Key Principles to Plan, Launch and Scale a Profitable Facebook Ads Campaign (Part 1)

Facebook Ad Strategy: How To Plan, Launch, and Scale a Profitable Facebook Ad Campaign

Facebook Ad Strategy: How To Plan, Launch, and Scale a Profitable Facebook Ad Campaign

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The costs were piling up. She felt like she was going round and round in circles. And no matter what she did, she just couldn’t get her Facebook ads to work. She had a great membership and the results she got for her members were amazing, but she just couldn’t draw people into her world. She couldn’t bring enough people in to give her a sense that her business was working. 

She was frustrated, she was angry. She was almost about to shut down her business. She felt like Facebook had defeated her. But when we applied this framework in her business, everything changed. 

If you are an online course creator or a membership site owner who is either about to launch a Facebook ad campaign, has a Facebook ad campaign that’s underperforming, or you have a Facebook ad campaign that’s working well and now you want to scale it, then this post is for you. 

I’m a huge believer in principles. The online world is full of hacks and tricks and sure they can work, for a while at least.  But when you bring things back to a principle level, that is when you can have certainty that what you are about to do will have long-term success


The principles in this post are essential for the long-term success of your Facebook Ads and indeed your business. If you get this wrong, you will struggle with every campaign that you launch. You’ll constantly be fighting against Facebook and it will feel like an uphill battle. Your ads will cost more. Your leads will be more expensive. And what’s worse, when you make an offer to your leads, they might not even convert. 

Ultimately, your ads will be unprofitable and you will struggle to scale your online business growth through PPC.

But if you get this right, you will have a process to follow that will enable you to produce high-quality, cost-effective, or cost-neutral leads that convert when you make an offer to them.. 

Ultimately, if you crack this, you will be enabling your business to have an unlimited lead generation budget, as your lead generation process will cover its costs.

Facebook Advertising is Dead…. Or is it??

Not a day goes by that I don’t see somebody complaining that they can’t get their Facebook ad campaigns to work. 

“Facebook advertising is dead” 

“Facebook ads only work for people in XXXXXX niche.”

“I can’t find my audience on Facebook”. 

“Facebook is just out to screw people over.” 

None of this is true! And I think that a lot of people misunderstand the game that they’re playing. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson once said: “The universe is not under any obligation to make sense to you.” What he was trying to say is, a lot of people look at the universe and if they don’t understand something, they say, “No, that couldn’t be right.” Or, “Well, that’s not the way it works,” because it just doesn’t make sense to them. 

They go against the facts just because it doesn’t make sense. 

Now, if we were to adapt that saying for the online marketing world, it would be:

Facebook is not under any obligation to build your business” or “Facebook is not under any obligation to give you cheap leads”. 

You have to understand the game that you’re playing. You have to understand the rules. You have to be equipped to win. If you go into this half-baked, you will lose. And that’s a fact.

In the early days of  Facebook advertising, things were simple,  all you had to do was put $1 in and you got back $5. With very little in the way of strategy or deep tactics even the uninitiated could get amazing results.

But today it’s a different story. As more and more people see the potential of Facebook Ads and begin to advertise the more cash enters the ad market. 

The real-estate available to Facebook to advertise on (as in the number of newsfeeds etc of their members) although continuing to increase is relatively fixed. As Facebook is an auction-based market, the greater the amount of cash bidding on a relatively fixed level of inventory, the higher the price will go. 

This increase disproportionately impacts popular audiences and segments so if you are targeting people who have appeal to a large number of advertisers your Ad costs will increase even greater than other audiences. And, remember this is just your direct competitors but advertisers in other industries which may also want the attention of your audience.

#1 Mistake Infopreneurs Make When Getting Into Facebook Ads

One of the main mistakes I see people make with Facebook Ads is that they don’t start out with a specific Facebook ad strategy. The depth of many people’s strategy is to create a lead magnet (the one that is easiest and quickest to create) get their opt-in page built (as quickly as possible)  and start running Facebook ads to “build their list”. 

But they don’t have a clear plan to cover the cost of their leads. Everything in business and marketing should start with a strategy. And this is especially true for Facebook ads because there’s a lot at risk. It can get expensive. It can be time-consuming. 

You need a plan to monetize the leads once they start coming in. I don’t agree with the term list-building. To me, this is an aimless, pointless task. Your campaign needs to bring people towards a very specific outcome. That could be an immediate promotion or a promotion in three weeks but there has to be a very specific outcome and a very specific plan to get a positive return on your lead generation investment.

Now here’s the funny thing. Facebook ads and launches don’t necessarily go perfectly hand in hand together. In a traditional PLF Launch, the condensed workshop registration period and open cart period mean that Facebook Ads are not the most suitable promotion methods.. 

It’s hard to test and scale Facebook ads in a short period of time. This is why it is essential that we use the correct Facebook Ad strategies to support our Launch strategies. 

Before getting started with a lead generation strategy, it is beneficial to shift your mindset to thinking in terms of value optimization as opposed to building your list.

There are two main strategies we can adopt here. The stack ’em and rack ’em approach or the mini front-end liquidator

The first Facebook ad strategy, the stack ’em and rack ’em, is where we have Facebook ads going directly to an opt-in page. When somebody registers, they get sent out the lead magnet, and then they enter our email list. Hopefully, once they hit our list we have some sort of engagement sequence to keep them warm, and engaged. 

And then at some stage in the future, we’re going to offer them something. That could be 3 months from now or 6 months from now but you sit and hope, as you watch the costs pile up, that when you do make them an offer they will convert and you make your money back. 

In many ways, this was the traditional approach to Facebook ads. And when Facebook ads and leads were cheap, that strategy used to work, because it was purely a numbers game and there were big margins of error between the costs and potential returns.

However, now that Facebook ads are getting more costly and our audience’s level of awareness of the marketing strategies and tactics that marketers are using increases, we need to have a slightly more evolved approach. 

And this is the second Facebook ad strategy which is the Mini-frontend Liquidator. This is where Facebook Ads drive people to an opt-in page. The opt-in page offers a strategically developed lead magnet that helps our Perfect-Fit Prospect take the first step on our Value Ascension Roadmap

Once somebody registers for the lead magnet, they are offered a mini-product aligned with the lead magnet (and the next steps on their Value Ascension Roadmap at a low price point. The purpose of this mini-frontend offer is to liquidate the cost of the ads. 

If you’re going with something like a $27, mini-frontend product, it’s an easy decision and thought process for somebody to take out their credit card. You don’t think about spending $27. 

Now don’t interpret this as it is an easy sell. You still have to work really hard on your offer and you need to have a really compelling reason for them to make the purchase. 

With a $27 mini-frontend offer, it’s going to be hard to cover the full cost of your ads so you might need to look at a $47 or a $97 offer. Depending on your audience and the strength of your offer these will be the starting point of generating an unlimited marketing budget. 

If you want to go a step further and turn this into a profit-generating campaign you could add an upsell after that initial product to a secondary product. The initial product might contain tools, templates, or fill-in-the-blank sort of document at $27 or $47, and then you might have a secondary upsell for $197,  which could contain a video series helping people implement the first product. 

The business that can afford to pay the most to acquire a customer, will win. And this is what we are trying to achieve with this campaign We’re trying to create a situation where we can afford to pay more than our competitors to acquire a customer and still maintain profitability.  

STEP 2: Map Your Perfect-Fit Clients’ Journey

I call this your Perfect-Fit Client Value Ascension Roadmap. You need to have a very specific sequence of steps that a Perfect-Fit Client needs to take to get them from where they are today to some stage in the future when they’ve ultimately achieved the transformation that you know is possible for them. 

What I have found is that most online businesses can condense the core topics that make up their overall message into 5-7 key areas. The ideal case scenario (though be patient with how long it takes you to get here) is to have a lead magnet for each of your key areas. 

This becomes really powerful because every piece of content you create within your 5-7 key areas will automatically link to a specific lead magnet. 

When you strategically create your mini-frontend liquidator products you can cover one or a number of your key lead magnets which means that over time, every piece of content you produce becomes a revenue-generating opportunity. 

The first step is to bring people from your ad to your lead magnet, then from your lead magnet to your mini front-end product. And then you’re going to map the journey from the mini front-end product to your signature product and beyond

This through-line is hugely important because it has to be logical, and sequential bringing people in the same direction. Every step that’s taken is bringing them one step closer to the overall transformation that you know is possible for them. 

And when you’re mapping their journey the lead magnet and mini-product are providing them either with a small percentage of the overall transformation or the very next step towards the ultimate transformation. As people move higher up the Roadmap they are getting an ever-higher level of that transformation or they’re getting the same level of transformation only quicker.

And when you’re building your Facebook Ad strategy, you need to know where you want your Perfect-Fit Clients to end up. You need to know the through-line from your free front-end content all the way to your signature product and your coaching program or mastermind. It is so important to know the steps they need to take and to have pre-mapped and pre-built them into your Value Ascension Roadmap

Alignment here is key and two of the big alignment mistakes I see people  often make are:

  • MISTAKE 1: Facebook ad copy not aligned with the lead magnet or the opt-in page. This sounds strange but often, especially if the ads and the landing page have been drafted by different people, the key offer and promise of the ad copy and the offer and promise of the opt-in page or the lead magnet are not fully aligned. Storytelling is massively important in drafting Ads that drive high-quality traffic but you need to be careful you don’t bury the lead and end up confusing a potential lead. (equally as bad is where the ad copy is an exact replica of the opt-in page copy)
  • MISTAKE 2: The lead magnet is not aligned with the journey that you want to take a Perfect-Fit Client on. The lead magnet might be handy or easy for you to produce, but if it is not the best next step for a Perfect-Fit Client to take on their journey towards the transformation you can provide then it is not serving you, your business, or your Perfect-Fit Clients. The same is true of your mini-frontend products and other offers on your Value Ascension Roadmap. Everything has to be sequential and the logical next step for a Perfect-Fit Client to take.
  • TIP: Be clear on what the roadmap is for your clients and make sure that you can give them that pathway.


STEP 3: Understand The Lifetime Value Of A Perfect-Fit Client

As more and more people enter the Facebook Ad market the amount of money being bid on a relatively finite amount of ad real estate (Facebook users newsfeeds and related advertising slots) increases. This will increase the costs of the impressions and the costs of link clicks. 

And while the advertising world shakes its fists at the increases in ad costs I believe it is only an issue if you don’t have a specific Facebook ad strategy, to monetize your leads both in the short term with a self-liquidating offer and medium to long term with a Value Ascension Roadmap. It does, however, require a change in mindset from the “put a dollar in getting 5 back” to having a “play the long game” mentality.

With the increased costs of Facebook Ads, you have to be very strategic with the path you have for someone once they join your list or register for a mini-frontend product. 

You also have to have a very firm grasp on your downstream conversion rate metrics because if you know with certainty the conversion levels and rates of your downstream metrics now you can be braver with your front end spend up to the point where you will deliberately go negative on the front end because you know you will make your profits on the back end.

Here are some of the metrics you should know and track:

  • What are your lead magnet opt-in conversion rates?
  • What are your upsell conversion rates?
  • What are your conversion rates for your signature product launches? 
  • What are your conversion rates for other promotions? 
  • If you were to run a campaign for a webinar, how many people from your list would register? 
  • How many people would show up for the webinar? 
  • How many people then convert when you made an offer on your webinar? 
  • What are your conversion rates on your virtual events? 
  • How many people do you need to have to make the virtual event profitable? 
  • And when you make an offer, what percentage of those will convert into a mastermind or a group coaching program?

These are just some of the common conversion metrics that I track with my clients but every business will be slightly different.

You need to become a conversion rate nerd. Start building a database of your conversion rates for your backend offers. Because in reality, there’s no such thing as too high a lead cost. There’s no such thing as too expensive a lead. There’s only suboptimal optimization of the revenue that you produce from that lead once they come in. 

And this is why I place such emphasis on the Value Ascension Roadmap. It provides you with a clear visual of the stepping stones and levels in your business and the stages through which you will move people from free content, lead magnet, mini-frontend product, signature product, membership, group coaching program, and mastermind program. 

And when you know how many people convert from a lower level to an upper level, you can take a more strategic long-term view of your lead generation investment strategy. This is a key to your long-term success with Facebook ads. But unfortunately, it’s the one thing that most people don’t think about, nor pay attention to.

Uncover Your Facebook Ad Strategy to Launch, Plan, and Manage a Profitable Facebook Ad Campaign

We covered three things here in the Facebook ad strategy today. We compared two lead generation strategies: the stack ’em and rack ’em and the mini front-end liquidator. We looked at building your Value Ascension Roadmap for your Perfect-Fit Clients so that they always have the next step to step to and that you always have a higher value offer to put in front of them. And third, we looked at understanding the lifetime value of a Perfect-Fit Client

If you take what we have covered here and formally applied it to your business (even if you don’t have all the hard data or numbers yet) you will be ahead of 90% of Facebook Advertisers. And, guess what. You don’t need to be the world’s best Facebook advertiser to get great results, you just need to be a couple of steps ahead of the pack in your niche.

I know Facebook ads can be a frustrating area, so let me know what your challenges are. What challenges do you face with Facebook ads? Whether you’re just getting started or whether you’re a seasoned pro looking to scale your campaign, drop me a comment below and I promise I’ll answer you.

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6 Ways To Improve Your Facebook Ads Performance​

6 Ways To Improve Your Facebook Ads Performance

6 Ways To Improve Your Facebook Ads Performance

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Neil deGrasse Tyson famously coined the phrase “The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you”. In the online marketing world, I like to say “Facebook is under no obligation to provide you with cheap leads”

Facebook’s job is to serve our ads to the people who are most likely to take the desired action we specify. Facebook is extremely good at this and remember, it is in their best interest to seek out the very best people to get the result we desire so that we will come back and spend more money with them.

However, despite the various metrics we use to judge the effectiveness of adverts, Facebook is paid based on the ads they serve. How much you pay is based on the auction for available ad inventory based on your bid (budget) and performance (ad quality).

Everything that happens after that is based on the ability of our ads and landing pages to capture people’s attention and move them emotionally to a point where they are willing to take the action we desire (eg. watch a video, opt-in for a lead magnet, or purchase a product) The profitability of our ads is dictated by the quality of our funnel and the revenue opportunities that we create once a lead enters our world.

So once Facebook has delivered ads to the most suitable individuals the ball is firmly in our court and despite all the panic and hype over iOS 14 and the ever-increasing costs of advertising, it is still possible to run very profitable Facebook Ads campaigns once you understand the rules and play the game.

Before You Start…Understand The (Facebook Ads) Game You Are Playing

When it comes to maximizing your return on Facebook Ads, there is a hierarchy of elements that I work through to optimize the ads and funnel. Different people will have slightly different approaches. The most important thing is to have some structured way of thinking about the launch and optimization of your Facebook Ads and your Funnel. Without a structured approach you will be likely to end up running in circles, producing hit and miss results, or worse still never getting your Facebook Ad Campaigns off the ground.

These are listed in order of priority and in the order that I use when launching or reviewing Client Facebook Ad Campaigns.

Let’s get started!

1. Your Facebook Ads And Facebook Ad Funnel Strategy

The costs of ads are increasing as more and more advertisers enter the market and consumers become more sophisticated and marketing aware. It is important to have a fully thought-through Facebook ad strategy to convert your PPC leads to paying clients and then optimize their lifetime value. This is one of the reasons I love putting a Self-Liquidating Offer upfront, in Facebook campaigns, but is also why having a Value Ascension Roadmap is essential.

The business that can afford to pay the most to acquire a customer will win. You can achieve this by maximizing your Average Order Value on the front end and then having multiple back-end offers overtime always providing your Perfect-Fit Client with a next-level or offer to step up to. This will maximize each client’s lifetime value and give you comfort as to the amount you can spend on the front end to acquire a Perfect-Fit Client.

This also demonstrates that the goal is not to get the lowest cost front-end lead but the lead that will convert best and produce the maximum lifetime value. It is very rare that a Facebook Ad Campaign will be profitable on the front end. You need to plan accordingly and while it is tempting to look for the lowest CPL on the front end these might not be your Perfect-Fit Clients who will produce the most revenue in the long term.

2. Your Offer Is Key To The Success Of Your Facebook Ads

As with all things marketing and sales the most important element is your Offer. In the case of FB Ads you have multiple layers to the offer and each one is important in moving people to the next step of the process and ultimately converting taking the action that you want.

Your offer is the compelling reason why someone needs to take action now. This has nothing to do with you, your product or how you do what you do. The offer is only compelling if it can help your client avoid pain or gain pleasure. You have to show them how their life will be better when they take the next step.

The first offer that you need them to accept is to stop and pay attention. The next offer is to get them to read the ad copy. Then the final offer (from the Ads perspective) is getting them to leave Facebook and visit your opt-in page. Each one of these “offers” also has to position them for the next step and ultimately registering for your lead magnet or whatever upsell is going to come their way.

Self-interest rules all else. We are inherently lazy and we have evolved to conserve energy above all else. You need to present a compelling offer for how you are going to save the viewer time, money, emotional distress, effort, or the flip side of these. Unfortunately, most people will do more to avoid pain than attain pleasure, but it is always worth testing positive and negative. Broad, generic, high level promises make for weak offers. You need to be concrete, specific, speak to a pain point that your audience has and show them how their lives can be better.

3. People Often Over Look Landing Page Optimization To Reduce Facebook Ads Costs Per Lead

Very often people confuse a Facebook “cost per lead problem” with a “landing page optimization problem”. Your base level target for conversions should be somewhere in the region of 40% but really your target should be up to 60%. (I have gotten far higher, but this only comes over time, with traffic and a specific optimization plan). Even with the best Facebook traffic in the world if your landing page is underperforming there is no hope that you will get a CPL that you are happy with.

If you are getting, even a low level of traffic from Facebook, I look to optimize the landing pages early in play. The reason for this is that changes in the messaging and offer will have an impact on the copy and approach in the Facebook ads as does it impact the audience that Facebook selects to show your ads to. Taking your landing page conversion rate from 20% to 40% will cut your cost per lead by 50%. This is one of the big 80/20 levers in Facebook Ads and it deserves a lion’s share of your time and attention.

The offer on your landing page has to match or be aligned with the offer in your ad and you should also align with your offer further down the funnel. While it is worthwhile and indeed a good way to test your landing page copy one version of an ad can quote the landing page copy verbatim, but you also want to test at least 3 other different angles for ad copy. The key to success is that the landing page feels like the next step on your audiences journey from the Ad to the transformation that you promise in your offer. 

The 3 key elements on your opt-in page are the headline, image, and body copy. Start your optimization with the headline and then move through the body copy and image in that order. Remember that you should only optimize one element of the funnel at any one time and give 3 days for the optimization to settle before declaring a winner and moving on.

The reason for this is that a tweak to a headline in an ad may send more traffic to the registration page but they might not convert as well or they could convert better on the registration page but result in a lower conversion rate on the front end offer. You have to give time for the changes to update throughout the funnel and Facebook time to find a more suitable audience for your updated content.

4. Tune Up Your Facebook Ad Creative For Even Better Results

The first thing that you need to do with your Ad is to get them to stop scrolling. Therefore your Ad image or video is so important. You must give them a reason to stop. Native images tend to work better than graphically design images. I always try a couple of variations of each.

Videos can perform better at all levels of the Funnel but your video needs to be 45 – 60 seconds long and it needs to verbalize your offer in a slightly different manner than the ad copy. It can be harder to fine-tune a video to convert but when it does you can normally optimize it for cheaper leads than images.

Once you have their attention your initial “offer” is to get them to consume your ad content. This is where the headline and the first two lines of text come in. You need to compel people to want to click the “See More” link.

Eye-tracking testing has shown that people look first to the image/video, then the headline, and then to the first two lines of text.

If you have done your job really well most people won’t bother clicking “See more” on the ad and they will click the button to visit your opt-in page. If they do click the read more the job of your body copy is to do one thing and one thing only. Build enough curiosity, intrigue, and self-interest that they take action and visit your opt-in page.

Initially, I always start with short, medium, and long-form copy. The short-form copy is great for testing headlines, the results from which can inform the optimization of your landing page later in play.

In the initial phases, it can be easier to get the short form copy to convert but overtime longer form copy will normally outperform short-form copy. (Though every campaign is different and there are always exceptions) Every word in your ad matters and if that word is not driving the audience member forward to register for your opt-in it is giving them a reason not to.

While your job is to rack the shotgun to attract your Perfect-Fit Client and repel others you never want to give your Perfect-Fit Client an opportunity to say “no that is not me” or “no this is not for me”. Be hyper-specific on the feelings, emotions, circumstances, etc. that you 100% know your Perfect-Fit Client experiences but make sure that you don’t unitedly repel the people you most want to attract.

There is no neutral copy and there is no room for any filler or unessential words. Be ruthless, your ad shouldn’t contain one word more than it absolutely needs to. Over time you figure out what words and sentences are working, and which ones are hurting. This is how you build really effective long-form Ad copy.

5. Fine Tune Your Facebook Ads Audience To Target The Most Relevant People

One of the most common mistakes I see people make with Facebook Ads is they rush to “the ask” too quickly with a cold audience who have no idea who you are, what you do, or how you can help them. The best way I have seen this described is – Let’s suppose you were single and looking to settle down with a partner. You are out one day, and you see someone that you think you might really like. What do you think your chances of forming a relationship are if you walk right up to the person and ask them to marry you?

The chance of a favorable outcome is slim. However, if you walked confidently up to the person and started a conversation with them, finding out more about who they are, what their hobbies are, and find some common ground. It gives you an opportunity to find out if this person is a potential “Perfect-Fit” partner and indeed give them a chance to do the same.

When you have the appropriate level of trust built then you can ask them for a coffee and if further down the road things progress that is brilliant but to form a strong relationship you must build the appropriate level of trust before moving to the next level of your relationship.

It is the same when it comes to Facebook Ads. In order to do this it is important that your Facebook ad strategy contains 3 levels of campaigns:

a. Top Of Funnel Facebook Ads Campaigns

These are value-based content ads with no ask. The purpose of this portion of the funnel is solely to interact and engage with potential Perfect-Fit Clients. Cast your net wide using interest-based or custom (email list, customer list, etc.) retargeting and broad Lookalike audiences to build topic-specific audiences for retargeting lower in the funnel.

Video is massively effective for Top Of Funnel ads, especially in a post iOS 14 world. You can create audiences of people who have watched different percentages of each video and then retarget them with your Middle of Funnel ads.

As all the interaction occurs on Facebook you can track you people who have viewed your videos for up to 365 days even if they have opted out of iOS tracking and as you can specify to only build audiences from people who have looked at 75% or 100% of the video you know these people are open and interested in your message.

b. Middle Of Funnel Facebook Ads Campaigns

Once you have created a retargeting audience of a suitable size from your Top Of Funnel campaign you can then begin to retarget that audience with “an ask”. Think of this as inviting your potential “Perfect-Fit” partner for coffee.

Your Middle of Funnel ads will direct people to a landing page where you will be asking them to opt-in or register for free, for something of value, like a lead magnet, webinar, quiz, or masterclass.

It is always good to test a range of audiences, especially in the early days of a campaign, against your Top Of Funnel re-targeting audience as you may need to refine the content of your engagement videos to hone in on the message that produces the best results lower in the funnel.

c. Bottom Of Funnel Facebook Ads Campaigns

In our “Perfect-Fit” partner analogy this is where you ask for the commitment. Your Bottom of Funnel Ads retarget the people who have taken the designated action from the Middle of Funnel and have raised their hands to say they are most interested in you, your message the transformation that you can provide.

Your Bottom Of Funnel Ads will have the lowest level of spend but the highest ROI as you are only showing ads to the people who are most likely to make a purchase.

With this audience, it is important to strike when the iron is hot. 0-3 days is when they will be most receptive to an offer and for every day past this time frame your offer, copy and collateral will have to be ever more honed and refined to convert appropriately.

Sure, lots of people have had some success with implementing this strategy but if you want long-term repeatable success this methodology has been proven to work and it is an essential framework to keep in mind when you are structuring your campaigns.

6. Facebook Ads – What’s Working Now – Tips From The Trenches

On top of these principles there are a couple of “what’s working now” tips to keep you on top of what is working practically now:

  • Bigger audiences are performing better than smaller audiences. The sweet spot for audiences used to be 1.5 million to 2.5 million. Previously if your audience you built was in excess of these ranges we would split the audiences down and run them in different Ad Sets. Now bigger is better and audiences of 15 million to 20 million are outperforming smaller audiences. I worked on one project where the only targeting we used was country-based. Facebook still found the perfect people to serve the ads to and the CPL cash flowed within our funnel.
  • Retargeting and Lookalike audiences will outperform interest-based audiences. Build your audiences for each step of your funnel before you need them. Once an audience hits critical mass create a Lookalike Audience based on that. The closer your custom audience is to the conversion objective the better your Lookalike audience will perform. But think of every touchpoint along your funnel as a potential audience – Video views, link clicks, page visits, button clicks, step 2 of a 2 step opt-in, registration thank you page confirmation, lead-magnet download.
  • Ad Set Budget Optimization (ABO) works better than Campaign Budget Optimization (CBO)for testing creative and audiences, however, CBO is the best way to scale. Start your ads out with ABO. Ideally, you will start with 3 Ad Sets with a minimum of 3 Ads Per Ad Set. At lower daily budgets this may be a stretch as 3 Ad Sets may struggle to exit the learning phase but always think in terms of multiple audiences, copy, and images/videos. Your campaign will be severely limited if you only have one ad and one ad set.
  • Give 3-5 days before making any significant changes to your Ad Sets and Ads. It takes time for Facebook to find and optimize audiences. Sometimes this means the initial results are poor. Sometimes it means that the initial results are brilliant. One way or another don’t make any big decisions until the 3-5 day window has elapsed. (3 days for minor changes, 5 days for major changes)
  • Never ever kill the golden goose. If you have an Ad Set/Ad that is performing adequately never ever make any changes to that Ad Set / Ad. Duplicate the Ad Set or Ad into a new Ad Set or Campaign and make changes to the duplicate. This includes budget increases, image/video, headline, body copy, or audience changes.
  • If you need to scale Ad Set/Campaign budget quicker than the 20% every 72-hour limit that pushes the Ads back into Learning Phase you explore creating a broader Lookalike audience excluding your current audience eg. Current LAL audience 1%-2% then create 2%-5% LAL or 5% – 10% audience. This will allow you to duplicate the Ad Set, assigning a higher daily budget without killing the original ad off. (You can also create a competing Ad Set targeting the exact same audience, but this strategy is a little bit riskier)

While the principles above are well established and proven to produce the best results no two campaigns are alike and the people who are most successful are the ones which can assess each situation independently and arrive at the best next step.

Launching and maintaining a successful Facebook Ad Campaign is an agile process. The most important thing is knowing what tests to run, how to interpret the feedback, and then identify the next best steps while playing within the rules of the Facebook Ads game.

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