If you’re running a new campaign on Facebook and you’re unsure about which optimization strategy to use – you’ve come to the right place. We know that advertising on Facebook can be challenging, especially when you’re new to it. In today’s blog post we are discussing whether it’s more profitable investing in more landing page views or improving your conversion rates. Meaning, when and why you should optimize for conversions and landing page views. We’re going to break down the differences while also showing you the results from an experiment we ran.
This way you’re going to actually see the performance metrics for yourself and understand if your ad optimization choice really makes a difference.
Landing page views vs. Conversions optimization
When you optimize for landing page views, you’re basically telling Facebook to find people who are most likely to click on your ad and then visit your website.
On the flip side, if your goal is to increase sales you should always optimize for conversions. In this case, Facebook will find similar people to those who already converted and show them your ad. The problem some advertisers might see is that the conversions optimization is not converting at all so they immediately switch to landing page views optimization.
Before changing your strategy, think about all the factors that might impact the conversion rate.
|Key metrics||Landing page views||Conversions|
|CTR (Link Clicks)||1.39%||0.43%|
That means that almost 96% of your site visitors won’t convert at all.
So even if you have a great landing page or website, with great copy, clear call to actions, and great design your conversion rate still might be just slightly above the industry average.
Another no-brainer here was that conversions optimization would get the lowest CPA (CAC). To be more specific, when optimizing for conversions, acquiring new customers was 7 times cheaper. This is actually good news for everyone who plans to advertise as it means the Facebook algorithm is achieving the objectives we choose for our campaigns.
Every test impacts your metrics and performance differently. Keep in mind that some ad accounts have much more complex funnels than include tons of combinations so results may vary. If you’re running an e-commerce store, one thing is sure – optimizing for landing page views is not going to be a profitable strategy for you. In the end, the drop in your conversion rate will end up being much higher than the increase of click-through rates. You’re always going to trade off these high click-through rates for fewer conversions so if you’d ask us, optimizing for conversions would always be a better approach.