17 Ways Marketers Can Leverage Facebook Graph Search

social media how toAre you using Facebook Graph Search as a marketing power tool?

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
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Examples of Facebook search queries.

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.

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How to Target Only Your Customers With Facebook

social media how toWhat if you could reach your existing customers while they’re on Facebook?

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.

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How do you build your brand's image on Facebook?

What’s a Custom Audience?

Your business undoubtedly has a database of customers. You may be using that database to keep email addresses, phone numbers, Facebook user IDs and app user IDs.

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4 Easy Steps to Implement a Facebook Marketing Strategy

social media how toDo you have a Facebook marketing strategy?

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.

Once you have done these things, you can begin to integrate your Facebook marketing with your overall marketing plan.

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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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