Whitehall Lane, a 20-year-old Napa Valley winery run by the Leonardini family, has hit on a winning social media formula that pays dividends in both increased sales and brand loyalty.
Wineries face special challenges in promoting their business on social media. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, known as the TTB, considers social media “advertising,” and regulates what wineries can do.
The regulations primarily affect Whitehall Lane in two different ways. They cannot run contests that give away wine, and they must monitor user-generated content for anything that might promote irresponsible drinking.
“We don’t fool around with the TTB regulations,” said Katie Leonardini, direct sales manager for Whitehall Lane. But that hasn’t stopped them from successfully using social media to grow a loyal fan base outside the tasting room. This in turn has increased both wine club membership and direct sales. Here’s how they do it.
Are you looking for fresh ideas to quickly create engagement on your Facebook page?
In this article, you’ll discover four ways you can create better engagement on your Facebook page using social game.
If you’re tearing your hair out worrying about the number of fans interacting with your Facebook business page, moderating your page may not be much fun. Worse still, you may be missing out on getting to know your fans on a deeper level.
The good news is that initiating simple social games on your page’s timeline gives your page interaction a boost.
Social games on your timeline encourage comments, shares and likes, and build a sense of community around your brand. Plus, as a side benefit, they are also a lot of fun for you and your fans.
Why Engagement Matters on Facebook
There are more than 15 million business pages on Facebook. Add in Facebook’s hundreds of complex algorithms that work behind the scenes to help people see what matters most to them, and it’s little wonder that page owners find it frustrating to maintain news feed visibility. Because of the algorithms, fans don’t see all updates from every page they like in their news feed.
But every time a fan likes or interacts with a particular type of post on your page, Facebook uses that information to determine what content your fan likes most, and makes that content more prominent in their news feed.
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.
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.
Do you want access to new Facebook advertising features as soon as they’re available?
Facebook offers a powerful and often overlooked way for marketers to do amazing things with ads.
In this article I’ll show you what Power Editor is, explore its benefits and show you how you can create campaigns using Power Editor.
What Is Power Editor?
The most powerful way to target your ideal audience on Facebook is with Facebook ads.
But clicking the “Boost Post” button and using the self-serve ad tool only scratches the surface. If you want to thrive and direct profits with your Facebook ads, you need to use Power Editor.
Power Editor is a free browser plugin created by Facebook that lets you bulk-edit your ads. It was initially created as a Chrome plugin. Although it does sporadically work in other browsers, you’ll likely want to use the Chrome browser when working with Power Editor.
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.
Does the idea of displaying a Facebook ad only to your prospects list sound interesting?
This could give your marketing a boost and help build your brand’s image on Facebook.
In this post, I’ll show you two ways to use Facebook’s Custom Audiences to connect with your customers and prospects on Facebook.
And I’ll also show you how to create and use your first custom audience.
What’s a Custom Audience?
Is your Facebook marketing is working?
If you don’t have a strategy with goals in place for your Facebook Page, you won’t know if you are getting a return on your social media efforts!
Your Facebook marketing strategy shouldn’t live in a vacuum—it needs to be integrated with your overall marketing plan.
What You Need to Get Started
Before you start marketing on Facebook, you should have these things in place:
- A good website: Your website is the hub of your business and should look professional and showcase what you have to offer your customers.
- A clear business model and plan: How are you making money? This sounds obvious, but many entrepreneurs don’t have a solid business plan and don’t understand things like the cost of goods or how much money they can (and should) allocate toward marketing.
- An email marketing delivery service: Some large consumer products may not need an email delivery system, but most businesses still need to use email marketing as part of their overall marketing strategy. Email is not dead and is your best chance of being seen by the bulk of your current and potential customers. There are many email providers out there to choose from, including Constant Contact, AWeber, iContact, Infusionsoft, MailChimp, Office Autopilot and more. Find one that fits your needs and budget.
- An optimized Facebook Page: Before you start marketing on Facebook, get the basic elements of a good Facebook Page in place.
Have you run a contest and had little success with retaining fans past the award date?
One goal of a successful Facebook contest should be to recruit fans who are genuinely interested in you, while avoiding the cheaters and faux fans who are only interested in material gain.
In this article you’ll discover five tips to help ensure that your contests attract genuine fans.
#1: Award Appropriate Prizes
Don’t offer attractive prizes that have nothing to do with your brand.
Everyone wants an iPad—not just your potential customers. A free vacation will not just attract fans who are interested in your beauty products, but pretty much anyone who sees the contest.
An appropriate award deflects the prize-hunters who hide your posts or unlike your Page as soon as the prizes have been awarded.
Offer a prize that interests your current or future customers. If your contest attracts entries from people who have no reason to become your customer, change it.