New Facebook Ads Campaign for an Old Bank

New Facebook
Strategy for an
Old Bank

Leveraging User Data on Facebook for Targeted
and Optimized Ads

Our client is a banking institution that has been around long enough to see the shift in marketing from traditional methods to primarily digital methods. However, they didn’t keep up with the trend. Offering a range of services that are critical to the local economy they continued to fill a much-needed niche but they knew there was room for growth.

Our Campaign by the Numbers


Increase in traffic from Facebook in Month 1


Savings on cost per impression


Peak increase in
website visits

Keeping up With the Digital Age

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Thanks to their suite of financial products and solutions for both retail and corporate clients, the bank survived their neglect of digital marketing focusing instead on traditional marketing and word of mouth. However, as more and more of ther customers were moving to the online to find financial services such as consumer banking, and asset management, the bank found it increasingly difficult to keep up with the demand. They knew it was time to shake up their marketing strategy.

Their Goal

Getting Driving Traffic to a New Website

Our client’s internal web development team updated their website to bring both design and function consistent with the current technology trends. It was primed to become their hub of local banking services that their digitally savvy customers needed.

Depending on location, up to 73% of people used online banking in 2017. The goal of our Facebook Ads campaign was to drive traffic from Facebook to the online banking website in the most efficient manner possible.

Our Solution

Optimizing for Local Searches

Using the information that Facebook has about each of its users (98 data points to be exact), we built a base audience of people on Facebook likely to need our client’s banking services.

We then segmented this group further based on which service they might need. The audience groups were credit card audience, housing loan audience, personal loan audience, car loan audience, and investment audience. Each audience would see different ads created specifically for that demographic and banking need. Additionally, we used two types of ads

Carousel Ads and Dynamic Product Ads

The key to the success of this campaign was reaching the people in our segmented audiences with the right frequency so that our client’s bank stayed top of mind. This way, even if they weren’t purchasing a car, buying a home, or needed a credit card when they saw the ad, the ads were displayed at regular intervals with refreshed content so they would consider our client’s banking services when the time was right.

Via weekly monitoring of the results primarily focusing on the metrics CPR (cost per reach) and CPC (cost per click), we discovered which ads were underperforming and we promptly replaced them with new ads. As the campaign went on, we identified what ads, creatives, and ad copy worked for each audience and demographic. Our ability to hone in on what tactics worked for each audience resulted in a dramatic increase in their website visits. This new traffic translated to new customers for each of the promoted services with new car loan applications increasing significantly.

In the second month of the campaign and beyond, we continue building local citations which help give Google a clearer picture of our client’s business and their locations. Local citations and review sites also provide an avenue for the restaurant to engage with their customers which can really help to drive new customers to the establishment.

Their Success

A Winning Strategy

By segmenting the audience we were able to create Facebook ads that spoke to the audience on a personal level. Website traffic increased 28x the number of visits prior to the social media ads campaign.

Our Campaign by the Numbers


Cost Per Impression


Months of Steadily
Increasing Traffic


Targeting elements to segment audience

Segmenting Audiences to Connect Emotionally

Facebook Ads are often created for too general an audience in an effort to reach more people with the same ad. This usually has disappointing results. The best method is to segment audiences to an almost granular level then take the time to create ads that speak to them on an emotional level. The result for our client was increased awareness about their online services, increased web traffic, and increased loan applications.

Products Used

We develop a strategy for Facebook for three primary purposes; awareness, consideration, conversion. In addition to the strategy, we’ll also create gorgeous ads with great ad copy to make your campaigns successful.