New and Reinstated Professional Targeting Options on Facebook

Many recent announcements from Facebook concerning targeting are seemingly about the removal of features. Thankfully, this post is not about that! Facebook quietly mentioned some new (and some reinstated/returning) professional targeting options on the Facebook Developers blog.

Facebook’s Developers blog is normally a space for more technical announcements, so the updates mentioned here are sometimes easily missed by advertisers.

On August 9th,  the announcement was made that Facebook has new interest segments to reach professional audiences. It also let us know that some previously removed targeting features will be coming back, although the update implies that rollout will be gradual.

According to the update, we can find the new and reinstated professional targeting options pertaining to the following interest segments:

  • Page Admins: Behaviors targeting > Digital activities > Facebook page admins
  • Employer Targeting: Demographics > Work > Employers
  • Job Title Targeting: Demographics > Work > Job Titles
  • School Targeting: Demographics > Education > Schools
  • Field of Study Targeting: Demographics > Education > Field of Study

These classifications provide the navigation flow to find the updated targeting segments. To review any of these, you simply set up an audience, choose the Browse option under Detailed Targeting, and follow the outline provided.

The areas of Employer and Job title, in particular, seem to have had various targeting options removed in the past. I imagine that advertisers will be excited to see some of these options returning.

Let’s do a quick review of a few of these…

Page Admins

Within Behaviors -> Digital Activities -> Facebook page admins, we can now see a number of Page Admin targeting segments available.

Though Page Admin targeting was previously available, I do not recall seeing some of these options. If anyone out there in the interwebspace knows otherwise, please let me know in the comments below!

As of today, here are the options that populate:

Facebook Interest Targeting - Page Admin Options

The option Facebook Page Admins appears to encompass all the other segments.

This general target is very large! Over 350 million people.

Facebook Page Admins General Interest Segment

To dive deeper into how Facebook might be classifying admin segments, I created an audience made up of all the individual page admin segments.

Professional Targeting Options - Admins - Specific Interest Segments

120 million people is far fewer than the 350 million number we saw for Facebook Page Admins in general. We can compare Audience Overlap between these two audiences to verify that the broader group of “Facebook Page Admins” does in fact encompass the specific segments:

Professional Target Options - Facebook Audience Overlap - Page Admin Segments

This tells us that over 230 million page admins are not contained within one of the specific segments. I imagine Facebook might start adding more categories in the future.

Other Targeting Segments: Employer, Job Title, School, Field of Study

As far as I’m aware, all of these options were already available. I did a quick spot check of Field of Study below, using “Bio” as the input, to see if these options had become more robust:

Facebook Field of Study Interest Segment - Bio

The results seem quite limited for now. Similar to the Page Admins segments, I imagine Facebook may start adding more fields in the future.

Your Turn

What new targeting options are you seeing within these segments? Have any new doorways opened for you with this update?

Let me know in the comments below!