If you have a Facebook page and an Instagram business account, you can direct users straight to your website or book form by adding a “Book Now” banner below a photo or video post.
It’s free to set up a Facebook page and Instagram business account, and you can determine how much you want to spend on your Instagram ads.
On this page we’ll show you how to set up Instagram ads and generate a FareHarbor link to take customers straight to your booking process.
Linking your Facebook and Instagram accounts
If you have an Instagram Business Account, it should already be linked to your Facebook page. You can double-check by going to your Facebook page and following these steps:
- Go to your Facebook page Settings.
- From the sidebar, select Instagram.
- If your Instagram account isn’t already linked, click Log In and enter your Instagram login information.
If you don’t yet have an Instagram business account:
- Go to your Instagram profile and tap the settings icon in the upper right (it will either look like a gear or three dots in a row).
- From the list of options, tap Switch to Business Profile.
- Select the Facebook Page to associate with your Business Profile .
- Review your contact information, make any changes, then tap Done.
Detailed steps can be found in the Facebook Help Center.
Setting up an ad campaign
Instagram ads are managed through Facebook. You can set up a campaign using either Facebook’s Ad Manager or Power Editor platform. For detailed steps, refer to Facebook’s help pages:
There are a few things to keep in mind when setting up an Instagram ad:
Once you’re done, place your order and manage your ads in Facebook.
Generating a booking link in FareHarbor
We are happy to generate this link for you! Contact us and let us know where users should be taken when clicking your ad.
Below is an example of an embedded grid of items generated by FareHarbor. When your customer clicks the “Book Now” button from your Facebook page, they’ll be taken straight to a page like this where they can start booking.
Generating a FareHarbor link
In your FareHarbor Dashboard, go to Settings and select Book Buttons & Embeds from the sidebar. Your page should look something like this:
In the first section, make sure Book button or link is selected.
Below the label field, choose where the link should take the customer. In most cases, you’ll want to keep the default option (Specific Flow: Your default flow) to direct the customer to a page with all your activities. Learn more about these options.
Optional: In the second section, choose whether to include item descriptions and images (we recommend doing this).
In the third section, change the selection from Simple HTML to Link, and copy the text in the box.
Note: For this purpose, you can disregard the fourth section (“Lightframe API required”). The code in this section is only needed when integrating FareHarbor with your website.
When your ad uses this link, Instagram users who click on your Book Now banner will be directed straight to the mobile-optimized online booking flow.
Need help? Contact us and a member of our team will happily walk you through the process!