Facebook Advertising 101

Facebook provides one of the greatest advertising opportunities today. The social network knows the demographics, interests, and social connections of more than one billion people who are active online—that’s a lot of potential clients. Read on for your guide to getting started with Facebook Advertising.

  1. Setting Up Your Facebook Ads Account

Setting up your account is relatively simple thanks to Facebook’s user-friendly interface. For a full tutorial on how to set up your account, you can visit this page. In order to set up your account, you will need to provide your billing address as well as a valid payment method.

  1. Types of Facebook Ads

Different Facebook Ad units serve different purposes. The options can be overwhelming at first, but they are broken down into three major categories: awareness, consideration, or conversion. Within those categories are several different ad units. Luckily, Facebook provides a detailed breakdown of each unit in this convenient Ads Guide.

  1. Facebook Ad Creative

Once you have reviewed the Ads Guide, you will see that Facebook Ad units have different creative and copy requirements. It’s important to adhere to the guidelines for your chosen ad unit, but there are a couple of best practices for any Facebook Ad. First, be sure to keep your copy clear and concise, yet conversational. Creative should be high-quality and free of text. If you do need to include text on your creative, make sure it takes up no more that 20% of the imagery (here is a handy tool to help you determine this).

  1. Facebook Ad Targeting

Facebook offers some of the most advanced targeting capabilities at your fingertips. This is especially beneficial for reaching potential clients right in your neighborhood! Ads can be targeted by location, language, demographics, interests, behaviors and beyond, but it’s best to start with a basic target like location. To learn more about targeting, click here.

  1. Facebook Ad Budgeting, Bidding, & Scheduling

You’re almost at the finish line. The last step in setting up your campaign is determining your budget, learning about the bidding process, and scheduling your ads. For your first campaign, determine a modest budget that you feel comfortable with—Facebook will only spend the amount you specify. Get to know all of the ins and outs of budgeting, bidding, and scheduling here.

  1. Analyzing Your Facebook Ad Performance

One of the most exciting things about running a Facebook Ad campaign is seeing the results! Once your ad is up and running, you can use Facebook Ads Manager to see how it’s performing. This guide will help you determine what is considered successful and what to avoid.

There is plenty of possibility for your personal business page or your office page when it comes to Facebook Advertising. It’s important to start slowly and take the time to learn about the process. Before you know it, you’re page (and your business) will be growing!

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