social media toolsDo you advertise on Facebook?

Have you noticed recent changes to Facebook Ads Manager?

While Facebook regularly updates the Ads Manager, most of the recent changes affect navigation rather than function.

In this article you’ll discover the latest changes to Facebook Ads Manager and how to navigate them.

Understand Facebook Ad Campaign Structure

Let’s start with a quick review of Facebook ads. There are three levels: Campaigns, Ad Sets and Ads. Each one has different functionality.

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Discover what marketers need to know about the latest changes to Facebook Ads Manager.

The Campaign level is where you set your true objective, such as sending people to your website, promoting your Facebook page, having people claim a Facebook offer and more. The Ad Set is where you determine the budgeting, targeting and schedule for your ads. The Ad level is where you change the images and text.

The primary changes to the Ads Manager area are cosmetic, and the most notable is the way to run reports. Below is a quick list of the main changes.

Facebook Ads Manager Changes

  1. The main navigation moved from the left sidebar to the top of the page.
  2. Facebook Saved Reports are now right under the top menu, indicated by a “spreadsheet” symbol. The statistics of your campaign are more accessible in the Campaigns, Ad Sets and Ads. To create any new reports, drill down into the level you want to see (Ad Sets, Ads, etc.), then modify the columns you are viewing.
  3. Change Ad Accounts from a drop-down menu under the main navigation at the top.
  4. A bar graph shows the previous 7 days of ad spend, rather than the text listing.
  5. Change the view of what level you see (Campaign, Ad Set or Ad) from the drop-down menu under the spend area. Also set the default view of the columns you see.
  6. An Image Library is now available under the Tools section.
  7. Audiences, Audience Insights and Conversion Tracking are under the Tools drop-down menu.
  8. Campaign, Ad Set and Ad viewing is a bit different. The edit feature and preview appear on the right side for the Ads and Ad Sets.
  9. New graphs show different delivery information when you dive into the Campaigns.
  10. Filter and search slightly differently, using the Filter button on the upper right.

These are the major places where there are changes with Facebook ads, along with greater detail.

#1: Navigate Facebook Ads Manager

For navigation, you can now find the choices that used to be on the left sidebar at the top. You’ll also see some of the options show up under the Tools drop-down menu.

facebook ads manager main navigation

Navigate to different areas of the Ads Manager from the top menu bar.

Right below the main navigation, access previously saved reports, using the icon that looks like a spreadsheet. For those who are admins of multiple Facebook ads accounts, the Switch Accounts drop-down is right next to it.

facebook ads manager saved reports

Access previously saved ad reports or switch ad accounts.

Below the saved reports is the new visual representation of your daily ad spend from the previous 7 days.

facebook ads manager ad spend reports

The visual representation allows you to quickly see how much you are spending each day.

Below the Ad Spend area are your Campaigns by default. However, you can switch your view to the Ad Set or Ad View from the drop-down menu.

facebook ads manager ad set reports

Switch to see your ad sets or ads.

#2: View Ad Sets and Ad Results

One of the biggest changes is the way you view what is happening with each ad or ad set in terms of costs, clicks, click-through rate, etc. The reports are more incorporated into the main viewing area at each level: Campaign, Ad Set, and Ad. Customize the columns you see to get the data you want to view.

From the Ads Manager main menu, click on an individual campaign name to drill down into the ad sets and ads that are below that individual campaign. Once you get into the campaigns and ad set, mouse over certain spots in the graph or customize the columns you view to get more information about the results.

facebook ads manager graph results

Dive into your ad sets and ad results by customizing the columns you see.

Facebook’s default view is the Performance level, but you can set whatever default group you want to view from the drop-down menu. Also customize the columns and set whatever group of columns as the default view for your account.

facebook ads manager customized columns

Customize the data you see in your Facebook ad reporting area.

To customize your column view, first select Customize Columns. Then select the columns you want in your default view (for example, if I have an ad with a conversion pixel, I add Website Actions and Cost of Website Actions).

facebook ads manager add website actions

Add a column with Website Actions if you run ads with conversion pixels.

Save that column preset with a custom name.

facebook ads manager save column preset

Give your column preset a custom name.

Now set the new column preset view as the default going forward.

facebook ads manager column preset

Set the new column preset as the default view.

#3: Edit Campaigns, Ad Sets and Ads

In the new Facebook Ads Manager, how you review or edit any of your campaigns, ad sets and ads is done a little bit differently.

Click the pencil to edit or review ads.

facebook ads manager column preset

Click the pencil icon at any level to edit or review settings.

Do bulk edits under one campaign.

facebook ads manager bulk edit

Bulk edit ad sets under one campaign.

Remember that to change different aspects of the campaign, you need to access the right level. For example, to change the targeting of the ad, go to the Ad Set level.

facebook ads manager edit ad set

Navigate to the correct level of the campaign to view the targeting or ad.

Then make the necessary edits to targeting.

facebook ads manager edit ad set targeting

Edit targeting demographics at the Ad Set level.

To change the image or text of the ad, go to the ad itself.

facebook ads manager preview or edit ad feature

Use the eye icon to preview the ad and the pencil icon to edit the ad.

Keep clicking on the blue links in the reports to dive down further in the campaign to see the preview of the ad or make any changes.

#4: Find Facebook Ad Tools

The Tools drop-down menu has the Audiences (also known as Custom Audiences), Audience Insights, Conversion Tracking, Pages, the new Image Library, an App Ads Helper and access to Advertiser Support.

Many people don’t realize that you can create and access all of your custom audiences (email uploads, website retargeting audiences and lookalike audiences) right from the Ads Manager. You don’t need to use Power Editor to access and create these audiences.

facebook ads manager audience feature

The Audiences (Custom Audiences) tool is still available in the Ads Manager.

Conversion Tracking helps you set up custom pixels to track particular actions on your website (email opt-ins, sales and traffic for retargeting). This will be changing to a single pixel system in the future, which is currently rolling out.

facebook ads manager conversion tracking

Conversion Tracking is changing, but is still accessible from the Ads Manager.

The Image Library holds all of the ads you have uploaded. You can easily add new images to the Image Library to use later by clicking Upload Images.

facebook ads manager image library access

Access ad images or upload new ones in the Image Library.

#5: Create Facebook Ads

The Facebook ad creation process is essentially the same. To create an ad, click the green button in the upper-right corner of the Ads Manager.

facebook ads manager ad creation

Create a Facebook ad from the Ads Manager.

If you click Create Ad Set or Create Ad underneath any of the campaigns or ad sets you have navigated to in the Ads Manager, you will create ads underneath that preset campaign or ad set.

facebook ads manager ad under ad set

Easily create a new ad set or ad within one of your already-created campaigns or ad sets.

#6: Set Up Filters

One thing to watch when you are viewing your data is how your filters are set. The default setting is the last 30 days of data, but you may want to change it. Customize the date range or select a preset such as Last 7 days.”

facebook ads manager report date range

Change the date range.

To search for a particular campaign or to filter the campaigns to see the more recent ones, use the Filter option.

facebook ads manager report date range

Search your ad campaigns with filters.

Select Create New Filter to find a campaign by name.

facebook ads manager report date range

Search by campaign name or other information.

These Recent Changes

For a further walkthrough of some of the changes, check out this video:

Hot Tip – Quick Overview of the New Facebook Ads ManagerHave you been using the new Facebook Ads Manager? Here is a quick overview of what’s new and how to find your way around! Make sure you take a look at our recent article on how to improve your Facebook Ad targeting here: – Andrea

Posted by Social Media Examiner on Tuesday, August 18, 2015


As Facebook continues to evolve, platform changes are inevitable. I think some of the latest changes to the Facebook Ads Manager, such as being able to set the columns to what you want to see, definitely improve the experience.

Keep an eye out. More changes are in store.

What do you think? Have you been using Facebook ads? What have been your results? How do you feel about the changes? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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What marketers need to know about recent changes to Facebook Ads Manager.

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  • Hello,

    A brief of Facebook Ads Manager. Thanks for Informative & helpful post.

  • Glad you enjoyed it!

  • I keep thinking about FB ads and wonder if they are effective. I keep hearing that Google is where people search if they are looking to buy and FB ads are more ‘disruptive’ and ignored. I personally think if you are in buying mode you’d go to eBay or Amazon, but I have to admit I always start on Google, so maybe it’s just me. Curious as to what you think, ndrea.

  • Definitely great points Scott! I do think that Google ads are better for truly targeting those who are in “buying” mode. You can target phrases like “best widget” or “widget reviews” which are things that people search in buying mode.

    I like Facebook ads for targeting the profiles of my ideal client and getting them connected to my e-mail list to start developing a relationship with them. They may not be in buying mode now but I deliver a lot of value to them around my topic through my newsletter and when they are in buying mode for my product or service, hopefully they will think of me!

  • Kristy Schnabel

    Thanks for the recap of all the changes, Andrea! Fortunately, I found the changes to be very intuitive. It’s more important than ever to “get” the different levels campaign, ad set, and ad down, and once you do, you can find most everything. Thanks for this wonderful resource for us. 🙂

  • That’s a great way to approach them.

  • I personally take lot of time to create my Buyer’s Persona before setting up ads with Facebook. This part also helps me understand the needs of my targeted audience. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Thanks Kristy! So glad to have you in my Ads group too 🙂

  • Nigel Gittens

    Does anyone know how to set up a “Likes Redirect ” for a boosted post in Facebook?

  • I love the answer you gave to Scott’s question! Relationship building and building a list vs Google ads for immediate sales.

  • So not sure what you mean by a Likes Redirect. Expand on what you are trying to do.

  • Nigel Gittens

    I make a new post which is really a sponsored ad and would like when persons hit the like button to be redirected to my website. Could you help with this?

  • MAT

    Thanks, Andrea. That’s pretty helpful. I have a question. Could you please help me? What does the “7 day spend” refers to? Unfortunately, I still haven’t come to grasp with it.

  • Hi Nigel – there is no way to reconfigure the like button to go to a website. You may be better off running a Website click ad with a call to action button at the bottom like Sign up or Download. This article may help:

  • So that is a visual representation of how much you are spending each day on all your ad campaigns. You mean the bar graph at the top of the new layout, right? Or are you referring to something else?

  • Zahi Zahi


    Is there any way I can edit my already boosted post?

  • Nice article. Another nice thing about the new ad manager is the breakdowns. I use the breakdowns for age, gender, placement & device to help optimize my campaigns.

  • MAT

    No, I’m referring to the graph that you can see on the image attached.

  • So that’s a terrible graph – LOL – there aren’t any reference points 🙂 I think it’s really just a small visual of the bar graph just so you get a general feel for your spend level but it could be improved with some reference points for sure!

  • MAT

    Ah, okay. There are some things that could be improved on Facebook! Thanks :-).

  • MAT

    Ah, Facebook updated that graph! Now, it shows the amount spent each day. It makes much more sense! 🙂

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