Facebook Ads or Google Ads?
Which promotional road is right for your business – Facebook or Google? The short answer is BOTH, if you have a significant and adequate budget to reach your audience across both channels. However as most small businesses have reasonably modest ad spend budgets I want to examine the differences, contrasts and similarities of the platforms so that you have the power to make the right choice for your business.
Facebook VS Google
Are these guys rivals? They are certainly two of the most powerful tech companies in the world. They both hold us, and our information in the palm of their hand and we as a modern society are reliant on them for just about everything from communication, education, to directions, opinions, social connection and of course business.
So how do they differ?
Google has 90.46% of the search engine market share worldwide. So really I could just stop there. Google Ads is what is known as a Pay-Per-Click (PPC) platform. Advertisers select a series of relevant search terms (keywords and phrases) used by search users (your potential customers). When a user clicks on an ad, the advertiser is charged. With over 63,000 searches per second (yes second), it is no surprise that Google is an important tool for advertising products and services.
Facebook has the largest number of monthly users in the world and has become a pinnacle advertising platform. Facebook Ads are what is known as social promotion. Advertisers select targeted audiences based on their preferences and behaviour online.
Both are used to promote products and services online however where AdWords helps you find new customers, while Facebook helps new customers find you.
Let?s break down each of the platforms.
Google Ads Advantages
With 3.5 billion searches daily, Google offers advertisers access to the biggest potential audience in the world, even a small piece can bring thousands of users who are actively looking for your type of goods and services to your door.
I?ve heard it being said that Google displays the ads of those with the largest advertising budget first. This is a myth as Google focuses on how relevant the ads is to the audience, not how much you?re spending.
The more relevant the ad is to the user, the more likely the ad is to be successful, if the user has a positive experience, they will keep using Google to search and Google will keep making money from advertising. Because Google is a business, and relevance is good business practise, they will keep serving up high quality and relevant ads. It also means if YOUR ads are awesome, you won?t have to bid as much for them as those that create what Google considers to be poor quality?Beware the dreaded ?For all your (insert industry here) needs? ad copy.
Certain keywords and phrases on Google vary in price significantly, this is noticeable in industries with high competition such as Financial Services and Law. However the bid prices are still displayed according to the quality and relevance of the ad, even if the overall ads are higher cost.
For a detailed account of how Google Ads work, have a read of this blog. https://www.wordstream.com/articles/what-is-google-adwords
For the most part, Google Ads are text based. However advertisers can also take advantage and make ads ?sexier? and more appealing to users by using an extensive number of features such as reviews, site links, location targeting, shopping ads, feature banner ads, and many more. All services and industries are catered for so your business will be able to take advantage of these features to best showcase what you?re offering.
Facebook Ads Advantages
Facebook has no rival when it comes to the its colossal audience in the social media world. However its true advantage is the ability to target audience members so precisely that users virtually are served ads daily that they have been prequalify to want.
Have you ever been in the market for a new adult size baby romper and found that every ad on Facebook seems to be for adult baby dress ups (neither have I?but you get the point, and also each to their own). Facebook advertisers are able to track your activity online and put you into relevant target groups based on advertiser target preferences. If advertisers do their job properly, your ads will be served to those who are interested in your goods and services thus giving you quality leads in exchange for your ad spend.
Have you ever heard of ?lookalike audiences? ? they?re pretty awesome. Advertisers can upload their customer database information to Facebook which then applies filters its own data which they get from third-party data brokers to match users whose information the advertiser uploads. Scared yet? This creates a look alike audience which allows advertisers to increase their potential customer base by advertising to new customers who have similar consumer behaviour and interests as their existing customers. Just remember ?they?re watching you.
Facebook offers advertisers a huge range of ad formats; text based, visual, video, shopping display and many many more. The tracking is incredibly detailed and allows advertisers to change direction at anytime to enhance their campaigns. In other words it?s not like placing a press ad and hoping for the best. Thanks to Facebook there is no more yelling into open spaces hoping someone will hear you and actually be interested. If it isn?t working today, change it tomorrow.