Brands must choose the right growth marketing strategy when they are getting started with Facebook Messenger Marketing.
A question we get a lot is how a Messenger marketing strategy fits into the picture when email modals are already involved.
The goal is to avoid creating a conflicting, confusing experience for your customers. Messenger opt-in growth plugins and email capture modals appear and behave similarly. The last thing you want is getting poor performance from both channels by using them in tandem poorly.
When considering the right Messenger Marketing strategy, there are three to keep in mind:
- The customer journey comprises of multiple touch points.
- Customers don’t want to be annoyed while browsing.
- You want to maximize your Messenger opt-ins.
Understanding The Steps of Your Customer’s Journey
To choose the right messenger marketing strategy to grow your brand, you need to take a look at the various points in your customer’s journey with your brand. Some common events include:
- Discovering your brand
- Landing on your website
- Browsing your site
- Adding an item to their cart
- Completing their purchase
- Becoming a happy customer.
If you understand the scope of possible customer engagement points, you can identify where your existing email capture strategies fit into the larger puzzle.
You’ll be able to spot the gaps where you are not engaging with your customers. These are the opportunities where you’ll want to deploy your Messenger growth plugins.
What to Consider When Choosing a Messenger Marketing Strategy
First, you’ll need to determine whether there are any existing modals on your site that you need to take into account.
What to Do If You Have No Email Modals
If you don’t have an existing email capture modal, then this choice is easy. Display your promotional plugin upon arrival with a slight delay.
We also recommend using the exit intent and post-purchase promo strategies for good measure.
What to Do If You Already Use Email Modals
If you already have email capture modals, they will likely display upon arrival and/or when exit intent is displayed.
You should decide if you want to replace any of your existing email modals with one of ShopMessage’s Messenger growth plugins. No one would blame you—Messenger engagement rates are the stuff of legends!
The alternative is to find a new step in the journey to prompt your visitors.
Choose the Persistent Offer strategy if you want your growth plugin to coexist with an email modal.
This subtle pill keeps your opt-in promotion visible, without competing with the arrival or exit-intent modals for attention.
The Post-Purchase Promotion is unique because it displays to visitors that have already converted into paying customers.
Use this time to celebrate your customers and encourage them to turn into repeat buyers.
Use Multiple Strategies To Grow Your Messenger Marketing Contact List
Every customer is unique, and every store experience is unique, which is why we’ve put together multiple Growth Plugin strategies to make sure there’s a tool in there for every situation.
Each messenger marketing strategy determines a set of rules governing the behavior of your Growth Plugin and will pre-populate a certain set of messaging into your preset that is appropriate for the timing of your promotion.
Across all of our strategies, you will have the ability to customize every aspect of your Growth Plugin, including:
- overlay type e.g. modals, flyouts, and full-page takeovers
- background image
- colors e.g. buttons, text
- your own logo
The Arrival Promo
Maximize your impressions by presenting all eligible visitors an offer moments upon arriving at your store. You can set this to display immediately upon arrival.
An arrival greeting is a great way to guide your visitors’ first impressions of your site. We recommend adding a few seconds of delay, so your promotion benefits from the added surprise/delight of popping-up.
The Purchase-Intent Promo
Use this strategy to strike a balance between your customer’s ability to browse the site and maximizing your opt-in rate. Purchase-Intent is defined as viewing the page for X-seconds, scrolling down Y% of the page, or adding an item to their cart. You can customize the timing and page scroll percentage delays based on your typical customer’s behavior.
The Exit-Intent Promo
Wait to display your promotion until your customer appears to be navigating away from your store. Catching them on their way out could mean the difference between an abandoned cart and closing the sale.
The Persistent Promo
This is a subtle, yet visible way to build your Contact list that doesn’t take up a lot of space. This hybrid promotion will render as a pill in the bottom corner of your page until your customer engages with it, or an Intent rule is triggered. When this happens, the pill will expand into a modal, a flyout, or a full page takeover depending on what design you chose.
The Post-Purchase Promo
This strategy is different because it targets the customer after they have completed their purchase. Use this to ensure opt-in collection by celebrating your customer with an offer they can save for their next visit.
Promoting at this stage lays the foundation for building a repeat customer while they are still feeling the joy of their purchase. Strike while the iron’s hot!
The customer journey is complex. There are many steps where a visitor can decide they love you or don’t care. You can engage visitors to your site with a well-timed modal overlay to build a connection with your brand’s customer.
Already using email modals? No problem. ShopMessage is designed with Smart Logic to work around existing modals and maintain a positive experience for your customers.
ShopMessage’s Growth Plugins can be powerful tools in your messenger marketing strategy. Conversational brands that engage their customers at the right time in their customer journey will be the ones that win the future of digital marketing.
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