Many brands start leveraging messaging platforms to deliver world-class personalised shopping experiences to their customers, so as to fulfil their unique and individual needs. Meta has launched an ad format that clicks to WhatsApp across Facebook and Instagram (News Feed, Stories, and Marketplace) for businesses to reach customers at every stage of the customer journey.
Simply adding a call-to-action button on Facebook and Instagram ads, WhatsApp conversations will be opened when customers clicked, providing them with 1 on 1 pre-sales, sales and after-sales services.
What are the benefits of using Click-to-WhatsApp ads?
- Optimise delivery with higher ROI
Over 200 million people communicate with a WhatsApp Business account everyday, therefore it is suggested to provide customers with more personalised services through WhatsApp conversations. For many businesses, this type of ad campaigns perform better than standard lead generation ads, as they can quickly address and solve potential customers’ problems, or persuade customers to buy via 1-on-1 instant chats, leading to higher conversion rates and return on investment (ROI).
- Collect first-party data for remarketing
As advertising costs continue to rise, utilising ads that click to WhatsApp can serve as a means of obtaining first-party data, such as customer names, WhatsApp numbers, and order histories. Businesses can then categorise and segment customers through tagging for future retargeting campaigns, increasing the accuracy and efficiency of marketing activities. The collected data can also be integrated into Customer Relationship Management system(CRM), Customer Data Platform(CDP) and Data Management Platform(DMP), unleashing the power of smart data.
- Create an end-to-end social commerce journey
From discovery, consideration, leads to reconnection, Click-to-WhatsApp ads allows customers to explore the product and services across multiple social media platforms. This type of advertisements empower businesses to look for leads from different stages, driving business growth in a more effective way.
According to Meta’s report, 63% shoppers across all markets are more likely to revisit a store because of the payment via messaging services (e.g. WhatsApp). Omnichat’s WhatsApp catalogue and payment features enable consumers to complete the entire purchasing process seamlessly across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp at their convenience.
How to achieve better business outcomes through WhatsApp?
- Automated Chatbot with multiple buttons
Message templates can be created for ads that click to WhatsApp, for example, you can set up greeting messages and frequently asked questions (FAQs) within Ads Manager. If you are using WhatsApp Business API supported by WhatsApp Business Solution Provider (e.g. Omnichat), it is recommended to set up an automated Chatbot with multiple self-service buttons so customers can easily select their needs and even get transferred to human agents for more complicated questions or requests.
- Multi-product messages
It is suggested to place multiple product messages instead of a single product message, along with a call-to-action button that helps to capture audience attention and guide them towards business goal conversion.
Tips: By installing Meta’s pixel, website conversions can be measured and tracked after WhatsApp conversations have taken place.
- Personalised sales service
Cart abandonment retargeting is essential for retailers to increase conversions. More and more businesses send unchecked WhatsApp reminders to shoppers because of its higher open rate (over 90%).
Through Omnichat, the international sportswear giant FILA utilised the Abandoned Cart Recovery feature to earn a remarkable ROAS of 65, successfully converting abandoned carts into sales.
- Special offers
Offering incentives to customers is more likely to boost more sales, and also establish better customer relationships. Leveraging Click-to-WhatsApp ads across Facebook and Instagram, OSIM delivered coupons through WhatsApp automated Chatbot to encourage online purchases.
No one rule fits all, especially in the fast-changing business environment. Therefore, businesses should conduct A/B testing and utilise best practices to optimise ad campaigns for maximum business returns and accomplish marketing goals more effectively.
A guide to setting up Click-to-WhatsApp ads
Businesses must have a WhatsApp Business account (download WhatsApp Business App or integrate with WhatsApp Business API) linked to the Facebook Page before creating ads that click to WhatsApp.
If you would like to complete the set up in Ads manager, please follow the following steps:
- Go to Ad creation within Ads Manager.
- Choose your objective.
- Choose your campaign budget and click Next.
- Under conversion location, select messaging apps or WhatsApp.
- For ads using the engagement objective, select the relevant WhatsApp number from the drop-down menu in the Accounts section. For ads using traffic and sales objectives, choose the relevant Facebook Page and the WhatsApp number linked to the Facebook Page will be the one connected with the campaign.
- Choose your audience, placements, budget and schedule, and click Next.
- Select your ad format and complete your ad setup.
- Click + Create to create your flow. Click Save and finish when you’ve finished.
- Click Publish to publish your ad.
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