Within a flurry of new features within Facebook, it comes as no surprise that they have added email marketing to the list of business building tools!
Users can upload email contacts from other email marketing platforms and send emails directly through the Facebook platform.
You will find the tab "Marketing Emails" when viewing your Facebook page from the business manager.
Below that you will see an opportunity to upload contacts into the "Contacts" tab.
Though on the outside another email platform doesn't sound like anything new, Facebook's new email tool does have some helpful integrations like a "Send Message" button.
This is a great feature for giving customers to opportunity to connect in a more direct way with your brand.
Retargeting has become a must in the modern day marketing strategy. It increases the effectiveness of all other marketing efforts, increasing brand awareness, recall, and driving customers down the funnel to ultimately conversion.
Website visitors abandon the sales funnel for many reasons: comparison shopping, credit card not conveniently on them, “just browsing” and so on. Retargeting allows you to show ads directly to visitors after they’ve left a site or landing page, providing multiple shots at the conversion or sale.
Of all the available ways to spend a marketing budget on paid media, retargeting simply can’t be ignored.
Retargeting Tip#1: Retarget With A Relevant Marketing Message
Imagine checking out a pair of shoes on Nike's website and then after not purchasing, you see the same ad over, and over, and over again.
Safe to say it would fast become annoying and may even put you off the brand in future.
That's why it's incredibly important to retarget a user with relevant marketing messages.
Instead of hitting them with the same ad that brought them to the website in the first place, consider what may re-engage them or refresh their memories as to why they considered purchasing in the first place.
Example: Bob sees a pair of work boots that he considers whilst on Facebook, so he clicks on the ad, to the brand's website, but he doesn't purchase. That evening he's scrolling away on Facebook and sees the work boots again, but this time the ad is showcasing the main benefits that the work boots provide over any other, but Bob isn't swayed unfortunately, and doesn't click the ad.
So the next day while he's waiting for his coffee he sees another ad. This time the ad is portraying testimonials of other people who love these work boots, and this provides Bob with a bit more trust toward the brand so he clicks the ad and this time he initiates the checkout process on the website!
But just as he is about to pull out his credit card, the barista yells out "Bob?" and Bob promptly puts his credit card away and proceeds to collect his coffee.
Damn we were so close!
However, luckily we have an 'ace up our sleeve' and at about lunchtime when Bob is on his break, he goes for a casual scroll and BAM, another ad. This time the ad says "These boots were made for walking, so don't let them walk out of your life - here's a 10% discount coupon." and Bob completes his purchase.
Retargeting Tip#2: Utilize High Converting Placements like Instagram Stories
If you ever wanted to completely immerse someone in your product offering, Instagram Stories could well be the opportunity to do just that!
Not only does an Instagram Story cover the entire of the user's phone, increasing the real estate you have to work with, but Instagram Stories only go for 15 seconds so you can create quite a few different ads to test with ease.
You can use either video or images in this placement as well. But testing both at the same time is always best practice and 'hedges your bet' so you get a true representation of whether an image or a video is performing best for your brand.
The Instagram Story placement is also a great deal cheaper than is big brother Facebook.
Where it may cost you around $12 to reach 1000 people on Facebook, it may only cost you $6 to reach 1000 people in the Instagram Story placement. The contributing factor to this is simply the fact that there isn't as much competition for this placement when compared to Facebook.
We've been able to reduce the average cost per purchase or cost per lead by 30% on average, just by using the Instagram Story Placement.
I frequently use them for retargeting for my brand with varying call to actions
Here are a few examples of what I've used in the past
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Retargeting Tip#3: Cross Promote Other Services or Products
People who have already spent money with you are more likely to spend money with you again.
This is true with serviced-based businesses and online ecommerce businesses.
Have you noticed when you purchase a product online, you often get followed up with their sales, promotions and offers by email?
It's insanely effective and is your lowest hanging fruit when extracting more sales from your current customer base.
So include this strategy in your Retargeting Campaign!
If Janine buys product X today, we wait 7-10 days for it to be delivered, then she will begin to see retargeting ads showcasing product X and Z, which may actually complement product X.
Similarly, if you're a service-based business, the above strategy may look like:
Grant fills out a lead form on Facebook to get a quote for a colorbond fence, then for the next 5 days he begins to see package deals for a colorbond fence and outdoor blinds - which increases the average order value per customer immensely.
The only limit to cross promoting is your imagination! So be sure to try all your offering to see which converts best for your brand.
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
With retargeting, you not only get a second chance, but a third, fourth, fifth and more.
In the highly competitive world of digital marketing, you want to utilize every advantage possible and maximize the value of each of the visitors you drive.
In the case of retargeting, you are leveraging your own website visitors, which is the most valuable type of audience.
This is what makes retargeting so compelling and why its use should be a part of every business owner’s strategy.
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Facebook are releasing a new function called "shops" ahead of schedule in an effort to help businesses affected by COVID-19
Facebook announced on Tuesday the 19th of May that it is adding shopfronts to it's long list of features paired with some new functions across it's spread of apps.
These new features put it in the same ring as Amazon, Etsy and eBay being a platform where users can purchase goods directly from!
Facebook Shops will allow business page admins to create digital storefronts on the platform where they can host a range of products and either send users off-site to complete their payment, or take a payment directly through Facebook.
Basically, Facebook could potentially be your new ecom store!
* An example of what Facebook Shops could look like, shared by Facebook
On top of that, users will also gain access to a function to tag their products in live video. Enabling people to purchase products in a very warm manner, by seeing them live either for the first time or after seeing the benefit they provide.
Facebook said these features were pushed ahead of schedule with COVID-19 affecting small business owners.
“We’re seeing a lot of small businesses that never had online presences get online for the first time,” Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday. “For a lot of small businesses in this period, this is the difference between staying afloat and going under.”
My thoughts 🤔
I love it
I just imagine an even lower barrier to entry for new and aspiring business owners to enter the market with product and immediate have access to all the tools they need to thrive.
Could it possibly negate the need for a website? No more shopify? No more squarespace? No more landing pages?
And don't get me started on tagging products in Facebook Live videos! Flash sales here we come!
We'll see how this all fares in due time