Linkedin ad example 80 by Optimizely

What stands-out in this ad?

Intro text could be shorter but this is overall still an amazing ad. The creative’s copy is absolutely clear with quantifiable results/numbers.

Linkedin ad example 81 – Optimizely

Linkedin ad example 81 by Optimizely

What stands-out in this ad?

Users love to read case studies, examples and learn from other’s experiences. Which is why you’re reading this long blog post of Linkedin ad examples right? The only thing i would change is testing a shorter intro text. There were a couple of namedrops but they were located at the end and might be truncated off on mobile.

Linkedin ad example 82 – App Annie

Linkedin ad example 82 by App Annie

What stands-out in this ad?

This. Is. Kick-ass. When i saw this thumb-stopping ad, i literally had to pause and see if i recognized the logos here. This sparks so much curiosity especially if you’re interested in what Gen Z is engaging in. No-brainer to download this report. Intro text is also too long for this though.

Linkedin ad example 83 – App Annie

Linkedin ad example 83 by App Annie

What stands-out in this ad?

Similar idea to the previous ad but this time they were targeting a different persona – Gen Z’s top Entertainment apps.

Linkedin ad example 84 – INSEAD

Linkedin ad example 84 by INSEAD

What What stands-out in this ad?

I like that the information is complete on this ad. There’s an event date and the session’s aim.

Linkedin ad example 85 – Spencer Stuart

Linkedin ad example 85 by Spencer Stuart

What stands-out in this ad?

Who doesn’t love an original research with fresh insights. What’s great is how specific they are about the ad. They even stated how many CEOs they had to interview to get this data. Notice anything else? They worked with HBR on this which makes it even more credible.

Linkedin ad example 86 – Center for Creative Leadership

Linkedin ad example 86 by Center for Creative Leadership

What stands-out in this ad?

Linkedin users tend to love graphs. If you showed this on Facebook, many are just going to scroll past because they’re not in the mindset to learn. People go to facebook to waste time and catch-up with friends. That’s why this works well. It educates a user and helps them in their career.

Linkedin ad example 87 – Backbase

Linkedin ad example 87 by Backbase

What stands-out in this ad?

Graphs, trends and statistics. If you have a compelling data point, bring it up front in your copy and creative. This buyer’s guide by Backbase totally nailed it. Audiences who are interested in these are going to want to know which are the top platforms.

Linkedin ad example 88 – Globoforce

Linkedin ad example 88 by Globoforce

What stands-out in this ad?

They’ve got faces and big names on the creatives and a killer FOMO headline. The intro text is slightly too long but the copy is great! It tells us a little about what to expect at the event.

Linkedin ad example 89 – Department for Transport (GfT), United Kingdom

Linkedin ad example 89 by Department for Transport (GfT), United Kingdom

What stands-out in this ad?

Killer ad by government. They’re using a 1:1 video ratio which will appear big on a Linkedin user’s mobile phone. The message in the video contains a sense of urgency and it calls out their audiences really well.

Linkedin ad example 90 – PwC

Linkedin ad example 90 by PwC

What stands-out in this ad?

Great start by asking a question to qualify their audience. The offer helps their audience become smarter and up-to-date, which is compelling enough for a click.

Linkedin ad example 91 – PwC

Linkedin ad example 91 by PwC

What stands-out in this ad?

PwC is clearly establishing itself as a thought leader. Similar to the previous ad, they aim to add value through knowledge and insights. Extra points to this ad for adding the “World Bank Group” logo which boosts the content’s credibility.

Linkedin ad example 92 – Snack Nation

Linkedin ad example 92 by Snack Nation

What stands-out in this ad?

We love this ad so much! I bet it was initially designed for instagram but they repurposed it for Linkedin. They used a video to ask a question and provided 2 multiple-choice answers. However, the main offer which is a “FREE Snack Box”, should have been more obvious. Perhaps adding it into the headline other than the intro text will help.

Linkedin ad example 93 – Snack Nation

Linkedin ad example 93 by Snack Nation

What stands-out in this ad?

Simple yet effective creative. Asking a question that provokes thought helps gain more attention. If the audience said “yes” in their minds, they would have clicked in.

Linkedin ad example 94 – Snack Nation

Linkedin ad example 94 by Snack Nation

What stands-out in this ad?

Following a similar theme, they asked a question that is very relevant to their audience on Linkedin. Job function and job titles targeting is available on Linkedin. Also, the offer is also very clear.

Linkedin ad example 95 – The Wall Street Journal

Linkedin ad example 95 – The Wall Street Journal

What stands-out in this ad?

The gradient color just grabs your attention. The offer is also really clear on the copy. Did you notice how they called our audience in the intro text? They’re targeting the new-comers into the workforce.

Linkedin ad example 96 – The Wall Street Journal

Linkedin ad example 96 by The Wall Street Journal

What stands-out in this ad?

This follows a “breaking news” kind of format and feel. The specificity in the ad and the sneak peek on the creative is very compelling. The headline is also provoking. Who wouldn’t want to know how whether their companies are paying them fairly compared to others.

Linkedin ad example 97 – The Wall Street Journal

Linkedin ad example 97 by The Wall Street Journal

What stands-out in this ad?

Offer ties in with a theme and season. Perfect!

Linkedin ad example 98 – The Wall Street Journal

Linkedin ad example 98 by The Wall Street Journal

What stands-out in this ad?

“How to” practical articles works well on Linkedin. This ad is also very relevant to Linkedin users as most of them are professionals. Knowing whether their jobs are in danger is a big reason to engage with this content.

Linkedin ad example 99 – McKindsy & Company

Linkedin ad example 99 by McKindsy & Company

What stands-out in this ad?

If it’s possible, tie in social causes or show your brand beliefs. McKinsey & Company touches on a very sensitive topic skillfully by providing updated insights.

Linkedin ad example 100 – Corporate Finance Institute (CRI)

Linkedin ad example 100 by Corporate Finance Institute (CRI)

What stands-out in this ad?

While this might seem technical to most audiences, this is actually effective. See how they call out their audience (financial analyst) in the intro text. The content is extremely useful for that audience and the creative is something that the audience can relate to. Ad creatives doesn’t have to be artistic all the time.

Linkedin ad example 101 – Syfe

Linkedin ad example 101 by Syfe

What stands-out in this ad?

Syfe maximises the carousel cards to tell their brand story. The intro text also sparks huge curiosity.

Linkedin ad example 102 – Syfe

Linkedin ad example 102 by Syfe

What stands-out in this ad?

Another ad variation from Syfe that dives into more specificity. Alot more statistics, graphs and projections in the carousel cards to build a compelling case for Syfe’s services.

Linkedin ad example 103 – National Australia Bank

Linkedin ad example 103 by National Australia Bank

What stands-out in this ad?

Simple and effective awareness ad. A great product launch ad.

Linkedin ad example 104 – ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll

Linkedin ad example 104 by ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll

What stands-out in this ad?

To be honest, this barely made the list. There’s just way too much text squeezed into the carousel cards and intro text. But they do have the core elements in them. They asked a question, they included statistics and also have an offer. If they could reduce the amount of information and focus on the most impactful ones, then this would have been a killer ad.

Linkedin ad example 105 – Toyota Motor Corporation

Linkedin ad example 105 by Toyota Motor Corporation

What stands-out in this ad?

Just an image will do when your product looks as stunning as that.

Linkedin ad example 106 – BHP

Linkedin ad example 106 by BHP 

What stands-out in this ad?

1:1 videos are killing it on Linkedin. This is another example. It’ll give an advertiser so much digital real estate.

Linkedin ad example 107 – Singapore Tourism Board

Linkedin ad example 107 by Singapore Tourism Board

What stands-out in this ad?

Video works best if you have a strong story to tell. This is better as an awareness campaign.

Linkedin ad example 108 – Singapore Tourism Board

Linkedin ad example 108 by Singapore Tourism Board

What stands-out in this ad?

A large number of Linkedin’s audiences are on the platform to learn new skills. This fits perfectly! Who would be better equipped to teach about tourism than the national tourism board themselves.

Linkedin ad example 109 – Airbnb

Linkedin ad example 109 by Airbnb

What stands-out in this ad?

This is an interesting angle. If you work with partners, you can feature them too! Use video especially if it’s a compelling story. Customer stories also works in this scenario.

Linkedin ad example 110 – Slack

Linkedin ad example 110 by Slack

What stands-out in this ad?

Starting off with a strong question is impactful. The headline is also to the point and clear.

Linkedin ad example 111 – Slack

Linkedin ad example 111 by Slack

What stands-out in this ad?

What makes this ad awesome is not just the useful buyer’s guide content. They managed to stir up and challenge the IT leader’s knowledge. If you’re an IT leader, you’d like to find out if you have covered all your bases.

Linkedin ad example 112 – EY

Linkedin ad example 112 by EY

What stands-out in this ad?

Tools! We don’t see that enough on Linkedin. If you have a useful tool that helps your audience be better versions of themselves, use it! Most of the tools we see on Linkedin are not really useful or they might be used at the wrong stage of the buying journey. For example, we see tons of ROI calculators on Linkedin ads. Most audiences do not need an ROI calculator. Most likely, it will be the sales people themselves who calculate ROI for the client when they are ready. So most marketers are wasting tons of budget advertising their ROI calculators as an “awareness” piece. Don’t be that Marketer!

Linkedin ad example 113 – EY

Linkedin ad example 113 by EY

What stands-out in this ad?

Got to love the quote there. Another excellent thought leadership piece that is truly helpful and not promotional.

Linkedin ad example 114 – EY

Linkedin ad example 114 by EY

What stands-out in this ad?

See how 1:1 video does it’s magic here! Large video on Linkedin that brings your message alive.

Linkedin ad example 115 – EY

Linkedin ad example 115 by EY

What stands-out in this ad?

Very strong call-out for their audience. If you’re an energy business leader in Australia, i bet you’ll resonate with this.

Linkedin ad example 116 – EY

Linkedin ad example 116 by EY

What stands-out in this ad?

Check out how they turn the headline into a question. That’s great! Did you also notice how EY keeps their brand consistent throughout all the ads? Masterclass!

Linkedin ad example 117 – IBM

Linkedin ad example 117 by IBM

What stands-out in this ad?

Nicely done – As long as they are targeting the right audience. This would work best for audiences who are more ready to buy. But who knows, perhaps IBM has tons of budget and is able to splash this on awareness too (although i wouldn’t reccomend you do that).

Linkedin ad example 118 – IBM

Linkedin ad example 118 by IBM

What stands-out in this ad?

Thought leadership at it’s best. Guess what, this isn’t even their content. Great way to leverage third-party authority to boost your message.

Linkedin ad example 119 – IBM

Linkedin ad example 119 by IBM

What stands-out in this ad?

1:1 video with a strong message = great brand awareness campaign

Linkedin ad example 120 – Facebook for Business

Linkedin ad example 120 by Facebook for Business

What stands-out in this ad?

Using a strong namedrop like Uber in the ad helps. The video goes on to show how Uber is using different Facebook ad formats to grow. It was a short infographic video with text. Short and sweet yet impactful message.

Linkedin ad example 121 – Think with Google

Linkedin ad example 121 by Think with Google

What stands-out in this ad?

Insightful statistics that are highly relevant to their audience. Good call-out of their audience by geography. Perfectly positioned thought leadership report.

Linkedin ad example 122 – Qualtrics Malaysia

Linkedin ad example 122 by Qualtrics Malaysia

What stands-out in this ad?

Contextualising their data and report to the relevant audience. There is a huge curiosity factor in this ad. Their intro text started with a rhetorical question that challenges their audience. The use of statistics across this ad is impeccable. Making “2020” prominent throughout shows that it’s the latest update.

Linkedin ad example 123 – Qualtrics

Linkedin ad example 123 by Qualtrics

What stands-out in this ad?

For some companies, global targeting might make more sense. Qualtrics shows how it’s done in this example. Great call-out of the dates. The use of statistics makes it stand-out like an authoritative report.

Linkedin ad example 124 – Blueprism

Linkedin ad example 124 by Blueprism

What stands-out in this ad?

Very precise on what audiences are going to learn. They could try testing a different color as the blue is too close to Linkedin’s native blue color. “Business Leaders” in the intro text is also vague. Are they IT leaders? CEO? CMO? It needs to be as specific as possible.

Linkedin ad example 125 – Splunk

Linkedin ad example 125 by Splunk

What stands-out in this ad?

This would make a great remarketing ad. If an audience is already aware of their problems and seeking solutions, then this market guide would be extremely valuable. Aligning themselves to Gartner also builds credibility for their brand. Borrow authority from others if your brand is small and growing.

Linkedin ad example 126 – Splunk

Linkedin ad example 126 by Splunk

What stands-out in this ad?

The offer is a Harvard business review paper. That itself is already a strong pull because audiences need to purchase it themselves if they wanted to read. Instead, Splunk is giving it away for free. The intro text is clear what they are going to learn if they click and download. However, the intro text could still be more concise at 150 characters to avoid truncation.

Linkedin ad example 127 – Nutanix

Linkedin ad example 127 by Nutanix

What stands-out in this ad?

Linkedin members come to LinkedIn to learn. With this mindset, offers like thought leadership, books and ebooks will attract members.

Linkedin ad example 128 – Nutanix

Linkedin ad example 128 by Nutanix

What stands-out in this ad?

Same reason as the previous example. This offer aligns with the mindset of Linkedin users. Majority of members are on the platform to learn.

Linkedin ad example 129 – Salesforce

Linkedin ad example 129 by Salesforce

What stands-out in this ad?

The ad is very well branded and immediately noticeable. The Einstein theme has been built over the years. The headline calls out the audience really well. It’s clear that these insights are for SMB.

Linkedin ad example 130 – Apple

Linkedin ad example 130 by Apple

What stands-out in this ad?

Apple’s clean design and recognizable logo stands out. The value proposition is clear on the creative, making it quantifiable in terms of how fast they can get the offer.

Linkedin ad example 131 – Apple

Linkedin ad example 131 by Apple

What stands-out in this ad?

Good call out of their student audience. The offer is clear with discounts for students.

Linkedin ad example 132 – Oracle

Linkedin ad example 132 by Oracle

What stands-out in this ad?

Telling a story of your customer’s success builds credibility to your product. Being able to be specific about who the story is about it even better. Plan ahead and ensure you get Customer’s buy-in early for a case study. Nothing is stronger than your customers speaking out for you.

Linkedin ad example 133 – Schneider Electric

Linkedin ad example 133 by Schneider Electric

What stands-out in this ad?

Sustainability is a big topic trend on Linkedin. Schneider electric capitalize on this news trend to relate it back to their business. Trend jacking is really useful if you’re able to react fast and have an offer related to the trend. Other trends on Linkedin are International Women’s Day and Gender equality

Linkedin ad example 134 – Hubspot

Linkedin ad example 134 by Hubspot

What stands-out in this ad?

If you’re big into SEO, you would know who this person is. Using an interesting and reliable expert catches the audience’s attention.  Another thing that stood out are the quotes. The offer in the headline is also clear. The audience can see what they’ll be signing up for.

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