How to Market Your Multi-Location Business with Facebook Ads


Use Facebook Ads to market your multi-location business on social media effectively. By utilizing Facebook Business Manager and location pages, you can increase traffic to your website, drive sales, and reach your target audience. This blog post covers the importance of demographic analysis, geographical distribution, interests, and behaviors to create a successful ad campaign. Topics such as setting objectives, budgeting, targeting, custom audiences/lookalike audiences, ad formats, and Facebook Pixel are discussed. With this guide, you can leverage Facebook Ads and location pages to promote your business and engage with your target audience.

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Understanding Your Target Audience For Multiple Businesses

The target audience’s interests and needs in each location should be considered to have a successful Facebook ad campaign. Use location targeting and Facebook’s Lookalike Audiences to expand reach. Analyze ad performance with Facebook’s analytics tools and experiment with ad formats and messaging—preview ad performance using simple steps to find what resonates best with each target audience. Use your Facebook account to leverage these tools for the most effective campaign.

Demographic Analysis

For small & large businesses with multiple physical locations, understanding your target audience’s demographics is critical to effective Facebook ad campaigns. Marketers can utilize Facebook Ads Manager to access detailed insights on age, gender, location, interests, and behaviors. Marketers can increase engagement rates and ROI by tailoring ad creative and messaging to each location’s demographic profile. This approach helps small & large businesses make the most of their Facebook ads.

Geographical Distribution

To optimize Facebook advertising for multi-location businesses, use Facebook’s location targeting options to reach specific regions or zip codes where your target audience is located. Analyze Facebook Insights data to optimize each location’s ad strategy and budget allocation. Exclude areas where your business cannot serve customers effectively. Precise geographic targeting tools in Facebook ad accounts can improve campaign effectiveness and ROI.

Interests and Behaviors

To create a successful ad campaign for your multi-location business, it’s essential to understand the interests and behaviors of your target audience. By targeting users based on their hobbies or favorite brands, you can create ad content that resonates with them. Additionally, targeting users based on behaviors such as frequent travelers or online shoppers can help you reach the right audience. Understanding these critical aspects of your target audience will improve your overall Facebook advertising strategy and increase engagement rates for your multi-location business.

Designing your Facebook Ad Campaign

Crafting a successful Facebook ad campaign requires defining your target audience by demographics, interests, and location. Once identified, create compelling ad copy and visuals. Use location targeting to reach customers near your business. Choose the right call-to-action for conversions. Continually test ad formats and targeting options to optimize performance. Monitor and analyze ad data to make informed decisions. Allocate your ad budget effectively for multi-location businesses.

To optimize your Facebook ad campaign, assign page roles and access levels to admins in the drop-down menu. This ensures the right people have the necessary permissions to manage and monitor your ads. You can delegate tasks and streamline your ad campaign management process by giving specific page roles.

Setting your Advertising Objective

Setting a relevant advertising objective is essential to create a fruitful Facebook Ad campaign for your multi-location business. Align it with your marketing goals and target audience. Pick the apt ad format and targeting options, using a cover photo, company logo, and personal profile to enhance brand awareness, website traffic, and leads or conversions. Continuously monitor and adjust the campaign to optimize performance based on the objective.

Choosing the Correct Format for your Ad (image, video, carousel, etc.)

Selecting the correct format from various options can be daunting when creating a Facebook ad. Images are great for showcasing products, videos can tell a story or provide demonstrations, and carousel ads are ideal for displaying multiple products. For e-commerce businesses, collection ads are perfect as they allow users to browse and buy products without leaving the facebook. Keep campaign goals and target audience preferences in mind. Also, ensure your profile picture and images have the correct pixel size per Facebook’s templates.

Crafting Compelling Ad Copy

Writing compelling Facebook Ad copy is essential for success. Be concise and attention-grabbing, and communicate your business value. Use persuasive language to entice your audience to take action. Incorporate social proof, such as testimonials or reviews, to build trust. Experiment with different variations and monitor their performance to optimize effectiveness.

Selecting Appropriate Images and Videos

Choose eye-catching and relevant visuals for your multi-location business’s Facebook ads. High-quality, consistent visuals build credibility and trust with potential customers. Authentic images help convey authenticity and differentiate you from competitors. Align your visuals with campaign goals and target audience to increase conversions.

Choosing the Right Call-To-Action

Picking the right call-to-action (CTA) in Facebook Ads is crucial. A clear and persuasive CTA guides your audience to the desired action, boosting conversions. Aligning CTA with ad messaging and business goals is crucial. Testing various CTAs can help find the most effective one for better results.

Facebook Marketing in 2023

  • Facebook’s family of services (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger) boasts a whopping 2.45 billion-plus worldwide active users.
  • An estimated 79 percent of the U.S. population is on Facebook—74 percent of that log in every day, and two out of three consumers visit a Local Business Page at least once per week.
  • For 53.2% of internet users ages 16-24, social media is their primary source of brand research. And 66% of all Facebook users check out a local business Page at least once weekly.

How To Manage Facebook Business Page

How To Manage Facebook Business Page

Every business is a prospective Facebook advertiser, and multi-location businesses are no exception. However, special care must be taken in the Facebook Ads campaign setup to prevent location overlap and overreach. This post will review the campaign setup process for an advertiser targeting a local marketplace with multiple locations. Note that we will not talk through every possible campaign setting here. Facebook campaigns can get wonderfully complex, and advanced campaign setup is beyond the scope of this article.

Campaign Choice

How to Market Your Multi-Location Business on Facebook with Facebook Ads

When entering the Facebook Ads UI, an advertiser is faced with quite a few campaign setup choices. People in charge of a Multi-Location Facebook Ads Setup should choose 1 of these 4 marketing paths.

1. “Reach” Ads will show the ads to as many people as possible within the given budget. This should be the default choice for less-experienced Facebook Advertisers.

2. If it is a priority to get people to the website instead of having the visitor act within the Facebook Universe, “Traffic” would be the choice.

3. “Engagement” will sacrifice some reach for commentary and feedback on the ad itself. Suppose your business is comfortable with engaging potential customers (as well as some trolls) on Facebook. In that case, this might also be a good choice since if your ads generate more than expected Facebook Engagement, their frequency in the auction will increase.

4. “Brand Awareness” will sacrifice some reach to target people that Facebook thinks to have an enhanced interest in your advertising.

Campaign Budget

Start small and realize you must create a separate campaign for each location. Once you set your budget, you will be asked to choose a “Campaign Bid Strategy,” We recommend “Lowest Cost,” which is the optimal choice for most people reading this article.

Facebook Page

Every location that you plan to advertise separately needs its own Facebook Page. No exceptions. If, for some reason, you have not created a Facebook Page for each business location that you plan to market, please do so ASAP. Each Campaign created will be for one unique location (though it is perfectly OK to have nearly identical campaigns for each location you are marketing).

Location Targeting

You should know roughly how far your customers will visit each business location. Is it 3 Miles? 10 Miles? 50 Miles? For some businesses, putting the location in the circle and choosing a radius for the circle is all you would need to do for location targeting.

Location Targeting

However, with multiple locations, what can quickly happen is that the circles will overlap. You will have multiple locations serving ads to the same people, which wastes money and might cause consumer confusion. Instead of doing radius circles, targeting your locations at the Zip Code, City, or Metro Area level might be more efficient.

Demographic Targeting

Adding some extremely basic demographic targeting will help narrow the size of your target audience and increase your ad’s relevance.

Demographic Targeting

What does your business sell or offer? Drop those terms into the detailed targeting box to see what matches Facebook comes up with. Add those as part of your Detailed Targeting to increase the relevance of your targeted audience and decrease the amount of money you spend on people that likely have no interest in your business.

Custom Audiences / Lookalike Audiences

Here is one targeting wrinkles that could be highly effective. Have you developed an in-house email list for your business? If yes, you can target those email addresses tied to Facebook Accounts in conjunction with your geographical targeting or on its own.

Even but also be a good choice since your ads like ” Audience” from your in-house email list will allow you to target people who are demographically like the people on your in-house list.

Facebook Lookalike Audiences are exceptionally large and will allow you to target 1-10% of the country’s population. For our purposes here, you should stick to 1%, which will still leave you a massive list. However, when you apply your geographic and demographic overlays to the Similar Audience, you will be left with many people who should be interested in your business that also reside in your local area and who you don’t know about.

We have found that companies who have developed comprehensive in-house email lists have done exceptionally well in Facebook Ads because Similar Audiences are so influential for their marketing efforts.

Ad Format

Facebook Campaign Ads consist of images and text. Sure, we could use videos or immersive screen experiences, but investing in these assets does not make sense if you are running multi-location brick-and-mortar businesses. For each location, upload a high-quality representative image for use in your Facebook Ads, which is quite adequate.

Ad Format

For your ad text, these are the 3 fields you must focus on. The “Primary Text” appears above the ad image and is what people will focus on when they see your ad in the feed. Here is where you let people know what service your business performs and why somebody should consider stopping by. Be succinct in what you write here. A few sentences are fine but keep them short and snappy.

The Headline is “Optional,” but you should not treat it that way. Put your Business CTA here, or mention your Business Name again (since it will also appear at the top of the ad).

The Description is “Optional,” but you should use this space to share salient information such as hours open or a promotion that you might be running.

You can also add a Call to Action button to your ad; we strongly recommend that. “Learn More” or “Contact Us” are the two choices that make the most sense for multi-location businesses.

Facebook Pixel

Ensure your webmaster has properly implemented the Facebook Pixel on your website(s). It will not only give you unbelievably valuable information about the people who have visited your website, but it will allow you to retarget these people in the future.


The Facebook Ads UI can be very intimidating for somebody who has never seen it before and has no experience with Paid Advertising. However, for the uninitiated, the following general advice should help you adjust to this new process.

1) Start Small. Keep your budgets low while you are learning. Spending just $5-$10 daily is OK until you understand the process better.

2) Start Nearby. Facebook will almost always spend the entire budget you are giving it. So, when you start, focus on the audience closest to each location. Some people may drive 30 minutes to your place of business. Most will not, however. Generate your learnings with people close to your location.

3) Start Simple. Your first Facebook Campaign is not where you launch a multi-step multimedia ad experience. Plenty of advertisers do well with a single-sentence message, a simple CTA, and a particular image. Stick to that until you have become comfortable with the platform and are comfortable with the results from your ad investments-Location Businesses with Facebook Ads

FAQs on Multi-Location Businesses with Facebook Ads

How can I measure the success of my Facebook Ad campaigns for multiple locations?

To measure the success of your Facebook Ad campaigns for multiple locations, you can start by setting specific goals and KPIs for each location. Then, use Facebook Ads Manager to track metrics such as reach, engagement, conversions, and ROI for each location.

What are the best types of Facebook Ads for a multi-location business?

For a multi-location business, the best types of Facebook Ads are local awareness ads, which can be customized for each location and targeted to users in specific geographic areas. Carousel ads are also effective, as they can showcase multiple locations in one ad.

How do I ensure my Facebook Ad campaigns are consistent across multiple locations?

To ensure consistency in Facebook Ad campaigns across multiple locations, you should use the same ad creative, targeting, and messaging across all campaigns. Utilize Facebook’s ad sets feature to create unique campaigns for each location, but ensure they have the same overall message and branding.

How do I optimize my Facebook Ad campaigns for maximum ROI for my multi-location business?

To optimize your Facebook Ad campaigns for maximum ROI for your multi-location business, you should start by defining your target audience and creating location-specific campaigns. Use relevant images and videos, compelling ad copy, and clear calls to action. Use Facebook’s targeting options to reach the right people and monitor your campaigns regularly to make data-driven adjustments to improve performance.

Can I use Facebook Ads to promote multiple locations at once, or do I need separate campaigns for each location?

You can use Facebook Ads to promote multiple locations by creating a single campaign with multiple ad sets, each targeting a different location. However, it’s essential to customize your ad creative and messaging for each location to ensure relevance and effectiveness. Alternatively, you can create separate campaigns for each location to have more control over targeting and budget allocation.

Todd Mintz

May 26, 2023

By Todd Mintz