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Facebook Will Soon Enable Businesses to Create Facebook Ads Within WhatsApp’s Business Tools

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With Facebook working to make WhatsApp a more all-encompassing tool for business and personal use, it’s also looking to provide more promotional tools for brands on WhatsApp, in order to raise awareness of their connection options via message.

But there are no ads in WhatsApp, given ads in direct messaging threads have proven to be an unpopular option (and ads in WhatsApp Status have also been canned). So instead, Facebook’s looking to provide a new option for businesses on WhatsApp which will enable them to create Facebook promotions within their WhatsApp business tools, that then link back to their WhatsApp presence, tapping into the combined popularity of the two platforms.

WhatsApp business ads

To be clear, brands have long been able to create Facebook ads that link back to WhatsApp, they’ve just had to go through Facebook’s Ad Manager to do it. The new process, as you can see in this sequence, will provide that same functionality within WhatsApp itself, which is a significant advance for the platform’s promotional tools.

As explained by CNN, the process will make use of WhatsApp Business catalogs, in order to source product information for Facebook promotion.

“Business users will now be able to select an item from their catalog and quickly turn it into a Facebook or Instagram ad with a button directing viewers back to their WhatsApp profile.”

That will effectively open up new cross-promotional potential for businesses on WhatsApp – though its value, of course, will be limited to how many people within your target market are using both apps.

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Which, in most western nations, is a lot. For example, WhatsApp reportedly has around 70 million users in the US, while Facebook has more than 200 million, so the crossover between the two would be significant. But in India, it’s a slightly different story. 

WhatsApp is hugely popular in the Indian market, with some 459 million active users, while Facebook, by comparison, has 320 million Indian users. That’s still enough to make India Facebook’s biggest user market, but that also means that a lot of Indian WhatsApp users are not reachable via Facebook.

Facebook, ideally, would like to capitalize on the popularity of WhatsApp with its new business tools in the Indian market specifically, but this new cross-promotional process may not provide the ultimate answer on this front.

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But still, it’s another tool for promotion, which will help to drive more people to your WhatsApp presence. And if your audience sees high take-up on both apps, it could be a good way to boost your WhatsApp business process, and as the app’s eCommerce tools continue to evolve, that could become a more significant consideration.

Already, according to Facebook, more than a million businesses are using click to WhatsApp ads on Facebook, so there’s clearly a demand, and it may well be a powerful promotional opportunity to add into your digital marketing mix.

Facebook says that the new option will be launched soon.

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TikTok Launches New ‘Branded Mission’ Creator Monetization and UGC Promotion Process

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TikTok Launches New 'Branded Mission' Creator Monetization and UGC Promotion Process

TikTok’s looking to make it easier for creators to make money from their clips via a new program that it’s calling ‘Branded Mission’, which will enable creators to take part in what’s essentially branded content challenges, with the brand then able to select from the submitted clips for their promotional campaigns.

As explained by TikTok:

“To make it easier for brands to tap into the creative power of TikTok communities and co-create authentic branded content that resonates with users, we’re launching Branded Mission. Branded Mission is an industry-first ad solution that enables advertisers to crowdsource authentic content from creators on TikTok, turn top-performing videos into ads, and improve brand affinity with media impressions.”

As outlined in the above video, the process will enable brands to post challenges, which creators with over 1k followers will then be able to participate in.

“TikTok creators can decide what Branded Missions they’re inspired by and choose to participate in the Mission. Brands will select their favorite original creative videos and amplify them through promoted ad traffic.”

The chosen creators then get a cash payment, though the payment amounts, at least at this stage, won’t vary based on individual video performance.

Instead, each Mission will list earnings potential, based on how much the brand is willing to pay.

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Allocate more cash and you’ll pique the interest of more users, expanding the potential of tapping into a viral hit.

The option will broaden the creative options for brands, and with organic-styled content performing best on the platform, it could open up major new possibilities for marketers looking for ways to tap into the app.

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It’ll also provide TikTok with another critical revenue-share element. Clearly the app of the moment, if TikTok wants to maximize its opportunities, it needs to ensure that its top creators get paid – because with more lucrative monetization offers available on other platforms, it logically makes sense that big-name stars will follow the cash, and focus on those platforms instead.

But monetizing short-form video is harder than longer content, which is why TikTok is also rolling out 10-minute clips, and emphasizing live-streaming, as a means to drive more money-making opportunities.

Branded Mission is another step in this direction, which will ideally provide a more direct link between creating content in your own style and making money, without having to incorporate merchandise sales or arrange your own affiliate deals.

Interestingly, Meta is trying out similar on Instagram, where product tags were recently expanded to all users.

Instagram product tags

Creators don’t get paid for adding these tags, not yet at least, but you can see how Meta could eventually take a similar approach to provide creators with more revenue opportunities.

For TikTok, the process could make it much easier to bring in cash for your uploads, expanding well beyond the Creator Fund, which top creators have already been highly critical of.

You will, of course, need to create specific, themed videos, as opposed to YouTube, where you upload what you like and switch on ads. But it’s a fairly distanced relationship from the sponsor brands, which reduces management workload, while also providing new content prompts.

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It’s a good idea, and as more and more brands look to tap into the app – especially as it surges towards 1.5 billion users – you can bet that it’ll be a popular option for a range of ad partners.

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TikTok says that Branded Mission is now in beta testing, and is available to brands in more than a dozen markets. The option will be made available in more regions throughout the year.

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