Facebook has been making some big changes lately. If you’ve been keeping up with them, then you know that they removed the 20% text limitation for ad images. Historically, if you created an image ad with more than 20% text, Facebook would disapprove the ad. In most cases, this wasn’t a big deal, but I’ve seen ads get disapproved because of unreadable background text. Even with the removal of text ad limitations, Facebook is still recommending that advertisers stay below the limit due to their “audience preference”. Instead of giving you a statistical grid to show you where exactly the ad text starts to lose reach, they simply state that the more text your ad contains, it will come at a higher cost and experience less distribution.
Facebook’s ad text limit has always been a 25-character headline and 90-character description. The only way to overcome this limitation was to create a post on your page to boost the ad. From there, you can go into ad manager and modify the target audience as you please.
With this limitation, the only campaign objective an advertiser can have is page post engagement. Sure, you can add a link to the text, and you have a “like” button, but that leaves too many competing options for the viewer.
Last night, I was creating an ad for a client when I noticed that the character limit disappeared. Typically, when you start typing, there’s a character countdown on the right side. With the character countdown missing, I was able to type as much text as I wanted. See example:
At first, I thought there was some sort of glitch. I decided to try saving the ad. No issues. I scoured the internet for information on the change. There was nothing. I wanted to make sure that I could activate the ad, have it approved, and get impressions before jumping to conclusions. At this point, it was 1 a.m., so I decided to check back in the morning.
I woke up the next day, and this is what I saw:
Impressions, spend, and a 3 relevancy score (right in the client’s range before I extended the text). After looking deeper into Facebook’s ad specs, I found this:
The most important statement is, "The recommended text length is how many characters of ad copy could be displayed on smaller screens." I checked a couple different sized screens, and my ad saw the full text in every case. I recommend testing to see what kind of results you get.
Now it is time to expand and test…