I know ad targeting is all about knowing your audience. But even when you know them pretty well, sometimes you want to explore those who are right next to the ones you mostly target. At other times, you might just want to try something a little different. This is why I started paying attention to how I am targeted on Facebook.
Whenever I see an ad that:
- Has a product or offer that interests me
- Has an offer I think would also be interesting to my audience
This is what I do. Click the arrow on the top right corner of the ad. Click on Why Am I Seeing This Ad?
Facebook will tell you why. Sometimes the information is clearer than others. Like in this ad, I have a pretty good idea of their targeting.
Some ads, you will see a message like this. My guess is, they are targeting Lookalikes.
For lookalikes, I don’t normally take note because there is no way for me to replicate lookalikes based on their customers. But I will note the combination of those with more specific targeting. I write it in my Evernote and when I’m ready to run more ads, I’ll take a glance at them.
I know some will be saying. You aren’t your target audience. That is true. Chances are, if you are a guy selling women’s wear, you won’t see many of your competitors’ ads. But for other scenarios, perhaps there’s a way to “force” ads to show. Here’s what I am thinking. You see this link?
When you click that, Facebook gives you an explanation how and why you are targeted.
If you scroll down the Interests lists, you will see why it thinks you are interested in those topics. Sometimes it is based on apps you use, sometimes it’s based on ads and links you have clicked. So clicking links, using apps, and like Pages that your target audience would like should trigger your competitor’s ads which would allow you to see what they are doing.
What do you think?