Split testing creative is a vital task for successful digital marketing optimisation. Facebook Dynamic Creative ads are perfect for testing ad messaging and creative to boost eCommerce sales. They’re the perfect starting point for fresh campaigns or as an A/B experiment alternative.
“Dynamic creative takes multiple ad components (such as images, videos, titles, descriptions and CTAs) and then optimises them to deliver efficient results for each impression served.” - Facebook for Business https://www.facebook.com/business/help/170372403538781?id=244556379685063&recommended_by=176286959893814
A few things need to be setup before testing can commence:
The number of combinations can range from 2 to 6,250 (if all selections are used). This can affect the amount of data needed before optimisations can be accurately made. It also affects the way in which the data can be viewed.
There are 2 main methods for reporting with these restrictions in place.
Option 1: View aggregated results with breakdowns
Due to the large volume of potential combinations, Facebook will aggregate the results for the dynamic element you select (Video/image, primary text, headlines, descriptions) for reporting.
For example, viewing results for the top-performing headline will not account for the video or image used in the combinations.
This does create limitations with combination reporting but it gives a strong baseline to work with.
Choosing the dynamic creative breakdown:
Option 2: View Top 10 Combinations (by engagement)
Even with a primary objective of sales, engagement is still a useful secondary metric. Facebook provides previews of the top 10 highest engagement combos. Click the edit tab of the ad and then click ‘Facebook post with comments’.
Optimising For Sales
There are two main reasons for implementing dynamic creative in Facebook.
The first method is used for new campaigns to get an understanding of the combinations of messaging and creatives that drive sales before committing to a specific ad with a large budget.
The second method is simplification of large accounts, where a single dynamic ad may be used to replace 100’s of existing ads. Depending on the business and the previous ads, this method may or may not be suitable. All messaging and creatives need to be compatible with each other which may not work in some industries that have a large variety of products or services.
Both methods boil down to the same optimisation strategies:
Removing poor performing elements is the easiest part. Simply edit the ad and delete the necessary elements.
Utilising top-performing combinations is fairly straightforward too. Create a separate (non-dynamic) ad with the best elements as a unique combination and publish.
Replacing the removed elements from step 1 & 2 with fresh messaging and creatives is important to continually test and improve.
Dynamic Creative ads can be a great addition to your Facebook campaigns, either for finding the best performing image/text combinations, or streamlining a pre-existing account with 100’s of ads.
However, there are a few caveats when setting up a successful dynamic ad campaign:
Author: Tyron Zeelie – Campaign Manager at Sprocket Digital
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