The Value of Storytelling on Facebook for Marketers

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this has some really great information for people, like me, that want to make ads that don’t make us hate ourselves for being manipulative

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Everyone loves a good story. That’s especially true when it comes to advertising. According to a new study, campaigns that tell a brand story before asking people to buy something are significantly more effective than ones that focus immediately on encouraging people to take an action.

For the research, social media advertising technology firm Adaptly, in partnership with Facebook, compared the rate of subscriptions to Refinery29, an independent fashion and lifestyle website, generated by two campaigns on Facebook that ran in the US in May 2014.

One “sustained call-to-action” campaign over 12 days featured ads that employed creative and images focused strictly on generating subscriptions. The other campaign over the same period featured different “sequenced” ads that first told the brand story, next provided product information before inviting people to sign up. Ads for both campaigns were served in News Feed to lookalike audiences, increasing the…

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