How to choose the most efficient Facebook Ads campaign objective for your business

So, you decided to launch an advertising campaign. 

Perhaps you are launching a new brand or product, or you want to tell your audience about the latest arrivals. Maybe you want to launch a promotion or a sales campaign dedicated to a particular date.

As with most products, Facebook Ads can be a good place to do this.

Now, you need to define a few criteria that will help you to set the campaign objective that is best suited to your marketing objective to achieve the most effective performance.

All you need to do is put all the conditions to launch a campaign in a consistent form.

And here’s how it can be done.

Selecting your campaign objective

  1. Define and formulate your business objective;

E.g., “We want to grow our email marketing list for our new handmade handbags brand by having leads convert on the ‘10 tips for choosing a handbag landing page.” 

 

2. Identify the funnel stage your audience is going to be when they see your ad;

E.g: “Consideration / MOFU (Middle of Funnel)”

 

3. Define which KPI you’d like your Facebook Ad campaign to impact positively;

E.g., “Number of leads (emails) generated on that landing page.”

4. Have you already implemented a way to track the metric that you have defined?

E.g., If you are driving traffic to a landing page where you’ll be collecting leads, do you have the standard events or custom conversions in place to measure the number of leads you’re getting?

a. If not:

a. Can the metric you’ve defined be tracked on your website?

E.g., “Website Purchases.”

1. Add the Facebook pixel

2. If you already have the Facebook pixel but not the standard events or custom conversions in place, follow Setting up FB Conversion Tracking;

b. Does the metric you’ve defined not require tracking on your website?

E.g., “Post engagement (Likes), Traffic (Clicks).”

Make sure you at least have the Facebook Pixel running on your website. It will allow you to create more advanced campaigns in the future, and it needs to be added before you start any Facebook campaign since you won’t be able to recover that lost data in the future. If you don’t have it installed yet, you can follow Installing the Facebook Pixel on Your Site;

c. Does the metric you’ve defined require tracking, but you’re not able to track it?

E.g., you don’t have access to the website code

Rethink your metric and select one that is measurable by Facebook alone, such as engagement, link clicks, video views, leads generated (if using Facebook Lead Ads and not your own landing page), etc. 

Do not pick a “Conversions” objective in the next step if that is the case, as you’ll not be able to optimize for those.

E.g., “I want this Facebook Ad campaign to have an impact on my overall sales numbers, but since I don’t have tracking implemented, I’ll look at the number of engagements instead. More engagements should mean more sales.”

d. If yes – Move on to the next step;

5. Based on the funnel stage you’ve identified and the metric you’ve selected, pick one of the objectives available to you according to the funnel below:

You can double your sales
without increasing the budget on ads

6. Did you pick “Lead Generation”?

a. If yes: Be aware that by doing that, you won’t be using your own landing page; 

b. If not: Move forward to the next question;

7. If you didn’t pick “Conversions” – Can you replace it with a “Conversions” objective?

 

E.g., I picked the “Traffic” objective because I assumed more traffic would mean more sales, but now that I think about it, I’m actually looking for sales, so I could pick a “Conversions” objective instead and optimize it for sales. 

Why: The funnel representation is a great starting point, but it should be used only as a reference. “Lead Magnet Download” could be a “MOFU / Consideration” goal. Still, suppose you can track that conversion, and it passes the questions laid out below. In that case, you can take advantage of Facebook’s optimization algorithm to better optimize your delivery for users that are more likely to perform that conversion.

Important note: If you picked another objective (e.g., Engagement) because that’s actually the final KPI you’re looking for (e.g., you’re an agency and the client specifically asked you to get Engagement on their posts), it’s ok to keep that. 

a. Is that conversion trackable with the Facebook Pixel?

Remember: You can follow Setting up FB Conversion Tracking to track your website conversions. 

a. If yes: Move forward to the next question. 

b. If not: Keep the objective you had selected previously.

b. Does that conversion occur at least 100 times a month already without Facebook Ads? 

a. If not: Go after a more commonly occurring objective on your website. If that’s still not possible, keep the original objective you selected previously. 

E.g., “I’d like to optimize for purchases, but I’m only getting 30 purchases per month right now. But I do have 120 Add-to-carts every month, so I can still use the conversion objective, but I’ll have to optimize for Add-to-carts for now.”

b. If yes: Move to the next question.

c. Will you be able to achieve 50 conversions/week on that Ad Set? 

Note: Those conversions need to be attributable to your ads to count towards those 50. 

E.g., “I’m using the conversions objective and optimizing it to Add-to-carts, my budget is going to be $100/day which means that in 1 week, I expect this AdSet to have around 150 Add-to-carts.”

a. If not: Go after a more commonly occurring objective on your website. If that’s still not possible, keep the original objective you selected previously. 

b. If yes: use a “Conversions” objective instead of the one you originally picked.

8. Is your objective “Lead Generation”?

a. If yes, you have two options: 

a. You want to use your own landing page: Depending on the volume of leads you are/will be getting, go back to the previous step (p. 7). You won’t be actually using the ‘Lead Generation’ objective. And will most likely be better suited with the ‘Conversions’ objective optimizing for “Lead” conversions. 

b. You don’t have a landing page and don’t want to create one, or simply would rather use Facebook’s built-in form builder:  Move forward with the “Lead Generation” objective. 

 9. That’s it. At this point, you should have clearly defined which Facebook Ad Campaign objective is right for you!

 

Summary

In summary, the step of defining a campaign objective is one of the first steps, the result of which can both improve your campaign and break it if you don’t think through the details. We recommend doing this exercise every time you plan a new Facebook campaign. It is also important that the person responsible for the paid traffic does this.

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