In this article I’ll reveal Facebook applications that can help you easily add functionality to your Facebook page.
How Do Facebook Apps Work?
Before we get started, let’s review how Facebook apps (also known as custom tabs on Facebook) pages work.
Custom tabs are installed manually on your Facebook page and show up underneath the cover photo. If you’re visiting a page that has more than four tabs, you can click the down arrow on the right side of the tab cover photos to reveal them all.
Are you wondering how the new Facebook promotion changes might benefit your business?
Facebook has made a huge shift in how they allow contests to be run.
Keep reading to discover what your options are and how other businesses are responding to these new changes.
For years, Facebook has been saying that promotions and contests needed to be run through an application and not on your timeline (or wall, as we used to call it).
You were not allowed to ask people to like or comment on a picture or a post to be entered to win.
But now that has all changed.
Facebook announced on August 27 that they’ve changed their Pages Terms to make it “easier for businesses of all sizes to create and administer promotions on Facebook.” They’re allowing pages to run contests and promotions on their own timelines (you cannot run contests on a personal timeline). Per Facebook, businesses can now:
- Collect entries by having users post on the page or comment/like a page post
- Collect entries by having users message the page
- Utilize likes as a voting mechanism
Now businesses with a Facebook page have a lot more options and can run a contest very quickly and easily by posting text or a photo and asking people to comment and/or like it.
Are you wondering how to respond to the Facebook news feed changes?
Have you figured out how Story Bump can help your content remain top of mind with Facebook fans?
If you want to understand how these Facebook changes will impact your marketing, this article is for you.
Keep reading to discover how to take advantage of Story Bump.
What is Story Bump?
Facebook announced that they’ve tweaked their algorithm known as EdgeRank to allow stories that are getting more engagement (more likes, comments and shares) to be bumped up in the news feed.
The change is called Story Bumping and has already rolled out to 99% of desktop users and is still being tweaked for mobile users. The Story Bump shows you posts you may not have seen when they were first published.
For example, say you log into Facebook and scroll through your news feed to view 50 posts. The post you miss at position 51 continues to get lots of likes, comments and shares. Four hours later, you check Facebook and that post is at the top of your news feed, even though it’s four hours old.
Are you wondering if you should use them for your business?
To learn about Facebook contests, I interview Andrea Vahl for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
More About This Show
The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.
It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.
The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).
In this episode, I interview Andrea Vahl, co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies. She regularly writes about Facebook for Social Media Examiner (in fact she was our community manager for 2 years), and has an alter-ego known online as Grandma Mary.
Andrea shares how a Facebook contest can work for your page and your business.
You’ll learn about the different contests available and what contest apps to use.
Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!
Are you wondering how to best use a Facebook hashtag?
In this article, I’ll reveal four important benefits of using hashtags on Facebook.
I’ll also explore important considerations when putting together your hashtag strategy.
Why Facebook Hashtags?
As you’ve undoubtedly seen, hashtags are now clickable and useable on Facebook.
Using a hashtag # (or pound symbol) in front of a word or phrase turns the word into a clickable link.
When you click on the link, you’ll see a feed of public posts (or posts that are visible to you due to a friend relationship on Facebook) that include that hashtag.
Here’s how you can use Facebook hashtags:
#1: Expand Your Reach
As hashtags gain momentum on Facebook (they’ve been in use on other platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+), they’ll help you expand your reach to people who are looking at posts in your topic.
Hashtags have been a great way to help people interested in niche topics find each other and find the conversation.
Is your Facebook marketing is working?
If you don’t have a strategy with goals in place for your Facebook Page, you won’t know if you are getting a return on your social media efforts!
Your Facebook marketing strategy shouldn’t live in a vacuum—it needs to be integrated with your overall marketing plan.
What You Need to Get Started
Before you start marketing on Facebook, you should have these things in place:
- A good website: Your website is the hub of your business and should look professional and showcase what you have to offer your customers.
- A clear business model and plan: How are you making money? This sounds obvious, but many entrepreneurs don’t have a solid business plan and don’t understand things like the cost of goods or how much money they can (and should) allocate toward marketing.
- An email marketing delivery service: Some large consumer products may not need an email delivery system, but most businesses still need to use email marketing as part of their overall marketing strategy. Email is not dead and is your best chance of being seen by the bulk of your current and potential customers. There are many email providers out there to choose from, including Constant Contact, AWeber, iContact, Infusionsoft, MailChimp, Office Autopilot and more. Find one that fits your needs and budget.
- An optimized Facebook Page: Before you start marketing on Facebook, get the basic elements of a good Facebook Page in place.
Are you familiar with the new Facebook cover photo rules? You are now able to put calls to action and your website or address information in your Facebook cover photo, but there are still text restrictions.
Would you like some inspiration for what your business can do with a cover photo?
Many people have not updated their cover photos to be in compliance.
In this article I’ll tell you what’s changed and show you 9 examples and how you can leverage the new rules to boost your business.
Facebook’s New Rules
As of March 6, Facebook’s rules state that cover photos may not include more than 20% text. But the previous restrictions that were in place were removed (i.e., no calls to action, no websites and no address information).
The maximum 20% text rule also applies to any photo in a Facebook ad as well, so keep that in mind with your next ad campaign.
There was some initial confusion about how the 20% text area was measured, so Facebook came out with a post that clarified how this area was calculated and what was acceptable.
Are you looking for tips to improve your community?
In this article I’ll share 9 tips to improve your Facebook community.
#1: Know Your Voice
Branding is important on social media. Your company should have a “voice” that matches your brand and your company philosophy.
Are you more serious or do you add a little bit of snark in your posts? Do you stick mostly to business or can you be off the wall? Do you like to stir things up or do you remain neutral?
If you are a one-person operation, these decisions may be easy. But if you have multiple employees and possibly multiple people posting to the Facebook Page, you want to have the “voice of the company” communicated clearly to the people who will be managing your Facebook Page.
The voice of the company is important in how comments and community feedback are handled, as well as the day-to-day posting. Consistency in your voice will help your community know what to expect.
Wondering exactly how to get your Page started the right way?
Facebook continues to change and evolve, making it a moving target for people trying to find the correct steps to set up a Page. But never fear—we have all the critical pieces that you need to put in place to start your Facebook Page today.
To set up your Facebook Page, just follow these steps:
#1: Log into Facebook
If you do not have a personal profile set up on Facebook, do that first at www.facebook.com. Even if you don’t want a personal profile, we highly recommend that you create one rather than creating a “business-only” Facebook Page because of the limitations you will encounter (see point #8 for the Business-only Page limitations).