Facebook Marketing

Sync data from Facebook Marketing to your warehouse destination via RudderStack.

Facebook Marketing is a HTTP-based API that lets you programmatically query your data, create and manage your ads, and perform many other tasks.

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All Cloud Extract sources support sending data only to data warehouse destinations.

Getting started

To set up Facebook Marketing as a source in RudderStack, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your RudderStack dashboard.
  2. Go to Sources > New source > Cloud Extract and select Facebook Marketing from the list of sources.
  3. Assign a name to your source and click Continue.

Connection settings

  1. Click Connect with Facebook Marketing and grant RudderStack the necessary permissions to access your Facebook Marketing data.
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Your Facebook account and the related details will then automatically appear under Choose an account.
  1. Then, configure the following settings:
  • Account ID: Enter the Facebook Ads account ID that RudderStack uses to pull the data from the Marketing API.
  • Start Date: Specify the date from which RudderStack should replicate the data for all incremental streams. RudderStack will not sync any historical data generated before this date.
  • End Date: RudderStack syncs all data generated between Start Date and this date. If you do not specify this date, RudderStack will sync all latest available data.
  • Include Deleted: Enable this setting to include the data from all deleted campaigns, ads, and ad sets.
  • Fetch Thumbnail Images: Enable this setting to fetch and store the thumbnail data for each Ad Creative.
  • Custom Insights: This setting lets you add a list containing the ad insights entries. You can specify the following configuration settings by clicking the Add Item button:
Custom insights settings
  • Page Size of Requests: Use this option to specify the number of records per page when the Marketing API response has pagination.
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It is not recommended to set this field unless you want to fine-tune the connection for addressing specific issues or use cases.
  • Insights Lookback Window: Specify the number of days in the attribution window.
  • Maximum Size of Batched Requests: Specify the maximum batch size to use when sending batch requests to the Marketing API.
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It is not recommended to set this field unless you want to fine-tune the connection for addressing specific issues or use cases.
  • Allow Empty Action Breakdowns: Enable this setting to allow action breakdowns to be an empty list.

Destination settings

The following settings specify how RudderStack sends the data ingested from Facebook Marketing to the connected warehouse destination:

  • Table prefix: RudderStack uses this prefix to create a table in your data warehouse and loads all your Facebook Marketing data into it.
  • Schedule Settings: RudderStack gives you three options to ingest the data from Facebook Marketing:
    • Basic: Runs the syncs at the specified time interval.
    • CRON: Runs the syncs based on the user-defined CRON expression.
    • Manual: You are required to run the syncs manually.
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For more information on schedule types, see Common Settings.

Selecting the data to import

You can choose the Facebook Marketing data you want to ingest by selecting the required resources:

Selecting the data to import

The below table mentions the syncs supported by these resources from Facebook Marketing to your warehouse destination:

ResourceSync typeFacebook Marketing API endpoint
activitiesIncrementalad_activity
ad_accountFull Refreshadaccount
ad_creativesFull Refreshad-creative
ad_setsIncrementalad-campaign
adsIncrementalad-group
ads_insightsIncrementalinsights
campaignsIncrementalcampaigns
custom_conversionsIncrementalcustomconversions
imagesIncrementalad-image
videosIncrementalvideos
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For more information on the Full Refresh and Incremental sync modes, see Common Settings.

Facebook Marketing is now configured as a source. RudderStack will start ingesting data from Facebook Marketing as per your specified schedule and frequency.

You can further connect this source to your data warehouse by clicking on Add Destination:

Adding a destination
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Use the Use Existing Destination option if you have an already-configured data warehouse destination in RudderStack. To configure a data warehouse destination from scratch, select the Create New Destination button.

FAQ

Is it possible to have multiple Cloud Extract sources writing to the same schema?

Yes - RudderStack implements a feature wherein it associates a table prefix for every Cloud Extract source writing to a warehouse schema. This way, multiple Cloud Extract sources can write to the same schema with different table prefixes.

How can I avoid sync errors due to rate limits?

To avoid sync errors due to rate limits, set the Page Size of Requests setting to 500 from the default value of 50. This allows RudderStack to make fewer calls to the Facebook API. Note that the maximum value for this setting is 1000.

How does RudderStack count the events for Cloud Extract sources?

RudderStack counts the number of records returned by the source APIs when queried during each sync. It considers each record as an event.


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