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Difference between the New and Old Facebook Pixel

[PODCAST] The Difference Between the New and Old Facebook Pixel

In the featured podcast, I am joined by Adil Zuberi to clarify the differences between the old and the new Facebook pixel programs. For those unaware, a pixel is a piece of code that is used to track Facebook ad effectiveness. The pixel allows for ROI optimization through the collection of analytics.

Facebook Pixels, the Old Way

In the past, Facebook used 2 different types of pixels – retargeting and conversion. You had to create two different pieces of code and place them accordingly on different pages based on what you wanted the pixels to track. However, Facebook integrated these features into a single pixel that is used for all pages.

The New Facebook Pixel and Standard Events

The new system of using only one pixel is much more efficient and user-friendly. Only one piece of code is created and implemented. While there is only one pixel now, it has multiple uses. When you go to your Facebook ads account, click on Pixels. You will see the main pixel to place on every page of your site. For those using WordPress, there is a plug-in called Headers & Footers that will automatically place a pixel on every page. Additionally, if you’d like to track events such as Add to Cart, Complete Registration, or Purchase, you would take the standard event piece of code and place it in the pixel, below the PageView piece of code. You can track all of these events in your Facebook analytics.

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