Marketers are challenged to reach their customers and drive sales on mobile. The majority of time spent on mobile is in apps, and people spend the majority of that time in just a handful of apps, including Facebook and Instagram. For people, the mobile shopping experience is often difficult to navigate. Customers can experience slow load times and too many steps on the way to checkout. This is bad for people and bad for marketers.
On Facebook, they’ve seen that people are coming to their platform not only to connect with friends and family but also with products and brands. In fact, a survey suggested that nearly half of people come to Facebook to actively look for products, with a majority of them discovering new products in News Feed, Pages, and Groups.
This behaviour – that’s already happening on Facebook – gives the platform a chance to make people and marketers’ experiences better. Facebook wants to build native experiences that make it easier for both people to discover products on mobile, and businesses to drive more sales
Proven Solutions that Drive Sales: Product Ads for News Feed
Last year Facebook introduced the carousel format for Facebook ads, which lets advertisers showcase multiple product images and links in one ad. Based on preliminary testing, advertisers have seen carousel link ads drive 30-50% lower cost-per-conversion.
Retailers are seeing strong results when using carousel format to bring their creative to life in dynamic product ads. With dynamic product ads, marketers can upload their product catalogue and let Facebook automatically deliver the most relevant products to people. They can showcase multiple products with the carousel format, enabling people to easily browse and discover on mobile.
Canvas: A new native way to browse from ads
When people click on products from ads in their News Feed, the mobile websites they’re directed to often take a while to load and aren’t optimized, increasing the chance that people will drop off.
Facebook is testing a new ad experience called Canvas that helps businesses drive any advertising objective, from brand building to driving sales.
Facebook has been testing Canvas with a number of businesses since it was unveiled this in June. When clicking on an ad, people will see a fast-loading, full-screen experience where they can browse through a variety of products, before going to the retailer’s website to purchase.
“Buy” call-to-action button: Making purchases easier on mobile
Facebook has already been testing this feature on ads to give marketers a more seamless way to drive sales with people interested in their products. People on desktop or mobile can click the “Buy” button in ads in News Feed to purchase a product directly from a business, without leaving Facebook.
Pages as a retailer’s mobile solution: Shop section
With over one billion people visiting Pages every month, people are already turning to Pages to learn more about businesses. That’s why Facebook is adding more ways for Page owners to showcase their products to people, including a recently announced Shop section. Businesses can choose to have this section link off to their own retail websites, or they can test a way for people to buy directly on their Pages.
Single place for product discovery and distribution: new shopping feature in Favorites
Facebook has also seen that people discover new products across multiple areas on Facebook - News Feed, Pages, and Groups. In the coming weeks, they’ll begin testing a single place for people to more easily discover, share, and purchase products. Over time, Facebook will explore incorporating additional content into this experience, such as items listed for sale in Facebook Groups.
Across each of these formats – from proven ad products such as carousel and dynamic products ads to new tests – Facebook’s goal is to make it easier for people to discover relevant products on mobile while also driving results for businesses.