Do you want to promote your local business to customers using Facebook?

Have you heard of Local Awareness Ads?

Local Awareness Ad campaigns are fairly easy to set up and let you reach Facebook users based on the business location they’re closest to.

Why Local Awareness Ads?

Instead of using boosted posts or Facebook ads to drive online engagement, your business can get a greater return on its advertising investment with local awareness ads that are designed to bring customers to your business.

You can set these ads up to serve people near your location with an appropriate call to action. All with the click of a button from your ad.

The best part is how easy it is to scale your campaigns to promote multiple locations to local customers. Here’s how.

Create Your Local Awareness Campaign

While you can create a local awareness ad from the Ads Manager, you’ll want to create these campaigns in Facebook Power Editor because it gives you more flexibility with audience targeting.

Once you’ve opened Power Editor, you’ll need to start a new campaign by clicking the Create New button. Then you’ll open the Objective drop-down menu and select Local Awareness from the list.

From here, enter the first location of the business you want to promote. It’s important that you use only one location per local awareness ad campaign so you can optimize the performance of individual campaigns in the most granular way possible.

Define the Ad Target

To determine who sees your ads on Facebook, you’ll edit the audience section of your ad set. You need to determine two parametersthe geographic location you want to target and the custom audience you want to target.

 

There are hundreds of targeting combinations you can use on Facebook. If you want to use more than one targeting method per business location or in a split test, be sure to create a new ad set for each one. This will let you accurately track the performance of each targeting method.

For instance, if you want to target online shoppers as well as in-store customers, create two different ad sets so you can customize the budget and track the performance of each one separately.

Design Your Ads

To get the most out of local awareness ads, you need to give the people who see your ad a reason to stop by your store or contact you. Let people know why they should pay attention to your message early in the ad copy.

First, in the text portion of your ad, consider highlighting a promotion and include a call to action.

Next, choose an image that is relevant to what you’re offering. If you’re a restaurant and you want more reservations for dinner, you might use a picture that shows a plated meal or a welcoming host. If you’re trying to attract in-store shoppers, an image like the one in the ad below would work well.

Finally, use the description line to give customers one more reason to click on your ad. You’ll also want to include one of Facebook’s call-to-action buttons to encourage viewers to call your establishment, get directions to your location, send you a message or learn more about your offer on a specific page of your website.

Successful local awareness ads motivate people to interact with your business.

Scale Your Campaign for Multiple Locations

If you have more than one brick-and-mortar location, you can quickly scale your local awareness campaigns for all of your stores.

Next, rename the copied campaign to match the additional location name. In the example below, the copied campaign is renamed for Boston.

Select both ad sets for the newest location and change the location targeting to match the audience in the additional location.

Now you can either modify the existing ads from the original campaign or create new ads. Considering how you can set up your target location at the ad set level, it makes sense to create location-specific ads to tailor the customer experience. This is a good idea if you feature images of your stores and they’re different for each location.

Conclusion

By using these tips, you can create a local awareness ad campaign for one or several of your locations in minutes. Each of your campaigns can drive more foot traffic by giving customers directions, making it easy for them to call you and offering the option to use messages.

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