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TikTok vs. Facebook Ads for e-Commerce (2023): Which is Best?

By 

Daniël de Jager

 on November 13, 2022. 
Reviewed by 

Michelle Meyer

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You may be wondering: is it worth it to invest in TikTok ads as part of e-commerce marketing in the upcoming year? Or maybe you were thinking of running some Facebook ads to get more customers to visit your e-commerce store. Marketing is more than just running ads—your business and products will perform much better when viewed by an audience on a channel aligned with your brand's values and offerings.

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Comparing Key Metrics

The first thing a marketer needs to know about a marketing channel is the performance metrics listed below. This will give them the information they need to determine whether it's the right choice.

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CPM

CPM (cost per mille) is the cost charged by the channel per 1,000 ad impressions. TikTok ads were inexpensive at launch in 2019 with a CPM of $1, but that number has since climbed to an average CPM of $10. Facebook's CPM depends on your audience and advertisement settings, ranging between $7 and $20 in the past year.

CPC

Every time someone clicks on your TikTok ad, you'll pay an average of $1 cost per click (CPC) depending on the ad format used. Facebook ads are generally less expensive, costing between $0.60 to $1.50 per click.

Average ROAS

The average return on advertisement spend (ROAS) on TikTok is usually around $1.20 to $3 per $1 spent, with ROAS increasing as more ads and formats are used. Facebook ads aren't as lucrative as other platforms, bringing only an average of $2 ROAS (often under $1 for B2C e-commerce ads).

Average CTR

CTR (click-through rate) is the ratio of impressions to clicks. Because TikTok is more exclusive with less advertisement saturation, its CTR is 1% to 5% for in-feed ads, 7% to 10% for brand take-over ads, and 16% for top-view ads. Facebook CTR sits at 0.5% to 1.6% depending on your industry, with most e-commerce campaigns around 1% CTR.

Average Conversion Rate

Average Conversion Rate (ACR) is the king of ad metrics, comparing clicks to conversions. It's difficult to find reliable data on TikTok ads' ACR, but you can expect an ACR of 1.5% to 3%. Facebook ad ACR ranges widely from 2% to 15%, with an average of 4% for e-commerce ads.

Facebook Ads Considerations

Benefits

  • Detailed targeting Facebook has built up an advanced advertising algorithm that can target the exact market you want at the click of a button. Post-campaign, Facebook will suggest more demographics to help you hone your Facebook ads strategies as an e-commerce store.
  • Large user base With over nearly 3 billion monthly active users (MAU), Facebook can expose your e-commerce business to more potential customers than any other social media platform. Parent company Meta also owns Instagram, giving you easy cross-advertising capabilities to another 2 billion MAU platform.
  • Built-in A/B testing Within the Meta Ads Manager and without any extra tools, you can perform A/B testing to see what works and get instant, real-world results.
  • Exceptional tracking and analytics tools Facebook gives you some of the most powerful tracking and analytics tools available backed by decades of experience.

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Drawbacks

  • Time-consuming at the beginning Facebook is notoriously difficult for new marketers to learn. It also requires a lot of manual work to get your ad campaigns going at the start.
  • Not preferred by many marketing agencies While they definitely won't ignore the platform because of its vast user base, many agencies prefer working on other platforms with more intuitive advertising dashboards and different audiences.

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TikTok Ads Considerations

Benefits

  • Largely untapped audience Countries where Facebook and Instagram have typically been less popular are often a breeding ground for TikTok users, giving advertisers access to an untapped audience.
  • Younger and more receptive audience TikTok is immensely popular among younger generations. If an online business can create ads that are relatable and engaging to this young audience, it will find them more receptive and responsive than older audiences.
  • Influencer marketing opportunities Like Instagram, TikTok lets you work with influencers to engage their audience directly.

» How do you compile an influencer marketing strategy? Consider these expert tips for your e-commerce store

Drawbacks

  • Lacking guides and info Because TikTok is a relatively new platform, there isn't much information available online to help you get started or if you get stuck.
  • Limited formats In-feed ads, brand take-over ads, top views, spark ads, and hashtag challenges are the only ad formats available on TikTok. Other platforms like Facebook offer a wider variety of ad formats and media types.
  • Basic analytics Because its ad platform is still relatively new and growing, TikTok doesn't provide as powerful analytical insights as Facebook does.

» Struggling to create the perfect TikTok ads? Follow this guide to TikTok ads for online store owners

The Verdict

When advertising e-commerce products, you will need to consider the pros and cons of all available options given your business objectives to decide what is the best for you. If you need help making data-driven decisions to better optimize your marketing strategies, take a look at BeProfit, the most accurate profit calculator and data analytics dashboard for e-commerce businesses, and start reaping the benefits of online marketing.

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