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Facebook Audience and Targeting


Getting to know who your customers are is a crucial step for a successful Facebook Ads campaign. Facebook has 1 billion+ daily active Facebook users. So, it’s absolutely critical that you target only those who are potentially interested in your product. Any audience that is not likely to convert for you is a waste of your advertising dollar. Luckily, Facebook offers a wide range of knowing audience and targeting options that will help you find the right niche!

How to Create Facebook Audiences

To create and manage your Facebook target audiences, you’ll have to use the Audience Manager Tool. Mega Web Link

You can find this tool in the Business Manager, by clicking on the top-right menu and selecting “Audiences.”

Fig: Audience Section in Ads Manager

On the Audiences page, you can see all your saved Facebook audiences, as well as create new ones. Facebook ads come with wide range of targeting options. Let’s know them from the basics.

Facebook has three primary audience types:

  • Saved Audiences
  • Custom Audiences
  • Lookalike Audiences


Each of these audience types gives you plenty of additional options for creating the perfect target audience for your Facebook campaigns. 

Facebook Saved Audiences

Saved Audiences are the audiences that you can define by choosing people’s interests location, age, gender, used devices, income level, etc. You can create Saved Audiences both in the campaign setup phase or in the Audience Manager.

Fig: Create New Audience in Facebook

Location-Based Targeting

Facebook allows you to target people in specific locations. Including:

  • Country
  • State/Region
  • Countries
  • DMA (Designated Market Area)
  • City
  • Postal Code
  • Specific Address Radius


Simply, type in the regions you wish to target.

Fig: Location-Based Targeting

You also have another layer of location targeting, allowing to be even more specific:

  • Everyone in this location (the default targeting option) – The last updated location of an actual Facebook user
  • Who live in this location – Location is set by the location on a user’s Facebook profile and confirmed by their IP address.
  • People recently in this location – Tracked by mobile device usage in the geographic area you intend to target.
  • People traveling to this location – Users who had this geographic area as a recent location that’s at least 100 miles away from their home location.

Demographics-Based Targeting

As you click on the Demographics tab, you’ll get plenty of targeting topics to refine your audience based on many options. The basic three are:

  • Age – If you’re targeting an audience with a specified age range, you can easily reach them by telling Facebook who your ideal customers are.
  • Gender – You can also select to target a particular gender.
  • Language – If you’re advertising in a particular language, you might want to only target the people who can understand your ads.

Fig: Demographics Based Targeting


But you can get way more detailed. Example: you’ll be able to target people by their political views, life events, job titles, ethnicity, and so on.

Fig: Demographics Based Targeting

Interest-Based Targeting

Interests are one of the best (and easiest) Facebook ads targeting options. They allow you to target people specifically interested in a subject related to your product. For example: you could target people interested in your competitors or your broader market segment, or magazines and blogs covering your market.

To target based on interests, you can either browse the menu with hundreds of interests or simply type in one interest. So that, Facebook will suggest to you other related topics.

Fig: Interest Based Targeting


The interests are based on Facebook users’ likes and interests, apps they use, Pages they’ve Liked, and more. Adding more than one interest will target people with at least one of them. Thus, it makes your reach broader.

Behaviour-Based Targeting

Unlike precise Interests, Behaviors allow you to target people by purchase history, events they like, personal anniversaries, etc. This data is gathered by Facebook analyzing many factors and also using external data sets.

Fig: Behavior Based Targeting

They are not always useful, but when they are they work great! As an example: you can target people currently traveling or planning their next trip … priceless if you’re in the hotel or event booking market. Check them out and see if they can work for your business.

To master the behavioral targeting and learn about all its possibilities, check this guide: Reach Your 100% Perfect Audience with Facebook Behavioral Targeting.

Facebook Custom Audiences

Facebook Custom Audiences are probably your most high-value target audiences. It is because they allow to re-target past website visitors and people who have engaged with your content or app. There are multiple ways to create a Custom Audience. And, we’re going to cover each of them briefly.

Fig: Facebook Custom Audiences
Creating Custom Audiences from Customer Files

This first type of Facebook Custom Audience is based on your existing customer files. It may include the lists of email accounts, phone numbers or apple IDs. The Customer File audience is a great way to target your newsletter subscribers or app users.

To create a Facebook Custom Audience, follow these steps:-

  • Create a Facebook Custom Audience
  • Select the “Customer File” option
  • Select whether you wish to add a customer file or import contacts from Mail.
  • Import your customer data to create a new Custom Audience
  • Select the identifiers
  • Upload a customer file
  • Give your Custom Audience a name


Your customer files can include 15 different identifiers, the most popular ones being:

  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Mobile advertiser ID

Fig: Creating Custom Audience
Creating Custom Audiences Based on Website Traffic

Website traffic-based Facebook audiences allow you to create re-marketing campaigns. It is suitable for people who have engaged with your website. These are high-value audiences as the users seeing your ads have already shown some interest in it. Important! To create audiences based on your website traffic, you first need to install Facebook Pixel. See the Pixel setup instructions by Facebook.

If you’ve built your website on WordPress, you can also create this type of Custom Audiences with the Pixel Caffeine plugin.

Once you’ve installed the Facebook Pixel, you can simply go to the Audience Manager. And, create a Custom Audience based on past website traffic.

Fig: Traffic Based Audience

You can target the people via multiple options regarding:

  • Everyone who visited your website
  • People who visited specific web pages
  • Target people who visited specific web pages but not others
  • Target people who haven’t visited your website for a certain amount of time
  • Other custom combinations

Fig: Custom Audience
Creating Custom Audiences Based on App Activity

If you want to reach the people who have engaged with your iOS or Android app, you can set up a Facebook target audience to do that. To target people based on the app activity, you first need to register your app and set up app events.

To create a Facebook Custom Audience based on app activity, target people who have taken specific actions (events) in your app. You can also select the timeframe for targeted events.

Fig: App Activity-Based Audience

Facebook Lookalike Audiences

Facebook Lookalike Audiences let you reach the people who are similar to your existing customer database. It makes them highly likely to convert as well.

To create a Lookalike Audience, you first need to create a Custom Audience to tell Facebook what type of users you want to reach. Next, select the “Lookalike Audience” from the audience creation menu. Then, select a target country and a percentage (1%-10%) of the targeted country’s Facebook users. The percentage signifies the people most similar to your selected Custom Audience.

Lookalike Audiences help you to extend your ad campaign’s reach. So that you only target people who are likely to be interested in your offer.

How To Narrow Down Your Audiences

Sometimes, a Facebook audience can include millions of users. Unless you’ve got hundreds of thousands of dollars advertising budgets waiting around the corner, you should keep your target audiences smaller and more precise. Ideally, it would be the largest audience it can be of people that are the most likely to convert.

When creating Saved Audiences, you can narrow your audience with the AND/OR targeting options.

  • OR targeting – when you add new targeting options under the same category of targeting, your audience will grow larger.
  • AND targeting – a person who’s in your target audience must fall into multiple categories. This will help to decrease your audience size and create niche audiences.


Fig: Ways to Narrow Down Audience

As you may have noticed from the image above, you can also EXCLUDE people who match specific interests or demographics. You can also EXCLUDE specific Custom Audiences from the general target audience. For example, you could exclude past converters to avoid your ads reaching people who are already customers.

Also know about the ways to get first 1000 likes on Facebook.

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