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January 11, 2024

How to Create a Facebook Catalog for Your Business

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This post in a nutshell:

  • What a Facebook Catalog is and its benefits
  • How to set up your Facebook Business Manager Accounts
  • How to create your Facebook Catalog
  • How to customize your Facebook Catalog
  • How to connect your Facebook Catalog to Facebook Ads

Creating a Facebook Catalog for your business can significantly boost your online presence and sales.

In this guide, we will dive into the world of Facebook Catalogs and explore how they can be a game-changer for your business.

Understanding Facebook Catalogs for Your Business


What is a Facebook Catalog?

Facebook Catalog is a digital representation of your business's inventory.

It's a collection format that holds all of your products or services, along with their details, eye-catching images, and prices.

This product catalog can then be used for various purposes, such as showcasing items on your Facebook Page, creating shoppable posts through Instagram Shopping, and running targeted advertisements.

Benefits of Using a Facebook Catalog

There are numerous advantages to using a high-quality catalog on Facebook

Some of the key benefits include:

  • Increased online presence and visibility to potential customers
  • Easier product management and organization
  • Ability to create shoppable posts and ads for increased sales
  • Improved targeting and personalization by connecting your catalog to Facebook Ads

Setting Up Your Facebook Business Manager Account

To get started with Facebook Catalogs, you'll first need to set up a Facebook Business Manager account.

This is a single place to manage all of your business-related activities on Facebook and Instagram.

Creating a Facebook Business Manager Account

First you need to ensure you have a personal Facebook account to confirm your identity. 

Then follow these steps to create your account:

  1. Go to and click 'Create Account.'
  2. Enter your business name, your name, and your business email address.
  3. Provide additional details, such as your business address and phone number.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

Once your account is set up, you'll be directed to the Business Manager dashboard.

Navigating the Business Manager Dashboard

The Business Manager dashboard is where you'll access all your business-related tools and settings. Key areas of the dashboard include:

  • Home: View important notifications and reminders.
  • Ad Center: Manage your Facebook and Instagram ads.
  • Business Settings: Manage your account settings, payment methods, and users.
  • More Tools: Access additional features, such as Audience Insights and the Catalog Manager.

Creating Your Facebook Catalog

Now that your Facebook Business Manager account is set up, it's time to create your Facebook Catalog. The catalog setup process involves choosing the right catalog type, adding products, and organizing your catalog using product sets.

Choosing the Right Catalog Type

Depending on your business type, there are six catalog categories to choose from:

  • Commerce: Ideal for online retailers and ecommerce businesses.
  • Local Commerce and Delivery: Optimal for restaurants, grocers, and any local businesses.
  • Travel: Perfect for businesses that offer flights, hotels, or experiences.
  • Real estate: Suitable for property listings and rentals.
  • Automotive: Tailored for car dealerships and automotive businesses.
  • Entertainment and Media: Great for advertising TV shows, movies, and streaming content. 

Select the category that best fits your business to ensure an optimal experience for your customers.

Adding Products to Your Catalog

To add products to your product catalog, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Catalog Manager in your Business Manager.
  2. Click 'Create Catalog' and select the appropriate catalog category, as discussed previously.
  3. Provide a name for your catalog and click 'Create.'
  4. Go to the 'Products' tab in your catalog and click 'Add Product.'
  5. Enter the required product information, such as name, description, price, and availability.
  6. Click 'Save' to add the product to your catalog.

You can add as many products as you want; just repeat these steps for each new item.

Organizing Your Catalog with Product Sets

To make it easier for customers to navigate and find items in your catalog, use product sets to organize your products. Product sets are groupings of products that share common attributes or characteristics, such as color, size, or type.

To create a product set, go to the Catalog Manager, click on the 'Product Sets' tab, and follow the on-screen instructions to define your set's parameters.

Customizing Your Facebook Catalog

After creating your catalog and adding products, you'll want to make sure it looks professional and visually appealing. The following sections will guide you through editing product information, adding product images and videos, and setting up product variations.

Editing Product Information

Ensuring your product information is up-to-date and accurate is essential. To edit a product's information, go to the 'Products' tab in the Catalog Manager, select the desired product, and update the necessary fields. Be sure to save your changes once you're done.

Adding Product Images and Videos

High-quality images and videos can greatly impact a customer's decision to purchase your product.

To add images or videos to a product, go to the Catalog Manager, click on the desired product, and access the 'Images & Videos' tab.

From there, you can upload new images, videos, or both as needed. Be sure to optimize your media files, using clear and appealing visuals to showcase your products.

Setting Up Product Variations

If your products come in different sizes, colors, or other variations, you'll want to set these up in your catalog. To do this, go to the 'Products' tab in the Catalog Manager, select a product, and click 'Add Variant'.

Follow the on-screen instructions to add your product variations with the appropriate details, such as size or color options.

Connecting Your Catalog to Facebook Ads


Now that your Facebook Catalog is set up and customized, it's time to connect it to your Facebook Ads for optimal audience targeting, advantage+ catalog ad creation, and performance measurement.

Creating Advantage+ Ads with Your Catalog

Advantage+ Catalog Ads (formerly known as Dynamic Ads) allow you to automatically promote items from your catalog to the most relevant audience based on their browsing and purchasing behaviors. To create one:

  1. Go to Ads Manager.
  2. Select + Create.
  3. Create your campaign. You can choose sales, app promotion, leads, engagement or traffic as your objective.
  4. Depending on the objective, you can select your catalog at either campaign or ad level. 

For sales, follow these steps: 

  1. Choose your catalog.
  2. Create your ad set and choose your product set from the catalog.
  3. Create your ad.
  4. Turning on Advantage+ will show the ad in different formats to your audience, depending on what they're likely to respond to. 

Targeting the Right Audience

Effective audience targeting is crucial for successful advertising. Facebook Ads provides various targeting options based on user demographics, interests, and behaviors.

You can also remarket to users who visited your website or engaged with your content previously.

To target the right audience, create an ad set within the Catalog Sales campaign and use the provided targeting options to reach potential customers. 

Measuring the Success of Your Ads

Monitoring the performance of your ads is important to ensure the success of your campaigns. Facebook Ads Manager provides a range of metrics, such as click-through rates, impressions, cost per action, and return on ad spend, to help you measure your ads' effectiveness. Regularly assess your ads' performance and adjust your campaign strategy as needed to optimize results.

Looking to run ads across Facebook and Instagram? Check out MixBloom's blog on maximizing your ROI with Instagram ads.

In conclusion, creating a Facebook Catalog for your business can greatly enhance your online presence and sales potential.

By following the steps in this guide, you can set up, customize, and connect your catalog to Facebook Ads to maximize your business's reach and success.

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