It takes a lot of time and effort to set up an effective Facebook ad campaign. Of course, Facebook has tried to simplify the functionality of its ad service. But, if you want to achieve maximum success with online advertising, try to think through your advertising campaign to the smallest detail.
You won’t achieve the results you want with Facebook Ads if your ad campaign isn’t well thought out. Take some time to develop your strategy before you open Ads Manager. Otherwise, you run the risk of wasting your budget on impressions and clicks that will not bring the desired result.
We’ve compiled a list of 7 tips to help you design a good Facebook ad campaign. After reading this article, you will clearly understand what you will be doing in the process of creating a campaign. Plus, you’ll learn how to quickly roll out your Facebook ad campaign and get the most out of your investment in it.
1. DEFINE YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE
Before starting the development of a marketing campaign, a specialist must ask the question: who is his target audience? Even if you’ve been working with the same audience for years, take the time to ask yourself this question again. By clearly understanding who you are offering your products and services to, you can maximize efficiency.
From Facebook’s perspective, this question has two answers. First, you need to understand which market you are targeting. Second, you need to know how you will interact with this marketplace through Facebook.
For example, you have created a gambling application. People buy points that they can spend in the app to earn even more points. As long as you have these points, you remain in the game. In general, the target audience can be both men and women of middle age living anywhere in the country. They have a stable income, regularly use smartphones, and love risk-taking games.
The target audience is likely to be characterized by a large number of parameters. But the purpose of this article is not to create a client image. By understanding who your target audience is and how they are motivated, you can design an advertising campaign that will get people to take targeted actions.
All of these will help you set up your Facebook targeting. Since the target audience in this example is interested in gambling, a start has been made. Interest targeting functionality on Facebook contains a section of games, among which there is gambling. Now you can narrow the circle by specifying a lower age of potential customers, as well as by choosing regions of residence in which there is an increased interest in casino games.
This example is extremely simple, but it clearly demonstrates how simply thinking about who your target audience is and what type of ad campaign is appropriate can help you improve your Facebook targeting. Getting the right targeting is half the success of your Facebook marketing campaign, so start by asking “who is your target audience?”
2. SET A GOAL
Understanding the goal is another important part of a successful Facebook ad campaign. Similar to targeting a target audience, targeting is an important task both broadly and technically. Without knowing your goal, you will not be able to assess the effectiveness of your campaign (whether you managed to achieve the desired results or not). For example, you want to increase the number of sales. But, you only focused on increasing the number of clicks. The results of such a strategy will look good on paper but can lead your business to bankruptcy.
From a technical point of view, it is extremely important to choose a realistic target. Depending on the strategy you use, the goal of your ad campaign may not align with the overall goal. For example, you are faced with a global challenge – to drive the growth of profitable sales. However, targeting traffic in your Facebook ad campaign may be the best option for increasing those sales.
In addition, you can launch multiple campaigns at once with different goals, which work together to form a sales funnel. As you can see, Facebook Ads offer almost limitless possibilities. It is only important to define goals and understand how each campaign fits into the big picture.
3. DETERMINE THE POINT OF SALE
Regardless of what your global goals are, any ad campaign should have the same ultimate goal – to motivate your audience to take actions that benefit your business. It is important that you communicate with people in a language they understand, focusing on their needs. In other words, you need to be clear about your argument – what prompts the audience to take targeted actions.
For example, what are the benefits of a cleaning agent? Cleans quickly, does not contain harmful substances.
Thinking through the strategy of your advertising campaign, you must understand that the real incentive and the one you imagine it can be significantly different. You may think very differently from your client, so the latter may be motivated by very different things.
The best way to understand your target audience is to talk to several of them. Make sure you really understand what they are motivated by and how to use it in your ad campaign.
4. USE THE CONCEPT OF A SALES FUNNEL
You should understand that not every potential customer is ready to purchase a product or perform any targeted action right here and now. It takes a lot of people’s time to understand how your business works. Therefore, the most effective Facebook ad campaigns aren’t just “Buy Now!” or something similar. They are part of an overall marketing funnel, driving brand awareness and inspiring people to try what you have to offer.
To be successful, you need to design multiple ad campaigns that perform different tasks at different stages of your sales funnel. For example, you can interact with a cold audience through engaging video content and then redirect your site visitors by offering them different content or something else.
This layered strategy assumes that you need multiple creative campaigns with different goals. But from a long-term perspective, this approach to Facebook advertising provides the most effective use of your marketing budget.
5. CHOOSE THE RIGHT BIDDING STRATEGY (HOW MUCH DO YOU SPEND ON ADVERTISING)
Since Facebook’s bidding process is automated, many professionals neglect bidding in their strategies, choosing the default option. However, given the strategy used, this approach may not be correct. For example, you can pay a certain amount to show a video or click on a link. In this case, you can set a limit value for the cost (rate) to avoid unnecessary costs.
Based on your goals, you should clearly understand how each campaign fits into your strategy and how to achieve a balance of performance/profitability. By choosing a bid too high, you risk wasting your entire budget at the wrong stage of the sales funnel. On the other hand, by making low rates, you will not achieve the desired results.
6. MOBILE OPTIMIZATION
Most Facebook users prefer to use Facebook’s mobile app. Consider this feature when developing an advertising strategy. Even if your ads look good on PC or laptop monitors, they won’t do the trick if they don’t display well on small screens.
For example, a mobile device screen can only accommodate the first three lines of your ad copy. In this case, it is the first 2-3 lines that should contain all the important information that you want to convey to your potential clients.
In addition to displaying the text correctly, you should pay attention to graphic content. The aspect ratio of Facebook ad units for mobile ads has changed from 2: 3 to 4: 5. If you do not take into account this point, your content may not display correctly.
Finally, as part of your overall strategy, you can use mobile-focused tools like Instant Experiences or Story Ads. If you are an online seller, we recommend using Collection Ads tools, which provide high conversion rates for retailers.
Let’s get to the bottom line: make sure your ad meets the expectations and needs of your mobile audience. Review your ads on mobile devices to make sure your content is displayed correctly and looks attractive. If not, make the appropriate adjustments or reconfigure your targeting to desktop users.
7. TEST YOUR AD CAMPAIGNS
The recipe for success for your Facebook ad campaign contains two main ingredients: strategic thinking and testing. Even if you think you’ve created a really good ad campaign, you can’t always guess how your target audience will react to it. The best way to optimize is to check everything: goals, text, visual content, cost (bids), display, sales funnel strategy.
Realizing the importance of testing, Facebook has made this process as easy as possible. Just come up with a few hypotheses and Facebook will do the job for you. With preliminary results, you will be able to choose the most effective option, using the knowledge gained to design other campaigns as part of your marketing strategy.
Creating an effective advertising campaign requires hard work and free time from you. Plus, you have to be smart. The success of an advertising campaign depends on how thoughtful the strategy behind it is.
Hopefully, the 7 tips listed above will help you create the right Facebook ad campaign strategy. Now you know that Facebook Ads are more than meets the eye. At this stage, you should already have a clear understanding of where you are and what you still need to learn. We wish you every success!