Facebook Ads: Creative Application to Help Your Marketing


Have you been pondering using Facebook ads to promote your business?

Did you know you can target your website visitors with Facebook ads?

To learn how you can use Facebook ads to market your business, I interview Rick Mulready for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Rick Mulready, who is the host of the Inside Social Media Podcast—a show where he interviews successful social media marketers. Rick also teaches courses on Facebook ads.

Rick shares creative and inexpensive ways to use Facebook ads to market your business.

You’ll discover useful ways to use remarketing, how to add the remarketing pixel to your website and tools to help manage your Facebook ads.

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Here are some of the things you’ll discover in this show:

Facebook Ads

Creative ways businesses can use Facebook ads

Rick shares that the common assumption that businesses have to spend a lot of money to run successful Facebook ad campaigns is a myth. He says businesses can be successful even if they spend as little as $ 5 or $ 10 a day.

As examples, Rick mentions using Facebook ads to guide people into a giveaway to build your email list, or to geographically target people to let locals know about a discount, offer or promotion.

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If you are geographically targeting people, then you should really consider including a promotion of some kind.

You’ll hear why Rick personally likes to use Facebook ads to promote his webinars.

As marketers, we have to be aware that people aren’t on Facebook to be sold to.

Listen to the show to discover what type of freebie you should include in your offer.

How remarketing works on Facebook

Facebook came out this year with Website Custom Audiences, which are another form of retargeting or remarketing.

Rick explains that you use these audiences by placing a Website Custom Audience (or remarketing) pixel on your website. The pixel tracks website visitors who are also Facebook users and builds an audience from them, so you can serve ads to them on Facebook.


Create a custom audience from your website.

This is great. It lets you serve ads to warmer leads because they’re already familiar with your business.

Listen to the show to hear Rick’s thoughts on using Facebook ads to grow page likes.

About boosted posts

If you boost a post, you’re stuck with the preset levels for the ad spend and limited targeting.

facebook boost target and budget options

Boosting a post limits your targeting.

Rick says if you want more people to see a specific post, you’re better off turning the post into a page post ad. To do that, you have to use the Ads Creator or Power Editor, but you’ll have better control of your ad spend budget and deeper targeting options.

Listen to the show to hear why Rick recommends that you don’t boost posts.

Exciting things businesses can do with Facebook ad targeting

When most people think of targeting on Facebook, they think of interest targeting—for example, targeting people who like pages similar to your business page.

Rick believes the really exciting stuff is Website Custom Audiences or uploading your email list to Facebook to create a custom audience that lets you target those people with your Facebook ads.

You can take it a step further and create a lookalike audience of Facebook users from your own custom audience. These types of audiences are made up of Facebook users who share attributes similar to those in a custom audience you designate.

facebook lookalike audiences ad tools

Create a lookalike audience of Facebook users with your own custom audience.

Listen to the show to learn how including custom elements in your ad copy leads to a higher conversion rate. 

Why pay Facebook to reach your email subscribers

Rick explains this concept is the same as remarketing to your website visitors on Facebook.

People who’ve given you their email address are familiar with you in the same way members of your custom audience are familiar with you. They’re both warm leads.

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This ad was served to a custom audience made from an email list of people who’ve attended previous Social Media Success Summits.

Rick says if someone isn’t opening your emails, serving them with a Facebook ad gives you another opportunity to get in front of them. They are your ideal target customer.

Listen to the show to find out how to make email subscribers aware of your intent to serve them with Facebook ads.

Remarketing through a third-party tool or a Facebook tool

Rick shares that earlier this year, the gap between what you could do on Ad Roll or Perfect Audience versus what you could do using Facebook’s own tools has really narrowed.

He says Facebook’s in-house tools are now so robust that if you want to get started with remarketing through Facebook ads, you don’t really need a third-party tool.

Rick explains that Facebook has made it very easy for business owners to pixel their website and set up rules for what they want to track.

For example, you can set up tracking to create an audience of people who visit your sales page, but don’t reach your conversion page because they didn’t purchase from you. Then you can serve them Facebook ads to remind them of your products.

Listen to the show to hear a specific use case for remarketing.

Install a pixel on your website

Rick stresses that you only need to install the remarketing pixel once. The pixel should be installed just before your </head> tag.

If you’re not comfortable working with HTML, you can copy the pixel code and email it to your web designer. You can also install the code using a WordPress plugin like Header and Footer Scripts.

remarketing pixel code

This is an example of the remarketing pixel code you’ll install on your website.

Rick cautions people to remember that the pixel can’t track past website visitor information. Once installed, the pixel starts building audiences going forward from the time it’s placed and will default to a 30-day audience.

You’ll hear how Rick gets creative with the tracking on his website and why he recommends you make a list of the pages whose traffic you want to start building an audience out of.

He explains that you can form multiple audiences to target people who’ve visited your website or a specific web page during different time periods. For example, you can build audiences to target people who’ve visited your home page in the last 30 days, the last 60 days and the last 90 days. Then you can serve each audience with a different message.

Listen to the show to discover the benefits of using Power Editor to manage your Facebook ads.

How Facebook charges for ads

Facebook charges you based on the targeting and objective options you choose for your ad’s audience. Each time you narrow that targeting, Facebook charges a bit more.

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It doesn’t matter what budget you have, give Facebook ads a try. Image: Shutterstock

Rick says that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to see results. It all depends on your budget. If you are in a position to spend $ 5 to $ 10 per day, he recommends that you try it out, as you’ll see results pretty quickly.

The idea is to start off small. Once you see some return on your ads, then you can start to scale and grow from there.

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Find out the different ways Facebook ads can help your social media marketing.

Listen to the show to find out more about CPC, CPM and Optimized CPM objective options, and how Facebook tracks conversions.

Discovery of the Week

I recently discovered an interesting Facebook advertising tool. The Grid Tool allows you to see if your ad meets Facebook’s 20% or less text requirements before you submit it to Facebook for approval.

facebook grid tool

Test your Facebook ads before you submit them.

Simply visit the tool and upload your proposed ad image. Facebook then shows your ad image with a grid overlay. You simply click each square that contains text and Facebook will calculate whether the image has more or less than 20% text.

It’s a simple tool to use and I strongly recommend you check it out.

Listen to the show to learn more and let us know how this works for you.

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