Creating a Targeting Campaign

In this guide, we'll provide you with step-by-step instructions to launch a targeting ad campaign with Facebook Ad Launcher.

A targeting ad campaign allows you to target audiences on Facebook & Instagram based on:

  • Interests
  • Behavior
  • Demographics
  • Location
  • Connections.

As opposed to targeting custom audiences and lookalike audiences, targeting ad campaigns don't require Pixel data to run.

1. Set Product

First, you'll need to set a product for the campaign you want to launch.

You can:

  • Create a campaign with a product
  • Create a campaign without a product.

Depending on your choice, you can click the Next or Skip button.

Create Campaign with a Product

Creating a campaign with a product attributed enables you to:

  • Have product assets (audiences, custom conversions, videos, page posts) automatically set in this campaign
  • Save new assets to this product.

Here's how to select a product to launch your targeting campaign with:

  1. Use the search bar to type your product's name.
  2. Scroll down to select a product from the sidebar.

Create Campaign without a Product

To create your campaign without a product, click on the Skip button.

2. Set Campaign

Now, you can either create:

  • A new campaign
  • New ad sets in an existing ad campaign
  • New ads in an existing ad set.

In this guide, we'll cover creating a new targeting campaign from scratch.

You can explore the other options here:

Create a New Campaign

  1. In the Campaign tab, click on New Campaign.
  2. Select your campaign's objective.
  3. On the Campaign Settings section, type your campaign a name, and optionally, enable Campaign Budget Optimization using the toggle.
  4. Choose a daily or lifetime budget for your campaign and enter the amount you'd like to spend.
  5. If you'd like to run Special Ad Categories campaigns, make sure to enable it using this toggle.
Note: Your account must be verified to run Special Ad Categories campaigns.
Tip: To use the same campaign settings in the future, click on Templates and Save current setup as a template.

3. Create Ad Sets

The Ad Sets tab is where you can generate up to 200 ad sets in one go, without duplicating or starting over each time you want to target new interests, locations, or demographics.

The progress bar shows how many ad sets you created.

The templates drop-down allows you to save the ad sets you created to reuse later.

The sidebar contains the 7 essential steps needed to generate your ad sets.

1. General Settings

The General Settings tab is where you set a Facebook Pixel, conversion event, schedule, and budget.

Note: Enabling/disabling Campaign Budget Optimization (CBO) affect the set of settings you'll see in this section.
  1. Choose a Pixel from the drop-down or create a new one by clicking on New Facebook Pixel.
  2. Choose a conversion event from the drop-down.
  3. Optional: Enable the Start Date toggle, then enter the time and date you want your campaign to start.
  4. Leave the Start Date toggle turned off to let your campaign run immediately.
  5. Optional: Enable the End Date toggle, then enter the time and date you want your campaign to stop delivering.
  6. Leave the End Date toggle turned off to let your campaign continue running until you disable it manually.
Note: Your campaign will launch at the start date of your ad account's timezone.

If you enabled Campaign Budget Optimization in the Campaign tab, you can continue to the next step.

If you didn’t, you’ll get a Budget for each ad set widget, where you can set your ad set’s daily or lifetime budget.

Click Next when you’re done.

2. Targeting Audiences

The Targeting Audiences tab is where you set the group of Facebook interest variations you want to target in each ad set, as well as the custom audiences you want to exclude.

Up top, each variation shows you an estimation of its worldwide reach.

  1. In the Include section, use the search bar to find the interests you want to target. You can also browse interests, demographics, and behaviors or click on suggestions to get smart recommendations from your ad account’s data.
  2. To use flex targeting, click on Narrow Audience.
  3. Optional: Use the Exclude section to enter the interests you don't want to target.
  4. Optional: Tick the "Expand detailed targeting when it's likely to improve ad performance at a low cost per result" box to improve reach.
  5. Optional: In the Exclude Audiences section, you can choose to exclude custom audiences.
  6. To target a new set of interests, click on Add Interests Variation, and repeat the same steps.
Note: Each unique variation is used in one ad set.

You can add as many variations as you want. No ad sets are duplicated. No time wasted!

Click Next when you’re done adding all the interest variations you want to target.

3. Locations

The locations tab is where you can specify the geolocations of the prospects you want to target.

You can target regions, countries, states, cities, sub-cities, neighborhoods, addresses, and places.

  1. In the Include section, start by selecting from the drop-down the living situation of your prospects.
  2. In the search bar type the name of the locations you want to target or browse the suggestions.
  3. Use the Exclude bar to eliminate people living in certain locations from viewing your ads.
  4. Use the Languages section to type the name of the languages your prospects speak or browse the suggestions.
Note: By leaving the languages section on default, you’ll be targeting people who speak all languages.

To target a new set of locations, click on Add Variation. You can add as many variations as you want.

Once you're done adding all variations you want to target, click Next.

4. Age/Gender

On the Age / Gender tab, you can set the age groups and genders you want to target.

  1. Use the From drop-down to select the youngest age you want your prospects to be.
  2. Use the To drop-down to select the oldest age you want your prospects to be.
  3. If you want to split test your prospects by age groups, make sure to select the age range in years using this drop-down. If you don’t want to split test your audience by age, you can leave this on default.
  4. In the Genders drop-down, you can select to target only males, only females, both, or split to test your audiences by gender.
  5. Click on the Generate button to create unique variations of the age and gender options you chose.
Note: If there’s a variation you don’t want to target, you can click on the X appearing on the corner of the variation you want to eliminate.

Once you're satisfied with your age and gender variations, click Next to continue.

5. Placements

On the Placements tab, select how your ads are displayed across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Audience Network.

These placements include Feeds, Stories, The Audience Network, In-Stream Videos, Search, and Instant Articles.

  1. To select placements, un-tick the default Automatic placement box.
  2. Tick the boxes of placements you want your ads to be shown on.
  3. You can choose to target all devices, desktop only, or mobile-only from this drop-down.
  4. To show your ads only when devices are connected to WI-FI, tick this box.
  5. You can choose to target All Mobile Devices, or select Android devices only, or IOS devices only from the drop-down.

To add another placements’ variation, click on Add Placement Variation.

Click on Next to continue.

6. Optimization

The Optimization tab is where you set optimization and delivery settings.

These depend on the campaign objective and bid strategy you selected in the beginning.

  1. Choose Optimization For Ad Delivery from the drop-down.
  2. If you chose Conversions, select the Conversion window you want your ads to run on. Skip this step if you chose another option.
  3. Optionally, you can set cost control to not exceed your desired maximum cost per acquisition.
  4. Choose when you’ll get charged from the drop-down.
  5. Pick your delivery type.

Click Next when you’re done.

4. Create Ads

The Ad Creatives tab is where you can:

  • Create new ad creatives from scratch
  • Choose ad creatives from the product
  • Select page posts from Facebook pages
  • Use ads from previous ad campaigns
  • Search Post ID or URL.

1. Create new ad creatives

To generate up to 20 ad creatives from scratch, please follow the steps below:

1. Facebook page

In the Pages tab, select the Facebook page you want to create your ads with. You can select multiple pages to test which Facebook page performs the best.

2. Ad copy

Then, in the Copy tab, click on the + button to add multiple text variations to split test. You can save them as a template to reuse later, by clicking on Templates and Save current setup as a template.

Click on the Media tab when you're done.

3. Media

Now, in the Media tab,  you can select:

  • All Media tab to use images and videos from products and previous ads
  • Current product tab to use creatives from the product you launched your campaign with
  • Upload tab to import images and videos from your laptop.

Click on the URL tab when you're done.

4. URL

Next, on to the URL tab where you can add the URL of the web page you want your ads to redirect to. You can add multiple URLs to split different web pages.

Note: if you launched your campaign with a product, its URL will automatically set as the default redirecting URL for your ads. Make sure to edit the display link to your preference.

Click on the CTA tab when you're done.

5. CTA

On the CTA tab, choose the call to action button you want your ads to display.

The list of CTA's visible depends on the campaign objective selected. You can also add multiple ones to split the test.

Click on the Description tab when you're done.

6. Description

The Description tab where you’ll add the headline and description that will appear in your ads. Again, you can add multiple ones to split test.

Click on the Create tab when you're done.

7. Create

Finally, on the Create tab, you can preview your ad variations on different placements, and enable the ads you want to use in your campaign.

2. Choose ad creatives from the product

  1. From the left sidebar, click on Product's Creatives.
  2. Select the page posts you want to use as ads by enabling them with this toggle.
  3. You can also click on the View on Facebook button to preview the page post before selecting it.
Note: the page posts selected must have a redirecting URL and call to action button.

Finally, once you're done selecting the page posts you want to use as ads, click on the Next button to proceed to the review tab of your ad creation workflow.

3. Choose page posts from Facebook pages

  1. Click on Pages in the left sidebar.
  2. Choose the Facebook page you want to select your creatives from. You can choose one page or multiple ones for split testing.
  3. Select the post you want to use in your ads and switch its toggle on. You can choose one post or multiple ones to split test which one works best.
If you selected multiple Facebook pages, you can still choose one post or multiple ones from each page.

Finally, click Next and continue to the Review tab.

4. Choose ads from previous ad campaigns

  1. In the left sidebar, select Ad campaigns.
  2. Click Choose a campaign. Here you can choose the campaign you want to use ads from.
  3. Select the ad set of your choice.
  4. You'll find all the existing posts you have in the ad set you selected. Now, enable the post you want to use in your new ads. You can choose one or multiple posts to split test which one works best.

Finally, once you're done, click Next and continue to the Review tab.

5. Search Post ID or URL

  1. Click on Post Id or URL in the sidebar.
  2. Choose Post Id or Post URL.
  3. If you choose Post Id, select the Facebook page your post is from. Right under, enter your post ID and hit Search.
  4. If you choose Post URL, you can proceed to enter your post URL right away and hit Search.
  5. Click the Search button to display your post.
  6. Enable post using the toggle.

Click Next and continue to the Review tab.

5. Review Campaign

The review tab is where you can double-check your campaign details, such as:

  • Campaign name, objective, spending limit, and Campaign Budget  Optimization status
  • Ad set variations, budget settings, calculate their potential reach and make sure that all your variations are exactly what you want them to be before launching
  • Ad variations and enable the ones you want to use.

Click Next when you're done reviewing your campaign.

6. Launch!

The launch tab is where you:

  • Choose Campaign Structure
  • Name Your Ad Sets (optional)
  • Enable Google Analytics Tagging (optional)
  • Enable Created Campaign (optional).

1. Choose Campaign Structure

Automatically set up your campaign structure as:

  • All ads inside each ad set variation, to allow Facebook to automatically optimize your ad delivery
  • Each ad variation inside a separate ad set, force Facebook to spend all the ad set’s budget on each ad.

2. Name Ad Sets

To name your ad sets, please follow these steps:

  1. Choose to leave the values on default or change them to include information you care about from the drop-down.
  2. Choose your preferred spacing character.

Now, the app will generate your ad sets' names based on the values you selected.

3. Enable Google Analytics Tagging

Enabling Google Analytics UTM tagging allows you to accurately track your ad campaign's performance beyond Facebook's Pixel events and get advanced insights on your prospects' behavior.

Just enable the UTM tags toggle to tag your ads automatically.

4. Enable Created Campaign

Now all that's left is to launch the ad campaign.

Tick Enable Created Campaign to enable your campaign as soon as it's created.

If you’d like to go in and review things one more time before launching then make sure it’s ticked off.

Click Launch to launch your campaign.

To keep up with your task's creation status, make sure to go to the History tab from the sidebar.