Targeting, Bidding Strategies, and Advanced Testing for Facebook Advertising


Good creative makes a Facebook ad; you’ve doubtless seen dozens of blog posts about messaging, imagery, color scheme, etc. That’s all well and good, but you need the right targeting and sensible bidding strategies to get those ads seen by the right people. In this post, we’ll break down best practices and tips for different […]

Facebook Ad Audience Too Small for Ads Manager? Try Power Editor


Let’s say you want to launch an ad targeting a small group of people on Facebook. (Last week, we tried this with users who had liked our FBPPC Facebook page.) Curiously, what happens when you prep the ad in Ads Manager is totally different from what happens when you prep the ad in Power Editor. […]

Dig Deeper With Facebook Demographic Targeting


Facebook has powerful targeting options. While many people pigeon-hole Facebook Advertising as a tool to promote your posts or buy “likes”, Facebook has quietly been adding more and more options to their targeting. And I’m talking about more than just interests. However, Facebook has not been doing a great job of publicizing their targeting capabilities. […]

Quick case study: should you use relevance score for Facebook optimizations?


Relevance Score has been a common topic for Facebook advertisers and paid search blogs over the last month. What relevance score is has already been covered; Kendra Pennington already put a great post up about relevance score on this very blog. What I wanted to know was: does Facebook know what they’re doing? Do my […]

How to optimize your top 3 lookalike audiences


Finding the right custom audience to create a lookalike audience off of can be the difference between meeting and missing your CPA goals. One of the first tests I recommend running, when starting a new account, is an A/B test using different lookalike audiences. Assuming you have quite a few customers, I recommend the following […]

Turn Big Data into Big Business with Native Retargeting

As 2014 concludes, it is clearer than ever before that native retargeting solutions like those on Facebook work. Presenting relevant, timely advertisements to interested customers in places they’ll actually see them greatly improves both click-through rates and subsequent conversions. But are you doing everything you can to ensure that you’re maximizing your retargeting investment? There […]

The Pros and Cons of Facebook’s Custom Audiences


Facebook has a lot of different targeting features (some of which can be used in conjunction with each other), and understanding each of them thoroughly often takes a lot of time, research, and split testing. Facebook’s Custom Audiences is a great tool, one a lot of people have raved about because of its frequently high […]

The Inhumanity of Facebook’s Ad Algorithm


Most of the Facebook Direct Messages I receive tend to be from “women” who seem to be interested in getting to know me a lot better. There are several problems with this: 1)     I’m happily married. 2)     I’ve seen “Catfish”. 3)     Those “women” aren’t who they claim to be (and likely aren’t even “women”). 4)     […]

The Do’s & Don’ts of Facebook Retargeting


Retargeting has become a necessary ingredient in the digital advertiser’s marketing mix. 96% of advertisers say retargeting is already a part of their marketing mix, and 50% plan to increase retargeting budgets in the next six months. With retargeting on the rise, especially on Facebook, what can advertisers do to get the most bang for […]

How to Drive Sales Using Hyper-Targeting on Facebook


With the sheer numbers of Facebook users, it can be easy to get carried away building ads for large audiences. However, often smaller is better. Using hyper-targeted ads on Facebook could be a powerful way to increase your click-through rates and get customers buying from your store. Luckily, Facebook is the perfect platform for hyper-targeting. […]