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Example of new Facebook campaign launching today

I'm finding that marketers are increasingly hungry for information on how to best exploit Facebook to reach and engage prospects and customers. The reasons are obvious - you have to "swim with the fishes" - an expression that often arises when discussing Facebook marketing.

There was further evidence of Facebook's importance this week with the announcement that in the US, Facebook has ousted Google as the most popular site. In the UK, Facebook is still at Number 2, but growing rapidly.

Today's example of Facebook engagement ads with sampling

I'm writing this post since I've been asking Facebook for more info to share on campaign best practices, and my contact has said there is a new example campaign launching today for St.Patrick's Day.

Here's the creative, background info on campaign below:

Engagement Ad from 3 mobile on Right

Direct-response form on Facebook

Landing page on 3 website

Facebook campaign background

In their words of my contact at Facebook:

This is a reach block, so every user in the UK will be served this ad for the first five impressions on their home page today. It"€™s a fantastic traffic driver, and this particular engagement ad is our newest format: the sampling ad. Users can request a sample which is sent to their home address "€“ it"€™s an incredibly powerful messaging tool.

This is the latest in the series of recent examples this year, following Facebook's first sampling ad, Fiat Punto brochures, the Marmite cereal bar (I requested a sample"€¦not my cup of tea, despite my love for Marmite!), O2"€™s free SIMs and free SIM reach block, and Virgin Mobile"€™s free SIMs.

Although they're known as sampling ads, non FMCG marketers would know them as direct-response.

What everyone should like about these sampling ads is that data capture occurs on the media-owner site, so response rates tend to be higher - the model of clicking through to the landing page from a display ad is outdated and indeed the microsite on publisher site route has always been preferable.

By Dave Chaffey

Dave is CEO and co-founder of Smart Insights. He is editor of the 100 templates, ebooks and courses in the digital marketing resource library created by our team of 25+ Digital Marketing experts. Our resources used by our Expert members in more than 80 countries to Map, Plan and Manage their digital marketing. For my full profile, or to connect on LinkedIn or other social networks, see the About Dave Chaffey profile page on Smart Insights. Dave is author of 5 bestselling books on digital marketing including Emarketing Excellence and Digital Marketing: Strategy, Implementation and Practice. In 2004 he was recognised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing as one of 50 marketing ‘gurus’ worldwide who have helped shape the future of marketing.

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