Text Ads or Visual Ads? Which is Better for Social Media Marketing?

Advertising Social MediaAdvertising through Social Media Marketing networks had given new scope to the advertisers to popularize their products and services among the regular visitors of these networks. There never had been a point of debate in the initial days of popularity of Internet among the users to opt from text ads and visual ads on a social marketing network. But with the popularity of internet all over the world people had started differentiating in both the concepts due to their different features. Almost all the businesses are running smoothly online, thanks to the best webinar platforms available out there. Most of the entrepreneurs investing in online advertising are now considering the effectiveness of both the mediums of advertisement on social media marketing networks. You can find a number of advertisement packages on the websites for PPC campaigns, SEO services, Text Ads and link building assistance to choose from for your business. Before deciding for the prominence of any advertising method one should know about visual ads and text ads along with their advantages.

Visual Advertisements

Visual ads were earlier considered as the best marketing tool that can be used to popularize your Online Business or website. The main reason of their prominence was that they can be widely viewed due to their multicolored and noticeable appearance on internet, similar to TV ads that were popular previously, than any other medium of online advertisement. In this way advertiser supposed to become successful in attracting the attention of the visitors to their website or ads. Billions of dollars were lost to make the concept successful but individually these ads did not prove to be that much effective and the visual advertisers were compelled to revaluate the concept of advertising, especially through visual ads, on internet.

Advantages to use visual ads:

  • Visual ads provide branding to your business by popularizing your logo and your name on internet. The attractive visual ads usually entice people to visit social media marketing sites.
  • Visual ads provide visibility to your product or services so that viewer can get their overview.
  • Visual ads convey more information about your business and products or services elaborately and visual ads can do it much perfectly.
  • Visual ads are usually tempting for the viewers to click on curiously.
  • These ads on social networking and marketing sites can be viewed by their visitors.
  • The only constraint with visual ads is that they contain only one ad in one unit.

Text Advertisements

Text ads on social media marketing networks had started to become popular along with visual ads on internet as they are a kind of visual ads on other’s website which provide a link to the visitors to reach your network. Text ads need some surety to be downloaded on some social media marketing network to be popular among their visitors.

Advantages of Text ads on social media marketing networks

  • Text ads are more prominently accepted by social media marketing sites.
  • Cost of text ads is much lower than visual ads. Visual ads cost more due to the artistic excellence needed in creating them.
  • Text ads are simple to be created and executed.
  • The ease to create text ads allow you to present them in different variations and as they do not need any graphic designer to create they can be easily rotated.
  • Text ads can present more than one ads in one ad unit to make it more affordable.
  • The chances of clicking these ads can be increased by displaying them in different colors along with your text posts.
  • You can display more related topics in the text ads alongwith your text post.

Choosing between visual ads and text ads

Though both the concepts of advertising on social media marketing sites are found effective to attract the visitors to the advertiser’s sites but both of them provide different facilities to the advertisers. And to choose out of these two depends upon the effectiveness of your advertising campaign on the prospective consumers as you are spending a handsome amount on this campaign to make your business successful. Now to decide that which style of advertising on social media marketing will suit you you will have to consider the nature of your product.

If your product is a kind of service or commodity like insurance, financial service etc., then text ads on social media marketing network can be beneficial for you. But if your product whose style and appearance makes effect on the demand of the customers like electronics, apparels, decorative pieces, furniture and several other things, then visual ads must be your choice to make your purpose achieved. Though these guidelines to make your choice true to some extent but they are not hundred percent functional all the times. Sometimes it becomes difficult to put a product into either of the category and sometimes products without any visual ads succeeds in receiving heavy traffic of viewers than with visual ads. Though these guidelines must be followed while starting your advertising campaign but if you are doubtful in this respect then you can consult the experts in this field. You can easily switch over from one style of online advertising through social media marketing sites to the other for your satisfaction.

New concept of contextual ads

On the other hand several networks like Google Adsense etc., had successfully launched the concept of contextual ads which presents a blend of text ads along with visual ads to attract the prospective customers more effectively than either of the two. In this style of advertising both the previously used style got equal prominence in the field of online advertising on social media marketing networks. This new concept has proved that neither of the two, visual ads and text ads, is inferior to other. Both have their own prominence in making a product popular among the customers. As colorful visual ads are able to attract the customers through their visual beauty, text ads attract the customers by providing them complete information about the product and both of them are equally important to attract the customer to your website.

Thus, to decide which is better for social media marketing, text ads or visual ads, you should take the help of your own reasoning.

28 thoughts on “Text Ads or Visual Ads? Which is Better for Social Media Marketing?”

  1. According to my experience in advertising. I have seen that various peoples either its Asian or European, they choose visual ads rather than contextual ads because these kind of ads attract users rapidly so I would suggest to visual ads.

  2. Contextual ads are right as per my opinion. Still visual ads has their own value many of the visitors hate text and they do not have patience to read and understand, but visual ads can easily understand and get into a different dimension with easier content about the visual. Contextual ads are costlier but highly targeted if used properly.

  3. It depends on the situation. But I believe, generally text ads will get more clicks if positioned properly. This is because image/visual ads are too many these days and people just get tired of ads and will avoid clicking on them.

  4. Visual ads are powerful than text many times..One can use many basic words or complicated words to pass the message but simply the visual image can place non erasable place in humans mind. From the day of image invented in Internet Visual is very popular and easily understandable to visitor and can reach large volume of visitor.

  5. In my opinion, visual ads are more powerful than text ads. Since its more tempting & visitors tends to click on them.

  6. Well if you ask me than on my personal experience i would suggest that Visual Ads are most attractive and can generate more clicks or impression as compare to text based ads its because the thing which more shine will always attack other eyes and its a secret of marketing and your post is very informative regarding this. I am too using visual ads for my personal projects. Thanks 

  7. I think text images are good because it doesn’t make your page too heavy but at the same time visual ads are better too because they are self explanatory. It puts more impact on audience So definitely its better for marking.

  8. text ads are descriptive but visual ads are descriptive + attractive………so i would go with visual ads

  9. Text or Visual Advertising depends on business. If you want to get more branding for your business Visual ads is better.

    So it all depends on you, how much you want to spend 

  10. For social media marketing, I think visual ads are better than text ads as it is more obvious that for a good visibility of your content you need to post visual ads rather than just going for text ads. When you post visual ads you can have vast content posted over it because nowadays In social media marketing contextual linking is very important.More is your content posted the better it is for your chance of higher visibility. So it is important to have large but quality content posted through visual ads.

  11. Hi,

    This is solid point to notice and i’ll go with visual ads because these are much more attractive than text ads and this is one of the nice way to promote your product as well in this competition era. 

  12. Well yes, Visual ads are tempting and visitors/readers may click the ads with curiosity and on the other hand Text ads can be blended as per the blog/site appearance, there by increasing CTR. Thanks Mohideen for this excellent and useful info 🙂

  13. Hi Mohideen,

    You have craft the post very neatly, for this I’m thankful to you. 😀

    I think Google Adsense is great for both Visual as well as Text images.

    I hope, everyone will more likely to read about this topic.

    Thanks for the sharing this great article among us. 

  14. A picture speaks more than a 1000 words, however, it won’t work in your stride all the time. 

    A visual ads at times distracts the user or the vistors reading the organic content.

    Text Ads seem subtle yet don’t have that great effect. 

    What would you chose now?  


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