What You Need to Know About Facebook’s Dynamic Ads and Static Ads

In the world of advertising, there many forms an ad can take. Each social media platform comes with its various ad options. In this article, we will be talking about Dynamic ads and Static ads.

Main Criteria for Any Ad

When conducting ads, whether on Facebook or any other platform, there are a few basic rules you need to remember. Think of them as a 3-point checklist.

  1. Your branding needs to be the same across all ad formats, even if you’re targeting different audiences. Experiment with different text, images, and calls-to-action (CTAs).
  2. Run campaigns for at least two weeks, with minor changes if needed, so you can find out what works and what doesn’t.
  3. Refresh your ads regularly to avoid being repetitive, since many Facebook users log in daily.

Ad Formats

Depending on your choice of digital platform and where your business’s audience are, you’ll notice that different platforms may have similar ad options.

For today, we’ll be focusing on Facebook ads, particularly the differences between the Dynamic Ad and the Static Ad.

Each of these Facebook ad types offers “a different set of risks and rewards,” explains Adquadrant.

Let’s go into detail and see what each is about.

But First Some Data

On average, Facebook enjoys roughly 1.79 billion active daily users, according to June 2020 data by Zephoria.

Moreover, like any ad format, it’s important to segment your users carefully to ensure your ads are well-targeted and not to waste ad spend.

The amount of content a Facebook user can see on the site’s News Feed could reach or exceed 1,500 updates, including likes, shares, stories, and page updates.

Facebook’s algorithms attempt to reduce that number to 300 updates based on a user’s likes, hides, and their scrolling activity, explains Nanigans.com.

Static Ads

Static Ads involve page posts, page likes, mobile app installs, and directing users to a landing page.

This ad type normally appears either in a user’s News Feed or on the right hand-side of the page if they are using desktop, or on a mobile’s News Feed.

Static ads work best with seasonal and regional topics, as well as major local or international events.

This helps your ads appear less intrusive because your target audience and their friends and family may be talking about these topics.

If you’re using a video ad, then “the goal is to raise brand awareness and word of mouth. In contrast, static ads are aimed at directing consumers somewhere else, so make sure your landing page or app is ready to receive visitors,” says Nanigans.com.

Dynamic Ads

Dynamic ads are used to promote your business’s inventory “to people who have expressed interest on your website, in your app or elsewhere on the Internet,” explains Facebook.

The platform adds that “Dynamic ads look exactly like other single image ads, carousel ads or collection ads on Facebook, Instagram and Audience Network.”

The difference is, instead of having to create an individual ad for each product or item in your inventory, dynamic ads allow you to create “an ad template that automatically uses images and details from your catalogue for items you’d like to advertise,” Facebook says.

You can use dynamic audience and dynamic ads to retarget customers who have taken any action on your website or app.

You can even use broad audience targeting and reach people who “may not have visited your website or app before.”

If you’re using a broad Facebook audience, you’ll need to install the Facebook Pixel on your website and create a Facebook Product Catalogue to create dynamic ads.

The dynamic ads show relevant products from your Facebook Product Catalog to people when they visit Facebook, Instagram, the Audience Network or Messenger, offering product recommendations.

If there’s a type of ad you’d like to learn about, leave us a comment below.

What Is Facebook Lookalike Audience?

Facebook is a common go-to advertising platform, offering various audience options for advertisers including today’s topic: the Facebook Lookalike Audience.

Having surpassed the 2.6-billion daily active users mark, Facebook will remain a top contender when it comes to advertising dollars.

What is Facebook Lookalike Audience?

Facebook’s Lookalike Audience is one of several audience types Facebook allows advertisers to target when creating ads on its platform.

Like its name suggests, a lookalike audience is similar to your current audience.

Basically, you are telling Facebook “This is my audience now show me who is similar to them so I can target them with my ads.”

Here’s what Facebook says about its lookalike audience option: “[It’s] a way to reach new people who are likely to be interested in your business because they’re similar to your best existing customers.”

Facebook notes that when it’s time to “grow your business,” that’s when you use your custom audience to create a Lookalike Audience.

Lookalike Audiences are lists of people to target with advertising who are similar to (or ‘look like’) the people currently engaging with your business,” Facebook explains.

HubSpot describes Facebook Lookalike Audience as a “sophisticated audience matchmaker for marketers.”

Cool, right?

Benefits of Lookalike Audience

This Facebook audience type allows advertisers to reach and target the best customers for a brand. It is like levelling up from Facebook Custom Audiences, which you use as the basis for your lookalike audience.

Lookalike audiences “increase the probability of generating high-quality leads and offer more value on ad spend,” explains HubSpot.

How to Create a Facebook Lookalike Audience

Like the Custom Audiences, you can get your targeting data from several resources. These can include:

Customer information: You can generate this from a landing page, newsletter list, website traffic, or a survey filled by customers.

Visitors: People visiting your website are a great resource and offer tons of data that can be used to re-target them across Facebook. You will need to have a Facebook Pixel to compile this data.

Mobile app activity: With a mobile app for your business or e-commerce store, you can integrate it with active Facebook SDK event tracking. This collects data from people who have installed and used your app.

Engagement audience: This is an audience who has engaged with your brand or posts across Facebook or Instagram. Engagement, according to Facebook, entails actions such as likes, reactions, comments, or shares. It also includes filling forms, video views, and actions on your Facebook page or Instagram business account.

Offline events: If you have an offline or brick-and-mortar store, you can create a list of those who have visited your store. The information collected can include interactions such as in-store visits or calls.

Last quick tip

When you’re using Facebook Lookalike Audiences, include people who are more likely to buy from you or those who have already purchased your service or product.

“Many successful marketing campaigns are built on email lists containing individuals who have taken key actions already, such as adding an item to their cart or purchasing an item,” says Adage.com.

This helps narrow down audiences and gets your brand closer to people with a bigger chance of buying from you.

Last but not least, creating Facebook Lookalike Audiences is omnichannel marketing tool. It’s also based on having a customer segmentation strategy.

5 Geomarketing Hacks To Boost In-Store Sales

Geomarketing for Physical Retailers: 5 Location-based Targeting Hacks to (Actually) Increase Your Footfall and In-Store Sales

Let’s face it, if you believe mobile-first geomarketing techniques can only increase online sales, while traditional billboards and flyers are meant to drive people into stores, then you’re missing out on a major revenue booster!

Are you wondering how you can boost your physical store traffic and sales? There’s a  form to request a demo or more information at the end of the article, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or want exclusive access to our store analytics and re-targeting ads platform.

Geomarketing (often referred to as geotargeting or location based targeting) has come to be the weapon of choice for countless brick-and-mortars in the past few years. Especially retail stores, supermarkets, restaurants and local events.

Why? Because, geomarketing techniques add a level of smartness to any marketing or outreach strategy.

Geomarketing makes your online ads or any other promotional content 10x more personalised and contextually relevant. Not to mention, instantly setting them up for more conversations.

Caption: Powerful statistics that support Geomarketing
Caption: Powerful statistics that support Geomarketing

But wait, what exactly is Geomarketing?

Geomarketing is simply put, using your target customer’s location or geographical data to reach them with better, more contextually-relevant offers and ads.

It includes:

  1. Geotargeting: Geotargeting essentially hinges on targeting people in a broader general area by detecting their mobile device location. Other targeting factors like age, gender, interests etc can be combined with this geolocation to filter-in or even filter-out who you want to target.
  2. Geofencing: Geofencing on the other hand, involves setting up a virtual radius or ‘fence’ around a location to target people who enter that particular area.
  3. Beacon Technology: Beacons are basically small BLE devices (bluetooth enabled) that are triggered when someone is in close proximity of them. They themselves don’t send ads, but instead trigger a signal which then sends an sms, push or in-app message. The downside? Beacons only work when the bluetooth of your target user’s mobile is turned on.

In simple terms, geomarketing technologies basically boost your chances of identifying and reaching the right customers, in the right area.

Yet, very few brick-and-mortars are implementing geomarketing the right way.

At the end of the day, how you implement your geomarketing strategy can cause all the difference between wasting ad dollars(or annoying potential customers) and actually attracting and converting customers.

So without further ado, following are hacks that will turn your geo-local marketing strategy into a fine-tuned revenue generating machine.

5 Location-based Targeting Hacks that will Totally Transform Your GeoMarketing Strategy

Hack #1: There’s gold in your customer intelligence data, use it

(OR: Don’t just identify devices, identify real customers)

Irrespective of the geomarketing technology or campaign (Fb ads, SMS, push, etc) you use to attract people to your physical store, don’t just focus on reaching devices. Focus on your customer’s profile.

Use the information you have about your target audience. Actual data around who your real customers are, not just who you think they could be.Be it their age, gender, how often they shop for the products you sell or even where they hang out- can filter out your ideal customer from the crowd in your target area.

What you know about your current customers can actually help you attract tons of potential customers.

Customer data combined with location can help target the right person, at the right place
Customer data combined with location can help target the right person, at the right place

 

Here a good place to get this valuable information would be to look into your brick-and-mortar store analytics.

The only catch? Getting your hands on this rich, valuable data.

 

Traditional in-store analytics sadly just don’t make the cut. While, new more intelligent all-in-one geomarketing and retention platforms like Converted.In not only capture this data but also analyse it and present it to you in a way that can actually be used to filter, segment and target ideal customers.

Hack #2: Know how to choose between geo-fencing, geo-targeting or beacon proximity

(OR: Identify what your business needs)

As mentioned earlier, all geomarketing techniques will help you reach potential customers in a target area, but the type you choose can make or break your targeting campaigns.

Depending on your specific goal, you should evaluate the advantages and limitations of each technology.

The 3 major types of geomarketing technologies; geotargeting, geofencing and beacon technology
The 3 major types of geomarketing technologies; geotargeting, geofencing and beacon technology

More specifically, you should use geo-targeting, if:

  • You want to target a broad area like a country, city or even zip code. This is ideal for retail chains and supermarkets with many store locations.
  • You have access to a ton of customer data to be able to filter out your ideal customers from a big crowd.

Go with geofencing, if:

  • You want to target a smaller radius(typically 50-200m) near your store or a competitor’s store nearby
  • Your location is king and you already know that your ideal customers are in the area. Practically everyone in that small area could become a customer.

Last but not the least, beacon or ble tech is for you, if:

  • You want to target a campaign to people who pass an extremely specific point like say, as aisle in your store or a particular atm near your store.
  • You offer an app which users have granted location permissions to.

In essence, the kind of establishment you have and your customers characteristics should define the technology you use.

For instance, it makes sense for restaurants to create a 50m geofence around their outlet and send special offers to people who enter that “fence.”On the other hand, it’s suitable for a music concert to geo-target ticket ads to audiences who live in that city, like music and are in the age group of 18-30.

#Hack 3: Get Creative With the Places You Target

(OR: Think outside the box)

Most retailers currently start by targeting the immediate surroundings of their store and then expanding over time- and there’s no harm in that!

That said, the more creative you are about the places you target, the higher your rewards. Think about the specific spots or areas your ideal customers visit. Are there such places close to your store?

As a real world example, supermarket chain Whole Foods set up geofences around competing supermarkets near their store locations. By targeting special discount ads to mobile users, they managed to grab 3x more shoppers straight from their competitors.

You don’t always need to target your competitors, either.

Say, you’re a sportswear store, you could set up a geofence around a popular local gym. If you sell products for mothers, target nearby schools at drop-off and pick-up times. As an organic cafe, you could hit local vegan events and much more.

Hack #4: Use location and promotion ad extensions for your search and facebook ads

(OR: Make the most of the features at your disposal)

Facebook and Google ads (both search and display) are by no means new to the geomarketing game.

As both platforms encourage offline stores to use online ads and drive in-store footfall, most retailers still making the mistake of ignoring the finer details.

We’re talking about the location and promotion ad extensions features.

Location ad extensions increase footfall by 20%
Location ad extensions increase footfall by 20%

 

The location ad extension as the name suggests, lets you add your store address to your ad and increase conversions by at least 20%. The promotion extension on the other hand displays your store’s current offers within the ad.

When combined together, they make a store appear accessible and value-for-money and instantly bump up conversion rates.

Tip: Key in another layer of filters by targeting specific times of the day (open hours) and location of target user. You’ll end up saving your ad dollars while keeping your ROI high.

#Hack 5: Encourage potential customers to allow you to target them

(OR: Respect customer data and privacy, and they will love you for it)

Data privacy and consumer preference tracking has long been debated in most types of marketing. More so for those that involve location!

Fact is, consumers hate their privacies being breached, unless…they’re actually getting something useful in exchange!

As revealed by a Microsoft study, consumers are willing to share their data in exchange of either valuable discount offers, cash rewards or extremely exclusive benefits. In fact, it points out that:

  • 65.2% customers would let you target them for loyalty points
  • 89.3% for geo-local discounts
  • And a whooping 99.6% customers are willing to be targeted with cash rewards

But you need to ask them to grant permissions, first.  This simple customer-centric hack can go a long way in building a good relationship with your customer and keeping bringing them to your store.

Make sure that you hit them with a hard-to-say-no-to offer, at the get go!

Needless to say, don’t misuse the data you track. Refrain from spamming them with persistent offers. Or telling them how you “noticed they visited a nearby store!”

Like most other growth hacks, geomarketing has seen its own share of misuse.

Yet, when done right, it can be highly beneficial for brick-and-mortars in all kinds of markets.

After all, it’s hard to ignore the success stories and dollars generated by smart and cost-effective geomarketing campaigns, by brands big and small.

Get in touch with us for a demo on how Pinoffer can help you leverage geomarketing to take your footfall and in-store revenue to the next level.