Guest blog post by Keran Smith is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of a social media management agency, LYFE Marketing.

If you have products to sell there is one thing you cannot get enough of: low-cost exposure to your target audience. Luckily, Facebook has over 968 million daily active users and is still one of the best places to advertise a product and acquire new customers. In fact, e-commerce brands advertising on Facebook typically see a 152% return on investment. Facebook’s advertising platform contains a number of key features that make it worthwhile for any e-commerce brand.

If you sell products, and want to start advertising on Facebook like a social media marketing company, here is a guide on how to best advertise your products on Facebook...

Use Facebook’s Power Editor Over Facebook’s Ads Manager. 

Facebook makes advertising very easy with its Ads Manager. The user interface is simple and almost anyone could start advertising right away with limited instructions needed. Unfortunately, the easiest way is not always the most effective way. While Facebook’s Power Editor may take more time to get used to, it provides a ton of features that Facebook’s ads manager does not. 

Here are a few features of Facebook's Power Editor:  

    Ability to create ads using multiple images
    Ability to set a Display URL
    More than 90 characters allowed in the Headline
    Special characters allowed in the Headline
    Enabling multiple tracking pixels
    Bulk editing 

Choose The Proper Objective 

The first step when creating an ad for your product is choosing the proper objective for your ad campaign. Facebook offers a number of objectives. 

Here are the top 3 objectives relevant to a product ad: 

1. Clicks to Website: Ads to encourage people to visit your site 
2. Website Conversion: Ads to promote a specific action on your site, such as checkout 
3. Page Post Engagement: Ads that boost your posts and increase likes, comments, shares, video plays and photo views

*Pro Tip: Use the Website Conversion objective and place Facebook’s conversion pixel on your post check out page. This objective takes optimization and analytics one step further by telling you exactly how many conversions (sales) a particular Facebook ad has generated. 

Input Your Budget and Ad Schedule 

There are two types of budgets to choose from: Daily Budget and Lifetime Budget. A daily budget will allow you to safely spend a specific amount of money each day on your ad(s). A lifetime budget will allow Facebook to spend as much money as Facebook deems fit on a daily basis over the course of your ad schedule. 

Once a budget has been chosen, select an ad start date and end date. If using a lifetime budget, Facebook allow the option to run ads on a schedule - specific days of the week and times of the day. 

*Pro Tip: Start with a modest budget to test ad copy and targeting. Later, optimize and increase your budget for the best combination of ad copy and targeting. 

Define Your Target Audience

Facebook is one of the best advertising platforms when it comes to the ability to narrow down to your exact buyer persona. While it is easy to reach a lot of people with your ads, reaching the right people should be the mission when targeting and Facebook makes it easy to do. 

Here are the options for targeting on Facebook:

    Custom Audiences:  Audiences that can be comprised of email addresses, phone numbers, website visitors Facebook users IDs or app user IDs you have collected over time. 
    Location: Countries, counties/regions, cities, ZIP/postal codes, addresses or Designated Market Areas ® to show or exclude your ad to
    Age: Minimum and maximum age of your target audience
    Gender: Choice between men, women, or both
    Connections: People who have a specific kind of connection to your Page, app or event.
    Language: Specific language of your target audience 
    Interest: People who have a specific kind of connection to your Page, app or event.
    Behavior: People based on purchase behaviors or intents, device usage and more.

*Pro Tip: Make use of Facebook’s “Behavior” option when targeting. This allows you to narrow down your targeting further. Under “Purchase Behavior” are a number of categories in which your target audience is frequent purchases of, including clothing, pets products, and much more. 

Create Your Ad

When creating your ad there are a few things you must keep in mind. First, Facebook's suggested ad size is 1,200 x 628 pixels. Secondly, Facebook does not allow for more than 20% use of text within your advertised image. How do you know if your image contains more than 20% text? Use Facebook’s grid tool to check; it will save a ton of time on headaches and frustration. 

Here are the steps to creating an ad: 

1. Connect the Facebook page you want to advertise from 
2. Create an ad or use an existing post on your page 
3. Enter the website URL you want to promote. Ex: http://www.example.com/page
4. Enter an optional Display URL
5. Enter text that explains to the target audience what the ad is about
6. Enter a brief headline
7. Provide a description for the link and why people would click
8. Choose and image or multiple images
9. Add a call-to-action button
10. If available, choose a conversion the appropriate conversion pixel to track conversions 

*Pro Tip: Create 3-4 different ads that include different pictures and ad copy. Never assume what combination will work the best for your target audience. Let the data tell you which combination works the best. 

Track and Analyze Results

Once the ad campaign has launched, be sure to monitor the results of the ads with Facebook reports on a daily basis, at the least. Check the cost per click, number of conversions, number of clicks, reach, demographics of target audience and cost - all in an effort to determine the most effective ad or clues on how to optimize the targeting and/or copy for the best results.

*Pro Tip: Turn off underperforming ads as quickly as possible. When running an ad with the Website Conversion objective, the ad that has the most conversions is the ad that is the most effective, not the ad with the lowest cost. 

Good luck and good sales! 

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