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103 Facebook Ad Stats & Trends of 2023

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Knowing the latest Facebook ad stats can make you an expert and give a nice kickstart to your PPC results. PPC stats and Facebook ad resources can provide a baseline for testing, and be real eye-openers as you try to better grasp the best practices.
 
But there’s also a darker side to Facebook statistics.
 
They can also be gravely misleading.
 
If you follow the wrong Facebook ad stats, your campaign results can be surprising in a bad way. Keep in mind that several factors may impact results and usage such as industry type or product offering. Your campaigns could produce different results because of this.
 

But I followed the stats.
But I followed the stats. – image source


 
When reading about stats from different news resources and reports, apply these three thought exercises:

  1. Take every number and fact with a grain of salt and think whether the same rules apply to your ad campaigns.
  2. Expand on the stats, draw conclusions, and try to find new ideas for using the numbers to your advantage.
  3. When reading about case studies, consider replicating the experiments in your own Facebook ad campaigns to confirm the results.

 
Up next, you’ll find 103 Facebook advertising stats the cover everything from Facebook audiences to the perfect ad design.
 
Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration and knowhow for your next Facebook campaign.
 

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    You probably know that Facebook is the most popular social media platform. But exactly how popular is it? And how engaged is the average Facebook user?
     
    Is it the right platform to be investing your ad budgets?
     

    The next time, you’ll know all the stats.
    The next time, you’ll know all the stats. – image source


     
    The next time a skeptical team member is asking for some stats to prove Facebook’s relevancy as a marketing channel, you’ll know what to say.
     

    According to Pew Research Centre, as of 2016, nearly eight-in-ten online Americans (79%) use Facebook. If you also count the people who do not use the Internet, 68% of all U.S. adults are Facebook users.
     
    Compared to other social media networks, it’s more than double the people using Twitter (24%), Pinterest (31%), Instagram (32%), or LinkedIn (29%).
     

    Facebook is by far the most popular social channel.
    Facebook is by far the most popular social channel. – image source

    According to a 2016 Pew Research Centre report, 76% of Facebook users report that they visit the site daily, 55% visit it several times a day, and 22% visit about once per day.
     
    This daily active user rate is a lot higher than for other social media sites: Instagram (51%), Twitter (42%), LinkedIn (18%), and Pinterest (25%).
     

    Facebook’s daily active users – image source
    Facebook’s daily active users – image source

    Facebook has remained the most widely used social media platform among all age groups with 64% of them using Facebook, Edison Research reports.
     
    However, among 12-24-year-olds, it has been overtaken by Snapchat (72%) with Instagram close behind (66%).
     
    If you want to make sure that you reach the largest number of people, combine Facebook ads with Instagram ads and Twitter ads. Also, don’t forget about Snapchat and LinkedIn.
     

    Statista’s data shows that worldwide, 38.6% of the online population and 22.9% of the total population uses Facebook.
     

    62% of the U.S. population uses Facebook.
    62% of the U.S. population uses Facebook. – image source

    When Google Play celebrated its fifth birthday in March 2017, it listed its most downloaded apps of all time.
     

    Google Play’s birthday tweet
    Google Play’s birthday tweet


     
    Two out of the TOP 5 spots in the most downloaded apps list belong to Facebook.
     
     

    Facebook is the most downloaded app.
    Facebook is the most downloaded app. – image source

    According to a list of the world’s TOP 2,000 companies by Forbes compiled in May 2017, Facebook is the world’s sixth most valuable publicly traded company.
     
    Facebook’s current market value is around $407 billion.
     

    During Facebook’s Q1 2016 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg told:
     

    “People around the world spend on average more than 50 minutes a day using Facebook, Instagram and Messenger…and that doesn’t count WhatsApp.”

     
    Back in July 2014, the numbers showed that American users spent 40 minutes per day on Facebook’s platform, as reported by TechCrunch.
     
    If you want to reach your target audience across multiple social platforms, test a combination of Facebook and Instagram ads.
     

    Pew Research Centre’s data shows that nearly 90% of people using Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest also have a Facebook account they’re actively using.
     
    Among the people who only use one social media platform, 88% indicate that Facebook is the one site that they use.
     
    This could mean that the audiences you’re trying to engage on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest could also be effectively reached with Facebook ads.
     

    Most social media users have a Facebook account.
    Most social media users have a Facebook account. – image source

     
    According to AdvertisingAge, Facebook accounted for 62% of the social logins in 2015 tracked by Gigya, a company that provides tools for brands and publishers to let people log into their sites and apps using their Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo or other accounts.
     
    Facebook was followed by Google (24%), Twitter (7%), and Yahoo (4%).
     

    Social logins per social media network
    Social logins per social media network – image source


     
    Facebook and Google are offered as login options nearly 100% of the time. Twitter is offered 72% of the time and Yahoo by 35% of sites.
     

    The same report by AdvertisingAge told that the lead of Facebook is even more visible when it comes to mobile logins. Gigya processed 58 million social logins across 700 brands and publishers' sites in Q4 2015.
     
    80% of mobile social logins were attributed to Facebook.
     

    A large number of people use what we think of as traditionally “personal” social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for professional purposes, State of Inbound Report 2017 showed.
     
    74% of respondents use Facebook professionally, almost catching up with 78% of those who use LinkedIn, a network designed for professional usage.
     

    Facebook’s also used for professional purposes.
    Facebook’s also used for professional purposes. – image source


     
    This means that brands can also benefit from B2B Facebook ad campaigns that reach a business audience.
     

    As reported by TechCrunch, Facebook’s been around since 2004, and its users have made over 2.5 trillion posts to date.
     
    That’s a lot of noise that you need to break through. Luckily, there’s the Facebook search that helps people to find you.
     
    Moreover, you can use Facebook’s Promoted Posts to make your messages more visible.
     

    If you’ve been wondering whether anyone is using the Facebook’s Search box, some people definitely are.
     
    According to TechCrunch, in 2016 the average of 2 billion monthly searches was made on Facebook’s platform.
     

    Facebook users make billions of searches.
    Facebook users make billions of searches. – image source

    You’d be surprised to learn how much content and reactions are created on Facebook every minute. According to an infographic by SumoCoupon (now Dealhack), Facebook users generate 4 million likes every minute.

    In addition, every 60 seconds…

    – 500 new users join Facebook

    – 100,000 friend requests are sent

    – 243,000 photos are uploaded on Facebook

    – 50,000 links are shared on Facebook

    – 3,3 million items are shared on Facebook
     

    What happens on Facebook in a minute
    What happens on Facebook in a minute – image source

    According to an eMarketer 2017 study, 42% of millennial respondents said they hadn’t lasted five hours without checking their feeds.
     

    Millennials can’t resist Facebook.
    Millennials can’t resist Facebook. – image source

    Facebook’s data showed that in 2015, people left around 2.5 million comments on Facebook pages every month.
     

    According to AdWeek, the Facebook Reactions have been around for almost one and a half years. During its first year of availability, the Reactions were used by over 300 billion times.
     

    Love Reaction is the most popular one.
    Love Reaction is the most popular one. – image source

    Alright, now that you know that Facebook is by far the most widely used social media channel, you may be thinking whether you should get started with advertising on the platform.
     
    Up next, you’ll find some Facebook ad stats directly related to advertising on Facebook.
     
    Find out whether Facebook ads and your industry are a good match.
     

    Or maybe they’re just not meant to be
    Or maybe they’re just not meant to be – image source


     
    Spoiler alert! Facebook ads can work for both B2C and B2B companies.
     

    The Social Media Marketing Industry Report 2017 revealed that when asked to select their most important platform, 62% of marketers chose Facebook, followed by LinkedIn at 16%. Compared to 2016 results, the preference for Facebook increased from 55% to 62% in 2017.
     

    Facebook is the most beloved social marketing platform.
    Facebook is the most beloved social marketing platform. – image source

    The same report uncovered that Facebook is the number one choice for 72% of B2C marketers when it comes to social advertising channels.

    However, for the first time in the history of the study, Facebook also passed LinkedIn as the most important platform for B2B marketers, with 43% of marketers naming it as their top choice.
     

    Preferences of B2C and B2B marketers
    Preferences of B2C and B2B marketers – image source


     
    If you’ve neglected Facebook as a marketing channel this far, you may want to give it a chance.
     

    Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram were the top four platforms used by social media marketers, with Facebook leading the pack – 94% of marketers use Facebook, according to Social Media Marketing Industry Report 2017.
     

    94% of social marketers use Facebook.
    94% of social marketers use Facebook. – image source

    As reported by Forbes, by the end of the year 2015, over 50 million businesses were using Facebook Business Pages. Now, the number has grown to 65M+ companies.

    In a Facebook post, Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg said that:

    “Small and medium-sized businesses are one of the company's "most compelling" opportunities, particularly because in the U.S., about a third of small businesses have no Web presence at all.”

    Facebook pages make it easier to reach and engage with large audiences, especially on mobile.
     

    According to Socialbakers, the most followed Facebook page is Facebook for Every Phone, with 497,066,390 likes

    The second and third places are held by Facebook (188,000,726 likes) and Christiano Ronaldo (121,273,970 likes).
     

    497,066,390 likes!!
    497,066,390 likes!! – image source

    According to a study by Syncapse, 42% of the 2,000 respondents cited “to get a coupon or discount” as one reason they fan a brand on Facebook. The top reason (mentioned in 49% of answers) was “to support the brand I like.”

    If you want to get more likes to your Facebook page, you could try targeting the friends of your page fans. People are more likely to support brands and causes also liked by their friends.
     

    Reasons for liking a Facebook page
    Reasons for liking a Facebook page – image source

    Kentico software’s research revealed that two out of five Facebook users do not like any branded pages.

    When asked how many brands they Like on Facebook, 39% of survey respondents said 1-10, 7% said 11-20, and 6% said 21-30. 40% of the people questioned don’t like any branded Facebook pages.
     

    Social Media Examiner surveyed social media marketers and found out that on average, they post on a branded Facebook page 8 times per day.

    39% of marketers have increased their posting frequency on Facebook over the last 12 months while 15% have decreased their posting frequency.
     

    As reported by AdWeek, in March 2015, the average Facebook page post reached around  2.6% of the page’s fans. This means that 97% of your Facebook page’s fans may not see your posts.

    However, the situation is slightly better for smaller brands. For pages having under 1,000 likes, the avg. organic post reach was between 14%-23%.
     

    Organic post reach has sharply fallen.
    Organic post reach has sharply fallen. – image source

    From January 2016 through mid-July 2016, publishers’ Facebook Pages experienced a 52% decline in organic reach, Marketing Land’s data shows.

    This also translates into fewer clicks, comments, and shares.
     

    That’s a huge drop.
    That’s a huge drop. – image source


     
    If you want your Facebook posts to reach a wider audience, you’ll have to use advanced Facebook ad strategies, such as Promoted Posts.
     

    According to a 2015 study by Socialbakers, brands increased their post promotion on Facebook by 80% from 2013 through to 2015.
     

    Share of Facebook promoted posts
    Share of Facebook promoted posts – image source

    As of March 2016, three million companies from all over the world used Facebook’s paid ads to reach their target audience, with more than 70% from outside of the US.

    In April 2017, the number had grown to 5 million advertisers!

    The majority of Facebook’s advertisers are small and medium sized businesses.
     

    According to a recent report by Social Media Examiner, a surprising 93% of social marketers regularly use Facebook ads and 64% plan on increasing their Facebook ads activities.
     

    According to TechCrunch, in November 2015, Facebook hit 8 billion video views daily. Even at just 3 seconds per view, Facebook is generating 760 years of watch time each day.
     

    As reported by Recode.net, more than 500 million Facebook users watch Facebook videos every day.
     

    In May 2016, Facebook reported that its users watch more than 100 million hours of video daily.

    Videos as a medium are becoming increasingly popular. That’s why it may be a good idea to test Facebook video ads and A/B test them against static image ads.
     

    As reported by eMarketer, Facebook native videos have the average engagement rate of 6.3%, compared to 3.2% for Youtube videos and 0.2% for Instagram videos.
     

    Facebook video engagement
    Facebook video engagement – image source

    The same eMarketer study uncovered that most brands create video posts native to Facebook. Almost two-thirds (65%) of brand video posts to Facebook are Facebook native. Some 24% of video posts to the social network are links to YouTube.
     

    Facebook’s branded video share
    Facebook’s branded video share – image source

    A 2015 report by Kinetic Social showed that video ads have the lowest eCPC, with an average eCPC of $0.18.
     

    Video ads have the lowest CPC.
    Video ads have the lowest CPC. – image source

    According to Digiday’s survey of multiple publishers, as much as 85 percent of video views happen with the sound off
     

    Facebook with Nielsen analyzed how people react with Facebook video campaigns. The data showed that people who watched under three seconds of the video ad created up to 47 percent of the total campaign value.
     

    Video engagement in time
    Video engagement in time – image source

    Facebook’s internal tests have shown that captioned video ads increase video view time by an average of 12%.
     

    Facebook’s research also showed that most people (80%) do not like when a Facebook newsfeed video starts automatically playing with the sound on.
     

    While social video ad spending share saw continuous increases between Q1 and Q4 of 2016, there are signs that the growth will be slowing down, according to eMarketer.
     

    Social video spend
    Social video spend – image source

    In a 2016 media release, Facebook’s Product Manager Vibhi Kant wrote that users spend more than 3x time watching a Facebook Live video on average compared to a video that’s no longer live.
     

    According to Wall Street Journal, Facebook is paying influencers, publishers, and celebrities $2.2M from the total pool of $50+ million to promote Facebook videos, and especially Facebook Live videos.
     

    As reported by eMarketer, Instagram will make up 20% of Facebook’s U.S. mobile revenue in 2017.

    If you’re already advertising on Facebook’s mobile platform, you could test including Instagram feed in your ad placements.
     

    A report by Social Media Examiner showed that while Facebook advertising stats show a growth trend, many marketers are yet unsure whether their Facebook marketing efforts are paying off.

    When asked whether their Facebook marketing strategy is effective, only 45% of B2C and 37% of B2B social marketers agreed.
     

    Marketers are unsure about Facebook marketing ROI.
    Marketers are unsure about Facebook marketing ROI. – image source


     
    Make sure you’ve set clear Facebook advertising goals and are tracking the conversions across all your Facebook marketing funnel stages.
     

    According to a 2017 Facebook advertising report by eMarketer, Facebook is expected to bring in $36.29 billion in worldwide ad revenues this year, up 35.0% from 2016. Within the digital display category, Facebook is No. 1 by a wide margin.
     

    According to CNBC, in Q1 2017, Facebook earned $7.86 billion in advertising revenue, up 51 percent from a year ago.

    The main factors that have helped Facebook to grow its ad revenue:

    • Increasing ad load — the number of ads on the website
    • Steady user growth
    • Increase in the time spent on Facebook’s platform
    Facebook is catching up with Google.
    Facebook is catching up with Google. – image source

    According to eMarketer’r predictions, the pace of growth for Facebook’s ad revenue will be markedly lower by 2018 than it was in 2016. eMarketer forecasts 26.5% growth in 2018—less than half the pace of the 57.4% increase seen in 2016.
     

    According to Facebook’s Q4 2016 earnings report, mobile advertising accounts for 84% of its ad revenue.

    If you’re not yet using Facebook’s mobile ads, it’s time to get started!
     

    According to a report on U.S. advertising expenditures in 2017 by eMarketer, mobile will be the main driver of digital’s growth in 2017, accounting for over 70% of digital and more than one-quarter of total media outlays.
     

    According to Facebook’s Q4 2016 earnings report, the avg. revenue per user is $4.73 worldwide. However, it’s a lot higher in the U.S. ($19.81) and also in the EU ($5.86).
     

    Facebook’s revenue per user
    Facebook’s revenue per user – image source

    When you’re just getting started with Facebook advertising, it’s really hard to tell whether your ad campaigns are performing better or worse than the industry average.
     
    So, how can you know if all your campaigns and Facebook ad hacks are paying off?
     
    The best way to learn is to keep practicing.
     
    However, if you want a quick cheat sheet on the average Facebook ad costs and engagement rates, read on.
     

    You’re welcome.  
    You’re welcome.  â€“ image source


     
    Up next, you’ll learn what’s the avg. cost-per-click of Facebook campaigns, what’s the cheapest ad placements, and much more.
     

    The avg. Facebook ad CTR across all industries is 0.90%. Here’s a list of the average click-through rates in specific industries, shared by Wordstream:

    • Apparel – 1.24%
    • Retail – 1.59%
    • B2B –  0.78%
    • Technology – 1.04%
    • Finance & Insurance – 0.56%

     
    Read our guide to learn how to increase your Facebook ads CTR.
     

    The same report by Wordstream revealed that the avg. conversion rate is highest in the fitness industry (14.29%) and education (13.58%). It’s the lowest in the technology (2.31%) sector.
     

    The avg. Facebook ad conversion rate
    The avg. Facebook ad conversion rate

    When analyzing the Q4 2016 Facebook ad stats, AdEspresso found that the average cost-per-click of Facebook ads is  $0.35. In the U.S., the avg. CPC is $0.26.
     

    Facebook ad CPC stats by country
    Facebook ad CPC stats by country – image source

    When compared by gender, the CPC tends to be higher when advertising to female audiences, according to AdEspresso’s data. In Q4 2016, the avg. CPC for female audiences was $0.24 and $0.19 for male target groups.
     

    Facebook ad CPC by gender
    Facebook ad CPC by gender – image source

    AdEspresso’s research also showed that it’s slightly more expensive to be advertising to audiences aged between 45-65+ years, compared to say people aged 18-44 years.
     

    It’s cheaper to advertise to younger audiences.
    It’s cheaper to advertise to younger audiences. – image source

    According to AdEspresso’s research, the average Facebook ads CPC in 2016 was highest in October and November. The cheapest months for Facebook advertising in 2016 were June and July.
     

    Facebook ads CPC segmented by months
    Facebook ads CPC segmented by months – image source

    In Q3 2016, the average cost-per-clicks across different Facebook ad placements were the following, as reported by AdEspresso:

    • Desktop newsfeed – $0.32
    • Mobile newsfeed – $0.19
    • Instagram – $0.60
    • Right-hand column – $0.32
    • Audience network – $0.06
    Facebook ad CPC by placement
    Facebook ad CPC by placement – image source

    According to AdEspresso’s analysis of Facebook ad costs, the average cost-per-click of Facebook ads is at its highest on Fridays ($0.27), followed by Thursday ($0.25).

    However, this is a general stat and the CPC might vary depending on your industry, audience, offer, and many other factors.

    Surprisingly, the cheapest time to advertise on Facebook is arguably the most popular one – the evening commute. AdEspresso’s research showed that the avg. CPC between 4p.m. and 8p.m. is around $0.23.
     

    Facebook ad cost by hours
    Facebook ad cost by hours – image source

    AdEspresso ran a Facebook ads experiment where the Desktop ad placement  (avg. CPA $4,625) had an over 34% higher cost-per-acquisition compared to Mobile ads (avg. CPA $3,188).
     

    Mobile outperformed Desktop ads.
    Mobile outperformed Desktop ads. – image source

    If your goal is to drive many clicks at a low cost, AdEspresso recommends that you use one of these campaign objectives:

    • Page engagement – avg. CPC $0.03
    • Post engagement  â€“ avg. CPC $0.04
    • Link Clicks – avg. CPC $0.12
    Facebook ad CPC by campaign objective
    Facebook ad CPC by campaign objective – image source

    While the report by Wordstream fails to mention what exactly they mean by cost per action, we’re fairly sure they meant the cost per conversion or cost per acquisition.

    According to the report, the average cost per action (CPA) for Facebook ads is $18.68. It’s around three times higher for the technology ($55.21) sector and a lot lower for education ($7.85).
     

    Facebook ad CPA stats
    Facebook ad CPA stats

    AdEspresso analyzed thousands of Facebook ad campaigns and discovered that the average cost per 1,000 ad impressions (cost per mile) is $7.19, and $7.34 for ALL objectives.
     

    AdEspresso’s research showed that for campaigns created with the Page Likes objective, the average cost-per-like was $0.26 in Q4 2016. It was even lower with Mobile newsfeed ad placement ($0.10).
     

    The average cost-per-like on Facebook
    The average cost-per-like on Facebook – image source

    AdEspresso’s research also showed that the avg. cost-per-like is the lowest for mobile Facebook ads. In Q4 2016, the average cost-per-like for mobile placement was $0.10, compared to $0.23 for desktop and $0.21 for right-hand column.
     

    Cost-per-like by placement
    Cost-per-like by placement – image source

    According to AdEspresso’s research, the cost per app install is highest in the UK ($5.40), Germany ($3.18), and the U.S. ($2.28). The avg. cost per app install for Facebook ads is around $1.70.
     

    The avg. cost per app install
    The avg. cost per app install – image source

    While you may have guessed that it’s best to advertise your mobile app in Facebook’s mobile newsfeed, it’s not necessarily true. AdEspresso’s data shows that the cost per app install is lowest for the Audience Network ad placement ($0.62).
     

    Cost per app install by placement
    Cost per app install by placement – image source

    If you’re unsure which device users to target with your Facebook ads promoting a mobile app, test advertising to Android tablet and smartphone users. It’s sometimes three times more expensive to get iPad and iPhone users to download your mobile app, AdEspresso found.
     

    Android tablets have the lowest cost per app install.
    Android tablets have the lowest cost per app install. – image source

    AdEspresso’s Facebook ad analysis revealed that 69% of all Facebook ads link to a landing page. 20% of ads link to a Facebook page and 11% to the company’s home page.
     

    Ad frequency is a Facebook ad metric showing how many times your target audience has seen your Facebook ads on average.

    AdEspresso found that once your ad frequency reaches 2 points (people have seen your ad at least for two times), the average CPC increases by 49.82% and the CTR decreases by 8.91%.
     

    Higher ad frequency = higher costs.
    Higher ad frequency = higher costs. – image source

    AdEspresso ran a Facebook ads experiment, testing three different Lookalike Audiences: 1% Lookalike, 5% Lookalike, and 10% Lookalike.

    The 10% Lookalike Audience had a 70% higher cost-per-conversion than the 1% Lookalike Audience.
     

    Buffer tested what advertisers can get for a $5/day Facebook ad spend. They discovered that you could get 9 page likes at $0.57 per like.
     

    What $5 can buy on Facebook
    What $5 can buy on Facebook – image source

    According to an experiment by Buffer, the average cost per landing page click to a B2B website costs $4.01. However, if you’re able to create highly relevant Facebook ads, this number could be a lot smaller.
     

    In the same experiment, Buffer’s team uncovered that reaching an additional 1,000 people with your Facebook ad campaigns costs around $6.35.

    However, Buffer was targeting a B2B audience in a highly competitive industry. You can get results by a lot lower budgets.
     

    The third key takeaway from Buffer’s Facebook ad experiment is that boosting a Facebook page post for $5 helped them reach 787 people on average.

    As Buffer’s team also noted in the article, their advertising costs were really high compared to the industry average.
     

    According to Post Planner’s research, 75% of the engagement you get on your posts happens within the first 5 hours.

    After that, engagement pretty much dies off.
     

    Facebook post engagement
    Facebook post engagement – image source

    The same case study by Post Planner, data showed that 75% of impressions happen in just the first 150 minutes after publishing your Facebook post.

    This could mean that once your Facebook post has been published for 2.5 hours, it might be a good time to boost it for further reach.
     

    According to research by Socialbakers, the organic reach of your Facebook posts depends on the size of your Facebook fanbase. The fewer page likes you have, the more people liking your page will see your post in their newsfeed.

    What this means is that with growing your Facebook fanbase, you’ll also need to start using more expensive Facebook boosted posts to reach your entire audience.
     

    Avg. Facebook organic reach
    Avg. Facebook organic reach – image source

    Buffer looked into the best times to be publishing on various social media platforms. They found out that you could potentially get the highest post engagement when posting between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

    On Saturday and Sunday, it’s between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
     

    Regarding Facebook ad copywriting, most marketers prefer to use headlines that are 4-6 words long, AdEspresso’s analysis shows.
     

    Facebook ad headline length
    Facebook ad headline length – image source

    When analyzing 37,259 Facebook ads, AdEspresso discovered that the median length for ad post text is just 14 words long.
     

    Facebook ad copy length
    Facebook ad copy length – image source

    The Facebook ad link description tends to be a little longer than the main copy, averaging at 18 words, as reported by AdEspresso.
     

    AdRoll’s research shows that Facebook ads with a call-to-action button can potentially return 2.85 times better results.
     

    According to AdEspresso, the top three most widely used Facebook ad CTAs are:

    • Learn More – 34.5% of all ads analyzed
    • Play Game – 30.7%
    • Sign Up – 22.6%
    The most popular Facebook ad CTAs
    The most popular Facebook ad CTAs – image source

    AdEspresso ran a Facebook ad experiment where they tested three different call to actions: “Download Now, ”Sign Up “,” and “Learn More.” The goal of their campaign was to get people download an eBook.
     
    The “Download” CTA outperformed the “Learn More” CTA by 50.6% and the “Sign Up” CTA by 40.4% regarding the cost per lead.
     

    The CTA battle
    The CTA battle – image source

    Whatever you post or advertise on Facebook, there will likely be thousands of people seeing the message.
     
    In a way, that’s a huge responsibility.
     
    So, who exactly are the audiences you can reach via Facebook’s ad platform?
     
    And how can you make them love your Facebook ads?
     

    How to find an audience that loves you?
    How to find an audience that loves you? – image source


     
    We gathered all the Facebook ad stats that describe best the audiences hanging out on the social media platform.
     
    Read on to see whether your target audience can be reached with a Facebook advertising campaign.
     

    According to Statista, as of Q1 2017, Facebook has over 1.9 billion monthly active users.
     
    The MAU (monthly active users) metric is calculated by counting all the unique users that have visited a site/app during a 30-day period.
     

    Facebook MAU growth
    Facebook MAU growth – image source

    As reported by TechCrunch, by the end of 2015, Facebook had 827 million mobile-only users.
     

    Mobile-only monthly active users
    Mobile-only monthly active users – image source

    All over the world, 80 million people are using Facebook Lite, a simplified app that brings the essential Facebook experience to budget phones with 2G connections, TechCrunch reported.

    This means that you’ll have the potential to reach people even in the less-developed countries.

    During its Q4 2016 earnings report, Facebook revealed that 900 million people are using WhatsApp and 800 million people are using Messenger every month.
     

    Facebook’s platform usage stats
    Facebook’s platform usage stats – image source

    According to CNET, in 2012, Facebook estimated that 8.7 percent or 83.09 million of its user accounts were fake. However, there’s no updated number on this.

    Facebook’s user base has almost doubled throughout 2012-2017, but it has also taken specific measures to fight the fake accounts.
     

    Facebook ad stats from 2015 showed that every second, 6 new Facebook profiles were created. According to Social Media Today, this means that every day, half a million Facebook accounts were created.
     

    According to a 2016 report by Pew Research Centre, 75% of male and 83% of female Internet users are on Facebook. That’s a large potential target audience that you can reach.

    77% of 14- to 17-year-olds report using the social media platform. At the same time, only 23% of teen girls used Tumblr and 33% of American teens used Twitter.
     

    According to a 2015 survey by Pew Research Centre, 72% of teenage boys and 70% of teenage girls are Facebook users.
     

    The average (mean) number of Facebook friends in 2013 was 338, and the median number of friends 200, Pew Research Centre’s reports show.

    If you’re able to share content that’s both relevant and interesting to your target audience, chances are they’ll give it a like or share, making your Facebook post also appear in their friends’ newsfeeds.
     

    The median no. of friends
    The median no. of friends – image source

    Telegraph reported that female users tend to have more Facebook friends on average than men: 166 compared to 145.
     

    When asked for the main reason why they’re using Facebook, most people (47%) named seeing photos and videos posted by the people in their network, according to Pew Research Centre.

    This reason was followed by “Being able to share something with many people at one time“ (46%), “Being entertained by funny things people share or post” (39%), and “Receiving updates and comments from the people in your network” (39%).
     

    Top reasons for joining Facebook
    Top reasons for joining Facebook – image source

    When asked what they dislike most about Facebook in a survey by Pew Research Centre, 57% of respondents answered “People posting pictures of your children without permission.”

    Other popular answers included “People posting things about you or pictures of you without your permission” (36%) and “People sharing too much information about themselves” (36%).

    Be careful not to boast too much about your brand and create value for your Facebook audience.
     

    According to Pew Research Centre, around 50% of Internet users who do not use Facebook themselves live with someone who does, making it possible to reach a larger audience via their family members.
     

    Among Facebook users, the vast majority of parents (83%) say they’re “Facebook friends” with their teenagers while 17% of Twitter users follow their children on the platform, Pew Research Centre’s reports show.
     

    83% of parents are Facebook friends with their children.
    83% of parents are Facebook friends with their children. – image source

    According to a 2016 Pew Research Centre report, two-thirds of Facebook’s user base read their news on the social platform, with 59% of Twitter users getting news on Twitter, and 70% of Reddit users doing the same with their respective platform.
     

    Facebook is also a news source for many users.
    Facebook is also a news source for many users. – image source

    According to American Press Institute, Facebook as a news source is highly popular among millennials, with 88% of them reporting getting news from Facebook at least occasionally.
     

    Facebook is a popular news source.
    Facebook is a popular news source. – image source

    According to Pew Research Centre, while in 2013, only 47% of people reported Facebook as a news source, the number had increased to 66% by 2016.
     

    Facebook as a news channel is growing.
    Facebook as a news channel is growing. – image source

    Too long; didn’t read?

    In case you’re in a hurry, here are the top 10 Facebook ad stats to remember:

    1. Facebook is the most used social media platform among all age groups with 64% of them using Facebook.
    2. Facebook has 1.94 billion monthly active users.
    3. Over 70% of Facebook users visit the platform daily.
    4. 74% of Facebook users also use it for professional purposes.
    5. Facebook is the preferred social network for 62% of marketers.
    6. 94% of social marketers use Facebook’s platform.
    7. Branded Facebook page posts organically reach only 2% of your fans.
    8. Over 5 million business use Facebook for advertising.
    9. The average click-through rate (CTR) for Facebook ads is 0.90%.
    10. The average CPC for Facebook ads is $0.35.

     
    You’ve still got time to catch the Facebook ads train.

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