Facebook Ads for Beginners: Campaign Types

Digital Marketing for your business

Facebook Ads can be overwhelming when first starting out. In this presentation learn about the different campaign types you can use in Facebook Ads, and why you might choose one campaign type over another.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understanding the different Facebook Ads campaign objectives
  • Identifying which objectives suit your business and/or campaign best

Video Presentation: Facebook Ads for beginners - campaign types

Facebook Ads For Beginners - Campaign Types

Welcome to our social media workshop. I'm Gary Weis from SBIM, and today we're going to take a look at Facebook ads and in particular, the many campaign types that are available. Now, I often hear from business designers that the good old Facebook ads platform, it's just so complicated.

There's so many options and it's look, it's just plain difficult to know what to do. And even, where to start. And the answer is, what? Yeah, look, it can be confusing. Particularly if it's your first time running ads or you're new to marketing, or even if you're just new to Facebook. So to make things a little easier for you and to get you up and running using Facebook ads sooner than later, today, we're going to take a look at the various campaign types and why you would use one type over another.

At this point, we're going to jump ahead a little and assume that you've got a Facebook business manager account already set up. Now if not that's okay, this information that we're going to run through today is still going to be really helpful in your planning for your campaigns. But when you're ready, simply jump over to business.facebook.com and follow the instructions over there.

Starting your first Ads Campaign

It's all pretty simple. And they'll get you up and running in no time. Alright. So when you’re going to create your first Facebook campaign, you're going to be greeted with 11 campaign types or as Facebook calls them, Marketing Objectives. And these are what we're going to take a look at today. So, in short, if you get this bit wrong, you may end up being just a little bit disappointed with your advertising results.

So if you want to move on from simply boosting Facebook posts, you need to learn more about Facebook ad objectives. Now here at SBIM we see so many businesses, just stumbling at the very first hurdle. So they end up reverting to the easier method of just boosting their posts. But look, there is a better way, which does generate better results.

Identify your objective

You just need to take the time to understand what each objective means and how you need to use it. So Facebook uses the data that it obtains from your actions on Facebook to assist it with deciding which people within your chosen target audience with inside your campaigns that should get the priority in seeing your ads.

Now you can help Facebook in delivering your ads to these people that are most likely to take your desired action by simply choosing the right Facebook ad objective for your campaign in the first place. Now Facebook breaks objectives up into three categories and they are awareness, consideration and conversion.

Different campaign types

And there's various campaigns types underneath each one of those campaign options. So, first off you need to pick the category, the works best with where your customers are within your sales funnel. So as a summary, as an example, awareness objectives are top of the funnel objectives which are there to generate interest in what you offer while , the consideration objective that's more middle of the funnel.

You consider using these types of campaigns to reach people with that, have some sort of interest in what you offer and who may want to discover more information about your product.

Conversion objective

And finally, the conversion objective. Now that's towards the bottom of your funnel and should be used when you want people to take a particular action like registering for a webinar or opting into your list or downloading a PDF or purchasing from your store. Various actions like that.

So you need to select a Facebook ad objective that best aligns with the goal. You have your campaign. So that's based on the desired action that you wish your target audience to take.

Brand Awareness Objective

So let's take a look at the first of the awareness objectives and that's brand awareness. Now you use brand awareness, objective campaigns when you're looking to increase awareness for your brand, and you don't necessarily need people to engage with your content or click through or opt in or purchase just yet. Now, this objective will assist you in sort of reaching people who are more likely to be paying attention to what you're promoting in your ad.

Now, these brand awareness campaigns can be really useful for businesses of most shapes and sizes. In fact, and we use them quite frequently for a lot of our local small business clients. Yeah. For example, if your marketing a restaurant or a retail business, you can launch a brand campaign and you can set the frequency, so that's how often someone sees your ad, to however much you like. So it may be once a day and maybe once every two days, maybe once a week and you can almost let that campaign run indefinitely with even just a small budget. And it's that consistency over time, which will help your business become more recognized and being able to be recalled by your target audience.

Reach Objective

The next campaign is reach objective. You'd use the reach objective to get your ad seen by as many people as possible within your target audience and with inside your own budget constraints. This objective can help target a small audience, and your priority here is to reach as many people within that audience as possible based on your budget. So even if you also want them to visit your website, or watch your video, or convert on your website, you would use this type of campaign. You’d use the reach objective potentially over other objectives in this case, as choosing one of the other objectives may actually limit your potential reach based on the likely actions of your target audience. We'll get to that a little bit later and a little bit more detail.

Okay. So we now move to the next objective and that is consideration. So now that your audience is aware of your business, through either your brand awareness or each campaign that you've run, it's now time to move on to a campaign type that has a stronger call to action available to it.

Traffic Campaign

So the first consideration a campaign type is actually the Traffic Campaign type. Yeah. You'd use the traffic objective when your goal is to drive traffic outside of Facebook. Now this might be to read a blog post or, listen to a podcast episode, or visit your website landing page, or discover more about your app.

So, Facebook will show your ad to those people within your target audience that are most likely to click on your link, based on their part. Okay. If you want people to visit your website to opt in or register or purchase, and you have the ability to track that they've actually achieved that objective, and you can do that by tracking if those sort of landed on a specific, thank you page that indicated they reached that objective, then you would usually choose the conversion objective rather than side of the traffic objective. Okay. We'll look at conversion in a little bit more detail later.

Engagement Objective

Alright, the next is the engagement objective. You'd use this objective when you want more people to basically engage with your ad. Now engagements on your ads, are the reactions. They're all the likes, they’re the comments, and they're also the shares. You can also use the engagement objective when you wish to generate more page likes, or responses to events, or claims on the offers that you might have out there.

Okay. So optimising your campaigns for engagement means that Facebook will deliver your ads to those people who are most likely to engage with your ad. And this can have the added bonus of generating additional reach, as people who engage with your content can actually generate additional stories and organic reach as they share it into other people's newsfeeds, beyond that initial audience that you paid to access via your Facebook ads.

Alright now choosing that engagement objective, it actually can also assist you in building your Facebook page engagement audience that you can actually use to retarget for later campaigns. That's a really good thing to be doing, which is building those audiences and again, we'll come to that a little bit later.

App Installs

The next objective is app installs. You'd use this objective if you simply have an app and you wish to send people to the Google play or Apple store where they can down load your app. And that's a pretty simple one. If you've got an app, great. If you don't, don't worry about that one.

Video Views Objective

Now under the video views campaign type, and this is one of my personal favorites. Now you'd use the video views objective when you're running a video ad and your property objective is to get more people to actually view your video. Now video views is a great objective to choose when you wish to build up a video engagement audience. Okay that's an audience that you can re target in future advertising campaigns. It's the building of this engagement audience that actually makes it a go to campaign for most of our marketing and that of our clients.

However, just because you're using video doesn't mean that you have to choose the video views objective. Okay, for example, if you're looking to get people to click through from your video, then you could actually use the traffic objective as well, and choose video as the format for your content. You got an image where you can use video. Video, you can choose there. Similarly, if you're wishing to get people to convert after they watch your video, then you could also use conversion as your objective and choose video as the format for your content again. Okay. So there's lots of campaign options available for video.

Lead Generation Objective

Next is the lead generation objective and look once again, another SBIM favorite. You'd use the lead generation objective when you want to generate leads on Facebook right within the ad and without having to drive traffic to your website or off Facebook. Now Facebook lead gen ads actually allow you to capture data such as name, email, address, phone number etc. and it auto populates this information where it's actually available. Now, for example, with this Facebook will autopopulate the name, email address, and even perhaps the phone number if you've chosen to include that field in your form. Now having this auto-populate makes it really easy for people to complete your lead form and can often result in you obtaining their best data. The reason for this is that most people would actually use their best email address as the email address, they actually use to log into Facebook. So if you're using lead ads, you need to use a third party tool that allows you to integrate with Facebook and automatically takes those emails that you're capturing viral lead ads, and it actually inputs them into your marketing software or your CRM.

Now that CRM needs to be delivering the offer that you're promoting. That's why it's important to hook them up. So you can do this with the leads set up section of your publishing tools on your Facebook page. Okay. That's where you find it. Now it's important that you do this as most people will expect to receive what you're offering, particularly if it's a PDF. immediately after opting in. So if you don't have this integration set up, look, don't worry. You'll just need to manually go into the forms library within side, the publishing tools section of your Facebook page and download any captured leads and then manually deliver them what you've promised inside your ad.

Quick word of warning there though. Your leads data does expire in 90 days. So you'll need to export your lead data if you want to keep a record of it past that 90 days. Now, one of the drawbacks of using the lead generation objective over the other objectives is that you won't be building your website traffic audience, as a result of the lead capture experience for your clients.

The reason being is that they don't have to visit your website to opt in. So you don't get that chance to build that audience. However, this does generate a lead ad custom audience that you can use for retargeting purposes in the future. Okay. So it balances itself out.


Alright, we now move to the next objectives category, and that is conversions. So now that your audience is aware of your business, through either your brand awareness or reach campaign and you've potentially interacted with one of your consideration campaigns, it's now time to move on to a conversion campaign to try close that deal.

Now you’d use the conversion objective when your goal is to just get people to convert for a specific action. Now, whether that be to opt in, to register for an event, or purchase a product, whatever that may be.

Now to optimize for conversions, you need to have a minimum of 50 conversions per week. And this minimum number of conversions provides Facebook with the sufficient data that it needs to be able to learn about these people that convert and make assumptions around those people who are most likely to convert within your target audience and then deliver your ads to more of those people.Okay. So it learns. 50 conversions is a bare minimum and 50 to a hundred is sort of ideal, but just remember the more conversions the better it is, as it provides more data for Facebook to work with and find your ideal audience.

If there is insufficient data available, then Facebook just won't be able to learn about the characteristics of those people who are converting fast enough. And therefore, Facebook won't be able to accurately optimize the delivery of your ads for this particular objective.

So, where this is the case, the delivery of that ad might be a little bit limited when using the conversion objective. With this in mind, if you have a very low traffic to conversion ratio, as might be the case with say a high priced Product or service you may end up choosing the traffic objective over the conversion objective, even if your primary objective is to get people to visit your website, to opt in, or register or purchase or whatever the case may be. This is because while you want people to convert, choosing the conversion objective may actually limit your reach insufficient data being captured as a result of the low conversion rate.

Hope that makes sense. So assuming you have targeted your audience well, optimizing for traffic may be good enough and a better option than conversion, given the lack of available data for Facebook to sort of work with. Okay.

Product Catalog Sales

The next campaign objective is product catalog sales. Now you'd use this campaign objective when you have an eCommerce store and you'd like to promote products from your online product catalog.

Now, this does require you to integrate your product catalog with Facebook and generating product feeds that you can choose from when creating your campaigns. Now word of warning. This can be a little bit techy depending on the online store software that you're using, but the likes of WordPress and even Shopify actually take care of this really easily. So there's no need to worry if you're on those two particular platforms.

Store Traffic Objective

Finally our last campaign objective and that's store traffic. Now you'd use the store traffic objective when you have multiple business locations and you want to promote your business to people who are located nearby. However, you'll need to set up your business locations in business manager before you'll be able to use this particular objective. Now this can be a great way to capture foot traffic to your business by delivering ads that are time-based and based on people's current locations.

So then you have it, all the Facebook campaign types rolled through now, like always you should always be testing your objectives to see what's working best for you. Now we have some clients who get a much lower cost per link click and cost per conversion when they optimize for say engagement rather than traffic campaigns or conversion campaigns whilst we have other clients who do really, really well when using the lead generation campaign type.

So as you may have heard me say many times before one size definitely doesn't fit all when it comes to social media and particularly Facebook ads. So the key here is to try optimizing your campaigns for different objectives and start comparing your campaign results to discover what works best for your Facebook ads campaigns and your particular business situation. So that just about brings us to a close, I hope that it was of some help for you. And we'll see you next time in our next workshop.


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