Helen Hays, social media manager at Ginger Juice, gives some practical pointers on how to use Facebook to sell.
Most agents fall into one of two categories when it comes to social media: it works for selling holidays or it doesn’t. Most people fall into the latter category.
Those who have made social media work for them will swear by it, they’ve gained numerous new customers and have built their business using it. Those who don’t believe that it works might think: “I’ve tried it, it doesn’t work”; “it’s a waste of money” and “it’s full of timewasters”. Sound familiar? All of those phrases are true: it doesn’t work, it’s a waste of money and it’s full of timewasters, but only if you don’t follow the process.
So how can you sell on social media? To quote the Jackson 5 – it’s as easy as 1,2,3. The process described below is designed for agents, not OTAs. It’s designed for selling off the page, not directing people to a website, and it’s designed for Facebook B2C.
Your post needs to have:
To make a splash on Facebook in 2017, you need to pay to play. This doesn’t mean you need to break the bank; you’ll be surprised what you can get for £5. Use Facebook Adverts Manager or Power Editor for better control and targeting options. When targeting, consider:
If steps 1 and 2 have been executed well and people are receptive to your offer, you should have lots of interest, which can come in varying forms. If it’s direct – they’ve rung you or popped into your branch – then the activity has done its job. However, what you’ll also get is lots of interest on Facebook, on the post, on your page and in Facebook Messenger. This is where a lot of people miss a trick or end up wasting their time. We call this the “Goldilocks rule” – you don’t want to respond too little (or not at all) and you don’t want to overdo it, spending too much time and effort. You need to find a level that’s just right.
Try the above steps and don’t be afraid to give Facebook advertising a go if you haven’t already. It has some of the best targeting options available to marketeers in 2017. I look forward to seeing you in my Facebook newsfeed.
1 Respond to anyone asking you a question directly.
2 Sign off with your name, especially if they can’t see your name.
3 Explain why it’s a fantastic offer.
4 Provide next steps: “Pop me a direct message” or “Give me a ring on…”
5 Never give a quote directly over Facebook.
6 Be friendly and have fun with it – it’s social media after all.