5 B2B Tips for Creating Facebook Ad Images That Work

5 B2B Tips for Creating Facebook Ad Images That Work

Author: Nadya Khoja / Source: socialmediaexaminer.com Want to improve your cost per click for Facebook ads? Wondering how much influence v

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Want to improve your cost per click for Facebook ads?

Wondering how much influence visuals have on Facebook ad performance?

From font style to background images, the design choices you make can have a deep impact on the overall results of your Facebook ad campaigns.

In this article, you’ll discover five tips for creating B2B Facebook ad images that generate results.

5 B2B Tips for Creating Facebook Ad Images That Work by Nadya Khoja on Social Media Examiner.
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5 B2B Tips for Creating Facebook Ad Images That Work by Nadya Khoja on Social Media Examiner.

A Data-Backed Approach to Facebook Ad Design

Many expert marketers recommend focusing on the copy of your ad, and while this is great advice, it’s also important to combine your copy with a click-worthy image.

What makes an image click-worthy? To determine which specific visual elements result in the most clicks at the lowest cost, I analyzed the response to almost 50 images from a single ebook promotion campaign. I made no changes to the audience, copy, budget, or duration of the ad, only to the social media images themselves.

Keeping in mind graphic design trends, the test consisted of a single Facebook campaign and individual ad sets, with each set comprised of its own ad for each visual. Each ad ran for two weeks and at the end, I tested the top five ads again for good measure.

If you want to run your own experiment, take a look at the image components I tested:

  • Font style: serif and sans serif font styles; uppercase versus lowercase font pairings
  • Text size and position: larger text versus smaller text; left- and right-aligned text versus centered, top or bottom placement of text
  • Image color: four color palettes for image backgrounds; vibrant, pastel, neutral, and dark
The background colors you choose for your Facebook ad visuals can impact your campaign results.
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The background colors you choose for your Facebook ad visuals can impact your campaign results.
  • Illustration usage: images that are illustration- and icon-heavy
  • Stock images: images consisting only of various stock photos of a person, animal, location, and food or beverage
  • Calls to action: inclusion and exclusion of a clear call to action
  • Company branding/logo usage: visuals heavily branded with company colors and logos versus product shots
  • Memes and pop-culture references: the effectiveness of popular memes on click-through rate
  • Image fractions: showing only part of a larger image
  • Before and after: “before and after” visuals
  • Charts and data visuals: use of charts, graphs, and data
Using charts and graphs in your Facebook ad visuals suggests new research and information.
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Using charts and graphs in your Facebook ad visuals suggests new research and information.

Now let’s look at some takeaways from this test that you can apply to your Facebook ad visuals.

#1: Use a Darker Background Color

Visuals that included a darker background color received 136% more clicks than the sample average. On top of that, the cost per click for ads with a darker background was 18% less than the average cost per click.

Of those who clicked on the ad, 87% submitted their email addresses to access the ebook.

Here’s the ad visual used in the test:

Facebook ad visuals with darker backgrounds stand out better in the news feed.
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Facebook ad visuals with darker backgrounds stand out better in the news feed.

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