10 Ideas To Create an Eye Catching LinkedIn Banner

Your LinkedIn banner is the largest visual tool you have on LinkedIn. Whether or not you are a creative person, having a powerful LinkedIn banner can really help encourage more people to visit your profile. 

When you join LinkedIn, you are given a banner which is a blue/grey colour. It’s important that you change it as soon as you can otherwise it’s a bit like going to a meeting wearing someone else’s jacket. It doesn’t quite fit properly, and it says nothing about YOU at all!

It’s very easy to upload a new banner to your LinkedIn profile. Just visit your profile, click the pencil top right and upload an image! BOOM!


The easiest option for your banner is to upload a photo or a stock image. You can use a photo of your own or a stock image. Remember though, that the shape of the banner is long and thin so it will crop a more square shaped image. 

For free stock images, try websites like PixabayUnsplash or Shutterstock.

You can also design your own banner in photoshop or in Canva

I would suggest that, whilst a stock image may be the simplest option, it may not be the most effective, and is definitely not ‘personal’. I would strongly recommend that you design your own banner using Canva. It’s really easy to use! Here are:


  1. Showcase yourself doing something you want to be known for

You see on my banner, I have a photo of me speaking. I’m always teaching or speaking at events so it’s important for me to show myself doing that in order to position myself where I want to be.

2. Show yourself at work

Whether you’re employed by a company or if you work for yourself, showing yourself in your workplace or doing your job can be a great way of helping people understand you and feel closer to you. Especially if you do something which could make an interesting image. Sitting at a desk is fine but if you do a physical job, a photo of you ‘in action’ could be a very powerful image.

3. Something that you’re proud of doing or making

If you’re a photographer or an artist in any way, your banner is the ideal place to showcase your work. If you’ve written a book, a photograph of the book is a way of telling people that news. Your banner is a huge visual aid, so use it! 

4. Geographical

An image of your home town or a place you love to visit can make an attractive and appealing banner image.  These are particularly relevant if your work is localised to where you live. If, for example, you have a practice in your city or town,  then a photo of a local landmark will appeal to your locals – and potentially your ideal clients!

5. A conversation starter

Perhaps there’s a painting or an image you love. By showcasing that on your banner, you’re leaving yourself open to questions from people asking where it is/ who is it by/why do you like it etc. If we offer conversation starters, it makes it easier for people to connect with us. 

6. Showcase your brand

Always try to add your branding to your banner in some way. Use your brand colours – even if it’s just an outline. Add your logo – a good place for this is above your profile photo. Make sure your brand is screaming out, loud and proud! 

7. Talk about your mission

Why do you do what you do? What is your business mission?  Although primarily for images, we can use our banners for text also. By talking about your mission loud and proud, you are likely to resonate with, and attract, your ideal clients.

8. Any special offers

Are you running any special offers at the moment?  As your banner is so large and easy to see, by mentioning an offer on your banner it will get lots of ‘eyes’ on it! 

9. What you do

Even though you have your headline and your about section to tell people what you do, a few words on your banner can amplify the message further. 

10. Add a call to action

What do you want your audience to do? Ring your bell? Book a call? Head to the link in your headline?  Inviting people to do something is a gentle reminder for them to do whatever it is that you want them to do. 

So there you are, plenty of options for you to explore. Don’t forget you can change your banner at any time, and it’s a good idea to switch it around every few months or so. It keeps it fresh for your audience. 

Finally, a word of warning. When designing your banner, do bear in mind that LinkedIn resize your banner whether it’s on mobile or desktop. A tip here is to design it/find the photo, upload it and immediately test what it looks like on both devices. You don’t want important information to be excluded by your profile photo!

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Ditch the dull keynote speeches in favour of fun-filled, laughter-inducing groups and seminars that get the audience involved from the get-go.

I’m bubbly and vivacious by nature, which you’ll find out in my presentations. 

I strive to appeal to those across sectors and disciplines, whether it be to those in more traditional professional roles, such as senior executive management, or those who are solopreneurs, freelancers or working in creative industries.

I ended up leaving my day job behind and achieved a diploma in Social Media Marketing. I set up Sarah Clay Social to help businesses promote themselves on social media. While using various platforms to promote my business, one stood out – LinkedIn. I seemed to attract new clients without really trying. All without a cheesy sales pitch and just by being myself. 

I was astonished by the success I had with LinkedIn and couldn’t get over how handy my childhood techniques had been. I realised that all the tools I’d learnt as a child were immensely useful! Soon after, I realised that other business owners weren’t using LinkedIn to its fullest potential. 

That’s why I’ve made it my mission to help business owners, just like you, harness the power of LinkedIn and be more successful in business.

Are you ready to leverage LinkedIn’s potential?