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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How to Make Your Facebook Marketing Work for B2B

social media how toDo you target other businesses?

Are you struggling to generate more Facebook engagement?

Facebook marketing can work well for B2B companies, but you may have to rethink how you use your Facebook page.

In this article you’ll discover four tips that can help you make Facebook work for your B2B company or client.

#1: Understand Your Audience

It’s important to recognize that your audience on Facebook may not be the same as your audience on LinkedIn.

Knowing your audience—what resonates with them and what their expectations are—is always your first step to success. When you know what your audience wants, you can give it to them (without guessing).

So how do you find out who your Facebook audience is? Use the tools available to you and look at the data. Check Facebook Insights, Google Analytics and even your own database to get a clear picture of your audience.

Facebook Insights tracks how your audience engages with your page. You can trace their preferences, see how your audience demographic compares to Facebook as a whole or track which user segments you’re reaching and engaging with most often.

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Facebook Insights offers a range of audience data.

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How to Create Successful Facebook News Feed Ads

social media how toWould your business benefit from using Facebook ads?

Do you believe Facebook could be a great tool for your business if only you used it right?

Facebook seems quite easy to use, but it actually requires some advanced strategy, especially when making heads or tails of Facebook ads.

In this post you’ll discover how to set up an advanced Facebook news feed ad campaign in 10 easy steps.

News Feed Ads vs. Right-Hand Column Ads

People always ask me, “What’s the difference between right-hand column and news feed advertisements on Facebook?” Facebook just announced a new look for ads in the right-hand column to make them bigger. But these ads appear on the side of the page.

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Facebook ads in the right-hand column will get bigger.

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26 Creative Ways Brands Use Facebook Status Updates

social media how to Does your business have a Facebook marketing plan?

Do you need inspiration for Facebook updates that excite your fans?

Do you treat each and every update as an opportunity for engagement?

In this article we’ll take a look at 26 brands, an A-Z guide, that use Facebook status updates that combine visual content and brand messages to create buzz, excitement and interaction.

#1: Audi USA

When Drive (a TV network that celebrates the culture of cars and is geared toward car enthusiasts) highlighted Audi USA on their YouTube channel, Audi ran with it.

In the status update below, Audi USA shared that media recognition for their brand’s history and culture, but made sure to show appreciation by including a social link to the brand that drew attention to them.

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Sharing company-branded media highlights and linking to related brands is win-win.

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How to Use Facebook Website Custom Audiences

social media how toAre Facebook ads a core part of your social media tactics?

Are you ready to build a raving fan base that reads your articles and buys your products?

The truth is that with the right tools, no advertising can match the impact of Facebook.

If you’re on the fence because you’re not sure how effective Facebook ads are, let me introduce you to Website Custom Audiences (WCA).

In this post you’ll discover what website custom audiences are, how to create them and how to use them.

What Is Website Custom Audiences?

In its most basic form, Website Custom Audiences is a powerful tool that lets you create Facebook ads that target users who have visited your website. Now you can reach well beyond your core fans and email subscribers.

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Catch the attention of recent website visitors with a relevant ad about your product or service.

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3 Unusual Ways to Build Your Email List With Facebook Apps

social media how toDo you want more email subscribers?

How can you find a targeted audience and encourage them to join your list?

The answer is to leverage the people who already like you: your Facebook fans.

This article shows you three ways brands are using Facebook apps to grab their fans’ attentions and encourage them to subscribe to their list.

Why Use Facebook to Find Email Subscribers?

Email converts new customers more effectively than any other digital medium. The key is having the right people on your list—the ones who want to hear what you have to say and are most likely to buy from you. That’s where Facebook comes in.

Your Facebook fans are probably fans because they already like your products or services. That’s a great start to finding a narrowly targeted audience that’s likely to buy from you.

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Engage with Facebook fans, capture their email addresses and market to that targeted audience to make sales and partnerships.

A simple lead funnel gives context to the process. By engaging with your Facebook fans, you build trust. From there, you can ask your fans to sign up for emails that share information they’re interested in. With strong email and marketing tactics, you end up with sales and long-term customers.

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5 Ways Businesses Are Using Visual Storytelling on Facebook

social media how toAre you looking for creative ways to use visual storytelling in your social media marketing?

Do you have a great story to tell, but you’re not sure how to share it?

Every company has a story to tell.

It could be anything from brand history to internal innovation to fun customer feedback. Unfortunately, few businesses share their stories effectively on Facebook.

In this article I’ll show you five imaginative ways brands are using pictures to tell compelling stories that generate engagement on Facebook.

Why Tell a Visual Story?

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s a cliché for a reason. When you’re scrolling through the news feed, what catches your eye? Most updates are text, but Facebook users like pictures.

Posting images can help increase engagement and shares on Facebook. Photo posts account for 93% of the most engaging posts on Facebook. They can get 53% more likes, 104% more comments and 84% more click-throughs on links than text-based posts!

Are you using pictures to your advantage? Below are five examples of companies that are wowing their fans with visual stories.

#1: Use Clever Photo Collections

The American Express Facebook page strives to give a strong visual representation of the brand. That can be a tall order for a service-based company. American Express rose to the challenge by taking photographs of related items, then sharing them with short updates that ask a question or evoke a certain feeling.

Recently, the freezing weather in the US has everyone talking. American Express shared this simple but hugely descriptive picture on their Facebook timeline.

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American Express connects with fans through a simple image.

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5 Ways to Offer Social Customer Service With Facebook

social media how to Are you answering customer concerns on Facebook?

Is offering social customer service important for your business?

Facebook is the number one social channel so it’s likely to be the first line of contact for your customers, for both praise and complaints.

Answering your fans, owning up to your mistakes and keeping your fans in the loop go a long way to building trust.

Read on to discover five tips that will make you a customer-service superhero on Facebook.

#1: Answer Quickly

If you have a dedicated customer support department, the team probably has a process in place that works well in traditional channels (for example, a guarantee to respond within 24 or 48 hours).

But on Facebook (and Twitter) if you let that much time go by before responding to customer inquiries or complaints, you do so at your peril. In the social media world, two days feels like two weeks!

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Post Planner often responds to customer questions and complaints within minutes or a few hours.

If you have a staff member who is monitoring your Facebook page throughout the day, it should be easy to respond to issues fairly fast. But if you’re a one-person operation, and it’s all up to you, you might have to set reminders to check your page a couple of times a day — first thing in the morning, early afternoon and once again in the evening.

My friends over at Post Planner do a really good job of keeping an eye on things (notice just how quickly they respond to questions).

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5 Ways to Increase Fan Page Engagement With Facebook Games

social media how toWant to increase your Facebook fan engagement?

Have you considered adding games to your Facebook page?

Facebook games engage people’s competitive nature and can grow your brand’s reach.

This article shows you how to use games in your Facebook marketing.

#1: Fan Photo of the Week

If you want to get people interested in your fan page, make your fans a part of your social marketing strategy. People love to see their names in lights, so give them that chance with a Facebook photo of the week contest.

The great thing about this type of contest is that it’s easy to implement. Just ask your fans to submit a picture based on a theme you choose, then judge the photos and select a winner. When you’ve chosen a winner, showcase the fan and his or her picture on your cover image or highlight the photo in a status update.

The winner gets bragging rights and will probably want to share the excitement with friends. When the winner shares with his or her friends, your page goes out into their news feed and introduces you to a new audience. That can lead to a jump in viral reach.

Walmart is particularly good at this. They ask fans to submit a photo via a tab on their Facebook page, which means fans have to go to the Walmart Facebook page and engage by clicking through to the app.

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Walmart rewards fans by showcasing them on the cover image.

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