5 Reasons Why Your Facebook Ads Might Not Be Converting

Facebook’s advertising platform has become crucial for digital marketers. It provides effective and narrow targeting, is successful for lead generation, ROI, and its pixel tracking enables you to directly measure your results. However, despite its versatility, often you find your efforts fail. We narrowed down 5 reasons why your Facebook Ads are not converting.


Audience targeting issues 

Marketers have heard time and time again about the importance of understanding their audience. This research process begins from learning about their demographics, interests and behaviors, and it ends with knowing how to reach them on Facebook. An often common mistake marketers make is defining their target too broadly. They try to include all of their audiences under one umbrella, instead of segmenting them into multiple ad sets. 

If the ad is failing, you will never know which segment of the audience is at fault. What’s worse, if you do not segment by a location, Facebook could be pushing your ads for cheaper placement bids to regions other savvy marketers avoid. The platform is optimized to get the most delivery for your budget, consequently it could be placing your ads to a low cost audience returning promising CPC rates, but likely you are advertising to an audience low in purchasing power. Multiple ad sets are the solution. 

Failing to continuously test ads 

While Facebook recommends that the more you test your ad, the better your ROI, most advertisers will invest too much time crafting the perfect advert and then wait for it to convert. A/B testing allows you to continuously improve your content and tailor it to your audience.

Start on the ads level, as this is very simple for building multiple ad tests. You can try using different images and copy, but you do not have to stop there. We already mentioned that on an ad set level, A/B audience testing is key; you can test different bidding options, scheduling times, and call-to-actions (CTA).

Losing at the bidding process 

Facebook’s bidding process is fairly straightforward - bid short of your competition and you will lose the ad spot. This becomes increasingly more complex when measuring conversions, as you are expected to bid based on the value of your conversion. Leaving the bid for Facebook to decide saves time, but the manual bid should not be overlooked. It is simple to calculate and could significantly increase your conversions.

When it comes to calculating the bid, only you know the value of your conversion. Take a variety of factors into consideration. For instance, it is not only about the production and shipping costs, it’s also important to give value to less tangible returns such as customer loyalty. The bid is not where you should be saving costs.

Measuring the wrong insights

Insights like cost-per-click (CPC), although important if your targeting is set correctly, can be misleading. We suggest regularly checking your Facebook Ad Frequency and Relevance Score. The Relevance Score will tell you how well your audience is responding to your ad. A low score will increase your cost and will affect your future performance.


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Ad Frequency is often overlooked. Yet it is crucial for measuring how many times your advert has been exposed to each Facebook user. If your frequency is scaling above 2 points, you should adjust your target audience. Eventually, regardless of audience size, frequency will increase, which serves as a reliable indicator for knowing when your ad has ran its course. 

The drop-off point on your website

Before we move away from measuring insights, we recommend paying attention to click-through-rates (CTR) when launching conversion based adverts. A healthy CTR, but low conversion rate indicates that there is an issue outside of Facebook. Check to see if your Facebook advertising is aligned with your external landing page. The page should reflect and expand on the promise of your advert. Not only should it be consistent in copy, but in its visual language as well. There is no reason why your landing pages should not be subject to A/B testing too.

The Takeaway

Facebook advertising can consume your money extremely fast. That’s precisely why every part of the ad creation process is essential and should be given special attention. After-all, each link can break the entire chain, and waste your budget as a result. We advise you to test your ads. Socialbakers Analytics enables you to access all your ad accounts in one place so that you can test different variables and optimize your ad spend. Try it for free, today! 


*Mantas Ciuksys is a freelancer with six years of social media management experience for clients around the world. He has been the voice of social media for private businesses, institutions, and NGOs.






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