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How To Create Facebook Ads

 

Once you have gone through the process of making a Facebook page for your company or brand, you are going to want to create a Facebook advertisement to get more traffic to the page itself.
Luckily, Facebook has its own built-in ad making program, so sponsoring your Facebook page is nothing short of easy.
With Facebook Ads, two things that you can be sure to do with your customized advertisement is:

  • Find the perfect target audience for your company or brand
  • Connect and communicate better with people who are already viewing your website

Let’s take a closer look at what this means.

Finding The Right Audience

With Facebook Ads, there are three categories of audiences used to define viewers of your Facebook page:

  • Core Audiences
  • Custom Audiences
  • Lookalike Audiences

What is a Core Audience?
Simply put, a Core Audience is the body of people who are most likely to take in interest in your company or brand based upon attributes such as:

  • Age
  • Location
  • Gender
  • Interests
  • Behaviors

If you are looking to advertise a surf shop, you do not want to make an ad directed at people who live hundreds of miles from the beach. Using the Facebook Ad Manager, you can determine what the Core Audience for your situation is likely to be.

What about a Custom Audience?

The word “custom” in Custom Audience might be a little misleading here, but what it is basically referring to is the body of people that have already shown some form of interest in your company or brand. These are people that you cannot afford to skip over in the advertising process. For instance, say most of your internet traffic comes from your website or app usage. By taking the user data from those who have viewed your website previously, you can easily connect with these customers, so that they are likely to return in the future.
And Lookalike Audience?

This is sort of a marriage of both Custom and Core Audiences. It is an audience that is based on the types of people that have already viewed your Facebook page. If your brand is attracting a large number of women between the ages of eighteen to twenty-four, then it is likely that reaching out to other women of the same age range will peak some interests.

Creating An Ad

When you are ready to make your Facebook Ad, go ahead and go to www.facebook.com/ads/create
For this process, you’ll need to make a Facebook Ads account, but it is as easy as making a few clicks on a mouse.
Objectives The first thing asked of you upon making an advertisement on Facebook will be to choose a marketing objective. This boils down to a number of options including:

  • Brand Awareness (reaching out to those most likely to be naturally interested in your Facebook page)
  • Reach (getting your ad seen by as many people as possible)
  • Traffic (getting people to visit a site either on or off Facebook)
  • Engagement (getting more people involved in your brand)

There are other more specific objectives that range from catalog sales to video views.

Finding An Audience

Once you know what the objective for your ad is going to be, it is time to go ahead and pick the target audience that you spent so much time just learning about. The first thing that you’ll have to do with your audience search finds the right location. Your target location can be as broad as say the entire United States, or as meticulous as marking a specific town or city. You can also choose between people who live in a certain area, that have recently traveled through a certain area or are currently traveling in a certain area.

Next, you may choose from a specific age range, from as low as 13 to as high as 65+. You may even choose from different genders, languages, or search from any other keyword that may cross your mind. You are also given the option to exclude a certain keyword from your search if you choose.

Placements

You can choose whether or not you would like your advertisements released automatically, or in certain places or formats.
If you choose to edit your own placements, you can choose whether the app is available on Facebook, Instagram, mobile devices, certain operating systems, and other advanced options.

Budgeting Done Right

Finally, you’ll be able to decide how much you are willing to spend, per day, on the advertisement. If you are a starting business, and cannot afford to spend more than five dollars a day on running Facebook ads, then that is okay.
You may also choose a start and end date for your ad if it is based on a specific event, and there are plenty of advanced options for you to ensure you are not paying more than what you need to for the advertisement.

The Ad Itself
Making the advertisement does not require more work than you would expect. It can be done by simply uploading a picture or video, choosing the format of the ad, writing a description, and providing a link if you so wish.

Some Quick Tips About Ads

Advertising is a tricky business, so do not dive right into the Facebook ads creation page before looking into a few of these pointers.

  • Connect with your audience; it is not enough to show them an ad, you have to push them on the brand as a whole
  • Learn what you can remove from your advertisement; this will save money on your budget without adding the risk of losing viewers
  • Appeal to the emotions of your audience; make them feel something when they look at your ad
  • Create a strategy; DO NOT just make a bunch of different ads, hoping that some of them will work
  • Use text, but not too much text, because you do not want to overwhelm the reader with words

Starting Up Your Facebook Ads

Facebook Ads work virally, but rather than being spread in a random fashion, they are placed on Facebook members’ pages, based on their profile data – which can make them a powerful sales aid for marketers especially in this current decade, where mobile devices are now replacing personal computers at the rate of 4 – 1.

However, like any data system spread via the net, there are rules, restrictions and random factors that can greatly inhibit or enhance their success. In this Special Report, we will explore the ins – and outs – of Facebook Social Ads.
What this Report is Not…

It is not a complete guide to Facebook Ad Creation. Instead, it focuses more on the nuances you will not pick up from FACEBOOK’s easy “Advertising Creation”walk-through and drawbacks to watch out for.

How FACEBOOK Ads Work

Adrian enjoys and loves fishing, and publicly says so in his FACEBOOK profile. A successful Fishing Club wants to promote its weekend fishing site, so it purchases a FACEBOOK Ads. FACEBOOK uses Insight, a powerful demographics tool, to place the Ad via a feed on Adrian’s profile, after extracting the information, is passionate about all things fisherman and lives within a close geographical radius of the Fishing Club, so is a likely candidate to view the ads.

Since it’s his passion, Adrian always pays attention whenever there’s a picture of a fish in an ad – and he also notices the Fishing Club provides accommodation for those needs a stay in so he clicks the “Like This” button and views the Ads. FACEBOOK then finds more ads using this specialized search data – voluntarily provided by Adrian – to place other fishing activities in his Ad feed. (It also adds special needs-related ads, since this was one of the keywords the ad used.)

But there’s more: Adrian has 384 friends on FACEBOOK. 10 of these friends are also connected to his via fishing activities. They read that Adrian “likes” our Fishing Club and has become its FACEBOOK Fan. Trusting his judgment and recommendation, they click on the link. You can see instantly by this example that the combination of becoming a fan and having ads served by profile-targeted feed considerably increases your chances, as an Advertiser, of having your ads read by the right people.

Furthermore, assuming that a percentage of Adrian’s 10 fishing friends do read the geo- targeted1 Ad, 8 of them opted to stay in at the accommodation but all of them select “Like”. Even with this hypothetical example, you can instantly see the potential for our well-marketed fishing club to spread virally… all within a highly focused group more likely to buy. Before you know it, our fishing club has a real following.

An Introduction to the Three Biggest Pay Per Click Platforms

 

Pay Per Click has completely transformed the way that people advertise on the web. This is a new form of advertising for what is a very different medium – a very more interactive medium – than television or magazine.

PPC stands for ‘Pay Per Click’. What this means for advertisers is that they are only paying for each click. If their ad isn’t successful and no one clicks on it, then you don’t pay anything at all. That can actually mean free exposure sometimes!

A bidding system comes into play whenever an advert is shown and that means that the cost of each click will depend on the amount of competition – again this is good news because it means that some advertisers will be getting nearly free visitors when there isn’t much competition.

At the same time though, because they can set their own ‘maximum bid’ for each click, this means that advertisers can decide precisely how much they are willing to pay for any new visitor. By keeping this lower than the amount they earn per visitor, they can nearly guarantee they will make a profit from those efforts.

Also important though is targeting and this is where the differences between the different PPC platforms really start to come into effect. Read on and we’ll take a look at the three big choices when it comes to starting a new PPC campaign.

Google Ads

By far the biggest PPC network is Google Ads. When you pay for adverts on Google Ads, they will appear on the ‘SERPs’ or the ‘Search Engine Results Pages’. Thus, you need to start by first choosing a keyword that you want to target. If you are selling hats for example then, you might choose to target the keyword ‘Buy Hats Online’. Of course, it’s important to think carefully about your keywords to ensure they don’t have too much competition.

Google is the biggest search engine means that you’ll gain access to most visitors – but you’ll also pay the most due to the other advertisers.

Bing Ads

Bing Ads is a very similar system but for Bing instead of Google. Bing is, of course, the big search engine from Microsoft which accounts for 20% of the market share and an additional 10% through Yahoo!. This is not a small amount.

More importantly, Bing has less competition, meaning that you’ll end up paying less. Specifically, you’ll pay 33.5% less, which is again a big deal. Bing also has a lot of powerful tools for targeting the right users.

Facebook Ads

Finally, Facebook Ads work the same but appear on Facebook based on the information that users give Facebook about them. This can include age, sex, and location but also things like hobbies and interests or even job title!

Another big benefit of Facebook Ads is that you can create more media-rich options that have images or even short videos. Likewise, you have the option to choose ‘CPA’ which means ‘Cost Per Action’ and only charges if someone signs up to your mailing list.