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Why The Facebook Boost Post Button Is A Bad Idea

The Facebook Boost Post Button was rolled out for Advertisers to quickly show their posts to more people. But is it really good or bad?

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Why the boost post button is a bad idea

In 2014, the Facebook Boost Post button feature was rolled out for Page Managers and Advertisers to quickly show their posts to more people by advertising their post on Facebook’s Ad Network.

Facebook is claiming that this feature can help you reach more audience and it is an “easy-to-do promotion” feature for your posts. Flash forward to 2021, we still have that feature on our Facebook page and you might be wondering if boosting posts in 2021 is a good idea?

This is where the Boost Post button appear:

A Facebook ad with a Boost Post button on the bottom right


What is Facebook Boost Post?

For the unaccustomed, here’s a quick summary of what Facebook’s Boost Post button is about:

Boosting posts is an effective and inexpensive way to get more exposure for your content. It’s a simple and easy process – posts are boosted right from your Facebook Page – and you can boost a post for any amount you want. It’s a great way to get more people to see your posts, promote special events, offers and news, and to reach new audiences through targeting. [Learn more]

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Facebook’s Advertising products. In fact, I would recommend any small business owner who’s looking to get started with paid advertising start with Facebook Ads.

BUT I also believe that to achieve good advertising results, you must adopt good advertising practices.


How do boosted posts differ from Facebook ads?

Every boosted post is a Facebook ad, but not every Facebook ad is a boosted post.

In order to Boost a content on your page, you are required to publish an update to your Facebook page and then you’ll be able to boost that article. Whereas, Facebook ads can be created independently from the content of your Facebook page.

This give you the opportunity to have your ads ‘hidden’ from your Facebook page. This can be particularly useful if your page’s fans really don’t need to see all your ad variations (which in most of the cases, they dont!). Boosts don’t have that advantage.


Why you should think twice before boosting your post?

So here’s why you should think twice before slamming that boost post button on your Facebook Fan Page.

1) Your goals goals may be limited.

Simply put, Facebook’s boost post button has three default Facebook Ad Goals- Automatic (you’ll let Facebook take control and select the most relevant goal based on your settings.), Get More Engagement ( show your ads to people who are likely to react – Likes, shares, comments, video views etc.), or to get more messages (Show your post to people who are likely to send you a message on Facebook or WhatsApp).

If your goal is to acquire more leads, inquiries or boost sales, you’re less likely to get the result you want because Facebook will work towards spending your budget on the Ad Objective you’ve chosen.

Facebook Boost Post Goals

2) Limited Ad Targeting Settings

Over the years, the Boost Post button has expanded its targeting capabilities due to advertiser demand (thank goodness). You can now pretty much target any audience as you would in Facebook Ads Manager.

That being said, if you want to fully harness the power of Ad Targeting, I still suggest you use Ads Manager because you have extra options such as the ability to quickly duplicate ads for split testing, or target newer placements like Messenger Ads or Mobile Audience Network.

Sorry Boost Post Button, you’ll still need to play catch up.

3) Poor Budget Control

I’m surprised the Boost Post button doesn’t allow you to set a daily budget. Instead, they force you into fixing a certain budget over a certain time span. Luckily you still get to choose the number of days you want your promotion to run.

Again, I’m guessing this feature is as such to make it as easy as possible for advertisers to see quick results on their “boosted campaigns”. Also, if you use the Power Editor you can schedule down to the time you want your ads to show.

Facebook Boost Post budget and duration

4) You can only boost Published Posts on your Page Timeline

In Ads Manager, you can advertise posts or ads which are hidden from your Page Timeline. However, when using the Facebook Boost Post button, you can only promote posts which are visible on the timeline.

Hence, if you wish to launch an ad to a specific audience which excludes your existing fans on your fan page, the Facebook Boost Post button may not be the best choice.


5) Boosted Posts are reach based, not lower-funnel objective based

While reaching more of your current and desired audience is important, there are other business objectives to consider.

Of course generating brand awareness or building an engaged community of customers are priority goals for any business, however promoting Facebook posts with the Post Engagement objective will serve you only that. If your target is lower-funnel conversion, boosting post will not be suitable.

Upper, Middle, Lower funnel illustration

When is the Boost Post Button a good idea?

Now, it ain’t all that bad. If you know the exact limitations of the Boost Post Button, and it fits your advertising goals, go ahead and use it. Here are a few scenarios I think using this feature would do your business little to no harm.

  1. You’re okay with the objectives of the campaign (Post engagements, Website Clicks or Messages)
  2. You’re okay with the Default Campaign Naming Structure of Boosted Posts. Remember, when you boost a post, Facebook automatically creates an Ad Campaign with a default naming convention for boosted posts.
  3. It fits into your overall Facebook Advertising strategy, which you are aware of the ad targeting, budgeting, campaign naming and objective limitations and have a system for monitoring your campaigns.
  4. And finally, having satisfied the above 3 criteria, you want to get traction for your posts quickly.

Final thoughts:

I have to hand it to big advertising platforms like Facebook and Google (hint: See Google Adwords Express). They know the best way to acquire new customers (i.e. people who spend on ads) is to get them to try the product as quickly as possible and to see results.

What better way to entice new customers than by making a product so simple and easy to use, as well as help them reach their objective of 1000 likes on their latest post? Something we all can learn when we try to build our own products and encourage product adoption.

In Conclusion: Even though boosted posts can offer a quick fix to reaching more people (and it’s often beginner friendly), spending some time to promote Facebook posts properly in Ads Manager and adjust targeting will allow you to maximize your total return on ad spend (ROAS).

Now, on to you. What are your thoughts about the Facebook Boost Post button? Did it work for you? Did you find this article useful? Leave a comment below or share this article with a friend or colleague who might benefit from this.

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