When you own an online store, getting new customers is an ongoing challenge. You may want to double your sales, but you are constantly trying new things to raise awareness about your store and your amazing products.
But — the things you try aren’t working like you thought they would.
You aren’t getting the interactions on Facebook that you hoped you’d get, your site traffic isn’t climbing, and sales are staying stagnant…
So what do you do?
We’re going to walk you through the steps we use with every one of our clients to help them double their sales and build loyalty with their customers using proven techniques that address every aspect of their marketing. By the time you are done reading, you’ll know exactly how to double your sales for your store and keep customers coming back for more.
Step #1: Plan for Sustainable Growth to Double Your Sales
Predictable and sustainable growth is the holy grail of any business. Can you imagine what it would be like if you could count on a certain amount of growth from one month to the next — how would that change your business?
The model that we recommend using to get you to that point is called the Growth Triad. As you can guess, it has three parts. As we start working with each of our clients, one of the first things we do is assess the three areas and then work to fill in the gaps.
Many business owners fall victim to something called “shiny object syndrome” — they constantly find and think of new things to do to help their business grow. So they jump in and make things happen and hope for the best.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t usually work out in their favor. Random acts of marketing rarely get the results you want — and definitely won’t double your sales. On the rare occasion that you do land on something, it’s often impossible to replicate again with the same success.
That’s why we recommend documenting your strategy before you start executing. When you have a plan for what you’re doing before you start out, it’s much easier to predict and track what’s going to happen.
Tools and Tactics
You will also require specific tools and proven tactics to help you execute your strategy.
This could include tools like:
Proven tactics can be anything that you’ve done previously with success or things that you hire an expert (like us) to implement for you.
It’s important not to concentrate on vanity metrics. Vanity metrics are the stats that people seem to focus on because they seem like they should be important — but ultimately, they don’t have a direct impact on the results you’re trying to achieve.
For example, most people focus on things like website traffic and views on a social media post. Those metrics aren’t a great indicator of success.
Instead, if you want to double your sales, you should focus on metrics you can actively impact and that are measurable. For most initiatives, you will want to track a mix of lead and lag metrics.
Lag metrics are the numbers that happen after success or failure. These are things like revenue, profit, quality, and customer satisfaction. They tell you how you did, but only after you’ve already done it.
Lead metrics are the things you can impact along the way. For example, if you are trying to increase sales by the end of the month (lag metric), and you know that posting daily on your Facebook page will get the sales you need, then your lead metric would be the number of posts per day on your FB page.
Step #2: Know Your Customers
Next, you will want to really get to know your customers. Most people focus on overarching demographics like age, marital status, homeownership, income, familial relationships, etc.
Knowing those things is good, but the most important part of your customer avatar is their story — their motivators, fears, inspirations, and goals.
A customer avatar is a semi-fictional representation of your ideal customer. To create a complete customer avatar, you’ll want to identify the following:
Their goals and values — what do they want to achieve, and what do they consider to be important values?
Where they get their information — books, magazines, blogs, conferences, gurus, and other sources of info.
Their demographic information — name, age, gender, marital status, number of children, and location.
Any challenges and pain points — the things that are holding them back and how they feel about those things.
Their objections and their role — do they have the authority to hire you, and if so, why wouldn’t they want to?
Once you have a firm understanding of where they are now in their life, you can help communicate to them where they can go if they buy your products. We use a simple tool called a Before and After Grid to help us map this out for your target customers.
The Before and After Grid documents their journey from before having your product to after they’ve purchased your product. This handy tool helps us clarify the marketing messages that will resonate with your audience.
The Before and After Grid includes:
What They Have — the things they physically have before and after buying your product.
How They Feel — the way they feel with and without your product.
What Their Day is Like — what their average day looks like with and without your product.
Their Status — how they think about themselves before and after buying your product.
Good vs Evil — the evil is what’s plaguing them before they purchase and the good is what’s created in their life after they purchase.
We’ll have the language we need to help them understand how a purchase will transform their lives from where they are now to where they want to be.
Step #3: Plan their Journey
The customer value journey is a framework that helps us understand how to build loyalty with customers (allowing you to double your sales). It’s about understanding what moves your customers along the customer value journey from the first time they buy from you to the time they buy from you again and again. It is with this framework that we turn complete strangers into raving fans in any business.
The customer value journey is about more than just digital marketing. It’s about bridging human relationships with the entire customer experience. This includes everything from the first time a total stranger encounters your brand to the time they go to make a purchase, leave a review, and send you referrals.
The Customer Value Journey
First, we need to get to the bottom of how the customer value journey is different from marketing. Most marketers today think in terms of platforms, tactics, or activities. This makes sense because their focus is on making the most of the available resources to create more conversions. It also means their focus is on growing the top line, increasing profits, and increasing shareholder value.
But this is not the entire picture. A brand can give customers a great experience across all the touchpoints between awareness through purchase, and then to reviews and referrals.
But first, it is important to look at this journey as a human-to-human relationship. There is a sequence that must be followed. Think of it like dating. Many digital marketers try to do too much on the first encounter with a stranger. They try to sell them something too fast. This is the equivalent of asking,
“So, I was thinking… On our first date, while we are having our coffee, why don’t we determine how many kids we are going to have and pick out their names?”
Definitely not the best first impression, and I imagine you won’t get very many dates (i.e. conversions), if any. Marketers and brands do this every day, and then think that online marketing doesn’t work at all. The sequence is important. We go into this in great detail during our half-day program “HowTo.Strategize: The Digital Foundations Bootcamp”.
Understanding the Customer Value Journey
As an entrepreneur, you are always looking for ways to cut costs, but also double your sales. At any given moment, there are probably thousands of things you could do to cut costs and increase revenue. Maybe you could run fewer ads or use lower-quality landing pages. Maybe you could implement a cheaper SEO campaign. But as a small business owner, you should look at the largest opportunities that can offer the highest return on investment.
One of those opportunities is the customer value journey. It’s the proven framework used by thousands of companies that helps you understand how to build loyalty from scratch. What Is the Customer Value Journey? You can think of the customer value journey as a roadmap to understand how and why your customers engage with your business and how to make the relationship more valuable to you and your customers.
The Customer Value Journey Map
This framework was designed by the world-class digital marketing training company, DigitalMarketer in Austin, Tx.
DigitalMarketer’s Customer Value Journey Framework is an eight-stage customer journey that thousands of companies, including several Fortune 100 companies, use as a guide to build their marketing strategies. It will help you identify what actions to take at each stage and when so that the content and campaigns are based on a cohesive strategy. The Customer Value Journey Map lays out the journey a customer takes from stranger to raving fan, through the lens of a business’s digital marketing channels. Once you master this, you can definitely double your sales — often!
We will start with the way a stranger finds out about your brand and finish with that same customer telling all of their family and friends or colleagues about your services.
This one is obvious. Prospective customers need to learn about you and your products, so they know you exist. Prospects find out about you through organic or paid search. We will discuss the 4 best ways more in the next section, but for now, this is typically where most businesses wrongly stop marketing and immediately start selling.
This stage is all about them showing interest in you — interacting with social posts, reading blog articles, etc. When someone finds you, what is the first thing you want to show them? This is called content marketing and it is much different from selling. Sales come later. This is about building enough trust and credibility that they take a real look at you.
Notice we haven’t started talking about selling anyone anything yet? This stage is basically asking someone for their digits. You know, not literally. Once trust has begun to build, you can ask for a small commitment like giving you their contact information in exchange for something valuable like a webinar, free samples, or downloadable guides/checklists/books. Maybe even an e-book or a mini-course.
What is the cornerstone of our Customer Value Journey Framework?
Creating great landing pages, building valuable lead magnets, and keeping your new subscribers engaged. These elements make up the “Subscribe Stage” of our 8-stage, 1-page digital marketing strategy.
The subscribe stage could be the most important step in your marketing strategy, especially to double your sales. This is the third stage of the CVJ and it typically consists of 3 main components:
The opt-in is the point of conversion. This could be by way of a web landing page, chatbot, or text message opt-in form. The lead magnet can be any valuable content you are willing to give in exchange for permission to follow up with your new subscriber. An introductory email drip sequence should try to re-engage and start connecting with these prospects as quickly as possible, so they know, like, and trust you more before expecting them to buy from you on their own accord.
The most important thing is that you have something valuable for the person for giving their email address (lead magnet) and they are captivated by what you have to offer enough to give up an email in exchange.
A great landing page will also encourage prospects to take the next step: getting them on your list or newsletter as well! This can be done with social buttons like “Get Offer Now”, which allows people who want more content from you to automatically subscribe when signing in to one of our platforms. It could also be encouraging visitors to sign-up with exclusive offers, early access deals, discounts–whatever it takes. The more people decide to take advantage of these offers, the great chance you have to double your sales!
We’ve made it… After a few phone calls, we finally got the “first date”! Ok, in the digital marketing world, those “phone calls” are probably just a series of emails to build more trust, but in each one, the goal was to lead someone to make a commitment to you. This is their first investment of either money or time. You can do this with a high-value, low-risk entry-point offer Some folks call this the tripwire, others a loss-leader. We call it a conversion. As soon as someone takes this step, the whole relationship changes. This stage could be a low-dollar offer or a workshop. Now, what do we say on the “date”?
Now that they’ve made their initial investment with you, it’s time to get them excited about working with you. We are on stage 5 of 8, and we still haven’t sold this person our core offer yet. However, this is the stage where the magic happens… This magic is called the “AH-HA Moment”. The goal of the last stage was to get a commitment, so we can take our offer from a nice-to-have to a must-have and deliver this ah-ha moment that makes people say,
“SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!”
Finally! 6 stages into this process, and we can talk all about customers buying our core offerings. What took so long? At this stage, you are aiming for repeat purchases and larger purchases. You want to move them from the initial purchase up the ladder to being a loyal customer. It takes time to earn trust, and get people to know, like, and trust you enough that they are willing to become a customer. This is where we look at ways to additionally maximize our offers to include cross-sells, upsells, and retention-based deals like subscriptions or retainers.
Do you look at online reviews when you travel, go out to eat, or need services for your car or home? Just about everyone does. Nothing says a business is good like a testimonial or an online review. Customers in this stage will happily give testimonials and make referrals when they are asked. There are some great software tools out on the market that can make the review collection and reputation management process a breeze. We know because we own and market a product that does this well. Typically, if you don’t want to spend money on a fancy digital tool, you could just ask people verbally for them to write a review. But are you really going to follow up?
No deal is easier to close than a warm referral. Who is sending you new customers? Networking is great, but if you can get existing customers to refer new customers to you, you’ll easily be able to double your sales. Better yet? Put a system in place to incentivize people to tell others. These customers are happy and will enthusiastically recommend you to others without being asked. Secret strategy? Stickers and T-shirts are magical. By the way, in 2021, face masks are the new t-shirt!
The Big 4 — How Do Strangers Find You Online
The awareness stage of the Customer Value Journey is made up of four traffic generating places our friends at DigitalMarketer.com refer to as “The Big 4”. They are:
Probably no coincidence that this list is actually just 2 companies since Facebook owns Instagram and YouTube is owned by Google.
Fun Fact: The world’s 2nd largest search engine is YouTube, so Google owns the top 2 search engines on the planet!
How to Turn Your Fans and Followers into Paying Customers (and thus double your sales!)
You’ve got a big following on social media.
Unless those followers are paying you for products or services, they don’t mean much. It seems more of a “Vanity Metric”. I’m not saying that social media followers aren’t important in some ways. Having a lot of followers sends a signal to potential customers that you have a popular brand. It can help you get more traffic and attention.
That said, sales and profits are the names of the game. If those followers aren’t buying from you, they’re not doing anything for you in real terms… and they certainly won’t help you double your sales.
The solution? Take those fans and followers and convert them into paying customers. Here’s what to do.
Get to Know Your Audience
As the owner of a small or medium-sized business, you may not have given a lot of thought to what makes your customers tick. And yet, customer analysis is the key to turning casual fans and followers into customers.
Creating a detailed customer persona can help you understand your audience. Your persona should include:
Demographic information, including the age, gender, educational background, and income of your ideal customer
Psychographic information, including what your ideal customer likes and dislikes, and most importantly, the pain points that led them to look for your product or service.
I should point out that you will likely need more than one customer persona depending on what your business is. For example, if you sell products for both children and adults, you might need a Parent Persona and a separate Adult Persona for people without children.
Provide Value to Your Target Customers
Once you know who your target customers are, your next mission is to give them what they want. Here, I’m talking about entertaining and ACTIONABLE content that provides tangible value to the people you want to convert.
In other words, be generous with your knowledge. It doesn’t matter what your business is, you know it better than anybody else. Give some thought to what brings your customers to you — and what would convince them that your product or service is the best option to solve their problems.
You can provide value in a variety of ways. Here are some examples:
Write blog posts that address common questions and offer real solutions.
Do a live Q & A on social media.
Create a lead magnet that demonstrates your authority and provides a solution to a common problem.
Regardless of the type of content you create, your goal should be to make it immediately and undeniably useful to the people you most want to reach.
Interact with Your Followers and Fans
Having a large following is one thing, but ultimately, we all want to feel valued. Your job as a business owner is to make your fans and followers understand that you value them and care about them.
The answer is communication. That can mean a lot of different things, but here are some effective tactics that have been proven to work.
Ask your followers’ opinions and use the responses to focus your content on their needs.
Integrate your social media with your customer service, empowering your employees to respond to questions and complaints quickly.
Create a chatbot to provide immediate help when someone messages you or visits your website.
Create a lead-nurturing email sequence to inform subscribers about your product and give them an incentive to buy it.
Ultimately, consumers want to feel that the companies they buy from care about them and want their business. Without communication, you can’t demonstrate the importance of your customers… and you can’t double your sales!
What is Chatbot Marketing
Another way we’ve acquired new opt-ins is through chatbots. What is a chatbot? Great question. Chatbots are an automated chat service that can answer questions, process orders, and provide other valuable information, like lead magnets. They are an important part of the future as they will be able to handle customer communications 24 hours a day with no break!
Chatbots are a relatively new way to collect user information without sending them to another page. The most common form of chatbot is through Facebook Messenger. You can use a service like Manychat and when people comment on a post or click on an ad, you can have your chatbot begin a conversation with that person, offer your lead magnet, and add the user’s email to your email provider. This will kick off your drip sequence.
What is an Email Drip Sequence?
The intro drip sequence needs to be designed to re-engage prospects who might have dropped off down the funnel and get them back in contact with our brand. Different emails can offer different benefits: for example, we could send a content-rich article about building prospect relationships or an exclusive discount code that new subscribers can use as soon as they sign up with us! This is also where you introduce yourself–“Who are you? How will this relationship work? What do I need from you? Why should I trust you? How often will I hear from you again?”
Do you know that feeling when you walk into a store and a salesperson pounces on you before you have time to draw a breath? Very few of us enjoy that feeling, and the chances are good that your customers don’t, either.
While your social media content can and should focus on what you and your products can do for potential customers, it’s important to keep the direct sales pitches to a minimum (even though you want to double your sales). The solution? Curating content from other sources.
Content curation means pulling content from:
Social media pages from other companies (just don’t share things from your competitors!)
Make sure that the content you choose to share is highly relevant to the people in your target audience. While there’s nothing wrong with (occasionally) sharing content without adding anything to it, I think the best way to curate content is to add your take on it before posting.
Here’s a quick example. Say you own a gym and you find an article about the health benefits of exercise. If the article left anything out, you could mention it in your post. Or, you could elaborate on something that’s in the post to add your own take on it.
It’s a good rule of thumb that no more than 20% of your social media content should be direct sales pitches. The remaining 80% should offer value, information, and entertainment.
Use Retargeting to Double Your Sales
Retargeting is one of the most cost-effective forms of advertising because it focuses on people who are already engaged with your business and interested in your products.
By using a Facebook pixel, for example, you can target people on Facebook who have:
Visited your website or read your blog
Put items into their cart without checking out
Followed you on Facebook or Instagram
Clicked an ad
You probably know the statistic that says it can take between five and seven “touches” from a brand or company before conversion. The more often you can get your name and products in front of people, the more likely it is that they’ll eventually become customers. It’s a numbers game and retargeting can help you win it. I’ve focused here on Facebook retargeting, but you can also retarget on Google – something to keep in mind.
Remember, your social media followers are following you for a reason. They are interested in you and your company. It’s up to you to give them a reason to take the next step and become customers – and the tips I’ve listed here will help you to accomplish that goal, plus double your sales.
Step #4: Get the Support You Need
All of these steps seem fairly straightforward and easy to follow — but like most things, there’s a learning curve.
You can try to implement everything we’ve discussed here on your own, or you could skip the learning curve and move straight to doubling your sales and getting the sustainable and scalable business you want.
For years, we’ve been working with businesses and brands to help them with their online marketing efforts. We have seen firsthand the struggles that website owners go through when trying to find ways to generate more leads. We’ve also seen a common pitfall that many of them have when building their campaigns – they simply don’t know how to create great landing pages, build valuable lead magnets, and keep subscribers engaged.
Don’t take our word for it — download our case study and see how we generated 96 new leads and 18 sales in just 24 hours with Facebook Messenger Marketing Chatbots.
After reading, we’re sure that you’ll want results like those for your business and we look forward to talking to you.
The customer journey is one of the most misunderstood frameworks in the marketing and business world. What it isn’t is simple or simplistic. Using this framework, you can turn what seems like a weak business into a leader that is truly making an impact on customers. Creating value for your customers isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. Once you start to understand your customers’ needs, you can tailor your products and services to be exactly what they want. You can focus on delivering value to your customers by making them part of the story you tell about your brand. In doing so, your customer loyalty (and bank account) will blossom!
I hope this blog post has helped solidify some insights into how we create great landing pages that generate quality leads to double your sales through our CVJ framework!
If you would like more information about how the CVJ can be used for your business, please contact us. As a Certified Partner Agency of DigitalMarketer, we can help you build your Customer Value Journey as it applies to your specific company.
Small business owners are busy people. You’re running your own company, and you’re also a jack of all trades for the employees that do not have a specific skill set. Your time is valuable, and we know how difficult it can be to find the time to market your small business, or develop small business marketing strategies. That’s where JVI Mobile Marketing comes in!
We provide professional marketing services for small businesses of all shapes and sizes. From social media management to traditional advertising, our team has experience with every industry under the sun. We work with clients from coast-to-coast who need help to get their message out in front of their target audience. When it comes to smaller companies promoting their business, it can help to understand where you can compete with the “big guys”.
Small Business Marketing Strategies #1 – Paid Ads
No one has a traffic problem. As long as you are willing to pay for the traffic. Facebook and Google are two of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to get your marketing message out. These networks have a lot of features that small businesses need for their campaigns.
In order to run a paid campaign, you need a combination of 3 elements:
Target Audience – Be crystal clear on whom you want to get in front of with your message.
– You can also target by interest or behavior with Facebook Ads Manager Predefined Audiences, Custom Audiences from your email list on Gmail or Google Analytics data in Adwords.
Pro Tip: Use the Facebook suggestions for other targeting options you might not have thought of while selecting your audience
Landing Page (Destination) – This is where you want the person to go when they click on your ad.
It can be a website, Facebook page or another type of social media site.
– Choose the landing page wisely because it will have an impact on conversion rates and your return on investment for the campaign.
Pro Tip: If using a website for a landing page, it should not be your home page. Instead, create a landing page with one focused “Call-to-action” (CTA).
There are several great landing page builders out there. Some of the ones we use are:
## Offer – What valuable chunk of content can you offer in exchange for the user’s contact information?
This is called a lead magnet. Some great examples of lead magnets are :
– an e-book
– a free trial of your SaaS product with no credit card required and full cancellation rights
– video training course on how to use the software or service you offer in exchange for their contact information. This is also called “content marketing” or “inbound marketing”. It’s all about providing valuable content that educates people, so they will reach out to you when they need help.
Small Business Marketing Strategies #2 – Business Reviews
Write a paragraph about the importance of getting your customers to leave a review or feedback for your business and making it public on Google.
Business reviews are crucial for small businesses. Reviews have the power to make or break your reputation, which is why you need to make sure that they’re good ones! The best part about hosting a review system on Google is that it’s so easy and accessible. It’s as simple as opening up the Maps app on any internet-connected device in order to leave your feedback of a local business – and then sharing with all your social media followers at once.
There are also plenty of websites out there where customers can read others’ reviews before deciding who to buy from – these sites include Yelp, TripAdvisor, Glassdoor and Angie’s List just to name a few! Nowadays even big banks like Wells Fargo will ask their clients for reviews. We feel that reputation management is a cornerstone small business marketing strategy!
There are also software solutions that can help you collect reviews from your customers, share them with Google, and build up a library of feedback you can use on your website.
Pro Tip: Use a software program instead of doing this manually.
In all transparency, we built our own software to accomplish this for you. For more information, check out our brand new SaaS (Software as a Service) called Local 5 Stars. www.local5stars.com
Small Business Marketing Strategies #3 – Live (and recorded) Video
Video marketing is more important than ever. Take a look at the Facebook Live feeds of brands like Red Bull, GoPro, and other companies to see what we mean.
– Shoot Short Video Ads for Your Website or Social Media Pages
– Host a Webinar
– Be Creative! People love original content that they’ve never seen before!
Use video to solve you audiences problems. Don’t talk all about your products and services. Instead, show people how your services can solve their issue and speak to them.
Pro Tip: Host a webinar or use video where you are answering questions that people are already asking about online. Two great places to find out what people are asking are Quora and Answer the Public.
– Host your videos on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and other platforms that will help them rank high in search engines like Google.
Don’t forget about newsletters! Use videos for an installment series where they get notified every time the next one is released. And don’t forget to use calls to action at the end telling people how they can contact you if they have any further questions. It’s important not only to show information but also give viewers a way to interact with it as well.
In conclusion, there are a ton of small business marketing strategies out there. Use what you are comfortable with. This is not anywhere near a complete list.
For more tips and strategies to market your small business, follow our sister website, HowTo.Agency.
Digital Marketing is using online tools and tactics to take someone along a customer journey from stranger to raving fan. You can use social media as a tool along this journey, but it is not the same. Other tools and tactics include ads, email, text, landing pages, lead magnets reviews, and referral programs.
If you are looking at hiring a digital marketing agency for small business, continue reading as we outline some tips and considerations.
Determine Your Customer Avatar
The best business practices start with your ideal customer. Who are they? What do you need to know about them in order for their needs and wants to be met? Drill down into the nitty gritty of what turns a stranger into someone who can’t wait for more, then get out there and find those people!
It’s an easy process that starts with a simple question: “Who is your customer?” It can be daunting to narrow down all the
possibilities, but now you’re equipped for success.
Getting Your Perfect Audience To Learn About You
You’re probably wondering what you can do to keep up with the competition. The answer is local marketing! That’s why we’re experts in it and our clients have been using us for years so they don’t need to worry about their bottom line. We’ll show you how a little digital strategy goes a long way, transforming your target audience into loyal customers who will fight over this product or service of yours!
Convert Your Ideal Audience Into Customers
Digital marketing can help small businesses reach their ideal audience by targeting customers through channels such as Google Adwords, email campaigns, social media advertising and video advertisements.
Digital marketing allows companies to pinpoint their most valuable customer segments and tailor messages to suit them best – all at a fraction of the cost of traditional advertising methods such as TV ads.
Building Repeat Business, Reviews, and Referrals
This means that if you want more reviews from your current customers, or you want them talking about your business on social media (Twitter, Facebook), then it’s time for a change in strategy. The good news is that the change doesn’t have to be too complicated – just a few tweak
s here and there will do the trick!
From that point on, you should begin to see more repeat business, great reviews which lead to more business, and a new flow of referrals!
We are a Digital Marketing Agency For Small Business
Let’s face it, in the digital age of business, marketing can be a huge time suck. Between social media posts and blogcontent, you’re always trying to find new ways to connect with potential customers. And if that wasn’t enough, there are also email lists to maintain and updates on your website that need to happen regularly.
But what if I told you there was a way where you could do all of this yourself? What if I said you could set up everything so it was optimized for success without any work from you?
JVI Mobile Marketing is a digital marketing agency for small business, helping those they serve to grow their customer base for nearly 10 years. We specialize in local marketing, which means we know how to target people who are nearby your business and drive them in with our tailored digital marketing campaigns. Whether you’re a brick-and-mortar or an e-commerce small business, JVI can help you leverage the power of digital media to provide an awesome social relationship with your customers.
This article was written for the entrepreneur who needs marketing help!
Our job is to be experts in local marketing so that our clients can focus on what they do best – running their business!
The world of advertising and marketing has changed drastically over the years, but we’ve been able to stay ahead. Our goal is for you (our client) to have your own personal consultant who will guide you through every step of a project from start-to-finish with no hassle or confusion. We promise not only results, but also friendship along the way; because after all these years it turns out there are more similarities between us than differences.. In other words? You won’t just get an expert – you’ll become one too 🙂
Become a part of our team and your organization will be better for it.
By the way… We are not just a digital marketing agency for your growing organization. We actually live and use this stuff everyday. In fact, if you are reading this right now, you are in the 2nd stage of our 8-stage, 1-page customer value journey. You can read more about that here.
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Greensboro’s own John Isner is a top-notch professional tennis player, but he still has a coach, right?
The same goes for golfers on the PGA Tour, says Jay Vics.
Even the best players have coaches to help them stay on top of their game, mentally and physically.
Many small business owners operate in similar fashion, says Vics, owner of JVI Mobile, a digital marketing agency. They have to be good at many things, but sometimes can use assistance on certain things, such as marketing in this digital age.
That’s where Vics comes in.
Small business owners, he says, “need help. They need a coach to work with them and give them the tips and tricks.”
Vics originally set up his business as a traditional agency.
But as he designed websites and devised social media strategies for his clients, he realized another unmet need:
Many clients really wanted to know how to do those things by themselves.
Vics, who has operated his home-based agency since 2015, saw an opportunity.
He could become a digital media coach in addition to providing agency services.
But as a one-person business, he could only serve so many clients in a given week.
That led to his next revelation.
Vics decided to create a website offering a range of tutorials and webinars where people hungry for information can get tips.
Advertising on Facebook has been around for a while. It’s practically a granddaddy in the world of online marketing.
And, like a lot of small business owners, you know that it’s getting harder to get the ROI you want on Facebook ads. It’s a numbers game, after all, and as of the third quarter of 2018, they had approximately 2.27 billion active monthly users.
It’s no wonder you’re having a difficult time connecting with your audience. You’re competing with millions of other advertisers! It’s a crowded space.
That said, Facebook ads can still be useful – with a twist. Instead of sticking to the same traditional ads you’ve been using, it might be time to check out Facebook’s newest ad option – Facebook Messenger Ads.
What Are Facebook Messenger Ads?
Facebook Messenger ads are ads that appear either on the newsfeed or directly in people’s Messenger inboxes.
The newsfeed ads have a call to action that directs people who click it to Messenger, where they can send you a message and get more information about your business.
53% of people say they’re willing to buy from a company they can message directly on Facebook Messenger. And, customer service is increasingly moving toward instant and direct messaging. Customers expect instantaneous responses and favor brands that provide it.
Facebook Messenger Ads allow small businesses to connect directly with potential leads. They eliminate the need for a hard selling ad and instead, open a dialogue. They provide an opportunity for you to personalize your marketing in a way that encourages people instead of putting them off.
Three Types of Facebook Messenger Ads
There are three types of Facebook Messenger Ads available for small businesses to use. They are:
Let’s break it down, starting with destination ads. These are ads that appear in your target audience’s newsfeed, very much like traditional Facebook ads. The main difference? The call to action is always going to be “Send a Message.” When a user clicks it, a Messenger window opens, and your automated message will appear. (We’ll talk more about how to use that feature later.)
Sponsored messages allow you to deliver special offers and communications directly to the user’s Messenger inbox. A key feature of sponsored messages is that you may send them only to people who have messaged you previously. They’re a form of remarketing with a personal touch.
Finally, home screen ads are ads that appear in Messenger. The difference between these ads and sponsored messages is that their intent is not to start a conversation. It’s to drive sales by encouraging users to click on the ad.
How Can Facebook Messenger Ads Benefit Your Business?
Facebook Messenger ads are a great option for small, local businesses. They allow you to personalize ads and connect directly with the people who are most likely to buy from you.
Want some examples? Here are a few ways that you can use Messenger ads to boost your profits:
1. Personalize your messages. Too much personalization can seem downright creepy, but Facebook Messenger ads allow companies to straddle the line without crossing it. Because you can only send direct messages to people who’ve already connected with you on Messenger, it doesn’t feel as intrusive as LinkedIn direct ads. And, it lets you tailor your offers in a way that’s highly likely to result in a sale.
2. Give customers the response time they want. With Messenger ads, you can automate your replies to ensure that potential customers aren’t stuck waiting for a response from you. And, in case you don’t know, people prefer messaging to any other form of customer service. Research shows that 73% of consumers prefer live chat to email, and 56% prefer it to a phone call.
3. Start a conversation. Lead nurturing is something that you can do one on one with Facebook Messenger ads. You can even customize your newsfeed ads to encourage people to chat with you about your product or service. This option allows for one-on-one contact – even if it’s largely automated – that makes potential customers feel valued.
4. Increase local awareness of your business. One of the best things about Facebook Messenger ads is that you can select “increase local awareness” as your ad objective. This is a particularly effective option for businesses that want to reconnect with existing customers. You can use Messenger to send them an offer that’s tailored to them.
Another way of looking at Facebook Messenger ads is that they’re the modern-day equivalent of going door to door. They don’t require any more effort that traditional Facebook ads, but they offer a degree of personalization and one-on-one contact that will allow your business to connect with potential leads in a meaningful way.
How to Get Started with Facebook Messenger Ads
If you’re itching to get started with Facebook Messenger ads, here are 7 easy steps to help you get going.
1. Open Facebook Business Manager.
2. Choose conversion as your marketing objective.
3. Scroll down and select Messenger. (This ensures that a click will start a conversation instead of redirecting the person to your landing page.)
4. Scroll to Edit Placements and select Messenger again. You’ll notice that with your first ad, Sponsored Messages aren’t an option – that’s because they’re only for remarketing.)
5. Fill in the content you want to appear in your ad.
6. Choose Send Message as your call to action. (This one’s a must because it lets the people who see your ad know that they’re starting a conversation with you.)
7. Finally, fill in the message (or the first few messages) you want people to see when they click your call to action. For example, you could send them a coupon or ask them a question to start the conversation.
That’s it. Once you’ve completed these steps, your very first Facebook Messenger ad will be up and running – and you’ll be able to see for yourself what a powerful marketing tool Facebook Messenger can be.
Getting a great ROI on Facebook advertising can be tough. There’s a ton of competition and as a small business owner, your marketing budget is limited. Facebook Messenger ads can help you leapfrog over the competition and connect directly with the most valuable people on social media– your customers.