How to Run TikTok Ads

With 1 billion+ users worldwide, TikTok is one of the top social media platforms in the world and TikTok ads have become new fertile ground for advertisers.

TikTok has experienced exponential growth in the last couple of years. Launched in 2017 as Douyin in its native China and TikTok in the rest of the world, the app has since migrated every user to a new combined TikTok platform that appeals most to younger people.

With more than 1 billion users worldwide, TikTok has emerged as one of the top social media platforms in the world, surpassing competitors like Snapchat. As expected, it has become a new fertile ground for advertisers.


What is TikTok?

TikTok is a video sharing app launched in 2017 by Chinese developer ByteDance. After acquiring then rapidly growing, the entire package was combined in 2018 to form the formidable simple platform.

In TikTok, users mostly upload videos that are up to 15 seconds long. It is also possible to create a share 60-second stories-type videos. Most users of TikTok are teens and tweens. The first set of talented, enthusiastic, and technically proficient members form the core influencers on the platform. 

TikTok Ads

Why Use TikTok Ads?

The great number of its daily users and the growing popularity are among the major reasons TikTokhas captured the interests of marketers. The platform is also relatively young and features much fewer ad options like other social media platforms.

Another good reason to consider TikTok is the uniqueness of the audience. The platform users are mostly Gen Z, reputed to be lucrative yet hard to reach. The app is also popular among Millennials. Currently, many big brands like Nike and Apple Music are using the platform.

While there is an option for self-service Ads, TikTok is mostly used by large advertisers and ad agencies. The largest campaigns range from $25,000 to $150,000. On the other hand, the self-service Ads require a minimum budget of $500 for overall campaigns and $20 minimum for ad groups. 


Advertising on TikTok

Getting started with TikTop advertising is not as complicated as some think. There are different ways to run Ads on the platform, however. There are biddable Ads on the platform, allowing advertisers to bid on ad slots with TikTok. These are self-service style Ads, and biddings are made manually. With biddable Ads, you can place your Ad videos in the app’s main feed, using any of the three pricing models, cost per click, cost per mile, or cost per view. Ads can also be targeted by age, gender, and location.

In addition to the regular biddable Ads, TikTok offers different campaign options. These options normally require larger budgets. You will also need to work with a TikTok account manager for these Ads. These campaign options include brand takeover, hashtag challenge, branded lenses, and influencer package.


Step by Step Approach to Advertise on TikTok

Are you ready to start advertising on TikTok? Follow the steps below or reach out to a TikTok Ads agency to manage your TikTok campaigns.


Create a TikTok Ads Account

TikTok advertising is relatively new, so it is understandable that the program is not autonomous. You will need to create an ad account first, and it is pretty straightforward. You just have to visit the TikTok Ads homepage and click on the button that says ‘Create an Ad’. This will take you to a form. Fill in the correct information and submit. You will be contacted by a TikTok representative within 5 business days to let you know whether your business qualifies. 

TikTokAd Account


Create an Ad Campaign

When your TikTok ad account has been approved, you will be able to create and serve ads on the platform. To get started, you need to create an ad campaign, which is the overall activity that supports the other functions.

From the TikTok Ads dashboard, click on the ‘Campaign’ tab and then on the ‘Create’ button. Next, you have to set the goal of your ad campaign by choosing from the three objectives:  traffic, conversions, and application installations. You will also have to choose the budget option at this point. You will see two options: daily budget and total budget.TikTok Campaign


Set up the Ad Group

After creating the ad campaign, the next step is to set up the ad group. This is the opportunity you have to target your desired audience. You should also know that it is possible to have different ad groups within an ad campaign so that you can target different audiences.

It is important to note at this point that advertising in TikTok gives you access to run your Ads on the entire family of related applications, including Vigo Video (India), BuzzVideo (Japan), TopBuzz (US and BR), Babe (Indonesia), and News Republic (worldwide). You are at liberty to limit your ad to TikTok or run it across the network.

After selecting the placement, enter other relevant information like category, images, display name, URL, etc. the Keyword section allows you to select up to 20 terms that will determine who will eventually see your Ads. For targeting, you can also set parameters like age, gender, language, location, devices, and more.

Set the Campaign Details

Here is another opportunity to set up your ad campaign according to our taste. You can choose how much you want to spend per day or how much you want to spend for the duration of the campaign. You will also need to select the dates you want the campaigns to be active. There is a ‘Dayparting’ option that will even allow you to choose specific times of day or days of the week you want to run the Ads.

There are options to choose the pace at which the budget will be spent: you can either go for the ‘standard’ option or the ‘accelerate’ option. You will also need to select the ad group optimization goal here. There are three options: conversions, click, and impressions. You can also choose to turn the ‘smart optimization’ option on or off.

Design Your Ad

The final stage of TikTok Ads is designing the ad. The apps generally consist of images and videos in horizontal, vertical, and square format. There are helpful tools to help you do this, including the Video Creation Kit, Automated Creative Optimization, and Landing Page to Video tool. Use these tools properly, and you will have an amazing ad to run on the platform.

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TikTok is a powerful platform for advertising. It may not be as big as YouTube, currently, but there are huge potentials. We have provided step to step approach to advertising on the platform and hope that it helps. Don’t forget to monitor the performance of your ad campaigns.


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