Why Facebook Boosts Don’t Work

Why Facebook Boosts Don’t Work

Whats that got to do with Facebook advertising, you ask? Well, I’m going to show you how you can save a buttload of money on your campaign costs!

The click that costs a buttload of $$$

It’s a common mistake that we see new advertisers making all the time with Facebook ‐‐ that is using the Boost Post Button to blast their ads out to users. That’s a big no, no in my book!

Don’t Touch that Facebook Boost Button

I’m bringing this up because you’re actually doing your business a disservice by using this button for most advertising campaigns. Yes, there are a few (specific) circumstances in which it makes sense, but they are rare. I’ll get to those in a minute, but first I want to talk about why you SHOULDN’T be using Boost Post in 99% of Facebook advertising scenarios.

The reason why I strongly recommend against the Boost is because the text, creative, targeting and bidding options are FAR TOO LIMITED. When you create an audience with Boost Post, you can only target by country, state, city, age, gender and 4 to 10 interests…nothing else.

That might seem OK. But why limit yourself to a handful of targeting options when you have literally hundreds of options at the click of your mouse inside Facebook’s Power Editor?

With Power Editor, not only do you have the Boost Post options available, but you also have choices like income, radius around a location, zip codes, homeownership, vehicle ownership, past buying behaviors, personal and business interests, and SO many more!

Power Editor opens a whole new world of possibilities for adding layer upon layer of filters that will transform your campaigns targeting down to a powerful laser point. This way your ads only appear to those who are most likely to become customers ‐‐ you’re no longer paying to put your ads in front of people who will maybe‐sorta‐probably never buy.

Who wouldn’t want that?

Facebook Boost vs. Facebook Power Editor

Putting this into perspective, let’s say you are a plastic surgeon in LA, and you want to use Facebook ads to generate leads a his surgical procedures.

Well, as much as women around the country might want to look like Kylie Jenner or Kim Kardashian, most just can’t afford Kim Kardashian’s looks because she pays big money for them.

So, when you’re choosing targeting options for this Doc’s campaign, it’s important that you’re able to target by various levels of income. Some plastic surgery procedures are more expensive than others, and some clinics are more expensive than others. Most surgeons have a specialty, and that specialty probably won’t fit adults of every age, so you need to look at those demographics.

Does this surgeon have a high‐end brand? Does he cater to the generally affluent or only the wealthy 1%? Then not only do you want to look at income, but you could also consider those that have very high‐value homes, multiple homes, where they hang out, and the types of vehicles they drive.

See where I’m going with this? Power Editor really does offer a buttload of targeting opportunities!

Why do I keep talking about women here, instead of people? Two reasons: women buy cosmetic surgery procedures far more often than men, so why target a demographic that would yield little response. If … and only if … you know men will respond too, and you’re going after both sexes, you still need to split them between different campaigns because you have to talk to men about plastic surgery differently than women.

So you see, if you don’t match the advertiser with potential clients who not only want the procedure, but can afford that procedure ‐‐ your campaign is going to bomb. And you’ll have just wasted a bunch of the Doc’s money.


This does not make for happy clients, my friend!

See what I’m putting down here about Boost vs. Power Editor benefits?

The Second reason most people fail with boosted posts and Facebook Ads in general, is they are directing the clicks back to their website… You need to target your audience to a dedicated LANDING PAGE with a strong sales message and “call to action”… but I will talk more about landing pages in the next post.

I don’t know about you, but I know what I’d choose!

If you’re still not catching my drift, here’s the thing… when you click the Boost Post Button you’re choosing beans. BEANS! Friggin’ STOP IT!

The only time Boost is OK (sort of) for Facebook advertising

There is only one time that we, on the agency level, actually find ourselves using the Boost Post Button, and that’s when we are intentionally targeting only people who like a page or we’re advertising the page itself to build likes and followers ‐‐ not to sell products or services.

You might wonder why you would ever advertise only to your page fans … it’s because Facebook only shows your posts to about 2 to 3% of your friends and followers.

Yup, if you’re not boosting a post, only a 2 in 100 people will get to see it. And very often it’s as low as 1 in 100. So, if you want more than a couple of people to see a post, you’re going to have to Boost it to get decent distribution. Sucks, but it is what it is. Facebook sets the rules.

If you want to just reach your core audience, people who are already familiar with you and your Facebook page, the Boost is a great way to do that because it can be less expensive than advertising through the Power Editor or Ads Manager.

But, for every other type of FB advertising campaign ‐‐ and I mean EVERY one ‐‐ use Power Editor! Your clients will thank you for it.

Now, if at this moment you’re asking yourself, what the hell are you talking about, Billy? What’s the Ads Manager? What’s the Power Editor? Then I suggest you take one of our courses.

In the mean time …

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