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Facebook Import made easy: Tips and tricks to get started today

July 21, 2021

Are you connecting with the right audience? Your ideal customers are searching around the clock, across devices, using multiple platforms. Taking simple steps like importing your audiences into Microsoft Advertising expands your reach to the 46.4 million Microsoft Search Network desktop searchers and a diverse native advertising audience on the Microsoft Audience Network. By bridging your marketing channels, you can create a more personalized experience and connect with more searchers who are ready to buy.

Expand your reach by adding quality marketing touchpoints

Touchpoints are the important interactions you have with your customers along the consumer decision journey. Adding engaging touchpoints allows you to build your brand effectively, connect with more targeted buyers, and increase conversions. With the Microsoft Audience Network, you can connect with millions across devices using a unique suite of targeting capabilities, high-quality ad placement, and highly personalized engagement. The graphic below shows the steps of the customer journey and ways to connect with customers during each step.

Graphic showing the steps of the customer journey and ways to connect with customers during each step, including awareness, consideration, conversion for new customers and maintain and expand for current customers.

Import campaigns with Facebook Import

One easy way to scale your marketing efforts and reach your ideal audience at different touchpoints is by using Facebook Import to bring your audiences into the diverse Microsoft Audience Network.


Graphic showing the overview steps for importing Facebook ads: 1, Sign in, 2, select audiences campaigns and ad groups, 3, choose your import options, 4, schedule your import, and 5, review and make changes.

Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process.

Begin the Facebook Import by going under the Import functionality in the Microsoft Advertising user interface.

Product view of the Campaigns interface, showing Import from Facebook Ads selected in the dropdown.

Step 1: Sign in

Choose the Facebook account you want to use for the import when you click Sign in to Facebook. Sign in with your username and password.

Product view of the log in to Facebook popup window.

Step 2: Select audience campaigns and ad groups

Select the accounts and campaigns to import. Import all existing and new campaigns from Facebook or just import specific campaigns.

Product view of the Import from Facebook Ads window, with the popup for choosing specific campaigns.

Step 3: Choose your import options

Choose your import options and adjust your Bids and budget at the campaign level.

Product view of the Choose import options panel.

Step 4: Schedule your import

Select import now, once at a later date and time, or on a recurring basis (Daily, Weekly or Monthly). Name the import and decide how you want to be notified of completion and any possible changes/errors.

Product view of the Scheduled Imports and Logs windows.

The importing process cycles through seven steps in the background so you can continue working on other tasks.

Step 5: Review and make changes

Review your import, when it was created, and when you have it scheduled to run. Review previous imports from the last 90 days with details in the changes box (see below). Check details of scheduled and previous imports from the last 90 days in the import schedule and history tab.

Product view of the Import summary information page.

Best practices for post-import

Once you’ve completed the import, use the following checklist to maximize your ad performance:

✓ Set up your audience targeting to boost your audience campaigns’ performance

Before you get started with targeting, make sure you understand all the options available for honing in on your audience to find the customers who are searching for you. Optimize your targeting by setting up a separate campaign for each audience targeting type. There are and/or options available to deeply target your audiences, but keep in mind that if it’s too narrow, you may eliminate potential clicks. The more targeting dimensions you apply, the smaller your reach may be. Find a full list of audience targeting options in our Audience Targeting Playbook. We recommend starting with remarketing and In-market Audiences.

✓ Assess opportunities with the Audience Network Planner

Use the Audience Network Planner to gain a better understanding of your audience while planning your campaigns. The Audience Network Planner provides insight from audience targeting, reach estimation, audience composition, budget & bid suggestion,* campaign performance estimation,* campaign creation,* and persona management.*

Product view of the Audience network planner interface.

*Available for Microsoft Audience Ads for separate audience campaigns; they aren’t available for Microsoft Audience Ads for Search campaigns.

✓ Review and test your images

When creating image ads, use high-quality image files. It’s best to use high-resolution JPG or PNG images so they don’t degrade across screens. Before you upload your images, make sure they meet the following requirements:

✓ Check how your assets preview in the ad preview before you fire up your campaigns

Before launching, ensure images and text look as expected in all ad preview formats using the preview tool in your account.

Product view of the Ad preview interface page, for sampling how ads will display when live.

There you have it! Our import solutions are the fastest way to leverage your audiences across advertising platforms. Now that you see how easy it is to scale your audiences with Facebook Import, get started.

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