You spend a lot of time creating content to share on Facebook. But with the decline of Facebook organic reach, you are not seeing enough return on that investment? This is where the Facebook boost post feature comes into play.
Available to anyone with a business page, boosting a post on Facebook means paying to get your content seen by more people. In this guide we’ll show you how to use the feature, and how to get the most out of it.
Benefits of Boosting a Facebook Post
- Make up for declining organic reach. Facebook has gone on record to say that organic reach for posts from businesses is decline. In other words, the number of people your posts can reach is falling. Facebook’s goal here is to fill news feeds with content from friends and family, rather than brands. Facebook boosted posts are your chance to overcome that shift.
- Reach a wider, targeted audience. With Facebook boost, you’ll be able to reach a much wider audience as you aren’t limited to people who already subscribe to your page. And you’ll be able to set parameters for the types of people who will see your post. For example, you can narrow your boosted post to target one very specific demographic, like 30 to 35-year-old women in Ghana.
- Easy to use. Once you click “Boost Post” your content will go live almost instantly. As soon as Facebook reviews it and gives it the go-ahead, it will start reaching more people. And any type of post can be boosted—short messages, images, videos, links to a website, etc.
- Control. You’ll have the option to manage your post once it goes live. For example, you might cut your planned run short, or choose to boost another post instead.
- Access to analytics. Thanks to Facebook Insights, you’ll get a detailed summary of the performance of your boosted posts. Head to the Insights tab, and click Posts. From there, you’ll see a breakdown of all your posts—including boosted ones—in terms of reach, clicks, reactions, comments, and shares. You’ll also have the opportunity to boost your other posts (if you haven’t already).
Facebook Boost Post Features
What does a Facebook boost post include? The content is up to you to decide—you can boost almost anything you want, whether it’s an announcement, a promotion, or a call-to-action. From there, you’ll be focused on three main variables:
- Audience. Set the parameters for who will see your boosted post, including their age, sex, location, and interests. You can also create custom audiences based on existing contacts, or a lookalike audiences based on people who’ve already shown interest in your Facebook business Page.
- Budget. You have full control over how much you spend, with budgets as low as $1 per day.
- Duration. Run your ad for a fixed period of time, whether it’s a single day, week, or until you manually turn it off.
Facebook Boost Post Cost
Facebook promoted posts, like any form of social media advertising, cost money. But how much, specifically, will it set you back? Instead of paying per ad placement, or paying per click, you’ll be setting your own budget—so technically, you can pay any amount you want. The minimum budget is $1 per day. So hypothetically, you could run a campaign for a week with just $7. Obviously, the more you pay, the more reach you’re going to get.
For each budget level, and each target audience, Facebook is going to provide you with an estimated reach. For example, if you’re targeting people living in Ghana over the age of 18, $2 will reach between 163 and 872 people. $5 will reach 432 to 2,070 people, and $15 will reach 1,506 to 6,834 people.
How to Boost a Post on Facebook
Now let’s dig into the steps you’ll need to take to boost a post on Facebook:
1. Post Selection
If you’re drafting a post that you want to boost right out of the gate, click the grey Boost Post button in the lower-right corner of the post box.
If you’d like to boost an existing piece of content, click the blue Boost Post button in the lower-right corner of the post you want to boost. Or, you can navigate to the Insights tab and see a list of all your posts. Each will have a Boost Post button next to it.
2. Audience Targeting
After clicking the Boost Post button you’ll be taken to a menu where you can begin to choose targeting options. By default, you could opt to include only people who currently like your Page—or all current followers and their friends. However, most businesses find it better to target a specific demographic, based on age, location, sex, or interests. If you want to create a custom audience (or more than one) for your boosted post, click the Create New Audience option.
From there, you’ll have the ability to define your audience however you’d like. You can add or remove locations, set the age range, and even include people who are interested in specific topics or pages.
3. Boosting Budget
Once you’ve defined your target audience, you’ll need to select a budget for your campaign. Since your audience is set, you’ll have a realistic gauge for how far your post can reach under each budget tier. Again, the minimum is $1 per day; this budget will be your total budget for the campaign, spread across however many days you want to run it.
4. Set The Boost Duration
Next, decide when you want your post to run. By default, you can choose one day, seven days, or 14 days. Or you can choose to run the ad until a specified date in the future.
5. Post Preview
Take the time to review the ad copy and creative. Make sure it’s free of errors, that all the links work, and all the visual elements look good. This is your last chance to make changes before it goes live.
6. Payment Plan – Visa Card For Boosting
Facebook accepts all the payment types you might expect. All you need to do is fill out your details (if they aren’t already saved in Facebook).
Now, you’re ready to boost! Facebook does review all boosted posts, so it may take a while before you see yours published. You can check the status of your boosted posts at any time by looking at the Delivery column of your Ads Manager.
A Facebook boost post has the power to help you reach thousands of people who might never otherwise hear of your brand—and for as little as a few dollars. If you want to get the most out of your Facebook campaign, whether it’s attracting new followers or earning more traffic for your site, it’s one of the best tools to utilize.