How to Advertise on TikTok: Best Practices for TikTok Ads

How to Advertise on TikTok: Best Practices for TikTok Ads

Published at Mar 14, 2024


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What are TikTok Ads?

Like other social media platforms, marketers can advertise their brand on TikTok through paid and organic methods. Both TikTok advertising methods have their perks, helping brands gain crucial exposure to a wide audience.

Organic TikTok marketing

Organic TikTok marketing is simple. Businesses can show off their brand and what they do to TikTok’s vast audience by creating videos and posting them on their profile. Whether they’re funny, insightful, or witty, brands can use TikTok to show off their personality and connect with users in a more informal, down-to-earth way.

Paid TikTok ads are promoted content that brands and creators pay to have shown to specific audiences in high-visibility areas. Paid TikTok ads are managed through TikTok Ads Manager, so you have to have a business account in order to start running them for your business (more on that in a bit).

TikTok ad types

When running paid ads on TikTok, marketers have a variety options to choose from. To run the most effective TikTok ad campaign that achieves your unique marketing goals, it’s important that you understand how each ad type works and where it’ll be seen.

Below is a brief overview of TikTok ad types and where on TikTok you’ll find them:

video ads

livestream ads

product ads

How to run TikTok ads

We’ve learned about the different TikTok ad types, but now it’s time to put them into action and start advertising on TikTok. Follow this simple guide on how to run TikTok ads so you can start increasing your brand’s visibility.

1. Set up a TikTok business account

In order to advertise on TikTok, you need to have a business account set up. If you already have a TikTok business account, feel free to skip this step. If not, don’t worry — setting up a business account is easy! Just follow these steps:

  1. Create or log into your personal TikTok account
  2. From the profile, select Switch to Business Account
  3. Follow the prompts to describe your business and connect your email to your account

2. Log in to TikTok Ads Manager and create a campaign

Now that you have your TikTok business account, head over to TikTok Ads Manager and log in using your TikTok credentials. Once logged in, select Campaigns from the top menu, and then hit Create.

Here, you’ll be prompted to enter Simplified Mode or Custom Mode. Simplified Mode is a more basic program, while Custom Mode offers more complex configurations. Whichever options you choose, the next steps will be similar. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll select Custom Mode.

Before you actually create your TikTok ad, you need to identify your goals for the campaign. Select your advertising objective from the given list of options.

Then, name your campaign and select whether your campaign will fall under any special ad categories. You’ll also have the option on this page to optimize your campaign budget or set a budget.

3. Create your Ad Group

Now that your campaign is in place, it’s time to create your Ad Group. TikTok Ad Groups are where you’ll set ad placement, audiences, etc. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves! First, name your Ad Group. Then tap on Advanced Settings and identify whether you’ll allow users to comment on, share, or download your video(s) once it’s launched.

Next, identify your target audience by selecting different demographics like age range, gender, location, and more. Then, select your Content Exclusions (shown as inventory tiers). In a nutshell, Content Exclusions rate your ad(s) based on whether it shows graphic or violent content. This selection will determine where on For You pages your ad(s) will be shown.

Once you’ve hammered out those details, it’s time to dive into your budget. Set your daily ad budget and identify how long you want your ad(s) to run. Finally, set your bidding and optimization settings. Here, you’ll indicate how much you’ll bid per metric.

4. Create and submit your ad

Time for the fun part! Now that you’ve got all the details in place for your TikTok ad campaign and Group, it’s time to upload the content for your ad. You’ll also write your caption and select your identity (whether you want the ad to show your display name or your brand’s handle).

Finally, set your destination page, the place you want your ad to take users who interact with it. If you want your ad to take users to an external site outside of TikTok, you’ll be prompted to enter the URL. If users will be staying on TikTok, select Instant Page to link to an in-app page.

Once you’ve made those selections, you’ll have the option to track events on your website, app, or other third-party sites associated with your ad(s).

After that, you’re all done! Submit your ad(s) for TikTok review. Ads are typically reviewed and launched within 24 hours.

TikTok advertising best practices

Finally, we want to leave you with some TikTok advertising best practices to get you started with your next TikTok ad campaign, including a tip from one of WebFX’s social media experts!

Set clear campaign goals

Setting goals is an important part of any digital marketing strategy, but it’s especially important for TikTok. When planning your TikTok advertising strategy, set SMART goals for yourself, or goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound.

Understand your audience

Another TikTok advertising best practice to keep in mind when launching a TikTok ad campaign is to understand the audience you’re trying to reach with your ads. There’s a wide variety of users on the platform. That means it’s important that you effectively target the audience segments most important to your brand.

The best way to do this is to gather and analyze customer and user data from TikTok, your website, and other channels to better understand your audience. From how they interact with your brand online to when they’re active, getting to know your audience will help you fine-tune your TikTok advertising campaign so it can reach your target audience.