What You Need to Know About Facebook’s New Cost Cap Bidding

Last month, Facebook released another cost control
bidding option, Cost Cap bidding. This bid strategy allows advertisers to
indicate the average cost per action they would like to stay under to get the
maximize results possible. This is the newest addition to the cost control
options (Bid Cap and Target Cost) that allow advertisers to directly control
the cost of an outcome. Here’s what you need to know about Cost Cap bidding.

between Cost Cap, Bid Cap, and Target Cost:

When placing ads, advertisers can tell Facebook how to
bid for them in an ad auction by selecting no cost control or cost control
bidding. With no cost control, Facebook will spend your budget to get the most
results, while with cost control, you tell Facebook which results to spend
money on. Below are brief descriptions of the three available cost control

  • Cost Cap (New): Maximize your results while
    staying below your average cost per action.
  • Bid Cap: Drive volume without exceeding your bid
    cap by setting a max bid.
  • Target Cost: Maintain consistent costs by
    seeking results that are close to your goal, even if there are lower-cost
    results available. 

Available in select ad objectives and delivery optimizations

Cost Cap bidding is only available in select ad
objectives and delivery options. Some of these include traffic, conversion,
catalog sales ad objectives and landing page view and link clicks
optimizations. Check out the Your
Guide to Facebook Bid Strategies
Facebook article for the
complete list.

Setting your Cost Cap

When setting Cost Cap, make sure not to use an aggressive
cost per action (CPA), as this may negatively impact your reach. Not sure what
to use as your average CPA? A great way to figure this out is to run Facebook
ads without cost control at the lowest cost, which gets you the most results
for your budget. Once you determine your average cost and start running your
ads with Cost Cap bidding, make sure to keep an eye on your spend. If your
campaign is having difficulty spending, your Cost Cap may be too low. Note that
you may experience an increase in cost throughout the duration of your campaign
as Facebook typically delivers the most cost-efficient results first.

Cost Cap bidding is a great option if your CPA is important to your media buy. If you’re interested in learning more about how Ignite can help you build your Facebook buy using this new strategy, contact us here and be sure to check out our Targeting for the Customer Journey eBook by clicking the button below.

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