How to Use Facebook to Sell Your Products and Services

social media toolsHave you leveraged the power of Facebook to sell your products and services?

Or maybe you’ve wondered if you should start a store on Facebook…

Many businesses are using Facebook to sell.

Check out these three ways your business can leverage a Facebook page to sell products and make it easier for your customers to buy from you.

#1: Create a Seamless Store Experience on Facebook With a Landing Page App

Before you start selling on Facebook, you’ll need to create a Facebook page and not a Facebook profile.

Using a Facebook page for business not only keeps you in compliance with Facebook’s Terms of Service, but also affords you additional benefits that aren’t available with profiles. For instance, with a page you can add a custom tab using a Facebook landing page app so you can build an online store.

The benefits of using third-party landing page apps.

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10 Ways to Use Your Personal Facebook Profile for Business

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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.

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You can't use your Facebook personal profile strictly for business.

However, there are many ways you can leverage the activities in your personal profile to benefit your business and build relationships with current and past customers.

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6 Creative Ways to Use Embedded Facebook Posts

social media how toWould you like more people to see your Facebook posts?

Have you used Facebook’s new feature to embed posts on your website or blog?

Embedding Facebook updates on your website can help you increase visibility and engagement.

How can you creatively use embedded posts as a part of your Facebook marketing strategy?

Let’s find out!

Here’s How It Works

Twitter isn’t the only embeddable social media. In July, Facebook announced the ability to embed public posts onto your website with a few lines of code.

You can embed most public posts from a personal profile or a page. To do so, go to your news feed, profile or page and click on the drop-down arrow at the top right of the post. You’ll see the option to embed the post.

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Locating the Facebook embed post option.

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8 Ways to Improve Your Facebook Engagement

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Are you looking for fun ways to get your Facebook fans engaged?

Wondering how other pages are developing their posts to increase likes, shares and comments?

In this article I’ll show you eight examples of how to create Facebook posts that drive more engagement on your Facebook page.

#1: Solve Problems With Photos

Posts with a simple image and a caption that shows fans the solution to a problem or a way to improve their daily lives receive marked engagement.

Whole Foods uses this post tactic to encourage fan discussions about product-related solutions to common problems.

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Whole Foods boosts engagement by sharing lifestyle tips.

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New Facebook Contest and Promotion Rules: What You Need to Know

social media how toHave Facebook rules stopped you from running contests on your Facebook wall in the past?

Are you wondering how the new Facebook promotion changes might benefit your business?

Facebook has made a huge shift in how they allow contests to be run.

Keep reading to discover what your options are and how other businesses are responding to these new changes.

What’s New

For years, Facebook has been saying that promotions and contests needed to be run through an application and not on your timeline (or wall, as we used to call it).

You were not allowed to ask people to like or comment on a picture or a post to be entered to win.

But now that has all changed.

Facebook announced on August 27 that they’ve changed their Pages Terms to make it “easier for businesses of all sizes to create and administer promotions on Facebook.” They’re allowing pages to run contests and promotions on their own timelines (you cannot run contests on a personal timeline). Per Facebook, businesses can now:

  • Collect entries by having users post on the page or comment/like a page post
  • Collect entries by having users message the page
  • Utilize likes as a voting mechanism

Now businesses with a Facebook page have a lot more options and can run a contest very quickly and easily by posting text or a photo and asking people to comment and/or like it.

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Facebook News Feed Updates: How Marketers Should Respond to Story Bump

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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.

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Stories can get bumped up higher depending on several factors.

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How to Use the New Facebook Insights

social media how toDo you rely on Facebook Insights to track the performance of your Facebook page?

Are you wondering how the new Insights can help you refine your Facebook activities?

In this article, I’ll give you a tour of the new Facebook Insights and the data you’ll find there, so you’re better equipped to support your marketing goals with Facebook.

What’s New With Facebook Insights?

Facebook Insights has long been valued by successful marketers as a source of data that can help drive strategic marketing decisions. Until recently, the bulk of that valuable data was accessible only through the export of clumsy, difficult-to-navigate spreadsheet files that often buried key metrics.

Thankfully, Facebook has refreshed the web version of Insights to bring you clear data sets that are presented in easier-to-navigate graphs that are highly dynamic and customizable. New features include:

  • Benchmarking
  • Easy start and end date slider
  • When your fans are online feature
  • Best post types feature
  • Comparisons vs. general Facebook audience
  • Advanced filtering
  • Addition of Post Clicks stat

Keep reading to discover more…

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How to Improve Your Marketing With Facebook Apps

social media how toWant to grow your email list or drive more people to your business?

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?

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Facebook Contests: How to Get Your Fans Excited

Have you ever run a Facebook contest?

Are you wondering if you should use them for your business?

To learn about Facebook contests, I interview Andrea Vahl for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

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 Andrea Vahl, co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies. She regularly writes about Facebook for Social Media Examiner (in fact she was our community manager for 2 years), and has an alter-ego known online as Grandma Mary.

Andrea shares how a Facebook contest can work for your page and your business.

You’ll learn about the different contests available and what contest apps to use.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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