How to Ensure Your Facebook Contests Attract Genuine Fans

social media how toAre you thinking of running a contest on Facebook?

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.

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Lord & Taylor, an online fashion retailer for women, is awarding fashion accessories from its website.

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How to Convince Your Skeptical Boss That Facebook Marketing Works

social media how toIs your business on Facebook?

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.

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Not all businesses need to be on Facebook. Assess your business goals first. Image source: iStockPhoto.

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11 Checks to Ensure Your Facebook Page is Up-to-Date

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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.

Facebook Change Audit

Facebook changes often—audit your Page to keep up!

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15 Actionable Takeaways From Social Media Marketing World 2013

social media how toDid you miss Social Media Marketing World in April?

Or perhaps you were there but weren’t able to attend all the sessions you would have liked to.

In this article I’ve assembled for you 15 actionable social media marketing takeaways from some experts who presented at the event.

Here’s what they had to say.

#1: Prepare for Social Displacement

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Michael Stelzner

With maturity of any new industry comes disruption. Just as email, the web and search disrupted entire industries several years ago (e.g., the postal service, print publications and traditional sales), we can also expect a lot of online disruption to happen because of social media.

  • Facebook messages are displacing email (it’s becoming easier to send your friend a Facebook message rather than find their email address).
  • Asking friends rather than searching (more and more people are asking their Facebook friends or Google+ circles for referrals instead of searching online for a product or service).
  • Listening to podcasts is beginning to replace radio.

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9 Ways to Become a Better Facebook Community Manager

social media how toWould you like to have a thriving Facebook community?

Are you looking for tips to improve your community?

In this article I’ll share 9 tips to improve your Facebook community.

#1: Know Your Voice

Branding is important on social media. Your company should have a “voice” that matches your brand and your company philosophy.

Are you more serious or do you add a little bit of snark in your posts? Do you stick mostly to business or can you be off the wall? Do you like to stir things up or do you remain neutral?

If you are a one-person operation, these decisions may be easy. But if you have multiple employees and possibly multiple people posting to the Facebook Page, you want to have the “voice of the company” communicated clearly to the people who will be managing your Facebook Page.

The voice of the company is important in how comments and community feedback are handled, as well as the day-to-day posting. Consistency in your voice will help your community know what to expect.

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ModCloth has an offbeat, humorous voice that engages their audience.

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How to Set Up a Facebook Page for Business

social media how toHave you decided that it’s time to create a Facebook Page for your business?

Wondering exactly how to get your Page started the right way?

Facebook continues to change and evolve, making it a moving target for people trying to find the correct steps to set up a Page. But never fear—we have all the critical pieces that you need to put in place to start your Facebook Page today.

To set up your Facebook Page, just follow these steps:

#1: Log into Facebook

If you do not have a personal profile set up on Facebook, do that first at www.facebook.com. Even if you don’t want a personal profile, we highly recommend that you create one rather than creating a “business-only” Facebook Page because of the limitations you will encounter (see point #8 for the Business-only Page limitations).

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Either login to your personal account, or create a new personal account from Facebook.com.

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How to Make Your Facebook Contests Stand Out

social media how toDo you run contests on Facebook?

Would you like to make your next Facebook contest stand out?

This article will give you 4 ideas to improve your next Facebook contest.

Why Facebook Contests?

Facebook contests are a popular way for you to get your audience engaged and excited about your brand. More and more companies have adopted the use of Facebook contests to better track participation and engagement.

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Contests are a popular marketing tactic for businesses on Facebook.

With so many companies using contests, even if you’ve read 9 Tips for Running Successful Facebook Contests, it can be hard to differentiate yourself. Your Facebook fans are pummeled with tons of advertisements and other promotions. So it’s important to stand out against your competitors.

Simply giving out a free iPad or a gift card isn’t enough to attract the attention of social followers.

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How B2B Marketers are Benefiting from Facebook

social media case studiesThe story of Apollo 13 astronauts trying desperately to get back to Earth after a failed mission has a lesson for B2B marketers.

Astronauts used the moon’s gravitational pull to slingshot them so they had enough power left to get back to Earth.

B2B marketers: Facebook is your moon.

In the 2012 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, B2B marketers reported that they were far more likely to increase their use of LinkedIn and blogging than Facebook in the coming year.

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How to Triple Your YouTube Video Views With Facebook

social media how toDo you want more people to watch your YouTube videos?

Are you looking for an easy way to improve the quality of the content you share on Facebook?

All you need is some great content and a cool Facebook technique that I recently discovered.

A Quick Overview

This technique lets you automatically attach your videos to the updates that appear on Facebook after someone likes content on your website.

By leveraging Facebook’s Open Graph and using this technique, I’ve seen phenomenal results!

I shared this tactic with a brand operating in the travel industry and they generated more than one million aggregated views of their product videos on YouTube (and significant website traffic) in a matter of weeks.

marmara open graph exposure

By integrating this Open Graph tactic, Marmara, a French travel company, generated 93K likes on its website, which in turn generated 13 million impressions of their videos in the Facebook newsfeed! Not to mention the 16K clicks they got back to their website. All in just 2 weeks and for free.

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