Are you boosting posts but sorta clueless?

You are not alone.

Everyday I talk to at least someone who has tried “boosting” ads for their business or their own brand but they don’t really know what it is or what is working. Facebook ads are about targeting…. and bit of customer stalking. 😉
You want to know what your customers/fans like, what type of content has the most value to them, and when and how to deliver it.
If you haven’t heard of Custom Audiences and you have been doing is boosting random posts please read this. 
Facebook recently released an enhancement to Custom Audience targeting, called: Engagement Custom Audiences.
The main difference between Engagement Custom Audiences and Website Custom Audiences is where data is gathered.
-> Website Custom Audiences collects engagement data from activity on your website
-> Engagement Custom Audiences collects engagement data from activity on Facebook
You can now target audience segments based on their interactions with your Facebook content. For example Sarah likes your canvas ad, and clicks your photos, John likes your video and watches X seconds or mins, Tom fills out your lead form. Now what??
Now these people are all part of a custom audience you can retarget. You can choose a timeframe as well, like all “engagement the last 30 days. “

How To Set Up Engagement Custom Audiences

You can manage and create all your audiences from the Audiences page within Facebook Ad Manager.

Select ‘Create a Custom Audience’, from there you’ll see a new window pop-up with the new Engagement on Facebook audience option.

Facebook Custom Engagement Audience window in Facebook Ads Manager



Video View Exclusion Targeting or Retargeting

Engagement Custom Audiences for Video Views give you an opportunity to fine-tune your targeting depending how a user interacted with your video ad.  Mix and match targeting between the portion of the video viewed and the actual videos viewed. As shown below, you can select a variety of options when setting up your Video View Engagement Custom Audience:
Options How to Use Video View Exclusion Targeting in Facebook Ads

Similar to a Facebook Canvas Ad, when thinking about who to exclude from a video ad campaign you may not want to continue showing videos to people who watched a majority of a particular combination of videos, so you can mix and match the previous options with the videos that were viewed.

How to Use Video Views for Facebook Ad Retargeting


Lead Ad Retargeting

Facebook Leads Ads allow you collect lead information from people who click or tap on your ad.

The ad will open a customizable lead form where users can complete and submit, or simply view the form without submitting their information and drop off in the conversion funnel. With Engagement Custom Audiences, you can retarget ads to people who opened your lead form but didn’t complete it. This could remind users of your brand, and help drive a conversion later on.

Create Engagement Custom Audiences to Retarget Ads using Form Submissions on Facebook Ads

Alternatively, if you have a longer sales cycle such as a B2B company, you can use an Engagement Custom Audience to retarget ads to people who actually completed a lead form. In this scenario, you may want to show them an ad that drives them further down the conversion funnel like product demo or case study.

Canvas Ad Exclusion Targeting

Facebook Canvas Ads create an immersive experience for mobile users on Facebook. This ad type is flexible for any objective, and characterized as “instant ads” because you have complete creative control to achieve any objective you want. Some examples include communicating your brand story, promoting a new movie, or showcasing individual products.

When creating an Engagement Custom Audience for Canvas Ad retargeting, there are two available options:

  1. People who opened the ad
  2. People who opened the ad and clicked on a link

Because Canvas Ads are visual in nature, people may get tired of seeing these ads if they’re shown to the same audience too frequently. To avoid saturating your target audience, create an Engagement Custom Audience for the people who opened a Canvas Ad and click on the link, and then exclude these users in your campaign targeting. This way you ensure you don’t overload the same people with the same ads they have already engaged with.

Retargeting Campaigns

When setting up your Engagement Custom Audience, Facebook requires selecting an engagement window.

The timeframe for an engagement window varies for each type of Engagement Custom Audience:

  • Video Views: up to the last 180 days
  • Lead Ad opens: up to the last 90 days
  • Canvas Ad opens: up to the last 365 days

Lookalike Campaigns

Apart from retargeting, Engagement Custom Audiences can also be used for audience expansion efforts on Facebook. When creating a Lookalike Audience, you can leverage your Engagement Custom Audience as a seed list, which will show ads to people who are similar to those in your seed list, in demographics, interests, and other profile characteristics.


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