LinkedIn Ads to QuickSight

This page provides you with instructions on how to extract data from LinkedIn Ads and analyze it in Amazon QuickSight. (If the mechanics of extracting data from LinkedIn Ads seem too complex or difficult to maintain, check out Stitch, which can do all the heavy lifting for you in just a few clicks.)

What is LinkedIn Ads?

Do we need to explain that LinkedIn Ads is the platform that supports advertising on LinkedIn? I think not.

Getting data out of LinkedIn Ads

LinkedIn provides an API that lets developers retrieve data stored in the platform about accounts, campaigns, and other relevant objects. For example, to retrieve information about a specific campaign, you would call GET https://api.linkedin.com/v2/adCampaignsV2/{campaign ID}.

Sample LinkedIn Ads data

Here's an example of the kind of response you might see with a query like the one above.

{
    "account": "urn:li:sponsoredAccount:500055926",
    "associatedEntity": "urn:li:company:1337",
    "audienceExpansionEnabled": false,
    "costType": "CPC",
    "creativeSelection": "OPTIMIZED",
    "dailyBudget": {
        "amount": "25",
        "currencyCode": "USD"
    },
    "id": 112466001,
    "locale": {
        "country": "US",
        "language": "en"
    },
    "name": "Test awesome campaign",
    "offsiteDeliveryEnabled": true,
    "runSchedule": {
        "start": 1387842637985
    },
    "servingStatuses": [
        "ACCOUNT_BILLING_HOLD"
    ],
    "status": "ACTIVE",
    "targeting": {
        "includedTargetingFacets": {
            "interfaceLocales": [
                {
                    "country": "US",
                    "language": "en"
                }
            ],
            "locations": [
                "urn:li:countryGroup:NA"
            ]
        }
    },
    "type": "TEXT_AD",
    "unitCost": {
        "amount": "2.01",
        "currencyCode": "USD"
    }

Preparing LinkedIn Ads data

If you don't already have a data structure in which to store the data you retrieve, you'll have to create a schema for your data tables. Then, for each value in the response, you'll need to identify a predefined datatype (INTEGER, DATETIME, etc.) and build a table that can receive them. The LinkedIn Ads documentation should tell you what fields are provided by each endpoint, along with their corresponding datatypes.

Complicating things is the fact that the records retrieved from the source may not always be "flat" – some of the objects may actually be lists. In these cases you'll likely have to create additional tables to capture the unpredictable cardinality in each record.

Keeping LinkedIn Ads data up to date

At this point you've coded up a script or written a program to get the data you want and successfully moved it into your data warehouse. But how will you load new or updated data? It's not a good idea to replicate all of your data each time you have updated records. That process would be painfully slow and resource-intensive.

The key is to build your script in such a way that it can identify incremental updates to your data. Thankfully, LinkedIn's API results include fields like id that allow you to identify records that are new since your last update (or since the newest record you've copied). Once you've taken new data into account, you can set your script up as a cron job or continuous loop to keep pulling down new data as it appears.

From LinkedIn Ads to your data warehouse: An easier solution

As mentioned earlier, the best practice for analyzing LinkedIn Ads data in Amazon QuickSight is to store that data inside a data warehousing platform alongside data from your other databases and third-party sources. You can find instructions for doing these extractions for leading warehouses on our sister sites LinkedIn Ads to Redshift, LinkedIn Ads to BigQuery, LinkedIn Ads to Azure SQL Data Warehouse, LinkedIn Ads to PostgreSQL, LinkedIn Ads to Panoply, and LinkedIn Ads to Snowflake.

Easier yet, however, is using a solution that does all that work for you. Products like Stitch were built to move data automatically, making it easy to integrate LinkedIn Ads with Amazon QuickSight. With just a few clicks, Stitch starts extracting your LinkedIn Ads data, structuring it in a way that's optimized for analysis, and inserting that data into a data warehouse that can be easily accessed and analyzed by Amazon QuickSight.