In the first two guides of this D.I.Y FB Ad 2018 series, I discussed Facebook Ads and the Facebook Ads Manager in great detail. I talked about how and why you should get started with Facebook Ads. There are so many benefits to creating an ad using the Ads Manager.
However, it does have a steep learning curve attached to it. If you want to know a faster and easier way to get your first very first advert launched, then you need to consider boosting a post.
In the third guide of this series, I will contrast and compare Facebook Ads versus Boosted Posts so you can decide which method is best for your business goals. But before I do this, I’ll introduce you to Boosted Posts first and show you how it works.
Also, at this point, I would assume you already have a Facebook page created for your business. If you don’t have one yet, please take the time to create one now. You can always edit your page settings later on.
What Are Facebook Boosted Posts?
If you are a Facebook page admin, you won’t miss the blue Boost Post button that appears in every single post on your page. If you don’t see that button anywhere on your timeline, then you’re probably not a page admin. Make sure you are one so you can follow the steps I’ve written down in this guide.
Boosted posts are quite literally published posts on your Facebook page that you boost or promote to your followers or another target audience. Your posts appear on your page timeline so if anyone checks out your page, they’ll be able to see all your posts, both boosted and non-boosted.
If you’re wondering why you need to boost a post to people who already like your page, then read on for the explanation.
A few years ago, posts published on a fan page were immediately seen by people who liked and followed that page. This lead to a lot of free organic traffic and engagement levels were very good (think 80-90% of fans engaging with every post!). However, in recent years, organic reach has been declining steadily.
In fact, many page owners are reporting that their organic engagement has plummeted to 1-5% per post! This basically means that if you have 10,000 followers, only a few hundred people will see your post. If you have a million followers, a few thousand people will see your post and engage with it.
This is why page likes are mainly a vanity metric nowadays. It looks good on your page but if only a small percentage of your fans see your posts, then why bother paying for page likes? If you want to increase the chances of your followers seeing your all-important post, then you should consider boosting your post instead.
How To Boost A Facebook Post
First, you’ll need to go to your Facebook page. Then look for the post you want to boost. At the bottom right corner of your post, you’ll see a blue button that says Boost Post. Click on this button (see image below).
Unlike the seemingly complicated Facebook Ads Manager interface that I showed you in Guide 2, the Boost Post interface is relatively simple and straightforward:
When boosting a post, you have fewer options to choose from unlike with Facebook Ads.
Here are the options you can change:
When you’re ready to boost your post, simply click on the Boost Post button and Facebook will then start promoting your post.
Now that you know how Boosted Posts and Facebook Ads work (remember Guides 1 and 2), it’s time to compare the two so you can make an educated decision when it’s time for you to do some content promotion on Facebook.
Key Differences Between Boosted Posts and Facebook Ads
Whether you’re in the Boosted Posts camp or you’re a firm believer of Facebook Ads, both have their advantages and advantages. In this section, we’re going to be looking at key features.
1. Campaign Objective
2. Budget Control
3. Ad Scheduling
4. Audience Targeting
5. Geographic Targeting
you can target specific locations with both boosted posts and ads.
6. Age and Gender Targeting
you can target both age and gender of your audience with both boosted posts and ads.
7. Interest and Behavior Targeting
you can target your audience’s interests and behaviors with both boosted posts and ads.
8. Language Targeting
9. Ad Placement
10. Dark Post
11. Ad Delivery
12. Instagram Ads
13. Audience Network Ads
14. Right Column Ads
When To Use Boosted Posts Instead Of Ads
There’s a lot of advantage to using Facebook Ads, but in certain scenarios, Boosted Posts will work just as well, at a much faster rate at that. Here’s when it’s best to use Boosted Posts:
If you have a post that’s already receiving good organic engagement, then you may want to consider boosting it. If the people who saw your post organically are interacting with it, that is, they’re liking, sharing and commenting on it, then chances those who did not see your post in their news feeds will find it interesting too!
If your post is informational, that is, you’re not selling anything on it, then people would be more receptive to your boosted post. If you’re selling something, then it’s best to use Facebook Ads as you have more options over the format of your ads.
If you don’t have much time and you don’t want to learn the complexities of Facebook Ads Manager, then boosting a post is your best option.
With that being said, boosting posts is, quite simply put, for beginners. If you truly want more bang for your buck, then you have really have no choice but to dive in and learn how the Facebook Ads Manager works.
When To Use Facebook Ads Instead Of Boosted Posts
Generally speaking, Facebook Ads are a much better option that Boosted Posts simply because it offers advertisers full control over their ads.
The Ads Manager will allow you to split test every single aspect of your campaign. It’s so much more flexible, and in the end, your campaign will be so much more profitable.
You can hyper-target your audience and reach even more people who have the same characteristics as your winning audience (you do this by creating a lookalike audience – something you can’t do on boosted posts).
Creating custom audiences is easy and thanks to the audience insight tool you can research the best demographics who might be a fit for your product or service.
With Facebook Ads, you have many different kinds of campaign objectives to choose from. With Boosted Posts, you’ve only got a few options. Since you’re spending money either way, it’s best just to go all the way in and use Facebook Ads.
If you think it’s beyond your skills or it’s too technical, you can always hire an agency or a consultant to help you out with your Facebook Ads campaign.
Boosted Posts works great on its own and is great for beginners who are just starting out with paid promotion.
However, it gives you very little control over your ads and may not be a very cost-effective option for your business.
If you want complete control over how your ads run and determine the best possible adverts that will convert with your preselected audience, then you need Facebook Ads.
Granted, learning how to manage Facebook Ads is not an easy job but it will be worth it in the end especially once you find the right combination of a high-converting advert and target audience.
While Facebook Ads and Boosted Posts are great promotion vehicles, there are still so many other things to consider. In the next guide, you’re going to learn how to optimize your Facebook Ad design because first impressions do matter, especially to cold audiences.