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.
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.
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 looking for fun ways to get your Facebook fans engaged?
Wondering how other pages are developing their posts to increase likes, shares and comments?
In this article I’ll show you eight examples of how to create Facebook posts that drive more engagement on your Facebook page.
#1: Solve Problems With Photos
Posts with a simple image and a caption that shows fans the solution to a problem or a way to improve their daily lives receive marked engagement.
Whole Foods uses this post tactic to encourage fan discussions about product-related solutions to common problems.
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.
Do you rely on Facebook Insights to track the performance of your Facebook page?
Are you wondering how the new Insights can help you refine your Facebook activities?
In this article, I’ll give you a tour of the new Facebook Insights and the data you’ll find there, so you’re better equipped to support your marketing goals with Facebook.
What’s New With Facebook Insights?
Facebook Insights has long been valued by successful marketers as a source of data that can help drive strategic marketing decisions. Until recently, the bulk of that valuable data was accessible only through the export of clumsy, difficult-to-navigate spreadsheet files that often buried key metrics.
Thankfully, Facebook has refreshed the web version of Insights to bring you clear data sets that are presented in easier-to-navigate graphs that are highly dynamic and customizable. New features include:
- Easy start and end date slider
- When your fans are online feature
- Best post types feature
- Comparisons vs. general Facebook audience
- Advanced filtering
- Addition of Post Clicks stat
Are you looking for ways to connect Facebook to your business goals?
In this article, I’ll show you common goals of four different industries and how Facebook apps are helping meet those goals.
Why Facebook Apps?
What kinds of apps (also known as tabs) do you have on your Facebook page?
Are you using the right features on those tabs to support your business goals and Facebook strategy?
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.
More About This Show
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.
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Have you considered using Facebook apps, but don’t know where to start?
In this article I‘ll highlight some of the most popular uses of apps, as well as a few individual apps, so you can find the right fit for your Facebook Page.
What You Need to Know about Facebook Apps
Apps let you do all sorts of things on your Facebook Page without writing your own code.
You can import your blog, run contests and promotions, collect email sign-ups, sell product through ecommerce and provide customer support.