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.
Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!
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.
If you knew more about your Facebook fans, how would that improve your marketing efforts?
Marketers can now use Facebook Graph Search to perform focused searches that will return better, more accurate search results that can be of real use to your business.
What Can I Do With Facebook Graph Search?
With Graph Search, you can do much more than meets the eye.
Facebook Page owners can use Graph Search to:
- Identify their own fans
- Learn about favorite interests and hobbies of fans
- Identify employees of a business who have liked a business’s Facebook Page
- Identify interests of competitors’ fans
- Identify potential business partnerships
- Improve the quality of Facebook contests
To help you dig deeper into what Facebook Graph Search can do for you, here are 17 ways you can use Facebook Graph Search queries to improve your Facebook marketing.
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.
How long has it been since you’ve reviewed your Facebook Page?
Are you taking advantage of the latest Facebook features?
It’s critical that Facebook Page managers take time to regularly audit their Page and ensure that they are not missing out on new features.
This Facebook Page audit guide outlines 11 key items to review to help maximize your Page’s potential.
Are you wondering how your Facebook Page compares to competitors?
What can you do to improve your performance?
Insights into how your competitors are using Facebook can help you better understand your audience on Facebook and how they use Facebook.
In this article, I’ll review 5 different tools that can be used to help you compare your Facebook Page against competitors and identify tactics to help you improve your Facebook marketing.
#1: Compare Your Statistics With AgoraPulse Barometer
AgoraPulse provides a free tool called the AgoraPulse Barometer, which performs an analysis of your Facebook Page and compares it against other companies’ Pages (that also used this tool) that have a similar number of fans.
The Barometer calculates the average percentage for several criteria based on your last 50 posts. The resulting report shows the score for your Page in black compared with the average score in red for other Pages that ran this assessment.
Information provided in the chart above includes:
Fans Reached. This is the average number of fans who receive your content. Facebook generally shares your content with a small percentage of fans unless you have a very engaged community. The key to increasing this figure is having a community that comments, likes or shares your posts.