In today's digital landscape, video ads are an incredibly effective way for brands to increase awareness and drive conversions. With its vast user base and sophisticated targeting capabilities, Facebook is the ideal platform for video advertising. This comprehensive guide will take you through creating high-converting Facebook video ads, using the powerful MagicBrief tool to streamline your workflow and spy on your competitor's ads.

Building Your Swipe File for Inspiration

To create effective ads, it's essential to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in video advertising. One way to do this is by creating a "Facebook Ads Swipe File," a collection of compelling ads that serve as inspiration when crafting your own Facebook video ads. In addition to your Facebook ads library, you should also save Instagram and TikTok ads that catch your eye. By gathering ads from various platforms, you can better understand the elements that drive successful video advertising. The platform ad libraries are the best source for sourcing great ads in one place.

MagicBrief Ad Library
MagicBrief Ad Library

Save Facebook Ads

To make the process of saving ads from the Facebook Ad Library more manageable, you can use MagicBrief, a powerful software that allows you to download Facebook ads and save them to your desktop or swipe file automatically. MagicBrief also provides valuable insights into what makes ads effective, including ad length, messaging, and visuals.

Using the MagicBrief Chrome Extension to Save Ads

With the MagicBrief Chrome extension, saving Facebook ads for inspiration and analysis has never been easier. Once the extension is installed in your Chrome browser, navigate to the Facebook Ad Library or scroll through your Facebook feed to find an ad that catches your eye. The extension will automatically detect the ad and offer a "Save Ad" button below the ad. Clicking this button will save the ad directly to your MagicBrief account, where you can easily access, analyze, and use it to inspire your future ad campaigns. The ad will remain saved in your MagicBrief library even if the brand stops running it.

MagicBrief Chrome Extension
MagicBrief Chrome Extension

Download Facebook Ads

MagicBrief's user-friendly library makes it incredibly easy to download saved ads directly to your computer with a single click. Once you have saved ads to your MagicBrief account using the Chrome extension, navigate to your MagicBrief library, where all your ads are stored and organized. Find the ad you wish to download and click on the download icon associated with that specific ad.

Save Ads from TikTok Creative Center

The TikTok Creative Center is a valuable resource for marketers and content creators looking to leverage the platform's immense popularity and highly engaged user base. The TikTok Creative Center is fairly similar to the Facebook Ad Library; it showcases TikTok's best-performing ads and gives a more detailed analysis of their performance compared to the Facebook Ad library.

TikTok Creative Center
TikTok Creative Centre
Save TikTok Ad with MagicBrief Extension

What to Look for when Saving Ads

When saving ad creative for inspiration and analysis, paying attention to specific elements contributing to the ad's effectiveness is essential.

A Strong Hook

One crucial aspect to look for is a punchy hook that immediately captures the viewer's attention. A strong hook can be a bold visual, a compelling statement, or an intriguing question that piques curiosity and entices users to continue watching.

Editing Pace

Additionally, pay attention to the ad's storytelling, pacing, and use of emotions, as these factors significantly impact viewer engagement.

By focusing on these elements when saving ad creative using tools like MagicBrief, you can build a robust swipe file in minutes that is valuable for crafting high-performing ad campaigns, ensuring your ads captivate your audience and drive the desired results.

User Generated Content

User-Generated Content (UGC) UGC often includes testimonials, unboxing videos, or lifestyle images that showcase the product in real-life situations. This type of content is particularly effective in advertising because it adds authenticity and relatability to the ad, helping to build trust with potential customers.

How to Use the Facebook Ad Library

The Facebook Ad Library is an accessible tool for users who want to explore and analyze ads running on Facebook and its associated platforms. To get started, simply visit the Facebook Ad Library website and use the search bar to find ads by entering keywords, brand names, or organizations. You can also filter your search by platform, date range, and location to narrow down the results. Once you have found an ad you're interested in, click on it to reveal more details, such as its creative assets, ad spend, impressions, and target audience demographics.

Creating a Storyboard using Saved Ads

Before diving into ad creation, having a clear vision for your Facebook video ad is crucial. The first step is to create a storyboard—a visual outline of your video—that helps organize your ideas and ensure your video is structured easily for viewers to follow.

Consider the key message you want to convey in your next post or video to create an effective storyboard. What problem does your product or service solve? What benefits does your product or service offer? Once you have a clear idea of your key message, you can start thinking about the visuals that will help convey that message.

When creating your storyboard or ad campaign, be sure to include a mix of shots and images that showcase your product or service in action and shots that evoke emotion and connect with your audience on a deeper level. For example, promoting a travel product might include shots of beautiful destinations and people experiencing the joy of travelling.

Building Your Ad with MagicBrief

Once you've saved some killer creative from both the Facebook and TikTok ad library using the MagicBrief Chrome Extension, you can turn that same creative into a reference storyboard in just a few minutes and a single click.

As you build your ad, keep a copy of your ad swipe file handy for inspiration. Look for ads that use similar messaging or visuals, and use those as a starting point for your ad. However, be sure to put your unique spin on things to ensure your ad stands out.

Launching Your Ad on Facebook

Once your ad is complete, it's time to launch it on Facebook using the Facebook Ads Manager. Be sure to target your ad to the right audience based on age, location, interests, and behaviours. This will help ensure that your ad reaches the people most likely to be interested in your product or service.

Facebook Ads Manager

Facebook Ads Manager is a centralized, user-friendly platform enabling advertisers to create, manage, and optimize ad campaigns across Facebook and its apps, including Instagram and Messenger. With Ads Manager, you can set up campaigns with various objectives, target specific audiences, manage budgets and bidding, and monitor ad performance through comprehensive reporting and analytics tools.

Facebook Ad Library

The Facebook Ad Library is a comprehensive, searchable database of ads running on Facebook, Instagram, and other Facebook-owned platforms. It offers unparalleled transparency into the advertising ecosystem, allowing users to explore and analyze ads from various brands, including their creative assets, targeting criteria, ad spending, and performance metrics. Marketers can gain valuable insights into industry trends, competitor's strategies, and successful ad campaigns using the Facebook Ad Library. When combined with a powerful tool like MagicBrief, the Facebook Ad Library becomes an essential resource for creating winning ads and staying ahead of the competition in the ever-evolving world of digital advertising.


Creating high-converting Facebook video ads may seem daunting, but with the right tools and approach, you can master the art of video advertising. Using MagicBrief to save and move videos, analyze ads, create storyboards, and save directly from the Facebook or TikTok Ad Library, you can streamline your workflow and consistently produce winning creative assets that drive results. So harness the power of MagicBrief and elevate your ad campaigns to new heights.

March 18, 2023