Is it better to advertise on Google or Facebook? And what is the difference between Google ads and Facebook ads and why do some brands choose Google, others choose Facebook and some choose both. Firstly to determine which is better Facebook ads or Google Ads, we need to understand the difference between Google Ads and Facebook Ads.
Google Ads are a search based platform showing ads based on Keywords. Meaning ads are shown to people looking for specific items or very closely related items to the search. If you are actually searching on google for ‘blue light blocking glasses’ you will see ads related to blue light blocking glasses. Google ads are shown to people that are already intending to buy or looking for items. So the ads are usually very relevant to the search.
Facebook Ads are different. They work on the method called interruption marketing. Meaning the ad is actually interrupting your social media time as you are not on the platform actively looking for items. Facebook holds a lot of data on its users, and advertisers utilise that data to show you ads related to what you are interested in.
If you have recently been browsing websites or doing research on blue light blocking glasses, Facebook gets access to that data and therefore the advertisers target interests similar to what you are searching and that is how ads related to what you are searching for show up on your Facebook feed.
There are Positives and Negatives to Both Platforms So Let’s Dive into Facebook Ads vs Google Ads.
Google Ads are very specific to what someone is searching for so typically they will have a higher return on ad spend compared to Facebook Ads as the ad will only show up if people are searching for specific keywords. Google Ads are great for very specific or niched products that have low competition. A negative of Google Ads is that you have a limited budget as there are only so many people at one time actually actively searching for your related keywords you are advertising for. Another negative is you can only convey your product or service with words on Google.
Facebook has a much larger potential buyer pool. Meaning you can have much larger budgets on Facebook and acquire many more customers compared to Google. But typically Facebook Ads will have a lower return on ad spend compared to Google Ads. Facebook allows you to show images and videos so you are able to showcase your brand much easier compared to Google. You can show customers using your products, how the product works and even show your brand message.
So ultimately is it better to advertise on Facebook than Google Ads?
95% of eCommerce brands are better to be using Facebook Ads and only a small percentage of brands are better off on Google Ads. But there is merit to running both platforms at the same time. If you are looking to scale a brand to higher levels of spend, revenue and profits Facebook is the way to do that. If you are looking for higher returns on every dollar spent with lower ad budgets use Google Ads.
If you want help scaling your brand with Facebook Ads make sure to book a call with our team and we can show you what opportunities you are missing & how to grow the brand.
Good luck out there,
Dan (Head of Partnerships at DimNiko)