The new appointment booking solution integrates directly with your business calendar system (currently unclear which calendar systems integrate and if there are exclusions) and provides people with the most up-to-date availability information.
Beyond just booking meetings, the feature also will send push reminder notifications through Messenger as the meeting gets closer, ensuring it stays top-of-mind for both you and the prospect.
Best of all, the solution also enables prospects to make changes or cancel the meeting directly in the Messenger window, with changes being updated in real-time to your business calendar.
All of this takes a lot of the cumbersome administrative work out of booking, rescheduling, and updating your availability, so you can spend less time organising your calendar and more time prepping for your upcoming meetings!
The appointment booking feature is currently in beta testing and it will slowly be rolled out over the next year. If you’re interested in getting access to this feature early, you can sign up for the beta here.
Lead Generation Templates
With any chat platform, one of the biggest struggles is time. Specifically, determining which queries and chats are worth spending time on. To alleviate that pain point and allow teams to spend time where it matters, Messenger is rolling out dedicated lead generation templates.
The template will allow you to custom-build an automated question and answer flow that people can respond easily & quickly to by using quick-reply buttons. Leads will be qualified automatically be the system based on their answers, so you’re only spending time on the leads that matter.
If a lead is qualified, the system has a built-in transition process that seamlessly moves the conversation from an automated bot to a live help agent. This will enable you to instantly learn more about the people that message your business and determine how qualified (or unqualified) they are before your first human interaction with them.
When launched, these templates can be accessed in the Ads Manager, where they can be customised based on the questions you want to ask, in turn, qualifying someone as a lead worth pursuing. Currently, they are in beta, and will roll out to the public later this year.
It seems like social media marketing is quickly evolving from an awareness and engagement medium to one that can produce real results for your bottom line, which is great news for brands!
These Messenger features offer the convenience of staying on-platform (keeping people somewhere they already feel comfortable using and “hanging out”) while also utilising the lead scoring and conversion systems that a user would have had to be on your site previously to access before.
It wouldn’t be surprising if other platforms begin rolling out similar features that enable businesses to have more meaningful conversations with prospects via social media as a way to capture them earlier in the process.