Kevin Muldoon

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Everything You Need to Know About Promoting Posts on Facebook

Want to get more traffic from second most popular website on the internet? Of course you do. We are all trying to tap into the huge traffic potential that 1.1 billion+ users can offer.

Promoting your website through Facebook can be difficult. Yesterday I spoke about the reduced reach of Facebook page traffic during 2012. I myself saw traffic from Facebook drop to around 5% to 10% of what it used to be. You can still tap into the huge traffic potential of Facebook, however it does require you to bring out your credit card.

Today I would like to show you how you can get traffic from your Facebook pages using Facebook’s post promotional system. As you will see, you can potentially reach thousands and thousands of people for just a few dollars. Very few website services offer that kind of targeted traffic for such a low price.

How to Promote Posts Through Facebook

I have used Facebook Advertising many times in the past to add some fans to Facebook pages and to send traffic directly to a page on one of my websites. Until recently, I had never used their option to advertise individual messages (despite them promoting it heavily).

If you have a Facebook page for your website (and I assume you do), then you will be familiar with the layout of the messages you post. Specifically, you will have seen the information at the bottom left of the post which tells you how many people have seen your post and the link at the bottom right to boost your post. The “Boost Post” button was initially set as “Promote Post”. Some people have also reported seeing “Advertise Post” instead of “Boost Post”.

Facebook Boost Post

As I discussed in great detail yesterday, not everyone will see your post. My Facebook page for KevinMuldoon.com currently has 161 subscribers. From those 161 subscribers, only 16 people saw a notification about yesterday’s article.

Having 10% of my followers see a notification is normal. Sometimes 30 or 40 people see my messages though sometimes it’s lower. The other day I shared an article I wrote on another blog and only 2 people saw it. I appreciate that it probably was not sent at the optimal time, however having 1% of my followers see a message I sent is ridiculous.

Of course, that is why Facebook want us to boost posts. To their credit, Facebook has made the process of boosting a post incredibly easy. If you have already advertised through Facebook before, boosting a post will take you seconds (literally).

Facebook Boost Post

Whenever I click to boost a post for this blog, Facebook always seems to default to $15. It is possible to change your advertising budget to $5, $10, $20, $30 and $50. The more you spend, the more people will see your advertisement. Post promotion only shows your message to people who have followed your page and friends of people who have followed your page. Therefore, this method of promotion is not as targeted as using Facebook ads to promote your website or Facebook page directly. It is, however, much more affordable. I would probably have to spend around $1 per new follower through Facebook if I promoted my Facebook page to developed countries such as the United Kingdom and United States through their normal advertising options.

The reach of your advertisement increases as you spend more money. For $15, Facebook advises that my chosen message will be shown to between 2,100 and 3,800 people.

Facebook Set Maximum Budget

Your advertisement will be paid by the method that is configured in the settings area of the Facebook ad manager. All promoted ads have a duration of three days. There is no option to change this.

Facebook Promotion Duration

That’s all there is to promoting one of your messages on Facebook. The whole process is simple and fast.

The Reach of Your Facebook Page

I have several Facebook pages for corresponding websites I own. What I hadn’t noticed until recently was that Facebook changes the price of boosting a post dramatically between my pages. The more followers your Facebook page has, the cheaper it generally is to reach more people (though, as you will see, this is not always the case).

So for the Facebook page for this blog, $15 will send my message to between 2,100 and 3,800 people. For my martial arts videos page, $15 will send my message to between 21,000 and 40,000 people. Therefore, boosting a post on my other fan page ensures my message is seen by 10 times as many people for the same price.

The idea of promoting a post to followers becomes more appealing as the reach of your Facebook page grows.

Let’s compare the prices of boosting a post between some of the Facebook pages for my martial arts based websites and a gaming based website I have. As you will see, whilst the advertising budget for Kevin Muldoon was restricted to $50, some of my more popular Facebook pages allow more money to be spent.

Facebook Page: Kevin Muldoon
Current Number of Fans: 161

Facebook Set Maximum Budget

Facebook Page: Retro Gaming Consoles
Current Number of Fans: 423

Retro Gaming Consoles

Facebook Page: MMA Forums
Current Number of Fans: 4,579

MMA Forums

Facebook Page: Taekwondo Forums
Current Number of Fans: 8,746

Taekwondo Forums

Facebook Page: MMA Clips
Current Number of Fans: 10,073

MMA Clips

Facebook Page: Black Belt Forums
Current Number of Fans: 13,420

Black Belt Forums

Facebook Page: Taekwondo Patterns
Current Number of Fans: 35,673

Taekwondo Patterns

Facebook Page: Martial Arts Videos
Current Number of Fans: 48,417

Martial Arts Videos

Generally speaking, the more Facebook fans you have, the more people you can reach; however, that is not always the case. The Taekwondo Forums Facebook page noted above is a good example of this. It has 8,746 fans yet for $15 I can reach up to 31,000 people by boosting a post. My Black Belt Forums Facebook book has nearly 5,000 more fans, however to reach the same number of people through boosting a post would cost me over $100.

Facebook Boost Post Price Comparison

This suggests that the number of fans your page has, is not the only factor when your potential reach is calculated. I suspect that the number of friends which each fan has is also a big factor. Facebook states that boosted posts are shown to fans and friends of fans, which seems to support the idea of reaching more people if your fans have many friends. Perhaps the demographics of your fans is an issue too (e.g. pages with followers from USA will be more expensive to promote to than Malaysia).

Of course, at this point, I can only speculate as to why some fan pages can reach more people than others. In general, Facebook pages with more fans have the potential to reach more people. Or to put it another way, the more fans a Facebook page has, the cheaper it becomes to advertise a message to thousands of people.

The Kevin Muldoon Facebook page has next to no fans. It is something I will hopefully develop over time, however I can utilise my other fan pages to promote this blog.

People on Facebook have a wide range of interests. Take me for example. I am a fan of many Facebook pages therefore I am someone who will, or has already been, marketed to using the “Boost Post” option. I currently have 289 friends on Facebook. 5 or 6 of my friends have created websites before, therefore would be interested in blogging related topics. Several of my friends love MMA. A few dozen share my love of films. My friends interests are varied.

Facebook post promotions target your fans and your friends of fans. If you have a blog which focuses on basketball, a promoted post would target all of your fans and their friends; however, not all of their friends will like basketball. The point I am trying to make is: Facebook post promotions are not particularly targeted. If you have 10,000 fans and you pay to reach 100,000 people, then 90,000 of those people may or may not have the same interest. This means that, after a certain point, you can target a message with a link to your blog on any Facebook page and expect a similar return (NOTE: Facebook previously offered the option to target fans of your page or friends and fans).

I am of course making the assumption here that Facebook is not using other factors in its post promotion strategy such as looking at the interests of your fans friends. I am sure it does, however I have not read anything online that suggests it plays a big part on how a post is promoted. I am also assuming that Facebook primarily promotes posts to fans first. That is, if your page has 10,000 fans and you pay to reach 10,000 people, the majority of people who will be targeted will be your fans (again…this is another assumption, please let me know if you know otherwise).

Let’s put this theory into action :)

Facebook Post Promotion Case Study

My plan was to utilise the extended reach of my other Facebook pages to promote this blog (KevinMuldoon.com). Essentially, what I wanted to do was promote an article from this blog to fans of one of my Facebook pages. Most of my Facebook pages are related to martial arts. My initial idea was to publish a martial arts related article and then promote it through those websites. It is something I may try in the future though I realised that this was something I could do at any time.

To test the effectiveness of Facebook post promotion, I decided to promote an article that would appeal to anyone and everyone. I chose an article I published last Sunday called “100 Bad Tattoos That Will Shock You” (created by my girlfriend Johanna). My thinking was that everyone either has a tattoo or knows someone that has. Those who haven’t have at least seen tattoos throughout their life. It is a topic that could potentially appeal to a large audience, unlike a subject such as WordPress, which is geared more towards bloggers and developers.

So here is what I done. First, I found the message on the Kevin Muldoon Facebook page.

Bad Tattoo Post on Kevin Muldoon Fan Page

I then shared the message on my Martial Arts Videos Facebook page. Doing this allowed me to boost the post at a much cheaper price. I was thinking of spending $100 or so initially, but I decided to be prudent and only spend $10 on my first boost.

On the Kevin Muldoon Facebook page, $10 would reach between 1,500 and 2,900 people. On my Martial Arts Videos Facebook page I would reach between 20,000 and 38,000 people with the same amount.

I gave some thought to the title of the message. I considered keeping it related to martial arts and wrote “Do you know a martial artist with a bad tattoo?”. Afterwards, I had second thoughts. My plan was to appeal to a more general audience, therefore I changed the title to “Tag someone you know with a terrible tattoo? :)”. My hope was that people would tag their friends on the post, leading to the post going viral. I now realise that this technique is better used on images rather than link messages (hindsight is a wonderful thing).

Bad Tattoo Post on Martial Arts Videos Fan Page

For some strange reason, Facebook has not used up $0.08 of the promotion, however there is a message saying the promotion has finished. The screenshot below shows the final stats for the promotion.

Boost Post Results

Here is how Facebook explains the various stats for the post:

  • Paid Reach – The number of people who have seen this post because you promoted it.
  • Link Clicks – The number of people who have clicked the link attached to this post.
  • Page Post Likes – The number of likes on your page posts.
  • Page Likes – The total number of page likes you received within 24 hours of someone viewing or 28 days after clicking your ad.

The boosted post generated 333 clicks. That works out at around 3 cents a click. The traffic was not super targeted but I’d still consider that a bargain. One thing I noticed right away was that the post was not promoted to the number of people Facebook said it would. For that particular Facebook page, Facebook advises that $10 will reach an estimated 20,000 to 38,000 people, however the post reached 10,150 people. This is around half of the lower estimated reach and a quarter of the maximum reach.

I looked on Facebook for an answer to this issue and found this response:

The reach you see when you promote your Page post is an estimate and may be affected by how many other promoted Page posts are running at that time. If there are more promoted Page posts running than estimated when you created your promoted Page post, the price goes up and the reach goes down. You will only be charged for the actual reach of your promotion.

Promoting a post that has been targeted to a specific location or language may also reduce your reach. The number of people you reach by promoting your post is in addition to the reach your post normally receives.

Your actual reach can be seen any time by going to the bottom of the post in the links to the left of the Promote button. To see more information about the total number of unique people who saw your post, hover over or click on the x total link.

This means that the final reach of your promoted posts will depend on how many other people are running ads at the same time. This seems very unfair to me. They should not be allowed to say you will get a certain amount of traffic and then not deliver because someone else has purchased an advertisement.

Results can also be seen through the Facebook ad manager. It is more practical to check the performance of your boosted ads there, particularly if you have boosted more than one post.

Boost Post Results from Martial Arts Videos

I also boosted the same article through my Taekwondo Patterns Facebook page. Again, I only invested $10…and bizarrely, $0.08 was left of the budget at the end again. The final results were very interesting. That page has around 35,000 fans, 13,000 less fans than my Martial Arts Video page. Despite this, I got a much better return for my money.

The post reached 15,748 people. This was around 50% more than the other Facebook page, even though it has 27% less fans. It generated 516 clicks, which works out at around 2 cents per click for visits to my website.

Boost Post Results from Taekwondo Patterns

As you can see from this screenshot from Google Analytics, KevinMuldoon.com does not normally get a lot of referral traffic, though traffic from Facebook shot through the roof during the days the tattoo post was being promoted.

Referral Traffic from Facebook

Between 6 May and 9 May 2013, I received a total of 1,375 unique visits from Facebook. 1,054 visits from desktop users and 321 visits from mobile users. Between 10 May and 13 May 2013, I received a total of 43 visits from Facebook. This highlights the volume of traffic Facebook sent to KevinMuldoon.com through two post promotions.

I also shared the tattoo article on some of my other martial arts videos, which is why the final traffic received from Facebook is higher than the clicks generated through the ads.

Referral Traffic from Facebook

For an investment of only $20, I received 849 unique visits from Facebook. This works out at around 2.4 cents per visitor. I made a few affiliate sales during those days and out of curiosity I also put up a 300×250 Google Adsense advertisement on my sidebar during those days (which generated around $8 in commissions). In total I made around $60-$70 through this blog during those days. It’s not a huge amount of money, but any promotion that makes a profit is welcomed. It is now up to me to see whether it was a fluke and whether that kind of traffic is scalable.

The Right Facebook Post Promotion Strategy

I think it is fair to say that the promotions I tried for this blog were a success, though lots more testing is needed before I start scaling my Facebook post promotions up and spend more money there.

My first two tests promoted the same article through different fan pages. For my last test, I decided to boost a post through my Martial Arts Video Facebook page again. This time, I decided to promote an article from my martial arts discussion forum entitled “If Martial Arts Advertising Were Honest” (written by the always hilarious Sifu Phil). It is a funny article that looks at adverts for martial arts schools and shows what they would look like if they were more honest.

I was not sure how a forum post would perform on Facebook, however I assumed I would get a good return for any promotion there as is related to martial arts. Every day the latest forum posts are posted on the Martial Arts Video Facebook page, so all the followers are familiar with the forum already.

To keep things consistent, I opted to boost a post for $10 again. Unfortunately, this time the return was terrible.

Boost Post Results from Martial Arts Videos

The campaign only reached 4,173 people and it only generated 38 clicks. That works out at around 26 cents per click. I thought the content would be suited for the audience. With only 38 people clicking on the link, it seems that it was not.

The previous post which I boosted on the same Facebook page was shown to 10,150 people. This post was only shown to 4,173 people, which is around 40% of the people that the other post was. Their excuse that this is due to other promoted fans does not sit well with me.

A Facebook page of mine with 35,673 followers managed to reach 15,748 people whilst a Facebook page with 48,417 managed to reach 4,173 people. For the same $10 investment, one promoted post reached 44 percent of its fan base whilst the other reached between 8 and 9 per cent. That is a HUGE disparity. I see no reason for them to advise us of the estimated reach of a promoted post if they are never going to honour it.

It makes me feel like every promoted post is a lottery. Am I going to reach 50 per cent of my fan base this time, am I going to reach 5 per cent? Who knows….let’s just leave it to lady luck, roll the dice and see what happens.

The Benefits of Promoting a Post

Facebook post promotion is not the ultimate way to promote your website online, though it does seem like a cheap way to reach a wide audience. Plus, social media shares are becoming a bigger factor on how pages are ranked in search engines, therefore promoting a post could be a good way to give an article a boost in the rankings.

To ensure a post promotion is a success, you need a number of things. Firstly, you need to publish a high quality article that people will want to share. Secondly, it is better to have a Facebook page with a large following. It could prove expensive to use this promotional method through Facebook pages with few fans. You also need to consider other factors such as the title of your article.

If you do not currently have a Facebook page with a large following, you have a few options:

  • Grow Your Own Fan Page – You could promote it through your own website or by buying ads directly from Facebook or through a third-party service.
  • Grow a Related Fan Page – It might be easier to grow a Facebook page on a slightly different topic.
  • Ask Another Fan Page to Promote Your Fan Page – Perhaps the owner of a large Fan page would promote a post for you if you paid them for the privilege.

Certainly, you can promote posts from Facebook pages with few fans. You may not have a choice if you do not have the time or money to grow your Facebook page following. I may do this myself with this blog as it currently does not have a large following, but it will cost me. I will need to spend four to five times more money to promote an article directly to get the same level of traffic. My hope is that the traffic will be more targeted.

If you own a website and a related Facebook page, I recommend giving Facebook post promotion a try. You can promote a post from only $5. This will not generate a lot of traffic for you unless you have a lot of followers on Facebook, but you may be surprised by the results. You will get a lot more likes on your post and you may get a few more followers and readers. Remember to only promote high quality articles on your site. Promoting a poor article is just throwing your money away.

My Own Plans for Promoting Posts on Facebook

I spent over $20,000 on Facebook advertising last year though when it comes to Facebook post promotion, I am still a novice. I am hoping to change that over the next few months by doing many more tests.

There are many things I want to try out and analyse:

  • Competitions – Could Facebook post promotion be used to make a competition message go viral?
  • Images – Images are always shared on Facebook more than videos and links etc. Images might not send a lot of traffic to your website directly, however boosting a funny or interesting image could get you a lot of new followers to your Facebook page due to so many people sharing it.
  • Different Post Topics – Do some post topics perform better than others?
  • Targeting – A large part of this article focused on the benefit of promoting a post through a Facebook page with many fans. I do not know whether a post promotion through my own Facebook page will prove to be a better investment. Specifically, will the traffic be more targeted? There is only one way to find out, therefore I have promoted this post :)

Within the next week or so I am hoping to spend a day or so completely revamping Martial Arts Videos, the website I own which has nearly fifty thousand followers on Facebook. Most of the content on the site is automated, with selected videos being posted daily from YouTube. I will be relaunching it and ensuring that all articles are original and of a high quality. Normally it can take months to establish a new website though having fifty thousand existing fans puts me in a great position to launch the site with a blast. Facebook post promotion might help the site get huge amounts of traffic from day one.

My story with Facebook post promotion is far from finished. It is a subject which I hope to return to here. In the meantime, I would love to hear your opinion on Facebook post promotion, especially if you have used it before.

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Thanks for reading,

Kevin

Follow Up Articles

The following articles were published shortly after this one and continue my research into Facebook promotion:

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76 Replies

  1. Facebook ads are pretty affordable especially when you use the promoted post option. I’ve promoted quite a fair number of them but at time Facebook will reject posts because they think the image has too much text and a boat load of other conditions. So I tend to not get my hopes up too high.

    1. I have not had any posts rejected as yet but I have had normal Facebook ads rejected in the past due to the image.

      Have you had a good return from advertising through post boosts?

      1. Yes, in terms of traffic back to my blog.
        My current ad offers a free report as a lead magnet for my list, so it’s too soon to tell how well it’s going. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

        1. That’s a good idea Ileane. I have yet to promote my free eBook on Facebook. I’d be interested to hear how it converts. I’d take email subscribers over Facebook followers any day :)

  2. Randy

    Good read….It seems like if you choose a hot topic or general topic and not a specialized one for your group, then it would generate more clicks/views. It would be aimed towards a general public. it makes sense, but I agree with you about the estimate reach being false. They should not post that. I think they do that so they can make money because it attracts people and they have a way out with that statement about competition posts.

    1. Yeah I get the impression that general topics will perform better as many of the people who see your ad will not be targeted.

      I am not sure why Facebook are not upfront about their engagement reach. I have yet to even come close to the reach I have paid for and it took me a while to find a response from them about the issue.

  3. Good information but I’m still a little skeptical about investing money into advertising on facebook. Seems as if facebook is more of an Internet medium than a business medium. Not saying you can’t be successful at advertising on facebook but I rarely receive much feedback on blogposts or posts advertising my business. I wonder if LinkedIn would be a better choice. Would you write a blog post about advertising on LinkedIn. I believe that information would definitely be helpful.

    1. It depends on what you are trying to achieve with it. If your website isn’t profitable or you don’t sell products, then you’re not going to get a return from any advertising. Most advertising works better for people who are selling a product to customers.

      I haven’t used LinkedIn before. I have signed up to LinkedIn but it’s not a service I am too familiar with. I always assumed advertising there is more suited to business related companies and services.

  4. Melissa

    Last month we had great success promoting posts for as little as $5. Now the minimum price to promote a post has been increased to $1000!! I’ve been researching why this is and came across your blog. Still can’t figure out why, but would love some insight!

    1. I haven’t seen that. I am seeing higher priced options up to $1,500 but I still have the option to purchase a post boost for $15.

  5. Thanks for the detailed explanations! Love the stats comparison and the results. I’m thinking to give it a try to promote my blog giveaways (can’t rely on Google traffic anymore these days). Would probably give the $5 a try to see how it goes

    1. It’s worth a try. Be sure to let us know how you get on :)

  6. HI Kevin, do you know of any solution that would enable me to automate the promoting of a post and paying for a post, that others post about my site? In other words, if people post/share a very specific thing (url/page) I would be happy to pay to have it boosted to their friends… Thoughts? Anything like that out there?

    1. I don’t think you can automatically boost posts through Facebook. You will need to do it manually. Would you not be better increasing likes at the moment? You might get a better return in the long term.

      Kevin

  7. Ok – thanks. No, we’re not simply after likes at this time… We want extremely targeted promotions from very specific posts.. Thanks for the reply.

    1. No problem.

      If that’s the case, I would not use the boost post feature. I would create a targeted ad for one of your posts and choose the exact location and demographic you are looking for.

  8. Kevin, I am trying to change my targeting on a post I “boosted” and want to boost again. But it seems like the targeting option is gone. Is there a way to do this? thanks

    1. Easiest way is to just go to https://www.facebook.com/advertising and start your ad from scratch. You will always get a better return doing that than simply clicking the boost post button.

      1. Thank you! Curious why you say I will get a better return?

        1. This is something I touched upon on my follow up articles:

          Basically, when you boost a post, Facebook just chooses a broad demographic that is close to your audience. By setting up an advertisement yourself you can target your ad however you want: exact age, location, education, relationship status, interests etc.

  9. Tui

    Has anyone noticed a very sharp price increase in the last day or two? We have a page with 9K fans and suddenly a $5 boost only goes to an additional reach of 25-47 people and $15 to reach 76-140 people. I boosted posts last weeks that were nowhere near these numbers. Still looking for something on FB’s website but haven’t fount an answer yet.

    1. The figures they used to promote were…quite frankly…lies. It’s a good thing that they are being more upfront about what reach you have.

  10. Can anyone tell me why “Boost” or “Promote” do not appear at the bottom of my posts. On my wife’s account they do but on mine they do not! I have messed around with settings and such and can’t figure out why Boost does not appear when I roll over the bottom of a post! I’ve tried Facebook “Help” to no avail!

    1. On Facebook, are you defined as an administrator or someone with lower privileges e.g. content creator or moderator.

  11. Erik

    Thanks Kevin. I am beginning to revamp our Facebook page and overall strategy, you laid out some good statistics to track and measure the success of promoted posts.

    I think the disparity between the results you ultimately got was more due to the content of the article, the tattoo was seeming more generally interesting. I think its also important to note the organic reach, while only a small portion of the paid (8 vs 92%) still something to note.

    What kind of success have you had in using the Suggested Stories feature?

    1. Suggested stories is not something I check actively. In theory, traffic from suggested stories should increase as your overall number of fans increase.

      How has your return been from Facebook so far?

      Kevin

  12. Jennifer

    I’ve been trying to get an answer from Facebook for over a month…searched everywhere. Can you please help me? I am unable to get drop down when I click on Boost Post option. Before I use to get drop down from where I used to select the budget and promote the posts at my will. But now clicking on boost post asks me to use the page as myself and not as my brand and it takes to the Ads manager. There is no drop down option available Why?

    1. I am not sure Jennifer. It would be difficult for me to see without logging in as an administrator.

      Have you tried simply using the main Facebook advertising option instead?

  13. Mak

    I manage several pages. All have the “boost post” button bottom right. I have a good deal of success with Boost. I like it.

    My question, One of my pages, ONLY one of my pages has no “boost” option? Just blank space. Any ideas?

    Mak.

    1. No I am not sure. That’s strange. I haven’t seen that in any of my pages.

  14. Mak

    Thank you for your kind reply. Is there any way to send an image to you? maybe some else has seen or resolved this issue.

    1. If you upload your image somewhere (e.g. free image upload website), you can then attach it to a comment here using the IMG HTML tag.

  15. Mak

    Once again thank you very much. I stick it here for a little while. It”s a quote site. They won’t mind.

    1. Are you definitely set as an administrator and not just a contributor?

  16. Mak

    I am a “Manager” I have one other “Manager” and one “Content Creator” set up. So 3 of us are at admin level. I use this same set up on about 40 other pages with no problems. It’s weird.

    1. I would contact Facebook about this. It definitely sounds like something is wrong with their settings.

  17. Mak

    Kevin, I don’t know you but I am very happy I found you. Thank you so much.

    May I take down those images now? Not really anything to do with sailing.

    Mak

    1. I removed the image link you posted :)

      Kevin

  18. Mak

    Thank you. Not sure if you can see my email. If so feel free to use it. I note you are in SA I am in Japan.

  19. Mak

    Kevin, I ran a Page Campaign and it seems to have cleared the problem. “Boost Post” has now come to life. Funny that. Thanks for your help.

  20. vasile

    Hi, thank you for the tutorial, very helpful ! I only have one question: has anybody ever experienced problems with the maximum budget? In other words, if i want to spend $5 and i select this value as a maximum budget, is there a chance that Facebook would charge me for more, from my credit card?

    1. No. I have never seen them going over budget. I recommend setting a total budget rather than a daily budget if you are concerned about your spend.

    2. I found the “boost post” very misleading, it seems simple from the drop down menu. I clicked on boost a post and choose an amount I was willing to spend. What it did not make clear at the time is that I was choosing an ongoing campaign with no total spend limit!!! Thankfully I did not choose a higher amount, who knows how much I would have been billed. I have cancelled what now turns out to be a campaign (I had no idea) As a result I don’t feel comfortable using facebook for advertising and in the future probably won’t use it again

      1. I’m sorry to hear that. I do agree that they need to be more upfront about it. They have attempted to simplify things to make it easier for people to promote posts. In doing so, they have clearly misled a lot of people.

        I’ve noticed that they are still tweaking this feature often. It has changed a lot since I originally wrote this post.

  21. vasile

    Thank you :) I will do that !

  22. Mike

    Have you noticed recently that it’s started costing a lot more to reach the same number of people with promotion? I think FB has raised their prices recently. It just cost me $30 to reach 2500 people from a page that has about 700 likes. A couple of months ago I could reach that many for $10-15.

    1. Prices have definitely been raised. I am unsure whether this is due to Facebook raising their prices on purpose . It could be because of an increased number of advertisers pushing the average bid price up.

  23. Very good article. I just recently opened a website and a facebook page and wanted to learn about this boost post stuff. I really enjoyed your article and found it very informing. I just created my first boosted post for $5 and I will let you know how it does. Im excited to see if this can work. I have tried running ads before but never had much luck.

    1. Thanks Kevin. Best of luck with the promotion :)

      1. Well…I tried several different “boosted posts”, had a few of them thrown out. I found that I actually reached more people for my money if a set my budget at $5 instead of say $15. When I was looking at the stats, it would say…”$0.30 of your budget has been spent and you have reached 1000 people.” I thought, well more money should reach more people. Not the case for me. When I ran a similar boost post for $15, I checked and it said “$12.00 of your budget has been spent and you have reached 3000 people. My $5 ended up reaching close to 3000 people when it ended…but my $15 boosted post cost me $12 to reach the same number of people, that just didn’t make sense to me how $5 can reach 3000 people and then i reached 3000 for $12. I walked away feeling like I wasted the $15 and should have just ran three $5 boosted posts. Just my two cents and my experience.

        1. If think if you had tried to re-boost or ‘continue promotion’, having started with a $5 boost, that you may have found, as I did/do, that the price suddenly jumps up.

          In which case you would have to run 3 x different $5 boosted posts to get the best reach, the problem being presumably with 3 individual posts they could all end up going to the same people and you don’t want to bombard the same folks or they will probably ‘unlike’ you.

          Just a thought, I do find the boosting proccess the most simple but confusing marketing tool I’ve ever come across.

          James

  24. Just tried boosting for the first time and am looking forward to seeing what my $15 gets me! Any guideline as to how long it takes for them to “review” it before it starts getting out there? Thanks for any help!

    1. I’m sure most of mine were approved quite quickly. The approval times may be different now.

    2. Most of mine were approved with ten minutes to an hour. I learned the best time to boost a post is to submit it around 530pm so that it starts running in time that people are getting done with dinner and checking facebook.

  25. Sorry Long, but hopefully of some use…

    I’ve been reading your post and responses with interest and would like to share my limited experience and results.
    We are small wine merchant in Colchester, Essex UK and over the last two years have slowly built up a small, but good, following on face book, we have some good interaction with customers and indeed some really positive feedback and even the odd sale directly attributed to FB activity.

    As an experiment and somewhat drawn in by the costs I have looked into the ‘Boosting’ of posts and have now had a couple of try’s to gauge if it is worth taking further, however there are some really confusing issues.

    Our Example (bare with me):
    [Taste Cristal & Dom Perignon Champagne for £19]
    An event we have run in the past and has been extremely popular so we decided to promote this solely via FB using a boosted post with a link back to our page.

    A £9 boost reached 2925 people who were local and met our age criteria (despite getting a comment from someone in America saying why would the want to come to a tasting in Colchester UK)

    We received:
    8 Likes
    44 Post Clicks (people wanting to read the whole post)
    5 Link Clicks (Taking them through to our site)
    We confirmed the link clicks by Google analytics as Face Book was the only way to access this particular page URL.

    Following this I had the option to ‘Continue Promotion’ but suddenly the price to reach a similar number of people had escalated to about £30 which I thought was a jump too far, especially as this have previously been £9?
    This is pretty much a no-profit event, the aim is to bring new people to the store who may then purchase wine.

    However today, a few days after the original boost finished I have the option of Continuing the promotion but the prices have dropped right down again £7 to boost to upto 5’000 people, which leave me with a few of questions.

    1) If I boost an older post is there any reason why this will be less effective than a new post.

    2) If boosting an old post is just as effective (this post is about an event in December anyway so it’s still relevant) then why does the price reduce over time?

    3) If I extend the promotion is there a chance it will end up on the new feeds of the same people who received the original post, we don’t want to appear pushy.

    Would welcome any information or indeed feedback.

    Kind regards

    James

    1. Ok I got too excited and Continued Promotion!

      I’ve splashed another £9 for potential 5’200 reach, but this just highlights my previous query,

      Initial Boost Promotion was £9 – 2950 ‘potential’ reach
      Option to [Continue Promotion] straight away ~ £30 for 3200 ‘potential’ reach
      Option to [Continue Promotion] 3 days later, £9 for 5200 ‘potential’ reach

      So I thought sod it and splashed £9 and will post the response on here when it goes through.

      Presumably FB think you’re not going to continue your promotion and slowly lower the price to woo you back in to extending the promotion, interesting…

      Just FYI we are in the UK(www.facebook.com/thewineco) as I notice there is a lot of $$$ talk on here so I assume this is mainly USA posters.

      James

  26. Anonymous

    I have a question…

    My work has a FB profile and a fan page. A coworker with a FB profile was an admin on the fan page. He was let go and now claims that someone used his personal credit card to boost two posts on the fan page. He has now been removed as Admin, but he still claims we used his credit card.

    I manage the page from the main profile, but have never boosted a post, and frankly didn’t know what boosting was until being accused.

    Since boosting is so new, I am unaware how these things work. Please help!

    1. If he has ever promoted your company fan page before, he may have purchased advertising to promote the page. It seems strange to me that any employee would use their personal credit card for something work related. However, if he did indeed do that, his credit card would be tied to the Facebook page. So if someone later chose to boost a post, his credit card would have been charged.

      Login to https://www.facebook.com/advertising and see if any advertisements have been purchased. Also, I would also recommend asking the employee to provide evidence of his credit card being charged. If he cannot provide that, he is most likely making it up.

      Kevin

      1. I use my paypal account then claim it back through the business, so yes in essence if another admin chose to boost a post on my FB page then it would use my paypal account as the default payment method.

        So in theory your colleague could be telling the truth, however he/she should be able to provide proof by way of a receipt from FB or indeed his card statement.

        If he/she wants the money back then I’m sure they’ll be willing to provide the relevant evidence.

        I work for a very small firm and have removed all other admins apart from the MD.

        James

  27. This is a really good article on this FB topic, I found it after trying to understand why the price for the FB boost changes so much and often makes no sense. Your post had explained some of my questions. Nicely done !

    Lucie Debelkova Photography
    http://www.luciedebelkova.com
    http://www.facebook.com/lucie.debelkova.photography

    1. No problem. Glad you found the post useful.

      1. After reading your post I decided to spend a little with face book. The return was great and my particular campaign worked well so I ran it again. However this time round I have no option to target my audience be it Location or age. So on the re run I am promoting a site to 13yr olds for a car section on my Business directory site. You state that its best to run it from fresh but wouldnt I be in danger of reaching the same people?

        1. You can target ads so that people who have subscribed already are not targeted. I do not believe you can stop advertising to people who may have seen your ad before.

  28. Hi Kevin,

    You wrote “I spent over $20,000 on Facebook advertising last year” which truly amazes me (I never generated near as much with my site -hit by Penguin2.0 btw). What was your return for such an investment? Thanks.

    1. Initially, I was getting a good return. But, then I got screwed when Facebook completely changed their algorithm and started showing pages 5%-10% of the time to people instead of 100% of the time. They were very sneaky about it. In my opinion, they had a duty to warn advertisers about this, but they did not.

  29. Kevin, I sure hope you see this. I was again in the process of setting an amount to boost my page and I hit $100 instead of $10. FB says I can “delete” the boost but there is no option in their drop down menu to do so. Only to “pause” the boost. Do you know what I can do. I am sick about this. They should have double checks to let you make sure this is the amount you intend. Please reply. Thanks.

    1. Pausing the campaign will stop any more money being charged. You can delete the ad fully by going to your campaign list at https://www.facebook.com/ads/manage/campaigns/. Select the ad and then click delete. Hope it all works out for you :)

  30. Omar

    I’m a bit frustrated myself because one day it said $5 budget on a promoted post would reach 3k of my audience and then the next following day it said $5 would reach 500 people so that’s drastic. I’m confused how that change can happen overnight and why.

    Anyone else experience this?

    1. I’ve found the initial promoted post reach to be widely inaccurate. It borders on lying.

      If you want more control over your campaign, it is better to go through the advertising area directly and target the demographic you want.

  31. omar

    Can you do a promoted post to your fb page targeting your fans through the power editor and it’s different from the boost post option on the fb page?

    1. The promoted post button simply sets up a simple campaign for you without a lot of targeting. You still need to go to the main advertising page to edit the campaign. Think of post boosting as Facebook advertising for the lazy :)

  32. Michael Ige

    How do I view comments made to my boosted post. It shows I have X amount of comments to the post.

    1. I’m not sure I understand the problem. If you know the url of the Facebook post, you can see the comments underneath.

  33. Michael Ige

    Ok thanks. I posted the “problem” to FB.

  34. john

    Hi, i use facebook boost option . I n fact I did so yesterday. $60 got me a reach of 8.600 – 17,000. However when I went to boost another post today on the same page Facebook wanted to charge me $60 for a reach of 1,200 – 2,100 Talk about shooting themselves in the foot. This is apparently the norm…..

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