Church Facebook ads can be an excellent tool for digital evangelism. That is, if you know how to run those Facebook ads for churches effectively…
But if you’re not strategic with your Facebook ad, then your ad spend can skyrocket before you know it. And for churches, that’s completely unsustainable long-term!
So here are some essential tips for creating church Facebook ads that are not only creative, but also effective. Find out how you can create ads that compel people to pause, click, and connect to your church.
Table of contents
- Getting Started – Set Up Your Facebook Page
- Set up your free Facebook page
- Set up your Facebook business manager account
- Set up and install a Meta pixel
- 1. Targeting your ideal audience for Facebook advertising
- 2. Using a strong headline in your church Facebook ads
- 3. Creating Facebook ads with eye-catching visuals
- 4. Writing clear, engaging, keyword-rich copy
- 5. Testing and revising the Facebook ad based on results
- How Can Churches Advertise on Facebook?
Getting Started – Set Up Your Facebook Page
Before setting up Facebook ads for your church, here are three preliminary steps. Once you do these, your church will be set up to launch an advertising campaign.
Also, although Facebook is now under the umbrella of “Meta”, which also includes Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp, we’re still going to use the term Facebook here.
Set up your free Facebook page
Your church’s Facebook page is crucial real estate for your church’s online presence and can help you connect with members and non-members alike.
Be sure to list basic info like times for your Sunday service, your church website, and how to connect with the local church.
Set up your Facebook business manager account
Also known as Meta Business Suite, this is a tool that businesses and organizations use to manage their Facebook presence, including their ad account.
This is where you’ll create a church Facebook ad campaign and track its progress and results.
Set up and install a Meta pixel
Installing a Meta or Facebook pixel allows you to track conversions (people who take an action on your church website after seeing your church’s Facebook ad), remarket to people who have visited your church website, and create Lookalike audiences.
Here are step-by-step instructions for how to set up a Facebook pixel.
Now that you’ve covered the basics, you’re ready to set up a Facebook ad.
5 Factors for Successful Church Facebook Ads
1. Targeting your ideal audience for Facebook advertising
Here’s one of the biggest mistakes we see with church Facebook ads: failing to set your target audience and goal.
Make sure you know the target audience you’re trying to reach and what you want them to do (one clear call to action). Then, use that information to create Facebook ads and posts that will appeal to them.
Although we know you’d like to reach everyone, targeting the right Facebook users with your ad is important. When you get specific, your chance of actually reaching new visitors who are interested in what you have to say is much higher.
Some keys to a Facebook ad campaign that targets users effectively include:
- Using Facebook’s targeting options to narrow down who sees your ad. You can target by location, interests, demographics, and more.
- Using Facebook pixel to track website visitors and create lookalike audiences of people who have visited your site in the past.
- Testing different targeting options for your ad campaign to see what works best for your church marketing.
2. Using a strong headline in your church Facebook ads
Your headline is one of the most important elements of your church Facebook ads, so make sure it’s catchy and compelling.
Some points for writing a Facebook ad headline that stops the scroll:
- Be clear and easy to understand
- Use strong verbs and descriptive adjectives
- Use power words that evoke emotion
- Speak directly to your target audience with “you” and “your” pronouns
- Use numbers or statistics to capture attention
- Ask a question
- Pique curiosity
3. Creating Facebook ads with eye-catching visuals
Facebook users are bombarded with digital marketing content, so eye-catching visuals are necessary to set your church apart and make your message clear.
Visuals you can post on Facebook include:
- Single image
- Carousel post (series of images or graphics)
Video content is king right now. Video posts on Facebook range from complete online worship services to short videos and reels. When it comes to video ads, keep them short and sweet.
Whatever visual content you use in your Facebook ad, make sure it’s high quality, personal, and tells a story that resonates with your church’s target audience.
4. Writing clear, engaging, keyword-rich copy
In digital marketing, the headline and first sentence of your paid ads should contain a hook that immediately captures attention and makes a Facebook user want to keep reading.
After the hook, continue writing primary text copy that is clear, engaging, and has a personal touch.
Also, using the right keywords in your Facebook ad copy is vital to target people who will be interested in what you offer.
5. Testing and revising the Facebook ad based on results
If your Facebook ad knocks it out of the park on the first try, you’re incredibly fortunate!
In most cases, one ad campaign isn’t enough to become an expert in Facebook advertising. Creating Facebook ads is both an art and a science.
After getting creative with your headlines, copy, and visual elements, examine the results of your Facebook ad campaign objectively.
Which Facebook posts are effective for reaching your local community? Which ads drive event registrations, boost likes to your Facebook pages, and generate church website traffic?
Evaluating your church’s Facebook advertising campaigns regularly is essential to create successful church marketing that makes an impact and make sure you spend the right amount on Facebook advertising.
How Can Churches Advertise on Facebook?
Churches can use Facebook advertising to grow their church and reach new people.
You can feature:
- Events that will appeal to the local community
- A short video invite to church services from your pastor
- Engaging and helpful content that helps people solve a problem or addresses a pain point
When creating church Facebook ads, it’s important to keep a few key elements in mind, such as using a strong headline, creating eye-catching visuals, writing clear and engaging copy, and testing and evaluating your results regularly.
By following these tips, you can create church Facebook ads that make an impact and reach your target audience.
Where have you seen the greatest success when it comes to church Facebook ads? Let us know in the comments below!