|Khoi Le, country director for Vietnam at Meta
Today, people want to engage with businesses not just face-to-face or over the phone, either via email and online, but also in their favourite messaging apps, with 50 per cent of customers saying that experience is more important to them now compared to a year ago. Additionally, seven out of 10 consumers report feeling closer to businesses they can message.
Business messaging brings businesses and people closer together - allowing people to have one-on-one personalised connections with businesses, while helping businesses get the most out of their valuable conversations and drive business performance.
Globally, there are more than one billion people connecting with a business account across Meta’s messaging services every week. And in Vietnam, research conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) & Meta indicated that business messaging has become critical to consumers, with an average of nearly 70 per cent adoption rate.
Leveraging business messaging to increase your operational efficiency and drive better results.
Unfortunately, not all businesses are well-equipped to meet the rising and ever-changing consumer demands. In recent years, businesses are being put under greater pressure than ever to balance better customer experience with the need for efficiency and measurable return on investment (ROI).
More than one-third of businesses say that it is important to know how each dollar they spend turns into profit. Additionally, they are facing industry headwinds with changes in data policies and regulations such as the elimination of third-party cookies, affecting their ability to create personal experiences. A total of 43 per cent of marketers and 55 per cent of media agencies are concerned about the potential elimination of third-party cookies.
In this context, business messaging not only helps businesses interact more personally at scale via AI and automation, it is also the answer to effective digital marketing and a less dependent approach from cookies while bringing higher business performance.
A study conducted by Forrester Consulting and Meta in December 2022 showed that Business Messaging products have a 61 per cent better impact compared to other communication channels previously used. For example, in terms of sales, the order value from customers is 22.1 per cent higher due to communication between sellers and buyers through business messaging.
As a result, more and more businesses are finding new reasons to expand their messaging strategies to not only create better customer journeys and drive loyalty, but to drive business performance.
Reducing friction, increasing ROI, and reaching customers at scale via AI.
AI has been an integral part of Meta's DNA, and Meta Business Messaging is one of our suite of solutions that utilises AI as a business and creative partner, making it easier for marketers to augment and enhance what they are already doing.
Prior to AI automation, messaging via chatbots had to be manually created by typing in answers to commonly asked questions – which could be laborious and time-consuming. Now, with the power of AI, Meta Business Messaging is capable of delivering relevant chat, with automated question-and-answer flows that feel natural and could significantly enhance your customer service experience.
Additionally, the investments we are making in AI modeling are helping us improve ad formats like Lead Ads and ads that Click to Message. In fact, 40 per cent of our advertisers globally are already using Click to Message ads format, and within Southeast Asia, more than 90 per cent of advertisers in Vietnam and Singapore use Click to Message ads.
Meta prioritises simplicity in starting a conversation with the seller. Up to 80-90 per cent of the businesses using Facebook ads in Vietnam are adopting this feature, which means the market response is very remarkable. A Meta research shows that business messaging drives 2.5 times more conversions.
One such example is Vua Nem, a leading mattresses and bedding retailer in Vietnam. Vua Nem wanted to attract more people with high purchase intent for its premium mattress products during its year-end sales promotion. They introduced a new campaign of ads that click to Messenger, and set up an automated Messenger experience that offered people a unique promotion code when they messaged the business. The company saw a 54 per cent increase in new messaging connections and three times higher reach from ads that click to Messenger with an automated offer, compared to usual ads that click to Messenger.
How businesses can take their messaging strategies to the next level.
To further accelerate their business growth, businesses need to focus on driving better ROI while making sure they are meeting consumer demand for richer brand engagement experiences.
At Meta, we are not only committed to enable businesses of all sizes with our technologies and provide capabilities for accelerated reach, but also create more personalised brand engagement experiences for consumers.
To learn more about how you can build a messaging experience at scale and automate customer service, lead generation and transactions over chat for your business, please visit facebook.com/business/business-messaging.
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