Got Fake Facebook Fans? How to Protect Your Facebook Page

social media how to Do you have fake fans on your Page?

Do you know how to tell?

In February, Facebook announced that it had 1.23 billion monthly active users and up to 11.2% of those users are fake.

In this article I’ll tell you how to spot fake Facebook fans and what to do about them.

Fake Fans Hurt Engagement

Facebook has been actively trying to get rid of spam and phony profiles since early 2012, but like weeds, they keep coming back.

When Facebook detects spammy comments on your Page or likes from fake Facebook accounts (whether purchased or not), they remove your Page updates from the news feed. You end up losing a significant part (if not all) of your reach and engagement.

In mid-2013 and early 2014, Facebook made big changes to their news feed algorithm in an attempt to filter out spammy and poor-quality content. Pages that provide the most relevant content and have high true engagement have the best chance of appearing prominently in the news feed.

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Facebook has been fighting spammers and fake profiles for years.

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10 Changes to the Facebook Page Layout: What Marketers Need to Know

social media how to Have you noticed some big changes in your Facebook Page layout?

Do you know where to find everything?

Earlier this year, Facebook announced a new design for Facebook Pages. It took a while to roll out, but most Page admins had it by June.

In this article you’ll discover 10 changes to your Facebook Page layout.

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Find out what you need to know about the latest changes to Facebook’s Pages layout.

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How to Use the Facebook Pages to Watch to Track Competitors

social media how toDo you know what your competitors are doing on Facebook?

Have you used the Facebook Pages to Watch feature?

Comparing what other Pages are doing on Facebook can give you useful information on current trends.

In this article you’ll discover how to track what’s working for other pages and adapt your own Facebook tactics accordingly.

Why Pages to Watch

The Pages to Watch feature in Facebook Insights allows you to watch other Facebook pages so you can compare their activity, engagement and audience growth to your own.

Pages to Watch is particularly handy if you want to see what’s working for your competitors or similar niche pages. You can see exactly what content they’re posting, how often they’re posting and when they’re posting—and the resulting engagement. Armed with that information, you can tailor your own updates accordingly.

You can watch any brand page on Facebook you want—you don’t even have to like the page. If you have 100 to 10,000 fans, you can create a list of up to 100 pages to watch.

Most page admins won’t need to watch that many pages, but it’s nice to have one place to keep track of your top competitors or brands that inspire you.

How to Set Up Pages to Watch

To find the Pages to Watch feature, go Insights and click on Overview. Scroll down the page to the Add Pages section (it’s just below the Your 5 Most Recent Posts box).

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Facebook Pages to Watch monitors other pages’ content.

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How to Schedule and Edit Facebook Posts Using Facebook

social media how toDo you want to save time by scheduling your Facebook posts?

Do you know how to edit a post once it’s scheduled?

Scheduling your posts works well when you can’t be online 24 hours a day, but what happens when you need to make a change?

In this article you’ll discover how to schedule and edit your Facebook posts (using Facebook) to save you time.

#1: Schedule Posts

Facebook’s scheduling feature can be a lifesaver when you have basic updates to share over a period of time or if you’ll be out of the office. Instead of tediously going into Facebook every day (possibly a few times every day), you can type in your update, customize a few settings, hit Schedule and you’re done!

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Save time by scheduling your posts in Facebook.

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How to Use Facebook to Increase Leads

social media how toDo you want to make Facebook a profitable marketing medium for your business?

Is Facebook bringing you the leads you’re looking for?

A few simple tweaks to your Facebook marketing can bring in more business.

In this article you’ll discover four ways companies are using Facebook to increase leads.

#1: Optimize the Cover Photo

There is an entire branch of analytics known as eye tracking and it’s dedicated to tracking and reporting what people look at on a web page. Most people spend the majority of their time on the top 1/3 of the page (many times without even realizing it).

The red indicates the section of the web page with the most views and reaffirms that content above the fold is the most viewed.

Not surprisingly, eye-tracking studies on Facebook pages have similar results.

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Your page’s cover photo gets the most attention.

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Six Facebook Marketing Tips From the Pros

social media how toWould you like to improve your Facebook marketing?

Are you wondering what Facebook marketing tactics the pros are using?

We asked top social media pros to share their hottest Facebook marketing tactics.

In this article you’ll discover the latest tactics the pros use to boost their Facebook marketing.

#1: Use ActionSprout for Email Acquisition

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John Haydon

Most marketers know the real battleground on Facebook is in the news feed, not on Facebook pages. In fact, very few Facebook users actually visit Facebook pages. Instead, they interact with page updates in their news feed.

The problem with most Facebook page apps is that they require the user to visit the Facebook page. For example, a photo contest requires that users visit a custom tab on the company’s Facebook page to upload a photo and submit a contest entry. In essence, they have to LEAVE the news feed, their home away from home, in order to participate in the photo contest.

ActionSprout removes this potential barrier by letting you put the acquisition action in the news feed.

For example, someone can “Sign” a petition, “Support” a project or “Demand” a challenge (as shown below) in the news feed.

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Notice the Demand in the news feed.

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How ‘Pages to Watch’ from Facebook Can be a Source of Competitive Insight

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Are you keeping up with the competition on Facebook?

Are you interested in knowing what is and isn’t working for your competitors?

All Facebook marketers are trying to see what content gets the best results.

In this article you’ll see how Facebook Insights’ ‘Pages to Watch’ can help you deliver content that engages your audience.

Why Is the ‘Pages to Watch’ Feature Important?

Facebook started rolling out Pages to Watch about a year ago, but the feature became a meaningful tool for tracking competitors with its second iteration–when it started appearing in page administrators’ Insights dashboards.

The first version only allowed you to see changes in competitors’ number of likes, which is hardly enough intel to sink one’s teeth into. There were other issues too.

Some marketers started receiving alerts from Facebook that a competing page had begun tracking their activity via the Pages to Watch module. That hardly helped build confidence in Facebook as a means of stealth monitoring.

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You can add pages to watch without those pages knowing a thing about it.

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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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