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10 Tips to Increase Your Ad CTR

April 2, 2019


10 Tips to Increase Your Ad CTR

Creating a Facebook ad or Google Ads campaign is fairly simple. Just write the title, add some keywords, include a call-to-action and then sit back and watch the sales start rolling in. Right? Well, as anyone who’s ever tried will tell you, it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Without the right approach, your ads may not get as many impressions and clicks as you might have hoped. In this post, we’ll share ten effective tips for increasing your ad click-through rate (CTR) and getting more sales, inquiries, and traffic from platforms such as Google, Facebook and elsewhere.   

1. Offer a prize or freebie

Let’s face it, enticing people to click on an ad is no easy feat. Statistically, you’re more likely to climb Mount Everest than intentionally click on a banner ad and, according to Google, over 50 percent of mobile ad clicks are accidental. To improve your ad CTR, you need to generate excitement and prompt the viewer to take immediate action.

That’s why prizes and freebies can work wonders for your CTR. This approach is a great way of building trust if people don’t know your brand and it works well for big brands, too. For example, Sony regularly offers an array of awesome goodies such as Sony Rewards, PlayStation consoles and more via their Facebook ads:

If high-end prizes aren’t in your budget, you could offer free shipping or a free trial of your service to help generate more interest.

2. Use A/B testing

You should always create multiple versions of your ads and run them simultaneously to compare their effectiveness. This is known as A/B testing and commonly used to find which ads have the highest CTR. The following ad from Sony shows the process in action:

Sony found that the CTR for the second variation was six percent than the original, likely due to its focus on personalization. If you’re looking to increase your ad’s CTR, A/B testing should be top of your to-do list.

3. Use FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

The ‘Fear of Missing Out’ is one of the most powerful emotions you can harness to help improve your ad’s CTR. The following example from ConversionXL shows how one marketer introduced FOMO by adding a countdown timer to their ad.

Original Version

Variation 2

Introducing FOMO improved the ad’s CTR and increased the conversion rate by over 300 percent!

You can apply FOMO to your Facebook ad or Google ad by making a limited time offer, or stating a specific time frame to generate a sense of urgency.

4. Be concise

Short and sweet copy is your route to a higher CTR. Most people scroll through ads at a blinding rate and rarely pause to read more than the title. Studies have shown that smaller ad sizes with less copy (such as 300 x 250) tend to get more impressions than their larger counterparts. Walmart’s concise Google ad offers a masterclass in brevity:

The same rule applies to Facebook ads. According to Jeff Bullaz, Facebook posts that are under 40-characters have an 86 percent higher CTR than longer posts, a fact that Lyft’s copywriters are clearly putting to good effect: 

5. Match the right ads to the right people

Tailoring your target audience is a sure-fire way of improving your CTR. The best approach depends on the type of product you are selling and whether you have a physical store or location.

On Facebook, you can target by location, interests, behaviors, and demographics, shown below.

To create a better target audience on Facebook, look at the ‘Relevance Score’ found in your ad reports. This score is a number between one and ten that indicates whether your chosen audience is interested in your ads. Creating Facebook custom audiences can keep your offers diversified and ensure that the right people see your ads.

6. Always optimize your Google ads

So, you’ve written great copy with a captivating headline and have chosen a suitable audience but your ad’s CTR is still low. What you’re missing is optimization. From your Google Ads dashboard, click the ‘Ads & extensions’ tab to see your ad campaigns. You’ll notice that Google offers both Text ads, Responsive text ads, and Dynamic Search ads that let you include more headlines and descriptions. For every ad you run, ensure that you have at least three different ads and that they are very relevant to your keywords and landing page.

These variations let you test different ways to drive more customers to your site and help you optimize your ads. For example, if your keyword is ‘How to promote your business’, for each ad you’ll want to include:

  • 3 different headlines for expanded text ads
  • Two unique descriptions
  • 2 display paths

This optimization will make your ads more relevant to people who are searching for your keyword and this will increase your CTR.

7. Enable Google ad extensions

On Google Adsense, you can improve your Quality Score by enabling ad extensions for every ad you run. Extensions let you add information and features underneath the ad and helps viewers understand more about your company, product or service. See how Facebook puts them to good use in their Google ad:

Facebook includes a powerful call-to-action for people to sign up and also showcases its Photo Stream service.    

From your ‘Ads & extensions’ page, click on the ‘Extensions’ tab and click on ‘Sitelink extensions’. Add at least four site link extensions per ad group. The more targeted you can get them, the higher your CTR will be.

8. Optimize your landing page

A lesser-known reason for a low CTR on Google Adsense is having a poor landing page. This drags down your Quality Score and affects the performance of your ad and the price you need to bid. To check this, look at your Quality Score and see how Google rates your landing page experience:

Three simple ways to improve your landing page are:

  1. Optimize it for mobile devices
  2. Speed up the loading time
  3. Ensure all copy is highly relevant to your ad

You can use Google’s PageSpeed Insights Tool for tips on how to improve your landing page. You can also use Test My Site to check your mobile site’s loading speed. This free tool generates a report that gives you custom recommended fixes you can apply to improve your landing page. 

9. Add negative keywords

Broad search terms can drive down your CTR, so you need to add negative keywords to ensure that you are targeting people who are actively looking for your product or service. From your Google Ads dashboard, open your ad campaign and click on ‘Keywords’ and then the ‘Search Terms’ tab. Set your dates to a good time period so you have enough data to work with. Rank your search terms by impressions and search for terms that have a low CTR. You want to add negative keywords for broad search terms that show up on your search terms report. Add them as an ‘exact match’ negative keyword:

10. Increase bids

On Google Ads, your ad rank is your quality score combined with your bid. Therefore, you need to bid high enough for keywords to improve your score. From your Google Ads dashboard, click on ‘Keywords’ to see the keywords you have bid for and their status. If you’re using manual bidding, and Google indicates that you are “Below first-page bid”, that’s Google’s way of saying that based on your quality score, your ad rank isn’t good enough to be on the first page. You need to select ‘Raise bids to first page CPC’ and set your maximum bid accordingly. This will help your ad rank and improve your CTR.

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