The 7 Keys of Facebook Advertising Success

If there's one thing that's true, it's that Facebook advertising has a steep learning curve. It's much more complex than the AdWords search and the display network (even though that's pretty complex too).

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't roll up your sleeves and take advantage of some Facebook advertising keys that your competitors are sleeping on.

Klientboost keys of fb advertising success - Illustration

That's why KilentBoost, a leader in the PPC community have partnered with AdEspresso, a leader in the Facebook advertising world, to bring you our seven favorite tips and tricks to seriously bring true ROI that outshines any other PPC channel you're using.

Are your ready to unlock the door of your ROI?

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Key # 1 – Understanding Facebook vs Other PPC Platforms

There's a reason why Facebook has more potential than Google AdWords.

One of them is that Google AdWords is a very web 1.0 type of advertising method. People search, they get results, they click, they buy.

Facebook is more web 2.0 (or web 17.0 if we've already passed the 2.0 phase) with the ability to target people who aren't searching, but very much interested in what you have to offer.

Facebook helps generate and capture demand, while AdWords search mostly just captures demand that's already there.

This means that advertisers with novel products will have a hard time with AdWords since demand isn't already there. It needs to be generated first.

In addition to that, you might find that Facebook has a few other tricks up its sleeve:

  • Cost per clicks can be cheaper on Facebook than they are on AdWords search
  • Facebook's user base is insanely large compared to all other social networks
  • People spend more time on mobile devices than PCs and yet half of Google's users do zero searches per day on mobile (source)
  • Native advertising – the kind that's inline with the content you want (on Facebook) and not off to the side like a banner ad (on AdWords Display) – is more effective and cost-efficient than traditional advertising (source)

And the list goes on.

Facebook frequently outperforms Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest as well.

The ability to create custom audiences within the Facebook advertising platform is the main reason why we at KlientBoost and the people at AdEspresso are so in love 😍.

Key # 2 – Setting Your Goals & Tracking Them

Not all your visitors will convert the first time they visit your landing page. But there are plenty of micro conversions that take place before the actual macro conversion happens.

These small engagement metrics (also known as micro conversions) help you see if your targeting and audience is on track to eventually convert.

With Facebook conversion tracking, you're able to see how close your visitors get to perform the actions you want.

It could be that certain audiences enter your funnel in different stages, so that helps you test different offers.

Your actual Facebook funnel will work much better once you realize that your visitors need to be treated like you're about to go on a date with them.

You don't ask for too much upfront, you just want them to know who you are and leave them with a pleasant experience.

That's how all demand generation efforts on Facebook should start.

Once you know that, you're able to create smaller segmented audiences from your bigger ones around engagement levels, URLs, actions, or even email addresses.


This piece of code can be pure conversion magic – image source

Key # 3 – Knowing Your Target Audiences

Is your customer base usually made up of soccer moms that love to drink rosé or newly baked dads that have gorgeous beards (not that that's me or anything)?

By creating different groups of audiences, you're able to have them compete against each other within Facebook. You can then diagnose and see how they each perform and which ones you should allocate more budget to.

We wrote about post about buyer personas and how you can create different ones.

Maybe you already have a steady email list you can upload to Facebook to create a lookalike audience. Or maybe you need to build an audience base from the ground up with different types of interest targeting.

Keep in mind that most audiences also enter your funnel in different stages:

Key # 4 – Knowing Your Targeting Options

The amount of people you can target and the amount of quirky audiences you can create on Facebook is astounding.

With almost 2 billion users, Facebook boasts some of the most detailed insights and data on each one of its users.

It's just up to you to figure out which audience has the best chance of conversion. So how do you do that?

I wrote a post around 49 Facebook targeting tips that we frequently go to for new inspiration and also to know what's possible within Facebook.

Here's a quick breakdown of the different types of audiences you'll find:

  • Demographics
  • Geographic location
  • Languages
  • Interests
  • Behaviors
  • Specific categories
  • Connections
  • Custom audiences
  • App activity
  • More to come…

Have a look at this Facebook targeting post and you'll start to feel the wheels turning pretty quickly.

Key # 5 – The Overlooked Facebook Funnel

One of the biggest challenges you'll have with Facebook advertising vs AdWords search is that AdWords search visitors can come through and buy right away.

Facebook visitors, not exactly the same.

That's why building out your plumbing and having a fully functional Facebook funnel is critical to your advertising success and your scalability.

A good friend of mine, Ryan Stewart, recently hosted a Moz whiteboard Friday exactly on the topic of the Facebook funnel.

You can watch the full episode here:

And read the transcription here.

In a nutshell, you should strongly consider the inclusion and exclusion of audiences as they perform actions that show they're ready to go on to the next step, and the next offer of your funnel.


As you can see, it takes some serious plumbing skills – image source

What we've found to work extremely well for our clients is a funnel that looks like this below, and paired with progressive call to actions that increase in "the ask" over time:


Each piece of value can be a different offer

Key # 6 – The Landing Page Thermometer

As your Facebook visitors progress through your funnel, it's important to have an arsenal of different call to actions and offers as they go from cold strangers to hot prospects.

When I was speaking at Elite Camp in Estonia this summer, I broke down the different types of offers/CTAs we found that work best from a scale of cold to hot – it looked like this:


Depending on your Facebook audiences, you'll find that certain types of Facebook advertising campaigns work best with certain types of offers.

This is because the intent of your visitors and their chance of conversion depend on the PPC traffic temperature match between the two.

Key #7 – Optimizing & Expanding Your Account

If you've made it this far, then there's a good chance you're getting conversions and having some Facebook success.

The next thing is to make sure you're profitable.

Once you're profitable, you want to start thinking of expand your Facebook advertising efforts.

You can use the Audience Insights tool from Facebook to see what your current visitors are made up of.

This will help you create new audiences around the current, well performing audiences, you already have.

Another way to uncover scalability is to use Facebook's Graph Search.

Using Graph Search, you're able to find these entities that are related to the topic you want to target:

  • Top
  • Latest
  • People
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Pages
  • Places
  • Groups
  • Apps
  • Events
Do you sell Pizza? 'Cause I just did your homework - image source

Do you sell Pizza? 'Cause I just did your homework – image source

Keep in mind that the goal of expansion is to increase your conversion volume while keeping your cost per acquisition steady.

It's easy to expand and spend a lot more money, without much to show for. But much harder to scale and stay profitable at the same time.

Over To You

So now that you know the stages of a successful Facebook advertising campaign and the ways to grow your ROI, the best thing you can do is stop reading and start doing.

The faster you're able to learn what works and what doesn't, the faster you can start growing your business.

Good luck! 😉

Johnathan Dane is an international speaker and the founder of KlientBoost, a no-nonsense, creative, kick-ass AdWords and landing page agency that hustles for results and ROI. If you think this article's good, you should see what he's writing on their PPC and CRO blog johnathan-dane

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