Is Facebook ad targeting effective for local Irish businesses?

quay-books
New Member
11 0 0

I promote my Shopify store by paying for Facebook ads. I live in Ireland, so most of my customers are in Ireland. When I pay for Facebook adverts, I notice that there is an increase in the number of visits/sessions on my Shopify store. I only pay very small amounts for advertising, say €5.00 a day up to €10.00 a day. Obviously, Facebook wants me to see that I am getting value for my advertising, however small. Recently, I spent €20 a day on advertising, for four days. ....and this is what happened. I had a large increase in visits/sessions to my Shopify store. But the majority ( a very big majority) of engagements were based in the United States. I rarely sell items to the United States. I feel that I am being manipulated by Facebook. They are 'arranging' that my Shopify site has more visits, but the kind of visits they are 'arranging' are useless to me. 99% of my sales are in Ireland.  Not to exaggerate, this is a kind of theft. They take my €80, somehow arrange for visits for me from the vast United States population, but do nothing to increase visits from potential customers in Ireland. And, yes, I request that Ireland be the target location.  Just wondering about this.

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soleseriouss
Trailblazer
316 10 38

While doing FB ads, make sure you target/choose the right audience.

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AliReviews
Shopify Partner
773 90 356

Hi @quay-books, did you re-check your target segment inside your campaign to make sure that you're targeting the right region? If it's true that you're targeting Ireland only but somehow the majority of your traffic is still coming from the US, it's highly recommended that you contact the Facebook Contact Support of ask for an expert to check whether your store is under spam attack or not.

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Xinyu
Tourist
3 0 1

Hi,

Sometimes it happens like you described. The most effective way to avoid US traffic is excluding US audience. To use this option, just switch from “Include” to “Exclude” using the drop-down menu on the left.

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However, this method does not prevent the people in US from seeing your ad. Facebook simply uses this exclusion as a guide to not show it as an advertisement in that location. For example, someone In Ireland sees the ad and shares it, their friends from US will still see your ad as an organic post that their friend has shared.

monpremierami
Visitor
1 0 0

I am experiencing exactly the same problem!

 

I was running google shopping ads actively targeting "france" only, shopify showing me clicks from Bangladesh and India.... Then decided to give Facebook ads a shot. Shopify showing me landing page views from USA... Which for me is a waste of money as my target is clearly the french market. If anyone knows how to solve this issue my ears are wide open, really need to get some high quality traffic coming in, cheers!