PowerShell Scripting to Replicate LinkedIn Ads Data to MySQL

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LinkedIn Ads Data Cmdlets

An easy-to-use set of PowerShell Cmdlets offering real-time access to LinkedIn Ads. The Cmdlets allow users to easily read, write, update, and delete live data - just like working with SQL server.



Write a simple PowerShell script to replicate LinkedIn Ads data to a MySQL database.

The CData Cmdlets for LinkedIn Ads offer live access to LinkedIn Ads data from within PowerShell. Using PowerShell scripts, you can easily automate regular tasks like data replication. This article will walk through using the CData Cmdlets for LinkedIn Ads and the CData Cmdlets for MySQL in PowerShell to replicate LinkedIn Ads data to a MySQL database.

After obtaining the needed connection properties, accessing LinkedIn Ads data in PowerShell and preparing for replication consists of four basic steps.

LinkedIn Ads uses the OAuth authentication standard. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with LinkedIn using the browser. See the OAuth section in the Help documentation for a guide.

Collecting LinkedIn Ads Data

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module LinkedInAdsCmdlets
  2. Connect to LinkedIn Ads:

    $linkedinads = Connect-LinkedInAds -OAuthClientId $OAuthClientId -OAuthClientSecret $OAuthClientSecret -CallbackURL $CallbackURL
  3. Retrieve the data from a specific resource:

    $data = Select-LinkedInAds -Connection $linkedinads -Table "Analytics"

    You can also use the Invoke-LinkedInAds cmdlet to execute pure SQL-92 statements:

    $data = Invoke-LinkedInAds -Connection $linkedinads -Query 'SELECT * FROM Analytics WHERE EntityId = @EntityId' -Params @{'@EntityId'='238'}
  4. Save a list of the column names from the returned data.

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name

Inserting LinkedIn Ads Data into the MySQL Database

With the data and column names collected, you are ready to replicate the data into a MySQL database.

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module MySQLCmdlets
  2. Connect to MySQL, using the server address and port of the MySQL server, valid user credentials, and a specific database with the table in which the data will be replicated:

    $mysql = Connect-MySQL -User $User -Password $Password -Database $Database -Server $Server -Port $Port
  3. Loop through the LinkedIn Ads data, store the values, and use the Add-MySQL cmdlet to insert the data into the MySQL database, one row at a time. In this example, the table will need to have the same name as the LinkedIn Ads resource (Analytics) and to exist in the database.

    $data | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Analytics" -Columns $columns -Values $values }

You have now replicated your LinkedIn Ads data to a MySQL database. This gives you freedom to work with LinkedIn Ads data in the same way that you work with other MySQL tables, whether that is performing analytics, building reports, or other business functions.

Notes

  • Once you have connected to LinkedIn Ads and MySQL in PowerShell, you can pipe command results to perform the replication in a single line:

    Select-LinkedInAds -Connection $linkedinads -Table "Analytics" | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Analytics" -Columns $columns -Values $values }
  • If you wish to replicate the LinkedIn Ads data to another database using another PowerShell module, you will want to exclude the Columns, Connection, and Table columns from the data returned by the Select-LinkedInAds cmdlet since those columns are used to help pipe data from one CData cmdlet to another:

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name | ? {$_ -NotIn @('Columns','Connection','Table')}