How to Budget for Facebook Ads: Forecasting Your Costs

Do you use Facebook ads? Wondering how to accurately forecast your ad spend? In this article, you’ll discover a simple formula that will help you budget your Facebook ad spend. To learn how to calculate your Facebook ads budget...

How to Budget for Facebook Ads: Forecasting Your Costs

Do you use Facebook ads? Wondering how to accurately forecast your ad spend?

In this article, you’ll discover a simple formula that will help you budget your Facebook ad spend.

 Forecasting Your Costs by Emily Hirsh on Social Media Examiner.

To learn how to calculate your Facebook ads budget based on your sales goals, read the article below for an easy-to-follow walkthrough or watch this video:



#1: Define Your Sales Goals

The first step in setting your Facebook ad budget is to determine how much revenue you want to generate from your Facebook ads in the next 30 days.

Once you have a revenue goal in mind, calculate how many units you need to sell. To arrive at this number, divide your total revenue by the cost (or average cost) of your offer.

Revenue Goal ÷ Cost of Offer = Units to Sell

For example, if you want to make $10,000 in the next 30 days running Facebook ads and your product sells for $1,000, you would need to sell 10 units of that product.

$10,000 ÷ $1,000 = 10 Units to Sell

#2: Determine How Many Leads You Need From Your Facebook Ads

Once you know how many units you need to sell to achieve your sales goal, the next step is to calculate how many landing page views or leads you need from your Facebook ads. To do that, you need your average sales conversion.

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We’re going to walk through a couple of industry averages, but if you have your own data from anything you’ve previously done, plug that into this formula.

Email Leads

If your business is set up to get email leads and you sell to customers through a webinar or video series, you need to determine how many email leads you need to achieve your sales goal.

To calculate this number, you’ll need to come up with a sales conversion of those leads. We’re going to use a 5% sales conversion to make it easy. If you have an expensive product, you’ll have a lower sales conversion. If you have an inexpensive product (under $300), you might have a higher sales conversion. Feel free to adjust this for your business.

Now take the number of sales (which you calculated above) and divide that by the sales conversion you’ve chosen.

Number of Sales ÷ Sales Conversion = Leads

So for our example, divide 10 by 5%. Now you know you need 200 email leads to meet your goal.

10 ÷ 5% = 200 Leads

Landing Page Views

If you run ads that take people straight from your ad to your product, you have to calculate how many landing page views you need. Let’s say 7% of all of the people who land on your sales page buy your product. So take your sales goal and divide it by 7%.

10 ÷ 7% = 143 Landing Page Views

You’ll need approximately 143 people to land on your page to generate 10 sales of your product.

#3: Calculate Your Facebook Ad Spend Budget

The last step is determining your Facebook ad spend budget. To calculate this, multiply the number of leads you need by the cost per lead. Or multiply the number of landing page views by the cost per landing page view.

Number of Leads x Cost per Lead = Ad Spend Budget

Number of Landing Page Views x Cost per Landing Page View = Ad Spend Budget

Don’t worry if you don’t know your average cost per lead. It can range anywhere from $2-$10 depending on your industry, how much your offer is, and what you’re sending them to.

Let’s start with the lead example, using a $4 cost per lead. Multiply 200 leads by $4 to determine your ad spend.

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200 x $4 = $800 Ad Spend Budget

You need to spend $800 on your ads to get those 200 leads.

For the landing page view example, the average landing page view cost is $0.50-$3. So if you multiply 143 by $1, you’ll discover you need to spend $143 on your Facebook ads.

143 x $1 = $143 Ad Spend Budget

#4: Adjust Your Facebook Ad Cost

Now that you’ve calculated your Facebook ad spend budget, what if you don’t want to spend that much money on your ads? You can simply adjust your numbers to settle on a budget that works for you.

Following this same process, go back and tweak your figures until your sales goal matches a reasonable ad spend goal. That’s why you want to do this before running ads. It will stop you from boosting posts or throwing things out there and hoping they work because you’re going into this very intentionally (“I’m going spend $800 to make $10,000”).

Suppose that instead of selling 10 of your courses, you set your goal at 100. You want to generate $100,000 in revenue in the next 30 days by selling those courses.

To sell 100 courses at a 5% sales conversion, you need 2,000 leads.

100 x 5% = 2,000 Leads

At an average cost per lead of $4, your ad spend will be $8,000.

2,000 x $4 = $8,000 Ad Spend Budget

Keep tweaking these numbers until your budget aligns with your sales goal and is an amount you’re willing to spend.

If your budget seems too high, you can decrease your sales goal or play with your conversion numbers to get it to a place where it matches what you’re willing to spend today.

On the flip side, if you get here and your budget is too low and you’re willing to spend more, increase your budget and you’ll also be able to increase your sales goal.

Pro Tip: Make sure your Facebook ad budget is at least $500. Anything less than that isn’t really worth it and you won’t get the traction you need.

Bonus: Determining Your Average Cost per Lead and Conversion Rate

When planning out these metrics, there are a few things to take into consideration depending on your business and industry.

In terms of average conversion rates, business-to-consumer (B2C) marketing is very different from business-to-business (B2B) marketing.

Generally in the B2C space, your cost per lead and cost per landing page view will be on the lower end of the averages and your sales conversion will be a little bit lower too. Consumers usually need a few more touchpoints with your brand and they’re a little bit harder to sell to.

But in the B2B space, you’ll probably pay a higher cost per lead. You might be on that higher end of the industry averages, but if you successfully get someone to your landing page or webinar, your sales conversion will be higher.

Average Cost per Lead and Conversion Rate for 3 Types of Sales Funnels

Now let’s talk about what these metrics mean for a few specific funnels.

We’ll start with the webinar funnel. An average cost per webinar registration is $3-$10. If you’re in an industry targeting consumers, again you’ll probably be at the lower end. And if you’re targeting business owners, you’ll probably be on the higher end.

Next, let’s look at a high-ticket sales funnel where you’re selling to people through a call or an application into your higher-level service. In this sales funnel, typically 1%-3% of your leads will actually purchase. And how you’re getting them to that call might vary. So if you’re using a webinar, you’ll fall within the $3-$10 average cost per webinar registration as well.

And finally, with an eCommerce funnel, you’ll pay an average of $0.50-$3 for a landing page view and you should be converting 5%-10% of that traffic. This would also be relevant to a self-liquidating offer funnel if you have a very low-priced digital product and you’re going straight from your ad to your product.

Conclusion

Following this simple Facebook ad budget formula will help you determine how much you’ll need to spend on Facebook ads to meet your sales goals. If you come up with a number that’s more than you’re willing to spend, go back and tweak the numbers to settle on a budget that works for your business.

What do you think? Will you try this budgeting formula for future Facebook campaigns? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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