Facebook | Paid Marketing | November 28, 2019

Is It Worth Boosting Facebook Posts - When and How To Do It?

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by SocialPilot Team

You have a great Facebook page and are creating excellent content, too. However, if you are still struggling to get visibility and engagement, it is due to the change in Facebook’s algorithms and the reduction in organic reach. Unless you have thousands of followers, your organic posts will not reach as many people as you would like.

So, what can you do about it?

Is it worth Boosting Facebook Posts?

Well, the answer lies in Facebook’s paid advertising. While publishing content on Facebook is free, if you want your marketing efforts to bear fruits, you must use paid advertising. One way to do that is through Facebook Boost Posts.

Below we discuss what Boost Posts are, how and when to boost a Facebook post, as well as whether boosting posts are worth it.

What is a Facebook Boost Post?

Facebook boosting means spending your ad budget on increasing your post reach to a particular audience.

Available to anyone with a business page, boosting offers a hassle-free way of advertising on Facebook as you don’t need knowledge of Ads Manager. You simply pick a post from your Page’s timeline and click on the Boost Post button.

Boosting a Facebook post can help get your content seen by more people, including those who don’t currently follow your Page, but may be interested in your business.

Why Did Facebook Introduce Boost Posts?

In 2012, Facebook’s Ad Manager was still in its early stages, and most business owners found it complicated to use. Therefore, Facebook introduced an easier way to sponsor your content and reach more people - “Promoted Post.” This feature enabled you to create a campaign from your Page without having to go to Facebook’s ads platform. “Promote Post” was later changed to “Boost Post.” With the reduction in organic reach of brand content and engagement rates and the change in algorithms, boosted posts were introduced to help brands get more people to see their content.

Pre-requisites

Boosting a Facebook post is quite easy – you only need to have a business page on Facebook, business manager access, and a native post on the Page. You’ll also need an ad account since boosted posts require a budget.

Audience options

Facebook boost post enables you to reach a broader audience that’s not limited to your followers only. It also allows you to set parameters for your audience to target specific people. With Facebook boost post, you can reach:

  • People you choose through targeting
  • People who like your Page
  • People who like your Page and friends

How Facebook Boost Post is Different from Facebook Ad?

Deciding between Facebook boost post and Facebook ad campaign can be a complicated decision, especially if you don’t know the key differences.

To help you make a decision, below are the differences.

1. Objective

When deciding whether to boost a post or use Facebook advertising, it’s essential to think about your goals for advertising so that you can create a strategy around that objective.

Boost post works on two objectives – engagement and website visits. The aim is to improve post visibility and engagement, such as post likes, comments, and shares. This method allows for a quick and inexpensive way to be on top of your customer’s mind.

On the contrary, Facebook ads work on several objectives, including awareness, traffic, lead generation, reach conversions, and more. Additionally, Facebook Ads Manager allows you to customize ads further depending on your goal. For instance, you can add a call-to-action and use language and behavior targeting.

2. Scenario

Since there are several targeting options available with the Facebook Boost Post, then boosting can be a viable option for different instances. Here are some circumstances where boosting a Facebook post is a better router.

  • Feature Update

If you’ve added a new feature such as a Shop section on your Facebook page, boosting can be an excellent way to let your followers know about the new features.

  • New Content Posting

Facebook Boost Post is a great tool for promoting new content. Most marketers boost Facebook posts whenever they are sharing valuable information in order to reach more of their followers. And while it's better to boost a post that has good organic reach, there are posts that you know will get better engagement if boosted.

  • Build Brand Awareness

If you’re not necessarily looking for conversions but just want to create awareness, boosting is a better and cheaper option than Facebook ads. Since the opinions and actions of others influence people, increased engagement can provide valuable social proof. This way, you can raise brand awareness and build up a community.

  • One-off Events

One-off events often don’t require full-blown campaigns. With just a little boost, you can get the word out and get more people to attend the event. This also applies to special offers and promotions. For instance, PanIQ Escape Rooms, a popular escape room company, uses the Facebook Boost Post whenever they are sharing discounts and special offers.

3. Results

Boost posts will be shown in the news feed but with Facebook ad campaigns you can decide the ad placement. Thus results may vary as engagement in the messenger will be more as compared to the news feed.

Do’s and Don’ts of Facebook Boost Post

Success on Facebook requires focus and a good strategy. Even with thousands of followers and great content, not promoting your posts correctly will reduce your chance of succeeding. To make it easier for you to boost your posts successfully, we have outlined some basic dos and don’ts.

Do’s

1. Set Clear Objectives and Expectations

Before you click that "Boost Post" button, you need to define your goals and expectations. Evaluate what it is that you want to accomplish: is it more brand awareness? Is it connecting with your audience and build a Facebook community? Or is it increasing your sales? Setting your objectives will help you to measure whether your strategy is working and make the necessary adjustments for optimal results.

2. Restrict The Time Period

You should never run the same boost post for too long. Keep in mind that even successful boosts posts often decline in performance when you run them for over a week. This will also help avoid instances where a person sees the same boosted ad over and over again in their feed. The audience may get tired of your content.

3. Narrow Down Your Audience

The Boost Post feature allows you to select targeting options for your post. By default, you can choose people who currently like your page or your followers plus their friends.

However, you also have the option to create a custom audience for your boosted posts. Since you already know a lot about your audience, you should narrow down your audience as much as possible. The custom audience option allows you to target a specific demographic based on location, sex, age, or interests.

For instance, you can limit your targeting to specific places where most of your customers dwell or areas where you offer your services.

4. Boost Posts That Are Performing Well

Posts that already have many comments, likes, and shares are the best posts to boost. Although a high engagement rate shows that the content was interesting to the audience. Followers are more likely to click on a post with 100 likes, 60 comments, and 42 shares than a post with just 3 likes. Therefore, use the Facebook Insights platform to check which content is doing well.

5. Use a Tool to Automate Boosting

Social media marketing can be very time-consuming. Fortunately, there are tools that can help you make the process easier and smooth. Many social media scheduling tools have an automated boost post feature that can help you save time and streamline your ads. For instance, SocialPilot can automatically boost your best-performing posts, and you can customize boost post criteria based on comments, likes, or shares.

Don’ts

1. Promote To A Wider Audience

Many people tend to choose a broader audience when promoting their posts. Unfortunately, this is a mistake that you should never be tempted to make. Targeting a wider audience will reach more people but not the ones that matter to your business. Hence, pick the right audience by smartly narrowing down, who are likely to be interested in what you’re offering.

2. Run It for A Longer Time Period

The number of days to run a Facebook boost post depends on the nature of the post and your budget. Many people tend to think that the longer a boost post runs, the better the results. On the contrary, you should never boost a post continuously for more than 7 days. However, evergreen content can run for a longer period compared to newsworthy content.

3. Boost The Same Ad for A Similar Audience

While evergreen content is always great for boosting, you should avoid boosting the same ad for a similar audience over and over again. Try experimenting with your ad copies with different audiences.

4. Boost Post and Fail to Monitor

Some people boost posts and relax, waiting to get results. Unfortunately, this is not how it works. After you boost a post, you need to monitor its performance to gauge if the ROI was worth it. Analytics help you see what is working and what is not, so you can make adjustments to your social media strategy for better results.

How Social Media Managers are Using Facebook Boost Post Feature?

We interviewed several social media managers from different companies on how they are using Facebook boost post feature and how it is helping businesses.

Many of them say they have found a great deal of success in boosting ads and believe that any company would benefit from boosting ads. They believe that the decline in organic reach and the changes in Facebook algorithms have made boosted posts extremely vital in attaining success in social media marketing.

However, you’ll only attain success if you understand what boost posts are, how to use them, and what to expect from them. Below are the key insights from various social media managers on how they boost posts for optimal results.

Audience

All social managers interviewed believe the first step in successfully boosting an ad is understanding the 'Audience.' It would be best if you were very specific on whom you target by focusing on the demographics of the business.

Goal

Social media managers agree that boosting posts serves several goals. While some managers boost posts to get direct results such as sales and leads or share some information, there is a general consensus that boosted posts should be a long term strategy for showing value and keeping your audience engaged. Therefore, you should boost posts to increase engagement and build your brand.

Budget

Most managers spend between $50 and $150 to boost a single ad but spend more when they have a more significant and more extensive objective. According to them, your budget will depend on your goals, your audience, and timing. When deciding on the budget, you have to evaluate whether to focus on reach, engagement, or traffic. The primary influence, however, is the size of the audience you intend to reach. And it goes without saying, the more money you put behind it, the larger the audience it will reach.

Duration

The duration to run a boosted post depends on several factors, such as your goal, budget, and whether your post is time-sensitive. Most believe a boosted post should run for 3 to 5 days.

Which Posts To Boost?

Most social media managers concur that boosting your best-performing content is more effective than boosting a new post or one without much engagement. Generally, most people post content and wait for it to gain some organic traffic before promoting it. If the content has a high engagement rate, it shows that it is interesting to the audience; therefore, the right choice for boosting. However, the content to boost will also depend on your objective.

Analytics

As one social manager said, Facebook boost posts are about trial and error as you try to access what works best for your niche and audience. It is, therefore, critical that you track the performance of your ads and adjust your strategy accordingly. Consequently, it's advisable to start with a lower budget as you work out the adjustments in your plan.

We interacted with a few Real Facebook Post Users Boosting their Posts and shared their real-time insights with us.

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Andrew Clark

ParkersJewellery

As Facebook’s organic reach continues to drop, marketers are starting to look for new ways to get posts in front of people. The cost of your boost post depends on your audience, your goals, and how many people you aim to reach.

Start with a lower budget and track performance. A couple of short experiments with $10 will help you work out the kinks in your strategy, see what’s working, and decide whether it’s worth investing more.

We usually stay at $10 per day and typically use the automated duration. By default, you can choose one day, seven days, or 14 days. We usually opt for 14 days.

 

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Michael Anderson

GeoJango

I'm a big fan of boosting Facebook posts. I usually start with a lower budget (say less than $100) and then wait to see what the click-through rate and cost per click are before increasing it. 

One of the good aspects of boosting posts on Facebook is that you can easily change your budget at any time, which shouldn't impact performance. 

If the boosted post has a higher than average CTR and a lower than average CPC, then I will increase the budget accordingly. I start by boosting them for anywhere between two weeks to one month. Then once I've seen whether or not the boosted post is performing well, I will potentially update the schedule to allow a longer period of time. 

Sometimes I boost a blog post that receives strong engagement with an inexpensive CPC, in which case I'll keep it running for months.

 

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Christian Loverich

Loverich Media

I like to use Facebook posts as a commercial that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 Days a year non-stop. Boosted posts are designed for a long term strategy along with branding. They are not effective when misunderstood and used for direct results, leads, or direct sales from them.

You can use a boosted post to tell a story, to show value or to keep your target audience engaged with you, Facebook loves engagement on your posts, since it means that the users are having a good experience and spending more time on the platform. I prefer to use boosted posts with video because it's cheaper, more engaging, and you can create re-targeting audiences out of them for my direct ROI campaigns.

Be careful with the size of your audience or your frequency of the post. It might so happen that the same person will see your boosted post repeatedly on their feed, and get tired of your content and hide you from their feed. In that case, your account will get penalized, and then your ad costs will go up.

 

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Ellie Headshot

Whoever You Need Ltd

I run our social media campaigns here at Whoever You Need, and we like to do a business of the week post every Thursday or Friday. To get more visibility to our member’s profiles, I always run a Post Engagement boost at £5 a time to get more post interactions.

I found with a £5 boost we tend to get around 4-8 post likes, with some also clicking through to the link.

We run each boost for 4 days, which gives us just the right amount of time for post interactions.

We had run £8 boosts for 5-8 days, or £10 boosts for 4-10 days but didn’t seem to get much engagement after the initial 4/5 days or so. It took a good few months to work out for just £5 a time instead of £10 each time. 

We are not currently using a social media management tool, but we would love to use one to enhance our work effortlessly.

 

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Jill Messinger

Page 1 Solutions

Typically, I spend between $50-100 per boosted post, depending on what I am trying to promote. The duration of the boosted post depends on the budget. Our agency includes a monthly boosted post-budget in our social media management packages. Boosting Facebook Posts are quite relevant in the time of declining engagement and reach.

Depending on the goal of your boosted post, you can increase video views, link clicks to a website, post engagement, or reach/impressions. Boosted posts are an excellent way to increase brand awareness using a smaller budget than you typically would with a Facebook Ad.

 

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Tony Caldwell

You Drive Auto, LLC

I have found great success with advertising on Facebook. I have been doing it since 2014 and would consider myself extremely good at it.

I typically spend anywhere from $5k-$7,500/month on FB ads. My average video has a relevance score of 9 out of 10, and my reach generally is around 300-400k people with a conversion rate of 15%, which is equivalent to 45k leads.

 

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Gabriella Horvath

PanIQ Room Franchising

We are using Facebook ad boosts as one of our main marketing tools. We use it to reach more of our followers and share information, discounts, and special offers with them. It is also an excellent tool for communication on national holidays.

The content varies from promotional videos to communicating different discounts and raffles. We do see an increase in engagement when boosting a post. That is because we always boost our best content, which is likely to be interesting to our followers. The period of a boost depends on the content. An average would be a 5 days boost for a promotional message.

The budget depends on the content and timing, but it is around 10% of our online marketing budget. We are planning which posts to boost in advance. We are boosting the ones who are encouraging sales the most, and the ones are adding the most value to our customers.

 

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Andriy Koval

Vertix Media

It really depends on the client that we're working with because we have a client of different caliber, and they are located all over North America and Europe. With one of the clients in Ukraine, we found that even a small $20 boost would generate impressive results (it is also a great niche that we're able to target very accurately).

When we're working with clients in North America, we generally start at around $100 on average and then start tweaking the campaign and creating several more. Eventually, we're getting enough data for our Facebook Pixel to improve our targeting.

 

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Md Mohsin

Troop Messenger

As Facebook’s organic reach continues to drop, marketers are starting to look for new ways to get posts in front of people. The cost of your boost post depends on your audience, your goals, and how many people you aim to reach.

Start with a lower budget and track performance. A couple of short experiments with $10 will help you work out the kinks in your strategy, see what’s working, and decide whether it’s worth investing more.

We usually stay at $10 per day and typically use the automated duration. By default, you can choose one day, seven days, or 14 days. We usually opt for 14 days.

 

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We are managing Facebook Ads and periodically boost Facebook posts. We are mainly targeting the right audience, as we approach the holiday season. Our Social media manager is Branding Monster- Julie Cimity in California, and we just began boosting our blog articles on Facebook about 3 months ago with a test budget of $500 a month.

The boosting varies for the blog subject, but we boost at least once a week. We have definitely found Facebook Boost Post to be relevant enough for our industry and also observed a noticeable increase in engagement boosting your posts. It depends on general applicability to readers usually. A blog post about birthday parties is probably only interesting to 1/10th of female readers between 30 - 60 at any one time.

 

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As the Director of Demand Generation for opendorse, and an athlete social media marketing platform, and spent 8 years in an agency environment as the Director of SEO and then VP of Enterprise Accounts at SocialSEO. In both my in-house role and within an agency, boosting posts a daily part of life. I currently run multiple campaigns of Facebook ads to support our demand generation efforts.

I’ve also found a great deal of success in boosting posts for employee recruitment. Our average budget is around $150 per post, but when we’ve got big initiatives, it can go higher. When it comes to more significant objectives, I’m a big fan of running boosted posts in conjunction with carousel ads.

 

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Our business boosts posts when we release new items and have sales online and in stores. We usually spend about $100 to boost our posts to our fan base of about 7,000.

When releasing new items, we let it run for about 3 days. This is because we release new items on Friday and like it to run through the entire weekend.

With sales, we run them the length of the sale. Our company handles all Facebook marketing due to the high expense of agencies.

How SocialPilot Makes Facebook Post Boosting Easy

Boosting a post is as simple as clicking a button on your Facebook post. But, it becomes an overhead when you are managing multiple Facebook accounts. It is impractical to use a social media management tool to schedule a post and switch to Facebook to boost that post.

With SocialPilot's boost a post feature, you can eliminate the effort to switch between platforms.

Why Should You Boost Your Posts with SocialPilot?

1. Boost While Scheduling

Scheduling multiple posts across channels frequently? With Socialpilot, you can schedule and boost your post during scheduling with ease.

2. Boost Most Popular Posts

Boost your best performing post right from your SocialPilot account. Pick and choose from the list and based on the shares, reach, or engagement boost your favorite one on a single click.

3. Connect and Manage Multiple Client Ad Accounts

SocialPilot helps you manage multiple ad accounts that elevates your efficiency and performance. Thus, saving you the time to switch between accounts with an interactive dashboard.

4. Access With No Credentials Required

Don't get stuck now. Manage client accounts and ads without worrying about the credentials.

5. Analyze the Performance of All Boosted Posts

Get your numbers right with accurate data, get reports of boosted posts with SocialPilot.

Conclusion

We are sure that with this blog, we have shared many useful points that have covered vital insights into topics like what is Facebook boost post, why should you boost your post, how is it different from a Facebook ad. Furthermore, how usually social media managers use this feature and decide which posts to boost. Most importantly, the dos and don'ts about Facebook boost post.

We are confident that with SocialPilot, you can do so much more with boosting Facebook boost posts for multiple clients at anytime from anywhere.

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