Is there such a thing as free advertising?
It’s understandable if you’re more or less sceptical about this. After all, advertisements rake in money…so it’s natural for them to be paid. However, in order for a company to really start advertising around the internet, it will sometimes need a small initial push. This holds true for individual merchants too, maybe even more since they have it harder.
The holy internet trinity of Facebook, Google and Bing has always taken care of starting businesses and encouraged them to get advertising with such a little push. The advertising credits those three offer are in the form of coupons that are between $25 and $100 in most cases.
Of course, there are the logical limitations to coupon usage. You are able to only use one coupon per account. You also can’t endlessly receive new coupons and just use them. Restrictions are introduced in order to prevent misconduct. However, even a small coupon for a couple of bucks can be of great help.
In this article I’ll leave Google and Bing aside and instead focus on the Facebook ads coupon and some tips and tricks on how to get one. It’s actually pretty easy, you just have to keep your watch to not get scammed if you’re obtaining one via a third party.
Getting a free ad coupon on Facebook can happen in three ways:
– Obtaining one from Facebook themselves
– Obtaining one through major hosting companies
– Obtaining one through third party (resellers mostly)
Getting a Facebook ad coupon from Facebook
Now, of course, the best way to get a Facebook ad coupon would be with the help of Facebook. It has a far less chance to get you scammed by some shady reseller. Facebook has a strong interest for companies and people to advertise on the social media as you might guess. If they help you out with $30 you’ll return these with even one small advertising campaign later when you have expanded your reach.
So what do you have to do when you have reached out to the Facebook marketing team and chatted with them about a quick and easy Facebook ad coupon? If they found you to be eligible for this small gift, you have two ways to proceed.
If you are a total newcomer and you haven’t yet advertised in Facebook, here’s what you should do:
– Use the Ad Create Tool to create an ad.
– Then, click Place Order. A menu box will appear and let you have the option of adding a coupon.
– After that select the Facebook Ad Coupon option and enter your coupon code. You will also need to include the primary payment method of your account.
These three steps are all you really need once you’ve obtained the precious coupon. If you are an “old dog” and you have already advertised on the most famous social media, then you can do so again by:
– Opening the Payment Methods section in your ads manager, located under the Billing section.
– Then, clicking on the Add New Payment Method option at the top right of your screen.
– Lastly, selecting Facebook Ad Coupon and clicking Continue.
Check your hosting provider for a Facebook ad coupon
Hosting companies host a lot of giveaways and as a whole encourage advertising on major search engines and social media. If you are hooked to a major hosting company (GoDaddy and HostGator come to mind), there is a high chance that it’s giving out a free Facebook ad coupon.
You can either look at their features or services or send them an e-mail to ask for yourself. Redeeming a Facebook ad coupon works in the same way I described beforehand.
Buying an ad coupon from a third party (reseller)
A lot of reselling or service-based websites might offer free ad coupons. From eBay to Fiverr or other deal websites, though, you have to be careful. Check for the reputation of the seller as you might be sold an expired coupon that doesn’t really work. As Facebook themselves note, here are some reasons (not all!) why your coupon won’t be added to your account:
– The coupon code is invalid or has expired
– The code has been already used
– In case a coupon has a certain number of uses, this number has already been reached
As you can guess, by buying an ad coupon from a third party website (not Facebook or your hosting provider) you risk to be rejected by the system due to any of these reasons. That’s why I advise you to try this option out if you have failed at getting a coupon from Facebook or your hosting company.
A free advertising coupon in Facebook is the first step towards your advertising strategy. No matter how electrifying it might feel, though, be sure to use it to the best. From this moment on, the real struggle has already started. Go ahead and think of your marketing strategy using this small gift as a stepping stone. Facebook is giving you this opportunity because they know that if you have the vision, you’ll reap your profits and reinvest in them a multiple amount of what they started you with!