How to Use Facebook Groups to Build Your Business

social media how toAre you looking for new ways to network?

Have you considered using Facebook groups to build your business?

Facebook groups offer a proven way to form lasting, productive connections that generate leads.

In this article you’ll discover how to create stronger relationships with customers by networking in Facebook groups.

#1: Join the Right Groups

With millions of active groups on Facebook, there truly is a group for every interest. If you’re looking for networking, you can track down groups within your industry to connect with your peers and prospective customers.

With so many groups to choose from, you’ll need to start with some research to find groups that fit your needs. Start by asking your colleagues and customers what groups they’re active in.

Facebook also offers a “suggested groups” feature that you can find on your top navigation bar when you view Groups from your profile.

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Click on Groups from the left side of your profile to see suggested groups.

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5 Ways to Establish Your Voice on Facebook

social media how to Do you have a recognizable online tone?

Do you make the most of it in your Facebook updates?

A consistent tone makes fans feel comfortable so they’re more likely to interact with you.

In this article you’ll discover how to establish your voice and use it to get more engagement on Facebook.

Match Your Voice to Your Fans’ Expectations

Competition for attention is fierce on Facebook. If you want people to keep you top of mind, you have to give them increased value. That higher value gives fans a reason to come to your page and interact with your updates.

Ah, but how do you do that? To provide the right kind of value, you need to know why your audience is on Facebook in the first place. How do they use it? What do they look for? What do they interact with? What do they want?

Facebook users primarily seek out connectivity, community validation and media saturation/entertainment. Being marketed to isn’t high on their list (if it’s on their list at all).

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Pew Research found that most users don’t want to be marketed to.

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Essential Facebook Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide

social media how toDo you want to learn how to market yourself and your business on Facebook?

Are you looking for a resource to guide your Facebook marketing efforts?

Whether you’re marketing on Facebook as an individual or as a brand, these expert articles will help you design your presence, create contests, execute ad campaigns and measure your results.

Each of these articles will help you understand and master a specific part of marketing on the Facebook platform.

Get Buy-In to Market on Facebook

How to Convince Your Skeptical Boss That Facebook Marketing Works: Here’s how you can show the value of Facebook to your client or boss, and how they can get the most out of it.

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Find out how to get the go-ahead for your Facebook plans.

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25 Creative Ways to Use Facebook Cover Photos

social media how to Are you using your Facebook cover photo to maximum effect?

Do you change your cover image once a month, or once a year?

The Facebook cover photo is prime real estate for any business, and creating high-quality images. Use this to include calls to action (CTAs) and other helpful information for  your fans.

Here are 25 awesome examples of cover photo ideas you can use to make your brand stand out (there are also some cover photo best practices at the end of this post).

#1: Get Into the Holiday Spirit or Change With the Seasons

Design cover photos that change with the seasons and the holidays. It’s easy—just experiment with seasonal colors or add traditional seasonal images like leaves or snowflakes.

The auto company Pep Boys, for example, created a simple and festive cover photo for the winter holiday season. It would be easy to create a similar cover photo using a stock photo and free tools from PicMonkey or Canva.

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Update your cover photo for the holidays or the seasons.

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How to Use Facebook Voice Messages for Your Business

social media how toDo you use your Facebook personal profile to build business relationships?

Have you considered using Facebook voice messages to connect with your customers?

If you connect with customers on your personal profile, you can use Facebook voice messages with great success.

In this article, I’ll show you four ways Facebook voice messages can benefit your business.

What are Facebook Voice Messages?

Facebook voice messages are 60-second audio messages you record from an iOS or Android smartphone/tablet and send to friends and followers whom you’ve followed back.

To send Facebook voice messages, simply open a new message using the Facebook mobile app or the Facebook Messenger app.

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Recording a Facebook voice message to Mari Smith.

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Facebook Contests: How to Get Your Fans Excited

Have you ever run a Facebook contest?

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.

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Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

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!

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Facebook Embedded Posts: 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?

Facebook Introduces Embedded Posts: Facebook’s Embedded Posts “make it possible for people to bring the most compelling, timely public posts from Facebook to the rest of the web.”

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"When embedded, posts can include pictures, videos, hashtags and other content. People can also like and share the post directly from the embed."

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How to Convince Your Skeptical Boss That Facebook Marketing Works

social media how toIs your business on Facebook?

Do you need to convince your boss—or a client—that Facebook is a worthy marketing investment?

In this article I’ll show you 7 things you can do to convince decision-makers of the value Facebook.

#1: Assess Your Goals

Before you can convince anyone that they need to be on Facebook, you’ll need to understand what they want to accomplish.

Remember that not every business needs to be on Facebook.

If you are in a B2B that sells concrete to two or three huge companies, LinkedIn might be a better fit.

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Not all businesses need to be on Facebook. Assess your business goals first. Image source: iStockPhoto.

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Facebook Marketing in 2012: How to Keep Up With Facebook

social media reviewsIs your business taking full advantage of the marketing opportunities of Facebook?

Are you looking for more fans, better engagement and more sales?

If so, Social Media Examiner has some important news to share…

But first, here’s something to consider.

Since Facebook made Timeline mandatory for business pages on March 30, a lot of updates and enhancements have been introduced.

Some of them include:

  • New layout
  • Enhanced Facebook apps
  • New Insights
  • Sponsored stories and promoted updates
  • Ability to schedule updates within Timeline itself

Today, businesses just like yours are using Facebook to create inspiring content that resonates with fans and converts them into customers and brand evangelists.

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