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I often get asked what type of ad should I run when I’m first starting out with Facebook ads?
I also often get asked what is missing from most people’s ad strategy?

Perhaps, surprisingly, the answer is the same. The Lead Gen ad.

The Lead Gen Ad?

As much as I LOVE Facebook and Instagram ads for what they can do for your business I’m not ignorant of the fact that they aren’t infallible. I’ve had client ad accounts go down for no reason, we’ve seen social platforms come and go, accounts get hacked or lost, engagement goes down, costs go up – the list is endless. And as much as I love Facebook and Instagram ads, at the end of the day, you’re working on a platform that you do not own. And to build a business on something you don’t own, well, that’s a scary proposition.
Your email list, however, you completely own. It’s yours, no one can touch it unless you accidentally delete it or do super dodgy things and get shut down – but you’d never do that!
Your email list should be a top priority.
If you’re just starting out building your email list is an amazing place to start. They’re usually super cheap, but you’ve now got a way to contact this person, build a relationship with them, and make them fall in love with you. Rather than an ad, where you have to pay for them to visit your site, and then pay for them to come back again and again till they’re ready to buy. Building your email list means you’re only paying once, and can build that relationship from there. Much more cost effective and with a higher chance for long time success and growth.

If you’ve got an existing strategy, whether you’re spending $5 a day or $5000 a day, building your email list should be a top priority, for a lot of the same reasons as above.

The Two Ways To Set Up A Lead Gen Ad

Option 1: The Facebook Lead Gen Ad

-Super easy to set up
-Very cheap leads
-Links into your Klaviyo directly or you can use a Zapier integration
-Easy to change forms and text

-Often the leads aren’t AS good
-Can’t add a lot of extra text to build a relationship


Option 2: A Landing Page Lead Gen Ad

-A better quality lead
-A warmer lead, they’ve had a better introduction to you
-They’ve been to your website, which means the pixel can track them

-You have to build a custom landing page and set up the integration manually which requires a bit more tech
-They can be more expensive, in our experience 2-3x as much, but can be worth it (always good to test!)

Both are great options.

And you can’t go wrong with either, as we always say the best case is always to test and see what works best for your business.
Want help to set these up on a small budget? Keep an eye out for our new course Small Budgets, Big Results launching next month!. Ready to grow and scale? Book in a Free Strategy Session here:
Dahna Borg

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