The complete guide to using Facebook’s Brand Collabs Manager

26. 8. 2019

Brand Collabs Manager, Facebook’s influencer platform, was introduced last year with the goal to facilitate collaboration between influencers and brands. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the interface and show you how to make the most of it.

Note: in this article, we’ll be using the terms “creators” and “influencers” interchangeably.

Brand Collabs Manager, Facebook’s marketplace, helps connects you, the brand, sponsor, advertiser, or marketer with the right creator and its audience.

You can use this tool to:

  1. Define the audience you are interested to reach and find the influencers/ creators whose audience matches your criteria,
  2. Find influencers that share similar audiences,
  3. Create customised creator lists, i.e. favourite, those you worked with in the past, etc,
  4. Create project briefs and set criteria for creators who can apply.

Brand Collabs Manager: Signining up as a brand

If you are now starting out with Facebook’s Brand Collabs Manager then you need to sign up as a brand via the link. 

In the pop up box will appear all the Facebook Pages you have access to and you will be able to see which pages are elidgible or not, including the pages that you have already added to Brand Collabs Manager

Add your email and check the “I accept the Terms of Service” box.

If your Facebook page is eligible you should be able to successfully add your page to Brands Collab Manager. Click “View in Brand Collabs Manager” button to enter the homepage.

brand collabs manager approved

Your Collabs manager homepage will display special sections with:

  • Recommended creators
  • Creators with the strongest engagement
  • Creators who are similar to your past partners
  • Creators who are new to Brand Collabs Manager
  • Creators who are gaining followers
brand collabs manager reccomended creators - strongest engagement

Finding influencers using Brand Collabs Manager

There are 3 ways you can find influencers via Brand Collabs Manager:

  1. Via the dedicated special section on the Homepage of Brand Collabs Manager
    brand collabs manager gaining followers, new, similar to past creators
  2. Via the “See similar creators” options when viewing the profile of an influencer
    brand collabs manager - see similaar creators
  3. Via the “Search” tab. A tab dedicated to finding influencers that match your criteria.
    brand collabs manager - seearching influencers

In order to go through the extensive list of influencers, you need to utilise the “Search” tab.  Here, you can set your criteria to narrow down to the ideal influencer(s) and their audience. 

Finding influencers with Collabs Manager

Define the ideal audience you are trying to reach with your campaign through “Audience match” by setting up the:

  • Country
  • Gender
  • Age Range
  • Education
  • Relationship status
  • Interests

Also, make sure that the Facebook Page is the one that you will be using for this partnership since potential creators will be seeing this page when sending out any partnership requests or project briefs.

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By using the “Audience match” option, you will find influencers whose audience meet your set criteria. 

To find influencers that correspond to your criteria you can use the partners search options.

brand collabs manager -influencer and partners criteria

Here, you can define the type of influencer you are looking for along with a range of their follower count and the influencer’s age range. If you are looking to work with influencers that work with a certain topic or post type, you can also define it by using the “Topic(s)” (Animals & Pets, Arts & Culture, Business, Parenting, Education, Style, Fitness, Food, Games, Health, Home & Garden, Music, Politics, Relationships, Spiritual, Science & Tech, Sport, TV and film, Travel, Transport) and “Preferred post type” (Video, Live, Photo, Text, Link) dropdowns. 

After applying your criteria you can browse through the results and click on the ones you find interesting and view their full profile.

When clicking on an influencer’s profile you will be taken to their info page where you can find information about their audience, previous partnerships, media kit, if they have one, where you can find the prices for the type of content they create and any other important information pertaining to way they work.

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Organising your influencers in lists

In the “Creator List” tab is where you can organise active or creators you will potentially work with. 

brand collabs manager - creating creator lists

Besides the default “Favorites” list, you can create a new list by clicking the “Create New List” button located on the upper right corner. To add an influencer to your custom creator list you can do so by:

  1. clicking on the “…” option (in the results section), hover over “Add to list” and then “Create New List” or choosing an existing list. 
    brand collabs manager -contacting influencers
  2. clicking on the “…” option on the profile of the influencer you want to add to your list, and following the same process as above. 
    brand collabs manager - add influencer to creator lists
  3. clicking on the check mark that appears when hovering above the thumbnail of an influencer and then choosing the “Add to List” option. Like in the other examples above, choose the desired, existing list or create a new one.
    brand collabs manager - add influencer to creator lists 2

 

Contacting influencers

Now, the exciting part; reaching out to influencers!
There are two ways you can contact influencers via Brand Collabs Manager:

  1. Via their individual profiles and the use of the “Contact Creator” button.
  2. Via the “Project Brief” tab to create a new project brief. By doing so, creators with the right audiences will be notified to apply in order to be considered as potential branded content partners.

Creating a Project Brief is a pretty straightforward process; you fill in the project brief details

brand collabs manager - create project briefs

and any information about the influencers themselves as well as their audience.

brand collabs manager - create project briefs - influencers criteria filled in

Depending on the criteria you set here you will be able to narrow or expand the pool of creators who are eligible to apply for this project brief. One great thing about it is that if in the future any influencer that meets your criteria joins Brand Collabs Manager, the number will increase. 

When done, click on the “Next” button to view a summary of your project brief. IF everything looks OK you can make the brief publicly available by clicking on the “Publish” button.  Any request from potential collaborators will be sent to the email address you provided.

Partnering with influencers

Whether you find an influencer through Brand Collabs Manager or through other third-part platform or direct contact, all influencers that have tagged you in their posts as their sponsor/partner, will appear in the “Partnerships” tab.

brand collabs manager - partnerships - tag sponsor
A collaborator can use the “Tag sponsor” option to tag you in their posts

When working with influencers, you can access their audience and:

  1. Promote the branded content as an ad to their following
  2. Create a Lookalike Audience based on the influencer’s following
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When requesting audience access, you will be required to choose an end date and an ad account.

brand collabs manager - partnerships tab - request audience access 2

Assessing branded content and influencer partnerships

Brand Collabs Manager offers great insight into the level of success of your cooperation with an influencer. To track performance, head over to the “Insights” tab. You can measure the performance of two types of posts; tagged posts and stories (the ones an influencer created and tagged you as a sponsor) and published posts (the ones that you created and tagged other pages as your partner).

brand collabs manager - partnerships tab - boost post

Here, you can understand the type of content that resonates with your target audience and how they engage with it. If you are looking to drive conversions, you can use the “Boost Post” button to reach wider audiences and optimise for the conversion that matter to you. To do so, you need to have the Facebook Pixel implemented, along with the desired tracking events.

In the case of multiple partnerships, you can compare the results generated by your influencers and see whether continuing a partnership makes sense for you.

Influencer marketing has become a necessity for a number of brands out there and Facebook’s Brand Collabs Manager, a free marketplace, helps make the search and cooperation with influencers less tedious and time-consuming while optimising for higher ROI.

Renata Ekine on Linkedin
In Business Factory, I work as a Facebook Marketing specialist helping both Czech and international clients to enhance their Facebook advertising efforts. For you, I wear my data-glasses and creative ideas-hat and share with you the tips, suggestions and tutorials that will help you step up your Facebook marketing game.

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