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Facebook Microdata – what it is & how to set it up

 

In May 2017 Facebook rolled out a pretty epic update to the pixel – epic because it was a massive power play and showed just how intent the platform is to improving advertising, the user experience as well as encroach on the search engine/Google sphere.

You may have noticed it already, and perhaps thought nothing much of it. I’m talking about Microdata and a new automatic event called “SubscribedButtonClick”.

In this post I’m going to walk you through the former, what it is and how to start the process of getting yours optimised properly.

WHAT’S MICRODATA

 

When using the Pixel Helper Tool, you may notice a new field called “Microdata” that triggers when the pixel loads on the site (see below).

This is essentially allowing Facebook to gain way more information in terms of what users are doing on your site, what they’re looking at, and how well your site is performing.

It does this by looking at the markup data – essentially SEO information on the pages to discern that your site is about Barbecues (for example) and this particular visitor is very interested in this product (based on how they engage with the page).

Why should you care?

It’s actually pretty scary/intense/and amazing all in one.

What this is now allowing Facebook to do is to spot people most likely to preform a desired action and optimise advertiser campaigns accordingly.

It’s also allowing you to tap into competitor traffic in a way!

Here’s an example:

Using the BBQ example above, if I am on a competitor website checking BBQs and your decide to run ads for your BBQ sale, Facebook will now know to show your ads to me as I am a very “hot” prospect and have shown interest in this type of product.

Likewise, let’s say I purchased the BBQ on that competitor site – well if you’re selling BBQ tongs or cleaning products, again Facebook will now have the data to tell it to show your ads to me as I am a likely customer.

In this sense, this VERY MUCH replicates the “search” function of Google.  Whereby Google targets ads to individuals already deep in the consideration phase of a marketing funnel.

Facebook was always able to do this type of ad targeting/optimisation – but not to this extent.  This is what microdata is enabling us to tap into.

Powerful stuff.

 

SCHEMA & OPENGRAPH

So what’s the difference between Schema and OpenGraph?

OpenGraph is what Facebook uses and Schema is a Google identifier that helps search engines to identify the category or property type of your site’s content.  Facebook taps into both of these so you’ll want to make sure they’re both installed correctly.

If you see a little box icon next to “Schema” this means it is NOT installed on the site or landing page in question.

TIP – pitch this as an up-sell to clients.  It will be highly beneficial for them to have this and drastically improve their FB campaigns.

 

HOW DO I SET IT UP

You’ll probably (like 97%) need a web developer to help you with this – especially if you’re not comfortable editing the CMS of your site. Try a find a dev that is ideally familiar or specialises in SEO – as they will understand Schema.

Step #1: Head to Structured Data Markup Helper

https://www.google.com/webmasters/markup-helper/?email=true

Once here, click on “Website” and select the category most applicable to you (there are 10 in total)

Step #2: Add in the URL in question and select “Start Tagging”

Step #3:  Start tagging your site

(watch this video on how to do this)

Step #4: Add all the Highlighted markup to your page’s HTML

Here’s where you’ll need a web dev – you can also download this to send through to your dev or access the JSON formatting.

Step #5: Click “Finish”

You can then use this tool to make sure it’s all installed properly: https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool/u/0/

GOING DEEPER WITH SCHEMA

If you want more formatting for your schema category – check out schema.org   It will show you all sorts of properties that can be used to describe your page so that Facebook & Google can glean even more data.

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