I admit: Facebook lead ads make lead generation quite simple.
Instead of trying to get users to visit a landing page, they allow you to collect customer data directly on the social network.
So in this post, I’m going to walk you through exactly how to do that.
You’ll learn how to set up a Facebook Lead Ad for your business and how to ensure those leads become paying customers.
Finally, I’ll also show you how you can automate nurturing your leads, and use smart Facebook Lead Ads integrations to process leads on autopilot.
Because generating those leads is only the beginning. You need to nurture and process them to maximize your advertising ROI.
Intrigued? Let’s get started.
What is Facebook Lead Ads?
If you haven’t already heard of Facebook lead ads, here’s a quick overview:
Facebook lead ads can help you collect user info like names, email addresses, phone numbers.
(But of course, if you want, you can even ask Facebook users more extensive questions.)
For the most part, lead ads can be used to get email sign-ups for company newsletters, offer free trials and provide more business information.
At the same time, aim to collect the personal information of potential customers.
But the highlight of the lead ads is that they allow Facebook users to enter personal information in your form without ever leaving Facebook.
Typically, you use Facebook Lead Ads in three scenarios:
- As a marketer, your goal might be to build your mailing list. Facebook lead ads can collect the name, email, and gender of your mailing list prospects.
- If you’re an ecommerce site, you might be looking to tell your target audience about the latest deals. Facebook lead ads can collect addresses for you to send flyers and coupons.
- Finally, if you’re in sales, you want qualified leads. Using lead ads, ask prospects pre-qualifying questions like “What solutions are you considering?” before jumping on a call.
And here’s how some of the leading brands already use Facebook to achieve those goals:
Creating a Facebook Lead Ad Campaign
To start, you’ll need to decide what you want to offer your target audience.
The logic is simple: you’re offering something of value in return for the personal information of potential customers.
And there are many ways to go about that. For example:
Your marketing team might use lead magnets like ebooks.
On the other hand, an ecommerce site might offer exclusive coupon codes for sign-ups.
Sales teams, however, could provide tailored consultations for their solutions.
Once you’ve decided on what you want to offer, it’s time to create your lead ad.
#1. Select “lead generation” from the list of ad objectives.
And then, follow the ad creation process as you normally would.
When you get to the ad level though, you’ll need to create a new lead form (obviously).
Click “create new form” and select what information you’d like to collect from users.
TIP: If you’re wondering what data to ask for, here are some of the best practices for that.
Name and email are the most valuable information to obtain from prospects. Without it, you simply won’t be able to contact any leads with to continue the nurturing process.
But that’s just the basics. Look back at what your aim is to decipher additional information you need from lead ads.
For example, in sales, you might want to take the opportunity to add up to 3 custom questions. This way you can pre-qualify leads, and ensure how far they are in the buying cycle.
And finally, add your website address to give users an option to visit it after they’ve submitted the form.
Converting Facebook Leads into Customers
Now that you’ve built a Facebook lead ads campaign, there’s no doubt a substantial part of your budget is being spent generating these leads.
But are you converting these leads to ensure a high ROI?
Let’s start thinking about converting the leads generated.
This will vary depending on who you are and what your conversion goal is. We’ve created 3 broad personas for the same
- A marketer – trying to nurture the leads and make them sales ready
- An E-commerce guy – trying to make the visitor finish a purchase on the e-store
- Sales outreach.
So, let’s go through them in detail.
Marketing: Lead Generation
Goes without saying, doesn’t it?
Facebook leads most likely won’t convert into customers on their own.
And that’s where nurturing campaigns come into play.
Nurturing allows you to keep in touch with those leads via a series of emails, and accompany them until they are ready to buy.
Typically, marketers use of on the following three options for nurturing marketing leads:
- They launch a sequenced drip campaign
- Send regular newsletters with updates and valuable information
- Create sales follow up sequence
This nurture workflow can be easily set up with apps like MailChimp, Hubspot, Infusionsoft, or Drip.
Here’s a common set-up in MailChimp:
But regardless of which strategy you choose, your first step is to move Facebook Leads into your email software and CRM.
And you can use Automate.io to integrate Facebook leads with the software you use.
Here’s one example of how such integration could work:
- The automation triggers when a new lead is generated on Facebook,
- The new lead is then added as a new subscriber in the email software (in this example, MailChimp)
- Email software begins sending the person your lead nurturing sequence.
- And upon an interaction (a response, for example), that lead is added as a contact to your CRM.
Incredible, right? And what’s important, this process happens automatically, without any of your involvement.
So you’ve paid all this money for Facebook leads ads and now you’ve got prospects on your product page. Now what?
It’s the most frustrating when prospects land on the product page and leave, or a that add products to their cart but don’t check-out.
To address this challenge, you should primarily address two things
Optimize your site pages for conversion
This is an important (a perhaps a harder) thing do. Some things you should be doing here include
- Using high-quality product images (people want to see what they are buying)
- Great product description with adequate detail
- Page layout and Buttons that are optimized for conversion. Continuously try variations and optimise.
Address the shopping cart abandonment
Fact: A lot of customers buy right away, but even more abandon their carts on e-commerce sites.
In fact, according to Baymard Institute, 67.45% of online shopping carts are abandoned.
Now, some of them might return to buy on their own. According to SEEWHY data, on average, that’s the case with 8% of abandoners.
(Screenshot from SEEWHY – The Science of Shopping Cart Abandonment report written by Charles Nicholls)
However, if you remarket them with email, that number grows to a staggering 26%!
(Screenshot from SEEWHY – The Science of Shopping Cart Abandonment report written by Charles Nicholls)
And the best part is that you can automate those recovery campaigns for cart abandons from Facebook lead ads.
For example, if you use the Shopify platform, you can set up an automated cart recovery campaign with Automate.io.
This means any time a Facebook lead abandons their cart, Automate.io will generate a follow-up email sequence to remind them to complete the purchase and offer additional perks to entice them to do so.
For example, if a person didn’t respond to the reminder email, you can send them a coupon or another incentive in a couple of days. And then another one. And another one…
Of course, there is a point at which you’ll have to stop. But the key thing to remember is that:
- Emails can rescue abandoned carts, and
- You can automate them, so you don’t have to process any data yourself.
If you’re in sales, you know how tough it can be to convert prospects.
And what’s more, sometimes, during a busy season, you can let a couple of smaller deals slide because there just isn’t enough time to make calls.
That’s why it’s so important to add your Facebook leads to your CRM as they come in, and not import them a week later.
Then you can proceed with your sales cycle worry free. There’s no chance of miss opportunities with automated follow-up emails to start a conversation with everyone.
That being said, the only way you can boost conversion rates is by knowing as much as you can about your prospects, and then, tailoring email workflows for different customer personas.
Enter profiles enriching (also applicable to marketing lead generation).
Fact: A new lead is often nothing more than just a name and email address.
And sure, you can deduct a lot from their email domain, visit the site to check out who they are, etc.
But for one, that data is still limited. And acquiring it demands work. A lot of it at that.
Luckily, there are lead enrichment tools apps like Clearbit or FullContact allow you to enrich user profiles based on their email and name.
From location, business contact information, position within a company to their company’s annual revenue and more, profile enriching helps you learn who your new lead really is.
And the good news is that you can automate this process with Automate.io.
For example, let’s say a person downloads your latest eBook via a Facebook Lead Ad.
But to simplify the process, and increase conversions, you’ve only asked them to provide their email and name in the process. As a result, that’s the information you’ll have added to your CRM.
By integrating this data with Clearbit or FullContact, for example, you can enrich the person’s profile with additional information you require:
- A person’s bio, interests etc.
- Their company name
- Company size
- Position within the business
- Website address
- No. of employees
- Annual turnover
Next, you can forward all this information to your email software of choice, and start sending them a relevant follow-up campaign. All on autopilot.
Facebook lead ads offer businesses an opportunity to simplify lead generation process, and acquire leads directly on the social networking platform.
Nurturing them, in turn, helps you convert those leads into paying customers. And we’ve shown you how to do this, regardless of whether you’re selling to B2B companies, run an Ecommerce store or conduct sales outreach.
And finally, automating the process allows you to reduce your involvement, and set many aspects of the process on autopilot.
By combining all three elements, you can create a complete and automated lead generation and nurturing process that will help you reach your business goals.
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