Creatives are core to your ads because they grab the attention of your audience and are the window to your product. Without good creatives your ads will tank. So you need to be able to analyze which creatives work and which don’t.

Creative Insights is your go-to tool to monitor the performance of the creatives you use in your ads. Here you can see which creatives you should scale or replicate for other ad campaigns and which you need to stop using. You can find Creative Insights in the 360° Meta Audit page in the menu at the top of the screen.

The tool gives you an overview of the performance of different formats, individual creatives, trends, and even the visual elements you include in your creatives.

As always, start by setting the time frame to see the data for your creatives.

Creative Insights tab with the date range highlighted

Note: the longer the time frame, the more data Madgicx will need to pull from Facebook, which increases loading times.

See ad format performance 👀

See which creative formats you are or aren’t using and how they are performing. In the screenshot below, we can immediately see that this ad account isn’t testing long videos.

Creative Insights ad formats

We can also see that our best performing format is the carousel, which brings in 40.6% of the revenue yet takes up just 37% of the ad spend. Meanwhile, DPAs are showing the worst performance: bringing 6.2% of revenue but swallowing up 9.7% of the spend. The insight here would be to invest more in carousel ads and less in DPAs.

The creatives in this account are performing well with ROAS at least 3.36 across all formats in use. If creating long videos is within our team’s bandwidth, we should look at testing this.

In another example, we can see an account ☝️ that is massively overspending on videos of medium length, while underspending on short videos and images, which are pulling in the revenue.

Identify what’s working 🕵️

Madgicx’s Creative Matrix gives you a visual overview of which creatives are performing well and should be scaled, plus shows those that are overspending and underperforming (and should be turned off).

When the graph view is set to revenue vs. spend (like in the account above), we want all of our creatives to — as a minimum — be in the white zone and preferably in the green zone. 

The green zone includes:

  • Scalable ads that are performing well and you should increase ad spend on
  • Core performers that have demonstrated good results over time and still have some mileage in them

The red zone (overspend) includes ads that are not performing well for the money you are spending on them and should be cut.

One thing to remember: expect performance to fall over time as ad fatigue sets in.

In the bottom left of the graph we have the “Getting started” quadrant, showing ads which are mostly new with little spend and little revenue.

When testing different creatives within the same ad set, Facebook will allocate almost the entire budget to one of them, leaving the others with very little budget (and few results). This is why some ads will be on the far-right end of the graph, and the majority will be in the "Getting Started" quadrant.

In the screenshot above, we have applied filters in order to get a better look at specific parts of the graph. This helps keep outliers from making the graph hard to read. As you can see, we have:

  • Set a minimum spend to find ads that have already spent a certain amount
  • Set a maximum spend to find ads which may not have been running for so long

It’s a good idea to set this minimum spend to around double our cost per purchase to ensure the ad gets a fair chance to drive sales.

Then, hover over creatives on the graph to get their individual performance breakdowns:

Or hover over individual creatives below the graph to highlight their position on the graph and provide you with an overview of their performance:

In the screenshot above, we can see that this carousel ad is outperforming all of our other ads with a whopping 28.30 ROAS. We can learn from the style, messaging, and format of this ad to generate more successful ads in the future.

Оnce we spot a scalable ad, we can launch it into additional ad sets to double-down on our success. You can launch ads right from Madgicx by clicking the creative in the graph and then clicking the “Open in Ads Launcher” button.

Get breakdowns

If you want to see performance breakdowns for specific demographics, funnel stage, country, device, placement, and even creative type and dimensions, you can do so by using Madgicx's Smart Filter.

The Smart Filter allows you to:

  • Brief creative teams on how to tailor creatives to specific audience segments
  • Use specific creatives in ad sets that target the audience they resonate most with
  • Focus on the placements and devices that drive the most revenue

You can see how specific creatives are performing for different age ranges and gender at different funnel stages, which means you can laser in on what works for specific cross sections of your audience and then tailor creatives to target specific audience segments.

This is important because your overall ROAS could seem low for all demographics, but then — for example — if you take a look at performance for specific age groups: your ads are killing it. You can then focus your targeting, messaging, and creatives with this group in mind.

Uncover performance trends 📈

Get an overview of the performance trends for your creatives in Creative Performance Trends. If you think you’ve found some scalable ads, here you can make sure they're still trending. If their trend is positive, it's time to scale them. If it's negative, don't waste any more money on them. 

You can hone in on specific creatives by selecting the ones you would like to compare in the right-hand column of this widget.

You can see and compare your creatives week-on-week performance for your chosen metrics (select in left-hand column).

Remember, the matrix above only shows the overall performance for the selected time frame. If you select a time frame of 30 days or above, it's crucial to check the performance in the last couple of days before making a scaling decision.

The same goes for overspending ads. Before you turn them off, it'd be good to check their trends. If they have suddenly experienced a recovery in the past couple of days, give them another chance. If the trend is still negative, it's time to pause them.

Replicate what works 🙌

Sometimes you need to know what visual elements work best for your creatives so you know what visuals to include in them. This is where the AI Feature tags come in.

Object identification technology extracts each element you use in different creatives (including both images and videos) and analyzes the performance of each element.

The tags are given a percentage value which reflects your total revenue (in green) from this tag and the percentage of your ad spend for the tag (gray bar).

In the screenshot above, we can see that creatives that feature people bring the best revenue, so we will continue to use human beings in our creatives.

There is overlap between some of the tags (i.e., in the screenshot above: 99.4% show a person and 99.3% show a human) since the content of different ads can contain similar elements.

Click on the “See All Tags” button to learn about the elements you are using less in your creatives, but have shown good revenue-spend potential.

In the screenshot above, we can see which elements perform best for us in our ads and we can look to use these elements in future ads to test what works well. 

Our best performing element is the inclusion of an “Appliance” which accounts for 19.2% of the ad revenue, yet just 5.5% of the spend. We should look to include more appliances to test this hypothesis.

Difference with Facebook Ads Manager

Madgicx’s Creative Insights makes you a better media buyer by saving you time with data unification and views that are not available in Facebook Ads Manager.

Facebook Ads Manager Madgicx
Table view for creative performance Immediately identify scalable and overspending creatives on a graph
Can’t compare ad format performance Comprehensive view of ad format performance to see which formats work best
No data visualization for performance trends Get a graph data view of creatives’ week-on-week performance trends
No AI-powered insights AI tags so you can see what elements in your creatives are working best
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