• Ernest Valencia

Setting up A Facebook Ads

Updated: Sep 1

The Facebook Ads Manager is where you will go to create and manage your ad campaigns. You can use it to:

Set up Facebook ad campaigns.

Create new ad sets and ads.

Manage Facebook ad bids.

Target many different audiences.

Optimize your ad campaigns.

Keep track of your campaigns’ performance.

A/B test your Facebook ad campaigns.

Understanding the Ads Manager’s ins and outs will be the key to you getting the most out of your Facebook advertising dollars.

How to use and navigate the Ads Manager

The Ads Manager is where you create and coordinate your ad campaigns.

Start by accessing the Ads Manager. To get there, you can click this link, navigate there from the Business Manager, or use Facebook’s Ads Manager Mobile App.

Let’s have a look at this map to get an idea of how to navigate a brand new Ads Manager dashboard:

Main Navigation Menu: Click the dots icon to navigate to other tools like Business Manager or Audiences.

Create New Ad Campaigns: Click here to make new ad campaigns.

Campaign View: This view will give you info on all of your Facebook campaigns once you start running them.

Ad Set View: This view will give you information on each of your ad sets so you can compare them.

Ads View: This view will give you information on each ad you are running.

Columns: Toggle different columns in this drop-down bar to display various metrics about your campaigns, ad sets or ads.

Campaign Breakdown: Breakdown allows you to filter your results by time, delivery, or action.

The Data Field: When you start making ad campaigns, this is the area all your data will be displayed in.

You should now have a pretty basic understanding of navigating the Ads Manager, so let’s jump into the fun part—our first campaign!

How to set up a Facebook ad campaign

To create a campaign, click the green +Create button in the Campaigns tab of your Ads Manager.

Step 1: Select your campaign objective

On Facebook, you can choose from a handful of campaign objectives that match your advertising goals. For example, if you are looking to drive traffic to a physical location, you would use Store Traffic. If you’re driving traffic to a website, you want to use Conversions.

Choosing the right objective is your first important decision when crafting your ad campaign. If you aren’t sure which objective is right for you, here is a quick breakdown of your choices:

Brand awareness: Get your brand out in front of people’s eyes and build awareness around what you sell or do.

Reach: Get your ad in front of as many people as you can to generate buzz.

Traffic: Use ads to get people off of Facebook and on to your website.

Engagement: Get people engaging with your brand online by encouraging people to comment, like or share what you have to say.

App installs: Have your ads send people to the app store where they can download your app.

Video views: Boost traffic to your Facebook videos, targeting people with the best odds of watching your content.

Lead generation: Use forms to generate leads on Facebook that you can follow up on later.

Messages: Use ads displayed on Messenger, WhatsApp or Instagram Direct to connect with new customers.

Conversions: Push people to take that next step with your product, whether it’s starting a free trial or making a purchase.

Catalog sales: Show off your online store’s goods with ads that encourage browsing and purchasing.

Store traffic: Target locals and get them dropping by your actual physical store.

Facebook uses objectives to determine other elements of your campaign, such as available ad formats, bidding options, and how it optimizes the campaign.

If you need more help with picking the right objective for you.

Step 2: Give your ad campaign a name

Naming conventions for your campaigns can be an easy way to organize your campaigns as you scale and run more of them. It also sets you up for hyper-efficient reporting later on when it comes time to analyze your results.

Some examples of what you can include in your campaign name are:

· Client name/website

· Target audience/location

· Custom audiences

· Creative type

· Facebook Page

Hopefully, this gives you some good ideas to keep your campaigns organized and simplify reporting later on.

Step 3: Pick special ad categories, A/B test, and optimize the campaign budget

On the next page, we have to make some decisions regarding the campaign as a whole. These include:

· Special ad categories

· A/B testing

· Campaign budget optimization

First up, you need to declare if your ad will be falling under one of the Special Categories. Most ads will not, but it’s important to take a look to see if any of them apply to your ad.

Next, you need to decide whether you will be using A/B testing. Creating a split test, or an A/B test, allows you to run experiments and collect data that shows you the best-performing creative, placement, audience and delivery optimization strategies.

It’s always a good idea to set this up, so you can optimize your campaigns to be running as efficiently as possible. If you want to set up A/B testing right away, click over to our Facebook ads A/B testing guide for a walkthrough of the whole process.

Lastly, we have a campaign budget optimization. When this feature is turned on, Facebook will determine how to allocate your campaign budget among your many ad sets in the most effective way possible. If you would rather not choose this, you can determine how much money will go to each ad set manually.

Step 4: Set up your campaign budget and bidding

Broadly speaking, you will need to choose:

· Your budget type (daily or lifetime)

· How much you will spend (over a day or the entire campaign)

· The scheduled start and end date of your campaign

Make sure to take your time with your budget. Spend too much, and you won’t have a budget for future campaigns; spend too little, and it’ll be hard to get the results you really want.

Step 5: Set up audience targeting

Facebook offers many powerful ways to target audiences

In this phase of your campaign setup, you have two options:

· Create a new Facebook target audience.

· Use a Saved Audience.

As you build your audience, Facebook will display your estimated daily reach and tell you if your audience is too big or too small using the meter on the right side of the page.

With Facebook audiences, you can target likes or interests on Facebook, behaviors and even demographics. All of this allows you to create very specific audiences to target in your campaign.

Setting up the right Facebook target audience is one of the most important things you will do while advertising on Facebook, so we’ll dive deeper into this later on.

Step 6: Set up your placements

This is the step where you decide where on Facebook’s vast network you want your ads shown. Your choices, however, will be limited by the goal you have chosen for your campaign.

By default, Facebook will have automatic placements selected that they believe give you the best results. If you would like to, you can also opt to choose your own placements.

Here is a full list of all of your placement options:


· Facebook News Feed

· Instagram Feed

· Facebook Marketplace

· Facebook Video Feeds

· Facebook Right Column

· Instagram Explore

· Messenger Inbox


· Facebook Stories

· Instagram Stories

· Messenger Stories

In-Stream Videos

· Facebook In-Stream Videos

· IGTV Videos


· Audience Network Native, Banner, and Interstitial

· Audience Network Rewarded Videos


· Facebook Search Results

· Messenger Sponsored Messages

· Facebook Instant Articles

While Facebook does a pretty good job auto-optimizing your ad placements, it’s still important to do your own research with split tests. You can learn where your ads are having the biggest impact (for the least amount of money).

Step 7: Set up your Facebook ads

This is the final step of the campaign creation process. Here, you can select your preferred Facebook ad type and insert your ad images and copy.

We will be doing an in-depth lesson on building the best possible Facebook ads in the next chapter, but for now, let’s take a look at the basics of what you need to get done to get your ad put together.

To start, you’ll need to choose to either:

· Create a new ad.

· Use an existing post from your page.

If you are creating an ad from scratch, you’ll need to input all the elements that make up your ad: the images, videos, copy, etc. All of these can be found in the Ad Creative section.

When you are done filling in all of this information, click Publish.

That’s it — you’ve made your first ad campaign on Facebook!

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