Facebook Brings Local Awareness to UK

facebook local awarenessFacebook is rolling out its Local Awareness ad formats to eight new markets including the UK, enabling small businesses to drive awareness and interest in shopping at their physical businesses.

The Local Awareness ads, which have been introduced to Canada, Brazil, Italy, Spain, France, Australia and Germany in addition to the UK, enable advertisers to target customers close to their branches, resulting in increased footfall for bricks-and-mortar businesses.

The ad format is designed to be more cost-effective than traditional advertising channels like print while offering more precise targeting and greater reach, and has been very popular in the US with small and mid-sized businesses.

Facebook is also introducing a new Call Now button for the ad format, enabling users who are served the ad via the Facebook app or in a mobile browser to click to immedately place a call to the business.

The Call Now feature is in addition to the Get Directions call-to-action button that has previously been available for Local Awareness ads, and has been launched in the US and new markets simultaneously.

“After we ran the local awareness campaign, we saw a lot more first-timers coming in,” said Chris Dahlander, founder and CEO of Snappy Salads. “We still have our regulars, but theyre interspersed with an entirely new crowed now.”