Printer-Friendly

social media how toDo you want to get your Facebook posts in front of an audience at a specific physical location?

Have you considered targeting people based on where they work?

Using workplace targeting makes it easy to get your content in front of the right people at the right company.

In this article, you’ll discover how to use workplace targeting to serve Facebook ads to people who work at specific companies.

facebook ad workplace targeting

Discover how to target business locations with your Facebook Ads.

Listen to this article:

Why Use Workplace Targeting?

Simply put, it works. It’s one of the most effective ways to target users on Facebook, especially when it comes to informing the media and other influencers.

There are other uses, too:

If you own or manage a restaurant, publish posts about your daily specials and promote your posts to people who work at the businesses within walking distance.

If you’re promoting an article about the top events in your town, you could target people who work at the local university and other companies to help spread the word.

facebook workplace targeting example

Target people who work at local companies to promote an article about events in your area.

If you run a PR agency, you can post links to successful client stories you were involved with and promote them to decision-makers who work at companies you’d like to represent.

If you’re pitching to investors or journalists, you can amplify your best content to impress people before your meeting.

The possibilities are endless, and here’s how you can get started.

#1: Create Your Targeted Campaign

First, you’ll need to decide what you want to achieve out of this Facebook ad campaign. Based on that goal, choose the content you want your target audience to see.

If you want to highlight external content, create a post that links to an article, video, or image.

facebook post with link example

Post the content you want to promote on your page.

You can also use this technique to drive engagement on native posts, like this one.

facebook native post example

The Golden State Warriors organization wishes one of their players, Ian Clark, a happy birthday.

After you’ve posted to your page, you’re ready to get your page post in front of the right people at the right company. Open up your Ads Manager, either directly or through Business Manager, and click Create Campaign.

create facebook ad campaign

Visit your Ads Manager and create a new campaign.

You’ll then be taken to a screen with many objectives to choose from. For this example, the best option is the first, Boost Your Posts. Click on the Boost Your Posts objective and you’ll see a sidebar come out on the right.

Use the sidebar to select the post you’d like to promote.

facebook ad campaign objective

Select Campaign from the sidebar to choose campaign objectives.

You can also give your campaign a name. Then click the Set Audience & Budget button to continue.

#2: Define Your Campaign Audience

Here’s the fun part. This is where you get to target the people you want to see your ad.

You want to target by workplace. To find that option, click the More Demographics drop-down menu, click on Work, and select one of the workplace targeting options. This example targets Employers.

facebook ad workplace targeting options

Choose Work > Employers from the Interests area.

Enter the name of the company you’d like to target in the box that appears.

facebook ad targeting company name

After you select Employers as an interest, it will bring up the Employers field.

You’ll also want to change the location targeting to match the geographic location of the company you’re targeting. If your target has multiple offices, this helps ensure you’re targeting the right audience.

#3: Set Your Campaign Budget

Start with spending $1/day for around two weeks. As you learn more about how your ads perform, you can adjust your budget and scheduling as needed.

This campaign example is set to run for 10 days at $1/day.

facebook ad budget and duration

Set your budget and campaign duration.

You’ll notice the option to give your ad set a name down at the bottom of the page. This is helpful when you’re dealing with multiple ad sets under a single campaign.

facebook ad campaign name

Name your ad campaign so it’s easier to find later.

#4: Create Your Ad

Double-check that everything looks the way you want it to.

Don’t worry about optimization, bid amount, when you get charged, ad scheduling, or delivery type; just make sure that your budget, duration, and campaign name are set. When you’re satisfied, click Choose New Ad Creative.

#5: Choose Your Ad Creative

After creating your campaign, it’s time to make an ad for the page post you made in Step 1. You can select that post from the Select an Existing Page Post drop-down list to the left of the preview.

facebook ad creative

Select your content and place your order.

This is where you can preview how your ad will look. When you’re satisfied with the ad, review your order and place it. Once your ad is approved and active, you’ll find your ad in your Campaign view.

fac

Use the Campaign Manager to keep track of all of your ads.

Target a Second Company

Be aware that as of right now, Facebook only allows you to target one workplace per ad set. If you want to promote the same Facebook post to people who work at another company, you need to create another ad set.

Click Create Ad Set found right underneath the graph.

create facebook ad set

Once you’re at the Campaign Manager, click + Create Ad Set to make a new ad set.

This takes you back to the original campaign where you can click the blue Create New Ad Set button.

create new facebook ad set

Don’t worry about setting objectives unless you’re changing them. Just click Create New Ad Set.

As with the first ad set, define your targeting to reflect the next company you want to reach, set your budget, and order your ad. Each new ad set you create will show up in the Campaign folder.

#6: Measure Your Results

Check the Campaign folder every few hours until the ad’s run ends to see the performance for each ad set. You’ll be able to track metrics such as post engagement, the number of people reached, and your ad spend.

Pay attention to engagement and clicks to verify that your content is actually being served to people within your targeted audience, and to see how many people have interacted with your content.

facebook ad campaign performance

For a campaign that cost a little over $6, a total of 25 people interacted with the content across all 3 companies.

Conclusion

Now imagine how you can use this technique to build rapport with influencers in your industry and the media.

What do you think? Have you experimented with workplace targeting? Share your findings in the comments.

Tips on how to serve your Facebook Ads to employees at target companies.

Tips on how to serve your Facebook Ads to employees at target companies.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Get Social Media Examiner’s Future Articles in Your Inbox!

Join 540,000+ of your peers! Get our latest articles delivered to your email inbox and get the FREE Social Media Marketing Industry Report (56 pages, 90 charts)!

More info...