Facebook advertising quarterly report q1 2014

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1SOCIALMEDIA##SHARELIKESocial Advertising Quarterly ReportSocialbakers Quarterly Ads Benchmark Reveals News Feed Ads Dominate CTRs and Share of Spend21. IntroductionSocial advertising continues to grow at a rapid rate, with the majority of that growth coming from Facebook. Now, 92% of social marketers report that they are using Facebook for advertising.Facebook is a powerful advertising platform, but there are some who still debate its value for brands. Although a lot of writing focuses on claims that Facebooks organic reach is declining in favour of paid ads on the platform, most brands find that Facebook advertising is highly efficient and generates long term ROI.This report will take a look at Facebook advertising in detail to showcase what has changed from Q2 2013 through Q1 2014.Which Facebook ad placements and types work the bestIn this report you will learnAverage KPIs by industryAverage KPIs by regionForecast on Facebook Q1 quarterly earnings for advertising3MethodologyKPI DefinitionsWeve pulled together data from the Socialbakers Ad Analytics tool, industry data, and Facebook quarterly reports to present our quarterly Facebook advertising report.Data has been analysed from April 2013 - March 2014 for verticals, and April 2013 - February 2014 for all other sections. We have looked at more than 2,000 advertising accounts and aggregated their performance (impressions, spend, clicks) into ad types, placements, regions, and verticals.Click-Through Rate (CTR) Number of clicks divided by number of impressions per ad. Example: If the CTR of an ad is 1%, that means that 1% of everyone who saw the ad clicked.Cost per Click (CPC) Total cost divided by number of clicks per ad. Cost per Impression (CPM) Total cost divided by number of impressions per ad, multiplied by 1000. Example: A business may have bought 10,000 impressions at a CPM of $5, meaning they spent $50.Determining the right ad placements is crucial for increasing the effectiveness of your ads. Why? Certain types of ads perform better in general - such as ads in News Feed- while others work better based on the content that is distributed.Here is a quick list of the six different types of ad placements that advertisers can choose from when setting up an Ad Set:All Facebook - Will create variations for every type of ad placementDesktop - Will create 2 variations (News Feed Desktop and Right-Hand Side)News Feed (Desktop and Mobile) News Feed (Desktop)News Feed (Mobile) Right- Hand Side2. Ad Placements1.21.14Here, we look at CTR and the breakdown of ad placement effectiveness:As one would expect due to time spent in News Feed, CTRs on the News Feed are much higher than the right-hand column, and mobile ads dominate desktop ads in terms of clickthrough rate. News Feed ads are growing quarter-on-quarter, with mobile increasing its dominance from Q3 2013 through to Q1 2014.Below, you can see how advertisers adjusted their ad placement preferences by taking a look at the quarter-over-quarter spend. Note the decline in the All Facebook placement:This shift in ad placement spend shows the changing attitudes of advertisers. Interestingly, mobile News Feed lost share slightly to News Feed on desktop and mobile, although this may be due to advertisers increasing their post boosting efforts, with the default targeting option being to target both desktop and mobile.2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q10,005 %0,01 %0,015 %0,02 %0,025 %0,03 %0All FacebookDesktopNews Feed (Desktop and Mobile)News Feed (Desktop)News Feed (Mobile)Right-hand ColumnAll FacebookDesktopNews Feed (Desktop and Mobile)News Feed (Desktop)News Feed (Mobile)Right-hand Column2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q110 %20 %30 %40 %50 %60 %70 %80 %90 %100 %02.22.152013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q10,05 %0,1 %0,15 %0,2 %0,25 %0Next, we look at CPC and CPM of each ad placementCPCCPMAll FacebookDesktopNews Feed (Desktop and Mobile)News Feed (Desktop)News Feed (Mobile)Right-hand Column2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q10,5 %1 %1,5 %2 %2,5 %3 %3,5 %0All FacebookDesktopNews Feed (Desktop and Mobile)News Feed (Desktop)News Feed (Mobile)Right-hand ColumnThe graphs show that CPCs and CPMs are much lower on ads that are targeted to All Facebook, with the most expensive being News Feed placements. The reason these are often more expensive in terms of CPC and CPM is due to higher competition - more posts are promoted in fewer ad slots available compared to the right-hand column placements.News Feed mobile placements have seen an upward trend in terms of CPM since Q2 2013, however, they have declined slightly this quar-ter. The right-hand column ads have seen a marked decrease in terms of CPC over the past year as their competitiveness begins to decline.2.36Ad Placement TakeawaySuggestionIn terms of ad placement, the key takeaway for advertisers is that News Feed Ads are starting to domi-nate in terms of ad spend and CTRs, and as a result CPCs and CPMs are higher for these prized slots.We recommend that advertisers focus their attention on News Feed. This is a more competitive environ-ment for a reason - the potential here is bigger. News Feed Ads attract higher levels of user interaction due to their prominence.Weve also studied ad types, includingApp adsEvent adsMobile app install adsSponsored StoriesPage Like adsPage Like sponsored storiesPage post sponsored stories3. Advertising Type2.42.57The first data point shows the CTR of each of these ad types2013_Q1 2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q1*0,005 %0,01 %0,015 %0,02 %0,025 %0App AdEvent AdPage like AdPage Like Sponsored StoryThe CTR on mobile app install ads has dropped greatly over the last year, but they are still higher than most. At present, Page post sponsored stories are seeing the highest CTRs. App and event ads have a very small CTR compared to the other formats.Mobile App Install AdOpen Graph Sponsored StoryPage Post Sponsored StoryShare of spend has increased on Page post sponsored stories with the increase of these types of ads as more mobile inventory has opened up over time. 2013_Q1 2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q110 %20 %30 %40 %50 %60 %70 %80 %90 %100 %0App AdEvent AdMobile App Install AdOpen Graph Sponsored StoryPage Like AdPage Like Sponsored StoryPage Post Sponsored Story3.13.28In terms of CPC and CPM for various ad types, Page post sponsored stories (which are predomi-nantly News Feed Ads) have the lowest CPC of any of the ad types, but higher CPMs than all but the mobile app install ads.Mobile app install ads had the highest CPM and CPC across the board, although this decreased in the latest results. CPC and CPMs stayed at relatively similar levels between Q1 2013 and Q1 2014.2013_Q1 2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q10,05 %0,1 %0,15 %0,2 %0,25 %0,3 %0CPCCPM2013_Q1 2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q10,5 %1 %1,5 %2 %2,5 %3 %3,5 %03.3App AdEvent AdPage like AdPage Like Sponsored StoryMobile App Install AdOpen Graph Sponsored StoryPage Post Sponsored Story9Sponsored stories are being removed from the advertising system as Facebook is streamlining its advertising offerings (Page post and Page Like ads already automatically have the best social context added), and we feel this is a positive thing. Page As with the placement section, this leads to the recommendation that advertisers should focus their attentions on News Feed as these placements are more cost effective and achieve higher response rates.post sponsored stories at present have the highest CTR, the highest share of spend, and the lowest CPM and CPCs. Despite the removal of the format of sponsored stories, ads with social context will still exist across all ad variants as noted above.Takeaway Ad TypesSuggestionFirst, we looked at CTR by regionWeve looked at the world of Facebook advertising on a regional basis, covering 5 defined regionsWeve studied the differences in CTRs, CPCs, CPMs, and the share of spend between these regions to show differences between them.Our data shows that all regions, particularly JAPAC, are increasing in terms of CTR, with the excep-tion of North America which is on a steady decline. North America is Facebooks most mature market in terms of advertising and is seeing increased competition and higher spend levels.4. RegionEuropeJAPACLATAMNorth AmericaRest of the World2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q10,001 %0,002 %0,003 %0,004 %0,005 %0,006 %0EuropeJAPACLATAMNorth AmericaRest of the World3.43.54.110In terms of share of spend, Europe has increased over the last three quarters, with JAPAC and North America decreasing. The graph shows aggregated spend versus the number of accounts advertising in each area, meaning that the spend per account is lower in North America.*Please note that above graph depicts the average spend per account, not the total spend per region.Data is also representative of Facebook Ad accounts that are connected with Socialbakers Ad Analytics, and therefore, the amount of spend per region is not fully representative of the entire Facebook population. EuropeJAPACLATAMNorth AmericaRest of the WorldEuropeJAPACLATAMNorth AmericaRest of the World2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q1*10 %20 %30 %40 %50 %60 %70 %80 %90 %100 %0Next, we look at the pricing of each placement by CPC and CPM2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q1*0,050,10,150,20,250,30,350,40CPC4.311EuropeJAPACLATAMNorth AmericaRest of the World2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q1*0,20,40,60,811,21,40CPMThis data shows that CPCs and CPMs are much higher in North America, with both metrics more than double the next nearest region. LATAM is the lowest-cost region in terms of CPC and CPM.If youre in North America, consider running multi-variant A/B testing to increase the performance of your Facebook campaigns to ensure you stay ahead of your competition.Facebook advertising performance by vertical is a particularly interesting area, as it provides bench-marks for brands to their industry in general and shows how different industries perform in the social advertising environment.Weve studied a number of verticals with a particular focus on5. IndustryTelecomElectronicsRetail (food)EcommerceAutoAlcoholAirlinesFMCG FoodFinanceFashion4.412CTR by industry2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q10,2000%0,4000%0,6000%0,8000%1,0000%1,2000%0TelecomRetail FoodFashionElectronicsEcommerceAlcoholFMCG FoodFinanceCTRCTR is increasing in most of these verticals, presumably as they get smarter with their targeting and optimisation efforts. Ecommerce brands get the highest CTR (and it continues to increase), with retail food, electronics, and fashion brands all having similar CTRs. Auto and finance brands had the lowest CTR in this category.Share of spend2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q110 %20 %30 %40 %50 %60 %70 %80 %90 %100 %0TelecomRetail FoodFMCG FoodFinanceFashionElectronicsEcommerceAlcohol5.15.213In terms of CPC and CPM, the following results have been found.2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q10,020,040,060,0800,10,120,140,160,180,2TelecomRetail FoodFashionElectronicsEcommerceAlcoholFMCG FoodFinanceTelecomRetail FoodFashionElectronicsEcommerceAlcoholFMCG FoodFinanceCPCCPM2013_Q2 2013_Q3 2013_Q4 2014_Q10,10,20,30,400,50,60,70,80,91CPCs generally declined over time, particularly in the Electronics and Auto verticals. CPMs on the other hand increased in Q1 2014 compared to Q4 2013. This again may be due to increased competition. Electronics saw the biggest CPM increase this quarter, with Finance and Auto seeing a small decline.5.314The key takeaway from this section is that some verticals are more competitive, and therefore more expensive to target than others. Some of the softer brands (Retail Food, for instance) achieve higher CTRs and lower CPCs, while Electronics brands are paying much more due to the higher-value items being offered, increased competition, and a more sales-led approach.If youre in one of the more competitive verticals, consider how you can target in a different way than the competition to gain a competitive advantage. Also, be more creative with your content and boost it in News Feeds to achieve a larger share of voice in a slightly softer way.Takeaway IndustrySuggestion6. Key findings5.45.5News Feed Ads dominate CTRs and share of spendPage post sponsored stories are a dominant ad type, largely due to their presence in News FeedNorth America dominates in terms of regions, although CTRs are higher in the other areasVerticals such as Electronics, Retail, and E-Commerce are particularly competitive15Facebook advertising is going from strength to strength, and we expect this trend to continue through 2014. Facebook advertising is clearly something that is going to continue to grow in importance for marketers, and with increased competition it will be paramount for marketers to use all the necessary tools to help optimize performance. Socialbakers has developed an advanced social measurement, management, and optimization solution to increase the effectiveness of social advertising campaigns. 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