How to Use Facebook to Sell Your Products and Services

social media toolsHave you leveraged the power of Facebook to sell your products and services?

Or maybe you’ve wondered if you should start a store on Facebook…

Many businesses are using Facebook to sell.

Check out these three ways your business can leverage a Facebook page to sell products and make it easier for your customers to buy from you.

#1: Create a Seamless Store Experience on Facebook With a Landing Page App

Before you start selling on Facebook, you’ll need to create a Facebook page and not a Facebook profile.

Using a Facebook page for business not only keeps you in compliance with Facebook’s Terms of Service, but also affords you additional benefits that aren’t available with profiles. For instance, with a page you can add a custom tab using a Facebook landing page app so you can build an online store.

The benefits of using third-party landing page apps.

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5 Ways Online Businesses Are Succeeding With Social Media

social media how toMarketing your online business through social media websites can be a great way to encourage engagement with your brand in a low-pressure setting.

However, getting started with this new type of media can be intimidating for some business owners.

Take a look at the following five examples of ecommerce websites that are succeeding with social media for ideas on how to use social media effectively.

#1: Use Facebook Apps Strategically to Guide Users

As social media expert Amy Porterfield mentioned in her recent “How to Use Facebook Apps to Improve Fan Engagement,” article on Social Media Examiner:

Since page admins can no longer designate a default landing tab (also referred to as the “default welcome tab”), businesses need to get more creative and use custom apps to direct Facebook page visitors to take action.

One example of an ecommerce website that’s taking this principle to the next level is ShoeDazzle, the discount footwear retailer, with its custom Style Profile app.

Once Facebook visitors grant access to the app, they’re able to complete the quiz to find their ideal style matches and are then redirected to specific purchase pages on the ShoeDazzle website, encouraging purchase decisions and eliminating the “tire kicking” that can occur with social media visitors.

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Social Customer Service Allows Startup to Outpace the Competition

social media case studiesPatton Gleason is the first to admit he can’t sell. And just over a year after going live with his online start-up, the Natural Running Store, he hasn’t had to try.

“I’m a terrible sales guy. I’m awful at it,” Gleason says. “But I really do like this idea of ‘can a relationship really be your big marketing vehicle?’”

Turns out, it can. By wowing customers with unheard-of service, Gleason has come close to replicating the in-store experience online. In doing so, he turned the Natural Running Store into a serious competitor in the running shoe arena.

And he’s done it without spending a nickel on outside advertising. The key has been to give online buyers a very personal touch and create bite-sized content for social media.

“It is 1000% a hustle in relationships,” he says.

The result: high search engine rankings, dozens of features on like-minded blogs and a profitable, growing business.

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LinkedIn Hits 100 Million: This Week In Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

LinkedIn Hits 100 Million Users: There are one million new members each week on this social business platform. To celebrate this major milestone LinkedIn published the infographic below.

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30 Social Media Predictions From 30 Social Media Pros

social media viewpointsHow will social media impact marketers and businesses in 2011? We sought expert opinions from a wide range of pros you’re likely familiar with.

Since we started Social Media Examiner in October 2009, we’ve published more than 280 articles. These original posts were written by dozens of social media professionals.

We decided to tap their knowledge and expertise to see what’s likely coming next year. Here are their predictions for where social media is headed in the next 12 months.

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Using Facebook Credits for Loyalty Programs and Beyond

social media viewpointsAt the Facebook f8 conference earlier this year, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Open Graph as “the most transformative thing we’ve ever done for the web” and with that announcement, the disparate strands of the world wide web became more tightly woven.

At the time, and to my surprise, mention of Facebook Credits was minimal at best—but as more information becomes available, it’s my prediction that Facebook Credits will be the NEXT major step Facebook takes toward unifying the online experience from simple, social interactions to true social commerce (or when tied to Facebook commerce, labeled as fCommerce).

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How to Sell Products via Your Facebook Page

social media how toEver wished you could directly sell your products and services from within Facebook? If so, this post is for you.

I decided to dig in and research the current landscape thoroughly, both to better understand the lay of the land and to save you the research hassle.

It was only a matter of time before Facebook and e-commerce would converge. Until a little over a year ago, only storefronts existed on Facebook, where merchants could display and promote their products and, with “Add to cart” buttons, imply e-commerce functionality.

But when users clicked on “Add to cart, they were whisked away from Facebook to the merchant’s website where the actual shopping-cart experience occurred.

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3 Studies Show Facebook’s Marketing Potential

social media researchFacebook is hot.  There’s no question that Facbeook has a large audience.  But what does this mean for marketers and business owners?

Here are three recent Facebook-related studies that answer these very questions by examining how much time Facebook users invest in the platform, if Facebook ads are effective and other Facebook trends among online merchants.

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