Audience Optimization

Audience Optimization

Facebook Audience Optimization Tips

Brands, Organizations and Small Businesses publish a wide variety of content touching on multiple topics. Facebook has information regarding who is most likely to be interested and engage with a post and can help brands deliver the right content to the right audience. To take full advantage of what Facebook has to offer you need to dive into the Audience Optimization targeting tools available on the desktop version of Facebook.

Audience Optimization is an organic targeting tool to help brands reach and engage their audience on Facebook and better understand the interests of people clicking on their posts.  Here is the icon symbol that activates the tool:

Audience Builder Facebook Icon

So, How Does It Work?

Audience Optimization on Facebook provides two configuration features:

  • Preferred audience
  • Audience restrictions

Setup A Preferred Audience

Brands can add tags to describe the interests of people who are most likely to enjoy and engage with your post. For example, a sports post might include tags for the league, team, and players in the story. Preferred Audience uses interest tags to help prioritize Page posts in News Feed for each unique reader based on the topics that are most likely to engage them. Interest tags do not limit reach.

Preferred Audience interest tags are created from popular Facebook open graph pages, Facebook Ads tags and other Facebook-specific data sets.

Preferred audience enabling does not stop posts from appearing anywhere on Facebook. Posts made to your Page with Preferred Audience will help improve visibility for the right segments of your Page's audience. These segments are more likely to see the post. Each person has different levels of interest in a topic -- from extremely high interest to moderate to zero. For example, the follower of a sports publisher might be a super-fan of a particular player, be quite interested in that player's team, be moderately interested in the overall league, and not at all interested in another sport. Together, interest tags and a person's level of interest in each topic can help determine how likely a person is to be interested in a particular post.

In tests, conducted by Facebook, Facebook reports that organic reach stays about the same while engagement goes up. Interest tags help Facebook better match content with audiences, prioritizing posts on particular topics for the subscribers who are most likely to be interested in those topics. Interest tags don't limit a post's distribution — they just help it reach the most relevant subset of an audience.

Facebook Preferred Audience Builder

Setup Audience Restrictions

Brands can limit the visibility of their content to specific demographics and prevent a post from being seen by people anywhere on Facebook with this part of the tool. This is an existing feature that functions as a companion to preferred audience building.

Facebook Audience Builder

Let's Get Going

First, the Audience Optimization is available for all English language Pages only at this time, so Page admins need to ensure that they have the tool enabled in order to make use of the feature.

To turn on the Audience Optimization tool, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Page.
  2. Click 'Settings' in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Click 'General' in the tab column on the left side of the page.
  4. Find the row labeled 'Audience Optimization for Posts' in the middle of the page and click 'Edit.'.
  5. Check off the box that allows you to begin using the feature.

Where to find the tool

Page post composer – in your composer, use the targeting icon to add tags and restrictions.

Need help getting this tool going in your social media marketing strategy?  Setup a free Focus Chat to get your marketing strategy on target.

About Kenneth Durrum

Kenny is a dynamic online and digital media consultant and website developer. With over 25 years of experience in the consumer shopper media publishing industry, Kenny provides insight, hands-on training, and services that go beyond just getting your business online.

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