2017 Facebook Advertising Benchmarks

24 March

2017 Facebook Advertising Benchmarks

Whenever we report Facebook Advertising results, clients usually ask for some context as to whether their results are good or bad. Since there are a lot of different variables that go into Facebook Advertising performance, it can be very difficult to settle on benchmarks to aim for. Even Facebook will refuse to give an “official” average CPC, CTR or CPM. The closest you might get a rep to say is what their own personal experience has been. Luckily, a recent study of 256 US-based Facebook Advertising campaigns outlines some benchmarks to shoot for. Considering the amount of advertisers on Facebook as more than doubled over the last year or so, the more data you have the better!

Average Click-Through-Rate on Facebook

Click-through-rate (or CTR) is defined as the percentage of times people saw your ad and clicked a link. It is calculated by The metric is calculated as clicks divided by impressions. The average CTR for Facebook Ads across all industries in this study was 0.90%.

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Average Cost Per Click on Facebook

Cost per click (or CPC) is the average cost per link click. It is calculated as the total amount spent divided by link clicks. The average CPC for Facebook Ads across all industries in this studs was $1.722017 Facebook Advertising Benchmarks - CPC.png

Keep in mind, the above benchmarks have a ton of different variables. Targeting, creative and budget have a heavy influence on how your Facebook Ad performs. Your goal should be to execute a cost-effective campaign that is driving quality traffic to your website which converts. If that seems like gibberish, here are a few Facebook Advertising tips:

  • Try to keep your graphics bright and feature other people in the creative. Statistically users respond better to ads with images of people opposed to custom graphics.
  •  Avoid too much text. You get penalized for using too much text in your graphic and sometimes your ad may not even get approved.
  •  Be picky with your targeting. The more specific your audience, the more efficiently your ad should run. Try to be as focused as possible.
  •  Keep your ad copy detailed but concise. Tease the user to click!
  •  Target News Feeds! You have many different placement options, but from our experience the Desktop and Mobile News Feeds provide the most cost effective ad placements.

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