What is the best audience size for facebook ads?

Generally speaking, the best audience size for facebook ads is between 1 to 2 million people. Audience sizes can range from 230 million (about the number of Facebook and Instagram users in the United States) or as few as one thousand people depending on how you specify and narrow your audience. If you don’t specify your targeting at all and you deliver your ads to anyone and everyone, you will be spending tons of money on people who don’t really matter to you because they’re never going to spend their money on your business. From what we have seen and tested, Facebook algorithm works best with audience sizes of around 1 to 2 million people. Use that as a general guideline.

However, your audience size can also depend on what you’re optimizing your campaign for. If you’re doing a reach campaign, then it’s fine to have a bigger, broader audience, but if you’re going for purchase conversions, you might want to narrow it down more to people who are really interested in buying.

Ways you can target parents with facebook ads 

You don’t have to, but if you want to start by specifying by gender or age range, you can set those parameters. For example, if you just want to target young moms, you could narrow it down to target women from 18-30 years old. Then for further detailed targeting, you could try the following:

Targeting Parents:

Demographics> Parents> Parents (all)

  • Targeting parents with children of certain ages:
  • Demographics> Parents>All Parents>(pick an age)
  • Targeting parents based on topics, interests and/or brands:
  • General parenting topics (ex. Preschool, diapers, baby bottles, baby formula, kids toys, strollers etc…)

And then if you want to get even more specific with the interests you’re targeting…. follow these steps:

  1. Click “Narrow by”
  2. Then fill the second box with more specific brands that resemble your target audience (ex. Nordstrom, Buy Buy Baby, Athletica, Ergobaby, Babybjorn etc….)

Narrowing your audience with a second box of interests will have sort of a venn diagram effect. Facebook will target the people who meet the first box requirements and then also the second box. This is a good way to shrink your audience size if it’s too big at first. And you can have more than just two boxes if you want to get really specific. 

Running Facebook ads for baby products 

Let’s say you sell infant cribs and you want to target pregnant moms on Facebook. You could first specify the demographic you want to target, which would be women who are “Parents (Newborns)”, and then specify based on interests or brands. For example, you could target women on Facebook who have interests in birthing magazines, lamaze classes, or the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. You could also target women who are buying or interested in maternity clothes or maternity brands. And since a crib is something you can reuse for future children, you’ll probably want to try to focus on first-time moms. You can do this by excluding other demographics like parents of children older than a newborn or searching for things that only first-time moms use. 

Think like a parent

To get the best interests, brands, and topics for your targeting, you really need to get into the mind of the parent – especially the kind of parent you’re targeting. What is a parent’s motivation to buy this product or from this certain brand? You need to know what they value and find those corresponding topics available in Facebook’s targeting.

What does your ideal customer love? Do they shop at Target because it’s convenient? Then what other baby products or brands are convenient? Do they shop at The Natural Baby Company because they care about their impact on the environment and the products’ impact on their baby? Then what other household brands could they be buying to reduce their carbon footprint? Do they shop at Old Navy because of the prices? Then what other brands have those kind of competitive prices? Do they shop at the latest baby boutique because they love the cutest and trendiest baby clothing? You need to learn who your ideal customer really is by learning what they do, what they buy, and why. If you do some serious deep thinking about this, then you’ll be able to get the right combination of interests in your Facebook targeting to find exactly who is a match for your brand and product. 

At STRYDE, have extensive knowledge doing digital marketing for baby brands using paid social, SEO and paid search. If you are struggling to gain traction in the baby space let’s chat. We’d be happy to look at the competition and help you build a plan for marketing your business.

Greg is a member of the executive team at Stryde and a seasoned digital marketer who has worked with thousands of businesses, large and small, to generate more revenue via online marketing strategy and execution. Greg has written hundreds of blog posts as well as spoken at many events about online marketing strategy. You can follow Greg on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.