Tried social media advertising, but not getting the results you expected? If so, the problem might lie in your targeting. Instead of targeting your ads to larger audiences, you should experiment with targeting ads specifically to the people most likely to complete your conversion goals, such as becoming a lead or customer for your business.
In this post, we’re going to look at advanced targeting options you can use on the top social networks that offer advertising.
Advanced Targeting Options on Facebook
Facebook, by far, has the most advanced targeting options in the social media advertising world. These options will help both B2B and B2C reach their ideal audiences. Best of all, thanks to Facebook’s ownership of Instagram, Instagram ads will have the same targeting options when they become available.
Choose Your Audience
Your first option when creating ads through Facebook Ads Manager is to use the Choose Your Audience settings to target your ads. On the surface, you will see the basic audience targeting options.
For example, let’s say you have a local business that sells mattresses. People that do not live in the area are probably not going to buy a mattress, so there’s no need to target people who are traveling. Instead, target the people who live in the locations specified.
On the other hand, let’s say you have a local business that offers tours around the city. People that live in the area are probably not going to sign up for tourist attractions, so there’s no need to target them. Instead, target the people traveling in the locations specified.
The second key area to use for advanced targeting is the More Demographics dropdown. These options allow you to go beyond location, age, gender, and language into specifics about your audience, from their current relationship status to their most recent life events.
Custom Audiences allow you to get even more specific with your ad targeting. In particular, you can create Custom Audiences using your customer lists, website traffic, and app activity.
Website traffic allows you to add a retargeting pixel to your website and target ads to people who have visited your website within the last 30 – 180 days, depending on your settings. In terms of advanced options, you can create ads specific to the pages that people have visited.
For SAAS businesses, this means you can create ads that highlight a specific feature that a website visitor clicked upon on your website. For ecommerce businesses, this means you can create ads that highlight a specific product that a website visitor looked at.
You can also create ads that target prospects that are in specific parts of your funnel using the option to target people who visited one page, but not another.
Advanced Targeting Options on Twitter
In the past, Twitter’s ad targeting options were very limited. But now, they are similar to what Facebook has to offer. When you create ads through the Twitter Ads interface, you will get the following targeting options.
This means you can specify people on Twitter you want your ads to reach. SocialBro is a Twitter management platform that allows you to quickly export lists of Twitter usernames based on specific search criteria. For example, let’s say that you want to target your ads to gardeners in Denver. You can use SocialBro to find users with that specific keyword in their bio and location in their profile and export the list.
Advanced Targeting Options on LinkedIn
While LinkedIn does not have options for custom audiences based on customer lists or website traffic, they do offer the best targeting options for B2B businesses, or any business that wants ads to reach professional audiences. In the new LinkedIn Ads interface, you can expand the targeting options to include the following.
Don’t Aim Without a Target
If you want to get a strong return on investment with your social media advertising, it’s best to start with smaller, highly-targeted audiences. If you don’t get enough clicks, you can expand the audience by reducing the criteria selected in the targeting options until you do start getting clicks and conversions.
But the key is to start small. Even if you only get five clicks a day with three conversions using a highly-targeted audience, you will spend far less than if you get 100 clicks a day with the same number of conversions using a broadly-targeted audience.
About the Author: Alp Mimaroglu is a Marketing Luminary at Symantec. He specializes in marketing automation, demand generation, analytics, and marketing technology. Alp has extensive experience with both business and consumer marketing. He’s passionate about how technology is rapidly becoming the key to success in both the corporate sales and marketing landscapes. Follow Alp on LinkedIn and Twitter.