Facebook rolled out Campaign Planner, “a standalone tool for media planners to draft, compare and share media plans using reach and frequency buying across Facebook and Instagram.” Facebook’s new Campaign Planner is available to anyone with access to a Business Manager account. Simply complete and submit the Campaign Planner Access Request Form to Facebook and wait to be approved.

Step 1 – Access the Campaign Planner

Step 1 – Access the Campaign Planner http://blog.oribi.io/facebook-campaign-planner-how-to-plan-your-way-to-a-killer-facebook-campaign/

Click on the top menu button of the Ads Manager or Power Editor, and open the “All Tools” list. You will find the Campaign Planner under the section “Plan”.

Step 2 – Name your plan and variations

The second step in planning your campaign is naming the plan. Make sure to use a logical name and not just “plan 1”, so you can use it again in the future and remember what you have used it for. As for the variations, it is recommended to name them by the settings you are using in it.

Step 3 – Choose budget, reach, and schedule

Step 3 – Choose budget, reach, and schedule

The first part of the Campaign Planner is a dynamic banner, that will display the CPM and reach prediction according to your plan settings (which will be defined next).

All you need to set here is how much you will spend on this campaign, or what is the reach you are aiming to get. Each of them will dynamically change by the other. For example, I defined a budget of $10,000, and the reach 1,198,951. If I’ll change the reach for 1,000,000, my budget will dynamically reduce to $7,665.55.

Step 4 – set the frequency of your planned campaign

Step 4 – set the frequency of your planned campaign

As a Facebook marketer, you probably know that frequency is one of the most important parameters in your campaigns. When the frequency gets too high (like 2.0 for example) it means your ads keep reaching the same people, and your campaign becomes less effective.

In your plan, you can set the frequency, and see what is the required budget and CPM to reach it. As explained before, the first banner that displays the CPM and reach will dynamically change by your settings. Choose the frequency you wish to get and plan will be set by it. For example, I chose to plan by a frequency of 1 in every 7 days.

Step 5 – Set your target audience

Set your target audience exactly as you do when creating an ad set.  Choose locations, age, gender, custom audience and all the other audience settings you know from the Ads Manager and Power Editor.

 Tip: Choose a different target audience in each variation, and then compare the difference audiences by comparing variations.

Step 6 – Choose the placements you will show your ads on

As in target audience, this is exactly how you choose placements when setting up and ad set on the Ads Manager or Power Editor. Choose between the different placements and devices in your campaign plan.

 Tip: You can create different variations with the same target audience, but different placements, and compare the predicted reach and CPM.

Step 7 – Choose the campaign objective and ad formats

Plan your campaign, by the objective you mean to use. Currently, only a few of the objectives are available on the Campaign Planner.

Step 8 – Review your plan

Step 8 – Review your plan

That’s it, you are done creating your first plan variation. All you need to do now is review it. The top banner will now display your predicted reach and CPM according to your settings:

Step 9 – Create another variation of the plan and compare between them

Step 9 – Create another variation of the plan and compare between them

Now that you have your first variation, you can create more variations and compare them. The variations can be different by targeting, schedule, placements or whatever you want to compare.

To compare between variations, simply create another variation in the same plan, and all the data you reviewed in your first variation, will now be a comparison between the two variations:

Final Conclusion about Facebook Campaign Planner

The Campaign Planner is not 100% accurate in predicting your campaigns results. Obviously, there are other factors that will affect your campaign performance, but it can definitely help you understand how different settings of your ad sets can get you different results, even before you are actually testing them by spending your budget.

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