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The complete guide to Facebook ads automation

Facebook Ads Automation

Without a doubt, Facebook marketing is a worthy investment. It gives you ads that reach the right people, more people see your stuff, and you get more visitors.

But how can you manage your paid search ads better, handle more of them, and still have time for other important things?

The solution is to use Facebook ads automation.

So how do you automate Facebook ads? 

This guide will explain everything you need to know about Facebook ads automation. Anything from the basics to advanced strategies like setting up automated integrations such as:

What is Facebook ads automation?

Facebook ads automation involves using tools and features to streamline:

  • The creation;
  • Management;
  • And optimization of your ad campaigns.

This can include Facebook’s built-in Automated Ads, third-party automation tools like LeadsBridge, and automated rules that help manage your ad performance.

Speaking of Facebook lead automation, here are different aspects creating an interconnected marketing technology stack can give you:

Minimize routine workflows

First, you’ll cut down on repetitive tasks. This makes sure your best ads can easily be tweaked and launched in new ways. Instead of doing everything manually, automate the launch of ads across different channels using templates that work well for your preferred audiences and strategies.

More effective Facebook ad scaling processes

You can speed up how you handle ads by uploading them quickly and moving them straight from places like downloading your Facebook leads.

Keeping all your ad-related tasks in one place—from creating ads to starting campaigns—helps everything run a lot smoother. This helps you manage scaling up your Facebook ads.

Improving your team’s efficiency

Your team’s workflow can be more streamlined, too. Automation allows you to oversee the whole process, from coming up with an idea to get the campaign running in one interface.

This makes it easier for your team to spot any delays or problems in the process. Plus, you save your team’s time by having a single system for launching campaigns, uploading ads, and using customizable templates.

What are Facebook Automated Ads?

Facebook’s Automated Ads make it easy to create and manage your ads. Once set up, Facebook uses its technology to find the right people for your ads based on your ad objectives, who you want to reach, and how your past ads have done.

Facebook ads automation means telling Facebook what matters most for your business, and so it can suggest customized ads to help you meet those goals. As time goes on, these automated ads get smarter through insights into what works best. They’ll suggest changes and adjust who sees your ads and how much you spend to get you the best results.

Let’s take a look at the key features of Facebook Automated Ads:

  • Use it to create goal-oriented campaigns. Set your business goals. And on your behalf, Facebook will tailor your ads to achieve them.
  • Engage your customers with dynamic creative. In just a few clicks, you can automatically generate multiple versions of your ad to find the best-performing combination.
  • Get the most out of your budget. This feature also gives Facebook the authority to automatically adjust your budget across different ads to get the best return on investment (ROI).

Facebook ads vs. Facebook Automated Ads

Your standard Facebook ads let you create custom audiences using your customer lists, website data, and more. On the other hand, automated ads simplify this by starting you off with a preset audience. Nevertheless, you still have the option to optimize your Facebook ad automation according to your preferences.

Here’s more on how to optimize your Facebook ads

Promoted content vs. Facebook Automated Ads

The main difference between Facebook’s Automated Ads and promoted posts is what they aim to accomplish. Automated ads are all about finding people who are likely to do what you want them to do, like making a purchase or signing up for something.

Promoted posts, however, are mainly good for getting more likes and interactions on your posts, which isn’t the best if you’re trying to get conversions or leads.

Another key point is that automated ads are meant to run for a longer period. This gives Facebook time to optimize and improve the ads to get better results over time.

Top 3 main automated rules for Facebook ads

When setting up Facebook ads automation, there are three aspects of automated rules that you should consider:

  • Trigger criteria: The specific condition that activates the rule, like a low click-through rate.
  • Action: What the rule does when triggered, such as pausing the ad or adjusting the budget.
  • Target: The campaign, ad set, or ad affected by the rule.

Keep in mind that when you make a rule for your Facebook ad or campaign, you pick what should trigger that rule—these are called conditions.

For example, if you want to track when someone clicks on your ad and buys something worth between $1 and $10, you would choose “Cost per initiate checkout” as your condition.

You can set specific values for this. You can add more than one condition to a rule, but for the rule to work, all the conditions need to be met. You can find out more about available conditions here.

Practical tips for using Facebook’s automated rule

  • Set a rule to automatically stop ads that aren’t performing well. This helps you save money by not spending on ads that don’t work.
  • Create rules to increase the budget for ads that are doing well and cut the budget for those that aren’t. This makes sure you’re spending your money where it works best.
  • Set up alerts to let you know when specific things happen, like if the cost per click on an ad goes too high. This way, you can step in and make changes if needed.

How to create an Automated Ad (from your Facebook Page)

Before starting your Facebook ads automation journey, you’ll need a Facebook Page and the necessary access to manage ads.

  1. Create your automated ads.
    • Go to your Page and click “Advertise”.
    • Select “Get started with Automated Ads”, then click “Get started.”
How to create automate ads on Facebook
  • Answer the questions about your business to help tailor your ads.
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  1. Set up your ad details.
    • Goal: Choose a goal based on our recommendation or select your own.
    • Ads creative: Supply images, headlines, and text. You can create multiple ad versions.
    • Audience: Use a recommended audience or define your own based on specific traits.
    • Budget and placements: We suggest a daily budget and ad placements, but you can customize these.
    • Payment: Confirm or update your payment method.
Facebook automated ads for lead generation
  1. Launch your ad by clicking “Promote now.”

Automated ads run continuously to improve results. So, you can pause or stop them anytime since there’s no set end date.

How to create an automated rule in the Meta Ads Manager

Creating automated rules in Meta Ads Manager helps streamline your ad management by making automatic changes or sending notifications when certain conditions are met. Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up an automated rule:

  1. Go to Ads Manager: Open your Meta Ads Manager.
  2. Select Campaign, Ad Set, or Ad: Tick the box next to the campaign, ad set, or ad to which you want to apply a rule to.
  3. Open the Rules menu: Click on the “Rules” drop-down menu. Then, select “Create a new rule.”
  4. Set up your rule: A new window will appear to set up your rule. Choose from the following options:
    • Custom rule: Create a custom rule by selecting conditions.
    • Reduce auction overlap: Automatically stops your ad sets from competing against each other.
    • Reduce audience fragmentation: Helps ad sets spend their budgets more efficiently by combining audiences.
  5. Configure custom rule (if you choose this option): First, enter your rule name. Then, choose the campaigns or ad sets to which you want to apply the rule. Select an action from the “Action” drop-down menu (e.g., pause ad, adjust budget).
  6. Set conditions: Choose the conditions that will trigger your rule (e.g., CPC exceeds a certain amount). Then, click “Add” to include the condition. If you want to add more conditions, select the “+” button.
  7. Adjust time range and schedule: Set the time range and schedule for when the rule should run.
  8. Configure notifications: Confirm the type of notification you want to receive (Meta notifications or Email). Add subscribers to your rule if you want multiple people to receive notifications.
  9. Create Your Rule: Lastly, click “Create.”

Your rule is now active and will run continuously, typically every 30 minutes, until you turn it off. You can track its activity in the “Automated rules” section of Ads Manager.

Streamlined data management: How to automate Facebook ads via integrations

Facebook ads automation is also about automating your lead data management. LeadsBridge allows you to automate your data management when running Facebook ads. You can integrate Facebook seamlessly with your CRM and other marketing platforms.

Of course, you can download and upload your lead data to and from Meta Ads Manager multiple times a day. But, as you can see, that doesn’t sound convenient or practical. Any delay can cause you to lose track of your ready-to-purchaser leads. Or provide Facebook’s algorithm with outdated data, which can result in inaccurate audience targeting.

Here’s how to start automating your lead data management:

Step-by-Step guide to automating Facebook ads with LeadsBridge:

Before connecting Facebook lead ads to your marketing app, make sure to log into your LeadsBridge account or sign up for free here if you don’t have an account yet.

Step 1: Set up your bridge

  • Click “Create new Bridge” in the dashboard.
Facebook ads automation via integrations
  • Enter the required details.
  • Choose “Facebook lead ads” as the source and select your marketing app as the destination.
  • Name your bridge for easy identification.
Facebook ads automation via integrations

Step 2: Connect your accounts

  • Add Facebook lead ads as the source.
  • Authorize your Facebook account and select your ad account settings.
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  • Connect the destination app by linking the required account.
Facebook ads automation via integrations

Step 3: Map your fields

  • Ensure all data fields are correctly mapped.
  • Adjust or leave fields blank as needed.
  • Double-check all settings.

Test and activate

  • Run a test with a sample lead under the Field mapping section.
  • If successful, click “Save & publish.”
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Your bridge is now active and ready to use.

Learn more about setting up Facebook integration with your favorite marketing app here.

Integrations for your Facebook advertising campaign

Here are some ways LeadsBridge can help your Facebook ads automation workflow:

  • Act immediately on new leads by syncing data in real-time.
  • Create precise audience segments, improving ad relevance and performance.
  • Automate repetitive tasks, freeing up time for strategic planning and creative work.
  • Measure the actual impact of your ads for better campaign insights.

Lead ads integrations

LeadsBridge lets you automatically transfer leads from Facebook to your CRM. Lead ads integrations also allow your sales team to follow up with leads as they come in and according to their journey.

Audience targeting integrations

You can also sync your CRM segments with Facebook to create custom audiences for personalized campaigns as well as retargeting campaigns. 

Building Lookalike Audiences and targeting users who have interacted with your website (using Facebook Pixel tracking data) or previous ads are among other benefits of custom audience integrations.

Apart from custom audiences, you can channel your efforts toward reaching the most relevant audiences to save on ad spend and improve ROI. 

The Conversion leads optimization performance goal lets you access all these benefits and more. However, to leverage this option, you’ll have to implement the Conversions API first.

Campaign tracking integrations

Tracking conversions and understanding how your online ads are driving in-store sales is important. Setting up a Conversions API for CRM helps you track and measure the effectiveness of your campaigns. Given that you connect your CRM to Facebook via an automated integration.  

What to take away from this?

Facebook automated ads offer an easy method for you to develop a tailored advertising strategy. By using automated rules and integrating with tools like LeadsBridge, you can save time, optimize your budget, and achieve better results.

You can take your automation a step further by streamlining your lead data management via LeadsBridge integrations. This lets you cut out data quality challenges that cause many advertising campaigns to fail.  

Discover more about connecting and synchronizing leads and contacts with the Facebook suite tools here.

Elena Mazaheri

Elena Mazaheri is a freelance writer and content marketer specializing in serving SaaS, Education, and eCommerce brands. Her expertise lies in product-led storytelling and creating compelling content that elevates brands and connects with audiences

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