11 Facebook Ads campaign objectives you must know

Facebook and Instagram are very popular social media platforms with millions of daily active users. 

We can use Facebook to advertise our products or services on Facebook and Instagram using a Facebook advertising platform known as Facebook Ads.

You can read more about how to use Facebook to run Sponsored ads.

The best part about Facebook Ads is that you can choose from multiple campaign objectives to achieve your specific marketing goal. You can use Facebook ads to drive traffic to your website or blog, or you can also use them to generate leads.

In this article you’ll learn the 11 Facebook advertising campaign objectives, what they are, and when best to use them. There are also some example ads to give you some inspiration for your next campaign.

The 11 Facebook Ads campaign objectives

  1. Brand Awareness
  2. Reach
  3. Traffic
  4. Engagement – Post Engagement, Page Engagements, Event Promotion
  5. App Installs
  6. Video Views
  7. Lead Generation
  8. Messages
  9. Conversions
  10. Product Catalogue Sales
  11. Store Visits

What is a campaign objective?

Your advertising campaign objective is what you want people to do when they see your ads.

Setting your campaign objective is the first action you take when creating a new campaign. It’s at the top level of the

[UPDATE] Facebook has introduced 3 over-arching categories which all ad objectives now sit under. From the top of funnel Awareness to the middle of funnel Consideration and bottom of funnel Conversion. 


  • Brand Awareness
  • Reach


  • Traffic
  • Engagement – subcategories: Post Engagement, Page Likes, Event Responses & Offer Claims
  • App Installs
  • Video Views
  • Lead Generation


  • Conversions
  • Product Catalogue Sales
  • Store Visits


Awareness Stage

#1 Brand Awareness

facebook ad objective

Reach people who are more likely to pay attention to your adverts and increase awareness for your brand.

When to use it: On larger scale branding campaigns where there is no specific action you want a user to take. This objective will appeal to larger businesses that can afford to run pure branding-only campaigns. If you’re a small business, however, almost every other objective will produce better and more meaningful results.

#2 Reach

facebook ad objective

Show your advert to the maximum number of people.

When to use it: Similar to the brand awareness campaign objective, the reach objective is designed to show your ads to the maximum number of people in your audience.

What’s great about the reach objective is that Facebook has introduced Frequency capping, meaning that you can set the minimum number of days before the same person sees your ad again.

This objective is going to be particularly useful when you have a small audience size and want everyone to see your ads, but now you’ll be able to control how regularly they see them thanks to the frequency capping controls


#4 Traffic 

Website click ad

Use the Clicks to Website objective to send people to your website.

When to use it: When you want to send people from Facebook to your website and they don’t need to take a specific action such as sign up for a guide or webinar. Best used when promoting content, particularly blog posts.

#5 Engagement – Post Engagement

Boost Post

Use the Page Post Engagement objective to boost your post.

When to use it: If you already have an organic post that is performing above average in terms of engagement and you want to get it in front of more of your Facebook page audience or a completely new audience this is the objective for you. 

Additionally, use the boost post objective when you have a small audience size that requires a low daily budget, such as £1 per day, to reduce ad frequency problems.


#6 Engagement – Page Likes 

Page Like

Use the Page Likes objective to promote your Facebook Page.

When to use it: If you want to build awareness for your business by increasing the number of likes on your page.

WARNING: Page likes are a topline (vanity) metric, if people don’t actually ENGAGE page likes are essentially worthless, a better objective to build awareness is content-based boost post and website clicks campaigns.

#7 Engagement –  Event Responses

Event ad

Use this objective to get more people to see and respond to your event.

When to use it: You can only use this objective to promote events specifically created on Facebook. Not many businesses still use events on Facebook but if you are one of the few that do, then this will allow you to get your event in front of more people.

If you run events using software other than Facebook such as your own website or Eventbrite then you’ll want to choose a conversion campaign objective.

#8 Engagement –  Offer Claims

Offer claim ad

Use the Offer Claims objective to promote your offer.

When to use it: Like with the event objective, this applies only to offer posts created on Facebook. Having run both offer and website click/conversion campaigns for clients we’ve found that straight offer campaigns perform worse than website click or conversion campaigns. So, stick to website clicks or conversion campaigns if you are running a special offer on Facebook.

#9 App Installs

App Installs

Use the App Installs objective to get people to install your app.

When to use it: When you first launch an app the first 72 hours are critical and you want to get as many downloads as possible to increase your app store ranking. An app installs campaign is a great way to kick-start your downloads.

#10 Video Views

Video ad

Use the Video Views objective to get people to watch your video.

When to use it: Video content is becoming more and more popular, people love it, that’s why Facebook sees over 8 billion video views every day. It’s no surprise then that video views are now an advertising objective.

If you have an awesome video that you want to share with the world, you should use the video objective. It’s a relatively new objective so the cost per view is extremely low, we’ve seen views cost £0.001.

#11 Lead Generation

lead ad

Use this objective to create a form that will collect info from people, including sign-ups for newsletters, price estimates and follow-up calls.

When to use it: Lead ads simplify the mobile signup process. When someone clicks on your lead ad, a form opens with the person’s contact information automatically populated, based on the information they share with Facebook, like their name and email address.

Automatically populating the contact information that people share with Facebook makes filling in the form as fast as two taps: one click on the ad to open the form and another to submit the autofilled form.

The issue though is that people don’t keep their email addresses up-to-date from when they first signed up to Facebook. Therefore, the response rate post signup isn’t as high as when you use conversion campaigns pointing to a specific landing page where information isn’t automatically populated.

Lead ads also don’t allow you to provide as much information about your offer as if you were to use a specific landing page. Therefore, for signups that require a heavier cognitive investment from someone, such as a strategy session, phone call, etc a conversion campaign will have better results.


#12 Conversions

Conversion Ad

Use the Website Conversions objective to promote conversions on your website

When to use it: When you want to drive people from Facebook to your website to take a specific action such as signing up to a webinar, downloading a guide or purchasing a product.


#13 Product Catalogue Sales

Create adverts that automatically show products from your product catalogue based on your target audience.

When to use it: if you are an eCommerce company and want to show specific product remarketing ads to someone after they have viewed that product on your website.

#14 Store Visits

facebook ad objective

Promote multiple business locations to people who are nearby.

When to use it: similar to the reach people near your business objective but best used when you have multiple business locations.

You can use the Store Visits objective to build dynamic advertising campaigns that are locally relevant to each store.


To recap the 11 Facebook advertising objectives are:

  1. Brand Awareness
  2. Reach
  3. Traffic
  4. Engagement – Post Engagement, Page Engagements, Event Promotion
  5. App Installs
  6. Video Views
  7. Lead Generation
  8. Messages
  9. Conversions
  10. Product Catalogue Sales
  11. Store Visits

The 4 main advertising objectives we use for the majority of our clients, where we’re generating new leads and sales for them, are website clicks, conversions, post engagement, and video views.

What’s been your experience using the different Facebook objectives?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @charlielawrance.

About Charlie Lawrance

Charlie Lawrance is the Founder and CEO of Gecko Squared, a digital marketing agency that specializes in Facebook advertising. His clients include eCommerce companies, professional service businesses, and best-selling authors. Stay in touch by liking his Facebook Page