8 Powerful Ways to Use Facebook Landing Tabs

social media toolsAre you looking to turn more Facebook lurkers into fans of your page? There’s no better way to do this than with a custom Facebook landing tab.

As interest in Facebook marketing increases, marketers are looking for new ways to improve their technique.

If you’re a regular reader of Social Media Examiner and also visit our Facebook Page then you’ve already heard about creating custom tabs using Facebook’s Static FBML for engaging first-time Facebook visitors.

Here are eight different ways businesses are using landing tabs on Facebook.

#1: Ask Your Visitors to Like Your Page

Your landing tab is a great place to ask first-time visitors to “Like” your page and grow your Facebook community, just as Apryl Parcher does here.

Notice how Apryl Parcher asks new visitors to like her business page to grow her Facebook community.


#2: Give Multiple Invitations for Engagement

Have a look at all of the different ways Starwood Preferred Guest incites visitors to interact with them on their Facebook page.  This is an example of some great landing page marketing techniques. Three things stand out:

  • Long tab. A long tab where new visitors have to scroll down several screens to see everything is not always a good choice, but it can work for some businesses.
  • Multiple opportunities to engage visitors. There’s a poll, a game, an invitation to share photos and three other ways to engage with Starwood.
  • Geo-targeting.  It’s interesting to note that Starwood Preferred Guest uses Buddy Media’s new Platform +GLOBAL application where visitors “are served a customized page based on the language and country settings within their Facebook profile.”  The customization obviously also uses the IP address, because I’m based in France and as you can see below, the “Like” button is in French even though my Facebook preferences specify English.

Starwood Preferred Guest's Explore SPG tab gives many options for visitors to interact with them. CLICK IMAGE TO SEE IN FULL.

#3: Provide Multiple Doors to Begin Interaction

Here’s another interesting way to maximize your landing tab.  The Facebook application TabSite allows you to make a separate navigation bar within a Facebook tab you create using Static FBML.

TabSite offers a solution for business pages that need extra tabs.

See below how Digital Hill Multimedia uses their new tab setting.

It’s interesting to note the choices Digital Hill Multimedia made when selecting what to put on their main Facebook navigation bar compared to what’s in this secondary navigation bar created with TabSite.

See the eight tabs below the main landing tab in the main navigation bar.

#4: Use Current Events

The Volkswagen Facebook page used promotional videos related to the recent World Cup. Combining promotional materials with current events is a marketing tactic that can work well on your landing tab too.

Volkswagen uses slide navigation with a selection of promotional videos.

#5: Link to Custom Applications

Starbucks has a link on their landing tab that launches an application to manage your Starbucks account.

Starbucks uses their landing tab to link to their custom application.

#6: Get Straight to the Point

Best Buy sends new visitors to a “Shop & Share” tab where they make it easy to access different categories of their shopping application.

Best Buy asks new visitors to become a fan, incites engagement and provides an easy access to get straight to their shopping application.

#7: Make Interaction Easy and Fun

Cintas Corporation invites all new visitors to tell them about their tough job and send in photos to win prizes.

Cintas Corporation does a good job at inciting interaction and building community.

#8: Use the “Boxes” Tab

UPDATE SINCE PUBLICATION: Facebook is likely to phase out the boxes tab down the road, so we advise you transition over to creating a custom tab using Static FBML.

Prior to creating their landing tab above, Cintas Corporation directed all of their new visitors to their “Boxes” tab.  If you find it challenging to set up a specific Facebook tab using the Static FBML application, this may be the solution for you.  Facebook pages come with a “Boxes” tab and they are easy to use.

It’s interesting to compare this long Cintas Corporation tab created in a “Boxes” tab with the long Starwood Preferred Guest “Explore SPG” tab created in FBML above.

Cintas Corporation created a very long landing page by simply using the "Boxes" tab. CLICK IMAGE TO SEE IN FULL.

Want To See More?

Here are a few more Facebook pages with interesting landing tabs.

What do you think about custom landing tabs? Please share the links above and tell us what you like most about them.  Leave your comments in the box below.

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About the Author, Cindy King

Cindy King is the director of editorial for Social Media Examiner. She spent 25 years abroad in international business development and then built her own international business from scratch by using social business networking. Other posts by »




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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Zelenskaya/100000000488622 Anna Zelenskaya

    Thanks for the insights, Cindy! I’ve got one question – can I add several FBML pages to my facebook page (not profile but page for business)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=590392872 Korye Logan

    REALTOR.com has a very cool Facebook Tabsite at http://budurl.com/RDCfb It serves several of the purposes listed in this article, including linking to a custom application and to several areas of their website.

  • http://twitter.com/Rochelle_Rich Rochelle Rich

    I think a welcome page is a must for a business page. It creates a way to show the brand essence within the neutral Facebook environment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevedrupp Steve Rupp

    You will probably want to check the facebook changes that are upcoming and revise your article, as facebook has eliminated profile and page boxes for new tabs and is phasing out and deleting boxes that are already in use – other than the boxes suggestion, great article, thanks for posting it.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Hey Steve, Thanks for this. We have a pretty long editorial cycle… I have put an update under #8.

  • Eileen Lichtenfeld

    Great listing but most seem a little daunting to the average small business guy. How much technical expertise do you need?

  • http://twitter.com/cadyndevelop Sherrie Slopianka

    Keep in mind….
    Facebook is getting rid of the boxes tab.
    The maximum width of a page can only be 520px. Facebook will be implementing this very soon.

    Great suggestions, thank you!

  • David Corr

    Some great ideas as usual. We have incorporated some video into our landing tab. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/BerryNetwork

  • http://phylliskhare.com/ Phyllis Khare

    There are so many creative ways that a business can use Tabs, FBML, and applications. I imagine we are only starting to see the creativity emerge. Seems to me – eventually – a business would only need a Facebook Page to promote itself…with all the options available to use (e-commerce, video, forms, live streaming etc…).

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Hi Anna, Yes you can use the FBML application more than once on your Facebook page. I believe it’s limited to 5 times, but you’d need to check that.

    And it’s not really obvious to find how to add the others. But once you’ve created your first one, go as if you are going to edit it and then look very carefully. You’ll find a button to add a new one.

  • http://twitter.com/bfholmes Brenna Holmes

    Yes Anna, your business page can have as many custom FBML tabs as you want – though Facebook restricts how many tabs show up at the top of your page at one time, which is why a few of those welcome page examples in the article have created their own secondary row of “tabs” within their custom FMBL. These FMBL widgets can also show up as boxes on the left side of your wall tab if you want.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Wow, that is a good example! There’s a lot going on there.

    The thing I’d want to test is whether a simple page with less calls to action would work better or not. This type of page may not be best for everyone.

  • http://mrtunes.ca/ Mr. Tunes

    can i get a link to this info? thanks!

  • http://mrtunes.ca/ Mr. Tunes

    where are the orphaned boxes going to end up?

  • https://www.twitter.com/chadpollitt Chad Pollitt

    Anna:

    With http://tabsite.com you can create as many tabs as you want under the main tab. TabSite’s flexibility is impressive. You can create a blog, Twitter and YouTube page with it too. If you wish to explore tabsite and need assistance feel free to contact me via Twitter @CPollittIU.

    Good Luck!

    Chad

  • https://www.twitter.com/chadpollitt Chad Pollitt

    I couldn’t agree more! Here’s a very cool TabSite: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/Exploremediavideo?v=app_186663019975&ref=ts

    It’s one of my favorites! It’s flash based. . .

  • Ihla

    Being a novice myself, I feel very intimidated by this as well, but noticed the link in the introductory section, “creating custom tabs using Facebook’s Static FBML,” which seems to be more basic. You might check this out to get started.

  • http://www.socialnerdia.com/ Esteban Contreras

    Nice list of Facebook pages. My name is Esteban and I’m the Social Media Manager for Samsung USA. Would love to hear your thoughts about what we’ve done with our various tabs. http://www.facebook.com/samsungusa

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Steve, thank you for bringing that up! Yes, today an FBML landing tab makes better sense. And I have to admit, I wonder what our options are going to be this time next year. It’s interesting to see the how others used the box tabs because, who knows, we may have something else to use in the future.

  • Unkskitty

    Where did you get this information? Does it say when?

    Thanks!

  • Laurademeo

    Hi Cynthia, great post on creative ways to use your fan page. great examples and ideas. Thank you!

  • http://www.griberg.com Isaac Griberg

    Awesome post, thanks a lot Cindy! I’ve been creating FBML landing pages for various nonprofits (e.g. http://www.facebook.com/icrcfans) whom particularly ask for pages in crisis (like Haiti). If they can come up with an appealing and engaging page with a clear call to action (e.g. “donate to our relief operation in Haiti”) it is really efficient. Cheers /Isaac

  • http://www.affiliatepowers.com Mike

    Very insightful! I will be applying a lot of your recommendations to my facebook pages. Thanks.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Hi Esteban, I really liked the colors on your welcome page. Is it working for you?But when I went to the wall I found the photo there’s dull in comparison. You could probably add something nice at the bottom of your logo, your image there can be longer than what you’re using.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Isaac, I love it! You’ve done some great work there. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Chad, Thanks for sharing. This is a good example of a Tabsite.

  • http://www.socialnerdia.com/ Esteban Contreras

    It has been working great. We’ve grown to nearly 60K fans in 6 months and our engagement levels continue to increase.

    We’ve played with the logo several times, with different lengths. We might spice it up a bit because I definitely don’t want people to see it as dull. It does include our logo and that’s the most important thing :)

  • http://twitter.com/bigfamvacations Big Family Vacations

    Great post. Having a landing page on Facebook for a business or non-profit works if it has a clear call to action or some great interactive twist. Great job Cindy.

  • http://zuupy.com Alvin Tan

    The first tip is okay, but I personally find any fan page that requires me to like a page before I can gain access to what I was seeking for very annoying. I need to know if what I’m liking is worth liking in the first place; my endorsement is not that easy to obtain.

  • http://www.goldcoastmortgagebroker.com.au Bruce

    Hi Alvin – I understand your comments on this one but the power is in your hands. It’s a powerful message if you say that you like something but, after you go and have a look at it, you change your mind. Withdrawing your like sends a message through that it wasn’t so good after all. .

  • http://aremorch.com/ Are Morch

    Great info here Cindy.

    You guys are just piling up very useful Facebook info these days. WTG!!

    This is the kind of info that really help your community that follow SocialMediaExaminer on a regular basis.

    Have you guys thought about offer some of these very useful info in PDF? Well, I will bookmark and tweet the article.

    Cheers.. Are

  • espressomedic

    I agree with Are_Morch – PDF’s would be awesome! It would help those that are still a bit analog in this digital word…in implementing….

  • http://twitter.com/davorado Dave Blankenship

    Nice examples and tips for Facebook landing pages- I’m going to start doing some design upgrades.

  • LachieP

    Does anyone know anyone in Australia or where one can outsource getting Facebook Tabs done for you. I am way too busy to learn and do this but have plenty of business for people that do… any thoughts, suggestions and info greatly appreciated… Love your work SSE by the way…

  • Jenni

    That kind of thing plays havoc with the unsubscribe Insights stats though. Not great for those who have to submit reports to upper management.

  • Jenni

    Depending on what you need, I’d be happy to look into it for you. I ended up teaching myself how to set everything up (wasn’t too bad because I’ve handcoded HTML for the past 10 years) to create an FB page for the company I work for. I’d do it extremely cheaply. If you’re interested, send me a message on Twitter @blossomnu.

    I looked into things like Involver, but for custom stuff you can be looking at as much as $2500 a month, which seems insane for what’s basically a bit of branding and hosting. If you only need a couple of tabs, then the free version of Involver might be what you need.

  • http://rjohnsoncorp.com/blog/ Samantha Collier

    This posting inspired me to draft a facebook fan page for the company I work for. These are all great tips – thank you for posting :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Zelenskaya/100000000488622 Anna Zelenskaya

    I have figured it out! Awesome, thanks!

  • http://www.dougmcisaac.com dougmcisaac

    Hi Lachie

    I have a team of people doing Facebook pages for clients and just recently have started working with firms as their outsourced provider of pages and social media management. Feel free to drop me an email at dougmcisaac@gmail.com and I can provide samples and pricing for you.

    Doug McIsaac

  • http://www.brosix.com/ Brosix

    Thanks for posting- I think this aspect of Facebook pages are deeply underestimated.

  • http://www.natalielouise.com.au Nat

    wow these are cool, I never new you could add so many different things to your fan page to totally make it rock. Thanks for sharing these insights!
    cheers

  • Ntarugera François

    How are you all:
    Seriously this new posting techniques on face book inspired me not only in interacting with people globally but on how to grab people’s attention to like my writing style. I will always remember you as friends within the social media industry.

    Ntarugera François

  • Jessica

    I love the landing video, how do I do that?

  • as3405

    Hi, great info. I have created my customer Facebook Tabs now but was wondering if there is a code I can use to add a comments box beneath the image?

  • Akomolafe Mustapha

    I like the landing photo seriously this new posting tecniques on facebook inspired me not only in interacting with people globally but on how to grab peoples attention to like my writing style.

  • http://www.pixiegirldesigns.com/ PixieGirl Designs

    Great post, lots of food for thought. Will definitely be taking a lot into consideration as I continue to design FB landing pages. I also really like your article on fan-only content for FB pages. This is a great and resourceful website, so glad I found it!

  • http://www.yourdigitalspace.com/ Swamykant

    Nice Post with good examples . Thanks for sharing your knowledge :)

  • Harlank43

    Are you aware that facebook “hints” that they may no longer be allowing people to use the static fmbl tag after the first of the year?

    They are trying to steer everyone to iframes to create tabs.

  • http://www.ComicBooked.com Will

    Great post! Check out our page, http://www.facebook.com/ComicBooked. Cheers!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FH2SM4LQUUDLFZP4D5QTPTAJZA Holiday Rentals Mauritius

    Would be interested to get your thoughts on our new page http://www.facebook.com/locazion.

    Cheers :-)

  • Mike Worley

    Cindy,
    I love Social Media Examiner’s FB landing page with the video, but I don’t see how to actually do it…did you guys create the page through FBML or through a 3rd party
    thanks

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  • http://www.facebook.com/fernandaleal Fernanda Leal

    Very useful :) Thanks for the article ;)

  • Irene

    Nice tips!

    We composed a double layered fan page. On the first there is a little game that you have to solve until you reach the real fan page. This holds even more creativity.

    If you like it, please push let us know on our fan page!

    Many thanks in advance!
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alphen-Aan-Den-Rijn-Netherlands/Stephan-M/190065407700744

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  • http://www.virtualassistant.org/ VA_Cresilda

    Great post as usual. You’re videos in Youtube are also helpful. Keep it coming. :)

  • http://www.virtualassistant.org/ VA_Cresilda

    Great post as usual. Your videos in Youtube are also helpful. Keep it coming. :)

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  • Freshfish6

    To install such a Tab, you can download the TABMAKER WELCOME here:
    http://www.facebook.com/247GRAD

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  • zakstest

    Hi Cindy,
    I dont have the HTML knowledge can you kindly suggest me the best app to design the facebook page and which has got the proper customer support.

    Thanks in advance.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Zakstest, things have changed a bit since this was published. Check out the more recent article on Facebook apps: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/top-10-facebook-apps-for-building-custom-pages-tabs/

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  • http://www.adamdalyonline.com Adam Daly

    These are great examples of how one can take full advantage of Facebook custom tabs. I think my favorite highlight is the tabs within tabs. Very Inception of you ;) .

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  • Joe

    Since the mandatory Timeline update, is it possible to do a fan-gate style landing page anymore? I can’t find a way to set my default tab…

  • Ken

    Thanks for the insight.







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