3 Facebook Ads Tips to Grow Your Shopify Store

January 11, 2021

Show Notes

If you’re a new store owner, then you know that getting traffic to your website can sometimes be a little frustrating.

Some weeks you get a decent amount of traffic and sales and the next it’s just well, not so good.

Facebook is one platform if you learn it well can absolutely pay dividends and transform you into the empowered store owner.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  1. What type of content preforms best with FB ads. Images, carousels or videos
  2. Insight into one big mistake store owners make when writing copy/text for their ads
  3. And the power behind redundancy and frequency and how to effectively use them in your business to increase sales and lower overhead

All of this and more!

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Christian [00:00:00] Welcome to another episode! In this episode, we're going to go over some Facebook ad tips to grow your Shopify store. We've been talking a lot about Shopify in our different platforms doing a lot of tutorials, and we really want to blend the two: the design in your website and then fully immersing with your marketing. So we want to give you some Facebook ad tips. We're talking about things like your images and your videos. What is top of the funnel and bottom of the funnel? We're going to be talking about redundancy, frequency and a few quick bonus tips for you as well. Check it out. 

Narrator [00:00:31] This is The Marketing Natives providing actionable ways to grow, improve and succeed in your business and now your hosts: Christian and Aaron. 

Aaron [00:00:47] All right! So I mentioned this at least whenever I was going to start throwing these questions to break the ice because Christian's popping his neck right now and he just may need some ice breaking material. So very quick rapid question for you Christian, what did you want to be whenever you grew up? 

Christian [00:01:03] Paleontologist.

Aaron [00:01:07] Really? Nice. He liked the dinosaurs. 

Christian [00:01:10] What about you? 

Aaron [00:01:10] I think I wanted to be a lawyer. 

Christian [00:01:15] That's weird. 

Aaron [00:01:15] I know, from a very early age. I mean, I technically did kind of pursue that, but I mean I like to battle back and forth with people. You know that. Even from an early age. I think I've been self-aware from that. But they also made a decent amount of money, which again, I'm not saying that to be, you know, don't judge me people. But I mean that's truthful. 

Aaron [00:01:39] But anyway, I'm super excited about this episode for many reasons. I think, I wonder if a podcast has to act overly excited to make it seem like you're actually excited. Like 'Yes!'. 

Christian [00:01:50] Yes! 

Aaron [00:01:51]  I don't know. Well, Facebook ads are a ton of fun. We obviously do a lot of Facebook ads on our business, but then adding the Shopify store, you guys really liked a lot of our content for Shopify. 

Aaron [00:02:04] We've been mixing Shopify content with Christian creating tutorials for people on Shopify. So thank you guys for watching that! Maybe that's how you found us. 

Aaron [00:02:12] But we've also been talking about the advertising side as well and mixing the two of them. So an E-commerce business and now you have an amazing website because Christian helped you with that. But now how do you drive traffic and grow sales? So today we're going to be talking about, I mean, really the ads and the tips to grow your clothing store, products or whatever it is that you're selling on Shopify. So it should be a lot of fun. 

Christian [00:02:35] Nice. 

Aaron [00:02:36] Okay, so first thing here, number one: is that when you're building an ad on Facebook, there's tons of YouTube videos that you can go check out. But on how to build a campaign, I think we even have something. Maybe Jack can pull it up here, on how to create a Facebook ad. We have videos on that. But when you're creating an ad for a product, the biggest thing you want to do is, we've been talking a ton about video, but images do really well because they show exactly what the product is very quickly. So it may not always catch attention, but you know very quickly, like you're watching this if you can see it I'm holding up a water bottle. You know, it's a water bottle, so you know instantly if you're interested or not. So actually, a lot of people will jump in and try to do some fancy things. But, just a really clean image of your product is going to get a ton of people to actually look in. You'll find out if your ads are good or not. But that's really the first thing to check out and to try out is an image. It's the cheapest thing. It's usually the most effective and a lot of people test out, like carry sales, other things or multiple images, but you start using single images do really well. 

Christian [00:03:53] When it comes to videos, I guess what's the recommendation there on how the video should look like?

Aaron [00:04:01] So I guess a couple of things. 

Aaron [00:04:02] One of them is that I don't think it's super long. 

Aaron [00:04:06] So think about length for that, maybe 10 to 15 seconds. So, again, it should be very quick and it should be very punchy, meaning like there's frames that are changing or there's shots that are changing every one to two seconds because you want to catch their attention but show it. So it's like: 'This is a water bottle, it's insulated, it's perfect for athletes, it's whatever'. Like hitting on those benefits, this is also something you can do from your phone, for iMovie or whatever else. But then you should be using elements like text or animations on the video, not taking away from the product, but using that text because most people are watching without sound. So just assume that they can't hear your cool music in the background. They can only read your text. So what do you want to showcase to them very quickly? Really, you could even do it in like five seconds. So don't overcomplicate the video, that side of things.  

Christian [00:05:02] Okay. And then, I think the next thing here is building out the top of the funnel, middle of the funnel and bottom of the funnel. Can you elaborate on them? 

Aaron [00:05:12] Yeah. So I mean, the top of the funnel goes to basically like a cold audience like Christian didn't know my water bottle. We're still talking about that. So this is an image that would go to Christian for this water bottle and we just want him to stop and take action, whether he likes the ad, whether he goes to the website or whatever he does, we want him to take some kind of action even if he just looks at it. 

Christian [00:05:36] So interact with the ads one way or another? 

Aaron [00:05:38] Yes, exactly. So that's on top of the funnel, just like the first impression. It's the first time you meet somebody you want to make a good impression. The middle of the funnel, the goal there is to focus on taking them to the next step. So, Christian, let's say the first time he did it, he went to the website, but then he got busy and was like, it's okay. Like, I'm just not going to spend a ton of time here. So he went there. He looked at the product. He didn't add to cart. He didn't take a major action. So the middle of the funnel is to get Christian from looking at the product to the next step, which is adding to cart, initiating checkout or purchasing. But if he sits in the middle of the funnel and says he's like 'Okay, awesome, this is great. I found my color, I'm going to add a blue one to my cart'. So now he adds to cart and that kind of handles the middle of the funnel. We want to get them to the next step. If he doesn't take action all the way and purchase, then the bottom of the funnel kind of basically cleans that up and says 'Hey, you added to cart, I want you to purchase at this point like, take that next final step'. That's the most expensive. But if you know your numbers, then it's actually I mean, it's the cheapest. 

Aaron [00:06:45] But to make him do all three steps is obviously expensive. But we still want him to purchase because if he doesn't purchase, then we get no return on our investment. So the bottom of the funnel is like if he added to cart but didn't initiate checkout or he initiated a checkout but didn't purchase. 

Aaron [00:07:01] We're showing him, hopefully the bottom of the funnel is dynamic, meaning that it's specifically the product he's looking at. So it's like Christian added this blue water bottle to his cart. Here's something that's going on. Something a little bit more advanced. I can explain. Hopefully, very easy, just think about it as one to seven day increments. So on day one, Christians most likely, if he added to his cart to purchase again tomorrow, that's the most likely he is. After that, you may need to do something to incentivize him. So you could have days one or two or days one to three where you're just saying 'Hey! You added this to your cart purchase', but after that, maybe four to seven, you're giving some kind of small offer that says like, 'Hey, you know this is for a limited time. For the next two days this discount is going to be unavailable'. And then, after seven days you just kind of stop running an ad to him because he's probably not going to purchase. So you don't waste your time. So, just kind of recap because I mean, I feel like that was a lot. 

Christian [00:08:03] The way I see it is when you're building your ads, you have to think about those three different things; top, middle and bottom. You also need to look at treating those people differently. 

Aaron [00:08:16] Yeah. 

Christian [00:08:16] If they're at different stages of the buying process and then also thinking about the fact that they are different people or different audiences. So when you're building your ads, take into consideration those three stages which will require different graphics, different videos, different copies, different texts and it'll also have different audiences in each of those. So, I think, I mean, someone who may be doing ads right now for Shopify, they may be just thinking about 'Okay, I just need to do this really cool ad and it will just, you know, I'll have a bunch of sales and that's it'. But instead, I think we're trying to tell you that you can split this up into these three categories and be way more successful and will probably end up being cheaper in the long run. 

Aaron [00:09:01] It is cheaper for sure. 

Christian [00:09:01] Yeah. 

Aaron [00:09:02] Yeah. I mean, that's a good point. 

Aaron [00:09:04] It's definitely talking to them differently. Now that you know the product, like, 'Hey, you left something in your car', like you want to do something a little bit more. I mean, you can add the copy, which we'll talk about here in a second. But, just talking to them differently is, I think, the most crucial part of things. But that's also something you want to set up in the ads as well is like how do you set that up as well. But yeah, they're different. They're different stages, different people for sure. 

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Aaron [00:10:23] The kind of what Christian was talking about earlier like that copy, so many people, at least for E-commerce try to overcomplicate and explain the product in the text. When you do it correctly, the product should kind of explain itself or the video should explain it and the copy should just basically mirror what the copy in the text that's going on in the video. So, the copy of Taio could just say like the most revolutionary athlete based water bottle and then the text inside of the video could say something about it and then the call to action could say something about it. So if you're familiar with running like lead generation ads, you want more copy and you want more specifics on that because they need that information before they click. But somebody who's going to purchase something, they want to know very quickly what it is they're looking at. And so, in this kind of talk sub another point, we're going to talk about later, which is the more consistent you can keep that messaging then the more likely they are to purchase something because it's consistent. So, the copy on the ad shouldn't be overcomplicated. You can go to the Facebook ad library to go check out other companies that do it well. Like if you look at a Nike ad or like another big brands ad, they're typically one to two sentences. Three sentences is max, so don't overcomplicate the copy. Just keep it super simple and explain that. 

Christian [00:11:52] Yeah. I think I keep going back to Instagram because that's where I spend a lot of time and I see a lot of ads. I see a lot of ads that they do really good targeting and I really do like those things. I can tell you, I would say 90 percent of those ads I really didn't read the copy of the caption, the description. It's whatever is on the image or video that I'm looking at, that's what catches my attention 90 percent of the time. I just hit that like and save just like, you know, calculator. Yeah. Sometimes where it's like some of them are really interesting. I'll go and click the call to action, learn more or whatever, and it opens up the landing page and there is where you know, maybe I'll scan through and look at more information. But yeah, typically I don't look at the actual copy or description of the ad. I'm looking at just what's in the image or video. 

Aaron [00:12:49] Yeah. That's a good point too. I think that's how most people shop. You know, if you guys are listening, you're like, 'No, that's not the way I shop'. Everybody shops a little bit differently. But for the most part, they just need to be able to be visual and you can see something I don't know what the number is, but like seeing something visually, you can process it in your brain like two or three hundred times faster than if you read the text. So it's like if you already instantly saw the picture of the bottle, you can make a decision at that point like, 'Oh, I'm going to scroll or I'm going to stay' and I think that's huge. 

Aaron [00:13:21] But most importantly, I think from like a tip here to grow on Shopify is like that redundancy and then frequency. We talked about this a little bit earlier, but the redundancy meaning like if you're saying we're the best water bottle for athletes and here's ten percent off, showing that one ad, but doing it over like different images and stills, keeping the same text and so keeping the same type of style, that redundancy is like how brains work really well. So like if you look at Coca-Cola, if you look at Apple, you look at anybody who does a bunch of ads like who does it really good, Geico, they're annoying, but they have some good ads. So they have TV commercials, they have ads on car websites, they have stuff on the highways, but they're all consistent, '15 minutes or less or whatever, save 15 percent or whatever'. That redundancy is insane. And then, they add the frequency to it as well. But what's great, I guess, about Facebook is that you can create two or three different ads and then show that to the same person, three or four different times. So now that they've seen something like 12 times, they already start to trust the brand and they don't even know. You don't even realize, like, 'Wow! I've seen it so many times. I actually trust this brand' and it's not annoying you because if it's the same picture, then it's like 'I keep seeing it'. But if you see it in different ways on different platforms like Facebook or Instagram, then psychologically you start to build trust with it. I don't know if you've personally experienced that. 

Aaron [00:14:57] But that's kind of like, what they tell us, and it's also what we've seen. 

Christian [00:15:04] What did you say 12 was the magic number or was that just like random? 

Aaron [00:15:08] No. This is random. No, really, I mean, our goal for the bottom of the funnel between top of the funnel, middle of the funnel and bottom of the funnel, at least 15 to 20 impressions. You know, over a 7 to 15 day period, depending on the price point of the product, because you need to see them on Facebook, you need to see them on Instagram stories, and then you see different variations of the ads. 

Aaron [00:15:34] And then, once they get into your funnel, then it's like dynamically just showing you this. Then hopefully you get them on email and you see them on email and you get an offer, that's really how the purchase happens. 

Christian [00:15:47] Got you. So, I guess there's no real magic number you have to look at how much money you can actually spend with these ads. 

Aaron [00:15:57] What price points of the products are important too. 

Christian [00:15:58] Yeah. 

Aaron [00:15:58] Because Christian is going to have to see this Tesla, you know, a thousand times over the next three or four months or six months to buy a Tesla and still be in the market for it. But he may only need to see this 12 times, this water bottle that I'm holding in my hand, three or four times and just finally say like, 'Oh wow! This water bottle is amazing, I'm going to buy it. It's 20 bucks.'

Christian [00:16:21] Yeah. 

Aaron [00:16:21] So that's just a part of it as well and I think kind of a bonus here is just the Facebook ad tips just be testing. So what we say to you is just kind of like a guideline, but be testing for you. You may say like, 'Hey, this is how we run our ads and it works', then great, do that. There's no right or wrong way. Everybody needs to kind of find their own path. This is what we've seen from spending. I need to look at how much we've spent, but well, over a million dollars spending ads. So it's just things that we've seen. But it's constantly changing. So just be testing, just kind of a bonus. Just always be thinking about and testing those. 

Christian [00:16:57] Is it ABC? No. 

Christian [00:17:00] Always be testing. 

Aaron [00:17:01] ABT.

Christian [00:17:01] ABT. I don't know. 

Aaron [00:17:05] I feel like there was an acronym or something like that, there was. But Rick Mulready also says, like his famous thing, which is not really famous, I guess he's just kept doing. It's like 'Keep doing more of what works', basically what he's saying is, you know, stop doing what doesn't work and keep doing more of what works. It's one of those things where you have to be reminded more than you need to be told, because it's like wait, that worked. 

Aaron [00:17:32] Why don't we keep doing it? Like YouTube's working for us? Why don't we do more YouTube or Facebook ads work? Why don't we do more Facebook ads? 

Christian [00:17:38] Yeah. 

Aaron [00:17:38] So anyway, I hope you guys got a lot out of this episode. If you are a Shopify store owner and you're running Facebook ads, you're kind of lost and you need some help. We have a free strategy session that you could absolutely go to and schedule a 45 minute conversation with us. We're going to walk you through everything that we're doing with our clients who are successful online right now. It's sales.bitbranding.co. You can go over there. Like I said, it's with us. It's 45 minutes long and you're going to walk away with exactly what you need to do to be successful running ads online, including what you need to do with apps that you need to purchase or get for free from Shopify, email campaigns that you need to be sending and how to set up your campaigns on Facebook and Instagram. So if that's a value to you, make sure to go to sales.bitbranding.co. That will be in the description here as well. 

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