A Beginner's Blueprint for Launching Meta Ads

A Beginner's Blueprint for Launching Meta Ads

Meta ads offer alcohol brands an invaluable opportunity to connect with and grow their audience, drive sales, and foster brand loyalty. Leveraging Meta's robust advertising platform requires strategic planning and meticulous execution. If you're gearing up to launch your brand into the meta-advertising sphere, this guide is tailored just for you.


1. Strategy

New brands entering the Meta-advertising arena should start by driving traffic to their e-commerce store. Traffic ads serve as an economical means of targeting new audiences and elevating brand visibility. 
Launching lead ads simultaneously enables the buildup of your brand's internal email lists, fostering a direct line of communication with past, present, and potential customers. Integrating lead ads with your email service provider, such as Kaviyo or Mailchimp, is crucial for seamless lead management and automated follow-ups. Consider offering incentives like discounts to accelerate the growth of your email leads.

Connecting CRM with Meta Business Center )

Since conversions likely top your list of goals, integrating new customer acquisition campaigns is essential. However, it requires a thorough grasp of your target audience, which can be done through brand-specific Meta audience testing. Note that employing an "add to cart" target objective setting for first-time conversion campaigns is often more cost-effective than targeting direct purchases.

Furthermore, allocating resources to Page Likes campaigns enhances your brand's social credibility and broadens its organic reach. A robust follower base not only reflects customer appreciation but also provides fertile ground for audience testing through the creation of lookalike audiences.



2. Meta Pixel Integration

Before diving headfirst into your ad campaigns, ensure that you have Meta pixel set up and seamlessly integrated with your website. This indispensable tool facilitates conversion tracking and provides invaluable insights into customer behavior and journey. 

Creating & Installing Meta Pixel 


3. UTM Parameters

Integrating UTM parameters at the end of every ad link can maximize the effectiveness of your ad campaigns. By meticulously tracking the traffic source, medium, campaign name, audience targeting, and content, you can gain a granular understanding of your ad performance, empowering you to fine-tune your strategies for optimal results. Platforms like GA4 and Shopify analytics allow you to track and analyze the data collected by these parameters.



4. Budget Allocation

Strategically allocating your budget is essential for maximizing the impact of your ad campaigns. A general rule of thumb for first-time advertisers suggests allocating:
  • Traffic Campaigns: $5-$20 per day
  • Lead Generation Campaigns: $5-$25 per day
  • Conversion Campaigns: $30-$50 per day per audience target
  • Page Likes Campaigns: $3-$9 per day

Adjust these allocations based on seasonal trends, product offerings, and budget constraints. During peak periods like holidays, expenditures are heightened by 0.5x-2x your normal monthly budget allocation.

It's imperative to continue scaling these budgets over time as you identify winning advertising strategies. For example, if a particular ad set is delivering strong results, gradually increase its budget to amplify your reach and conversions. Successful brands maintain their longevity by continuously increasing their ad spend, often maintaining monthly expenditures of $20K-$250K on Meta ads alone.


5. Compelling Content and Copy

Captivate your audience with visually stunning imagery and compelling copy. Adhering to design recommendations ensures optimal ad performance while crafting concise yet impactful text enhances engagement and drives conversions. Ensure your content adheres to format ratios for various placements, such as Story (1.91:1), grid, feed formats (1:1), and Meta Audience Network placements (vertical 9:16).
 ( Speakeasy Co. Ad Creative Best Practices )


6. Competitor Analysis and Ad Library

Before launching Meta ads, conduct competitor research using tools like Meta's Ad Library. Analyze competitors' ads to see insights into their messaging and creative approaches. By understanding how others in your industry highlight their brands, you can refine your own ad strategy, identify unique selling points, and stay competitive in the market.

( Meta Ad Library )



7. Patience in the Learning Phase

In the dynamic realm of Meta-advertising, patience is paramount. The learning phase demands time to gather data, analyze what resonates with your audience, and refine your strategies accordingly. Anticipate a learning curve spanning three to six months to achieve optimal effectiveness in your advertising endeavors.


8. Performance Benchmarks

Evaluate your ad performance against industry benchmarks to gauge success and identify areas for improvement. Aim for:
  • Click-through rates (CTR) between 0.75% to 2%, depending on campaign objectives
  • Cost Per Lead ideally ranges from $0.90 to $2.00 but can start anywhere from $3-$6
  • Cost Per Click (CPC) - Ideally around $1-$2  but depending on economy and market trends can average anywhere from $2-$3 for most campaigns and typically cheaper for traffic ads which are ideally $0.15-$0.99 and start can hover around the $1.50 for starting out.
  • Cost Per Page Like - should be roughly $0.10 - $0.80 but ideally want to remain under the $0.20 mark.
  • Cost Per Landing Page View: For a traffic campaign, you want to aim for around $0.19, but for a conversion campaign, it can hover in the $1+ range depending on the attribution setting and interest level.


( Meta Benchmarks Based on Industry )


Embarking on the Meta advertising journey as an alcohol brand necessitates meticulous planning, strategic resource allocation, and continuous optimization. By adhering to these guidelines and staying attuned to evolving trends, you can elevate your brand's digital presence, forge meaningful connections with your audience, and drive sustained growth in a competitive landscape.


Additional Articles to Reference: 

  1. Meta Ads for ecommerce: 7 things to test and iterate
  2. How to Create a Meta Ads Campaign: A Complete Guide
  3. Coors Light Meta Case Study 
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