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Facebook ads work brilliantly.  Unless they don’t.

I’ve met a lot of people who say they hate Facebook Ads.

And I get why.

It’s because they’ve run ads that haven’t worked.

Now, there’s lots of possible reasons why an ad isn’t working. But the biggest complaint sounds something like this:

“I want people to read my blog, but they just like my post.”
“I want people to like my page, not comment on my post.”
“I want people to act on my ad, rather than just clicking like.”

Essentially, the main issue is that people aren’t taking the action that you want them to take.

Good news. This is easily solvable.

To explain how to solve it, I first want to talk a little bit about the Facebook Algorithm.

Flat out, the Facebook Algorithm is remarkable.

It probably knows more about you than your best friend.

It knows what you like. Which tv shows are your favorite, what books you like to read, which celebrities you gossip about.

It knows how much money you make.

It knows how educated you are.

It knows if you recently got a new job and how old your kids are.

And it knows what type of user you are on Facebook.

By that, I mean…
The Facebook Algorithm knows if you scroll through your newsfeed without engaging. (Engagement counts as likes, comments, clicks, and shares.)

It know if you tend to click on links.

And it know if you click on links and then sign-up for free stuff through that link.

And it’s constantly learning more about you.

Creepy? For sure.

But it’s also super helpful to you as a business owner.

For one, it means you can dial-in on your target audience so that you are only speaking to those who are the best fit for your message.

And in this case, it helps you solve that big issue of people not taking the action you want them to take.

Here’s how:
When you first start a Facebook Ad, you tell Facebook what type of campaign you want it to run.

This doesn’t sound like it’s a big deal, but it really is.

Because the algorithm is so smart and knows how people use Facebook, when you set up your campaign, you are telling Facebook what action you want your audience to take.  

And then, it will show your ad to the people in your target audience that are most likely to take that action.

Pretty amazing, right?

So, let’s talk a little bit about the different kinds of campaigns you can choose and what they are for.

When you go to Ads Manager, and click ‘Create Ad,’ here’s what it looks like…

While you have lots of options, I want to just talk to you about the 4 types of campaigns that are the most relevant to you.

1. Engagement

Engagement is for when you want people to engage in some way with your page. Remember, engagement is calculated as likes, comments, clicks, and shares.

Once you select ‘Engagement’ you have a few options for what type of engagement you’re looking for.

Post Engagement is when you want people to engage with a particular post.  

NOTE: This is the automatic selection when you select Boost Post.  However, starting an ad by boosting the post instead of in ads manager limits your targeting options and.  For more info on why you should never, ever hit the Boost Post button, check out THIS BLOG POST. <<

Page Likes is for when you want people to like your Business Page.

Event Responses is for when you want people respond yes or no to a Facebook Event.

Advanced Tip: While my goals are usually not engagement, I will sometimes run a Post Engagement ad for just a few days, before switching it to an ad for Traffic or Conversions because ads tend to do better once they’ve had a bit of engagement on them already,

2. Traffic

This is for when you want to send traffic to your website.

For example, you just wrote an amazing blog post and want people to read it? Run an ad for clicks to your website with the ‘traffic’ campaign.

3. Conversions

Want people to come to your website and then take action such as signing up for a freebie that puts them on your email list, or to purchase a product?

Then you want to run an ad for conversions, because you want someone to convert into a lead or a customer.

Note: In order to run an ad for conversions, you have to be able to place a Facebook Pixel to track the conversions.

You can do this if it’s through your website or LeadPages or something where you own the domain.  

If you’re selling products on Amazon or Etsy, you’re not able to place the pixel and instead would need to run ads for Traffic instead. Not ideal, but it’s a better match than running an ad for Engagement.

4. Video Views

You probably know that videos are huge right now on Facebook and video views are super cheap (think $.01 per view or less).

Select Video Views if you want gain more awareness about your product/service and to have a lot of people watch your video.

Note: Facebook counts a view as watching for 3 seconds, which is not very long.  

Advanced Tip: If your goal is actually to get people to click to your website or convert into a lead, you have 2 options…

  1. You could run a video ad as a Traffic or Conversions campaign.
  2. Facebook recently added an option to let you create an audience of people who have watched a video for a percentage of time like 50%, 75% or 95% of the video, which is awesome for retargeting people who watched your video in a follow-up Traffic or Conversion ad.

So, before you start an ad, figure out your goal and then decide on what type of campaign you need to run to meet that goal.

If you want people to read your blog instead of liking your post, run an ad for Traffic.

If you want people to like your page, run a ‘Page Likes’ ad.

If you want people to get your amazing freebie and sign up on your email list, run a Conversion ad.

Know you want to run better Facebook Ads, but aren’t sure what to do after selecting the type of Campaign?

Then check out my monthly membership, Ad Makers Society!

It’s my monthly membership that provides the support and training you need to run Facebook and Instagram Ads that convert.