How to Create a Facebook & Instagram Ads with ToneDen for Music
A step-by-step guide on how to create a Facebook Advertising campaign with ToneDen.
This is a step-by-step guide on how to create a Facebook Ad campaign to promote your next single, EP, or album.
A video tutorial on how to create a Facebook Ad campaign to promote your music with ToneDen.
Where to find the Facebook Advertising feature for Music in ToneDen
Begin by choosing your Advertising Objective.
This determines the type of Facebook Ad campaign that is created.
We recommend choosing the Get people to visit a webpage or app objective.
Choosing the Get people to visit a webpage or app will give your campaign a Traffic or Conversion objective.
Choosing the Get people to engage with your post or page will give your campaign an Engagement or Video Views objective.
We recommend choosing the Get people to visit a webpage or app for all campaigns. This gets your music in front of the highest quality fans at the best cost possible.
The next step is to choose your campaign target.
This is the destination fans will get sent to after clicking on or swiping up on your ads.
The Custom Link option allows you to input a link to any web address. This could be a direct link to your song on Spotify, a music smart link, a ToneDen FanLink, or any web address.
The link you put into the Custom Link section is where fans go after clicking on your ad.
We recommend choosing the Custom Link option as it provides you with the most flexibility.
We also provide the option for users to select a FanLink they've created in their campaigns. This can be done through the FanLink tab.
Clicking on the FanLink tab shows available FanLinks you can promote
We also provide the option for users to use an existing Facebook Post in their campaigns. This can be done through the Facebook Post tab.
You can then choose a Facebook Page & select a post ID from the dropdown. If you don't see your post, you can input the Facebook Post ID.
How to Promote an Existing Facebook Post
The select account section lets you choose which ad account you would like to use.
You can choose which Facebook Ad Account you'd like to advertise from by clicking the drop-down menu below “Select A Facebook Advertising Account.”
Select a Facebook Ad account from this dropdown.
The Facebook Ad Account you choose will be where your ad campaign appears in Facebook Ads Manager. It will also be the ad account that is billed.
You may have different payment methods, custom/saved audiences, and FB Pixels across different ad accounts. Be sure to select the correct one for your respective campaign.
Select the Facebook & Instagram pages from where you'd like your ads to run.
Select a Facebook Page from the dropdown
You can select any page that you have page advertiser access to in this field.
If a page doesn't show up, make sure that you have advertiser access to it on the personal Facebook account you've linked with your ToneDen sub account.
If you have access to a large number of pages, try typing your page in manually if it doesn't automatically appear in the drop-down section.
We'll automatically use the Instagram account connected to the Facebook page you select in the step above.
Feel free to leave this section blank unless you'd like to select a different Instagram account than the one already attached to your page.
The Pages & Ad Accounts assigned to your Facebook profile will appear in the Select Accounts section.
If you're having trouble seeing the right Facebook Pages or Ad Accounts, please refer to this article to double check which Facebook Profile is synced to ToneDen:
You can choose who sees your ads in the Modify Target Audiences section.
There are two user interfaces: a Simple Targeting interface & and an Advanced Targeting interface.
The Simple Targeting user interface is designed for fast campaign creation. It also covers targeting new and existing fans.
We recommend using the Generate Interests from Spotify in the Simple Targeting interface to build your target audiences.
Use the Customize Your Interests to target interests on Facebook or Instagram.
Typing interests into the Generated Interests section determines who you target on Facebook.
Clicking the dropdown arrow after typing in an interest provides recommended interests to target.
The Select Streaming Platforms section allows you to target users of a particular streaming service on Facebook or Instagram. Please make sure to only include streaming services you are trying to grow on.
Using the Customize Your Interests option with Simple Targeting automatically creates 2 target audiences. An Interest Audience targeting new fans and an Existing Fans audience targeting anyone who has engaged with your Facebook Page or Instagram Business Profile in the past 365 days.
Or you can use the Generate Interests from Spotify tab to use Spotify's API to build better audiences.
Type in the name of your artist on Spotify in the Select Artist Section.
ToneDen will then add your artist profile and 2 other similar artists from Spotify.
You can choose to add or remove artists if the artists shown are not a good fit
ToneDen will then query the Fans Also Like section of Spotify for these artists to find interests to target.
These interests will then appear in the Generated Interests section below.
You can choose to add or remove interests if the interests shown are not a good fit.
The Select Streaming Platforms section allows you to target users of a particular streaming service on Facebook or Instagram.
Please make sure to only include streaming services you are trying to grow on. Examples of streaming services include Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Amazon Music and SoundCloud.
Using the Generate Interests from Spotify option with Simple Targeting automatically creates 2 target audiences. An Interest Audience targeting new fans and an Existing Fans audience targeting anyone who has engaged with your Facebook Page or Instagram Business Profile in the past 365 days.
The Locations field allows you to choose where your ads are served.
The Global option allows you to target fans world-wide.
The English-Speaking option allows you to target countries where English is the primary language.
The Custom option allows you to target specific countries and cities.
We recommend using the Global targeting option for the lowest cost possible.
The Advanced Targeting option allows you to build and add multiple audiences to your campaigns.
You can get an overview of it here:
Press the “Add New” button to add an audience.
After pressing “Add New,” select an "Audience Template” for your audience in the “Audience Builder” section.
Audience Templates are designed to give you a quick way to target a particular type of person on Facebook or Instagram.
Add audiences with Audience Builder
Different Audience Templates provide different targeting options.
You can pick Audience Templates in the “Recipes” column. There are different Audience Templates depending on which data source you choose from the “Ingredients” column.
For example, the “Facebook Interest Audience” template in the Facebook Ingredients data source allows you to create an audience of all Facebook users narrowed by specific interests of people on Facebook.
The “Facebook Page Likes” template in the Facebook Ingredients data source allows you to create an audience of individuals who are “connected” to your Facebook Page.
The "Facebook Interest Audience” template is the easiest template to start using. The majority of advertisers are already familiar with interest-based targeting.
Campaigns with multiple audiences increase the number of conversions by over 20%. Learn more about the benefit of incorporating multiple audiences here.
After choosing an audience template, your new audience will appear in the section below “Modify Target Audiences."
You can configure the audience template further by clicking on the audience box, which will prompt a menu to appear to your right.
For example, if you’re using the “Facebook Interest Audience” Audience Template, you can skip immediately to the “Advanced Targeting” section and begin typing interests in the field below the “Find people who share at least ONE of the following Interests” text.
The estimated size of that audience will be found in the center column below the name of the audience in a section titled “Approximate Size.”
If you’re using the “Facebook Interest Audience” template, after typing and selecting just one interest in the “Search likes on Facebook” box, the service will provide more targeting recommendations.
If you’re using a different template, you'll need to configure “Template Options” before the audience is ready for use.
For example, with the “Facebook Custom Audience” Audience Template, you can choose which custom and/or saved audiences you'd like to import from Facebook or directly upload a CSV of a contact list.
If you'd like to remove an audience from your campaign, you have two options:
- 1.Click on the trashcan icon in the top right corner of the audience box located in the “Modify Target Audiences” column
- 2.Click on the “Remove” text located in the right-hand column that you use to configure the Audience Template
If you'd like to duplicate an audience, you have two options:
- 1.Click on the folded papers icon in the top right corner of the audience box located in the “Modify Target Audiences” column
- 2.Click on the “Duplicate” text located in the right-hand column that you use to configure the Audience Template
To change an audience template without deleting the audience, click on “Change Template” in the right-hand column that you use to configure the Audience Template.
In the habit of using multiple audiences for every ad campaign that you launch? Save time with Sets.
A Set is a group of multiple target audiences that are included in an ad campaign.
If you notice that you use a similar group of audiences for the majority of your campaigns, you can save that group as a Set by clicking on the “Save Set” button at the top of the “Modify Target Audiences” column.
Saving an Audience Set
Using a Saved Audience Set
If you use this set in the majority of campaigns you create, you can also check the box that says “Make Default Set for New Campaigns” so that the Set will automatically appear when making a new campaign.
Our automated budget allocation will automatically portion your budget so you're spending on the audiences most likely to listen to your music at any time. Learn more about our automated budget allocation here.
Choose the day you'd like your ad campaign to begin by selecting the “Please select a start date” field.
Choose the time you'd like your ad campaign to begin by selecting the “Select a start time” field.
Choose the day you'd like your ad campaign to end by selecting the “Please select an end date” field.
Choose the time you'd like your ad campaign to end by selecting the “Select an end time” field.
We recommend running your ad campaigns for 2-14 days.
This is where you can determine how much money to spend on your Facebook Ad campaign.
Use Total Budget if you don't plan to frequently adjust the budget of your campaign once it's launched.
The Total Budget option spends your entire budget during the time set in the Set Schedule step.
For example, a four-day campaign with a $100 Total Budget will spend $25/day.
Use Daily Budget when you plan to frequently adjust the budget of your campaign once it's launched.
The Daily Budget option spends your budget daily.
For example, four-day campaign with a $25 Daily Budget will spend $25/day for a total of $100.
Use the “Total Budget” option and spend at least $5/day for each day your campaign is live. This ensures you're maximizing your campaign's reach.
The minimum cost for your campaign to run is $1/day per audience in your campaign. Try running a shorter campaign if your budget is small.
Choose how your ad(s) will appear on Facebook and/or Instagram by customizing each part of your ad below.
If you chose the “Use a Facebook post” option in the “Edit Objective” stage, you won't be able to customize your ad because the post that will be used is the existing Facebook post.
The Image/Video section allows you to choose what image or video you would like fans to see.
You have multiple options to add images and videos:
- Use images or videos you’ve used in your past ad campaigns by using the “Ad Account Library” option
- Use images or videos you’ve uploaded to your Facebook Page by using the “Facebook Page Library” option
- Upload a new image or video by pressing the “Upload New Image” option
- Design your own using ToneDen's Canva integration
Try adding another image or video. On average, advertisers see a 50% increase in performance when using multiple versions of images. A/B testing your multimedia content results in better improvements over A/B testing other fields.
Recommended Image specs include:
- 1,080 x 1,080 pixels 1200 x 628 pixels
- To maximize ad delivery, use an image that contains little or no overlaid text.
Video Recommendations include:
- Recommended Length: Up to 15 seconds
- Recommended Aspect Ratio: Vertical (4:5)
Video Specifications include:
- Recommended format: .mp4, .mov or .gif
Required Lengths by Placement:
- Facebook: 240 minutes max Instagram Stories: Up to 60 seconds Instagram Feed: Up to 60 seconds
- Resolution: 600px minimum width
- File size: Up to 4GB max
The service will test every combination and find the ad creative your audiences respond to best.
You can create multiple variations by adding more than one creative variant to a creative section.
For example, if you already have an image and then press Add Image, the service will create two different ads for the campaign.
Use at most two combinations of creative if your budget is under $30/day. We recommend using at least 2 variants for image or video.
The ad preview will show you what your ad will look like based on the creatives you selected. You can see how your ad will look on different platforms by pressing the respective platform’s icon below the ad preview.
The post text section allows you to include text that clearly tells people about what you are promoting.
We recommend including your song, album, or EP name in the post text. We also recommend speaking in the second person.
Example Post Text: I am excited to share <<song_name>> with you! 🔊
The headline section allows you to add a brief headline to let people know what your ad is about.
The character limit for the headline is 40. You can add more text and go over the character limit, but it may be cut off when people see your ad in certain placements.
We recommend including your song name and artist name in the Headline.
Example Post Text: <<Song_Name>> by <<Artist_Name>> is out now!
The Link Description section allows you to add additional text to emphasize why people should interact with your ad. This won’t appear in all placements.
We recommend keeping the link description as brief as possible.
Example Link Description: Click here to listen.
The Call to Action section allows you to choose the action you want people to take when they see your ad.
There are several different Call to Action buttons you can choose from.
We recommend using the Listen Now call to action.
If you have a verified custom domain that's been connected to ToneDen, you are able to see this last step where you can select the specific action you want to Facebook Ad campaign to optimize for. Your event will determine how ToneDen will optimize your campaign’s budget while your ads are live.
Remember: you need to own your domain to take advantage of conversion tracking. Otherwise, all campaigns will default to link click optimization. Owning your domain is the key to maximizing the benefits of the Facebook pixel. Here's a step-by-step guide to creating your custom domain and connecting it to ToneDen:
Your event will determine how ToneDen will optimize your campaign’s budget while your ads are live.
You’ll get the best results when selecting an event that aligns with what you'd like to happen as a result of your ads.
We recommend choosing Link Clicks as an objective when promoting your music. You should only use View Content if you are using a ToneDen FanLink with a pixel and custom domain installed.