Three Ways to Generate Leads for Your Business on Facebook
Posted on November 06, 2014
Social media is a great way to stay in touch with your customers, but to fully appreciate what social can do for your business, you need to do more than post and respond. For years, Facebook has been one of the best free to low-cost solutions a small business owner can use in order to help generate more buzz about their company. In fact, Facebook has recently relaxed some of its regulations on running contests which can allow the platform to be harnessed as a lead-gen goldmine.
Here are three easy (and free!) ways to generate more leads for your business:
Start a contest – A great way to attract new followers is by running a Facebook contest. Contests are a great way for you to build brand awareness by casting a wide net, you expose your company to potential customers that were not previously engaged with your business. While you can get very qualified leads, you also tend to get entries from people that are simply interested in free stuff. It would be in your best interest to add some additional demographic and/or professional questions to your contest entry form, such as occupation, age, or other items that may make sorting through and following up with leads easier on you.
The best way to capture these leads is by using a customized Facebook application, which you can build easily with free (premium available), widget-based, drag and drop editors. Some of the industry favorites include Shortstack, Woobox, and Agora Pulse. Each of these platforms offer different features and benefits, so explore them individually and keep in mind what your end goal is to see which is right for you.
The possibilities for contests are nearly limitless, as long as you stay within platform terms-of-service and rules for running contests. Some common types of contests include photo contests, fan of the week (engagement), and sweepstakes.
Create newsletter opt-in pages – Email marketing is a huge thing for most modern business owners. This is another place in which Facebook gives you an invaluable opportunity to gather more leads by including a newsletter opt-in page. Many of the more popular email service providers such as MailChimp and Constant Contact make it as simple as a few clicks to install opt-in pages you can embed on Facebook.
Another great way to build your email database is by utilizing the aforementioned Facebook application platforms, Shortstack, Woobox, and Agora. Shortstack has very simple integration, which is customizable with premium plans that allow for you to collect and export your new contacts through the API of the email service provider (such as MailChimp). You also have the ability to create forms in which you manage your own subscriber exports.
Free product – Do you have a digital product you could give away? Many companies have informational whitepapers, videos, or other marketing materials that are educational and sought-out by potential customers. Often times, those potential customers are willing to share their email address in order to see what your company has to offer. With platforms like Shortstack, you can secure the email address, then, a script will release the product. Be sure to include fields for demographic or professional information to ensure that you follow up on the quality leads.
By taking a few minutes out of your day to optimize your Facebook presence and campaigns, you could be gathering hundreds of new leads!
What methods have you tried and found successful for lead generation on Facebook?