How to Manage Audience Fragmentation with Automated Rules

If your Facebook ad ads are struggling due to audience fragmentation, there’s a way to manage them with automated rules.

Let’s discuss…


Let’s say that you have multiple ad sets running at the same time that are targeting different audiences. These could be ad sets within the same or different campaigns.

Each ad set promotes similar ad creative with a similar setup. For example, each uses the Sales objective, uses the same performance goal, and features ad images that utilize a similar image and copy.

This can result in audience fragmentation, which leads to poor performance and inefficient ad spend. Facebook believes that you can overcome audience fragmentation, in some cases, if you combine the impacted ad sets

The belief is that it will help optimize performance faster, allowing you to spend the budgets more efficiently.

Manage with Automated Rules

Luckily, you can manage audience fragmentation with automated rules.

Automated rules allow you to set up automated processes to make changes to your advertising based on certain benchmarks. You can create a new automated rule in Ads Manager by clicking the Rules dropdown.

Automated Rules

Within automated rules, there’s a template to “Reduce Audience Fragmentation.”

Automated Rules

Here’s how it works…

When you turn this automated rule on, it will apply to all of the ad sets in your account. It is triggered if Facebook detects audience fragmentation between ad sets. The ad creative and setup would need to be similar, with different audiences and ad sets.

Automated Rules

You’ll have two options:

1. Combine ad sets, audiences, and budgets automatically.

When you do this, Facebook will keep your best-performing ad set (measured by lowest Cost Per Action). The other ad sets will be turned off, but the audiences and budgets will be combined into the surviving ad set.

2. Send notification only.

In this case, you’ll simply be notified that Facebook thinks audience fragmentation is an issue, and you’ll receive recommendations to combine ad sets. It will be up to you whether you combine these ad sets or not.

Personally, I tend to prefer the notification option, but feel free to test this out. Maybe you’ll see over time that combining ad sets automatically keeps your performance more efficient.

Find what works best for you!

Your Turn

Have you used the automated rules template to manage audience fragmentation? Has it improved your results?

Let me know in the comments below!