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Facebook ads are a great way to get the word out about your products and/or services. Facebook offers PPC and CPM ads. A PPC campaign is a pay-per-click campaign that you only pay when people click, while a CPM ad means that you pay a set amount for views. Both are good ways to run ads, but you’ll see that using CPM is a little better and easier.

Set Your Goals

Knowing why you’re running a Facebook advertisement is important. You need to know what you hope the results are. Do you want to build your email list, get leads, brand awareness, sell an actual product or service, or something else?

Learn Facebook’s Ads Manager

Facebook has a wonderful ads manager systems so you don’t need to use any outside sources to create your ads. Learn how to use it. It allows you to manage many different variations of the same advertisement and is very useful.

Target Your Audience Carefully

When running any type of advertisement, it’s important to understand who your audience is and what they want. On Facebook ads you can target your audience down to the exact person you want to see the advertisement; this is a huge leap forward in marketing for any business. Even if you’re a solopreneur or just started a tiny home business, you can compete with bigger businesses due to these features.

Segment Your Audience for Different Ads

The ads manager allows you to duplicate ads, and then edit them to change the demographics. Doing this serves a couple of purposes. It allows you to conduct an A/B test to see who responds better to your ad, but you can also change the images, headlines, etc. to fit each segment of your audience better.

Use Custom Audiences

A custom audience allows you to reach people who have already been to your website but are now surfing on Facebook. This is called remarketing or retargeting, and it is a very powerful way to market to targeted people and get a high rate of return. You’ll need to make sure you’ve installed a Facebook pixel first, on the appropriate pages you’re tracking and wait a bit to build up data for Facebook to gather and compile.

Use Facebook’s Optimized CPM

This is an amazing thing because it makes it easy for you to get views for your advertisement. CPM stands for cost per thousand impressions. Facebook’s algorithm knows what’s best in terms of this set-up, so let Facebook choose for you. It will really work better and save you money too.

Build a Responsive Website

As of April 21, 2015, Google has been ranking responsive websites higher than those that are not responsive. A responsive website is one that works on all mobile devices as well as PCs. It’s best that your websites are responsive. You don’t need one for mobile and one for PCs – you need one site that works regardless of the platform your audience uses. If you have a business of any kind, regularly view your site on mobile devices of various sizes to make sure it’s looking good, user-friendly, and working properly.

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Get Professionally Made Graphics

Don’t skimp on graphics, but you don’t have to spend that much. You can do it yourself too and have them look professional if you use Canva. If you have a shoestring budget to work with, try using Fiverr to save a little money on finding someone to help make your ads. You can get stock photography that is good to use and Facebook also offers a wide variety of stock photos for you to choose from too. Oh, and don’t forget the 20% text rule! Don’t use images that are text heavy because Facebook will reject the ad.

Hire a Copywriter

Writing content is different from writing copy. Copywriting is a specialized skill. Let a copywriter take what you’ve done and improve it. If they start with something you’ve written and then fix it to work better, you’ll save a little money on the copywriter. And overall you’ll save a lot of money on running the advertisement because you’ll get better results from professional copy. Look for a copywriter who has experience with Facebook ads as there are specific things you can and can not say. For example, you can’t make any kinds of claims (i.e. “Lose 30 pounds in a month!”, or “Make more money!”) or even remotely discriminate against something people might find offensive (i.e. “Sick and tired of your job?” or “Wish you were thinner?”).

Using Facebook to run ads is an easy way to get involved in online advertising. Pay-per-click and CPM campaigns can be overwhelming, but Facebook has it set up so that you can do it without even being a professional. It’s a great way to put your toe into online advertising for your business.

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