Did you know that more than three million businesses around the world use Facebook to market and advertise themselves? 

Or that around 125 million people use Instagram daily? If you want to get people to see the products, solutions or services your company offers, you cannot afford to avoid social media. 

It’s where engaged people hang out when they are online, and these platforms provide the ideal opportunity to get in front of millions of people quickly and easily. Facebook and Instagram advertising can both be incredibly beneficial to your business, but we’re going to focus solely on Facebook.

Facebook ads

With advertising via Facebook, it requires more than the creation of an infographic, video or alluring piece of content. You need to be fully aware of how best to reach the most appropriate audience, how to make ads that truly work, and how you can track success.

Facebook Ads Manager is a vital tool, and this guide has been designed to ensure you can use this tool effectively and efficiently.

How to begin

The first thing you need to do is access the advertisement management portal. To do this, you need to log in to your company’s Facebook page and select Manage Ads from the drop-down menu.

You will then be able to see an overview of current and past adverts, and you will also be able to easily manage your advertisement settings, plans and schedules.

Give your team access

The next step is to ensure that everyone who needs access to the ads account can log on and carry out the relevant tasks. You can easily do this via the Account Roles section. Assign the correct roles to the right people and you’ll be good to go.

Creating Facebook ads

There are numerous buttons, sections and metrics that can be viewed within the Facebook Ads portal, but it makes little sense to list them all here. You should navigate the website yourself, become familiar with the layout, and then understand what area(s) you are most likely to require going forward. It is incredibly unlikely that you will need to make use of them all.

The idea of creating ads may seem daunting but, in actual fact, it’s very easy to get to grips with.

Start by selecting the button that says ‘Create Ad’ and then choose the relevant campaign goal (this will generally be promoting your company page or highlighting a particular product or service).

The real skill here is using the correct copy that will draw people’s eyes and encourage them to click. It is certainly worth your time writing any content into a Word document rather than just typing it directly into the ad post. This lets you proofread it and will also give you a better idea of how it will look to the consumer. 

Doing this dramatically reduce the number of times you will have to amend your posts, but if you ever need to edit an ad, this can certainly be done.

Defining the details

Once you understand the advert you want to post and what you want it to achieve, you need to ensure that you don’t overspend and also guarantee you will reach the people who will find your post valuable. 

This often requires a lot of trial and error. By tinkering with ad placement, spend, publication schedule and target audience, and by monitoring your reports, you will make the most effective decisions in both the short- and long-term.

Reports

It is worth having some certain goals – reach, spend, clicks, website visits – even if they are very rough objectives. You can redefine these over time, so don’t worry if they are wildly off at the outset.

By keeping track of your reports, and then modifying your ads – in terms of content, tone and overall message – you will be able to see what content best engages your audience.

The amount of data Facebook stores in relation to ad performance is incredibly extensive, so it may be worth figuring out the metrics that matter most to you and your team, and focusing predominantly on them. 

This information can then be saved down into files (if you want to send them to other people or put them in a report, for example) and can also be put into charts to make the data easier to read. This can also be done if you want to better understand key features regarding your audience and their behaviours.

Additional things to note

It is absolutely worth exploring Facebook’s Creative Hub website to see an array of ad templates and formats, and also to get the latest information around what works well, what doesn’t, and what changes are being made to the Facebook Ads section.

It is also important to remember that the Facebook Ads platform is being modified and enhanced all the time, so to see the best results, it pays to keep track and keep learning.