Recently, Facebook ad revenue topped $16.6 billion. Facebook reported its average price per ad dropped 2 percent by the end of 2018, and its number of ad impressions is up 34 percent.
This makes Facebook ads one of the best advertising options currently available — if you know what you’re doing.
While Facebook has massive audience reach, and handy custom audience targeting tools, you have to first know how to get your audience’s attention.
The average person reads only 20 percent of the text on a given webpage, but highly visual content lands 94 percent more total views. Understanding how to wield creative design for your business is the make-or-break of most successful digital marketing campaigns. Here’s a breakdown of five common Facebook ad design mistakes to avoid if you want to run a successful Facebook promotion:
Unless you have an unlimited ad budget, your Facebook ad dollars should not be spent on qualitative goals like “brand awareness.”
Instead, your primary goal should be to increase clicks, calls, or conversions (sales / opt-ins), so you can actually use your ad dollars for hard, quantitative results. If the goal is not a metric you can measure, it’s going to be pretty impossible to gauge the success of your campaign or report any distinguishable trends.
Facebook ads weave seamlessly into your audience’s feed, giving you only a moment to capture their attention as they scroll through Facebook. To make them stop and consider the message of your ad, your design has to stand out to catch their eye.
While design trends are a great place to start for ad inspiration, remember these designs are trends. Don’t feed into the oversaturation of your audience’s feed, and your ad will stand out. Keep these general guidelines in mind when designing your next ad:
What makes Facebook ads so great, is the platform’s ability to target for highly customizable audiences. Take advantage of this!
Think of your audience as one person. What would resonate with them? What would make them think you’re talking specifically to them? Test out your assumptions, try slowly appealing to other markets to better define your audience. If you have multiple, defined audiences, consider marketing to them separately with a different creative strategy for each.
As trends come and go, customer behaviors change. Making any hard design rules will only serve to hinder your ad campaigns. As our audiences change and evolve, we have to too.
When possible, test design options or alternatives for each ad campaign, and experiment with your design. We use at a minimum six ads for each campaign we create, more when there are more than one ad set (target audience).
As long as you keep a few constants — colour, logo, etc — and remember to tie your designs back to a quantifiable goal, mixing things up and testing things out with your audience will only help build your understanding of them.
The only rule: never run an ad campaign without an intentional test in mind. Don’t just try things out to try things out, unless you can specifically track your results. (More on this to come soon!)
Facebook Analytics is a helpful tool for measuring ad results, but don’t be distracted by metrics such as likes, follows, or impressions. While it may be reassuring, and promising, to see a post get a lot of likes, or to gain a ton of followers in a day, unless these metrics can be directly tied to your ROI, don’t focus on them. The point of your ad is to earn sales and leads, not likes!
With a clear goal in mind, and a few design tips, you can wield Facebook ads to boost your marketing and increase your ROI. Share your favourite ad examples in the comments, and let’s learn about great (and not-so-great) Facebook ads together!
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social media addict by day, serial online dater by night, int’l visual artist, bar stool philosopher, committed locavore & novice violin player. she / her.