The newest addition to the Facebook Ads empire is Facebook Messenger app ads. This might sound creepy (and it is a little), but it can be extremely effective. This means you can now directly message potential prospects directly via Facebook Messenger. Similar to LinkedIn’s Sponsored InMail, you can reach people 24/7. Just like with any new platform, it is hard to know what works and what doesn't, especially with Facebook Zero looming over our heads. Here's our advice to take advantage of these new ads while combatting Facebook Messenger Ads:
Let's start with the types of Facebook Messenger ads available to you:
1. Destination-Based Ads
This works like the Facebook Ads you are used to. You make your display ad and it shows up in the Facebook News Feed, but instead of sending people to a landing page it sends them to a conversation on Facebook Messenger.
Instead of a call to action like “read more,” or "book now" it says “Send Message.”
It’s a great way to start a conversation with a lead and since it's still new people are more likely to convert this way.
2. Messenger Home Ads
These ads focus on reaching people in the Facebook Messenger Ads Inbox. In this type of ad format your ad shows up in their inbox, but they would have to initiate a conversation with you by clicking your call to action button.
This will not take them to a landing page, but to a conversation with you in the messenger app, so remember to create your ad content accordingly!
3. Sponsored Messages
Sponsored messages can only be used for retargeting. Meaning the people who see these messages (which go directly to their inbox like a normal Facebook message) would have had to initiate a conversation with you previously. With this ad format, you can be much more direct since these messages are only going to users who have already engaged with you. The only catch here is that these ads can only be shown to people who have already messaged your page. This may seem like a small selection, which is great. It's people who have already expressed an interest in your business in a major way, meaning they are much more likely to convert.
Now that you know what your options are, it is important to start testing what works for you as soon as possible! With Facebook Zero in the works, you will start to notice a significant drop in your Page reach. Taking advantage of messenger ads will allow you to continue to have conversations with your target audience which is becoming more and more important (and harder to do on this platform!)
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