How To Duplicate a Facebook Ad Keeping The Social Proof

The best ads are the ones that generate a lot of social proof (likes, comments, and shares). When you have an ad like this, it instantly fosters trust and credibility.

Not to mention more likes, comments and shares also gives you a higher relevance score which means lower ad costs for you!

The one problem is when you want to create a new ad, to test some different targeting, you lose all of that social proof when duplicating an ad.

In this post, I will show you how you can create additional ad while reusing and keeping all the accumulated social proof from the original ad.

What Not To Do

Let’s first quickly talk about the way not to do it, this is the way most will duplicate an ad or ad set.

Let’s say I have the following ad which has a lot of social proof tied to it and I want to duplicate the ad set to target a different audience.

post with social proof

Normally, you would select the ad set and click the Duplicate button.

duplicating an ad set

The problem with this is, that doing it this way will create an entirely new ad with no social proof.

So here is what you want to do instead…

How To Keep The Social Proof

The key is that we need to find the post id of the ad with the social proof.

From your Ads Manager, choose Page Posts.

finding page posts

Next, select Ad Posts and you will see all your ad posts. Find the one you are looking for and copy the ID.

list of ad posts

Now you can create a new ad set and then create a new ad within that ad set. When creating that new ad, instead of using the creating a new ad option, select “Use Existing Post”, click the Enter Post ID link.

use existing post option

Finally paste your post ID and click submit. In the ad preview area, you will see your original ad post.

enter post id

For Brand New Campaigns

So that is how you can copy an existing ad and keep the social roof. But what if you are starting a brand new campaign and you want to use the same ad for multiple ad sets so that one ad accumulates all the social proof.

Here is how to set that up.

First create the campaign, one ad set and ad. Finish the setup by actually publishing your ad.

Once you publish your ad, your ad will get a post id.

Now, you can find the post id (as described above) and create the remainder of your ads using that post id.

This way you will end up with many different ad sets but they will all be using the same ad. So as your ad gets likes, comments and shares, it will be reflected in all your ads.

Your Turn!

Comment below, I would love to hear how you intend to use this strategy when creating new ad campaigns.