Creating effective Facebook ads is a skill that all e-commerce entrepreneurs eventually need to learn. While free marketing ideas can help you get your first few sales, top online stores all invest in advertising to ensure a skyrocketed growth. The truth is, creating great Facebook ads isn’t as easy as you’d think. This article will show you Facebook ad examples you can use as inspiration for your next campaign.
If you’re selling jewelry or in this case engagement rings, carousel ads work well. Most women have different tastes and carousel ads allow you to show different styles and colors to appeal to a wider audience. I’ve personally seen this ad in my newsfeed, about every single day. After seeing it for what felt like the 100th time over the course of a year, I finally browsed the website to send my partner a picture of an engagement ring style I’d really like so this is a great example of one of those Facebook ads that work. While I don’t know what the actual frequency of this specific ad is, sometimes not capping a frequency can result in a potential customer moving through the funnel. When it comes to the ad copy, it’s simple asking customers to shop trends. But truth is, for this type of product the audience is more focused on the pictures they’re viewing rather than the copy they’re reading. Engagement rings are made for visual platforms deemphasizing the importance of flashy copy. This could be a successful Facebook ad as there’s some engagement on it with over 200 likes and 13 comments. Plus, I know from seeing this ad all year that they’ve experimented with different pictures so it’s definitely not their only ad. Noticeably, they always stick to carousel ads. If a professional marketer clicks an ad, it’s a good sign that it’s a great Facebook ads example.
This is the perfect Facebook ads example because it focuses on the impulse buy. When I saw this ad I originally thought it was an article and clicked on it. Something that pops in this ad is that certain words are written in ALL CAPS. Though some may not like all caps text, it really does capture attention. And truth is, if you’re presenting the right product or offer people will ignore the scammy appearance. The keywords that pop well in this ad is ‘CRAZY comfortable.’ Comfort is something many look for in a shoe so it’s an important keyword and crazy adds an emphasis on how comfortable it really is. And the emphasis on ‘elegant’ and ‘luxurious’ make you feel like you can be comfortable even when dressing up, which is rare, especially in women’s shoes. The picture is also interesting because it breaks down the components of the shoe. This is often found in ads for running shoes but not as common for women’s shoes like heels or in this case flats. Overall, the unique image and the all caps convinced me to stop scrolling and click.
Facebook video ads are effective at holding a person’s focus. This Longchamp ad is no exception. The ad showcases a model spinning around showing her clothes and handbag in the shot. The copy is simple. It let’s potential customers know there’s a new collection for women, hence the word ‘Mademoiselle.’ This effective Facebook ad has over 940 likes, 16 comments and 68 shares. Noticeably, the ad has had over 213k views which is a pretty high reach. When I saw the ad, I basically watched it on loop for about two minutes and didn’t even realize it. I’m pretty sure this was a retargeting ad. And I also saw this on my Instagram feed which is another great platform for video ads.
Creative Facebook Ads like this Me Undies one stands out in a crowded marketplace. While most marketers don’t recommend a blue photo on Facebook’s blue and white platform, this dark blue ad definitely stands out. While it won’t work with every niche, glow in the dark products like this one are the exception. The product is more of an impulse buy rather than a search based product making it a great product to promote on Facebook. The picture clearly shows a glow in the dark product and the dark image makes it more apparent that that’s what they’re selling. The copy also emphasizes this point with ‘It’s Lights Out!’ The engagement on the ad shows that this is a unique product, especially since nearly 7k people liked the post and nearly 700 people shared it. And with over 1k comments, you can likely expect there to be some comments where people are tagging their friends. This Facebook Ads example reminds advertisers to be different to stand out on a crowded marketplace and to focus on promoting impulse buy products.
Many dropshippers have found success creating ads in the same style as this Meowingtons ad. I’ve definitely tried this on my own online store and noticed it works well. First, you have a discount based offer of 60% off which can help entice people who are interested in buying the product. I’ve tried 50% discount offers and those also work really well too. The discount code is visible in the title allowing people to add it easily once they’ve found a product they love. Also, notice how the copy reads ‘ENTIRE SITE.’ Say you’re not interested in this specific product but you’re a fan of this online store, or you just love cats, you might still choose to browse around on the website anyway. This Facebook Ads example was centered around a holiday– Labour Day, which is as good excuse as any to host a sale. When it comes to creating copy for your online store, this is a good example of the types of information you should include. Just double check to make sure that your copy doesn’t get cut off or miss any key information.
This effective Facebook ad has the perfect combination of cute and colorful. If you’re a new parent, seeing pictures of cute babies can help lead you into an impulse buy. Plus, a baby in a cute animal onesie is pretty adorable, which makes the image quite attention grabbing. But even if you scroll past the picture, you’ll notice a pop of color with the multiple emojis used. From lollipops to explosions the emojis add an emphasis to the copy. And the copy? Well it let’s you know that you have a limited offer of up to 80% which sounds like quite the enticing deal. The limited time gives you that fear of missing out which also helps encourage the impulse buy. Also, notice how they describe the outfits: ‘soft & cute’ which can also be used to describe babies. Overall, all the components from images to emojis to copy all work together to create an effective Facebook ad.
This Facebook Ads example is a video ad for a star map. The copy mentions details of when you would likely want to have the product, such as birth of a child, engagement, wedding or a special moment in time. It’s a quirky product which makes it perfect for capturing the impulse buy. That’s could be why over 3k people have liked the post and over 600k people have viewed the ad. Once again we see emojis being used in the ad which gives the ad a pop of color within the text to help draw more eyes to the copy. You’ll notice that the link says ‘A Gift to Remember’ with a heart emoji beside it. Since the earlier copy mentions special occasions it helps forge the connection between the special event and gift. Hence, if you’re visiting a new mom or heading to an engagement party and you see the ad, you might choose to gift this. Or if you’re celebrating a special occasion, you might choose to buy it for yourself.
Luxy Hair’s Facebook ad is a carousel ad with video content. As they sell to women they often show content with beautiful women to help women imagine how much better they’ll look with their hair extensions. You’ll notice how the copy even mentions the problem they solve: ‘add instant length and volume.’ A person with short or thin hair is likely their target market as they want a more enhanced look. Noticeably, Pia Muehlenbeck is the star of the ad and if you’ve ever seen her Instagram account you’d know she has 2 million followers. When you’re starting out, you might not have the budget for an influencer, however, as your brand grows it’s worth considering for your ads.
If you’ve ever read anything I’ve written on retargeting ads, you’ll know how effective they are for converting the sale. I regularly browse Royal Albert’s website and this was a retargeting ad I got after looking at their products. What I love about this side bar ad is that it incentives the purchase by offering a freebie with ‘Buy 3, Get 1 Free.’ The copy below that shows that they likely understand their audience as they say ‘Be the perfect host with Royal Albert Dinnerware.’ It makes it apparent that their customers buy their products to host nice events. And for the record, I have hosted tea parties at my house and so even without having much data on me, Royal Albert pretty much nailed it with this Facebook ad.
What I love about Sephora is how much they experiment. I always get Sephora ads but they’re never the same. They constantly show different products, have different offers, unique copy and more. Look at how the products are laid out on the graphics. They position the products at certain angles or create a visually stimulating graphic. The foundation or lip color is spread so you can better see what it looks like, but it also helps the graphic look better. They don’t just take plain product photos, they add design elements to help make it pop. When it comes to sidebar ads, the image needs to stand out to get seen due to the smaller size. One thing to notice is that the domain is in all caps to help add emphasis. These may be retargeting ads as I regularly shop on their website. If they are, the all caps link makes sense as I’d already be familiar with the brand and it gives it an added emphasis.
I usually don’t notice sidebar ads but this one caught my eye. I usually don’t recommend clothing ads without models but this one popped with the simple addition of the purple background. If you don’t have the budget to take model photos or if your manufacturer only supplies pictures without models, feel free to add a colored background to make the picture pop against a plain white background. It’s simple and easy to do but the contrast can help draw more eyes to your ad to entice the click through. Also when it comes to copy, be sure to double check that none of your ad copy gets cut off when writing it!
Carousel ads tend to work really great for fashion online retailers. Storets created an ad to show off a collection of pink colored apparel. If you divide your apparel by color, you can create a retargeting ad for people who browse by color and create a collection based off that color. When it comes to ads, you don’t need to show off a specific outfit. You can create ads based on color, theme such as nautical or material such as lace. The carousel ads work well in this case, especially if you’ve really narrowed in on your target, as it allows them to view a few products that might suit their style. Notice how vibrant the first image is. It’s done intentionally to attract a person’s eyes to the ad and get them to stop scrolling down. You’ll also notice that they too used emojis in the copy and even included a hashtag that you can view or use to post your own pictures.
This works as one of the best Facebook ads due to the strategy they use: content marketing. While most retailers create ads that direct customers to a product page, you can also direct your traffic to content or a blog post. These type of ads can be helpful at converting your customers. Not everyone is ready the first time they see a product. However, content let’s people learn something new. You can also retarget a blog reader and have a much lower ad cost. When I retargeted my blog readers, I had a 9x ROI when they bought my products. It was one of the cheapest and yet most profitable ads I’d ever created.
Zaful and RoseGal are two online retailers who change their ads regularly. They both create ads in a similar style. Notice how they both use three columns of products. One shows a front and backside view of a top, while the other shows the color variations you can choose from. Their copy is quite similar too. Both mention a percentage discount to help entice a budget conscious shopper. And both use symbols. Zaful uses brackets to emphasize their free shipping. And RoseGal creates hearts next to the question ‘What Color Do You Like?’
This video Facebook Ads example has over 173K views with hundreds of likes. The video was also used as a commercial and uses celebrity Keira Knightley in their ad. While you might not have a budget to hire a celebrity for your ad, you can choose to reach out to a smaller scale influencer to help you create a video ad. In addition, this video ad was also used for television commercials and YouTube, so don’t be afraid to repurpose your content. You can use your video ad for your product page, YouTube channel or even add it to a blog post. The content you create for your ads doesn’t need to be limited to the ad.
These 15 Facebook Ads examples can help you better understand what type of ad format works best with your audience, what the focus of your ad should be such as copy versus image, and how to create effective Facebook ads as a whole. While you may be tempted to use these ads verbatim, truth is, your store’s audience is likely different than the ones mentioned above. These Facebook Ads samples can be used as a guideline or a starting point when building your first few Facebook ads, but ultimately you’ll need to experiment to find out what resonates with your specific audience. Also, keep in mind that this article doesn’t mention targeting which will also play an important role in your success on Facebook.