A Facebook Lead Ad can be a pretty powerful lead generation tool, when run effectively. But there are a lot of moving pieces in each Facebook Lead Ad Campaign. How can you be sure you’re optimizing for the highest quality leads and lowest cost per lead? The key is to break it down piece by piece and optimize step by step, continually testing along the way. To start, let’s tackle the Facebook Lead Ad itself: the creative.
Facebook Lead Ad Headline
As with any type of advertising, your Facebook Lead Ad headline needs to entice users to click. Highlight the key selling proposition of your company, or the main benefit of your lead generation offer. The Facebook Lead Ad headline is the largest text they’ll see but space is limited, particularly on mobile devices. Keep it to 40 characters or less. Think short, sweet and to-the-point. It’s OK to be direct and somewhat salesy here; your supporting copy and Context Card can tell more of the story, but your headline is what will convince users to read on and continue clicking. Your headline is one of the easiest items to test and highly correlated to clicks, so be sure to test multiple headline variations of your Facebook Lead Ad.
Your headline and visual will do most of the heavy lifting in your Facebook Lead Ad; if a user isn’t interested in those they will quickly move on. A video will naturally attract more eyeballs in the crowded Newsfeed, so if you’ve got one, use it. Video not in the budget? You can create a moving slideshow right within Facebook to still include motion in your Facebook Lead Ad. In some cases a carousel of static images may be preferred; just make sure there’s no text in the image and that you elect to have Facebook show the top-performing graphic first. The visual creative is not quite as easy to swap in and out as a headline, but it is the most powerful part of your ad, so experiment with a variety of ad formats, media types and visual look and feels to find the one that works for your business.
Once your catchy headline and compelling visuals have drawn in users, your Facebook Lead Ad copy comes into play. If they’ve read this far, you can do a little more storytelling here or expand on the key features of your offer, product or service. But keep it short! Think of this as the caption for a Facebook post. Aim for a maximum of 130 characters; 90 is even better as it presents best for mobile viewing. (And Facebook Lead Ads are extremely powerful on mobile, where users are less likely to browse away from Facebook.) This is the most complex part of the ad to test, so you may want to save it for after you’ve optimized all your other Facebook Lead Ad components.
The final piece of your Facebook Lead Ad is the CTA button. Facebook has pre-selected a set of Call-To-Action buttons for use with a Facebook Lead Ad: Apply Now; Get Quote; Download; Learn More; Sign Up; and Subscribe. Your business may more closely lend itself to one over others, but test different CTAs to see what works. Again, these are very easy to swap but can have a large impact without a lot of overhead.
While you’re testing, keep in mind that there is no one right answer for any piece of your ad. Each one interacts with the next, and the right combination for once audience may be very different than another target. Got your Facebook Lead Ad in a good spot? Then it’s time to improve your Context Card and Lead Form.