Facebook officially announced the introduction of call-to-action buttons for pages, saying that the feature will roll out in the U.S. over the next few weeks and worldwide next year, although several page administrators already had access to the feature prior to the social network’s official announcement.
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With the holiday shopping season about to blast off and Small Business Saturday on tap this weekend, Facebook offered five tips for small and midsized businesses that are using the social network for marketing purposes.
The most likely customers for goods and services offered by small and midsized businesses are people located near those businesses, and Facebook Tuesday officially introduced a new advertising feature aimed at bringing SMBs and their potential nearby customers together, local awareness ads, which were spotted in use last month.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg emphasized while discussing the social network’s recently announced test of a buy button during its second-quarter earnings call Wednesday that the aim is to streamline the transaction process for sellers, and not for Facebook to become a seller.
Last week, Facebook announced that it is testing a new buy button feature, enabling businesses to sell products directly on the social network. The button — available on desktop and mobile ads and page posts — is currently limited to a few small and midsized businesses in the U.S.
It’s hard to come up with a more obvious call to action than “buy,” and Facebook announced Thursday that it is testing a buy call-to-action button with “a few small and midsized businesses in the U.S.”
The five call to action buttons for page post ads, introduced by Facebook in January, may be getting some company, as PerfectPost CEO Rob Kischuk discovered five more call to action buttons that the social network appears to be testing that are currently live, and another four that are included in its ads application-programming interface but have not yet been implemented.
The Facebook marketing outfit formerly known as Badgy has rebranded as PerfectPost, and the company also announced an easy way for brands on Facebook to add the social network’s new call to action buttons to their ads.
Facebook announced in late January that page administrators would “soon” be able to add call to action buttons to the lower-right-hand corners of their page post ads, and it appears that soon may be here now.