What comes after the Facebook learning phase?
At this time, Facebook has had the chance to explore all the best possible options to deliver your ad set.
Each time your ad was shown, the delivery system learned how to optimize your ad’s performance. This in turn helps you learn what ad strategies are working for your business and which ones you can toss out.
If you don’t get past the learning phase, Facebook will let you know that the ad set came back as “Learning Limited” — the ad set is not getting the required number of conversions for optimization or the system predicts that the ad set won’t be able to garner enough optimization events in the coming future.
It’s not the end of the world, but it does mean you’ll have to try again with a different ad set. We really value failure here, so even though Facebook comes back as “learning limited,” it’s definitely possible for you, the advertiser, to make educated adjustments to your ad creative to improve on future ads.
Best practices to follow
👍 If you’re not getting to that 50 conversion benchmark for purchases, try moving up the funnel and adjusting your ads for things like link click, page views, etc. That way you’re more likely to get the ad set through the learning phase and you’re getting more eyes on your ads (always a good thing). Once you’re optimized for top of funnel conversions, you’ll be better set up for bottom of funnel conversions.
👍 Run fewer ad sets in the beginning of your process. Remember: quality over quantity! If you have a limited budget, focus on a few key ad sets early on that you can really get through the learning phase as quickly as possible with a solid basis for scaling your ads for conversions.
👍 If you're not getting whatever the objective is that you’re going after, it could be that your ad creative just isn't hitting right with your target audience. So try testing new ad creative. Try out creating multiple ads, changing up the headline, making other bold changes to the ads before you enter the learning phase and see if any of these succeed.
Just like training a dog, training your Facebook pixel takes a lot of time, flexibility, and patience. But if you stick with it and make it through that learning phase to start optimizing, your pixel will be able to fetch you better results.