What is Custom Audience on Facebook?

Custom Audience is an ad targeting option that lets you find your existing audiences among people who are on Facebook.

You can use sources like customer lists, website or app traffic, or engagement on Facebook, to create Custom Audiences of people who already know your business.”

You can check out the Facebook ‘About Custom Audiences’ page for more.


We will use ‘Customer List Custom Audience’ type . It provides the opportunity to reach our leads via Facebook ads.

If you have your potential clients’ phone numbers, email addresses or physical addresses, you can use them on Facebook. Facebook processes this data and provides audience matches for you to show your ads.

Now the real question is: How do you find that information about your potential clients?

Answer is Outscraper Google Maps Scraper 

Creating A Potential Client List For Use In Facebook Custom Audience

If you’re in a B2B business, the potential targets you’re selling products or services to are companies.

While there are many company directory websites where you can find these businesses, none are as large and inclusive as Google Maps. With Google Maps, you can find all the businesses in the category you specify, not only in one country, but all over the world.

Google is such a great resource but  it takes a lot of time to extract the data contained in Maps one by one. So you need a solution that will extract Google Maps data. Outscraper Google Maps Scraper will meet this need.

If you are wondering how to create your B2B lead lists with Google Maps Scraper, you can read a very detailed blog post here.

How to Generate B2B Leads?

If you create a scraping task as described in this blog post, you will have a sample data list like this.

Sample Data List: Digital Printing Service B2B Lead List With Emails

You can download data in 2 different file formats from Outscraper to use on Facebook. xlsx and csv format. If you prefer to download in csv format, you can create a custom audience by uploading the file you downloaded directly to Facebook. If you download it as xlsx, you can copy and paste the column containing the data you want.

How to Create Custom Audience on Facebook?

1-Copy/Paste The Data Lists

You downloaded the Digital Printing Service B2B Lead List With Emails  file and opened it with excel. Many columns and data lists in front of you. You can use the following identifiers to use in Facebook data matching.

Check more on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/business/help/112061095610075?id=2469097953376494

There are two laser focus data in our list that we can target our potential clients. Email addresses and phone numbers. Email addresses are always our first choice.

Visit the Facebook Ads Manager and click the ‘Create Audience’ button. Select the ‘Customer list’ option in the list.

Quickly skip the Prepare List step. In the Select List Type step, as there is no customer value data in the downloaded file, so tick the no option and continue.

When it comes to the third step, Add Customer List; we choose ‘Paste Comma-Separated Values’

We open our data file with excel and copy all columns related to email addresses from it.

And we paste all the email addresses into the box.

By clicking the Next button, we let Facebook to map and identify our data.

Facebook successfully mapped the email_1, email_2 and email_3 columns we copied.

We cast an eye over the data in the Map Column to Identifier section. And we import the data by pressing the Import & Create button. If you will get “Some Identifiers Won’t Be Uploaded” notification, just click the Upload Anyway button.

That’s it! Facebook has imported and mapped all our data. Now we can create an ad based on this data or create a lookalike audience.

Now let’s see how we can do this by uploading csv.

2-Upload CSV File to Facebook

Outscraper allows you to choose xlsx, csv and parquet as result extension. Outscraper allows you to choose xlsx, csv and parquet as result extension. While creating a custom audience on Facebook, you can upload a csv file containing the values.

When you upload a csv file, Facebook maps all the data according to its identifiers.

Your settings should be like in the screenshot to make result extension as csv file when using Outscraper Google Maps Scraper service.

As a result of this scraping task, you will download a result file like this: csv_digital_printing_service.csv

Visit the Facebook Ads Manager and click the ‘Create Audience’ button again to create custom audience with this csv file. Select the ‘Customer list’ option in the list.

Go to the Add Customer List step. this time, check the “Upload a List (.csv or .txt)” option and select the csv file you have downloaded from Outscraper to upload it.

Facebook will map whatever matches their identifiers in the csv file. Phone Number (1), Country, Gmail (1), Mail (2), Email (3), Phone Number (2) data seems to be available for matching by Facebook.

Continue to create Custom Audience by pressing the “Import & Create” button again. And uploaded successfully.

Now the custom audience is ready. You can use it as you want. Using this sample potential customer pool, you can show ads directly to this list, or you can create a lookalike customer list from this list and show ads to that list.

You can target your laser-focused potential clients with Outscraper that you can’t find in Facebook’s standard targeting filters.

More ideas on how to use Outscraper as a digital marketing framework can be read in this blog post.

B2B Lead Generation for Digital Marketing Agencies

Create Your Own Customer Audience List Now

You can now create your own custom audience list using the Outscraper Google Maps Scraper service now. It only takes 6 minutes to sign up and start extracting.

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