7 Ways Retailers Can Leverage Facebook
Facebook commerce was a big topic of discussion by attendees and speakers at the 2011 ChannelAdvisor Catalyst Conference which took place in Durham, North Carolina this week.
During the opening keynote address, for example, Scot Wingo, CEO and co-founder of ChannelAdvisor Corp. discussed his firm's "Facebook Commerce Framework" that details seven ways reailers can leverge Facebook. They include the following:
1. Use Facebook Ads. Yes, Facebook is used by a majority of web users — the social network reaches 75 percent of internet users multiple times per month. But targeting specific consumer groups on Facebook continues to be a challenge for most online retailers. As a result, "experiment with Facebook Ads, which allows you to target your audience by location, age and interest. They're a great tool to use to help you build your fan base on your Facebook page," said Wingo.
2. Promote your brand and merchandise on your Facebook page. "Currently the most popular way for retailers to connect with consumers is via their Facebook pages," Wingo said. "Run promotions on your page." Popular Facebook page promotions are exclusive coupons, daily deals, stores, promotions, sweepstakes and surveys, he added.
3. Use Facebook Connect. This platform allows retailers to leverage the Facebook social graph on their e-commerce sites. "Amazon’s implementation of Facebook Connect is state-of-the-art," Wingo said. For example, it allows Amazon to make recommendations for consumers, based on their Facebook favorites and "likes" as well as allow consumers to see their friends’ upcoming birthdays and wish lists.
4. Use Facebook Like buttons. These buttons allow consumers to like any page, product or brand on the internet, "which can turn into social wish lists or powerful recommendation engines," Wingo said. Like buttons were introduced about a year ago "and already appear on millions of Facebook pages," Wingo added. What's more, Facebook recently added some improved retail capabilities to the like button, and Google recently released its +1 experiment, which enables consumers to click +1 on a webpage or ad they find useful and then the +1’s will start appearing in Google’s search results.