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How To Conduct a Linkedin Audit - A Complete Guide (+ Free Template)

Elena Cucu
Elena Cucu
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Most of us think that LinkedIn is simply a social media platform for job seekers.

However, it is also the perfect network for B2Bs to promote their services and products, making it essential to craft a powerful LinkedIn marketing plan.

Conducting a LinkedIn audit is crucial to understand what aspects of your LinkedIn campaign are most effective and what changes are needed in your social media strategy.

Today, we’ll learn how to conduct a LinkedIn audit and why it’s important for your brand. By analyzing LinkedIn metrics and leveraging LinkedIn analytics, you can fine-tune your approach and achieve better results. Let’s dive in!

Audit your LinkedIn profile

  1. What is a LinkedIn audit?

  2. How to conduct a LinkedIn audit - a complete guide

    2.1. Set your LinkedIn goals
    2.2. Analyze your LinkedIn profile: profile image, banner image, headline
    2.3. Use good SEO practices when it comes to your LinkedIn page
    2.4. Rate your team
    2.5. Use LinkedIn's Employee Advocacy Program
    2.6. Identify the correct type of content for your brand on LinkedIn
    2.7. Check competitors’ performance

  3. Benefits of a LinkedIn audit

  4. Finding the right LinkedIn audit tool

  5. LinkedIn audit template to simplify the process

1. What is a LinkedIn audit?

A LinkedIn audit is the process through which you assess your LinkedIn content’s performance, by looking at data.

This is how you find out what types of posts work best for your brand.

The results you get after conducting a LinkedIn audit help you develop a new content plan or adjust your current strategy.

2. How to perform a LinkedIn audit

By learning how to conduct a LinkedIn audit, you figure out what are the steps you need to take in order to be better at what to post on LinkedIn.

This step-by-step guide on how to develop a LinkedIn audit will help you ace your LinkedIn marketing game.

2.1. Set your LinkedIn goals

If you know from the start what social media goals you want to achieve through your LinkedIn content, you will know how to plan your journey towards your goal.

You just have to ask yourself what’s your brand’s purpose on LinkedIn and everything will fall into place when crafting your content plan.

One of your goals might be to increase brand awareness or boost your sales. Regardless of what you choose to focus on, you have to write it down and then establish what steps you need to take to accomplish what you want.

2.2. Analyze your LinkedIn profile: profile image, banner image, headline

Next, you have to assess what you already have. The first impression matters. Always.

That’s why you should make everything sync with your brand’s values, from your LinkedIn profile picture to your headline, description and Overview section.

  • Profile picture

A clean, professional photo will help your profile stand out from the crowd. As a brand, I recommend you to use your logo as a profile picture.

  • Banner photo

If you haven’t designed your own banner image yet, that time has come. Use an actionable insight about your brand, a short CTA and also include your logo.

Yes, it’s that simple. These are just the right elements so that you have a cover photo that will steal everyone’s attention when coming across your LinkedIn profile.

Since Socialinider is an analytics tool, we've created our banner to let people know that they can use our tool to discover in-depth social media insights.

screenshot from socialinisder linkedin with cover photo
  • Overview section

The overview section is essential when it comes to search on LinkedIn. By using just the right keywords,  users will easily find your brand’s profile.

Like an Instagram bio, your brand's LinkedIn overview section should be eye-catching and informative at the same time.

It should be able to hook future clients. You need to convince users that adding you to their LinkedIn connections is a great choice.

screenshot from socialinsider's linkedin with the overview section

Let people know more about your brand, what you do, what products and services you provide, the link to your website, the industry you’re part of and everything about how you founded the brand.

infographic with linkedin audit what to include, showing account and goals

This is also the place where you can place a call to action, such as:

  • Please visit our website...
  • Questions? Please email us at...
  • Follow us here for daily tips

2.3. Use good SEO practices when it comes to your LinkedIn page

Your target persona will land on your brand’s LinkedIn page if you effectively utilize attributes and keywords. This approach aligns with social media best practices, convincing the LinkedIn algorithm to push your page forward and draw users towards your brand.

To achieve this, you need to implement social media SEO properly to ensure users can easily find your business. By leveraging SEO techniques, you can enhance your LinkedIn marketing strategy and increase your brand awareness.

2.4. Rate your team

Your team is the reason why you’re here and you should be proud and grateful. Make sure their LinkedIn profiles are spotless, just like the one of your company’s page.

Have you ever wonder how does your team look to a potential client surveying your company page?

Do they have profile pictures? Are they tagged on your page? You might think that these are only details, but all these details matter when it comes to your brand.

Make sure your team has a presence on LinkedIn because they are your number one ambassadors to promote your brand's message.

Your team members should have a profile picture with their face, making them more recognizable and trustworthy.

If users can associate a face to a name, they will be more tempted to talk to your employees.

infographic with linkedin audit what to include, showing performance and audience

2.5. Use LinkedIn's Employee Advocacy Program

Checking the performance of your employees’ LinkedIn posts is as important as looking at analytics for your company’s LinkedIn page.

Before you overthink this, think about this: your employees are your biggest fans. Or, at least, they should be if they love their job.

It’s your responsibility to help them love their job in order for your company to prosper.

screenshot from linkedin's native analytics with employees advocacy program

Your employees are your brand’s greatest advocates. And this should reflect in the way they talk about your brand.

LinkedIn has an employee advocacy program you could use, through which you can see the performance of your employees’ posts about your company.

This part should definitely be included in your LinkedIn audit.

To do this, you can either use LinkedIn’s in-built feature for employee advocacy or a third-party tool like Shield.

This will help you increase brand awareness and build a solid community around your brand.

Emma Heath, one of our podcast guests, speaks about the employee advocacy program on LinkedIn.

It is not enough to check your brand’s LinkedIn content performance when performing a LinkedIn audit. Your employees should also post quality content that is in line with your brand’s value.

2.6. Identify the correct type of content for your brand on LinkedIn

Judging by your audience’s preferences, after a session of “trial and error”, you will find out what their favourite type of content is for LinkedIn.

By looking at followers’ demographics and assessing the performance of your LinkedIn posts via LinkedIn analytics, you can easily find out what’s your top performing type of content, depending on your industry.

This will help you focus on a particular type of content. Based on our recent LinkedIn study, we found out that multiple images score more engagement than any other type pf post.

linkedin benchmarks 2024 engagement rate by impressions

This is really encouraging brands to direct their creativity towards developing this type of content.

By using a LinkedIn audit tool, like Socialinsider, you get to see all your posts’ performance.

This will help you set the pace for your brand and figure out what works and what doesn’t work for your brand.

2.7. Check competitors’ performance

Looking at your LinkedIn competitors should also be part of your LinkedIn audit. However, you can only do this by using a LinkedIn audit tool to look at their posts’ metrics.

By looking at what your competitors are doing, you will find out where you’re at in terms of performance in your industry and niche.

How are you supposed to advance through your niche and make space for a successful campaign if you don’t know where you stand now?

Look at what your competitors are doing, by analyzing their posts, the way they interact with users and how engaging their posts are.

This part of your LinkedIn audit will help you improve your LinkedIn content strategy and become a fierce competitor for others from your niche.

3. Benefits of a LinkedIn audit

Performing a LinkedIn audit can benefit your LinkedIn campaign strategy.

Here are just a few of the advantages of LinkedIn audit, to convince you to conduct one regularly.

  • You will know if your brand is on the right track, according to your plan towards your main LinkedIn strategy goal
  • You will get to know your audience by looking at demographics and finding out what their needs are based on their interactions with your posts
  • You will get data about post performance, learning what type of content is the most engaging one for your audience
  • You get to know what your competitors are doing and what’s their overall LinkedIn performance

4. Find the right LinkedIn audit tool

Looking at data has never been easier with a social media analytics tool that highlights the importance of metrics and offers you actionable insights.

With Socialinsider you get to check a lot of LinkedIn metrics for your business page like:

  • Engagement
  • Impressions
  • Follower growth
  • Top posts
  • Video views
  • Demographics

What most people don’t know is that Socialinsider is more than an analytics tool. It also offers data about campaign strategy, reporting, benchmarking and competitors analysis.

Let’s look at post performance in Posts. I decided to group posts in a campaign so I tagged our “5 in 5” posts where we offer users news about the latest updates in social media.

screenshot from socialinsider's dashboard from Posts, showing linkedin posts

After a quick search, I found out that there are 46 posts out of 300 posts tagged in this campaign.

screenshot from socialinsider dashboard showing linkedin posts tagged with "5 in 5"

Here you can see individual metrics for every post tagged in this campaign. You can check engagement rate, impressions, likes, comments, shares and engagement evolution.

screenshot from socialinsider dashboard in posts showing linkedin posts' metrics

The insights you discover can help you better understand your audience and craft engaging content for them.

This part of your LinkedIn audit helps you increase brand awareness, build a loyal community around your brand and increase sales through your LinkedIn campaigns.

5. LinkedIn audit template to simplify the process

Since I talked and talked about how simple your LinkedIn audit could be, here is the proof.

I prepared a LinkedIn audit template for you to simplify your work.

infographic with linkedin audit what to include, showing a swot analysis

However, depending on your brand’s LinkedIn objectives and your focus metrics, you can always make all the adjustments you consider necessary on the above-presented LinkedIn audit template when creating your LinkedIn performance report.

Final thoughts

After going through all the above steps for your LinkedIn audit, make sure you establish what improvements you need to make for your LinkedIn page.

The LinkedIn audit will let the good and the bad surface to help you adjust your content strategy and be one step ahead of your competition.

Use these insightful guide to develop a strong marketing strategy that could increase brand awareness, your community and the number of leads.

Elena Cucu

Elena Cucu

Content Manager @ Socialinsider

Content & SEO Manager @ Socialinsider with 8 years of experience in marketing. I like to describe myself as a social butterfly with a curious mind, passionate about dancing and psychology.

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