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Is Your Facebook CPM Too High? Here’s How To Track It

If your Facebook Ad Campaigns run out of budget too quickly, your CPM might be to blame. Here’s how you can assess CPM for each ad and improve its performance.

Monja Dobnik Monja Dobnik on July 16, 2021 (last modified on September 28, 2022) • 7 minute read

Hello everyone. Welcome to another episode of Data Snacks. My name is Monja, and I’m the product marketer at Databox. 

Ever feel like your Facebook ad campaigns run out of budget too quickly??

Your CPM or cost per thousand impressions might be to blame, and you didn’t even know it. So today, we’re going to talk about CPM, or cost per thousand impressions, on Facebook Ads.

Facebook Ads Dashboard Template

Let’s take a look at how we can assess CPM for each ad and improve their performance – I’m going to show you how to:

  1. Visualize your CPM by ad
  2. Monitor your CPM
  3. Improve your targeting. The more specific it is, the less likely you are competing with large-budget advertisers for the same audience.

Below, you can view the full episode or keep reading for a fully transcribed version of the episode, complete with relevant screenshots.

Let’s start!

Understanding Your Facebook CPM

About 15% of agencies polled in this Facebook ads report say they set goals around CPM.

If you are a Facebook Ads user, you already know about CPM and CPC (cost per click), but did you know that a lower CPM can, in some cases, lead to a higher return on ad spend, or ROAS?

Simply put, a CPM that is higher than you expect indicates that your ads aren’t as efficient as you’d like. In other words, you are spending more money to reach a limited audience. That is why it is essential that we monitor CPM carefully.

Start Tracking It in Databox

We are starting in Databox, so let’s see how we can track CPM

better and in a more visually compelling way. 

First, we will navigate to the Databox Designer. Adding metrics is quite simple here. Simply choose the source from the Databox Metrics Library here on the left and drag-and-drop some of the available pre-built CPM metrics such as  – by ad, campaign, ad set, etc.

We can also choose different visualizations to track your CPM. For example, let’s drag and drop the line chart visualization onto the board here. And ad CPM by Ad as a metric. Now, if you have a lot of Ads set up, this might seem a bit confusing, but you can select which Ads specifically you’d like to see by using this interactive legend below the chart or the dimension window here on the right. With this visualization, you can see how your CPM is changing over time, all the peaks and valleys, and even add annotations to them so that everyone on the team can see and understand what was happening with a certain ad at a certain time. 

Another way to visualize CPM from all your ads is by showing them in a table. You can either drag and drop the metric straight from the metric library and showcase it – as the table visualization is already set. 

However, if you showcase them in an Advanced table visualization, you can track your Ads CPM alongside other relevant metrics that you need to be tracking – like CPC, ROAS, and engagement. The only thing you need to pay attention to is that each metric needs to have the same ending. In our case, that’s ‘by Ad.’ Having all this on one social media dashboard will enable quick and easy tracking of your Facebook ad performance.


Time to Interpret the Facebook CPM Data

Ok, now that we have the data in front of us, let’s see what it tells us. Next to cost per thousand impressions, we see cost per click and ROAS numbers. Now I have the ability to analyze and understand why certain ads might be more profitable than others. 

Facebook states that CPM measures the total amount spent on an ad campaign, divided by impressions, multiplied by 1,000. According to our data, on average, a good CPM is $1.39, $1.38, $1.00, $1.75, and $0.78 for the telecommunications, general retail, health and beauty, publishing, and entertainment industries, respectively. That said, it’s important to note that the average cost per thousand impressions is $11.20. This way, you now know the average spent on CPM, which should keep you from spending in excess. Of course, other factors are involved here as well, like the quality of your ads and the competition within the industry for the group targeted. 

As you can see, the desired CPM can vary, but it is the success of your overall Facebook Ad camping that determines whether it is too high, so let’s look at some other metrics. 

So what do we want to see? We want to see which one has the highest ROAS and if at the same time it has a CPM and the CPC within our goal average. That will tell us if our ads are performing well or are we just overspending without the desired results.

Once we gain this insight and are tracking it regularly, adjusting the approach and seeing what works better won’t be such an issue. You can start by improving your targeting.

Targeting the right people with the right message is the key to a successful ad campaign. So once you set up your ad, make sure that the location, age, and gender of your target market are carefully chosen. Don’t forget the interest section, as you can choose ones that are very product and service-specific, thus aiming your ads with even more precision.

You Are Ready to Evaluate CPM of Your Facebook Ads

We hope that we have shown you a powerful new way to evaluate the CPM of your Facebook ads without hours of preparation or drilling down on each campaign separately and compiling them into a dashboard.

The best part is that you can monitor your CPM by ad, campaign, or ad set using our social media dashboard software. And, let’s not forget that you can even monitor CPM for multiple ads from multiple different data sources. 

If you need help tracking and visualizing your Facebook Ad performance, our Support team can actually help build your first dashboard for free. 

Just create your free Databox account and reach out to our team either via chat or email.

See you next time. 

Facebook Ads Dashboard Template
About the author
Monja Dobnik
Monja Dobnik is a Product Marketer here at Databox. She has a curious mind and a head full of ideas still waiting to come to life - either in text or video form.
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