6 Simple Steps To Run a Successful Instagram Ad Campaign

Instagram Ad Campaign

If you want to refurnish your Instagram strategy, you should incorporate Instagram advertising into your action plan. 

There are various reasons to try it out for the brands, even though they acquire some pay. There are above a billion people using the platform every month, with the average user spending nearly 55 minutes every day. 

We have furnished you with simple steps if you are new to marketing on Instagram. Create your first ad; let’s jump in.

Instagram Advertising

After Instagram opened advertising to every business in 2015, it grew very fastly. It reached over a million advertisers within 2017.

Instagram advertising is handled with Ads Manager On Facebook, which provides advertisers more targeting options, and also helps to create ads on both platforms at the same time.

In Instagram alone ads, you can run ads that appear in your audience’s feed and story ads that run when a user switches over a story.

Why You Should Use Advertising On Instagram

Even though organic social network strategies are cost-effective, it takes more time, hurdles of error, and trial. That’s why you need to implement Instagram advertising in both paid and organic tactics. So you can get both worlds to your business or brands. 

You can reach out to your targeted audience with paid ads who don’t know a single point of your business. 

How Much Does Advertising On Instagram Cost?

The cost of Instagram advertising is based on various factors such as demographics, devices that you target, days in the week, etc.

You must know Instagram demographics well to target your audience. Another factor that affects the ad cost is the placement of your ad. Both Instagram’s story and feed ads are the cheapest ad placement options, ranging from $0.80 – $1.30 CPC.

It’s more important to analyze your key objectives and dedicate specific money to campaigns and ads, helping your bottom line. Invest in the contents and posts that organically perform well. Test everything to get what content performs well, and invest in that. Finally, don’t forget to monitor your ad’s success and notify the points which don’t go as well as you hoped. 

How To Add Ads On Instagram

As we already said, you can create your ads on Instagram inside the ads manager on Facebook. It makes it easy if you handle your Instagram and Facebook ads in the same place.

To create your first ad on Instagram, go to the ads manager on your Facebook account and begin a new campaign. 

     Select Your Ad Objective

After creating a campaign, the first step is to select an ad objective in creating ads on Instagram. 

There are various choices into the three categories – Consideration, Conversion, and Awareness. Types of the ads to select from:

Brand Awareness: It helps the users bring awareness about your ad and engage with your ad. 

Traffic: Traffic Objective is best if you need to get more users to your targeted page(your website or app.)

Reach: It is for the businesses or brands to bring their ads to most people.

Engagement: It’s best to set your objective as engagement if you need users to share, comment, or like your ad.

App Installs: Its main objective is to send users to the play store to purchase or install apps.

Video Views: In-stream advertising runs in the feeds section to show BTS(Behind The Scenes), product launches, products, etc.

Lead Generation: It’s trying to search for the people who are curious or interested in your business or brand. Fix a lead generation objective.

Messages: It makes users connect with your brand to give solutions for the product questions, complete purchases, or provide support.

Conversions: If you are looking to direct sales, then conversion is the best objective.

Store Traffic: It’s best for those advertising various business locations to gain in-store direct visits.

Catalog Sales: It’s for brands bringing products from your catalog list of products, which targets your people.

Be reasonable in selecting your objective. Selecting an ad objective that does not bring sense, then your ad looks useless. Also, it’s a total waste of your ad budget.

     Name Your Ad Campaign On Instagram

The screen brings you to name the ad campaign after choosing your ad objective. It’s the perfect way to monitor your ads in the ads manager on Instagram. So, I suggest you name every campaign with great intention. 

Include the promotion name. Get a naming that works well for you and makes you get your ads quickly and monitor their performance. 

You can select a split test ad to try various adoptions and optimize your ad budget. The split test, also called the A/B test, makes you test multiple ad sets against each other, providing the ad’s high budget that looks good. 

Optimization of the campaign budget automatically shares your budget of the ads beyond your ad sets uniformly. You can select this or set manually how much every ad set needs to spend depending on your previous results and testing.

     Select The Placement Of Your Ad

Already we have selected the audience on the first page; it’s the best idea to go front and choose your Instagram-only placements. Various ad features are applicable for multiple placements, so opting this out is a perfect idea. 

You must uncheck the Audience Network and Facebook from the platforms to make sure your ad runs only on Instagram. By performing this action, you can get more Instagram impressions to boost the interaction rate and exposure of your brand ads. Now, more audiences start looking at your brand profile, fostering higher engagement levels.

     Target Your Audience

It’s a significant part of the process. Audience targeting is where you enter into the dangerous part while advertising on Instagram. 

You need not lose money by trying to target everyone. It’s a perfect moment to nail down the interests, demographics, and target audience’s brand behavior. 

You can target the below-mentioned audience groups in the ads manager:

Location: Select or leave audiences depends on particular areas down to addresses and postal codes or countries or regions. 

Age: Choose your particular age range.

Gender: Select the gender, women or men, for your ads.

Detailed Targeting: It is divided into three sub-groups: 

     Interests are used to choose the users depending on their liked activities and topics.

     Demographics is used to exclude or include people depends on education, employment, etc.,

     Behaviors target activities, travel, and purchasing intentions.

Languages: You can select the audience mainly speaking a specific language. 

Connections: Choose users connected to your page, app, or event.

You can also make custom audiences depends on the pixels which you have fixed on your site. 

     Define Your Schedule And Ad Budget

You need to control how much you spend on ads and when your ads will run when setting your ads budget on Instagram.

First, you want to choose over a lifetime budget and a daily budget. The daily budgets make your ads run endlessly by spending an amount every day(also, you can fix start time and end time). The lifetime budgets would run for a certain amount of time.

You can choose a schedule for your advertisements to run if you select a lifetime budget. Moreover, it would be best if you run on weekends or weekdays. You can choose the times and days of your ads manually for your targeted audience.

     Select Your Ad Format On Instagram

If you have finished the previous three steps, tap continues to the dashboard of your ad creation. Here, you can do content upload, ad copywriting, and ad publishing. 

Various patterns are available depending on the objective of the ad you select at first, but the basic ad formats on Instagram are:

  • Photo ads – single image.
  • Carousel ads – multiple photos or video contents.
  • Collection ads – purchase products.
  • Video ads – video clips between 3 to 60 seconds.
  • Story ads – run in between the stories.


Are you ready to start creating your Instagram ads? Well, catch up on these simple steps while you begin to run an ad campaign on Instagram.

Mary Kyle

Mary Kyle is a content developer and marketing manager who works at Snaphappen. She has written more trending articles on social media and has a handful of experience delivering engaging content.

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