how to promote blog posts facebook messenger ad

How to Promote Your Blog Posts with Facebook Messenger Ads

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If you’re using Facebook Ads to promote your blog posts, I want to introduce you to a fundamentally more interesting way to promote content than a click campaign.

Facebook traffic ads are donkeys compared to the unicorn click-to-Messenger ad objective.

With traditional Facebook traffic ads:

✗ You’re probably paying $5-$6 per result.
✗ You’ll never know who visited the site.
✗ You can’t contact visitors after they leave.

Instead, promote your blog posts with Facebook Messenger ads and buckle up for insanely higher ROI:

✔ Lower cost per result
✔ Higher conversion rate
✔ Customer contact information
✔ Opportunity to follow-up

It’s an easy adjustment to your Facebook ad workflow to get the contact info of everyone who clicks on your ads and opt them into messaging, blasts and drip campaigns.

See how this Messenger ad looks in your News Feed here.

messenger ad preview

Here’s how to promote your blog posts with Facebook Messenger ads.

Step 1. Create a Messenger ad campaign in Facebook Ads Manager.

When you start building your ad campaign, choose the “Messages” marketing objective:

create facebook messenger campaign

Let’s zoom in on that real quick: “New! Get More Messages. Now your business can drive results through conversations and personal connections in Messenger.”

Step 2. Build your ad set: audience, placement, budget and schedule.

You’ll choose your audience targeting and set your budget in the same way as usual.

I recommend being narrow and specific with your targeting. You’ll see the best results focusing on remarketing.

The most likely buyers are the people who have heard of you before, like people who have visited your site or engaged with your page recently.

facebook messenger ad audience targeting setup

People who’ve heard of you before have a tendency to have higher click-through and conversion rates.

Step 3. Create Messenger Ad creative in MobileMonkey.

To choose the content you want to promote, you know the drill. Unicorn content is the top 3% of posts that result in 95% of the traffic, awareness, leads and sales.

When unicorns emerge, blast them to the moon by promoting them for better visibility with Facebook Messenger ads.

We’ll use this blog post on how to convert email contacts to Messenger contacts for today’s rocket-fueled unicorn content.

To create the landing page for this content in Messenger, use the chatbot builder.

Groups let you organize your Messenger ad pages together.

create messenger ad page

Use the Quick Question widget to start the conversation out with a simple question that’s easy to respond to with the tap of a button. This is key.

Here’s what this quick question looks like in Messenger after someone taps the “Send message” button in the ad:

messenger quick question

Quick Questions also save custom attributes to your contacts.

So, along with getting the contact info of every new Messenger contact created from your campaign, you can create a custom audience segment from this attribute.

Custom audiences allow for follow-up messaging, like chat blasts and drip campaigns, in the future.

For those who engage with the message and click “send me the secrets,” we built one more page that links to the content:

message with link

To turn this content experience into an ad, go to Messenger Ads in MobileMonkey and create a “New Messenger Ad”:

create new messenger ad

Use the drop-down menu to choose the page you’re using as your Messenger ad landing page:

messenger ad drop-down selector

You’re going to need to copy two things from this page into your Facebook ad set up in step 4 — the JSON code and the URL parameter. 

Click “copy” on the first button to copy the JSON code to your clipboard:

copy messenger ad json

Step 4. Finish ad setup, copying and pasting the code from MobileMonkey to Ad Manager.

Head back to Facebook Ads Manager to finish the ad setup.

You’ll pick the identity or Facebook page, ad format (carousel, image, video, slideshow) and upload imagery:

messenger ad setup

Now we’ll paste the code from the clipboard into the Messenger setup by selecting custom template:

custom template messenger

And then choosing the “JSON” tab, click the first bracket, highlight all and delete it. Paste your copied code here.

create custom template

Go back to MobileMonkey to copy the URL parameter as well:

copy-messenger-ad-url-parameter

Paste that into the Facebook ad setup under “Tracking”:

messenger-ad-tracking-parameter

Preview your ad and finish it to go prime time:

facebook messenger ad preview

Step 5. Review the results.

Here are our results from this Messenger ad campaign:

facebook messenger ad results

  • Budget: $130
  • New Messaging conversations: 26
  • Cost per result: $2.59

What else did we get?

We got the contact info of people who engaged with our ad.

We can contact everyone who clicked to invite them to subscribe and engage further with Facebook Messenger marketing automations, like drip campaigns.

And we didn’t spend money for anonymous traffic with no way to follow-up. Is it just me or is it crazy that this is the normal thing to do…

Stop doing donkey click campaigns with Facebook Ads.

Promote your unicorns with unicorns — the new Facebook Messenger ad format.

Be a Unicorn in a Sea of Donkeys

Important next steps:

Larry Kim

Larry Kim is the CEO of MobileMonkey, Inc. a leading provider of Mobile Messaging Software for Marketers.

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  1. Abhay left a comment on June 26, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Awesome tip. Starting today! Will share the results in community.

  2. Patrick Smith left a comment on June 27, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Thank you Larry. This is such a great idea. I will be using it on my page and promoting it to the other business owners I know.

    Being able to capture the information of the leads you created with FB ads and easily drip content is awesome!

    Thank you again,
    Patrick Smith
    Blue Pyramid Consultants

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