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5 Social Media Mistakes: Here's What NOT To Do

Written by : 
Georgi Todorov
Reviewed by :  
Jack McLaren
Publish Date:  
May 9, 2024

Running successful paid social campaigns requires careful planning, execution, and monitoring. Many marketers often fall into common pitfalls that can impact the effectiveness of their efforts. Whether you're a seasoned marketer or just starting out, understanding and avoiding these common mistakes can save you valuable time, money, and frustration.

We've compiled a list of the top five most common paid social mistakes we've seen in our years of experience, along with practical tips to help you avoid them.

Our goal is to provide you with the best practices to maximise your paid social media campaigns. Whether you are looking to increase brand awareness, website traffic or generate leads.

1. Lack of Audience Targeting

One of the biggest mistakes marketers make in paid social advertising is failing to define and target their audience effectively. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of launching a campaign and forgetting the importance of reaching your target audience. Throwing your ads out to a broad, undefined audience will lead to wasted resources and poor results.

To avoid this, start by clearly identifying your target audience. Develop detailed buyer personas that encompass demographic information, interests, behaviours, and pain points. Use the many targeting options provided by social media platforms to narrow down your audience based on factors such as age, location, interests, and even specific online behaviours. By doing this you will improve your ad relevance which should increase conversions.

A successful paid social campaign is all about delivering the right message at the right time to the right audience. Refining your approach will ensure your ads are put in front of relevant people, which leads to higher engagement, better conversions and a higher return on investment.

2. Poor Ad Creative and Copy

Another common mistake is poor ad creatives and copy. Capturing the attention of your target audience is crucial, and no matter how well you target then if the creative and/or copy fails to grab their attention the efforts are wasted. Many marketers make the mistake of using generic or low-quality visuals and uninspiring copy, resulting in ads that fail to resonate.

To avoid this, invest time and effort in high-quality visuals and craft engaging, concise, and persuasive ad copy. Tailor your messaging to highlight the benefits of your product or service and use thumb-stopping images and videos to grab attention. Experiment with different formats, images, headlines, and calls to action to identify what resonates best with your audience. Additionally utilise testimonials and user-generated content, as this type of content builds trust amongst your audience.

3. Ignoring Mobile Optimisation

With the majority of social media users accessing platforms through smartphones and tablets, failing to optimise your ads for mobile can be a costly mistake. Ads that are not mobile-friendly may appear distorted, load slowly, or have poor visibility, leading to a negative user experience and lower conversion rates.

Ensure your ad visuals and landing pages are optimised for mobile devices, making sure they adapt to different screen sizes, as well as keeping them visually appealing, easy to navigate, and quick to load. Try and keep your copy concise and avoid small fonts that would be hard to read on mobile devices. It is also important to ensure if your ad is pointing to a landing page that it is also mobile-friendly, as you want to ensure the whole journey is smooth.

4. Inadequate tracking and Measurement

A common oversight is the lack of proper tracking and measurement of campaigns. Without accurate data, it becomes difficult to assess the effectiveness of your ads and make informed decisions for optimisation. You will not have the relevant performance of ROI data to know the impact the campaign has had on your business.

To avoid putting a campaign live without the proper tracking firstly, ensure you have conversion tracking set up correctly on your website and utilise tracking pixels or tags provided by social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Additionally, you can utilise UTM parameters which track the effectiveness of your paid social campaigns in analytical tools such as Google Analytics. UTMs can provide data such as source, medium and campaign of traffic. Finally, leverage analytics tools and campaign reporting to measure key metrics such as click-through rates, conversion rates, and return on ad spend (ROAS).

5. Overlooking A/B Testing and Experimentation

Many marketers miss out on the opportunity to optimise their strategies and maximise results because they don’t utilise A/B testing and experimentation. A/B testing allows you to compare different elements of your ads, such as ad creative, headlines, copy, targeting, or even placement, to determine what resonates best with your audience and drives higher engagement or conversions. Running the same ad continuously limits the paid social campaign from reaching its potential.

To avoid this mistake, make A/B testing a must-do in every paid social media campaign you run. Firstly identify what your objectives and metrics are to measure the success of your testing, then decide which elements you want to test and then create multiple variations. For example, test different images, ad headline or call to action to better understand which combination generated the highest engagement. Conduct controlled experiments and measure the impact of each change. This iterative approach allows you to refine your campaigns, uncover insights, and continuously improve your advertising performance.

Paid social advertising is a well-known and well-used tool for driving brand awareness, generating leads, and increasing conversions. However, avoiding common mistakes is vital to ensure your campaigns deliver optimal results. By focusing on effective audience targeting, compelling ad creative, mobile optimisation, accurate tracking, and ongoing experimentation, you can avoid the errors that plague many marketers. Take the time to refine your approach, learn from your data, and continuously optimise your campaigns to achieve long-term results.

If you would like any help with your paid social efforts, get in touch with us today and see how we can help you.