This document describes the technical implementation and security of Sales Navigator CRM Sync for Microsoft Dynamics, a capability which imports MS Dynamics CRM Data into Sales Navigator, and writes back select Sales Navigator activities to the CRM. 

What is LinkedIn Sales Navigator CRM Sync?

Current Features and Benefits

CRM Sync is a capability that enables LinkedIn Sales Solutions to match our People and Companies to the Leads, Contacts, and Accounts within your CRM, enabling a variety of time-saving features:

  • Auto-Save – Auto-saving Accounts and Contacts associated with Open Opportunities for the Opportunity Owner, removing the manual step and ensuring those owners always get the latest Alerts on their most important Accounts and Contacts. 

  • CRM Badges – Enables links to the CRM from the Sales Navigator interface, and visual cues for when contacts are in CRM, not in CRM, or have out-of-date information, allowing for immediate navigation between Sales Navigator and related CRM records.  

  • Activity Writeback – Offers Sales Navigator admins the ability to enable Activity Writeback. With one click, Sales Navigator users can log InMails, messages, phone calls, notes, and Smart Links views back to CRM. And once enabled per user, it remembers the setting for the next InMail or note. (Can be deactivated by the user.) 

  • Contact Information – Displays contact information present in the CRM on Sales Navigator Lead pages, reducing user effort to access this information when working in Sales Navigator.  

  • Update Leads and Contacts –  Allows leads and contacts to be updated directly from Sales Navigator to CRM with just a few clicks.
  • Search Filters – Activates a new search filter that allows you to limit lead search results to just those contacts included in your CRM or those that are not in your CRM. 
  • Seat Assignment – Allows Sales Navigator administrators to assign seats based on users found in the CRM. 

Current Limitations of CRM Sync

  • Creation of writeback data in CRM – CRM writeback functionality does not push, update, or create LinkedIn Company data into the CRM, it only pushes the activities users take.

  • Single CRM Record Match Limit – LinkedIn Profiles and Accounts can only be linked to a single CRM record, so if you have intentionally duplicated CRM Leads or Contacts, our model will only pick the single best scoring match and all functionality will apply to that one contact. 

  • Once auto-saves are processed, we will NOT auto-unsave if ownership/other changes occur. That said, we will auto-save Contacts again as they are associated with new Open Opportunities for new owners. 

  • Activity writeback is now enabled by default for all users. But individual users can decide if they want to enable writeback or would prefer to turn it off.   

Technical Requirements

  • CRM Sync is only available to Sales Navigator Advanced Plus and must be enabled through a LinkedIn account representative.

  • CRM Sync is only compatible with the following versions of Dynamics with API access enabled:
    • Microsoft Dynamics 2016 online (including 0.1 and update 1 releases), or Dynamics 365 for Sales (online only).
    • A Dynamics Administrator account is required when installing the integration.
  • An Enterprise app in Azure called LinkedIn for Dynamics CRM must be enabled. This app includes authentication controls and consent options. For more information, see
  • Sales Navigator for Microsoft Dynamics app, installed by a Dynamics Administrator (required for writeback of data to the CRM, latest version recommended to ensure all the newest features are supported). 
  • A Sales Navigator Admin account:
    • Team member + Admin account is strongly recommended for ease of testing. 
  • JavaScript enabled browser with ability to login/configure in a cookie clear environment (eg: Chrome Incognito, Firefox Private Browsing, etc.). 

  • You can connect to a CRM Sandbox environment to initially test CRM Sync with Sales Navigator and/or test new CRM features before releasing to all your users. To know more, visit this help center article.

  • An integration user with permissions as discussed in this help center article is required.

How it Works (Data Flow)

The CRM Sync (& Activity Writeback) is a bi-directional data flow that relies on secure, dedicated APIs between Sales Navigator (LinkedIn) and your CRM. Data is encrypted in transit between Microsoft Dynamics and LinkedIn, relying on TLS over dedicated APIs. OAuth is used for authentication for a single administrator, system integration account, and individual seatholders. This allows customers to retain control of their data at a more granular level and ensure seatholders' CRM permissions are respected.  

As a result, LinkedIn does not have access to the member’s CRM credentials, and the administrator can revoke the access token at any time either through Sales Navigator Admin settings or through the service provider’s Microsoft Dynamics application authorization flow.

Data Import and Data Matching

What is imported from the CRM into Sales Navigator?

Sales Navigator imports/downloads Opportunity, Contact, ActivityPointer, Account, Team, and Lead data from the CRM. This data is processed to identify matching people and companies that exist in both LinkedIn and within your CRM. Matches are based on a scoring model that uses a variety of criteria including names, contact information, and geographic information. 

A listing of all objects and fields downloaded and used in matching is included in the appendix

Import and Matching Strategy

Imported data is stored securely within a LinkedIn database. 

  • Matched Records – Matched CRM Accounts and Leads will have the “CRM” badge/link displayed and those that are associated with an open Opportunity are auto-saved in Sales Navigator for the Opportunity Owner.
    • CRM Badge – Users will see a “CRM” badge within Sales Navigator for all matched records (CRM Accounts, Contacts, and Leads). Clicking this badge saves users time by taking them immediately to the corresponding CRM record in Microsoft Dynamics. 
    • The “CRM Badge” badge is displayed for all Sales Navigator users, even if they do not have permission to view the matching object within the CRM (permissions limit access in CRM). 
  • Unmatched Records – CRM records not matched will not show a CRM badge, but users can manually create matches from within the CRM using the Embedded Profile (Display Widget) integration – matches made in this fashion will be stored and visible to all users on the Sales Navigator contract.

  • Incorrect Matches – If incorrect matches are found, then users can manually re-match to the correct Sales Navigator Lead/Account from within the CRM, on an individual basis, using the Embedded Profile (Display Widgets) integration – this match will be stored for all users on the contract. 

Match rates for all data are reported in aggregate within the Sales Navigator administrator console.


Frequency of Data Import

Sales Navigator imports data once during the initial configuration as well as on a daily basis, pulling updates/changes/new information every 12 hours. Each time new data is imported, it is processed to add new badges, contact information, auto-save Leads/Account, and update search filters. Sales Navigator admins can verify the last CRM sync by checking the timestamp in Admin Settings in Sales Navigator. 

Sales Navigator makes most of its API calls to Microsoft Dynamics using the Bulk APIs. This allows batching of calls and reduces the total number of total API calls – decreasing the likelihood of hitting CRM API limits. 

Once matched auto-saves are processed, Sales Navigator does NOT auto-unsave, if ownership/other changes occur. However, Contacts will be auto-saved again as they are associated with new Open Opportunities for new owners.

Data Export (Activity Writeback)

Sales Navigator administrators can enable Activity Writeback, allowing users to log InMails, messages, phone calls, notes, and Smart Links views back to CRM.

  • Users are able to writeback select Sales Navigator activities (Notes, InMails, Messages, Notes, Phone Calls, Smart Links views) to the matched Account/Contact/Lead records in the CRM.   

  • Writeback primarily works to CRM Leads/Contacts, Accounts Writeback only supports Notes. 

Data Writeback Strategy

  • InMails and Messages are displayed as “Activities” and Notes are logged within the “Notes and Attachments” section of the Page Layout.  

  • Activities are written back by the individual Sales Navigator end users.

  • To complete an activity writeback, users are first asked to either locate or create a CRM record.  

Frequency of Export

Activity is written back to the CRM instantly.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the imported CRM data used by LinkedIn?

The imported CRM data is used as a convenience to the end user to quickly sync their relevant Accounts and Contacts and power optimal use of our Sales Navigator tools with better alerts, search, and easy centralized access to contact information. In addition, the imported CRM data is used to ensure that actions taken within Sales Navigator are properly and immediately recorded to CRM, so that no information is lost and duplicative actions are not required by Sales Teams.

With your approval, LinkedIn may also use your imported CRM data to analyze and provide you with custom ROI reporting. These reports can help you understand the influence LinkedIn/Sales Navigator has on Opportunities in your pipeline, the value of those Opportunities, and how efficiently your sales professionals are able to close them.

What security protocols/measures does LinkedIn use to protect customer data and where is the data being stored? 

LinkedIn employs strict access control and protection policies and holds itself to high standards of integrity in handling intellectual property. Our collection and use of member data and customer related data is governed by LinkedIn’s privacy policy:

In addition, the imported data is secured on production databases with limited audited access and is encrypted at rest, ensuring your private data is never used for anything other than the above mentioned purposes.

What data and customizations are pushed back into my CRM?

The data written back to the CRM is specified in the table in the appendix. Note that no existing data is ever over-written or merged, we only append new information within new activities or notes.

Limited customizations are made to the CRM through the Sales Navigator for Microsoft Dynamics app, which contains metadata, fields, and record types specific to LinkedIn activities (eg. InMails, Messages).

Am I able to permanently delete any data sent from my CRM to Sales Navigator?

Yes. You may purge all imported CRM data at any time by selecting “Disconnect CRM Sync” and “Yes, clean up all previously imported CRM data”. Data will be deleted within 30 days of disconnect.

If you are just temporarily disconnecting, we don't recommend you use this option, as it may delay reaction of the feature.

Do I need to enable data writeback to my CRM in order to use the CRM Sync feature?

No. You can enable CRM sync to import CRM data (details above) into Sales Navigator, without turning on activity writeback. 

When you are ready to turn on activity writeback, as an admin you’re able to choose to enable the specific activities you’d like to be written to the CRM.

Export Data to CRM Settings Page

How does LinkedIn authenticate to my Dynamics instance? How is that communication secured?

For all data integrations, we use OAuth to make the integration process seamless and to ensure a member is always in control of their data. For these integrations, LinkedIn does not have access to the member’s credentials, and the member can revoke the access token at any time either through Sales Navigator Admin settings or through the Microsoft Dynamics application authorization flow. All our communication between LinkedIn and Dynamics is over TLS 1.2.

Did LinkedIn perform any penetration testing?

Yes, we have completed internal penetration testing of the CRM Sync feature and as of date, we are not aware of any issues that would compromise the confidentiality and integrity of the CRM data stored on LinkedIn’s platform.

Has the CRM Sync been certified on Microsoft AppSource?

Yes. LinkedIn is a certified Microsoft Dynamics partner and goes through a standard security review process for our integration. CRM Sync is not distributed through the Microsoft AppSource, but directly uses Dynamics’ API to access and write clients’ CRM data.

What admin configuration tools are offered to manage the sync functionality?

LinkedIn offers the ability to control what users have auto-saving and writeback functionality, whether writeback is enabled at all, and the ability to clarify when deals enter your pipeline and what field revenue information is stored in. For more details, please see the Sync enablement guide here.

Can I block the integration user from accessing or using certain data?

Yes, you can restrict the integration user at the record level by leveraging CRM permissions.


Objects and Fields Imported from CRM

Object Field Usage
ActivityPointer activitytypecode, ownerid, statecode, subject, scheduledend, actualend, createdon, description Match CRM Activities to Activities in Sales Navigator
Accountid,_owninguser_value, _owningteam_value _parentaccountid_value, customertypecode, revenue, fax, name, numberofemployees, telephone1, industrycode, tickersymbol, websiteurl, createdon, modifiedon 
Match CRM Accounts to Accounts in Sales Navigator 


contactid,_owninguser_value, _parentcustomerid_value, department,
emailaddress1,fax, firstname, fullname, jobtitle, lastname, leadsourcecode, telephone1, createdon, modifiedon, address1_line1, address1_city, address1_stateorprovince, address1_postalcode, address1_country, address2_line1, address2_city, address2_stateorprovince, address2_postalcode, address2_country

Match CRM Contacts to Leads in Sales Navigator

Lead leadid, _owninguser_value, _qualifyingopportunityid_value, statecode, revenue, companyname,emailaddress1,fax, firstname, fullname, 
numberofemployees, jobtitle, lastname, leadsourcecode, mobilephone, telephone1, industrycode, _transactioncurrencyid_value, websiteurl, createdon, modifiedon, address1_line1, address1_city, address1_stateorprovince, address1_postalcode, address1_country, address2_line1, address2_city, address2_stateorprovince, address2_postalcode, address2_country 

Match CRM Leads to Leads in Sales Navigator 




opportunityid, _owninguser_value, _owningteam_value, _parentaccountid_value, estimatedvalue, statecode,  actualclosedate,name, stepname, createdon, modifiedon, _parentcontactid_value 

Filter Accounts and Contacts to import into Sales Navigator by selecting only those that are related to open Opportunities whose stage is past the stage selected in CRM sync preferences 

systemuserid,_positionid_value, isdisabled, fullname, firstname, 
lastname, internalemailaddress, mobilephone, title, createdon, modifiedon 

Map CRM Users to Sales Navigator Users 

positionid, name, _parentpositionid_value, createdon, modifiedon            

Filter CRM users to specific groups when selecting users to assign seats 

Teams name, teamtype (Access,Owner), teamid, teammembership_association, createdon, modifiedon   Import teams to specific groups in Sales Navigator

If you use custom fields to store any of the data points described in the table above, you can leverage Custom Field Mapping to sync. For more information on Custom Field Mapping, see this help center article.

Objects and Fields Written to the CRM

Object Field Usage

(standard task activity)

senton, actualstart, subject, ownerid, regardingobjectid_account, description, statecode 

InMail messages written to non-connections 

(standard task activity)

senton, actualstart, subject, ownerid, regardingobjectid_account, description, statecode 

LinkedIn messages written to 1st degree connections 

(standard object)

subject, objectid_account, notetext 

Notes captured against Accounts or Leads in Sales Navigator 

Task (standard object) 

actualstart, description, ownerid, subject, regardingobjectid_xxx@odata.bind 

PhoneCalls made through Sales Navigator Mobile application 

Smart Links Presentation Viewed (standard activity type)  actualstart, ownerid, description li_url,location, senton, subject  Smart Links Presentation viewed. The subject line will contain the type of task.

Important: If you are logged in as an integration user, then ensure that you have read permissions for the following functions to enable CRM sync:  


Certifications and Compliance Standards

  • LinkedIn maintains ISO 27001 & ISO 27018 Certifications, as well as a SSAE-18 certification, SOC 2 Type I report

  • LinkedIn meets the following compliance standards: 

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