Facebook Lead Ads: 4 ways to automate your campaign’s success

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As an advertising tool, Facebook Lead Ads is in a league of its own, with billions of users and the ability to drive qualified leads to your company without ever forcing users to leave Facebook.

Facebook lead ads are mobile-friendly and allow users to complete lead forms without ever leaving the app. Since they work on desktop and mobile, they’re an outstanding opportunity for brands who want to leverage the expansive reach of the social platform to connect with more audience members.

There’s solid evidence, too, that lead ads can help acquire more leads at lower costs.

One study from WordStream found campaigns using lead ads had a conversion rate that was two percentage points higher than those that came through a conventional landing page. Landing page campaigns had an average conversion rate of 10.47% and an average cost-per-action of $13.26. Campaigns using lead ads had a conversion rate of 12.54% and an average cost per action of $17.98. Though they cost more, they drove more results.

Once you have those leads, you need to do something with them. Instead of downloading leads and uploading them to the platforms where you do your work, let Zapier’s Facebook Lead Ads integration do the work for you. You can automtically abring new leads into your CRM system, email marketing tool, or customer database of choice.

Learn four ways to add automation to Facebook Lead Ads to increase success through your digital ad funnel.

Track leads in your CRM

The ability to automatically send lead information directly to the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) database of your choice with the right integrations is essential. This prevents you from needing to remember to check every few days to download new data, import it into your database manually, and then take action.

Instead, the data automatically syncs on a regular basis—potentially even in real-time—so your team will have a lead’s information the second they complete that form.

This allows your sales team to register all new leads instantly so they can follow up as needed. They can track the lead through the sales process in your CRM, seeing when to send initial messages, when to follow up, and when to push to close. They can even have new leads added to their project management software so nothing is ever missed.

Get customized alerts for new leads

It’s not enough to simply have lead information show up in your CRM; you want your sales team to be notified right away, too.

This is crucial for businesses that have sales teams on hand for high-value products. This may include businesses in industries like car sales, marketing contracts, and services. You want to be able to get in touch right when users are at the peak of interest, and before they start looking for other solutions—automatic notifications for your sales team supports that work.

For National University of Health Sciences webmaster Rachel Campbell, it was a long process to get the university’s Facebook leads into the hands of their Admissions team. Every week, Rachel would download leads, upload them to Hubspot, and then send them to the Admissions team, which uses a different CRM. Now, she lets Zapier handle all that.

“It literally saves me hours of work every week,” she said. “In addition to ensuring we don’t lose any leads due to manual error (of download/uploading sets of leads), it also saves me time. Our Admissions team is notified instantly, and our prospective students are contacted within 24 hours.”

Nurture leads with automatic emails

Striking while the iron is hot is important, and while your sales team needs to know about new leads, having an automated email system do some of the heavy lifting can be a gamechanger, too.

As soon as leads convert off of your Facebook Ads, have an email autoresponder ready to go so it can send out a welcome series right away. If you offered a lead magnet (like an ebook, access to a webinar, or a coupon code for a free class), this kind of automated workflow promptly sends your leads exactly what they expect.

Ideally, you’ll do the following when it comes to automatic emails:

  • Send the first autoresponder welcome email right away, as soon as the lead form is generated. Your new prospect might be excited about the lead magnet they converted on, so getting it to them ASAP is important.

  • Keep the first email simple. Don’t start hitting them with a ton of aggressive offers right away. Welcome them, confirm their subscription, and let them know you’re there if they have questions.

  • Send another email in a day or so with more information. This is why it’s called a welcome series; your sales team can follow up a day or so later to assess where they’re at and offer help, or you can offer additional content-focused newsletters. Test what works for your brand.

This leads to better user experience, too. If you’re manually downloading leads from Facebook and manually inputting them into your CRM and a database or spreadsheet, people could be waiting hours—or days—to hear from you.

Siera Rejcek, an Account Executive at social media management company SocialStrategy1, used Zapier to streamline this process.

“We use Zapier to input any leads that we receive from Facebook ads into a Mailchimp list,” she explained. “We have also connected our Mailchimp lists to our Google Sheets, so that when a lead is added to our Mailchimp list, they are then added to a lead spreadsheet. Because these Zaps are performed every 5 minutes, we know that as soon as an individual requests information, they are going to receive a welcome email and then be contacted by our customer service employees via our Google Sheet.”

Generate custom deals & packages

When your sales team has the ability to create custom deals and packages for leads, you can expect to see your conversion rates increase accordingly. Even if they only seem custom or exclusive, that can help, too.

You can create deals or packages that are trackable as soon as new leads are generated from Facebook Lead Ads so you can track what’s driving conversions. These can be generated automatically upon lead form completion, giving your sales team plenty of leverage to start off strong.

Optimize your lead ads for your digital sales funnel

When using Facebook Lead Ads for your business, it’s important to remember where they fall in the digital sales funnel.

In many cases, using lead ads mid-funnel is the best approach. If the first contact that a user has with your brand is a lead ad, they’re significantly less likely to fill out the form than if they see it after they’ve watched a video ad showing a demo of your product or an ad sharing a customer testimonial, for example.

Retargeting can be incredibly valuable here, especially as you set up a Facebook funnel. You can create custom audiences who watched that first video to completion or from your customer list. You can also use the Facebook Conversions API to target users who visited your desktop site, allowing you to reach warmer audiences right off the bat with lead ads instead of struggling to convert colder audiences.

By automating this process every step of the way, you not only get leads faster, but receive more lead information because you have a more well-rounded and well-built digital sales funnel.

Lead ads play an important part in the mid-to-late funnel, and they can be the step you need to motivate leads to get in touch. Then, automation helps you with a quick response priming them for the personalized approach from your own exceptional sales team.

This article was originally written by Emily Irish and published in February 2017. It was substantially updated in May 2021.

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