Facebook's News Feed algorithm prioritizes video over other content types. As a result, video on Facebook (in the form of paid ads and status updates) is becoming an increasingly powerful tool that businesses can use to engage with their audiences and build brand awareness.

Before jumping in and spending precious dollars on Facebook video ads, however, you should familiarize yourself with the process of creating videos, planning a campaign, and carrying it out.

The following tools, tactics, and tips will help you get started.

Tools

Power Editor: Unlike Facebook's Ads Manager, Facebook's Power Editor (available only on Chrome) provides more options for creating copy for the headline and description of your advertisement. Through the Power Editor, you'll have more creative freedom because you will be provided with additional characters to use in your advertisement's copy. If it's used wisely, you can compose creative, compelling copy that grabs the attention of more people, increasing ad impressions.

Splice and Videohance: To create a killer video ad, you'll want to take advantage of the multitude of free tools available for video editing. Videohance and Splice are two free apps that you can use to create professional-looking videos. Splice, my favorite, helps you to customize the look and feel of your video. Add photos, music, transitions between clips, and background colors to create branded, engaging video that you know will resonate with your audience.

Tactics

Have a goal: Before creating your advertisement, you want to get clear on exactly why you're crafting it. What do you want the advertisement to do? Do you want to expose your video to the largest-possible relevant audience? Do you want your video to lead to subscriptions for your email list? Do you want your video to drive traffic to a specific blog post? Focusing on your desired outcome is the only way to develop the tactics you'll use to achieve that goal and also to measure the effectiveness of your video ad once it is published.

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Julia Jornsay-Silverberg is a social media marketing consultant and coach with a passion for helping small businesses attract an audience, build their brand, and connect with customers.

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