Searching on Linkedin Sales Navigator

Best practices for searching on Sales Navigator.

What filters are available?

Linkedin Sales Navigator Filters - Leads

Available Filters

Keyword

Custom Account List

Seniority Level

Years in Current Position

Title

Location

Current Companies

Past Companies

Connection Degree

Company Headcount

School

Function

First Name

Last Name

Company Type

Became a Member

Groups

Tags

Posted Content Keyword

Industry

What are the most relevant lead filters for Sales Navigator?

Keyword: Keyword searches are powerful because they pull from anywhere on the person's profile, such as title, headline, job description, skills or interests.

Custom Account List: A custom account list lets you start by saving companies to a list within Sales Navigator and then searching for leads within that saved list.

Seniority Level: Find decision makers or as a good proxy for buying power by searching by seniority. In order from highest seniority to lowest seniority.

  1. Owner

  2. Partner

  3. CXO

  4. VP

  5. Director

  6. Manager

  7. Senior

  8. Entry

  9. Training

  10. Unpaid

Function: Search by department that they work in, rather than a specific title. For example, marketing, sales, operations, human resources, etc.

Title: Good for searching for a more narrow and specific title.

Company Headcount: Company headcount is a good proxy for revenue.

Current Company: Search for people within a specific target company.

Industry: Search for people within a specific industry.

Groups: Search for people who are in specific Linkedin groups and get their email addresses. Great for interest-based targeting as they have joined groups about a relevant topic to your search.

Location: Target people that live close to you.

Linkedin Sales Navigator Filters - Companies

Available Filters

Keyword

Department Headcount

Department Headcount Growth

Annual Revenue

Location

Technologies Used

Current Companies

Industry

Company Headcount

Company Headcount Growth

Fortune

Number of Followers

Job Opportunities

Tags

What are the most relevant company filters for Sales Navigator?

Keyword: Similar to the lead filter, the company keyword filter pulls from anywhere on the company's page.

Location: Target local community partners.

Technologies Used: Search by a specific technology a company uses on their website.

Company Headcount: A more reliable proxy for revenue than Linkedin's native revenue filter.

Industry: Search within a specific industry. Often times you will need to search for multiple industries to get the best results. For example, some grocery stores may be listed in the retail industry, while others are listed in the supermarket industry.

What tips do you have for searching Linkedin?

Lead Search

Industry: Retail Function: Marketing Seniority: Director, VP, CXO Company Headcount: 10,000+

Better for

  • When the target contact works at a small company with less than 50 employees. Always use a lead search instead of an account search for small companies.

  • Effective for larger companies as well. Use either an account search or a lead search for larger companies.

  • Casting a wider net

  • May pull in some additional people who aren't wanted. For example, a search within the retail industry might return distributors, manufacturers, or people that sell to retailers. These people can be filtered out later with a data cleaning process.

Account Search

  1. Start by searching for accounts either by specific names or through search terms.

Company: Walmart

A company search lets you build a list of companies either by search terms or by name, save them to a custom account list, and then perform a lead search within your custom list.

2. Save those accounts to a custom account list in Sales Navigator.

3. Perform a lead search within your custom list of accounts from the previous step

Custom List: Saved accounts list from step 2 Function: Marketing Seniority: Director, VP, CXO

Better for

  • Starting with individual company names is better suited for large companies than small companies. Searching for people with a marketing title at a 10,000 person company can build a list by itself. Searching for people in marketing at a 10 person company may return 1-2 results, making a lead search instead an account search a better starting place for leads of smaller companies.

  • Account lists typically have less noise than lists that started with a lead search. That's because when you start by adding accounts, all of the leads will work at one of the companies on your list. This cuts through people that might be trying to sell to your target, as opposed to being your target, that you can see more in the lead search.

Use both Linkedin and Sales Navigator searches together for more filters

Sales Navigator offers more advanced filtering than Linkedin's free version, but using them together provides even more filters than are available from either of them separately.

Some filters Linkedin offers that Sales Navigator doesn't:

  • Interested in joining a nonprofit board

  • Interested in volunteering

  • Interested in pro bono consulting

  • The ability to search a specific person's connections

  • Search by services offered

Learn best practices for searching Linkedin's free version here.

What are Sales Navigator's limitations?

Each Sales Navigator search must have under 2500 leads per search.

Each search must contain a maximum of 2500 people in Sales Navigator. A search larger than 2500 people will only result in the first 2500 contacts in the search, because Linkedin only displays the first 100 pages of a search. Learn how to get around this limitation by splitting large searches into smaller ones.