How to Create Facebook Ads That Stand Out Using Power Editor

Do your Facebook ads get noticed?

Wondering how creating ads with Power Editor makes a difference?

When you build ads in Power Editor instead of the Facebook Ads Manager, you have more control over your creative elements.

Facebook Ads

In this article you’ll learn how to use Power Editor to create Facebook ads that get results.

#1: Use More Characters in Headline and Text Areas

One of the big benefits of creating ads with Power Editor is that you get to use more text in ads for website clicks or website conversions. Typically, for those types of ads in the Ads Manager, you’re limited to a headline of 25 characters and text of 90 characters. The only type of ad that allows longer text is boosted posts (also known as promoted posts).

Ads Manager too long text

In the Ads Manager, your headline and text are limited.


Here’s how you can create those same ads using Power Editor, and avoid the text limitations enforced by the Ads Manager.

Website Clicks and Website Conversion ads in Power Editor

Create your ad using Power Editor to get more text.


Once you start your campaign, and then name the ad set and ad, you can start configuring the ad in Power Editor. You’ll see the text limitations aren’t showing.

Configure the ad text

Use Power Editor to avoid the text limitations in Ads Manager.


Now you can use the ad text to tell a more complete story about your subject.

Longer Text

Longer text allows you to tell more of the story about your product or service.


#2: Customize the Display URL Area

In Power Editor, you can customize your Display URL area. Think outside the box and use this area for an extra text message. Maybe add a message about your product or tell people when a deal will end.

Customize URL

You can use the Display URL area to add more information about your offer or product.


This Display URL area is a great feature for when your URL is long and unwieldy. For example, if you use extra tracking in the website URL and you want to make sure people know where they’re going, you can add the real website address in the Display URL field. Use it to show the main URL where you want clicks on your Facebook ad to go, rather than extra tracking information.

Display URL

Use the Display URL field for an extra message or to clarify the website address.


Want to reinforce your call to action? You can also use the Display URL area to highlight the Sign Up button.

Display URL highlights signup button

Use the text in the Display URL field to highlight the Sign Up button.


#3: Tag Other Pages in Ads

Another benefit only available in Power Editor is the ability to tag other pages in the ad text. This makes the ad look more like a regular post, while potentially increasing its visibility.

As always when you tag other pages, make sure the tag is relevant and complementary to that page.

You can also tag pages if you do a standard page post and then boost it, or in an unpublished post (also in Power Editor). However, the benefit of doing a website clicks or website conversions post is that you can optimize for that goal and you get the call to action button.

Tagging in Ad

In this ad, Michael Hyatt tags the pages of people mentioned in his ebook.


To tag another page, just type the @ symbol followed by the page name into the Text box and then select it from the drop-down menu.

Tag a Page

Power Editor lets your tag other Facebook pages in your ads.


NOTE: No one outside of Facebook knows exactly how the news feed works, so it’s not clear if tagging pages gives an ad any further reach. On the other hand, tagging in an organic post does increase your reach. And although you most likely have to pay for any reach you do receive through tagging, the ad may stand out more to the fans of those pages.

#4: Access Additional Ad Types

Two types of ads that are only available in Power Editor are dynamic product ads and carousel ads (NOTE:  Since the original article, Carousel Ads are now available in the Ads Manager). There are some differences between the two types.

Dynamic Product Ads

Dynamic product ads use your whole catalog of products along with a user’s browsing history to show more complex ads to him or her.

You use the Business Manager to upload your catalog as a .csv file. Facebook then uses the conversion pixel and a basic template to show different products (or even multiple products with the carousel ads) to each Facebook user.

Product catalog for dynamic product ads

Upload your whole product catalog as a .csv file to use Dynamic Product Ads.


Carousel Ads

Carousel ads are set up directly in Power Editor and can display up to five products. This involves more than simply selecting different images for your ad because each ad can be sent to a unique website where the product is displayed. Each ad also has its own description and headline.

For carousel ads, it’s important to use 600 x 600 pixel images because the typical Facebook ad image size (1200 x 628) gets cut off and doesn’t look good.

Carousel Ads

Carousel ads show up to five products and send viewers to unique landing pages.


Chances are good that dynamic product ads show more return for businesses that have multiple products, since the image is larger (the same size as regular ads). However, with the right set of images, carousel ads can attract a lot of attention.

The Wrap-up

Whatever strategy you use on Facebook, it’s important to stay on top of the trends that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Even small changes can affect how your ads perform in the news feed. The right image or text can be the difference between a conversion or a “scroll on by.” Power Editor gives you more control over these tweaks, and will help you make the sale!

What do you think? Are you using Power Editor instead of the Ads Manager to create ads? Have you tried any of these techniques? What has been your experience? Tell us in the comments below.

This post was originally posted on Social Media Examiner and is reprinted with permission.  

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  • Kristl

    Grandma, you’re the best! I actually understood this article. And I’m a real Grandma 🙂

  • Inie D’Oro

    This is awesome!!! I learned a lot… thanks so much

  • Glad you enjoyed it!