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 thinking of running a Facebook contest or promotion without using an app?
Would you like to run a contest or sweepstakes on your Facebook page timeline?
Although you can run a promotion directly on your Facebook page timeline without using a third-party app, there are several factors to address before you decide to run your contest.
In this article you’ll discover six things to consider before setting up a contest on your Facebook timeline.
#1: Know How You Can and Can’t Collect Entries
Facebook’s new promotion rules and the accompanying guidelines are pretty straightforward.
You can collect entries by having users post on your page, message your page, comment on or like a page post and use likes as a voting mechanism.
In other words, you can ask users to enter by posting a photo on your page or in the comments on your post, and then select a winner based on which entry has the most likes.
You can ask users to enter with a message to your page, a post on your page or with a comment or like on your post, then randomly pick a winner.
You can also ask users to answer a question and pick the first correct response as your winner.
Do hashtags make a difference?
What about sponsored stories?
There’s recently been ton of research to understand how Facebook marketing is helping (or hurting) businesses.
Here are five noteworthy Facebook findings we uncovered from the latest published research.
#1: 78% of U.S. Facebook Users Are Mobile
Facebook is at the center of a sizable shift to mobile. In the U.S. alone, 78% of all Facebook users (just shy of 100 million people) logged into their Facebook accounts via mobile this year (TechCrunch).
Research from eMarketer predicts that this number will continue to grow and by 2017, 154.7 million Americans will be using Facebook on their mobile devices.
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.
Are you wondering how to use your personal Facebook profile for your business?
One of the reasons Facebook is effective is the personal connection you can make with people.
In this article I’ll show you 10 ways you can use your personal Facebook profile to impact your business.
Why My Personal Facebook Profile?
Your Facebook profile and Facebook business page can work together today.
On one hand, it’s important for a company to have a professional Facebook business page that’s in line with the company’s messaging, target audience and branding.
But the way you use your Facebook personal profile can also play a role in the success of social media for your business, and this is often overlooked.
First remember that according to Facebook’s Terms of Service, you’re not allowed to use your personal profile strictly for business.
Owner Jeff Matt started Victory Auto Service and Glass in 1997 with one shop in the suburbs of Minneapolis.
He always made an effort to develop personal relationships with his customers who trusted him with their cars.
The business grew to three locations by 2010, and Matt found it harder to maintain the small-shop feel. “When you have multiple stores and multiple managers, you can’t be everything to everybody,” he said.
Three years ago, he approached Stephanie Gutierrez, a long-time customer, about helping the business get started in social media.
By experimenting with different approaches, they hit upon a winning formula that promotes the personal connections Matt has always valued.
Have you used Facebook’s new feature to embed posts on your website or blog?
Embedding Facebook updates on your website can help you increase visibility and engagement.
How can you creatively use embedded posts as a part of your Facebook marketing strategy?
Let’s find out!
Here’s How It Works
You can embed most public posts from a personal profile or a page. To do so, go to your news feed, profile or page and click on the drop-down arrow at the top right of the post. You’ll see the option to embed the post.
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.