Facebook Ads: What’s a Lookalike Audience & Why Does It Matter


Facebook Ads Lookalike AudiencesIf you could clone your current customers, would you?

And would those clones be more likely to do business with you since they are a copy of your real clients, looking and behaving the same way?

Facebook has a way you can do it, and it’s called a “Lookalike Audience”.  Let’s figure out how to use this incredibly useful ad tool.

What is a Lookalike Audience?

Facebook ads have to have an audience.

You create the audience you want to see your ad by choosing the demographics and the characteristics they share.

Building an excellent audience is as important as the ad itself.

By creating a Lookalike Audience, Facebook uses common qualities of people who ALREADY like your page.

Facebook clones your existing customers.

Lookalike Audience

Follow these steps to create your Lookalike Audience:

  1. Go to Ads Manager
  2. Go to Audiences
  3. Click Create Audience
  4. Select Lookalike Audience from the drop-down menu
  5. Choose your source, which to start with should be your business Facebook page
  6. Click Create Audience

NOTE- The process can take up to 24 hours to complete.

Lookalike Audience

It’s important to know that when you create a Lookalike Audience, it’s going to be HUGE.

That’s because Facebook selects people from an entire country (or geographic region).

Don’t be intimidated! Your Lookalike Audience is a starting point, and you won’t use it “as is”.

Why Does A Lookalike Audience Matter

An audience of people who have the characteristics of your existing customers is a smart use of Facebook’s resources.

Advertising to this group is also a smart way to spend your money. Facebook did the hard work on this one, now you can wisely craft your ad message to turn these lookalikes into real customers.

Start with the Lookalike Audience as your foundation, then narrow down their characteristics to fit your advertising campaign.

Lookalike Audience


Facebook advertising works if you do it right. Now it’s time to go set up your ads and make Lookalike Audiences work for you.



P.S.  Once you’ve got this down, check out this article by Social Media Examiner for advanced Lookalike Audience options. There are several more Lookalike Audiences to use.


About Author

Amy Jones

Amy has been a marketing professional in Huntsville for over 15 years. She has a diverse background in marketing, special events and public relations from the corporate world, shopping center management and non-profit performing arts. As an account manager with Move Digital, Amy enjoys helping clients tell their story through a dynamic digital footprint. Amy is also the web content manager for Our Valley Events, a hyper-local website keeping the Rocket City in-the-know. During her non-screen time, Amy is the busy mom of 2 boys who likes to obsess over musical theatre, Doctor Who and Snapchat (in that order).