B2B Marketers now enjoy LinkedIn-like targeting in Facebook’s prolific channel.
True professionals are never off duty, even on Facebook. For most marketers, media spend is precious and not to be wasted, especially when playing the high-stakes long game of B2B sales.
B2B marketers need to ensure their message hits the right business professionals, those who are high enough in the hierarchy of a company to make purchase decisions. This Psychographic Targeting Hot House post by Chris Davis, Account Manager at aimClear, talks about Facebook’s new B2B targeting and showcases how marketers can use Facebook’s mashed-up targeting to ensure their ads are seen by the people who can write the checks.
Why Not Just Use LinkedIn?
Sure, marketers can go to LinkedIn, famous for its B2B targeting, but they could end up paying more per lead on average, with less reach. Couple LinkedIn’s limited, pricey platform with the fact that LinkedIn’s ad selection is limited, and it can become frustrating to marketers looking for modern, creative ways to reach their customers without paying an arm and a leg.
While there are far more people active on Facebook on a daily basis, the way they interact and disclose personal information is different. LinkedIn users typically interact to build professional relationships with others in their field, and therefore, self-disclosing job titles in their profiles is a standard. That’s not necessarily the case in the more prolific Facebook.
The lack of job titles associated with Facebook profiles, coupled with LinkedIn’s more expensive, lower reach paradigm, leaves B2B marketers looking to branch out into social in a quandary…
That is… until Facebook unleashed LinkedIn-type targeting under Behavior targeting!
Look familiar, LinkedIn marketers? Now Facebook advertisers can target by industry (outside-of-industry targeting is found under More Demographics), seniority and company sizes by way of third-party data provider Datalogix. And you can’t fake that C-suite status.
But why stop there? The true power of Facebook targeting is the ability to combine and layer both personal and professional targeting attributes. Let’s explore some deadeye Interest and B2B targeting mash-ups.
Seniority PLUS Interest Targeting PLUS More
One of the most effective ways to reach senior level executives at companies is to couple seniority targeting with precise interests targeting, which will then use the “and” operator.
For example, you’re Third Door Media looking to boost ticket sales for the upcoming SMX East conference. (Registered? Early bird rates end soon!)
Using the C-suite targeting, coupled with digital marketing interests, we have a digital-savvy C-suite crew with a whopping audience of 320,000 Facebook users.
Still too broad and big for our blood.
Let’s refine this a bit more, with office size and connection targeting. We’re after C-suite executives who wear many hats (Marketing Directors) and are the decision-makers sending their staff to conferences.
Now we’re sitting with a cozy 7,500 Facebook users who are in executive or C-suite roles, work in a small office, are interested in digital marketing and have second-degree affiliation with SMX, Search Engine Land or Marketing Land.
The End Of LinkedIn?
No. Facebook introducing B2B targeting was a clear shot at LinkedIn’s revenue, but it doesn’t mean this beloved B2B channel is going away. For us marketers, it’s the B2B Facebook targeting layers we’ve been waiting for, in a channel where users actually are, with an array of ad types we desire.
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