Every Type of Facebook Ad You Should Be Using to Grow Your Business
Facebook ads remain one of the most important components of any social media marketing strategy. But between formats, specifications, placements, objectives, and calls-to-action, thereâs a lot to figure out.
This guide will cover the key differences and benefits of the top Facebook ad types.
Read on to determine which ads will best help you accomplish your business goals and maximize ROI.
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11 Facebook ad types you should know in 2019
Facebook photo ads
All ads on Facebook are required to have an image, and thatâs because images are powerful. Theyâre the first things people will see when engaging with your ads.
Thatâs also why a well-executed Facebook photo ad is often enough to do the trick.
Single image ads are the easiest to make on Facebook. Start with a clear concept, then find or create a standout image and accompany it with copy and a clear CTA. These ads can be used across the most placements on Facebook, making them especially ideal for accomplishing brand awareness, engagement, reach, and even store visit goals.
Tips for Facebook photo ads
Facebook image ad specs:
If you want to include more than one image, then Slideshow, Carousel, or Collection ads are the way to go.
Facebook video ads
Video continues to reign supreme on Facebook, especially on mobile. âFor businesses, winning on mobile now means winning on video,â said COO Sheryl Sandberg in a recent earnings call.
Facebook research shows that people spend an average of five times longer with videos than they do with static content. Plus, 30 percent of mobile shoppers say video is the best medium for discovering new products.
Video ads excel at driving reach, engagement and conversions, and can be placed pretty much anywhere a photo ad canâincluding on Instagram.
Tips for Facebook video ads
Facebook video ad specs
Facebook slideshow ads
Slideshow ads bring the best of images and videos together in a lightweight and cost-effective package. Described by Facebook as âvideo-likeâ ads, slideshows are in essence an easier alternative to video.
There are typically two reasons you may opt choose a Facebook Slideshow Ad. If youâre on a tight timeline or budget, this format allows you to add eye-catching motion to multiple images, without the production costs. You can upload original photos, or select from Facebookâs stock image library.
Alternately, if your audience is located somewhere with poor connection speeds, low-bandwidth slideshows are a great alternative to video. If you have a pre-existing video, you can simply upload it and select the stills you would like to use in slideshow format.
Facebook carousel ads
If you want to showcase a range of products or tell a story in parts, the carousel ad format may be the best fit. In this format, you can upload between two and 10 images or videos that users can swipe through.
Each slide of the carousel is accompanied by a call to action thatâs typically also used in the entire final slide. There are 18 call-to-action buttons you can choose, ranging from Call Now to Subscribe. Supported carousel ad objectives include everything from lead generation to promoting in store visits.
Carousel ads can appear in the mobile and desktop News Feeds on Facebook and Instagram. They can be created from a page, event, the Ads Manager, or the Ads API. Find step-by-step instructions on how to create carousel ads here.
Facebook carousel ad tips
Facebook carousel ad specs
Facebook collection ads
In many ways, Collection Ads are the attention-grabbing News Feed gateway to Instant Experience Ads.
This hybrid, mobile format allows you to combine video, slideshow or images, and is designed to improve traffic, conversions, and sales for your business.
Most often a collection ad will feature a hero image or video alongside itemized product shots.
When someone clicks on a Collection Ad, it will bring them to an immersive Instant Experience. This ad format is ideal for online retailers hoping to convert interest into immediate sales.
Templates for Collection Ads include:
Facebook Instant Experiences
Touted as the new and improved Canvas, Facebook Instant Experiences are mobile-only, full-screen vertical ads.
This format is all about capturing the full attention of your audience. It even comes bundled with Pixel, making it easier to re-engage visitors.
True to its name, Instant Experiences are also lightening fast, loading 15 times faster than standard mobile web pages. Thatâs game changing, especially since it takes most pages an average or 22 seconds to load, and half of visitors bail after waiting three seconds.
When paired with any other Facebook ad format, Instant Experiences become the quick, post-click destination for in-app conversions and engagement. Since theyâre designed for Instant Experiences, the five Collection Ad templates are often the best choice.
An Instant Form template (formerly known as a lead form) is also available, which is a good choice if youâre looking to capture leads and gather contact information.
Facebook Instant Experiences tips
Custom Instant Experiences can be created in Ads Manager, Creative Hub, or from your Page.
Facebook Stories ads
Stories are full-screen images or videos that disappear after 24 hours unless saved. Thanks to their popularity, more people may be familiar with Instagram Stories, but Facebook Stories are worth considering â especially since theyâre the fastest growing ad format. More than half of the people who use stories across Facebook, Messenger, Whatsapp, and Instagram say that they are making more online purchases as a result.
In a recent study, Facebook found that after seeing a product or service in Stories:
Facebook Stories cannot be selected as a standalone placement when creating an ad. Itâs included under placements when you select Automatic Placements.
But for it to work, you have to be using an objective that supports Facebook Stories (reach, traffic, app installs, video views, conversions, brand awareness, lead generation).
Instant Forms are also compatible with Facebook Stories, popping up as easy-to-complete surveys.
Facebook Stories ads specs
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Use the Ads Manager or the API to create ads in Facebook Stories.
Facebook Messenger ads
Facebook Messengerânot Facebookâis the top mobile app in terms of downloads. Without a Messenger ad strategy, you may be missing out. These ads appear in a userâs inbox, and can be formatted as an image carousel, video, or dynamic ads.
Messenger inbox ads are created by adding Messenger Inbox as a placement for your campaign. But according to Facebook, the best way to setup Messenger ads is to use automatic placements.
Automatic placements send ads to the place most likely to have the best results at the lowest cost.
If your business is active on Messenger, Click-to Messenger ads might also be worthwhile. These ads put people into direct conversation with your business.
You can also send Sponsored Messages to customers your business has already spoken with on Messenger. These will appear in the conversation thread of their inbox like any other message.
Click here to learn how to setup Messenger Ads.
Facebook lead ads
Lead ads can be used for a variety of customer acquisition needs â from newsletter subscriptions, to quote requests, to event registration.
When someone clicks on a lead ad, theyâre presented with a context card that provides additional information. This is where you can tell people about your business, your offer, and explain why they should share their information with you.
Contact information is pre-populated, which makes it easier for people to sign up and leads to minimal drop-off. Custom questions can also be added to learn more about your audience.
Facebook lead ads can be created from your Page or from Ads Manager. Learn how to create one here.
Facebook lead ad tips
Facebook dynamic ads
Dynamic ads allow marketers to promote products from any catalogue to people who have shown interest on your website, in your app, or anywhere else on the web. Dynamic ads can be created in the image, carousel, or collection ad format.
The key difference is that instead of creating individual ads for each product, dynamic ads allow you to create a template that automatically pulls images and information from your catalogue.
So, if a website visitor looked at a pair of shoes on your website, the dynamic ad will retarget them with the same information without you having to upload images and copy.
Facebook dynamic ad tips
Dynamic ads can be created in the Ads Manager. Learn more here.
Facebook link ads
Link ads have one clear goal: To get people to visit your website.
Every component of the link ad is clickable, so butterfingers or mouse slippages are not an issue. This may be why businesses using Link Ads on Facebook have seen a 53 percent ROI.
Facebook link ad tips
Visit the Ads Manager to create a Facebook Link ad.
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January 2, 2019 at 08:51AM