How To: Pick the Right Facebook Images for Your Ads

The image you use for your Facebook advertising campaign is one of the most important elements of your ad because it’s what will initially compel your audience to engage with you – but it may be an afterthought for many businesses. So, how can you select great images for your Facebook ads? Here are five tips to get you started!

Invest in Authentic, High-Quality Images

One of the first rules for images on the web today is that they are authentic and high quality. Apply this standard to the images in your ads as well. Why? Because your ad on Facebook will be competing with everything else in the News Feed. That’s why Facebook images that are stunning enough to stop your prospect mid-scroll are ideal. Investing in quality photographs, illustrations, and images that are authentic and representative of your business, not just stock imagery, can help boost your campaign performance.

Choose Interesting & Engaging Subjects & Composition

When you’re advertising on Facebook, you want your target customers to do something, right? Like: stop, read, and hopefully click on or engage with the ad itself. Well, your Facebook ad image is the most compelling, strong visual component of your ad, so make it a point to find interesting and engaging images that your audience will respond to.

Go for Colorful, Bright, & Positive

Images that convey a positive, energetic aesthetic tend to perform well in general online, and colorful, fun, bright imagery is currently a very hot trend in digital photography. Again, think about the consumer and what they’re doing when they will see your Facebook ad: they’re scrolling through a News Feed on the Facebook mobile app or on their desktop or tablet, seeing everything from photos of their friends’ adorable new babies to a high-budget trailer for the latest blockbuster film. Using color and positive imagery in your ads can give them a natural visual boost that will help them stand out amidst the scroll.

Keep it Clean & Uncluttered

Images that are clean and generally uncluttered will appeal more in general, so it’s a good idea to avoid using a lot of small text on your image or a very cluttered composition. Be strategic about the use of text on images, and reserve it for strong, simple phrases, like an offer or value proposition. In most Facebook ad formats, you’ll have several areas apart from your image where you can use text – on the headline, on the summary, and even in link description text. So leave most of the message aspect of your ad to the natural text part, and use images that are strong, simple, and compelling.

Test Images & Learn What Your Audience Likes

One great thing about Facebook advertising is that it enables you to test different aspects of your creative and see what works best to drive your desired result. Images are a great area to test. Does your target audience respond better when images have text or no text? Test it! Do interesting images with people outperform photos of your products or services? Test it! Get started selecting some Facebook ad images that feel like a good representation of your brand – that will appeal to your audience – and then start running them to see what types of images perform best for which audiences and messages.

Choosing Your Facebook Images

Every Facebook audience is different – indeed each user’s individual News Feed is different! – so make it a point to choose high-quality, engaging images; keep copy minimal; and learn something each time you run a Facebook ad. You’ll soon be developing a set of Facebook image selection best practices of your own!

 

Tiffany Monhollon

Tiffany Monhollon is an award-winning content, community, and social media marketing strategist who is passionate about helping businesses and professionals succeed online, currently serving as Director of Content Marketing at ReachLocal. She develops integrated strategies from the ground up, incorporating content, community, and social tactics to deliver online marketing, search optimization, social engagement, and reputation management results. She speaks and writes about online marketing and social media for sites like Entrepreneur, MarketingProfs, Small Business Trends, Media Post, Social Media Today, Business 2 Community, and the ReachLocal Online Marketing blog.

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