February 10, 2024

Top 5 Best Ad Inspiration Platforms for Performance Marketers

Unleash your team's creative potential with these top five ad inspiration platforms for performance marketers.

Unleash your team's creative potential with these top five ad inspiration platforms for performance marketers.

1. Facebook Ad Library

A screenshot of the Meta Ads Library
Meta Ad Library

Facebook Ad Library, also known as Meta Ad Library, provides insights into active and inactive ads across Facebook and Instagram. This tool aids in analyzing competitors' strategies and brainstorming unique campaign ideas. It's a versatile ad creative resource for performance marketers, with the ability to search for ads by advertiser, topic, or keyword.

While the library does show the ad start date, landing page and status, the information is otherwise quite limited. You can't see more detailed metrics such as engagement rate, CTR, or conversions. Due to this, you should be careful about drawing very strong conclusions about what is working well for a specific advertiser.

2. TikTok Top Ads

A screenshot of TikTok top ads search function
TikTok Top Ads

The increasing popularity of TikTok cannot be overlooked by performance marketers. TikTok Top Ads highlights top-performing ads, serving as a rich inspiration source. Especially for DTC, eCom, and other advertisers targeting a younger demographic, the platform is invaluable for building insights around short-form video.

The biggest benefit of TikTok Top Ads is the amount of information.

  • You can search quite granularly by country, industry, campaign objective, timeframe, ad language and more.
  • You can also see more detailed analytics and ad information such as landing page, number of likes and comments, what percentile of CTR the ad is in (e.g. "top 2% of all ads"), and what the approximate budget is (e.g. "high").
  • The analytics page also provides a transcript of the audio as well as an interactive time analysis graph with specific time codes against specific metrics, so you can easily see which frames lead to meaningful actions.

3. Milled

A screenshot of milled.com

Milled is a comprehensive database of more than 30 million emails and newsletters from 100,000+ brands and multiple industries. It offers a plethora of design and copywriting inspiration for email marketing. Its filtering capability by brands or industries is particularly useful for niche-specific strategy analysis. While the free version offers a back catalog of the past 12 months, there is also a paid version available that offers the entire back catalog without time limits as well as more sophisticated searches, filtering, alerts and more.

4. Ads of the World

A screenshot of adsoftheworld.com
Ads of the World

Ads of the World is a global advertising archive and community. Featuring diverse ad formats from various industries, it's a hub of diverse inspiration. It allows marketers to gain insights into cultural nuances, innovative ad formats, and more. The particularly useful aspect of it is that it lists creatives by campaign, so if one campaign has a set of thematic videos for example, you can easily see the whole set at once.

Ads of the World also mentions which agency has created each specific campaigns, which can make it useful for discovering a new creative agency or benchmarking against competitors if you work at one.

5. Reddit's r/AdP*rn

Reddit AdP*rn

Reddit's r/AdP*rn subreddit, while not a traditional ad inspiration platform, is a thriving community for sharing and discussing quality ads. Its community-driven nature offers unique insights and perspectives, making it a creative idea gold mine.


In the fast-paced world of performance marketing, staying current with trends, strategies, and creative inspirations is vital. Leveraging the above ad inspiration platforms can equip your team to craft innovative campaigns that resonate with your audience.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the best free ad inspiration platforms?

There are many free ad inspiration platforms available, including Facebook Ad Library, TikTok Top Ads, Milled, Ads of the World, and Reddit's r/AdPorn.

2. How can I find inspiration for TikTok ads?

Platforms like TikTok Top Ads showcase top-performing content, providing a rich source of inspiration for marketers aiming to leverage the short-video format's virality.

3. Where can I find examples of successful Facebook ads?

Facebook Ad Library offers a comprehensive view of both active and inactive ads, making it an excellent resource for analyzing successful campaigns.

4. How can I improve my email marketing creatives?

Milled is a comprehensive database of emails and newsletters from various brands, offering a wealth of design and copywriting inspiration.

5. Where can I find a diverse range of creative ads for inspiration?

Platforms like Ads of the World and Reddit's r/AdPorn provide a diverse array of creative ads from around the globe, serving as excellent resources for inspiration.

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