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.
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?
Heads up, page admins! As of October 1st, Facebook announced that any iFrame page tabs not hosted on a secure server under HTTPS will not be displayed to users browsing under HTTPS. This article will tell you what you need to do.
According to Facebook’s Cat Lee, “The content will not be accessible for users with secure browsing turned on. There will be a page that states something close to: This app does not support secure browsing.”
To help page admins locate a budget-friendly and secure hosting solution for their page tabs, I did some digging and located some great hosting companies offering low-cost secure hosting solutions.
There are certainly others, and I have provided some guidelines for making the right hosting choice. I have also laid out some of the basics of hosting and security certificates.
Facebook and Secure Browsing (HTTPS)
In February, Facebook introduced the “Secure Browsing (HTTPS)” option. Since then, when browsing under HTTPS, any page tab content not hosted securely displays a popup with a warning that the page is not secure. Users have to click on the popup before viewing the tab content.
Page tab creators had the option of providing a “Secure Page URL” to display to HTTPS users. As of October 1, a secure URL is mandatory, and page tabs not hosted securely will no longer be displayed to users browsing under HTTPS.
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The Power of Facebook Integration
In this article I’ll reveal a number of applications that make it very easy to add functionality to your Facebook page.
Custom Tabs: What You Need to Know
You may have seen some Welcome pages on Facebook that encourage new visitors to Like the page. You may even be given an incentive such as a free report or, in Tim Ferriss’ case, a free chapter of his book. This is sometimes referred to as fan-gating, meaning only fans see special content.
On Thursday, February 10, Facebook finally pulled the trigger and announced the updated layout of Facebook pages. They made the change to bring them more in line with the recently redesigned personal profiles and to provide a more consistent user experience.
As with any major change to the Facebook user experience, the new design and features were accompanied by complaints, but overall, were well received.
Many have asked me how sites like Threadless are able to add multiple Like buttons and comments to their Fan page, allowing visitors to buy, Like and comment on any t-shirt on their Shop tab.
Well, it turns out it’s actually quite easy, using the fb:comments FBML tag.
Using fb:comments, you can add a Like button and comment boxes in multiple places on your Facebook tabs and, optionally, each can be accompanied by a user comments section. This provides more avenues for fans to interact with, and share, your content.
That’s because the vast majority of consumer Facebook interactions don’t occur on your fan page, but rather in the newsfeeds of your fans. In fact, research from Jeff Widman of Facebook fan page consultancy BrandGlue (and a presenter at Facebook Success Summit) estimates that 199 out of every 200 interactions (99.5%) come from the user’s wall (or newsfeeds). This means that almost nobody is coming back to your fan page after they visit it the first time.
Well, look no further. In this episode of Social Media Examiner TV, Mari Smith shares her favorite Facebook apps and explains what they can do for your business.
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