Facebook Algorithm Explained 2020 How to BEAT THE ALGORITHM and skyrocket your ads!
If you want your Facebook ads to show for cheaper and you want to beat the Facebook algorithm in 2020, be sure to stick to the end of this video. Let's hop on my computer so I can show you and explain the Facebook algorithm.
Okay, let's go into exactly, step by step, how you can beat the Facebook algorithm and force Facebook to show your ads to as many people as possible for as little as possible. So before I get into it, be sure to hit the like button. And be sure to subscribe to my channel for more content just like this that's going to open the behind-the-scenes of the Facebook algorithm and of Facebook in general, and of Facebook ads.
So, yeah, let's get right into it. All right, so what is the algorithm's job? What exactly does a Facebook algorithm do? The algorithm's job is to show the most relative and the most interesting ads to the right user on Facebook. Because Facebook's goal is to give everyone a good experience when they go on Facebook. So that way they come back onto Facebook, and that way they can see more ads, see more promotions, and Facebook makes more money that way.
When it does this it has to take into consideration some factors, the inventory, which is all the available content that's out there. So that means the ads that you and I run, and the peoples' post. So, the Facebook user's friends and family, whatever they're posting, Facebook wants to show a lot of those posts as well.
That's why I usually see a person's post first and then an ad. And then you see two or three other of your friends or family's posts. And then you may see another ad. You may see more people's posts depending on the user profile that Facebook has made for you. And they also take in consideration your engagement signal. That means, have you received any negative feedback on your ads before? Have you received a lot of positive feedback on your ads before? They take that into consideration as well.
They also will predict on how well your ad will do. And I'm going to go in detail with that more, later. But overall, in short, Facebook's goal is to provide users with meaningful, engaging experiences. So they will prioritize that no matter how much money you throw at them. You can throw at them $1,000.00, but if your add is bad Facebook is not going to show your add to as many people. But you can throw them $20.00, and if your ad is great, Facebook's going to show your ad to so, so, so many people.
Because if you just remember to provide a meaningful, engaging experience to the Facebook user, you will beat the algorithm. And the algorithm will literally not have any choice but to show your ad to the relevant audience that you choose.
So what exactly is this Facebook algorithm? What's the details about it? You can think of the algorithm as an auction. The person with the highest total value will win and get their add displayed. Note I said, "Highest total value", not the most money. What exactly is composed of your total value? I'm going to move this up here. Your total value is your bid multiplied by your estimated action rate, plus your user value. And I'm going to go in detail with all of these components of what total value is.
Your bid, what exactly is your bid? Well, of course that is how much money you put into your Facebook ad. And you put how much money you put in for your Facebook ads at the ad-set level when you run a Facebook ad. Let me move this back down. And then, there are different ways you can bid, and now I'm going to go a little bit into detail with. Automatic bid, we all know this, is when you let Facebook do the bidding for you. So Facebook's always going to try to find you the lowest cost for your bid. They'll put in the appropriate amount of bid for you to win that auction and get your ad shown.
And you can also do manual bid, which is you can choose how much you'll let Facebook spend. So there are two different options when it comes to this. You can do target costs, which is you want to achieve your goal at a specific cost. Be careful with this because you might not get a lot of impressions depending on your target costs. Okay, for example, let's say you're doing for Facebook ads for real estate agents and you want buyer leads, but for only $2.00. But let's say in your neighborhood area a lead is $4.00.
So if you do target costs and you're in that specific scenario, you're not going to get a lot of impressions. Because Facebook's going to try to find the people who are going to convert for you at only $2.00. But if there's no one that's going to convert for you for $2.00, then Facebook's just not going to show your ad. And it's just not going to spend any of your budget.
And then you could also do average cost, which is a lot better. Which is you want to achieve a goal by averaging a certain amount. So in this example, let's say you want your average cost to be $6.00. You don't mind if one lead is $10.00 and another lead is $2.00, your average cost is going to be $6.00.
They're going to also send it to a third party and take a look at it themselves and say, "Okay, how are people going to react?" to your ad, and then make a judgment call themselves. If they think that people are going to react badly to your ad they might just disapprove it. Or they will show it out there but they will charge you more for it. If they think that your ad is going to do well, they'll charge you less for showing it, overall.
There are also a lot of other factors other than this that go into it.
For example, how often do you post on your page, and if you get any engagement on your Facebook page? I see a lot of people that run Facebook ads have literally two posts on their page. And they literally haven't posted on their page since 2016. And that is a huge no-no. Facebook actually does see if you're active on your page, and if you get likes, comments and shares on your page.
And they're going to reward you if you actually do get some engagement on your page. Or that you at least post on your page to show that you are active and that you're not some spammy bot or whatever, trying to scam people out of their money, also how old your ad account is.
They have no prior history that they can fall back on to say, "Oh, your ads have done relatively well in the past so we're not going to charge you as much for it." So if you have a new ad account you might experience a little bit more cost than if you have an old ad account.
How your past ads have done in the past, so again, if you've gotten a lot of positive feedback in the past, Facebook's probably going to be like, "Okay, you're going to run another ad? And you've gotten positive feedback before?
So we're going to charge you less because you're going to possibly get more positive feedback because you know what you're doing. Or if you've gotten negative reviews it can go the other way as well. They're going to be like, "Oh, people have hid your ad. People have left negative engagement signals on your ad.
We're not going to show it as much. We're going to charge you more to show that add." And again, like I literally just said, if you've gotten negative reviews or hide-add signals, that's not good for you because you're giving people less of a good experience. And Facebook is not going to like that. They would rather show an add that's gotten more positive signals.
The post-click experience. This one's really important. Pretty much, how does Facebook think people are going to react once they click on your add and go to your landing page or your offer page, your sales page, wherever you lead them? So, if your landing page is not optimized to get people to convert.
Or are people going to back away immediately? That's also not good. If Facebook thinks that people are immediately going to back click when they land on your landing page, they're going to charge you more for your add or they're just not going to run your add at all. On that note, you have to make sure that your add is going to lead to the right landing page. It's called congruency.
So for example, if you're selling a phone, the landing page better be of the sales page or information about the phone that you have on your ad. It can't be an add about the Nintendo Switch, and then your landing page just leads to a vitamin supplement or something like that. It has to be congruent.
And the add you have sent for review. So that's just Facebook looking at the add and being like, "Okay. How well is this add going to do?" And they think of, does it look engaging? Are people going to like, share, comment on it? And are people going to have a better experience when they see that ad? Will people overall be happier if they see this ad?
And the last factor of the Facebook algorithm and how to beat it is the user value. So how much value does the user get when they see your ad? Here's some of the factors to consider. How long they actually interact with your add.