Got Fake Facebook Fans? How to Protect Your Facebook Page

social media how to Do you have fake fans on your Page?

Do you know how to tell?

In February, Facebook announced that it had 1.23 billion monthly active users and up to 11.2% of those users are fake.

In this article I’ll tell you how to spot fake Facebook fans and what to do about them.

Fake Fans Hurt Engagement

Facebook has been actively trying to get rid of spam and phony profiles since early 2012, but like weeds, they keep coming back.

When Facebook detects spammy comments on your Page or likes from fake Facebook accounts (whether purchased or not), they remove your Page updates from the news feed. You end up losing a significant part (if not all) of your reach and engagement.

In mid-2013 and early 2014, Facebook made big changes to their news feed algorithm in an attempt to filter out spammy and poor-quality content. Pages that provide the most relevant content and have high true engagement have the best chance of appearing prominently in the news feed.

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Facebook has been fighting spammers and fake profiles for years.

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10 Changes to the Facebook Page Layout: What Marketers Need to Know

social media how to Have you noticed some big changes in your Facebook Page layout?

Do you know where to find everything?

Earlier this year, Facebook announced a new design for Facebook Pages. It took a while to roll out, but most Page admins had it by June.

In this article you’ll discover 10 changes to your Facebook Page layout.

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Find out what you need to know about the latest changes to Facebook’s Pages layout.

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Facebook Ads: Creative Application to Help Your Marketing

Have you been pondering using Facebook ads to promote your business?

Did you know you can target your website visitors with Facebook ads?

To learn how you can use Facebook ads to market your business, I interview Rick Mulready for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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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 Rick Mulready, who is the host of the Inside Social Media Podcast—a show where he interviews successful social media marketers. Rick also teaches courses on Facebook ads.

Rick shares creative and inexpensive ways to use Facebook ads to market your business.

You’ll discover useful ways to use remarketing, how to add the remarketing pixel to your website and tools to help manage your Facebook ads.

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How to Use the Facebook Pages to Watch to Track Competitors

social media how toDo you know what your competitors are doing on Facebook?

Have you used the Facebook Pages to Watch feature?

Comparing what other Pages are doing on Facebook can give you useful information on current trends.

In this article you’ll discover how to track what’s working for other pages and adapt your own Facebook tactics accordingly.

Why Pages to Watch

The Pages to Watch feature in Facebook Insights allows you to watch other Facebook pages so you can compare their activity, engagement and audience growth to your own.

Pages to Watch is particularly handy if you want to see what’s working for your competitors or similar niche pages. You can see exactly what content they’re posting, how often they’re posting and when they’re posting—and the resulting engagement. Armed with that information, you can tailor your own updates accordingly.

You can watch any brand page on Facebook you want—you don’t even have to like the page. If you have 100 to 10,000 fans, you can create a list of up to 100 pages to watch.

Most page admins won’t need to watch that many pages, but it’s nice to have one place to keep track of your top competitors or brands that inspire you.

How to Set Up Pages to Watch

To find the Pages to Watch feature, go Insights and click on Overview. Scroll down the page to the Add Pages section (it’s just below the Your 5 Most Recent Posts box).

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Facebook Pages to Watch monitors other pages’ content.

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How to Retarget Content to Facebook Custom Audiences

social media how toHave you considered using Facebook to reach your existing customers or those who visit your website?

Have you tried Facebook’s custom audience options?

Retargeting to the right audience is a must if you want to see more conversions from your Facebook ads.

In this article you’ll discover four Facebook custom audiences you can create to retarget your content to the most relevant Facebook audience.

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Retarget content to a your audience with Facebook Custom Audiences.

Why Retargeted Content?

The goal of retargeted content (also known as remarketing) is to place your brand top of mind. Common strategies remarket to people who have already visited your website.

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How to Schedule and Edit Facebook Posts Using Facebook

social media how toDo you want to save time by scheduling your Facebook posts?

Do you know how to edit a post once it’s scheduled?

Scheduling your posts works well when you can’t be online 24 hours a day, but what happens when you need to make a change?

In this article you’ll discover how to schedule and edit your Facebook posts (using Facebook) to save you time.

#1: Schedule Posts

Facebook’s scheduling feature can be a lifesaver when you have basic updates to share over a period of time or if you’ll be out of the office. Instead of tediously going into Facebook every day (possibly a few times every day), you can type in your update, customize a few settings, hit Schedule and you’re done!

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Save time by scheduling your posts in Facebook.

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How to Use Facebook to Increase Leads

social media how toDo you want to make Facebook a profitable marketing medium for your business?

Is Facebook bringing you the leads you’re looking for?

A few simple tweaks to your Facebook marketing can bring in more business.

In this article you’ll discover four ways companies are using Facebook to increase leads.

#1: Optimize the Cover Photo

There is an entire branch of analytics known as eye tracking and it’s dedicated to tracking and reporting what people look at on a web page. Most people spend the majority of their time on the top 1/3 of the page (many times without even realizing it).

The red indicates the section of the web page with the most views and reaffirms that content above the fold is the most viewed.

Not surprisingly, eye-tracking studies on Facebook pages have similar results.

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Your page’s cover photo gets the most attention.

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How to Split Test Facebook Posts and Facebook Ads

social media how toDo you use split testing?

Did you know you can split test both your Facebook Page posts and your Facebook ads?

Split testing (also known as A/B testing) is the best way to make sure every status update gets maximum engagement and every ad is optimized for conversions.

In this article I’ll share how to split test Facebook posts and ads.

Why Split Test Facebook Posts and Ads?

Split testing compares two similar but different versions of something (e.g., a Facebook post or ad, landing page design, etc.). When each version is published, you track its performance and determine which one provides the best results related to your goals. You keep the one that’s working.

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Find out what you need to know about AB Testing on Facebook.

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3 Facebook Targeting Options Marketers Need to Know

social media how toDo you want to lower your Facebook ad costs and increase conversions?

What if you had hundreds of micro-targeting options at your fingertips?

Meeting and exceeding your advertising goals rely on reaching the audience most likely to convert.

In this article you’ll discover three Facebook targeting options that help you pinpoint the best audience for your ads.

Refine Ad Targeting With Facebook Data

As Facebook continues to evolve and strives to increase profits for its shareholders, it has slowly been rolling out a variety of advertising options to deliver a better experience for its advertisers.

The crux of those efforts is offering precise demographic targeting.

In early 2013, news began circulating that Facebook was teaming up with some very powerful data giants (Epsilon, Acxiom and Datalogix) to allow brands greater access to a vast amount of audience data. These three data giants not only tap into shopper loyalty programs, but also consumer purchase habits, demographic information and a host of other options from both online and offline consumer activity.

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You can now target people who are interested in vacationing in Idaho.

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