Margie Lawson

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Profitable Facebook Ads

This is a masterclass on creating profitable Facebook Ads for authors who want to improve the ROI of their ads. Imagine spending a couple hundred dollars and making back thousands. Or knowing what your income will be month after month after month. Or building the advertising know-how and technical assets to make a viable bestseller run. This is what Profitable Facebook Ads aims to teach authors. The class covers all the elements that go into an effective, compelling ad and how best to work with Facebook to avoid pitfalls in its AI and algo. Michelle will show you all sorts of examples and what has worked and what hasn't. In addition, she'll review your ad homework and let you know of any issues or potential home runs. After the class, students can stay in touch via a Facebook group.

Note: Students should have some familiarity with how Facebook works prior to the class (how to post, how to edit, sharing links and images etc...). Expertise is not required, but students should be regular users of the platform. This class does not teach the basics.

Disclaimer: While previous students have had excellent results with the methods taught in this class, results vary. ROI depends somewhat on the book and genre, which are out of the instructor's control. There are cases where the book is amazing and beyond wonderful, but the audiences just aren't there for it on Facebook. So individual results do vary. However, you'll have the skills to analyze your data to figure that out, and the basic principles taught will transfer to any advertising platform should you discover your readers are elsewhere in social media.

Here's a video that previews a bit of the class:

Who Should Take This Course:

Writers who have products ready to sell and who want to learn to market effectively.

Lesson Plan

Week One - The Elements of Effective Ads

Our first week, we look at the different elements that go into effective ads. We'll discuss what images are compelling for readers and how to select images to use in ads. We then briefly review how to find images and how to make graphics for ads using freely available software (but note this is not a graphic design class). We will also discuss what an ad hook is and principles of ad copy for authors—how to write compelling treatments of books that generate sales.

Week Two: Ad Targeting

For our second week, we’ll do a deep dive into how to generate and find audiences on Facebook who are likely to buy your book. We’ll look at the different kinds of audiences Facebook offers, ways to identify and evaluate potential ad interests, and how to test them to see if they convert. 

Week Three: Ad Strategy

We now take all the elements that go into a compelling, effective ad and look at different ways to plug them into Facebook Ads. Some of the questions we'll tackle include: What can you do with a freebie? How are pages useful? How should you format an ad? How can you use ads for sales stability? What about ads for a bestseller list run?

Week Four: The Technical How-Tos

Where do you find things? How do you set up an ad? This week we plug your ad elements and strategy into the Facebook platform. What to click, when to click,what options should be considered and which should be avoided. We will also go over ad metrics...costs, clicks, and ROI. Plus, what to do when things aren't working and how to navigate your way through rough patches. In addition, we'll review how and when to increase your ad budget to increase your ROI.

Once the class closes, you’ll be able to join a Facebook group where you can access course content for ongoing review and participate in various discussions about ads.

Note: if a longer version of the class is offered, the same material is covered, but more time is spent in the first two sections.

Teacher

Michelle Fox

Michelle Fox has used marketing to procrastinate on her word count goals for the past seven years. She’s run marketing initiatives that catapulted authors into the top 100, helped authors hit bestseller lists, spearheaded a genre mash up boxed set that hit the USAT list, and crashed the Instafreebie (now Prolific Works) site with one of the first freebie cross promos. She runs the Wolf Pack reader platform, which has a similar scope and reach of the top selling authors in the PNR, UF and SFR genres, and offers low cost marketing options for authors in those genres. For LWA she teaches the Profitable Facebook Ads class. As an indie author, she’s had short stories go viral and sold hundreds of thousands of novels. A Margie Immersion grad, she lives in Ohio with her husband, a homeschooled tween, and two labs who rule the roost.

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Reviews

Highly Recommend

Rated 5 out of 5
March 26, 2021

Michelle doesn't just teach you the technical aspect of running Facebook ads, she teaches you how to market your book, write ad copy that converts, and how to approach the process of running ads on a platform where change seems to be the name of the game. She's responsive, she gives actionable feedback, and unlike other folks out there, she doesn't withhold the "good information" or use high pressure sales tactics to upsell you. She's just a great teacher with obvious experience and knowledge of the market. I highly recommend the course.

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Cate C Wells

Affordable price, affordable strategies, excellent content

Rated 5 out of 5
July 8, 2020

The instructor is knowledgeable, the information practical and the price totally affordable especially given the one-on-one feedback I received. The strategies taught allow for low cost ad tests which means that you aren't going broke taking the class or attempting to implement the information once the class is done. The ad copy and image assignments are something that will not only transform my marketing approach but also how I write in the future. Highly recommended.

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Nikki Haverstock

Worth every penny. You NEED to take this class.

Rated 5 out of 5
July 3, 2020

I've taken quite a few Facebook Ads classes, and this course covers topics I've never seen covered before. It's so much more than the mechanics of how to create ads. It covers strategies that help you really dig deep and create ads that resonate with people and get them clicking...and buying. I knew how Facebook ads worked before I took this class, but I was happy to break even. Now, I'm earning a profit I had only dreamed of making!

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Carrie Pulkinen

Fantastic, practical, and NO BS

Rated 5 out of 5
July 2, 2020

I've taken different kinds of FB ads courses before, but this one really got to the HEART of the matter and I walked away making, not losing, money on my FB ads. It was a fantastic course and I highly recommend it!

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Kirsten Oliphant

Anyone trying to market on Facebook needs this class.

Rated 5 out of 5
February 19, 2020

I've seen many useless classes out in the wild for Facebook ads.
Michelle's class is different. Her classes are so personable, so playful, and yet they include SO MUCH INFORMATION! (If she didn't get silly in class, your head would explode.) She teaches methods that help you understand what is going on underneath in Facebook. She teaches you the heart of paid marketing, helping you understand the things you can do while writing your book that will help you sell more. She shows you how to prepare for creating an ad so that you aren't just throwing content at the system and seeing what works. Then -- as if that wasn't enough -- she walks through building your first ad in class AND invites you to join a group where you can experiment and continue learning after the class is over.
This isn't an easy class. I've taught organic marketing for years, but paid is different. I *finally* get it! Michelle is amazing. Not sure? Check out her freebie!

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Lisa Norman

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