Assuming you've already enabled the Facebook Pixel on your Permutive account, it's easy to start getting Permutive Segments into Facebook.

To send Segments via the Facebook Reaction Sync mechanism (suggested), follow theses steps:

In the Permutive Dashboard

  • Slide the Facebook Pixel on (so it turns green) and save the segment.

Your segment will now be sent to Facebook using its segment code as an identifier. 

Note: Reaction syncs can be activated when a segment is created or can be edited after the segment has been saved.

Alternatively, you can send Segments manually via the Facebook Reaction

Go to the 'Reactions' part of the dashboard, and click 'Add Reaction'

Select 'Facebook - Fire Pixel' under Action, then fill in the details. 

Give the Facebook Event a name (eg. PageView) and pick the segment you're wanting to send. Set the trigger to 'Every Time'. 

It should look like the screenshot below. Then click create.

The last step is to get the segments sent into Facebook. As we currently stand, Permutive will be sending information into your Facebook Pixel. You can now use these events to create your Facebook Audiences.

It's worth noting at this point, you might want to wait a few hours before continuing. This is because Facebook can take a while to show the events coming through.

Find Your Events 

Go into your Facebook Account and head to the Pixel section under Measure & Report > Events Manager. Then select your Pixel, in our case we're using Permutive's pixel.

From this view you'll be able to see all the events feeding into your account, and also create new audiences based on these events to use in campaigns. 

Set up Facebook Audiences

Select Create Custom Audience and choose the Ad Account you'd like this audience to appear in.

Choose the 'PermutiveSegmentEntry' event. Click where it says it says 'Refine by' and select URL/Parameter → segment_id → equals and type in the segment's code (which you'll find in the Permutive platform).

More complex audiences can be created by selecting Include more/ Exclude more.

Name your new Audience and Click Create. This Audience is now ready to be used in campaigns!

Note: To view all your Audiences, head to Assets > Audiences.

Troubleshooting Match Rates

Publishers often find that the uniques in a Permutive segment do not match the number of users in their Facebook audience, this could be for the following reasons:

  • You don't have the correct Facebook pixel/account ID on your site
  • The audience size estimate is being used to calculate match rate instead of the actual number of users in the segment (searchable in the Analytics tab using the Engagement report)
  • The reaction to send users to Facebook was set up a while after the segment was created. Users will not backfill, but will begin being sent to Facebook when they enter the segment/next return to your site.
  • Reliance on third party cookies. If a user does not have third party cookies enabled or is on a browser which does not support third party cookies, they will not be matched with the Facebook audience.
  • If the user has never logged on to Facebook using the browser they used to access your site, there will be no way of matching the third party cookie.

If you've got any questions about setting up a Facebook Pixel, or audiences in Facebook please get in touch at support@permutive.com or using LiveChat.

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