What would happen if all advertisers created their ads following the same Facebook ad templates?
Open up your newsfeed, scroll for a few minutes, and you’ll see that they are.
Should you also fall for the promise of quick wins while risking with ads that are borderline cliché?
Well… Following popular Facebook ad templates actually has its perks:
- Template layouts make the best use of ad space – Facebook’s 1200px – 628px ad format is quite limiting, so knowing the best layouts will help you quickly create ads that look nice in the newsfeed.
- They’re proven to work – Brands don’t use the same ad designs over and over again without a reason – some layouts simply work better than others.
- They’re easy to create – Universal ad templates can easily be filled in with your branded content and messaging, without you having to spend days designing your Facebook ads.
Personally, I like to create 80% of ad designs following my go-to templates and treat the remaining 20% as tiny art projects, testing something new.
Where to find Facebook ad templates?
There is no online “Facebook ad templates” gallery that you can browse.
The best way to acquire a set of safe-for-work templates in to browse Facebook ad examples and see what layouts other brands are using.
Which I recently did, resulting in 18 ad ideas that you can apply to your campaigns as well.
While the following infographic is dividided into 3 parts – Universal, SaaS and eCommerce – most of the featured ad templates can be used for any kind of Facebook or Instagram campaign.
+ Scroll to the bottom of the infographic to see real Facebook ad examples for each use case. 👇
1. Image + centered text
This Facebook ad template works well with any kind of messaging, whether you want to mention your value props, a discount offer or a one-liner about your company.
All you need is a stock photo (check the above infographic for best free stock image sites) and a strong value proposition.
2. Image + left- or right-aligned text
This is another go-to Facebook ad template for most campaigns. Adding the call-to-action to your ad image can potentially increase your ad’s click-through rate, resulting in higher Relevance score and lower Facebook ad cost.
3. Image + text inside a circle
This format works best if you plan to feature some specific number, e.g. the pricing of your product or a discount rate.
- A/B test various colours on the circle to uncover what catches most people’s attention.
- Make sure that the text and its background circle have a high colour contrast, so that the copy is easily readable (e.g. avoid placing white copy on light background)
4. Image + text inside a square
Use this Facebook ad template in brand awareness campaigns and place your logo inside the square in the centre of your ad.
You can also test a similar layout when promoting a blog article on Facebook, adding the article’s title on top of the background image.
5. Image + text + CTA button
When using a lot of copy on your Facebook ads – which you are when adding both a value proposition + CTA button in the image – make sure to use the Facebook Text Overlay tool to ensure that your ad is not too text-heavy.
6. Plain image + logo
If you’re wondering what’s the most beloved Facebook ad template of lazy marketers, this is it. However, this is not to say that this layout doesn’t work. Test it out!
7. Showcase your product
When it comes to Facebook ads for SaaS, it’s always a good idea to create some ads that showcase your product.
Showing people what your product looks like is beneficial for several reasons:
- It will catch the attention of people interested in software products
- The viewer can immediately tell if they’d like to use your product (you’ll get higher-quality leads)
- And, naturally, all you need to do is take a screenshot and do some Photoshop magic – easy.
8. Product image + value proposition
One step forward from the previous ad template with product image would be adding a value proposition on top of it. You can run a split test to see which results the ads with a simple product screenshot v.s. an additional value proposition deliver.
Combine product image with some copy
9. Product image aligned to the right
When working with SaaS companies, this is usually our go-to Facebook layout. Somehow, having the copy on the left and a product image on the right makes the image easy to understand and read.
10. Visualize a specific benefit
Does your product help teams to grow? Be more efficient and save time? Show it in your Facebook ads. To make things even more graspable for the viewer, make sure that your Facebook ad copywriting also revolves around the same benefit.
11. Visualize text with icons
If you’re looking for a good alternative to stock photos, find some high-quality icons and find various ways to organize them in your Facebook ad designs.
Tip: You don’t need to create the icons from scratch, there are many good websites for finding ready-made icons. (Check the infographic for suggestions)
12. Share a customer testimonial
You probably have plenty of positive customer testimonials on your website. Copy-paste them to your Facebook ad images, add a picture if a real customer (no stock photo), and you’ve got yourself a high-conversion ad.
13. Centered product + logo
This is a good Facebook ad template for any retail brand. You can also add a value proposition to your ad image to emphasize your product’s benefit.
Tip: Go an extra mile to get professional product photos as the first impression of your product will decide whether someone buys it or not.
14. Limited-time or discount offer
If you have a possibility to make a discount offer and promote it on Facebook, do it every time. This is especially relevant for Facebook retargeting campaigns, where you need to give people some additional incentive to buy your product.
15. Compilation of products + centered logo
Got a lot of products? Why not show them all in a single Facebook ad. You can also apply the same layout to your Instagram ad design where having catchy and colourful ads is the key to increased sales.
16. Multiple products + colourful background
This layout is a good option when you’ve tested a lot of other ad templates already and want to introduce some new designs to your campaigns.
Tip: Don’t just repeat a single product, but find ways to show it from different angles, different colours, etc.
17. Carousel ad with multiple products
There are many ways to create a Facebook carousel ad that features multiple products:
- You can showcase simple product photos
- You can have an image or text as the first slide of the carousel ad
- You can have some copy on each slide throughout your ad
Or… You can test them all and see what works best.
18. Simple image + overlay + logo
Applying a colour overlay on top of your Facebook ad image is an easy way to make it more colourful and aligned with your branded colours. I personally like to use Sketch for designing ad images, but you can also do it on Photoshop or Illustrator.
That’s it guys. Have a go-to Facebook template that wasn’t mentioned in this article? Point it out in the comments.
Want even more inspiration? Check out this eBook with 200 Facebook ad examples. 👇