Right, lets get to it!
Firstly, you’ll need to create an account… but I’ve already got one – I hear you cry!
Well, nonetheless I would strongly suggest that you create a separate account for Facebook advertising – just to keep it totally separate from your personal profile. It does look like you can allow other people access to the advertising part of your account, without them seeing your personal profile… But still – I’d consider it ‘best practice’ just to keep them separate – our account manager at Facebook recommended we do it that way too… Better safe than sorry, eh?
So once you’ve created a new account, click on the ‘Advertising’ link at the bottom right of the page. Should you wish to, you might like to checkout Facebook’s Guide to Advertising – probably worth a look; although it’s fairly straight forward.
The first step is to create your advert…
Pop in your destination URL – you’ll then see that there is an option to suggest an ad – click on it if you like; quite handily Facebook will grab a couple of the images from the page – which may be the ones you want to use.
Less handily the auto-generated ad text is pretty rubbish, but you can amend that
Bear in mind that your ad needs to attract attention, so don’t be afraid to get a little creative with your headline and body copy. Also, you can of course upload any image you like… Just make sure you own the rights to it!
Just for fun, I’ve created an ad targeted specifically to Coca Cola employees – (don’t panic all will become clear in a minute).
I’ll now click on continue, to move on to targeting options…
Targeting on Facebook…
Here’s where Facebook is actually pretty awesome.
Remember my Coca Cola ad? Well thanks to the magic of Facebook I can get it to show up only to people who work for Coca Cola.
There are tons of options here – you can target by location, age, gender, sexuality, relationship status, languages, their likes & interests, plus education & where they work. So, you can be as targeted or generic as you like.
The marketer in me, says ‘be targeted’ – but I guess it really depends on what it is that you’re looking to do. For example – if you were running some adverts for an online job site which covers all sectors and locations – you might just elect to be pretty generic.
As before, when you’re done, click continue…
Campaigns, Pricing & Scheduling
This bit is pretty self-explanatory – just set your pricing, scheduling etc and then hit review advert…
You’ll then get the opportunity to either ‘place order’ (which is an odd turn of phrase, but heigh ho) – or go back and edit your ad.
Then simply lather, rinse and repeat to create as many ads as you like.
The targeting is set at a campaign level – but you can create as many campaigns as you like – just be a bit careful if you are creating multiple ads for campaigns – as if you’re not careful you can find yourself adding the adverts under the wrong campaign.
To be honest the system is pretty slow, clunky and has an irritating tendency to crash. It would be really handy to have an offline Facebook Editor (as with the Google AdWords editor) as I’m pretty sure that this would speed up the process – perhaps something for the future eh, Facebook?
So… hopefully you’ve found this useful – as usual, any feedback, questions or declarations of love via the comments please