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Top Secret: Follow These Steps to Drive Free Leads from Facebook

July 24, 2018

What does a lead gen marketer love more than leads?

free leads on facebook

Free leads of course! So when I learned about an overlooked tactic that allowed us to start funneling our Facebook page traffic into leads at zero cost, you can imagine how I excited I was.

Today I’m going to walk you through the steps to building out a Facebook lead form to pin at the top of your business page. Spoiler alert: It’s free lead gen and it’s simple!

The Situation on Facebook

As we’ve talked about over the past few months, Facebook has made major changes to their news feed and advertising transparency. Going back to Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement post, we remember his statement:

“As we roll this out, you'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard – it should encourage meaningful interactions between people.”

While this seems scary at a first glance, the keyword here is less – Facebook isn’t going to get rid of the revenue they make from advertisers, they are simply going to limit the quantity and demand more quality from their business pages. Therefore, more than before, it’s crucial for advertisers to create meaningful content and build up engagement with their page on Facebook.

The Opportunity

By posting engaging content on Facebook, you’ll grow your organic following and start driving more visits to your Facebook business page than before. Now, here’s your opportunity to funnel this page traffic into leads.

Your Facebook business page should be treated like your website’s homepage...and you wouldn’t leave your homepage without a compelling call to action, would you?

facebook business page shop now button

However, the current information tabs and recent posts on your business page offer a long path to conversion...until you start leveraging the real estate of your pinned post!

8 Steps to Creating Your Pinned Lead Ad on Facebook

While this may look like a long list of steps, trust me, it only takes roughly 10-20 minutes to get done:

Step 1: Navigate to your forms library.

Go to your Facebook page, select “publishing tools” and then navigate to “forms library” on the left sidebar:

forms library in facebook

Step 2: Create the lead form.

Starting out in the content section: name your form, add an introduction and list out your questions. By sure to add your privacy policy and include a link to your thank you page.

facebook lead generation form

Step 3: Review your settings.

Once the content section is complete, review the settings. In order to complete this process, you’ll need to adjust the form configuration settings from restricted to open:

facebook lead gen campaign settings

Now your form is ready!

Step 4: Create the campaign.

Navigate to Ads Manager to create your lead generation campaign:

create a lead gen campaign in facebook ads

Step 5: Set up your campaign.

There’s no need to specify your targeting or adjust the default campaign settings as your ad will only show in your page’s pinned post position. However, to ensure that this will be a non-paid tactic, make sure you set up your campaign with the following settings:

  • Daily budget: $5
  • Schedule: Set the end date to 24 hours after you publish the campaign.
facebook lead gen campaign budget

Since we’ll need the campaign to be reviewed before pausing it out, this will ensure that you will spend no more than $5 from the campaign in total.

Step 6: Publish!

Publish the campaign and navigate to page posts to find your ads post:

facebook lead gen for free

Pick the right ad post and select “publish” in the actions drop down.

Step 7: Pin the post.

Now, head to your business page and pin your new post.

pin lead form post facebook

Step 8: Pause the ad campaign.

Finally, head back to ads manager and pause out your campaign.

pause facebook ad campaign

The Final Result

If you want to see this tactic in action, head on over to our Facebook page:

how to pin a lead ad on facebook

Once you get your pinned post live, you can monitor and download new leads in the forms library within Publishing Tools.

Why Pinned Lead Ads Are So Powerful

In eight easy steps, you can leverage the conversion-driving power of Facebook’s lead forms with the compelling visibility of your business page’s pinned position. What’s not to like?

I will leave you with three final reminders for making the most of this underused tactic:

  • Make sure your form settings have “open” selected
  • Pause your campaign once the first 7 steps have been completed
  • Regularly update the creative and offer

Looking to drive even more leads from your Facebook advertising? Get a free Facebook Performance Report and see how you can improve in 60 seconds!

Kristina Simonson

Kristina Simonson

Kristina Simonson is a digital marketing specialist at WordStream and is in charge of managing our own paid search and paid social accounts. When she’s not busy driving leads, she enjoys traveling, running, and adventuring for the best margarita in town.