How to connect Facebook Ads to Power BI? Ultimate Guide 2023

Connect Facebook Ads to Power BI

One of the reasons Facebook is such a popular and successful marketing platform is the fact that it provides detailed insight that allows marketers to scale and optimize their campaigns with ease. Here we are going to explain how to connect Facebook Ads to Power BI.

 

Having fresh Facebook Ads in Power BI is very useful. Especially in case you are investing heavily in Facebook and Power BI is your central reporting platform. In this article, we’ll explain how to get both platforms connected.

 

The whole process should not take more than 5 minutes and you can choose between >200 different dimensions and metrics from Facebook Ads.

 

Table of Content:

  1. How to connect Facebook Ads to Power BI
  2. What data can I investigate with Power BI Facebook Ads report?
  3. FAQ: Facebook Ads Power BI Integration

 

How to connect Facebook Ads to Power BI?

As a prerequisite, you’ll need a Windsor.ai account which you can get here.

 

Option One

1. First, you need to select Facebook Ads as Data Source and Grant Facebook Access to Windsor.ai.

Connect Facebook Ads to Power BI: Step 1

 

2. Connect your Facebook Ads account to Windsor.ai and copy your API key that appears in the top right corner. 

Connect Facebook Ads to Power BI: Step 2

 

3. Use the following URL

https://connectors.windsor.ai/facebook?api_key=[your API key]&date_from=2021-01-18&fields=campaign,clicks,spend,impressions,date,source&_renderer=csv

where the  [your API Key] with your API key. The fields which are listed after &fields= are simply a set of standard fields which you can customise. A full list of metrics and dimensions can be found in our Facebook Ads connector documentation. Customise the URL to your liking. If you want to query a specific date range you can do so by changing &date_from= to the start date. Additionally you can also add in &date_to= (at the end of the URL) and specify the end date.

 

 Lead campaign is one type of a Facebook campaign, you just need to select Lead Generation as a campaign objective. Then you can collect customer data via a lead form. This data will then be available in the Facebook Ads Manager reports and you will be able to integrate it into Power BI. Keep reading through the steps to learn how to connect Facebook Ads to Power BI.

 

4. In Power BI click on Get data -> Web and copy-paste the URL into the URL field. This URL now works as a data feed. If you want to add or remove fields, simply adjust the URL as described in step 2. Now a window will open where you click Connect.

 

5. Now your data should appear in Power BI. Click load and configure it.Facebook Ads Power BI Connector

Important You will need to change the fields to their types (e.g. date, decimals, whole numbers, …) to use them in aggregations (sums, averages, …) or date filters. For users in Europe and other countries where a comma is used for decimals please change the locale of the data to English.

 

Also you can get your data into Power Bi:

  1. Download the Desktop Template

    Download Power BI Desktop Template: Facebook Ads Overview Report

     

  2. In the template on the start screen, paste your API Key from step 1 like here

Power Bi API KEY with Facebook Ads

 

 

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Option Two

  1. Install the Power BI Web App

    Install Power BI Web App: Facebook Ads Overview Report

     

  2. Follow the instructions on the Connect Your Data pageFacebook Ads Power BI WEB Connector
  3. Connect Facebook Ads on https://onboard.windsor.ai/register
  4. Click on Connect your data on the top of the page, on the yellow background.

Connect Facebook Ads to Power BI Web

 

5. Enter your API key which you can get here

FB Ads API Power Bi Integration

 

6. On the next screen click on Sign In

7. Your data should be loading now. Depending on your data size this may take a minute or two.

 

​​How long does it take?

Now that we’ve explained how to connect Facebook Ads to Power BI, you can see that the process is very simple and the best part is that it will take you only about 5 minutes to set up everything and be able to analyze your Facebook data in Power BI.

 

Also read:

Main steps to get started with Power BI Facebook Ads Report Dashboard Template

How to connect Facebook Lead Ads to Microsoft Power BI in 2023

 

What data can I investigate with Power BI Facebook Ads report?

If you go back to step 3 you will see the default fields that you can analyse, but that’s just a fraction of what is actually available to you. Namely, you can analyse every metric that is available in Facebook Ads Manager, so whether that is cost per mile, conversions, or you would like to separate your audience by geo, gender, or age, all of that will be possible with our solution.

 

Let’s say that you want to see how your campaign performed in different countries or regions. You can customise your Facebook Ads Manager data and once you integrate it into Power BI you can visualise and directly see the difference between conversions, cost per mile, CPC and every metric that you want to compare.

 

Facebook Ads Manager offers access to an amazing set of categories and metrics, but it is not a visualisation tool and even if you download the reports and open them in Excel or Google Sheets, it still wouldn’t be very presentable.

 

Once you connect Facebook Ads to Power BI you will be able to present your data and findings in a much user-friendlier manner even to people who are not familiar with the marketing side of Facebook.

 

About Power BI

Power BI isn’t just a visualisation tool, it is a service offered by Microsoft, it has a very simple interface and in addition to visualisations it also has business intelligence capabilities. There is a Power BI desktop and a Power BI web service, you can use either or both depending on your preference.

 

You can create interactive reports and model your data as you prefer and if you have used any Office product, working in Power BI will come naturally to you.

 

About Facebook Ads

Facebook Ads, via Facebook Ads Manager is the platform that allows you to use Facebook as a marketing tool. You can target users based on their geolocation, their gender, age or a range of other characteristics. It is possible to build custom audiences, but it is also possible to build audiences based on their interests as well as lookalike audiences.

A lookalike audience is an audience which is created by Facebook based on an existing audience data provided by you. Facebook uses the data it has on the existing base audience to create a group that matches it. If the base audience are your customers, it is likely that the lookalike audience will have a high conversion rate.

If your goal is to collect leads, you can do that as well and we already explained how to connect Facebook Ads to Power BI in the detailed step-by-step process above.

 

Why to choose Windsor.ai

Windsor.ai  is an ETL platform that abstracts data from Facebook Ads, revamp it, and logically loads the conclusions to Power BI. Accelerate your decision-making capacity and promptly accumulate optimizations without undermining the time and  Scrunching the data.

Promptly abstract marketing data from Facebook Ads in just a few clicks.

Associate data from multiple resources with 50+ connectors to commission your marketing team. Here are a few advantages

  • Collective Query dispose of
  • Create Data Visualizations
  • Transpose of your data without having to use SQL.
  • Data normalization across channels can be automated.
  • Data can be loaded into any warehouse.
  • Real-time data analysis

 

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Access all your data from your favorite sources in one place.
Get started for free with a 30 - day trial.

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FAQ: Facebook Ads Power BI Integration

How do I connect my Facebook Ads account to Power BI?

To connect your Facebook Ads account to Power BI, you will need to set up a Facebook Developer account and obtain a Facebook Access Token. Once you have these, you can use the Facebook Marketing API to connect your Facebook Ads account to Power BI.

 

How to Connect Power BI to Facebook ads?

To connect Power Bi to Facebook ads you would need to go through the same step we outlined before, the only difference will be to grant access to your Facebook ads account instead of your Facebook lead ads account.

 

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