Think LinkedIn is the ONLY channel for B2B?

Think again! 🙂

We use both Facebook and LinkedIn for lead generation and Facebook (believe it or not) most of the time performs best when targeting business owners using paid ads.

Are you wondering how on earth you’ll find business people with Facebook ads?

If so, read on for the answer.

Is Facebook good for B2B?

These days it isn’t so much B2B or B2C.

It’s more about business to people.

And business owners ARE people.

And people use social media.

So before jumping to the conclusion that people in your target market “don’t use Facebook” it might be a good idea to look at the data first and see if that’s really true. The results might surprise you.

In this article, I’m going to show you seven ways you can find business people using Facebook ads when creating an audience.

Target business page admins

This first one is a hidden gen.

It’s so simple, yet a lot of people don’t know it even exists.

In the “detailed targeting” section within your Facebook ads business manager, you can target people who are business page admins on Facebook.

Target Facebook Business Page Admins

Most business owners have a Facebook page that they’re an admin of.

So this is a really quick and easy way to find people that are likely to own a business.

Target magazines or online publications business owners read

If the business owners read a particular magazine that has a large readership, you can search for it on Facebook ads manager, and target people who express an interest in that.

 

Target Facebook Online Publications

An example of online publications or magazines with large readerships are “Entrepreneur” and “Inc”.

For best results, try to find magazines or online publications that are specific to the type of businesses you’re targeting.

For example, if I wanted to target investment businesses, I’d focus finding online magazines and publications for investors.

Target people with an interest in business

One of the easiest ways you can target people on Facebook who are interested in “business” is to type in keywords into the Facebook targeting search box.

Target People interested in business

For example, if you type in “business” you’ll see options to target such as: Business-to-business people, product based businesses or even distribution based businesses.

Just use the search box yourself for your target market, and see what comes up!

Target specific types of businesses based on industries

Targeting every and any business owner is most likely going to be too broad. So it’s best if you can drill down even further and pick out a specific industry type of business person to target.

Target Businesses Based On Industries On Facebook

For example, in Facebook’s interest targeting, it gives you the option to select a wide range of business categories for you to find people in.

Target specific types of job titles

You can also use Facebook to search for different job titles of the people you want to reach out to.

Target Job Titles On Facebook Ads

Be sure to add multiple job titles. For example, business owners might use the job title “CEO”, “Founder”, “Director” and so on. So it will be a good idea to target all possible job titles that match your criteria.

Retarget people that visit your website

If your website is attracting traffic from word of mouth, Google or any other places, you can retarget them so they see your content the same day or a few days later.

This is a really cost effective way to keep bringing in more traffic and to take that traffic to the next step of your sales process.

See also: How to retarget people that visit your website on social media

Create lookalike audiences

If you have a large enough warm audience (of traffic going to your website or a database with your best leads / clients) you can upload those into Facebook and Facebook will find other similar people.

For example, imagine you have a database of 1,000 of your best clients. You can upload that database to Facebook and Facebook’s algorithm will find more similar people just like the ones you uploaded.

This feature alone is incredibly powerful if you have enough data at your disposal for Facebook to use

Tips to get the best results when targeting businesses on Facebook

Here are a few more tips to help you get the best results:

  • Mix and match your targeting options. For example, don’t just target people based on job titles alone. Mix job titles with other interests, to narrow down and find the best type of people.
  • Check the audience size. Facebook will tell you how many people you can potentially reach. If the audience is too small, you will run out of potential leads. If the audience is too broad, you might not get a good amount of leads. Try to find a good balance.
  • Test different audiences and variations. It’s important that you test different audiences against each other to see which one will perform the best and generate the best leads. Never stop testing.
  • Make sure you have a good message. If you’re trying to generate leads, make sure your message (or offer) is appealing within your actual ad copy. Whenever I see Facebook ads that don’t work, it’s usually because the audience or the messaging isn’t quite right.

If you need help with creating a social media strategy using Facebook ads to help your business generate more leads and sales then check out the video on our social media strategy page.

It will give you a birds eye view of how Facebook ads and everything else fits in to your marketing plan.