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WhatsApp catalog ultimate guide {2023}

WhatsApp catalog ultimate guide

A WhatsApp catalog is a powerful tool for e-commerce businesses. It allows you to showcase your products in a virtual storefront, streamlining the purchasing process for your customers. This leads to increased sales and customer satisfaction.

Let's explore how the WhatsApp catalog can take your e-commerce business to the next level once you understand the steps to create it.

  1. The WhatsApp catalog features

  2. WhatsApp catalog benefits for e-commerce

  3. How to create a WhatsApp catalog

  4. How to view and share a catalog

  5. How to check out from the WhatsApp catalog

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The WhatsApp catalog features

A WhatsApp catalog is the core of in-app shopping. Though you can add up to 500 products to your business catalog, there are differences in how you can use it on the WhatsApp business app and WhatsApp API.

Examine the following features:

  • Product categorization: you can categorize your products effectively, making it easier for customers to find what they need. The Catalog feature allows businesses to create multiple categories and organize products with specific details, creating a more user-friendly shopping experience. Sub-categorization is only possible with WhatsApp API. On the business app, you can only add separate items or collections.

  • Real-time updates: You will benefit from automatic inventory management and real-time customer updates as you sync your online shop’s catalog to WhatsApp. It will eliminate the hassle of manual management and provide accurate info. However, this feature is only possible with WhatsApp API, where you can sync your online store and your WhatsApp catalog.

  • Rich content: you can add product descriptions that include any technical information, measurements, size, etc., alongside high-quality images. You can also include the product price with your country’s designated currency. It contains all that a customer needs to make a purchasing decision.

  • Ease of use: you can easily share the catalog with customers. Still, WhatsApp API allows you more advantages. You can share it in chat when a customer is talking to agents or add it to your WhatsApp chatbot flow as a call to action button. In contrast, you can only share it manually from your WhatsApp business account.

Intrigued enough? Let’s see how these features can help your e-commerce store stay at the front and increase revenue.

WhatsApp catalog benefits for e-commerce

The WhatsApp catalog eliminates the repeated and overwhelming tasks of providing customers with relevant product information and sending images time and again to each customer individually. More, the tool helps achieve the following:

  • Improved customer engagement: Providing customers with all the necessary product information can increase their likelihood of purchasing. Relevant information and details can enhance a user's experience, rather than waiting to connect with customer service for product descriptions.

  • Track customer response rate: for instance, the BusinessChat WhatsApp inbox provides an exportable catalog report that tracks gained revenue and orders created.

  • Information hub: catalogs are full of information about your products. Technical information can be hard to remember; thus, a catalog would come in handy for your employees when helping a customer.

  • Reduced sales cycle: sales representatives and teams would save time gathering information on hundreds of products. An organized catalog accounting for all necessary details will be great and easy to hand out to inquiring customers or refer to it when necessary. This will significantly reduce the time necessary to close a deal or sell a product.

Sounds just like what you need, right? Let’s dive right in to answer the age-old question of how do I make my own catalog?

How to create a WhatsApp catalog

Once you create a catalog, you must wait for the products to be approved per the WhatsApp commerce policy. You will notice a red exclamation mark next to the picture if something gets rejected.

WhatsApp Business App

If you are a small business using the WhatsApp Business App to connect with your customer, you can create a catalog in simple steps.

  • Open the WhatsApp Business app > More options > Settings > Business tools

Open the WhatsApp Business app

  • Click Catalog

Click Catalog

  • Click on Add new item.

Click on Add new item

  • Enter a product or service name and any optional details like price, description, website link, and product or service code.

Enter a product or service name and any optional details

  • Click Add Images.

  • Click Gallery to upload images from your Photos or Camera to take new images. You can upload up to 10 images.

Click Gallery to upload images from your Photos

  • Click on SAVE.

Click on SAVE

You can share it in chat by clicking the paper click icon and choosing catalog. Otherwise, your customers can browse the products by clicking the storefront icon.

A WhatsApp Business App catalog has to be manually managed, which calls for repeated efforts and attention. That’s why WhatsApp API is a great alternative, especially if you have much on your plate.

WhatsApp API

To add a catalog to your WhatsApp API account, you need to follow one of two ways: create a catalog on Facebook Commerce Manager or sync your catalog from your e-commerce online store on Shopify, for instance, if you have one.

Keep reading for details on both options or check these help center articles for more information.

Create a catalog on Commerce Manager

  • Open Business Settings, 1. Select Data Sources, 2. select Catalogs, 3. Select Add, then press 4. Create a new Catalog.

Open Business Settings

  • 5. Name your catalog, 6. Select the type of items you sell, and 7. Select Create Catalog.

Name your catalog

  • 8. Select people in your Business Manager to give them catalog access, 9. Choose either Partial access or Full Control permissions, 10. Select Assign or select 11. Cancel to skip if you don't want to give anyone else access to your catalog.

Select people in your Business Manager to give them catalog access

  • Select an events data source to track your catalog, then click 12. Save. You can skip this step by clicking 13. Cancel.

Select an events data source to track your catalog

Sync your e-commerce shop catalog

To use an existing e-commerce store catalog, follow these steps:

  • 1. Go to Commerce Manager, 2. Select your business account, and 3. Click on your catalog.

Go to Commerce Manager

  • 4. Select Items, 5. Items, 6. Add Items, and click 7. Add multiple items.

Add multiple items.

  • 8. Choose Partner Platform, and 9. Click Next.

Choose Partner Platform

  • 10. Select your partner platform, then 11. go to their website and follow the steps to connect your account with Facebook and import your products.

Select your partner platform and go to their website

Connect your Facebook catalog with your WhatsApp account

Once you have your catalog ready, you can proceed to connect it to your WhatsApp API account. Follow these steps:

  • Sign in to your Facebook account, 1. click the Menu button, then 2. head to Meta Business Suite

Meta Business Suite

  • 3. Click on Commerce.

Click on Commerce

  • 4. Click the Accounts button, then 5. Select your Business account

Select your Business account

  • 6. Click on the left drawer icon(1), 7. Select WhatsApp Manager, then 8. Click Catalog

Select WhatsApp Manager

  • 9. Click Choose a Catalog, 10. pick a catalog, 11. Click View Catalog if you want to view or manage the catalog, then 12. Click Connect Catalog.

 Choose a Catalog

Connect your WhatsApp Catalog with your marketing automation platform

To be able to share products with your customers with a click of a button, you need to connect your catalog to your BusinessChat platform. Follow these steps:

  • 1. Go to your BusinessChat account and then the App Store page to install the Facebook catalog. 2. Click on the Facebook Catalog card.

Click on the Facebook Catalog card.

  • You can read the app description to figure out the app's features, then 3. Click Install.

read the app description to figure out the app's features

  • 4. Select your business account, and 5. click choose a Catalog in the configuration tab to select one, then 6. click Save.

click choose a catalog in the configuration tab to select one

  • After saving your configuration, you can sync your products anytime by opening the catalog card and pressing 7. Sync Products.

sync your products

Great! You are now closer to your customer than ever! Now, it’s time to learn how to send a catalog on WhatsApp business and API.

How to view and share a catalog

From the WhatsApp business app

Customers can easily check your catalog from your business profile. They can browse through all items, send you a cart message, and complete the purchase directly from the app.

  • Go to the WhatsApp Business profile.

  • Tap Catalog.

  • Tap on a product or service.

  • Tap Forward item.

  • Search for or select groups or individual chats.

  • Tap Send

From WhatsApp API

From your BusinessChat dashboard, you can easily share multiple or single-item catalogs with your customers.

  • From the message box chat, click the Catalog button

  • Select the products. You can use Filters. Check the Selected Items menu, where you can deselect all items with Clear Items or just specific ones, then Press Confirm.

  • Inside the message box, you can add a caption message to be sent with your selected catalog, add your message, then hit Send.