I have been advocating the use of Facebook Offers since they were released to selected Facebook Pages in April. I have used them for several of my retail clients and found their viral nature to be work extremely well.
The original Facebook Offers were only available for Pages where the business had a physical location that you could check in to and had over 400 Fans. Once you had access to Offers, though you could use them as often as you wanted, and best of all they were FREE.
One of the Facebook Offers I ran on a client’s Page led to over 13,000 redemptions in less than 24 Hours, it also doubled their Page Likes and drove masses of traffic in store. This was amazing leverage from a FREE Facebook feature, and I think they are a great marketing opportunity for most businesses.
Yesterday, I saw the feature pop up on my own Facebook Page and got excited that Facebook seemed to be making the feature more widespread. When I clicked on the announcement on my Page, I was disappointed to see that you can use the Offers feature once, but then you better get your credit card ready because they are charging for the privilege after that.
The good news is you can select to you Facebook Offers for an Online or Offline offer and you now have the opportunity to enter a redemption code, which was not previously available.
In this introductory phase, it appears that Facebook has a “Sale” on the price of Offers, and are showing discounted rates for placement depending on how many fans you wish to target. If you want to hit between 1,000 and 3,000 fans it is free. Keep in mind you need to have at least 400 Fans on your Page before you have access to Offers, and I’m not sure how long the discount prices will apply.
Facebook may only be rolling these out progressively, so if you don’t have this feature yet and your Facebook Page has more than 400 Fans, you should be getting it soon. Check this link for more information https://www.facebook.com/help/offers.
How To Use New Generation Facebook Offers
- Go To Your Posting Space and Click Offer/Event
- Select whether you want the Offer to be redeemed In Store, Online or Both
- If the offer is redeemable Online, enter the web address where the offer is redeemable as well as any Redemption Code (this is a great feature for tracking and limiting offers.
- Complete the Offer Basics: Upload A Thumbnail Image (90×90), Create a Headline, Offer Details and Call To Action. You will also need to fill in detailed Terms and Conditions to ensure there is no confusion for either your team or your customers. You enter a limited number of redemptions and the expiry date here.
- Check the Preview and make sure it displays as you want it to, especially make sure the image displays correctly, because it automatically get resized if it is not a square. You will also get a preview of the Offer emailed to your Facebook email address, so check that this is how you expected before you confirm.
- Next Step is to hit Set Budget and decide what you’d like to allocate to promoting your offer. This will depend on the number of fans you have on your Page and what your budget is. Once selected, Facebook will drip the offer out to the audience you select over 3 days, unless you check the box that says you want to promote it using Facebook Ads instead. You will need to nominate a valid credit card or Paypal address if you haven’t already set up a Facebook Ads account.
It’s not really surprising with all the pressure Facebook has on generating revenue in their IPO year that they have chosen to start charging for Facebook Offers. They do offer great viral potential and could well be worth testing.
Have you got the new Facebook Offers yet? If you’ve tried them, what kind of results did you get. I’d love to hear in the comments below.