If you plan on running Facebook Ads for your Shopify store one of the most important things you can do is configure the Facebook Pixel. Facebook Pixel helps optimize and improve your Facebook Ads experience and is an important piece of any Shopify store. It's so important in fact that Shopify has made it relatively easy to integrate with Facebook Pixel. Read all the steps you need to get started below, as well as some advanced Facebook Pixel tips.
The Facebook Pixel is a piece of code that you put on your website that allows you to measure the effectiveness of your advertising. It collects data about how your users arrive at your store and what actions they take once they get there. It helps you measure the sales generated from Facebook ads, remarket to people who arrived at your store but didn't make a purchase, and create custom audiences for future ads.
The Facebook Pixel improves the conversion rate of your Facebook ads by telling Facebook which types of users are making purchases, and which ones are not, so that it can tweak the target audience of your ads for you.
You can use the data that Facebook Pixel collects from the users of your website to create custom lookalike audiences to help you create advertisements for the perfect audience for your store.
Facebook Pixel is also used to create retargeting ads to show ads to people who visited your site but may not have made a purchase.
Before you can create the Facebook Pixel you must first create a Facebook Ads account. To create an account go to Facebook.
Next you need to actually create the Facebook Pixel itself. The Facebook Pixel is created and managed in the Facebook Ads Manager dashboard.
Now our Facebook Pixel has been created, and the next step is to connect it to Shopify.
Now that you have the Facebook Pixel created it's time to actually connect it to your Shopify store. Shopify was kind enough to make this a really simple process.
At this point our pixel should be created and configured with Shopify. Now it's time to test that the pixel is working. The best way to do this is to install the official Facebook Pixel Helper plugin for Google Chrome.
Just by installing the Facebook Pixel on your shop you automatically get quite a bit of value out of it. It sends audience and behavioral information back to Facebook to improve conversion rates on your ads as well as help you track the revenue generated by each ad in your Facebook Ads Manager. To step up your pixel game even further there are some more advanced techniques to squeeze even more power out of the Facebook Pixel. These include creating custom conversions and custom audiences.
The pixel automatically tracks certain standard events on your Shopify store. This event data is used to better understand the behaviour of your customers.
Below are the nine standard events that are automatically tracked:
|Event name||Event description|
|ViewContent||When a visitor views a page, for example a product page|
|Search||When a visitor makes a search|
|AddToCart||When a visitor adds a product to the shopping cart|
|AddToWishlist||When a visitor adds a product to a wishlist|
|InitiateCheckout||When a visitor clicks on the checkout button|
|AddPaymentInfo||When a visitor enters payment information in the checkout|
|Purchase||When a customer completes a purchase and views the thank you page in the checkout|
|Lead||When a visitor clicks a sign up, for example a click to signup for a trial|
|CompleteRegistration||When a visitor completes a registration form, for example a signup for a service|
To go beyond this basic set of events you can create your own custom conversion event that falls outside of the scope of one of these standard events. A custom conversion is created by selecting a completion page. The completion page is typically some kind of thank-you page that your customer lands on after completing a given action. For example, if you want to create a custom conversion for tracking sign ups to your mailing list, the completion page would be the "thank you for signing up to our mailing list" page.
To create your own custom conversion:
In order to create retargeting ads on Facebook you must first create a custom audience. You can't choose a specific customer to target for an ad but you can advertise to groups of users depending on their behavior. This group is called a custom audience.
A few examples of a good custom audience to retarget are:
To create your own custom audience:
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