6 specific ways photographers can target clients using Facebook ads

Facebook now has more than 1.5 Billion active users per month. With so many people voluntarily adding their likes, interests, and personal information to their Facebook profiles, businesses and marketers are left with a sea of opportunities to target their ideal clients and customers with Facebook ads based on user-provided data.

Whether you think this is creepy or cool– it’s happening. And if you own your own business, it would be foolish NOT to use this information to your benefit. Photographers running their businesses are no exception.

As you can imagine, you can use Facebook ads to target users based on their location, gender, age, and interests, which is quite helpful– but Facebook ad targeting goes so much further than that.

The following are six specific ways photographers can target clients for their business using Facebook ads.

1. Find people with an upcoming anniversary

Since many Facebook users tend to add important dates to their profile, like their wedding anniversary, you can filter your ad’s target audience by people with an upcoming anniversary. This would be an excellent way to advertise specific photoshoot opportunities for couples looking to capture photos to remember their special day. Facebook allows you to target people with an anniversary within 30,60 or 90 days.

 

2.  Target people who recently got engaged

Like #1 above, you can use people’s relationship status to target them for an engagement photo session. You can get even more specific than just current relationship status and add a filter to seek out users who got engaged within the last three months, six months, and one year. Remember that it’s hard to sell a high-priced item, like a wedding shoot, to a brand new audience, so you may want to warm people up with a lower-priced session, like an engagement shoot, first. 

 

3. Reach out to new parents

Newborn and portrait photographers can set their Facebook ads to target new parents or families for photo sessions. Facebook filters include everything from expectant parents to parents with adult children. If you specialize in high school senior portraits, you might want to try targeting parents with teenagers. 

 

And, since moms are often the most interested in hiring a family photographer, you can target them specifically by category, like “New Moms” and “Moms of high school kids.”  

 

4. Seek out Friends of people who like your page

If you have a Facebook page for your photography business, you can try targeting friends of people who have liked your page since they are more likely to respond to your ad if they know someone engaged with your page. To apply this filter, you would use the “Connections” section in the Ads manager creator instead of the “Detailed Targeting” section. 

 

5. Refrain from targeting certain people

 Like you can use Facebook ads to target specific clients, you can also exclude certain people from seeing your ads, so you don’t waste money showing them to people who are least likely to book your photography services. For example, you may want to exclude other local photographers from seeing your ads or exclude people who like your page since they are already likely to book you, as shown in the image above.  

6. Retarget people who have interacted with your site before 

Retargeting an audience can be very effective since the audience is already familiar with your site. You can create a remarketing ad by clicking “create new” under the custom audience box and selecting “Custom Audience.” From there, you would choose “Website Traffic” to target people who’ve either visited your site before or completed specific actions on your website in the past (note that you’ll need to have installed a Facebook Pixel on each page of your website that you want to be tracked to get this data). 

 

Next, you’ll have to choose which website visitors you want to target, for example, people who’ve visited certain pages of your site or spent a certain amount of time on your website, etc. Then you can specify the time frame by targeting visitors from the past 1-180 days. 

Targeting photography clients on Facebook can be tricky, but when you know what filters to apply, the task becomes more accessible. Creating targeted ads with precision increases the chances of finding new clients; it also tends to keep your ad cost down because ads that are most relevant to your audience are cheaper to run.

There are many ways to create an ideal target audience for your Facebook ad, and you’ll have to change your audience frequently to match the service you’re advertising. The good thing is that if you find an audience that works well, you can save it and then later create a “Lookalike Audience” that will target people with similar demographics who are also likely to hire you as their photographer.     

Don’t be afraid to create several different audiences to test out your ads and see what works best. In general, it’s a good idea to keep your audience between 7,000 and 14,000. The good thing about Facebook ads is you can figure out pretty quickly which ads are performing best and which are failing, so feel free to try out different targeting techniques without the fear of wasting a lot of ad spend.