Getting Facebook Ad Campaigns Right

Adele Webb Written by Adele Webb

6 min read   -  3rd June, 2024

Getting Facebook Ad Campaigns Right

With over 2.8 billion monthly active users, Facebook offers advertisers unparalleled opportunities to connect with their target audience and drive meaningful results.

However, mastering the art of Facebook advertising calls for more than just throwing together a catchy slogan and an eye-catching image. It requires a deep understanding of the platform's features, ad types, best practices and measurement techniques. 

In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into insights and tips to help you navigate the diverse world of Facebook Ad campaigns and unlock their full potential for your business:

Overview of Facebook Ads

In a nutshell, Facebook Ads allow advertisers to create targeted ads in various formats on the Facebook platform. These ads appear in users’ news feeds, on the right-hand column on desktop and in other areas of the social media app and site.

A feature that many marketers benefit from is the level of detail in the available targeting options, allowing you to target users based on more niche elements including interests and digital browsing behaviour.

Ad types

There are a lot of options available to you as a digital marketer when it comes to crafting the most impactful ads for your next campaign. When creating your first Facebook Ads campaign, you’ll want to consider what type of ad will engage with your specific audience the most. Consider their age, location, language and how they will be interacting with your ads. What would actually resonate with them, and what is more likely to make them scroll past your next campaign?

Here’s a rundown of what’s on offer:

Image Ads
These are simple, single-image ads that appear in users' News Feeds. They are easy to create and can be highly effective when accompanied by compelling copy and imagery.

Video Ads
Engaging ads that use video content to capture users' attention and deliver a message. Video ads have been shown to drive higher engagement and conversion rates.

Carousel Ads
Think of a rotating carousel, and you’re halfway there. This ad type features multiple images or videos in a single ad unit, allowing you to showcase multiple products or tell a story within a single ad. These are more interactive, as users manually scroll to engage with your content.

Slideshow Ads
Lightweight ads that use a series of images or video clips to create a simple video-like ad experience. Slideshow ads are effective for capturing attention and conveying messages quickly. Users don’t have to manually do anything to change the slides, so there’s an ease to converting your message in this format.

Collection Ads
These are mobile-only ads that allow marketers to showcase a collection of products in a visually appealing and immersive format. You use a video or a selection of images to pair with your most relevant products, encouraging users to transition from browsing to purchasing.

Best practices

Once you’ve selected the most relevant ad types for your next campaign, you want to run your ads with intention. Here are some key things to consider as you build out your campaign to ensure you hit the ground running:

Link your visuals with your ad copy
Clearly define your campaign objectives and target audience before creating your ads to make sure every element of the ad is linked in its intended message. 

Target pain points
Write compelling ad copy that speaks to your target audience's needs, pain points, and desires. As is the case with most ad types, you have a very limited character count available, and are fighting against the plight of “stopping the scroll”. So you want every single word to grab attention and encourage engagement. 

Show the value of your product at all times
It sounds obvious, but don’t waste your advertising space on anything too generic. If your product has a particular feature, make sure you show that feature in the visuals of each ad. Include details that highlight this feature throughout your ad copy. Don’t assume that users will click through the ad to discover more about the product, just cut to the chase and show them instantly in the ad itself. Remember, you can always create a retargeting campaign to stay at the forefront of interested user’s minds.

Split your audiences
It’s vital that you create campaigns that speak to different demographics in a way that is most relevant to them individually. You want to be advertising to each demographic separately, because different groups will naturally engage with online content in highly different ways. There’s a lot of research out there, but as a general introduction, we find that younger audiences interact more with visual and video based ads, as a starting point.

A/B test everything
Experiment with different ad formats, creative elements, and targeting options to identify what resonates best with your audience. Unlike Google Ads, you don’t have the option to automatically generate similar ad copy or images, switching out various options using an algorithm and AI. So you need to make a point of doing this manually yourself, to ensure you’re making the most of your creative assets.


The cost of Facebook ads varies greatly, depending on factors such as audience size, competition, ad placement and ad relevance. These ads run on a bidding system, where advertisers bid for ad placements based on factors such as audience targeting, ad quality, and budget.

All this means that you will find that some industries and interests are inexpensive to advertise to, due to their less competitive market. But others will be quite pricey. This is where setting your budget is vital.

With each separate Facebook campaign, you can set daily or lifetime budgets and choose between cost-per-click (CPC), cost-per-thousand-impressions (CPM), or cost-per-action (CPA) bidding strategies. Naturally, each type of campaign will benefit from a specific strategy, so be mindful of this when choosing what to work with.

For instance, a video campaign might be most effective if shown to as many users as possible, so a cost-per-thousand-impressions (CPM) strategy could be more useful to you than a cost-per-click approach. In contrast, if you’re selling products then ideally you’ll want users to click on your ads to view the more detailed product features, so a cost-per-click (CPC) approach might be more useful to you. You want to be paying for engagement that matters, not just engagement for engagement’s sake.

Ultimately, the more budget you have available, the more you’ll be able to push your campaign to get the results you’re chasing. But more importantly, good quality ads can help keep these costs down, and strategic targeting can cut down your budget requirements to ensure less wasted spend.

Measuring success

As with any marketing campaign, it’s easy to get bogged down in the data. So before you start analysing any of your metrics, figure out what is actually important to you and your company’s marketing goals for each campaign.

Some may be designed exclusively to sell products, others will be about attracting a new demographic to increase your brand awareness online. Each campaign will have a unique set of key performance indicators (KPIs) such as reach, engagement, click-through rate (CTR), conversion rate, and return on ad spend (ROAS).

Thankfully, Facebook comes equipped automatically with a really useful tool, in the form of Facebook Ads Manager. Make it a daily practice to check in with Facebook Ads Manager and other analytics tools to monitor campaign performance, identify areas for improvement, and make data-driven decisions. If you’re used to the detail of Google Analytics and GA4, you might want to look into additional analytical tools to supplement your analysis.

Another useful way to measure what’s working and what could be improved in your campaigns is through A/B testing. Conduct these tests to compare different ad creatives, copy variations, and targeting options to optimise your campaigns for better results. Don’t forget, you can also use this type of test for your videos and images, as well as other metrics like bidding strategies, location targeting and demographic segmentation. 


In conclusion, it's clear that mastering Facebook Ad campaigns is both an art and a science. One thing is clear; the need for intention behind every decision for your campaign, in alignment with your campaign goals and marketing aspirations. Apply detail to these choices, with your campaign goals at the forefront of your mind, to avoid wasting time, creativity and ad spend. From selecting the right ad types to refining targeting strategies, every aspect of Facebook advertising is an opportunity to connect with your audience in a meaningful way and drive tangible results for your business. Now, the first step is to answer: what do I want from my marketing?


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