Facebook is growing bigger. As you read this, Facebook just touched the 2 billion mark and is continuing to grow. Before you know it, the social platform will be a juggernaut that’ll be ard for businesses to resist.
Facebook is also consolidating its assets, introducing a ton of new features such as Value-added Audiences (in addition to the already existing Lookalike audiences, custom audiences, and retargeting audiences that you could build) aimed to make advertising easier.
Chances are that you are looking to boost your presence on Facebook or even launch Facebook ad campaigns.
Unless your objective is business branding, reach, engagement, and video views, the best kind of ads that perform are direct lead generation focused ads such as “lead ads” and ads that try to generate leads with free giveaways, invites, eBooks, tip sheets, cheat sheets, and free webinars.
If you are looking to launch your Facebook ad campaigns, check out these fantastic Facebook ad exmaples built for generating leads that hit the ball out of the park and bring in the cash:
Adespresso is a super-tool built to help businesses and marketers use the power of A/B testing while doing Facebook ad campaigns. On top of that, Facebook ad management is also made easy thanks to Adespresso, recently acquired by HootSuite.
The folks at AdEspresso know Facebook advertising like none other. Plus, they spend thousands of dollars just trying to experiment and see what works and what doesn’t. If you are remotely interested in Facebook advertising, you should consider using Adespresso, reading their blog, or signing up for their University.
The ad in question here is in line with their fantastic sales funnel which works on giving a free eBook away (full of value) to bring in email subscribers who later nurtured to help Adespresso upsell their product or the university or both.
Did you notice how specific they get with their ads?
AppSumo knows a thing or two about marketing online. The popular “Groupon for geeks” is of unmistakable appeal and every geek who’s on their email list knows that. Or maybe self-proclaimed marketing geeks like us who use Sumo to build marketing lists also know that.
AppSumo’s Facebook ads are targeted and they usually pick their best performing products for their ads, and all them make for some of the best Facebook ad examples.
This example is for their offer on BrandYourself Premium plan, of course. One other thing you should note while we are talking about AppSumo is that you should signup for their list regardless of whether or not you’d ever buy off any of their offers.
Why, you ask?
Their email copy happens to generate millions each year. If you want to learn how to write emails that get you results, nothing teaches you better than AppSumo’s emails.
The marketing teams at Amazon spend day-in and day-out trying to optimize the heck out of their Facebook ad campaigns. In fact, there are location-specific teams working on their ad campaigns.
If you run an ecommerce business, you’ll learn a ton from just seeing what Amazon does with its Facebook Ad campaigns. There’s no usual fretting and fussing on images – simple, specific, and highly-relevant images do the trick.
No fancy verbiage either. I mean, you don’t need to hire an expensive copywriter to write “Join Amazon and Get Free two-day Shipping. 20% off Diapers and More!”
Of course, the power of Amazon’s brand helps.
With a brand name like Advertise.com, they better “advertise” right. They do a good job, of course, and they live up to their name.
It’s very appealing when things are given away for free – and anything goes. In this example, Advertise.com gives away a smashing $1000 bonus to help start your online ad campaigns for high-quality traffic at low cost.
Apart from the huge appeal of the $$$ bonus, see how they play out on the FOLM (Fear of Losing Money) here?
Nikki Elledge Brown
Nothing beats the power of free and the high appeal of education. Absolutely nothing. That explains why “free mini courses” or even “complete free courses” are so popular and they work like a charm.
Nikki’s free mini course to help you write better (and have fun doing it) is dripped each week day. In a single ad, Nikki manages to provoke you, appeal to copywriters and business owners, lays out the strength (and size) of her community and more.
You have to love the detailed (yet simple) design of the image for the Sherman Carter ad. Picking on a single product line (Assassin’s Creed) and appealing to a single target audience (choosing only men as target audience) and using power phrases such as “Absolute Must have…”, the ad is a winner alright.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, there’s also a discount to sweeten the deal. The darned thing just works.
Great products with equally awesome images always do well on facebook. InstaViral just happened to do it right. In Facebook ad example, the TeeShirt’s proposition as Limited edition says “products are getting sold faster than you can click on the ad”, price makes it clear, and the $10 off today adds more appeal. Plus, it’s targeted to women.
Women don’t resist shopping, do they?
As we determined earlier, “free” works better than great when it comes to Facebook ads. Combine that with an alreasy established and useful tool like SimilarWeb and it’s only evident that the ad would just work.
I mean, who’d resist a “free” trial for a tool that accomplishes so much.
Thanks to Sophia from HubsSpot for this heads up, NatureBox’s Facebook ad packs everything it needs to bring in its customers with a singular ad – showing exactly what comes with NatureBox. The ad tells you that you get a “free trial” and that you’d still pay $7.90 for shipping.
It’s relevant, fun, and has a clear call-to-action. No wonder the folks at HubSpot found it.
Talk elegance, utility, and again the wretched power of “free” in advertising, and you’ll appreciate what Slack does with its Facebook Advertising. Thanks to Dan Shewan of WordStream for pointing this one out.
Dan Kennedy calls it the PAS formula:
Problem – Present the problem your prospect feels (Meetings Suck)
Agitation – Poke at that problem until it’s visceral problem (How it feels like when you sit in those meetings?)
Solution – Present your solution to the agitated (Use slack to cut down on meetings and sit only in 25% of them)
Slack ticks off some of those boxes:
Great going there. By the way, using dark colors in Facebook ads does make ads stand out. Eh?
Which of these Facebook ad examples do you like? Tell me about it.