What is a Facebook Pixel – Best Explanation Ever!

today so in this Post, I’m going to explain what the heck a Facebook pixel is the three functions of your pixel how it works and then how to activate yours so although I recommend you watch the whole article you’ll see in the course notes below that I’ve listed the times for each segment and that’s just in case for whatever reason you need to skip to a certain part of the article

So let’s get started so if you’re currently running Facebook ads or you’re thinking about running Facebook ads then you really need to be using your pixel now your pixel is basically a short piece of code now this is what it looks like here that Facebook is going to provide you that you are the going to put onto your website now I don’t want you to get scared off by this you don’t need to be a developer and you don’t need to know code to use your Facebook pixel or to manage it.

I want to kick off by showing you a really cool example that I do at up lab so some of you guys may have seen these ads stalking you around Facebook if you read one of my blog posts if you downloaded the free guide or interacted with my website or my email database in any way really you probably have seen one of these ads so on the upper left-hand corner is one of my retargeting ads and then you’ll see that

I’m converting so each you enrollee for $2 per conversion so that’s ver good for me and I’m very happy with those results and that all starts with your Facebook pixel notice as well I just want to point out how it’s actually telling me how much it’s costing me for each new person enrolling in my this is my paid course so this is a very good result for me so those are some of the results that you’re going to be able to achieve now

there are really three things your Facebook pixel is going to do for you I’m going to go into these in a bit more detail now and then I’ll explain to you exactly how it works so the first thing that your Facebook pixel is going to help you achieve it’s going to help you track conversions a conversion is a completed action that you want someone to take on your website so this could be someone making a purchase it could be someone subscribing to your email list

And even a lead or inquiry why is this so important well let me ask you this so if you’re like a lot of people you’re probably tracking how much is costing you for each new like or each click to your website but does this really matter to you no-no right you care about sales and you care about leads and how much those are costing you

I’m going to give you a bit of context with this let’s say you’re a copywriter and you’re selling blogging services for $50 now let’s say you’ve been running Facebook ads to drive people to your site and those are costing you around $2 per click and then let’s also say you receive 200 clicks to your site so you spent a total of four hundred dollars for 200 clicks which may or may not be good but then you start using your Facebook pixel

And you discover that with the ads you only sold three of your blog post services so that’s a total revenue of on hundred and fifty dollars so it’s costing you four hundred dollars to make a hundred and fifty dollars worth of sales you’re losing money and you probably need to change your ads and the targeting so one to start using your pixel to track conversions

what you’ll see in your ads manager is there’s actually going to be a new tab called conversions so here’s just an example of what that will look like inside your ads manager so it tells you how many people converted and the cost for each conversion as well as you total spend the second reason you want to be using the Facebook pixel is that it’s going to help you optimize for conversions

so what does this mean well it’s quite simple really Facebook is basically going to automatically improve your ads so that it can show them to more people that are likely to convert or create a conversion so that could be your email subscribers people making a purchase or an inquiry on your website for example and

then the third reason you want to be using your Facebook pixel is that it’s going to help you create what we call Facebook retargeting ads retargeting is when you show ads to someone that has already interacted with your brand or visited your website a really common example I think that we’re all familiar with is say you’re checking out flights to Australia online and

then later on you notice that there are ads about travel deals and packages to Australia that’s retargeting in a nutshell but here’s where it gets really really good not only can you target people that visited your website or are on your email list but you can also use your pixel to retarget people based on specific actions

that they took on your website such as submitting an inquiry form o subscribing to a list or adding a product to a wish list and even searching for something specific on your site I’ll show you another example so let’s say someone adds a product from your website to their cart but they don’t end up purchasing the reality is that six percent of people that add items to their cart don’t actually end up purchasing

so what you can do with retargeting is you can actually show them ads to remind them to come back and complete their purchase it’s what I like to call advertising magic retargeted customers are 70 times more likely to buy from you and the ads have a ten time higher click-through rate

so the percentage of people that click through and also retargeted customers spend an average of five times more than the normal customer so this is really going to be the oracle to your sales to your advertising so here’s how the pixel is going to help you create retargeting ads basically

once the pixel is on your website and someone visits your sites or performs an action that you’ve specified such as adding an item to their shopping cart it’s going to trigger the pixel which will then feed that information back to Facebook that means it’s basically going to track that person’s Facebook ID so that later on you can show them ads in facebook so really those are the three crucial parts of your Facebook pixel and why you need to be using it

let’s go ahead and have a look into how it actually works so each advertising account has one pixel so you’re only going to have one pixel now this is where most marketers are going to get stuck because when you think about it how can you target different people who perform different actions on your site when there’s only one pixel

so the answer is in the way that the pixel is structured it’s basically made up of two parts what we call a base code and what we call a standard event code your base code is what identifies your advertised account so this part will never change it’s also placed across every page on your website I’m going to show you how to install this correctly in the next tutorial

the second part of your pixel is what Facebook calls standard event code this is the part that specifies the action that you’re tracking for so those are the purchases the leads the registrations there’s a total of nine standard event actions that you can track for and I’ve list listed those down below in the course notes now

this part of the code is the part that you’re going to have to change based on the action you want to track but again I’m going to show you how to do this in the next tutorial and also unlike the base code which you are placing on every page of your site the standard event code is only going to be placed on specific pages of your site that’s because you only want this code to be triggered

when someone completes the action that you’re tracking for so for example if you’re tracking sales you would add that purchase standard event code to the confirmation page or the thank-you page and the logic is that only people that have completed a purchase are going to see that thank-you page let me give you a bit of an example using up lab so if we’re tracking for people that are enrolling in this course

the free Pixel course we would add the standard event to the confirmation page so that’s the thank you for enrolling page so you can see in the URL of that page it says purchased so we would find that page in our website’s CMS management system so the backend of the website and then we would add the standard event to that code and

that means that we can then track everyone that enrolls in that free course and we can then show them ads later on saying hey you did the Pixel course good on you, ooh now it’s time to do the retargeting course again when someone sees that page the pixel

that now has that standard event is going to be triggered it’s going to send this information back to Facebook and then you can automatically show ads to that individual I hope this is all making sense but if not just leave your questions below so how do you create your pixel well you’re not actually creating anything you’re just activating it to do this

you’re going to need to access your Facebook advertising account from the tools tab you’re going to click on pixel and then if this is your first time using your pixel a Facebook is going to prompt you to create it really what this means is you’re just going to give it a name and no one sees this except yourself

so usually I suggest you just use your business name and then you’re going to accept the terms and conditions and that’s it really so it’s really not that bad so now that you’ve got your pixel really go it’s time to get it set up on your website correctly.

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