Facebook Ads Reports: A Tour of a Powerful New Tool

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Facebook has updated the ads reporting tool — a tool most advertisers don’t know even exists — to be incredibly useful.

The new tool allows you to quickly determine how a single ad performed by age, country and placement without having to split test with multiple ads. It also allows you to evaluate the performance of your ad based on Action metrics (conversions, for example) and cost per that action.

Go to facebook.com/ads/manage/reporting.php to access your reports.

If it looks like this…

facebook ads reporting new Facebook Ads Reports: A Tour of a Powerful New Tool

…it’s your lucky day! You have the new Facebook ad reports.

If it looks like this…

facebook ads reporting old Facebook Ads Reports: A Tour of a Powerful New Tool

…sorry! You still have the old Facebook ad reports. You’ll need to wait for the new ones to be rolled out to you.

Regardless of whether or not you have the new Facebook ad reports yet, I’ve written this post to help you understand all of the awesome new features available within it.

This will be a top-level overview. I’ll write other posts in the future to provide more hands-on examples of how it can be used.

Edit Columns

One of the most exciting pieces of this new tool is the ability to edit precisely what information you want to be shown in a Facebook ads report.

facebook ads reporting edit columns Facebook Ads Reports: A Tour of a Powerful New Tool

With the Edit Columns feature, for example, you could compare the performance of ads based on the following:

  • Placement of the Ad (News Feed, Desktop, Mobile, Sidebar)
  • Gender
  • Country
  • Cost Per Page Like
  • Cost Per Website Conversion

You couldn’t view all of these within the same report, but they are all available and extremely valuable.

Following are all of the various columns that are available to you…

Dimensions – Data Aggregation

This allows you to easily evaluate which campaigns or ads, for example, performed best. Probably best to at least keep the name of the ad within a column.

  • Account
  • Campaign
  • Ad
  • Account ID
  • Campaign ID
  • Ad ID

Dimensions – Data Breakdowns

Possibly the most exciting inclusion in this tool. You can only choose one of these per report, but this allows you to easily compare the Cost Per Action, for example, of ads based on age, gender, country and placement.

For example, you could create one ad that targets all placements. Then create a report to compare your Cost Per Action for Desktop News Feed, Mobile News Feed, All Desktop and the Desktop Sidebar.

With this information, you could then stop that original ad and then start a new one that uses those optimized specs.

I’m most excited about this because I notoriously create dozens of ads in my split testing to help determine this. It’s no longer completely necessary (split testing is still important for copy and imagery, however).

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Age and Gender
  • Country
  • Placement

Metrics – Delivery & Spend

Include columns for the metrics you feel are important. In my opinion, most important here is Spend to keep other results relative.

  • Reach
  • Frequency
  • Impressions
  • Social Reach
  • Social Impressions
  • Cost Per 1,000 Impressions (CPM)
  • Cost Per 1,000 People Reached
  • Spend

Metrics – Clicks

Personally, I’m not particularly concerned about general clicks. You can select as many of these as you want. I tend to keep all unselected.

  • Clicks
  • Unique Clicks
  • Social Clicks
  • Click-Through Rate (CTR)
  • Unique Click-Through Rate (uCTR)
  • Cost Per Click (CPC)
  • Cost Per Unique Click

Metrics – Actions

This is the good stuff! This is what determines success and failure of your campaign. Now, you may, however, want to skip this section and go directly to “Cost Per Action.” But including at least one of these columns could be important for perspective.

In general, you can select columns for:

  • Actions
  • People Taking Action

These actions can then be broken down by those associated with your Facebook Page, External URL, Application or Event.

If you create ads that drive users to an offsite landing page that drives some sort of conversion with an offsite pixel (purchase, lead, add to cart, etc.), this is extremely useful!

Facebook Page:

  • Page Likes
  • Page Engagement
  • Post Engagement
  • Post Likes
  • Post Comments
  • Post Shares
  • Page Photo Views
  • Page Video Plays
  • Link Clicks
  • Offer Claims
  • Check-ins
  • Page Mentions
  • Page Tab Views
  • Question Answers
  • Question Follows

External URL:

  • Website Conversion
  • Checkouts (Conversion)
  • Registrations (Conversion)
  • Leads (Conversion)
  • Key Web Page Views (Conversion)
  • Add To Carts (Conversion)
  • Other Website Conversions

Applications:

  • App Installs
  • Mobile App Installs
  • App Engagement
  • App Story Engagement
  • App Uses
  • Credit Spends
  • Mobile Purchases

Events:

  • Event Responses

Metrics – Cost per Action

This is where you make and save money. For me, the true measure of success of an ad campaign comes down to Cost per Action.

Once again, this is broken down by actions associated with your Facebook Page, External URL, Application or Event.

Facebook Page:

  • Cost per Page Like
  • Cost per Page Engagement
  • Cost per Post Engagement
  • Cost per Post Like
  • Cost per Post Comment
  • Cost per Post Share
  • Cost per Page Photo View
  • Cost per Page Video Play
  • Cost per Link Click
  • Cost per Offer Claim
  • Cost per Check-in
  • Cost per Page Mention
  • Cost per Page Tab View
  • Cost per Question Answer
  • Cost per Question Follow

External URL:

  • Cost per Website Conversion
  • Cost per Checkout (Conversion)
  • Cost per Registration (Conversion)
  • Cost per Lead (Conversion)
  • Cost per Key Web Page View (Conversion)
  • Cost per Add To Cart (Conversion)
  • Cost per Other Website Conversion

Applications:

  • Cost per App Install
  • Cost per Mobile App Install
  • Cost per App Engagement
  • Cost per App Story Engagement
  • Cost per App Use
  • Cost per Credit Spend Action
  • Cost per Mobile Purchase

Events:

  • Cost per Event Response

Ad Filters

You probably want to view only certain campaigns or certain ads within a campaign to keep any comparison relevant. For example, there’s no reason to compare a campaign aimed at getting Page Likes to one focused on offsite conversions.

So make sure you use your filters to select applicable ads and campaigns. You can create more than one filter if necessary…

facebook ads reporting filters Facebook Ads Reports: A Tour of a Powerful New Tool

Dates

Do you want to view performance only during a specific period of time? Make sure you select the applicable dates to compare here…

facebook ads reporting dates filtering Facebook Ads Reports: A Tour of a Powerful New Tool

You can also determine how many days will apply to each row. Maybe you want all days to apply. But you can also break up an ad’s performance into seven day increments to see if it is trending in a positive or negative direction…

facebook ads reporting days per row Facebook Ads Reports: A Tour of a Powerful New Tool

Schedule Reports

This is great for any advertisers who need to provide reports to clients or higher up — or for any advertiser who simply needs regular reminders regarding the performance of their advertising.

Choose how often these reports are generated and have alerts emailed to you when they are ready.

facebook ads reporting schedule report Facebook Ads Reports: A Tour of a Powerful New Tool

Save Report Settings

Do you have specific filters that you will use later? Save them! This is a great time saver.

facebook ads reporting save report Facebook Ads Reports: A Tour of a Powerful New Tool

More to Come!

Have you tried out the new Facebook Ad Reporting yet? This is an exceptional tool that will only get better. I am still experimenting with it and will provide more posts in the future with specific use cases to leverage these reports for your success.

Let me know how you’re using them in the comments below!3

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About Jon Loomer

Jon Loomer is a digital marketing consultant with a unique perspective on social media. He was introduced to Facebook in 2007 while with the NBA (back before Pages) and has been using Facebook for business ever since. Stay in touch by liking his Facebook Page (Jon Loomer Digital).

  • AmeerAftab

    Great stuff Jon! Always a pleasure to read your posts.

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      Thanks, Ameer!

  • http://hubze.com/ David Foster

    YAYY! I got it! Going swimming now! Thanks Jon…here goes the evening. Sorry wife!

  • Jenny Z

    I discovered this a couple days ago and was thrilled! It’s so easy to see whether we’re reaching our target age group (we are!), and I’ll use it as the quickest way to see campaign cost to date.

  • Joanna Gasdogas

    Thanks for the update Jon. It’s perfect timing as I am starting on FB ads. I really enjoy reading your posts. And yes, it is my lucky day!

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      Thanks, Joanna!

  • Gustavo

    is there any way to segment by interest? I mean, I want to run my ad to a group of people let’s say who likes page A and who likes page B and I’d like to know how my ad perform for each group so I can evaluate if I should not target the ad to any group based on what I spend and ROI.

    Or is make as many campaings or ads as interests the only way to know that? In that case… does it worth it?

    regards

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      You’ll need to split test the old fashioned way for this type of segmentation. The new reports eliminate a lot of the split testing I did before, but there are definitely examples like this one where it will still be necessary.

  • Eric Leszkowicz

    I am assuming that this is the facebook insights that I was just “invited” to.

    All I can say is that I am glad I don’t run a company that previously was providing stats summarizing as a business. This killed it.

    I really think the new insights are helpful.

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      This is completely separate, Eric. I agree the new Insights are awesome. But this is focused only on ad performance.

  • Taren

    Im so jealous you have this already! But hey, I got graph search way early so I guess I can’t complain heh. Once again, an awesome post. I follow many social media marketing blogs, and yours is one of the best!

    -Taren

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      Thanks, Taren! I’m still waiting for the new News Feed!

  • Terry Whalen

    Hi Jon, totally agreed this is a huge step forward. We have new reporting in our smaller FB Ads accounts, and the FB folks say it will be rolling out “slowly over the Summer.” Can’t wait for it to hit the larger accounts.

    The auto-email reporting functionality looks really great, but it doesn’t actually work, at least for me (not in multiple accounts, on multiple attempts). Have you gotten it to actually send the email?

    The filter functionality appears to be a placeholder – who would want a filter with the only option being ‘campaign/ad name’ *is* (fill in full name of 1 ad or campaign here)? No one. Again, I’m sure it’s a placeholder, and soon the filter will have *contains* or *doesn’t contain* instead of the hilarious *is*.

    Lastly, the fact that this reporting contains “app uses” (not just installs – actual active users!) and also “mobile purchases” is awesome. Have you seen actual app data for these, and do they appear to be accurate?

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      Hey, Terry! I actually haven’t had a report emailed to me yet. And in general, I haven’t received many of the alerts Facebook is supposed to send me (I’m supposedly signed up for Page alerts that never come).

      The way I use filtering is to limit the report to a single campaign since there are often campaigns running concurrently with different goals. But I assume there will be other filtering added later as well!

      I haven’t seen any reports on app uses yet. But I’ll be curious to see them!

  • http://FlourishandProsper.com/ Stan Dubin

    I looked at a report and saw some very different CTRs for various age groups. Before I rush off to target those age groups, I have a question. I am optimizing for link_clicks — does the CTR measure only those clicks (on the link to my web site) or is it also counting clicks on the photo and clicks on the subject header which sends people to my fan page. And if it is counting all of these, any wisdom as to how to understand this if you’re keying in on link clicks only?

  • Adrian Leighton

    In a way this is great as you have shown me what i am missing Jon, but I don’t have it yet ~ boo!
    I generally get the info I need from the exported spreadsheets, but it looks like this will make it easier and faster, so for that I applaud Facebook!

  • aussiejohn

    just got it in perth australia is this going to be updated in your course john

    • http://jonloomer.com/blog Jon Loomer

      Section 5 is all about the Facebook ad reports, John.

  • Sẽ Luôn Có Cách

    I from Vietnamese, thanks you very much :D

  • Chelle Brazilie

    We hired a value and values ??are charging ever hired! And continue charging even after I paused because I can not even delete! I urge immediate reversal of last amount charged:

    ID de conta:

    10150411253716231

    28/11

    * FACEBK HGYD55J3B2

    28.19

    68.78

    11/30

    * FACEBK 9CRR75S3B2

    28.20

    68.80

    02/12

    * FACEBK 34JC45A3B2

    28.18

    68.75

    Total for MICHELLE

    651.57

    Total for MICHELLE

    651.57

    I cant stop de ads, whay?????????????????????

    Have I to go to the Media in Brazil??? Do you know that are many people with de same problem????

    STOP NOW TO TAKE MY MONEY AND STOP WITH DE ADS, AND ALSO GIVE MY MONEY BACK!!!

  • http://www.techmaish.com/ Bilal Ahmad

    Found it extremely helpful. After going through the reports for my campaigns, I found that conversion from Mobile Traffic is 70% for me. For others it may be different but at least my reports tells me that I need to be focused more on Mobile Traffic.

    Thanks to this new reporting feature. It is just amazing.

  • Erica Dingeman

    Hi Jon, although I love the new Facebook ad reports, I wish there was a more visual component that is “client friendly”, as all of the stats mean a lot to me, but it’s more labor intensive to pull them into visually stimulating graphs and charts. With that being said, are there any third-party tools that you use/prefer for reporting like this?

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