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social media toolsDo you want to publish longer posts on Facebook?

Have you tried Facebook Notes?

Facebook Notes now lets profile owners add a cover image, format text and resize photos, then share their notes with anyone.

In this article you’ll discover how to create Facebook Notes and use them in your marketing mix.

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Discover how to use Facebook Notes for marketing.

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How to Use Facebook Notes for Marketing

Facebook recently updated their Notes feature for personal profiles, so content creators are able to share long-form content. Facebook pages also have the option to add Notes, although the interface for pages has not yet been updated.

Whether you market from a personal profile or a business page, there are a lot of great ways to use Facebook Notes.

For instance, write a note that summarizes your latest blog post. Link the note to the original post to drive traffic back to your website. Another option is to create a note with supplementary content. Link the blog post to your note and vice versa.

Use notes to communicate with current and potential customers. Post a Facebook note as an extended bio about yourself or your business. Create a note to introduce a new product or service, and link it to the landing page on your website for that product or service.

facebook note from robert scoble profile

Robert Scoble uses Notes to promote new products and features from Rackspace, and to drive traffic to the company blog.

Also, post notes to inform your fans of important news about your business or industry, as well as update customers on a current situation or crisis your business is handling.

Plus, create notes to share additional details about current Facebook contests or promotions. You may also want to write a Facebook note to recognize your top Facebook fans or customers.

Before you decide to use Facebook Notes in lieu of a blog on your website, there are some important points to consider.

First, you never know when Facebook may change its mind and take out the Notes app, in which case you could lose a lot of content. Even if you could back up the notes, you’d still lose all of the engagement.

Second, all of the benefits of your content marketing (traffic, backlinks, social shares, etc.) would be directed to Facebook instead of your website.

Third, there is no way to customize. On your blog, you can use your website’s main menu, sidebar, post footers and pop-ups to get people to opt into your mailing list, submit contact forms and purchase products. With a Facebook note, you only have the option to include a text link back to your website and hope people click through.

Here’s how to create your own Facebook notes on profiles and business pages.

Create Notes on Facebook Profiles

To access Facebook Notes on your personal profile, click on the More link beneath your personal profile cover photo.

facebook profile dropdown menu

Click the More drop-down to manage your profile sections.

If you don’t see Notes in this list, you will need to click on the Manage Sections option. There, you will be able to check the box next to Notes to activate the feature on your profile.

facebook profile manage sections feature

Select Manage Sections and check Notes to activate the feature on your personal profile.

Once activated, Facebook Notes will appear in your More drop-down.

facebook profile dropdown showing notes option

After you activate the section, Facebook Notes will appear in your personal profile menu.

To create a new note for your Facebook personal profile, click on the + Add Note button at the top right of the Notes interface.

facebook profile add notes option

Use the + Add Note button to add a new note to your Facebook personal profile.

This will bring up the new Facebook Notes Editor.

facebook profile notes editor

When you add a note, Facebook redirects you to the Notes Editor.

Using this editor, add a header photo for your note, edit the title, write text and insert photos. Hover over the lines icon, which will pop up to the left of your cursor, to access formatting elements for the body of the note.

facebook profile notes editor formatting menu

Hover your mouse over the lines icon to the left of your cursor to access formatting elements.

Highlight specific text to access additional options.

facebook profile notes editor formatting text

Highlight text and receive additional formatting options.

At the bottom of the Notes Editor, there’s the option to delete your note, update the privacy settings, save the note as a draft or publish it.

facebook profile notes publish options

Actions for your note are at the bottom of the note editor.

Once you publish your note, an update will be added to your timeline, and will be shown to your connections in the news feed, based on your privacy settings. Your note will also appear in the Notes box in your personal profile’s left sidebar.

published facebook profile note

Your published note will appear in the news feed and be accessible from the left sidebar.

Edit your note at any time. Just click on the Edit Note button on the top right of your note.

published facebook profile note

To edit the published version of your note, click on Edit in the top right.

Friends will be able to like, comment and share your note from the news feed update or on the note itself.

published facebook profile note

Like, comment on and share the note.

Set your note’s privacy to public, like this one, and share the link with anyone. Even those who are not logged into Facebook will be able to read it.

Manage Existing Notes

If you created notes in the past on your personal profile, or if people created notes and tagged you in them, they will also appear in the left sidebar of your personal profile.

published facebook profile notes in sidebar

Actual Facebook notes appear in the left sidebar of your personal profile.

To access the Notes interface, either click on Notes in your profile menu or in the left sidebar. From there, you will be able to manage the notes you have created and those where you have been tagged.

If you’d like to remove a tag or hide a tagged note from your personal profile, click on the note and select the appropriate option.

published facebook profile notes tag management

Manage tagged notes for your personal profile.

Keep in mind that once you hide the notes from your timeline or remove your tag, you will not be able to access them again from your profile.

Create Notes on Facebook Pages

You can create notes for your Facebook pages; however, they still use the old Notes interface.

notes on a facebook page

Notes on Facebook pages still use the old interface.

To access your page’s notes, go to the page settings. Click on the Apps link in the left sidebar. Then add the Notes app.

add notes feature to a facebook page

Go to App Settings to add the Notes feature to your Facebook business page.

Notes will move up to the Added Apps section. Click on the Go to App link to access your page notes.

notes feature added to a facebook page

Facebook Notes will appear in Added Apps after you add it. Click Go to App to access Notes.

You will see any notes you’ve published, as well as drafts you’ve saved, in the Notes interface. To add a new note, click the + Write Note button.

notes feature interface

On the Notes interface for pages, view published and draft notes or write a new note.

There are a few differences between the Notes Editor for personal profiles and business pages. For instance, the pages editor does not allow a cover photo, centered image captions or header tags.

To add links you must use the full URL or HTML code. When you upload photos beneath the note, they are represented by a snippet of code within the text.

adding a note to a business page

The Notes interface for Facebook pages looks different than the one for your profile. Links must be added as code or with the full URL, and images are uploaded below the text.

Your note will look different once published.

note published to a business page

Your published note will have the option to edit.

Like notes published on your personal profile, you’ll get a URL to share the note with others. However, there is no privacy option for pages, so all notes can be viewed publicly.

While the Notes interface for pages is less modern and has fewer editing options than the interface for personal profiles, it produces similar results.

Plus, pages have the added bonus of an RSS feed for their notes.

In Conclusion

Notes are easy to create and look nice in your Facebook feed. There are lots of great ways you can use Facebook notes on your personal profile and business page for Facebook marketing.

Need inspiration? Visit the Notes news feed to see the latest notes your friends have published. To find notes that have been indexed by Google, do a Google search for a specific keyword along with site:facebook.com/notes/.

What do you think? Do you use Facebook notes on your personal profile or page? What has been your experience? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Lilieth V. Harris

    Will give this a try!

  • Let’s call Facebook Notes what they are – half-assed posts.

    Folks, why are you wasting your audience’s time? Put some time and effort and maybe even some thought into your posts.

    Notes are for high school students.

  • I manage a page and have posted a couple of Facebook notes such as the organization’s Facebook guidelines, helpful tips, how to support the organization, etc. Sadly, some people don’t read them. I’m always referring people to the posts. As a page manager, it becomes annoying to constantly write, “People! Read the Facebook Note!” Okay, I don’t write that. But I do refer visitors to a particular Facebook Note. 🙂

  • I think the features that are described in the profile as opposed to the business pages are more effective. However, I do have a note that links my eBook for virtual assistants (a freebie) to an outside link to download now. And why not?

  • Ellen Hall

    I will have try for Facebook notes and I thought there is something which can result oriented for us. Great Efforts Hines Keep it up!!

  • Suresh Thakur

    Exactly this is all about experimentation and Facebook Notes deserves at least one try. Great Kristi keep it up, love the post.

  • I’ve had pretty good luck with people reading and sharing the few notes I’ve written in the past and I’m always up for a little experimenting so I’m definitely going to give this a try. In fact I have a book going on sale this weekend so that’s as good a reason to experiment as anything … and since you can share the note anywhere I’ll share it on my page so those followers can see the new format as well. Thanks for the inspiration Kristi!

  • It depends on how you use them. I’m not a fan of moving your blog over to Notes, but I have seen lots of people who make some really insightful content on them.

  • Yeah, usually after you initially post it, promoting it gets a little tricky. It becomes like promoting a post on your blog, but a little more confusing because the link goes to Facebook.

  • Exactly! 🙂

  • Thanks Ellen! 🙂

  • Thanks Suresh! 🙂

  • You’re welcome Marquita! 🙂

  • Monique Moss

    I use Notes for directory listings on my business page..however the Notes tab can only be viewed when using FB on a desktop or laptop comouter. It would REALLY be helpful if it was viewable on themobile pages app!!!!

  • Saumya Ganguly

    Are Facebook Notes for pages still working? I am not being able to create notes or edit existing ones on Facebook Pages. I think it hardly makes sense to use Notes in the personal profile if I want to use them to market my business.

  • Gregory Karpinsky

    I see “visibility:hidden” in CSS when I try to write a note on pages. Looks like a FB bug.

  • treb072410

    Thanks for sharing.. Great post!

  • Katie Bradley

    I don’t see the value in notes since you cannot promote for wider reach.

  • They should still be working – you may have to enable them using the Apps in your page settings.

  • You can promote notes just like you would a blog post, assuming you make it public. You can grab a URL specific to the note and promote it everywhere.

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  • Saumya Ganguly

    Oh, I see the app all right. I can open up a new note and write the title. But I can not type anything into the main body of the note. I can open up an earlier note in the edit mode. But the body of the note blanks out. Note that this is happening in Notes for Facebook Pages.

  • Keir Briscoe

    I noticed that if you apply a format to text you can not remove that format, so if you change a piece of text to block quote, you are not able to put it back to regular text, you have to remove and replace it. Unless I am totally missing something that is.

  • This post is a nice in-depth discussion about Notes – What I wonder, though, do Notes really have any benefit over creating the content for your website, then linking to it, while changing up your comment, title, image, description, etc.

    As an SEO pro, I don’t see posting Notes on Facebook as maximizing the value or lifespan of the content.

    A Social Media Examiner post would be nice – discussing, in-depth, the types of content that are proven more effective as Facebook Notes, rather than website content

  • I gave this a try, both on my Profile and on my Page. I really like the feature. I posted two entirely different Notes, since my friends are a lot of authors, and my fans are readers, and therefore two different audiences with different concerns.
    BTW, the updated Notes app was available on my Page, which was a good thing 🙂

  • I saw notes pop back up a few weeks ago. I was kind of surprised that they resurrected this feature, but glad. I used to use notes all the time!!

  • I think what Katie was referring to is the fact that you can’t boost Notes using Facebook advertising!

  • Good ideas for things I haven’t thought of. I only use my facebook profile for personal stuff. But if it’s was added to my business pages would be better. I love Facebook Notes though.

  • I am going to start using notes, never really paid it much attention till I seen the interface, the blog style posts look clean and modern, thanks for the Blog post, I learned loads about Facebook notes.

  • Marek Didak

    You can share your note and boost this shared note.