4 Unique Ways to Use Facebook for Your Business

social media how toAre you wondering how to best use Facebook for your business?

Should you open your personal profile with a Facebook Subscribe button? Would a Facebook Group work well for your business?

The simple truth is that Facebook Pages are not being seen as often in the news feed.

Facebook reported that on average, brands reach about 16% of their fans in a typical week through posts. This news has many people wondering if Pages are still a worthwhile endeavor.

Find out how to choose the best marketing strategy that fits your business by answering these simple questions.

#1: Have multiple employees?

If so, I still recommend having a Facebook Page despite the visibility issues. Let’s face it; every marketing channel has visibility issues. You will never reach 100% of your customers all of the time. Facebook Pages have advantages for your business that Groups and the Subscribe button don’t.

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6 Tips to Improve Your Facebook Advertising Results

social media how toWould you like Facebook ads to be a regular part of your marketing strategy?

Wondering what you can do to tweak your ad strategy to get better results?

This article will give you six tips to help improve your return on your Facebook ad investment.

#1: Do Your Research

Watch other Facebook ads and take a look at their techniques.

You won’t be able to see a list of all of the ads that are out there right now, but you can watch the ones that are being served to your demographic. You can see all of the current ads that would target your profile by going to Facebook’s Adboard.

Look at just the Sponsored Stories by clicking on the blue Sponsored stories link.

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Check out the Adboard to see what other ads could be served to your profile.

You won’t be able to gauge whether these ads are working, but note the ones that would encourage you to click.

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5 Ways Businesses Are Using Facebook Timelines

social media how toAre you wondering how businesses are creatively using Facebook’s Timeline features?

Business timelines are blooming all over Facebook.

You may have read our recent post about all of the changes.

Take a look at these examples of how businesses are creatively using Timeline.

#1: Adding Interesting Milestones

Interesting Milestones may work better if your company has some history. Coca-Cola, founded in 1886, has the benefit of a long and interesting history, so they can show their products from 1916 and how they have since evolved.

But you still may be able to get creative with product releases and things that you have accomplished.

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7 New Facebook Changes Impacting Businesses

social media reviewsFacebook pages are changing. And that means your business strategy will need to change.

In fact, Facebook has made many new changes that will impact anyone with a Facebook page.

These changes emerged from Facebook’s fMC 2012 Conference.

The overall message was that Facebook is looking at pages as a “mission control” point (which is where the MC comes from in the conference title).

Here is an overview of the changes and how brands can take advantage of some of the new features.

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4 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Page Visibility

social media how toHave you noticed less interaction on your Facebook page in the last few months?

Getting your updates to appear in the coveted news feed is more challenging than ever.

I don’t have answers as to how the elusive Facebook algorithm works.

What I do have are some suggestions on how to ensure that your page posts are being seen by your fans to give your page the maximum visibility.

UPDATE: Be sure to check out the new Facebook Pages for more up-to-date information. Facebook rolled out the new Timeline design to Business Pages after this article was published.

#1: Train Your Audience to Watch for Your Content

You want to make sure you are delivering good content so that your audience won’t want to miss a thing. The best way to do this is to work toward building super fans. Use these Facebook marketing strategies.

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4 Ways the New Facebook Insights Can Grow Your Fans

social media how toFacebook recently rolled out some new metrics that give better insight into what your community wants from your page, enabling you to grow your fans and interactions.

You know it’s important to measure your social media marketing performance, and the new Facebook Insights will make this easier for you.

Locating Facebook Insights

First things first—where do you find these metrics? They are accessed on the left sidebar underneath your profile picture by clicking on the Insights link.

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Top 10 Facebook Apps for Fan Engagement and Building Community

social media toolsAre you looking for ways to better engage Facebook fans and build your community?

These top 10 Facebook apps are, in my opinion, some of the most useful ones for pages when it comes to encouraging fan engagement and giving value to your community.

They are also very easy to use. Some may be familiar to you, but you may find some new gems to try out.

By the way, check out Top Ten Facebook Apps for Building Custom Tabs & Pages. If you are looking for a more comprehensive list, check out the one by Mari Smith: Top 75 Apps for Enhancing Your Facebook Page.

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How to Find and Add Facebook Apps to Your Facebook Page

social media toolsAre you wondering how to add all those cool links below the avatar of your Facebook page? Those links appear when you install an application (or app) on your Facebook page.

If you want to spruce up your page, there’s an app for that.

For example, Facebook apps can automatically showcase your YouTube channel, but they can also do much more.

You may have seen the post Top 10 Facebook Apps for Building Custom Pages and Tabs, but let’s take a step back and talk about what apps are, where you find them and how you install them on your page.

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5 Ways to Control Your Facebook Privacy

social media how toFacebook is trying to make privacy simpler. But as they add more features, privacy always seems to become more complicated.

With the addition of the Facebook Subscribe button, understanding how your Facebook privacy works is more important than ever.

The good news is that Facebook is making it simpler to find the settings for controlling your privacy.

The bad news is that there’s a lot of confusion around the Subscribe button and what it means for privacy. So let’s start by tackling the privacy issues around the new Subscribe button.

#1: The Facebook Subscribe button

Facebook has made the subscribe setting opt-in instead of defaulted to on. The Subscribe button is designed to allow people to subscribe to your public posts rather than (or possibly in addition to) requesting a friendship. It’s a lot like a Twitter follow. You don’t approve subscribers. All of your current friends are, by default, subscribed to your posts.

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