As of March 4th 2020, Messenger have made some changes to the way broadcast messages are sent to your audience. 

Here is the list of the revised policies:

  • Subscription Messaging is being deprecated even on the Page-level and will be available only for News Pages 
  • Message Tags are being streamlined from 17 tags to 4

Subscription Messaging
Subscription messaging allowed you to send relevant messages to your audience. This is the method we have been using for broadcasts on The Bot Platform. You were able to send non-promotional content out to anyone who had subscribed.

It used to be that a platform like us could get app-level subscription permissions and pass it on to Pages (businesses). This allowed us to provide a seamless experience to the businesses that we serve. There will be a couple of alternatives to this as noted below.

Messenger recently announced that with the new changes, subscription messaging permission is going to be available only for News Pages and deprecated for other types of businesses.

Message tags

Messages Tags are a way for businesses, including those who are not a news page, to reach their customers after the 24-hour window is over. Each message tag is designed to support a specific use case: confirmed event reminders, shipping updates, account notifications, etc.

There will be 3 message tags that you can use to send a broadcast message:

  • Confirmed Event Update: This tag is used to send reminders or updates for an event they have registered for (e.g., RSVP'd, purchased tickets). This tag may be used for upcoming events and events in progress.
  • Post-Purchase Update: This tag is used to keep someone up to date about a recent purchase they have made. It can be used for confirmation of shipment, notification of changes etc.
  • Account Update: This tag is for notifying customers about account updates like suspicious activity in the account, or that an application is pending more information.

What does this mean for you?

  1. If you are a news page and are registered with the Facebook News Page Index, you can continue sending broadcasts in the same manner as you have been
  2. If you are not a news page, you will be able to send a broadcast if it falls under one of the above message tags
  3. If your use case does not fall into one of the options above, you can use sponsored messages

Sponsored messages allow businesses to send promotional content outside the standard messaging window. For those of you who are looking for a solution to broadcast targeted messages to many people, we suggest switching over to this method. You can set up sponsored messages from your Facebook Ads Manager.
Yes, it’s a paid solution, but once the end-user engages, the 24-hour rule kicks in and you’ll be able to message freely.

Remember that unlike the old broadcasts, sponsored messages can contain promotional content right from the first message which should raise your conversion numbers.

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