The Facebook folks and our teams have argued the merits of boosting posts.

On one hand, it’s super effective for small businesses. We’ve tested boosting stacked with conversion ads, with or without reusing the postid, versus straight conversion ads.

On the other hand, the boosted posts are primarily driving likes/comments/shares, often at the expense of conversion- since Facebook will sub-target to people who engage but will never buy.

The same is true of the website clicks objective- to deliver “clicky users” that cost 550% more than when you use the conversion objective.

Our Facebook reps also run reports across all our accounts to see what mix of objectives we are using. They and we get dinged for boosting posts, which is the same as “engagement” in Ads Manager.

My current take is that boosting posts is great if you are a small business or public figure.

For the former, they don’t need crazy micro-targeting and optimization. They just need to reach people in their neighborhood to sell houses, get fit, offer services, or come into their stores.

For the latter, social proof (authority and credibility) are key among a particular niche audience. Mine is digital marketers and entrepreneurs, for example. And because I am NOT selling most of the time, the conversion objective doesn’t make sense.

Like right now- I’m not selling. I’m sharing what I’ve learned in the hopes that it helps you in some way.

And our team will likely copy this post to my public figure page to boost. That means we are spending money to educate without expecting anyone to buy anything right then.

Over time, we engage with these folks and build a relationship, which eventually leads to them joining our monthly membership or buying implementation packages.

I’ve asked Facebook why they don’t want us to boost posts when the button is right there on every single post and when it’s worked so well (we’ve tested it many different ways)?

If brand awareness (don’t get me started about this one) is so much better than page engagement as an objective, why not just change the objective of the boost button?

That’s something they are considering, they say.

Meanwhile, if you’re not a small business or entrepreneur, and if you already have a converting funnel with strong remarketing, you won’t need the boost post button. Use Ads Manager with your conversion objective, selecting that post from the page or entering in the postid.

Are you boosting posts?
What have you noticed in your results?

Facebook now lets you automatically boost posts

5 years ago, Facebook had an auto-boost feature where they would automatically boost your posts. But they killed it because not many people were using it and because the system was boosting posts about site outages, sales that had already expired, and other things.  

So this new version gives you a bit more control:

You can choose the default boost amounts (how long and how much to spend each day), the audience (from your list of saved audiences), and if you want to auto-approve:

Some things I don’t like about this re-released product:

  • Only one post gets boosted at a time– I like to be able to put more money on winners, even to have them live forever.  As a business grows, we would want to have a growing number of posts boosted evergreen (forever) as part of our Greatest Hits that live forever.
  • The 60% threshold for “top posts” is arbitrary.  Instead of getting 60% more engagement than our average post, it should take the top 10% of posts by engagement or all posts that meet a particular fixed engagement threshold (like 10% engagement/impressions or 10+ second average watch times on videos).
  • It’s buggy– I’m not able to switch the audiences. And the reported engagement figures don’t make sense– how do I have no engagement, yet 144 engagements?

Have you had a chance to play?

A sneaky way to get 1,000+ likes on your articles

An article I wrote on Influencive got 1,600 shares:

The “sneaky” trick is that I boosted this post from my public figure page on Facebook, spending $42.25:

 

As you can see, Facebook said I got only 64 likes.

But when I look at the post itself, I see 1,400 likes:

And rarely do I get more than a couple hundred likes on my posts.
So is this a bug or perhaps fake likes?

No, it’s the product of Facebook “throwing fuel on the fire”.
The post itself organically got 100 likes by itself.
And when I boosted it to the right audience, the extra reach caused the algorithm to extend my organic reach.

And so the secondary effect is more engagement, counted organically– not as part of the $42.24 I spent to get a couple thousand impressions.

If you’re interested in the mechanical details of the newsfeed algorithm or what is counted as organic versus paid, study up here, as well as in this article.

Suffice to say that when you boost posts, watch for the spillover effect into organic.
You just might have found a gold nugget, but accidentally thrown it away.

And if you share a link on Facebook, the likes on that post count towards the shares counted on the article page.

Pretty cool, huh?

Now learn how to boost posts on Facebook to not only drive traffic, but increase perceived authority to people who visit your articles.