7 Feb 2018

Top 7 Tips for Facebook Marketing Print-on-Demand Merchandise

Marketing your eCommerce business on Facebook is the proverbial no-brainer.

With 2 billion monthly active users – 32% of whom regularly engage with brands. – and statistics suggesting that 42% of millennials can’t last 5 hours without checking their news feed – Facebook offers a huge audience for you to tap into.

With that all said – Facebook isn’t easy. You need the right information and the right strategy to make sure you get the best bang for your book. Here are our top 7 tips to help you succeed…

1. Share great organic content

You probably know that the organic reach of Facebook content is severely limited – the exact number will vary, but the average is reported to be around 2%. In other words, for a typical Facebook post, only 2 out of every 100 fans will actually see it on their news feed.

However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore sharing content that will be of interest to your audience nor should you ignore organic promotion of your products. It’s still a valuable way to reach a small portion of your audience – for free. There are also plenty of things you can do to help boost your organic reach so more people see it.

Try sticking to posts that are short and catchy. As users, we tend to scroll pretty quickly through our Facebook timeline – and it’s the posts that catch our eye and quickly deliver value that drive the most engagement. Short, sweet, visually appealing and action-oriented are the order of the day.

Don’t feel you can only share your own content and products. Sharing interesting content from other blogs and websites in your niche can add even more value to your audience.

The Neil Patel’s “plenty of things” link already touches this: but I’d explicitly mention here to:

  1. Boost content from FB page to page followers
  2. Advertise the most successful posts of the step above to audience with interest in what you are selling e.g. skateboard t-shirts -> interest “skating”

2. Facebook Shop

Facebook offers a ‘Shop’ feature that sits right on your page – it’s totally free to add, and you don’t have to pay any commission on the orders you take. You simply enter your product images, descriptions, etc. and they display within the ‘Shop’ area of your page. Customers are then linked out to your website to browse further and (hopefully!) complete their purchase.

As you can see, the ‘Shop’ feature appears within the left navigation menu on your Facebook page, so it’s really easy to find.

The process differs for setting up Facebook Shops in US and non-US pages, so check out the instructions here to find out how to do it.

3. Retargeting

You know how much effort it takes to generate traffic to your store. So it can be truly disheartening to know that as much as 95% of your traffic won’t buy or convert – for a variety of different reasons.

That’s where retargeting comes in. By setting up a custom audience (which we’ll cover in more detail shortly) you can run ad campaigns that specifically target people who’ve already visited your store or had your products in their baskets.

This is one of the most important marketing tactics you can utilise. After all, it’s always easier to advertise to people who know who you are – and the numbers prove it.

  • People who are retargeted are 70% more likely to convert on your website than first-time visitors.
  • Retargeted customers 3 times more likely to click your ad than someone who hasn’t interacted with your business before
  • The average ROI of retargeting ads is 200% or higher.

Facebook’s dynamic adverts feature lets you personalise your ads so you can be deeply tailored to your audience. This means you can show them the exact products or designs they were considering purchasing.

It’s a good idea to offer something ‘extra’ to entice them into buying. Maybe it’s a discount, or the offer of free shipping. Retargeting campaigns are often effective when they harness a sense of urgency, like the below example. Telling people that the time is running out for them to get a particular product or offer is a great way to give your customers the impetus to come back and complete their purchase.

The below example from Expedia (courtesy of Wishpond) isn’t retail-centred, but it does illustrate how retargeting can work at different stages of your buyer journey.

The customer here had visited Expedia to browse last-minute deals, informing the first retargeting campaign…

Following this, they logged back onto Expedia and browsed hotels in Whistler – in particular the Aava Whistler Hotel. The retargeting campaign used this data, and served up an ad that again relies on a real sense of urgency, with messaging and imagery tailored to the user.

As you gather more information about your customers – the products they’re interested in, the ones they’ve browsed, the ones they’ve added to their cart – you can use Facebook retargeting to rejuvenate their interest, create urgency, and offer sweeteners to get that sale over the line!

4. Facebook ‘Audiences’

One of the best things about advertising on Facebook is that the targeting options are incredibly granular. You can get really specific about the type of people you want to see your ads, drawing the right audience to your brand.

We just touched on one really powerful use case. Custom Audiences let you reach audiences who’ve already shown interest in your product – for example, visiting your website or signing up to your mailing list. Ecommerce merchants rave about Custom Audiences, and it’s easy to see why. Research suggests that click-through rates for Custom Audiences are much higher than Facebook Exchange – 1.25% compared to 0.12%.

We could write a whole article about Custom Audiences, but – as a great starting point – check out the Shopify article, The Beginner’s Guide to Custom Audiences, to find out more.

Lookalike Audiences let you reach new people who are similar to your existing audience. This involves setting up a Custom Audience, in the first instance – from a customer file, website traffic or engagement with your social posts. Facebook then identifies the common qualities of those people in this audience, and targets your ads to people who fit that profile.

5. Pay attention to your ad creative

Making sure your audience sees your ad is one thing. But making sure that they’re engaged by what they see is the real challenge.

We live in the age of ‘banner blindness,’ which means that consumers have become quite good at subconsciously skimming past adverts.

So your ad creative really needs to catch the eye. This means paying real attention to everything from the images you choose, to the length and substance of the copy you write – there’s a lot to be said for incorporating humour and fun into your ad creative.

Let’s start with images, which are proven to make a huge difference. The image you use is responsible for 75-90% of Facebook Ad performance. Check out this guide as a starting point.

Copy is also incredibly important – and ‘short and sweet’ is almost always the right way forward. The most effective length for an ad title on Facebook is four words, and 15 words for a link description.

A/B Testing is a good way to test your copy, imagery and various other aspects of your campaigns.

6. Tap into seasonality

One of the huge upsides of print-on-demand merchandise is that, since you aren’t committing to holding stock or ordering up-front, you can be really agile in your designs and slogans.

This also means you can tap into various seasonal trends – Halloween, Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving.

7. Make sure landing pages are relevant to your offer

Whether you’re posting organically or boosting your content via Facebook Ads, one thing is absolutely crucial; you need to make sure the landing page matches the ad.

We live in a world of easily distracted consumers with limited attention spans. If something isn’t easy to do, you can’t realistically expect them to do it!

So, let’s say you’re promoting your new t-shirt design. Your user clicks the ad, demonstrating at least a partial interest in buying it. Imagine how frustrating they’d find it if they simply landed on your home page. And imagine how much more convenient it would be if they landed right on the product page for that exact design. You don’t need us to tell you which one would likely be more successful!

Closing Thoughts

Facebook can be a veritable goldmine for eCommerce sellers

Harnessing the marketing power of Facebook to promote your print-on-demand merchandise range in the right way can be a huge win for you, opening up a healthy revenue source without any of the up-front cost, risk and hassle associated with ‘traditional’ merchandising.


PS. If you’d like to learn more why not take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Facebook Marketing for Custom Merchandise.

Facebook is a great platform for marketing print-on-demand custom merchandise which is easily created using our:

Shopify Merch Plugin

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