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Leads... the favourite word of every salesperson or marketer!

Because there are plenty of fish in the sea. But what if all you had to do was cast the line into the water - and they came swimming on their own? Or to put it another way: imagine if your customers actually came pouring into your business, and maybe even on a daily basis!

It almost sounds like wishful thinking - but not with Facebook lead ads. Just ask Webamp's customer Saxil Bicycles, who received almost 400% more newsletter sign-ups for Black Friday 2020 than the previous year. All because of Facebook lead generation, of course.

If you'd also like to get leads for your sales reps or fill up your newsletter sign-ups, you've come to the right place. In this blog post, you'll learn how to start collecting leads through Facebook advertising.

Webamp The team
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Last updated: Jun 6, 2023

What is a lead?

A lead is the information that a potential customer has given you permission to collect - for example, name, email, phone number, company, etc.

You may want to generate leads on potential customers who want to be contacted by your salespeople. Maybe you want to collect leads for your newsletter for future sales. Or maybe you want to get sign-ups for your next webinar or event?

In other words, leads can be used in all parts of the customer journey.

Whatever your strategy, collecting data from potential customers will be extremely valuable, as the customer has already expressed some interest in your service or products.

Why should you collect leads through Facebook ads?

There are countless tools for lead generation. So why choose Facebook lead ads? Simply because the numbers speak for themselves.

  • Danes spend an average of 3.5 hours a day on social media. And while young people between 15 and 29 still make up the largest percentage of users, older segments are gradually joining in. That's why Facebook is an ideal medium for gathering information about your target audience.
  • Newsletters are free marketing. That's why investing in building a large list of newsletter recipients to communicate to all year round is a natural step.
  • You can use leads for retargeting (targeting ads to those who have already shown interest). You can also do look alike audiences, so you target the type of audience that has already shown interest in your brand.
  • For the sales department, leads are worth their weight in gold (no more cold calls and icy canvas). Receive only warm leads!
  • It's easy for your target audience to fill in their details via facebook lead ads.

  • It's much cheaper to get leads through lead ads than to get your target audience to sign up through your website

How to get started with lead ads

That all sounds fantastic. But how do you get started? 

Lay out a strategy

Before you start, it's important to have a clear strategy about what the purpose of your lead collection is.

For example, if the goal is more newsletter sign-ups, consider a strategy that will get your audience to provide their information. For example, they could get 10% off their next purchase or access to special offers during a holiday. It could also be that they receive an e-book or guide.

Either way, it's important to always put yourself in your target audience's shoes and think about the value you can create for them. After all, no one wants to just share their data without getting something in return. You have to perform to enjoy.

Create lead campaign

Once you have your strategy in place, you are ready to set up your first lead campaign. In your ad manager, create a new campaign and select 'Lead generation' as the campaign objective.

facebook lead ads campaign targeting

Create lead form

When you get to the ad, create your lead form. The lead form is the one that pops up when the target audience clicks on your campaign.

Facebook lead form

You choose what information you want to ask your audience to fill in. We will come back to your strategy. If the aim is to get your audience to sign up to your newsletter, you won't need more than a name and email.

However, if your strategy is to generate qualified leads for your sales department, you should consider multiple fields - for example, phone number and company.

Remember that the fewer fields your form contains, the more likely your target audience is to fill it in. So make sure you only have the most important fields if your aim is to get lots of leads.

REMEMBER to clarifywhat the target group is signing up for and what they will get out of it.

How to access your leads

Now your campaign is ready to collect a lot of leads for your business. But before you hit the start button, you want to make sure your leads are automatically sent to your chosen CRM system, for example your newsletter.

Connect to a CRM system

Associate a CRM system
*Note that you must be an administrator of the Facebook page and have lead access permissions in order to associate a CRM system.

  • Go to your Facebook page
  • Select 'Publication tools'
  • Select 'Setting up leads'
  • Select your desired CRM system and click 'connect'
  • Follow the setup

You'll probably be asked to use integration tools like Zapier or Leadbridge, depending on which CRM system you want to use.

If you want to be absolutely sure that the integration is set up correctly, you can test it via Facebook's own testing tool.

Download leads directly in facebook

You also have the option to retrieve your leads manually in Facebook.

  • Go to your Facebook page
  • Select 'Publication tools'
  • Select 'Form Library'
Facebook leads

Once your audience has given you their information, it is important that you follow up as soon as possible. For example, if they are expecting an e-book or a discount code, it is important that this is done immediately.

Otherwise, you risk not meeting your customers' expectations - and your hot leads will cool down as quickly as you warmed them up.

The same applies if it's a lead to a sales department, where it's important to contact the potential customer while you're still top-of-mind.

Have fun with your lead campaigns!

Want help generating leads through Facebook Ads?

Does it seem overwhelming to dive into lead generation with Facebook Ads? Don't worry - there's no need to resort to cold canvas or lose heart. Because I'm here at Webamp to help you get started on the path to generating red-hot leads.

Contact Webamp today - and we'll get you and your business ready.

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