If you ended up on this article, it’s probably because you’re wondering: “Which LinkedIn Premium subscription is right for me?” 🤔 After all, there is a wide choice of plans that vary in advantages and price. Let’s discover which one is best for you! ⚡
In this article, I’ll give you a complete summary of what you need to know to choose your ideal account effectively.
Follow the comprehensive guide if you want all the details! 👈
What is the Price for LinkedIn Premium?
All “Premium” things come at a cost! 💰 So let’s discover what the price is to become a Premium on LinkedIn, by comparing the subscriptions below. 👇
LinkedIn Premium pricing
Before signing up for a service, you might want to know how much it costs?
Makes sense! Let’s talk about it now.
When you upgrade to premium accounts, it brings you its share of benefits. So you’ll have 4 different subscriptions that will cover different needs 💡:
- Career costs €39.99 per month if you take an annual subscription (the monthly subscription is slightly more expensive). This subscription is dedicated to jobseekers.
- Business costs €44.62 per month if you go for the annual subscription.
- Sales Navigator starts at €79.33 per month – if you take an annual subscription. It has the famous “InMail” feature, which will assist you in your prospection.
- Recruiter Lite is a package that allows you to recruit the best talent for your team. It’s €123.96 per month if you go for the annual subscription. The goal? To help company managers or recruiters in the field of human resources.
Keep in mind that the basic LinkedIn plan is a free account. You only need to think about a budget if you’re going for one of the premium options.🤑
You can get a one-month free trial if you’re not quite ready to commit yet. To access it, you’ll need to enter your credit card details. Don’t worry too much, though; LinkedIn is kind enough to send you an email 7 days before it ends as a heads-up. 👀
What is the cheapest LinkedIn account?
As shown earlier, the cheapest plan is the “Premium Career” at €39.99 per month (with an annual subscription). 👏
However, there’s something even better, our Waalaxy CRM is totally free, and it can be used to replace LinkedIn Premium accounts! 🥳
But we’ll talk more about it further in this article, so keep on reading… 🔍
What is LinkedIn Premium? Benefits of the 4 Subscriptions
Although it’s a social platform, LinkedIn actually offers 4 subscription deals: 👇
- Career Premium,
- Business Premium,
- Sales Navigator Core,
- Recruiter Lite.
If you want to use LinkedIn to its full potential, you’re going to have to know what subscriptions are available, what advantages they have, and at what cost?
Let’s have a more detailed look at these plans and see which one best fits your needs! 🤲
Premium Career = Find the best Jobs!
Premium Career Description
Let’s summarize the usefulness of a career account in a few words!
The premium career account is great for you if you want to showcase your skills and have all the odds on your side of finding your dream job. 👌
The features of LinkedIn Career are designed to optimize your chances. Here are the key features and advantages 👇
Premium Career Price:
The price is €39.99 per month. If you really want a LinkedIn career, I’d suggest going for the monthly option. This allows you to renew the plan the following month if you still need it or cancel your plan if you don’t want it to renew.
Chances are, you’re not going to need a year to find the new job of your dreams. 🤗
In order to stand out among recruiters, you can also post regularly on LinkedIn. ✨ So the Premium Career plan is by no means a must-have premium plan. 👎
Premium Business = Develop your Network!
Premium Business Description:
The Business account is designed for those who want to develop their network in a qualitative way. For example, by strategically choosing who they want to add to their contacts. 🔗
Premium Business Price:
The price is €44.62 per month. To be completely honest with you, LinkedIn business is by no means the best option for growing your network. Spending that much monthly for this plan is not very profitable. 🥱
Premium Business Review:
If you want to develop a professional platform, I’d suggest going for a tool like “Sales Nav” to do targeted research. Couple that with a multichannel lead generation tool like Waalaxy to send automated actions. 📩
Do you want to learn more about Sales Navigator?
Great – keep reading! 😉
Sales Navigator = Boost your LinkedIn profile!
Sales Nav Description:
If you can’t tell by now, the Sales Navigator account is our favorite! 👑
Basically, it’s a lead generation tool. But it’s so much more than that. It offers the best features that LinkedIn has to offer, allowing you to not only grow your network but to also find candidates as a recruiter, to search for a job, and of course, to discover more leads if that is your goal. 🎯
The Sales Nav plan is like the Swiss army knife of LinkedIn plans. You can book a demo here! ✨
Sales Nav Price:
LinkedIn prices Sales Nav at €79.33 per month when billed annually. 💲
In addition to having access to key information on competing companies, knowing who visited your LinkedIn profile and knowing who viewed your profile, you will also be able to segment your searches much more precisely. 🏹
If you have no clue where to get started with segmentation, you can read this article on how to segment on LinkedIn. 💯
Another great benefit to having a Sales account is that you can access 2500 results in your search. On the classic LinkedIn plan, you’re limited to 1000 search results! 💥
If your goal is “social selling”, or to promote your brand and services, then you should definitely opt for LinkedIn Navigator as your premium account, then pair your Sales Nav with an automation tool to boost your actions! 🤩
Recruiter Lite = Find the right Candidates!
Recruiter Lite Description:
LinkedIn Recruiter is aptly named since it allows recruitment experts to have access to a mini-sourcing CRM. 🤓
Among these options, automatic candidate tracking and integrated recruitment are really great for optimizing your organization. 📈
Recruiter Lite Price:
The price of this option is the highest of them all, at €123.96 per month, when billed annually. 🥵
I am quite divided about the idea of recommending such a tool because it is expensive and lacks essential features. 🙊 For example, there isn’t an option for having an online contact book or creating your appointment reminders.
So if you use LinkedIn a lot for your recruiting and receive more than 10 InMail messages a day, you can quickly get lost. 😥 An automatic messaging tool is essential if you are an organized recruiter! 👌
Is LinkedIn Premium worth it?
As you know, LinkedIn is a BtoB social media that allows you to connect and engage with professionals. Thanks to LinkedIn, you can, among other things, develop a clientele, use LinkedIn learning, reach out to existing clients, develop a useful network, and work on your personal branding. 🚀
The possibilities are truly endless, so to know which is the best premium account for your needs, you have to ask yourself the following 3 questions:
- How often do I use LinkedIn?
- What is my goal in using this social network?
- Who are my targets in time?
For example: if you are a freelancer, and you offer online training courses, and new skills, your career goals are multiple: grow your network, promote your services, gain new market information… The answers to these questions will allow you to define your needs on this social media platform. 💡
If you use LinkedIn a lot for company purposes, you’re probably going to invest in a premium account. We’re here to help you compare the plans and discover what account works best for you. 😄
The limits of the LinkedIn account
LinkedIn is pretty smart, so with the free plan, it only gives its members limited access to its features in order to entice them to invest in a paid account.
With the basic account, you won’t be able to:
- Send a message to people beyond your 1st level of relationship,
- Use LinkedIn as you see fit for commercial purposes, as you’ll be limited by low search limits per month, among other things,
- See who viewed your profile,
- View some key information about the companies or people you are targeting.
Thanks to the premium offers, you have access to all these features and even other “bonus” features, depending on the profile chosen.
In this second part, we’ll talk about how to access a paid subscription plan for free! 😮
How do I get LinkedIn Premium for free?
Subscribe to the trial offer
The first step in your mission to take advantage of LinkedIn’s premium offerings is to sign up for the free trial. ⭐
- Go to the “You” dropdown tab,
- In “My account”, click on “1 month trial”,
- Then click on “View all subscriptions”,
- Choose the profile you want to try for free. Let’s say the “Sales” plan,
- Then click on “Try now for €0”
- Then you can decide if you want the annual or the monthly plan. If you intend to have a subscription for a little while, I recommend you take the annual offer to benefit from a 20% discount. 😉
There you go. Now you’re ready to take your LinkedIn profile to the next level! 🪐
Can you cancel LinkedIn Premium after free trial?
Wait! 🚨 What about if you don’t want to keep the Premium account after the test?
No worries. LinkedIn reminds you that your free trial resumes in 7 days, so you can decide if you want to cancel it or allow it to automatically renew. 🤷
To cancel LinkedIn Premium, members need to follow these steps: 👇
- Go to the “You” section at the top of your home page,
- Select “Premium account choices”,
- In the left column, select “Subscription and payment”,
- In the “Type of account” section, click “Unsubscribe”.
- After you’ve determined the cause for the cancellation, click ” Continue ” and then “Cancel my subscription”.
To clarify, if you get a premium LinkedIn profile for free during a trial period, you can actually cancel the plan the moment you sign up. That way, you’ll automatically stop being a Premium member at the end of the test period. ✍️
However, with the yearly subscription, LinkedIn will retain your permission to use the Premium account until the following month. So keep that in mind when canceling! 👀
Use Waalaxy to get Premium for free!
If you want to take advantage of your Sales Nav account, you can download as many prospects as possible using Waalaxy’s CRM! 🌌
Whether you are a hiring manager, salesperson, or another type of professional, this tutorial really helps you segment your LinkedIn searches correctly: 👇
- First of all, go to your Waalaxy account.
If you don’t have one, there are the 3 paid plans that you can choose from (“Business”, “Advanced,” and “Pro”), all of which you can get a trial of beforehand. Of course, you also have the option of the “Free” version, which is forever! 💘
The first step to set up our little hack to get Sales Navigator for free is to start the free trial of Waalaxy’s Advanced plan. ✅
- Then, in the “Pricing” tab, click the button to start and see for yourself if you like the tool. (Which, I’m sure you will! 🥰)
Download as many qualified profiles as possible
Are you ready to start winning over new customers? 😍
Once you have an “Advanced” Waalaxy account and Sales Navigator, you’re a bit like Steve Rogers, when the frail young man from Brooklyn was transformed into a super-soldier and renamed Captain America. 🦸
In short, you become super badass in just a few clicks. 🧨
You will be able to download as many prospects as possible into your CRM using Sales Navigator and LinkedIn learning courses during your free month. 😏
Try to segment your searches well to get 1,000 results or fewer. This allows you to access as many prospects as possible without losing any along the way. 🏃
Then use Waalaxy to download them into your CRM and repeat the operation over and over! ♾️
You can even use Waalaxy to launch your prospecting campaign using the “Scenario” tab. 🤓
It allows you to visit profiles, send invitations, and InMail messages automatically! 🤖
How to do it? Simply watch this simple tutorial to start prospecting:
How to cancel LinkedIn Premium?
If you’re unsure if LinkedIn Premium is for you but notice that your trial period is coming to an end, you can still cancel your account! 😥
I’ll show you how to do that below. 👇
LinkedIn Premium Login
- First, click on the icon where your photo is located at the top of your LinkedIn home page in order to log in to your Premium version account.
- Then, select “Access my Premium.”
- Next, click on the “Subscriptions and payments” button on the left, then click on “Change” on the right, opposite Premium Membership.
- Finally, you’ll be sent to this page. To go back to the basic account, click on “Cancel and lose credits”.
👉 Quick reminder: If you want to make the most of the free month, but not have the automatic renewal, you can click “Cancel and lose credits” directly after signing up for free. That way, you’ll still have access to it freely. 🤲
Conclusion: LinkedIn Premium
That’s it. Now you know how to use LinkedIn targeting and how to choose the right Premium account based on your needs! 🏅
Moreover, you also learned how to take advantage of LinkedIn Premium Sales for free, simply by combining it with Waalaxy. 👽
Whether you are a salesperson, recruiter, or CEO, you can make the most out of the premium LinkedIn profile that best suits you! 😃
Do you want our final opinion?
The best all-rounder that works wonders for all goals is the Sales Navigator; simply because of its powerful search capabilities. 🚀
As a bonus, you’ll learn how to segment your searches properly according to your target thanks to “boolean operators”.
Let’s go! 👇
Bonus: How to do a good Sales Navigator search?
Use Boolean operators
No, we’re not putting random letters together to create new words. 😂
Boolean operators allow you to refine your Sales Navigator searches using keywords. This allows you to find accurate results.
Let’s say you are seeking employment at a startup and want to contact the hiring managers, you can use Boolean operators to do just that. 🔍
The main ones for Sales Navigator are: “AND”, “OR”, “NOT” and quotation marks.
Do you want to know our recipe to get a perfectly baked search result? 🍰
If you are looking for an exact job title, quotation marks are ideal. They considerably improve the relevance of your results. 🤔
For example, you are a recruiter, and you are only looking for web developers:
- Go to the Sales Navigator,
- Click on “Filters” then “Title”,
- Type “Web developer” in the title field.
LinkedIn only shows you people whose titles contain exclusively what you put between quotes. 🤯
Add “OR” and “AND” operators
These operators allow you to associate items. 🧲
Are you looking for profiles who are both “Developers” and “UX designers”? It’s a bit ambitious, but why not. 😜
Do you want to know how to link these 2 criteria?
Just use the “AND” operator.
Are you looking for a “Web developer” OR a “UX designer”? Then type “OR” between the two words. 🪄
Sprinkle everything with “NOT”
The “NOT” operator is used to exclude certain profiles. ❌
Let’s keep the example of the recruiter who wants to hire “Developers”. You would rather not download “Freelance” profiles into your CRM because your goal is to hire them on permanent contracts. 😕
You must then type on your keyboard as follows: “Web developer NOT Freelance”. And that will do the trick! 🔮
Mix them well to get the perfect batter!
Obviously, it’s not just in recruitment that Boolean operators are useful.
They are ideal for qualifying your leads. 🥇 For example, are you targeting CEOs and Managers?
Easy! Type in the search bar on Sales Navigator: “CEO OR Manager NOT Freelance”, for example. 👍
These operators will help you to segment your search. As I explained to you above, you’ll have to add more criteria to ensure you don’t exceed the 2,500 maximum profile quota. 😬 This is a limit imposed by LinkedIn for Sales Navigator users (it’s only 1000 for other plans), but with Waalaxy’s Team plan, you can actually get around this limit! 🎉
There you go, your delicious cake of leads is ready. 🍰
You can download your results, launch your prospecting actions, and repeat the operation again and again. ✨
FAQ of LinkedIn Premium
Which LinkedIn Premium account should I choose?
There are 4 types of premium LinkedIn accounts. Each has different options to meet certain needs. 👇
- Premium Career = To find a job,
- Recruiter Lite= To find candidates for recruiters,
- Sales Navigator = To grow your network,
- Premium Business = To search for qualified prospects, boost your sales, and acquire new customers.
How to take advantage of LinkedIn premium for free?
In this first part, I presented an easy technique of “Growth hacking” to help you make the most of LinkedIn premium without paying a cent. 🤑
To recap, there are just 3 steps:
- First, get a premium LinkedIn sales month for free,
- Secondly, use the “Advanced” plan from Waalaxy,
- Finally, download as many prospects as possible into your CRM!
How do I unsubscribe from a LinkedIn premium account?
Finally, I showed you how to unsubscribe from your premium LinkedIn feature. 🤫 Again, to recap, there are 4 simple steps to unsubscribe:
- First, go to your LinkedIn home page and click on your icon.
- Second, go to your premium account.
- Third, on “Subscription and payment”, click on “Change”.
- Finally, click on “Cancel and lose credits.”
Crucial information to keep in mind is that you can cancel your subscription to LinkedIn Sales Navigator, but you won’t be able to retrieve your information and your data insights if you decide to cancel your account. 🔔
How to use Boolean operators to do a good search on Sales Navigator?
I also gave you a super-useful hack for importing a ton of profiles from your target audience on LinkedIn into your sales funnel – Boolean operators. 🧑🍳
You will be able to get better-qualified search results using these key options: “AND”, “OR”, “NOT”, and quotations. 🍝
Perfect! 🌠 Now you know how to get LinkedIn Premium and the alternatives that best meet your business needs!
I’m sure with these tips, you’re going to be a boss at B2b prospecting. 🚀