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Ads Manager vs. Storm Campaigns: When to Use Which

Within your PSAI toolset, there are two easy ways to create and launch customized Facebook ad campaigns:

  • Ads Manager ads
  • Storm campaigns

While both tools make it very easy to reach homeowners, they're each most effective in different scenarios. Learn more about when we recommend using Ads Manager vs. storm campaigns below.

Need a refresher on these tools? Start with our beginners' guide to Ads Manager or learn how to launch a storm campaign.

Ads Manager: Evergreen Retail and Restoration Ads


Recommended Use

Ads Manager ads are great for both retail and restoration projects, and they are highly customizable from your PSAI dashboard. You can select the type of ad to create, customize the copy and imagery, and choose the scope of your homeowner targeting.

These ads are best for "evergreen" content that is not urgent or time-sensitive.

Tips for Success

For the most success with Ads Manager ads, we recommend the following:

  • Highlight key messages: Be as clear as possible regarding what your ad is about. Be sure to name who you are, what you do, and what you're offering to the Facebook user.
  • Use great photos and videos: Eye-catching imagery and video will help your ad stand out on a crowded Facebook feed. Photos should be well lit and easy to comprehend from a glance.
  • Make an offer: Facebook users need a reason to stop scrolling and click on your ad, and people most often respond to special discounts, offers, and sales. We highly recommend making an offer, such as a percent or total dollar amount off.

More Resources for Ads Manager

Learn how to use Ads Manager in these related resources:

Storm Campaigns: Time-Sensitive Ads Targeted to Specific Storms


Recommended Use

Storm campaigns are best for quick, targeted, and time-sensitive ads centered on specific inclement and extreme weather activity. While PSAI storm data does go back 10 years, these ads are most effective when used immediately following a wind or hail event.

Tips for Success

For the most effective storm campaigns, we recommend the following:

  • Be timely: Storm campaigns are most effective at generating leads when launched within 1 month of the storm event.
  • Activate strategically: Target specific storms that fall within your service areas and preferred scope of work. Use wind and hail layers to narrow your target audience more precisely.
  • Make key tweaks: While launching your storm campaign, make adjustments to the copy to better reach your audience.

More Resources for Storm Campaigns

Explore storm campaigns further in these resources:

Key Difference Between Ads Manager and Storm Campaign Leads

Whereas Ads Manager ads are highly customizable in terms of the type of offer you're presenting, storm campaigns focus on capturing homeowner attention based on a specific recent storm event.

This is important because the Facebook users who click on each ad likely do so with different intent:

  • Facebook users who click on Ads Manager ads want to learn more about a specific offer that appeals to them. They're likely already looking for a product or service like yours and are interested in the offer you're making.
  • Facebook users who click on storm campaigns, however, are usually curious about the storm event and its possible impact on their home. They may not be actively looking for a product or service like yours.

Understanding this important difference can improve how your team responds to both types of leads. You can find more tips on handling storm campaign leads here.