Facebook Ads – The most important in a nutshell
With over 2.9 billion active users, Facebook is the world’s largest social network. The platform is not only popular with private individuals. A large proportion of companies are now also represented on Facebook. In addition to large corporations, SMEs and smaller local businesses also place ads on Facebook to draw attention to themselves and interact with potential customers of the desired target group. Due to the large number of users, the social media channel is perfect for increasing your reach as a business, generating conversions and attracting new customers. With this guide to Facebook Ads, we give you an overview of the advantages, possible advertising targets, and the various advertising formats on Facebook.
The social media platform Facebook offers the possibility to place paid advertisements, these are called Facebook ads. Companies can design them individually and play them out to the desired target group. Their message is therefore sent to the very people who are most likely to demand their products or services. All information regarding users’ interests is based on the details they publicly share on the platform (hobbies, place of residence, work, family status, and much more).
The marketing method is particularly effective when it comes to increasing the awareness of one’s company and bringing more traffic to one’s website. New customers can also be acquired here. Facebook Ads are available in various formats, which can be used differently depending on the objective. Unlike traditional advertising, Facebook Ads offer much more areas of application as well as design and personalization options.
Like all other marketing tools, Facebook Ads offer many advantages for your business. The following points show a selection of these benefits:
When using Facebook Ads, the focus can be on different goals. Here, the social media platform follows the classic purchase funnel model, in which marketing campaigns can be targeted according to the respective stage of a consumer’s purchase decision process. The optimization options in Facebook Ads Manager are also based on this basic framework. A distinction is made between the following stages:
On Facebook, various formats can be selected for ads. These can vary depending on the campaign goal. Video ads, for example, are a great option when companies want to illustrate something visually to their customers. Particularly popular formats include:
This is a standard image ad on Facebook. The ad consists of an image with a matching headline, descriptive text, and a call-to-action. Such a format is super suitable to generate attention with a meaningful image and to address potential new customers.
These short clips generate a lot of attention among potential customers and can be used to tell stories about your company and offer customers a glimpse behind the scenes. There’s also the option to show products in action and include a CTA that gets customers to buy. A commonly used form of video ads are Facebook Slideshow Ads, which combine images, text elements, music, and animations to have a great advertising impact on users.
Carousel ads are great if you want to post multiple images or videos in one ad. Up to ten pieces of content can be included within one ad, which users can browse by swiping left and right. This format is super for showcasing different products. It is also commonly used for storytelling.
Here, a main image or video is selected and supplemented with up to four smaller images. The format is very well suited to present products clearly and appealingly in a collection. Collection Ads are often used by fashion online stores, for example, because they look like a digital catalog to the user. Since such ads often include a link to the product, the customer journey is shortened, which speeds up the buying process.
A story ad can be both a full-screen video ad and a carousel ad. It plays seamlessly on Facebook between users’ Stories, so they fit perfectly into the feed.
Other ad formats that can be used include Lead Ads, Poll Ads and Messenger Ads.
Of course, it is not only important which ad formats are available on Facebook, but also where you can place your ad on the platform. Here there are several options, we can recommend:
Facebook ads can be placed not only on the platform directly, but also on Instagram, in Facebook Messenger or in the Facebook Audience Network. However, you should check whether the ads need to be adapted again in terms of form and content.
On Facebook, countless users publish a lot of personal information and data, which gives the social media platform a huge advantage in the area of targeting. This offers a number of opportunities to tailor its ads even more precisely to a specific target group. Criteria for targeting potential new customers include:
Compared to Google, targeting on Facebook is much more accurate. Even the smallest niches can be reached here, which makes it highly effective when using Facebook Ads.
Besides the great targeting options, retargeting is also possible with the help of Facebook Pixel, Facebook’s own tracking code. This allows you to analyze behavior patterns of users on your pages, as well as create target groups based on it. Among other things, you can see when a potential customer adds a product to the shopping cart in your online store or saves the item as a favorite.
When using Facebook Ads, a daily budget of at least 1€ must be used. Alternatively, a runtime budget can be set, in which the total amount is split over the desired period. Billing is then normally carried out in an auction process, in which several competitors compete for the playout of your ad on the specified target group.
Ads are paid for via cost per click (CPC), cost per action (CPA) or cost per mille (CPM). With the CPC variant, no costs are incurred for interactions such as comments, likes and shares; here, payment is only made for the click on the ad. Also, when billing by CPA, fees are only incurred if a certain action, such as a newsletter subscription, has taken place. If payment is made by CPM or CPM, the advertiser pays for the number of times the user views the ad (=impressions). A certain price is charged per thousand impressions.
Facebook offers advertisers the choice between automatic or manual payment. In Germany, payment can be made by credit card, PayPal or direct debit.
Companies that place advertisements naturally also want to check whether they are successful. Important key performance indicators that could be used to measure the success of Facebook Ads include:
So, the performance of Facebook Ads can be determined with the help of different KPIs. Such monitoring can increase efficiency due to adjustments and save costs.
For businesses, Facebook Ads are an indispensable marketing tool that can be used to generate a higher reach, new customers and consequently a higher turnover. To make your ads successful, you should make them attention-grabbing and attractive. Suitable targeting, combined with the right objective and an appropriate budget are also success factors.
On the social media platform, Facebook Ads can be built up very emotionally, which makes them perfect for branding campaigns, among other things. It is also becoming increasingly important for customers to be addressed individually and to receive an offer that suits them.
The extensive targeting options on Facebook as well as a concrete target group analysis make exactly that possible.
Used correctly, Facebook Ads are ideal for increasing the popularity of your company. With Facebook Ads, you therefore have a great marketing tool that helps you successfully achieve your business goals.
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