This article was originally published on March 14, 2020, and updated on October 5, 2022.
What would tapping into an ecosystem of 1.3 billion users do for your business? A lot of business owners are unaware of an untapped feature of Facebook. Let’s talk about Facebook Messenger for business.
What once began as a messaging tool for family and friends, has now become a powerful way for businesses to communicate with their customers.
It could be the hidden gem you’ve been looking for to transform how you engage with your customers and run marketing campaigns.
Below you’ll learn how Facebook Messenger for business can be a powerful tool, how you can get started, and some examples of how it can be used to enhance support, transform your advertising, and much more.
Why your business needs Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger used to primarily be a way to message your family and friends. However, times have changed. The messaging tool has grown to become a crucial part of a lot of brand marketing strategies.
More than 20 billion messages are exchanged between people and businesses every month.
The growth of messaging apps has outpaced even the fastest growing social networks in recent years.
If you’re already active on social media, this is another app that can help you grow your business.
Combine the overall reach of messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, plus the lack of other business competition, and the one-on-one communication abilities, and you have the perfect storm.
Messaging apps also have a much higher user retention rate, than other mobile apps. So, your users are much less likely to leave the platform, compared to other apps you’re using to communicate.
Using Facebook Messenger for business gives your brand a chance to meet your customers where they’re at.
Maybe you’re already using Facebook’s native advertising platform to expand your reach, but you’re looking for a better way to deepen your customer relationships.
Facebook Messenger for business gives you an entirely new way to engage with your customers. In fact, most consumers prefer live chat to other forms of communication, the live chat abilities of Messenger can lead to higher levels of customer satisfaction than other channels, like email.
How to get started with Facebook Messenger for business
Now that you understand the importance of using Facebook Messenger for your business it’s time to set up Facebook Messenger and get busy creating your messaging campaigns.
- Plan your Messenger strategy.
- Choose your preferred messaging option.
- Ideas for using Facebook Messenger for business.
Plan your Messenger strategy
Before you start creating your Messenger strategy, you’ll want to map out your campaigns and the reasons your brand will be using Facebook Messenger in the first place.
Here’s how you can get started.
1. Define your audience
Ask yourself, who are you talking to?
Spend some time defining your target audience. Is it the same market you’re currently speaking to on your website? Or, is it just a small portion of your audience you want to address with Messenger?
Your audience will dictate how you communicate, the language you use, and any automations you put in place.
2. Plan your objectives
What kind of problems are you solving? The way you use Facebook Messenger will change depending on what goals you’re trying to reach.
For example, are you trying to improve overall brand awareness? Increase levels of customer satisfaction? Improve your sales via in-depth product recommendations?
It’s also important to consider why they’ll be reaching out to you in the first place. Are you encouraging your customers to send support messages? Do you have an automated bot that delivers gift recommendations? Do you deliver shipping updates via Messenger? Or, something else entirely?
3. Enable the message option for your page
Finally, with your foundation set, you’ll need to enable Messenger use on your page.
- First, navigate to your business Facebook page and then click on Messenger Tools.
- Then locate the Add the Messenger Button section and click Add button. This will automatically add the message button to your page.
There are some additional message settings you might want to enable while you’re here.
The first is turning on instant replies. Even if you’re not doing any complex automation, turning on this setting can make it so you don’t leave your customers hanging.
To change this, click the Set up now button under the Set up conversation starters section. This brings you to a new screen where you can set up instant replies, create an away message, add FAQs, and much more.
To change this, go to the Messaging section, and look for Starting a Messenger Conversion. Under this option, you’ll be able to turn on and manage your instant replies section.
To create an instant replay, simply click on Instant Replies and you’ll be taken to a screen where you can customize your message.
Once you’re finished make sure the Instant reply toggle is set to on and you save your changes.
Choose your preferred messaging option
With Facebook Messenger for business, there are a few different messaging options you can use to stay in touch with your customers. The approach you take will depend on the goals you defined in the section above.
Here are the big three messaging approaches you’ll be using with Facebook Messenger:
1. Manual messaging
The easiest approach to live chat is sending out manual messages. Whenever you receive a message, you’ll just fire up Messenger and respond as if you were writing to a friend.
This approach works well because you can create a personalized bond with each customer.
It is more time-intensive but can be a great way to get started integrating Facebook Messenger into your business.
You can even add automated elements into your manual messaging campaigns. For instance, you can set automatic away messages when you’re not logged in, instant greetings, and more.
2. Automated messaging
Automated messaging is a completely hands-off experience. Instead of directly engaging with your customers you’ll create a series of questions and answer scripts.
You can either create these yourself with the Facebook Lead Generation in Messenger tool or work with a developer who specializes in building chat templates.
Keep in mind that automated messaging sequences are often created with a goal in mind. Maybe you want to drive traffic whenever you publish a new blog post? Or, encourage your fans to sign up for a new webinar you’re promoting?
Automated messages start with the end objective in mind and build out from there.
You can also use automated messages to answer your customer’s most common questions and concerns. For small local businesses, this can be incredibly valuable.
3. Using a third party chatbot service
If you want a completely hands-off chatbot messaging experience, then you’ll want to work with a third-party developer or service.
They will handle nearly every aspect of your chatbot messaging experience. They’ll work with you to design a chatbot that accomplishes your business goals.
For businesses that rely on Facebook Messenger for customer support, you can create automated responses that answer your customer's most common concerns. This helps to free up your support team to deal with more challenging issues.
You can even have a hand-off point where your bot will eventually direct the request to a live representative.
Ideas for using Facebook Messenger for your business
There’s no one and done approach for integrating Facebook Messenger into your business.
It all depends on the type of business you run and where using a messenger app can enhance your marketing activities and customer relationships.
For example, will Facebook Messenger be your preferred method of support? Will you use it in conjunction with your advertising activities?
Below you’ll learn about the four most common ways businesses are using Facebook Messenger.
1. Use chatbots to deliver content to users
Chatbots are one of the most innovative and exciting ways to use Facebook Messenger for business. They’re powerful automation tools that can be used across nearly every aspect of your business, from automating product recommendations, to customer support and even content delivery.
For example, the Food Network uses a Facebook Messenger chatbot to help users find the perfect recipe. Just answer a few questions about the ingredients you currently have on hand and you’ll automatically get recommended recipes from the Food Network website.
Domino’s was another company that was able to employ chatbots that let customers place orders directly within the chat.
The chatbot allows users to order, track, or contact customer support. After a user selects an option the chatbot will guide the user through the entire experience. This allows customers to place an order quickly, and it even remembers customers’ past orders and asks them if they’d like to make the same order again.
Instead of getting distracted throughout the ordering process, customers can complete their order in a matter of seconds.
2. Click-to-Messenger ads
Another innovative Facebook Messenger feature is the click-to-messenger ad functionality.
These ads are highly targeted, with the end goal of having new visitors start a dialogue in Facebook Messenger. With this form of advertising, it’s very easy to measure the effectiveness of your campaigns.
Let’s look at an example:
DS Automobiles, a French automobile manufacturer, was experiencing a high drop-off rate when collecting leads through its website form and were looking for a better solution.
So, they employed Facebook ads that linked directly to Facebook Messenger. From that campaign, they saw a 76% increase in test-drive leads, a 42% decrease in cost per lead, and 21% more leads from Messenger than their website.
3. Provide customer support
Often, social media will be a place where your customers will vent about your company. But, you can transform these sour moments into a positive customer experience moment, helping you build a deeper bond with your customers.
For example, a lot of times your customers will post to your business Facebook page about any concerns or issues they’re experiencing.
Instead of responding to the request in public, you can use this opportunity to send a private message instead. With this feature, you can respond privately to a public post.
Outside of the public/private messaging feature, you can manage all of your customer support requests with Facebook Messenger.
Instead of making users create an email ticket via the support form on your site you can have them send you a Facebook message.
This can help to improve your support response time and increase customer satisfaction across the board.
For example, the shipping and freight company LBC Express created a customer support bot to enhance its existing support team. This led to over 75% of customer queries being solved without human interaction, and over 1.7 million customer questions being resolved.
Even if you don’t invest in the creation of a support chatbot, you can still offer improved support via Facebook Messenger. Just make sure that you respond to requests as fast as possible.
4. Reconnect with customers one-on-one
Using Facebook Messenger for business allows you to deeply engage with your prospects. Since Facebook Messenger began as a peer to peer messaging platform it still carries that aesthetic. It’s a great way to engage personally with your customers. Even when you’re a large corporation.
You can use this as an advantage for your business.
For example, the massive retailer QVC was able to use Messenger to send sponsored messages to people who they’ve chatted to recently. This type of re-engagement was able to revive dead conversions and turn these people into new customers.
QVC had already been using Messenger for support requests and ongoing promotions. So, they created a new series of ads targeted towards people who had already been engaged on Messenger.
The results of this campaign were pretty impressive and they were able to achieve a 5.3x higher return on ad spend, compared to other advertising channels.
Summing it up
Facebook Messenger reaches over a billion people. It’d be a smart decision to see how your business can take advantage of this promising tool.
You can use it to run creative marketing campaigns, automate portions of your sales and support sequences, and build a deeper bond with your customers.
Enhanced communication brings greater brand loyalty and Facebook Messenger can help you do just that.
With Facebook Messenger for business, it’s important that you start small and slowly integrate it into your existing business. Experiment with migrating support, promoting content, or even creating simple automations, to see how your customers and followers react to this new messaging style.
This article includes content originally published on the GoDaddy blog by Derric Haynie.