The first obstacle most people face when setting up Facebook ads is choosing the “advertising objective”.
Obviously we all want to generate leads, sales and engagement on Facebook.
That’s why there are so many options available in the ads manager:
Most of the objectives are self explanatory…
- Page post engagement = likes, comments, and shares to a post on your Facebook page
- Page likes = more likes for your Facebook page
- App installs = more people installing your app
- App engagement = people talking about your app
- Event responses = people rsvp’ing to your event
- Offer claims = people claiming your FB offer…
But, what about Clicks to Website and Website Conversions? Which should I use, and when?
This has been a burning question for some time.
Should you try to send as much traffic as possible via website clicks (optimizing for more clicks to your website) or is it best to optimize for website conversions (placing a pixel on the thank you page after an optin that tells Facebook that there was a conversion)?
I decided to run a test to see which objective would allow me to generate the most leads for the lowest cost and therefore send the most traffic through the funnel. I ran the same ad using the same targeting options, the same budget, and the same landing page.
Here’s the landing page…
For one campaign, I selected “Clicks to Website” as my objective and created the ad below:
For the second campaign, I selected “Website Conversions” as my objective, placed a pixel on the tripwire sales page (the first page they hit after opting in) and created the ad below:
The same ad. The same targeting.
The only difference is on the first campaign I told Facebook to optimize for as many clicks as possible, and for the second campaign I told Facebook to optimize for as many leads as possible.
Here are the results after 3 days:
Objective: Clicks To Website
Leads Generated: 59
Cost Per Lead (CPL): $7.81
Objective: Website Conversions
Leads Generated: 332
Cost Per Lead (CPL): $1.38
By optimizing for conversions we were able to generate 5x more leads at 1/5th of the cost. This is incredible!
What does this mean?
It’s time to start testing advertising objectives when setting up campaigns. TRUST that Facebook has collected enough data on users that when you want to optimize for a certain action, they will show your ads to the people who are most likely to actually do it.
When sending traffic to a landing page to generate leads, test the “website conversion” objective. Don’t let the thought of placing a pixel on a thank you page scare you.
It can make a HUGE difference in your advertising performance.