Messenger Marketing - Our Future Vision

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Facebook's recent policy changes to the Messenger platform affect many current use cases for Messenger Marketing.

In light of Facebook's recent policy changes, here's an actionable guide on how to successfully change your messaging strategies, as well as our vision for the future of Messenger Marketing.

How it works now

Facebook Messenger Marketing is becoming more campaign based. Maximize Standard Messaging’s 24 hour window by following this checklist:

  1. Define a campaign goal (build awareness, generate leads, sell tickets)
  2. Write a flow that supports this goal
  3. Distribute it across your preferred channels

Most campaign goals don’t require recurring broadcasting or a follow-up message outside the 24 hour window to be successful. You can easily use Standard Messaging to generate leads, build sales funnels and grow your email list.

Boosting ticket sales, sharing exclusive content, offering limited discounts on merchandise or running an ‘ask me anything’ campaign. All of these goals can be achieved within a 24 hour window of users triggering a flow, as well.

Check out our revamped Featured Flow gallery for ready-made flows that you can use out of the box or customize to your liking. Preview them by hitting the blue Messenger icon or saving them and opening to edit in ‘My Flows’.

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A simple 3-step messaging strategy

Distribution

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Distribute these flows using the ‘m.me’ link (available via the ‘More options’ menu in the top right hand corner of the chat editor) wherever you see fit: Facebook or LinkedIn posts, Tweets, your Instagram bio or Story swipe-ups.

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Consider using our new Comment-to-Messenger feature like DJ Zinc, as well. This feature can really catapult engagement on Facebook posts.

Click-to-Messenger Facebook Ads
We also recommend taking advantage of 2019’s most powerful Facebook Ad format, Click-to-Messenger, to funnel a target audience into a flow - this is what we’ve been doing, and the results have been amazing so far. Check out our complete guide to Click-to-Messenger ads!

Sponsored Messages
Remember that a Facebook Messenger audience is a very warm audience. These users are typically highly engaged and super-familiar with your business and content, making them an ideal audience for marketing your paid products. When you target warmer audiences, you’ll find you convert at a higher rate and your ads cost less.

Use Sponsored Messages to re-target everyone who’s had a conversation with you on Messenger before. If you’ve segmented a specific audience using I AM POP, and collected this segment’s e-mail addresses, you can export these to create a custom audience and retarget them with a Sponsored Message.

For a small fee - $0,03 per delivery in the US - you can send promotional content in broadcasts to this highly targeted audience of warm leads. And it works: QVC saw 5.3X higher return on ad spend compared to other Facebook ads.

How we will shape the future

Needless to say, these are exciting times for the newfound field of Messenger Marketing. Together with our clients and partners, we are constantly adapting to changes and developments in the field of direct messaging.

In the coming months, we’re rolling out new products and features that will make optimal use of the new Messenger policy. Namely: Inbox and Journeys.

Inbox
First up is a major new feature that will help manage and filter results for your Messenger Marketing campaigns (e.g. selecting winners from a ‘win tickets’ campaign). You will also be able to escalate conversations to a live agent or streamline your FAQ automation.

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A sneak peek preview of the Inbox

It’s a better way to manage your current Facebook inbox, where you will be able to manage all incoming queries, using an intuitive tag system so you can filter and better organize support.

You’ve tried using the Facebook inbox for conversations on scale. You’ll understand just how necessary an improved inbox is for customer service.  

Journeys
There are a couple of tags on Messenger that allow our customers to send messages outside the 24 hour window. One of them is the post-purchase update tag.

We are now working on (customer) journeys via chat using this tag. We will launch these for a wide variety of businesses, but we are also working on one built specifically for our music clients.

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Convert your social followers into emails, phone numbers and music streams

This will be a music “pre-save” that will run automatically via Messenger. Apart from handling the pre-save itself, we will also send a notification (with a high open rate > 90%) when your music is released. Of course, there is the added possibility to collect e-mail addresses and other info.

Interested to see how this works? Sign up for early access here.

If you’re left with any questions about these recent changes or our future products, or if you have any form of input whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We’re looking forward to what the future of messaging has to offer and we think you should, too.


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Jonas van de Poel

Customer Success & Content Marketer at I AM POP. Poet, linguist, polyglot and wordsmith armed with fountain pen and ergonomic keyboard. Wears shades at night. Dreams in breakbeat at 174 bpm.