If you’re wondering whether Instagram or Facebook advertising is better for your business, we’re here to help.
There are many factors that you will need to consider before choosing your advertising platform, and it’s worth noting that every business is unique. As such, what might work for one small business, might be the wrong advertising strategy for another.
That said, some considerations you'll need to bear in mind when choosing a platform for advertising include, but are not limited to:
Your advertising goals
Your target audience
The content you produce
The industry and niche you’re targeting
1. Your Advertising Goals
When determining which platform is better for advertising, you will first need to determine your advertising goals as a business.
Advertising goals will differ from business to business, as every business is unique. Perhaps your goal is centred around engagement, or maybe you’re looking for more conversions.
By comparing the demographic of each platform to the demographic of your target audience, you will be able to gain a better understanding of who your audience is and which advertising platform you should be using to target them.
3. The Content You Produce
Another consideration to bear in mind when weighing up advertising platforms is the type of content you produce.
While the platforms offer the same content formats, such as single media posts and carousels to name a few, there are differences you should be aware of.
For instance, on Instagram, there are specific Call-To-Action buttons that you can attach to your advertisements, as links are not clickable. On the other hand, Facebook allows you to add multiple clickable links, helping you to direct prospective customers to specific pages.
It’s also worth noting that Facebook is better suited for copy-heavy content, whilst Instagram is a more aesthetically pleasing and visual platform.
Regardless of the social media platform you choose, to get the most out of your ads it’s essential that you align your content with the advertising goals you set out.
4. The Industry & Niche You’re Targeting
Lastly, you will need to take the industry and niche you’re targeting into consideration.
It might be that your industry has a stronger online presence on Instagram than it does on Facebook. In this circumstance, it might be more cost-effective to opt for Facebook ads as there would be a lesser social media presence in terms of your niche and thus less competition. That said, this is only worthwhile if your audience actually uses the social media platform in question.
Additionally, some businesses are better suited to certain platforms, so this will depend on what your business offers. As I’ve already mentioned, in spite of the competition, Instagram is often considered a good option for eCommerce businesses selling products, emphasised by the fact that ‘more than 130 million people are using the Instagram app for shopping’.
By establishing the industry presence and weighing up the competition, then, you will be able to get a better feel for the advertising platform you should be using as a business.
I hope that this article has given you a better idea of how to determine which advertising platform is better for your business.
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