Creating a Facebook Page – Step 3: Add Posts to Your Wall

Now that you have selected the appropriate category for your Facebook page and updated the Info section, now you’re ready to begin providing some seed content to your Facebook wall. One of the easiest ways to get some content on your wall immediately is to share your latest blog posts.

To share a newly posted blog post or content from your website, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to Wall.
  2. Click “Link”
  3. Copy and paste the newly posted blog link from your website
  4. Click “Attach”
  5. Under “Say something about this link”, be sure to type an enticing description to increase click through rates to your site
  6. Finally, click “Share”

An example is below:

Share Blog Posts on Facebook

As you increase Facebook fans and followers, your regular news updates will appear in their news feeds. If your fans likes or shares the story, the rest of their contacts will be exposed to the content in their news feeds as well – hopefully increasing your traffic even further.

This is short and sweet but definitely one of the easiest ways to begin populating your Facebook Page with useful content until a full editorial calendar can be developed.

Next up, step 4 of your Facebook Page creation – preventing comment abuse.

Facebook Marketing Ideas – 5 Tips to Generate Business Leads

Businesses have discovered Facebook in a big way, and are becoming quite adept at establishing their presence on the social network, both as a way to broadcast their messages, and also as a way to engage and interact with customers, or “fans.” However, only the savviest recognize Facebook as a way to generate leads.

Establish your B2B presence on Facebook, by all means, but don’t miss out on the opportunity for lead generation as well. Below are five simple ways to accomplish just that.

1. Link Your Content to Your Facebook Wall

The very first thing you need to do is to create links on your Wall back to your own content, thus providing your Facebook fans a way to convert into leads. The best way to do this is to establish a conversion form on the landing page, which will lead to some kind of downloadable content, such as a Webinar, or an eBook.

2. Use iFrames to Embed Call-to-Action (CTA) buttons

You used to be able to add CTA buttons on the sidebar of your profile in Facebook, but that is no longer an option. No worries—use iFrames to add custom tabs with CTAs, and then make sure they point fans to your landing pages for your special offers and downloadable information.

3. Increase Your Fans

According to a recent study, there is a direct correlation with the number of leads a company’s page generates and the number of Facebook fans they have. Think of it this way, every new fan you acquire and every “Like” you get represents a potential new customer and therefore a new lead. Hold contests or ask questions to generate more “Likes” and consider adding a button on your own Website that will link your customers to Facebook and recruit more fans.

4. Add Like and Share Buttons.

Make it as easy as you can for others to spread the word about your content and business by adding a share button to your content pages, allowing them to link your content back to their own networks. Along the same lines, add a Like plugin to all of your content as well, increasing your visibility and thus your leads.

5. Make it Difficult to Not Convert

What if you could offer conversion opportunities to your fans without ever requiring them to leave Facebook to do it? There is a way! Create an app for their customers that present fans with a conversion form immediately upon clicking Like, which will consequently increase your opportunities for generating leads. This is very innovative, and worth the download.

Have any tips of your own? Leave them in the comments!

Creating a Facebook Page – Step 2: Completing The Info Section

So after step 1, you’ve set up your Facebook page in the most appropriate category. Step 2 involves building out the “info” section of your Facebook page. Think of this section as the foundational content of your Facebook Page. The simplest way to configure your Facebook page is to follow the steps in the “Get Started” page. While this section will vary slightly depending on the chosen category, an example screenshot is below:

Facebook Info Section Template

At minimum, be sure your Facebook page has at least one photo and a few sentences listed in the “Info” section. For more of an impact, follow these step 2 tips for the strongest impact on social media optimization.

Facebook Page Info Section

Your “Info” – This section is vital in providing your Facebook users a place to visit should they want to know more about you, your website, or your company. Think of the info section as your “online Facebook resume”. With that in mind, it should list the following important details:

Artist, Band or Public Figure

  • Address – what area are your serving? Are you local or national? If you have a valid address, users will be able to check into your location.
  • Affiliation – List any appropriate affiliations such as a band, organization or team.
  • Birthday – Update your birth date to enjoy a plethora of well wishers congratulating your on your day of birth.
  • About – What are you about – why do you have your own Facebook page?
  • Biography – Fill in your biographic details
  • Awards – Everyone wants to work with a prestigious individual. Have any accolades or awards worth noting? Add them in this section.
  • Gender – this one should be pretty easy 🙂
  • Personal Information – If you are a public figure, most are probably familiar with your celebrity life but what about some personal information folks might not know – that can be added here.
  • Personal Interests – What do you enjoy for fun or perhaps hobbies can be added here.
  • E-mail Address – Supply your official email address. This is vital for press inquiries as well as interested fans or clients. Note* I would advise against supplying your personal e-mail address, rather opt for something like ‘info@yourwebsite.com’ or ‘contact@yourwebsite.com’.
  • Website Address – What is your official website URL? This will be important as one of the first opportunities to drive Facebook traffic to your website.
  • Phone Number – If you have a toll free number or phone lines for incoming customers, then provide them in this section of your Facebook page.

Company, Organization or Institution

  • Founded – Established companies can carry a little bit more ‘trust’ for users. Be sure to add in your foundation date.
  • Address – what area are your serving? Are you local or national? If you have a valid address, users will be able to check into your location.
  • About – What are you or your business all about?
  • Company Overview – Provide a quick synopsis of your company or website.
  • Description – This area provides an opportunity to describe in detail your content and services offered.
  • Mission – What is the company or website’s mission statement? Add it here.
  • Awards – Everyone wants to work with a prestigious company or individual. Have any accolades or awards worth noting? Add them in this section.
  • Products – If you are selling something, what products are you selling? If you are offering services instead of selling products, you can list your services in detail. At the end of this list. add a link to your site where they can contact you and discuss project proposals in detail.
  • E-mail Address – Supply your official email address of your company. This is vital for press inquiries as well as interested clients. Note* I would advise against supplying your personal e-mail address, rather opt for something like ‘info@yourwebsite.com’ or ‘contact@yourwebsite.com’.
  • Website Address – What is your official website URL? This will be important as one of the first opportunities to drive Facebook traffic to your website.
  • Phone Number – If you have a toll free number or phone lines for incoming customers, then provide them in this section of your Facebook page.

Local Business or Place

  • Address – what area are your serving? Are you local or national? If you have a valid address, users will be able to check into your location.
  • Hours – For local business, feel free to update your hours of operation.
  • About – What are you or your business all about?
  • General Information – This area provides an opportunity to describe in detail your content and services offered as well as a quick synopsis of your company or website.
  • Price Range – For those selling products, this option allows for a notation of product price points.
  • Parking – Also specific to local business profiles is the option to supply details on parking options.
  • Public Transit – Add any local public transit details here.
  • E-mail Address – Supply your official email address of your company. This is vital for press inquiries as well as interested clients. Note* I would advise against supplying your personal e-mail address, rather opt for something like ‘info@yourwebsite.com’ or ‘contact@yourwebsite.com’.
  • Website Address – What is your official website URL? This will be important as one of the first opportunities to drive Facebook traffic to your website.
  • Phone Number – If you have a toll free number or phone lines for incoming customers, then provide them in this section of your Facebook page.

Brands and Products

  • Founded – Established companies can carry a little bit more ‘trust’ for users. Be sure to add in your foundation date.
  • Release Date – for products specifically, add in your products original release date
  • Address – what area are your serving? Are you local or national? If you have a valid address, users will be able to check into your location.
  • Hours – For local business, feel free to update your hours of operation.
  • About – What are you or your business all about?
  • Company Overview – Provide a quick synopsis of your company or website.
  • Description – This area provides an opportunity to describe in detail your content and services offered.
  • Mission – What is the company or website’s mission statement? Add it here.
  • Awards – Everyone wants to work with a prestigious company or individual. Have any accolades or awards worth noting? Add them in this section.
  • Products – If you are selling something, what products are you selling? If you are offering services instead of selling products, you can list your services in detail. At the end of this list. add a link to your site where they can contact you and discuss project proposals in detail.
  • E-mail Address – Supply your official email address of your company. This is vital for press inquiries as well as interested clients. Note* I would advise against supplying your personal e-mail address, rather opt for something like ‘info@yourwebsite.com’ or ‘contact@yourwebsite.com’.
  • Website Address – What is your official website URL? This will be important as one of the first opportunities to drive Facebook traffic to your website.
  • Phone Number – If you have a toll free number or phone lines for incoming customers, then provide them in this section of your Facebook page.

While you probably noticed a number of similarities across all of these profiles, there are some slight nuances that help customize each category. Be sure to take advantage of these options to provide the best overview for your followers! Stay tuned for Part 3 – Adding the first posts to your wall.

Creating a Facebook Page – Step 1: Choosing a Category

With the incredible growth of Facebook, if you own a business or website, it makes sense to create a Facebook page in order to take advantage of the potential traffic. At this point, don’t worry if you are just getting started or do not have any fans or likes. If you are confident you can create quality content and present it properly, the number of people that will like your site and join the community will naturally increase.

To get started, visit this page. Note that there are a handful of options to choose from depending on what type of page you are looking to create. This is step 1 in creating a Facebook Page – be sure to select the most appropriate category to avoid future mistakes and confusion on the part of your Facebook fans.

Follow these tips to properly select your Facebook page type:

Company, Organization or Institution

If the Facebook page is being created for business purposes and you have a need to establish reputation and identity with the rest of your friends or visitors on Facebook you need to select “Company, Organization or Institution”. This will allow you to list your own company or business directly in your personal Facebook profile. To do so, log into your Facebook account, then click “Profile”. Once there, click “Edit Profile” then go to “Education and Work”. You can then list your company under “Employer”. The good thing about this method is that after saving the changes, your friends and visitors can see this link in your profile. When this link is clicked, the visitor will land on your Facebook page. Mercedes is a great example of a Company Facebook Profile.

Company or Organization Facebook Page Example

Artist, Band or Public Figure

Perhaps, Myspace is better known for their affinity for band pages and music in general, however, if you are looking to grow fans and community for a musical artist or band, then select “Artist, Band or Public Figure”. This Facebook page option allows the musical artist or band to upload music as well as the ability for fans to share music with their network of friends, etc. This feature is not available in other types of Facebook Pages. Eminem has grown quite a community on Facebook with over 46 million likes.

Band, Public Figure Facebook Page Example

Cause or Community

For non-profit websites created for charity and community, you can select “Cause or Community”. These pages were especially helpful during some of the recent tragedies such as the Haiti Earthquake. The American Red Cross pops to mind as one such Cause or Community page that is doing a great job.

Cause or Community Facebook Page Example

Entertainment

Looking to increase fans for a TV show, TV channel, concert or sporting event? The Entertainment Facebook Page is your ideal choice. One of my favorite examples is HBO:

Entertainment Facebook Page Example

Brand or Product

If you are looking to market a specific brand or product such as clothing, appliances, food or beverages than the Brand or Product Facebook page is the ideal choice. While there are a lot of choices to choose from in this category, I like how Skittles has really embraced the Facebook community growing fans to over 19 million and consistently engaging with comments and creating content on their wall.

Brand or Product Facebook Page Example

Local Business or Place

Does your business serve a localized cliental? This option is ideal for local bars/restaurants, hotels, religious institutions, local monuments, etc. You will have the option to add your address and local phone number. The example below, shows how 24 Hour Fitness utilizes individual Local Business pages to market to members of each of their localized fitness clubs.

Local Business Facebook Page Example

Look for an overview of step 2 coming soon! By the way, what are some of your favorite Facebook pages?

Facebook and Social Networking Tools for Mac

Looking for places to market your products or services? While Facebook is the clear leader in targeting and reach, be sure not to overlook additional social networking sites such as Twitter and YouTube!

Just what is a social networking site and how can it help you?

It is a place on the Web where people of all ages go to chat with friends, interact with associates, or just browse. Such sites can be used to interact with people in all fields of interest, but they seem to be a particular lure for young people.

It’s not hard to see how a social networking site can help to market an online business. If your business were offline, you would want to place your ads in areas where the greatest number of people could see them, such as in a shopping mall. Simple put, a social networking site is a lot like a mall.

Social networking sites appeal particularly to young people and those with plenty of disposable income. This is probably the reason why bands and other entertainers have such a strong presence on the social networks. Authors, software developers, game makers, really, people from any industry can be found there. If you want to reach a target audience, you will go where the people are. After all, Twitter has 200 million members as of this writing and Facebook has 600 million. Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at!

The right way and a wrong way to utilize the social networking websites.

Like other places on the Internet, neither users nor administrators like those who go around blatantly advertising their businesses on the social websites. This is not to say that you cannot advertise your business on Facebook, but you should remember that the site has an advertising program and you will have to pay for the privilege.

There are free ways to advertise on the social websites, but you must go about it in the right way. This means adding value and interesting content to your own page, as well as spending plenty of time interacting with others so that they are motivated to see what you have to offer.

Mac Tools to manage multiple social networking sites

There are programs for Mac that can help with this, and some applications work with more than one social network.

  1. Facebook Desktop from Bit Per Second – A browser-based application that provides an alternative way of accessing both Facebook and Twitter that some users may find more convenient.
  2. Seesmic – One of the more popular tools that allows you to manage multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  3. Socialite From Apparent Software – Provides an attractive interface for accessing Digg, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds.
  4. Yoono Desktop – Similar to Socialite, Yoono Desktop, which has a version for Mac, Windows and Linux and also allows connection with multiple social networks.
  5. RockMelt – A browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and the iPhone that also has social networking capabilities built in. It is the defacto successor to the Flock browser (which recently announced its end of support).

No matter how you participate, if you want to market your business, you will want to go where the people are, and nothing fits that description better than social networking websites.

Tim Arends authors Internet Mac Marketing where he offers a FREE 75-page ebook that covers everything you need to know about running your Internet business using a Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Facebook Friend App – Edit Blank Avatars and Dormant Profiles with FaceDouche.com

This is one of the more genius Facebook Friend Apps I’ve seen and provides an easy way for you anyone to “Clean up your Facebook Friends and Weed out the Douchebags” in three simple steps:

  1. Login to your Facebook profile
  2. Select your filtering options and “douche your profile”
  3. Edit the douchey profiles

This video from Chris Voss provides a nice overview of the app.

How Facebook Video Chat Compares to the Competition

Facebook has pretty much become the center for all internet socializing. With the new Facebook video chat feature, it may have even given the competition a run for its money. You never have to leave the social network now that you have video chat, which allows you to communicate with friends on a more face to face basis. Why not get all your socializing done in one convenient place, while getting more face time with loved ones? Facebook video chat allows you to do this and more all in one easy step without the annoying telephone ring. So, how does Facebook video chat compare to Skype and other video chat sources? Read on to find out more.

#1: You Have a Better Chance of Getting a Hold of That Elusive Friend

Do you have one friend who’s rarely online and never remembers to log in to Skype? Since people tend to check their Facebook for reasons other than chatting, Facebook video chat is a great way to bring people together that may otherwise be difficult to reach.

#2: Initiating a Video Chat on Facebook is a Lot More Casual

Have a special someone you’ve been dying to get more one on one time with? Sending a Skype invitation may seem a bit forward, but a Facebook video chat invitation may not seem quite as over the top. For example, it’s not unusual or forward for two people to be chatting on Facebook about even casual subjects. To enhance the conversation, you can suggest a quick video chat with just the click of a button and be face to face in no time.

#3: Multi-task Your Heart Out with Facebook Video Chat

Since Skype is its own separate service, it can be difficult to focus on a variety of different things while you are having a Skype video conversation. With Facebook video chat, you can read your messages, keep track of your other chat conversations and take a peek at what your friends are doing all while still engaged in a video conversation. You can knock out all of your socializing needs in just one website to keep it simple and quicker than ever.

#4: Leave Personal Video Messages for Unavailable Friends

Most Facebook users are aware that Facebook has a great feature that allows users to post videos on their friends’ walls for all mutual friends to enjoy. However, with the new Facebook video chat feature, friends can make these videos personal if they choose by opening up Facebook video chat and sending a specialized message to any of their friends. So, if you want to send your friend a how to video or just a more personalized and intimate message, the feature makes it easy to do so.

#5: Despite the Perks, Facebook Chat Tends to Have More Complications

Like the infancy stage of Facebook chat, Facebook video chat can lag and have communication issues as well. Although Facebook acts as a great base to bring everyone together, it can be difficult to show off your best look with a frozen camera. The image and sound quality are both great when functioning properly, unfortunately, there are a bit more complications on Facebook video chat than other video chat contenders, such as Skype, for example.

Facebook video chat has its pros and cons, but in the end it all depends on what you are looking for. I would personally recommend using Facebook chat for casual, short and sweet conversations. Alternatively, Skype is great when you’re planning on an intimate and long conversation to avoid complications and be able to focus your attention. All in all, Facebook video chat is an excellent tool for connecting with friends in a convenient and easily accessible way. Like Facebook chat, it is only expected to improve.

Author Bio: Diane Johnson graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in political science. When she’s not traveling she enjoys writing articles about online education, reading books and shopping.

Skype Coming to Facebook to Power Facebook Video Chat

Facebook is one of the most far-reaching social networks in existence and like it or not for many less technical savvy users Facebook is the Internet. Also consider the fact that over the last few years video chat has received a huge boom in public consciousness thanks to things like Apple’s Facetime and Oprah’s open endorsement of Skype. It seems only natural that the next logical step for Facebook would be to expand its instant messaging service into a full-blown video calling service.

According to an article on Techcrunch Facebook is planning on doing just that and is partnering with none other than Skype, the biggest name in the video calling space to get it done. Skype’s key objective has always been to be as prolific as possible and a Facebook partnership would go a long way to accomplishing that goal. When you consider the on going Microsoft buy out of Skype and look at how its search engine Bing partners with Facebook to provide better search results it seems even more likely.

According to the Techcrunch tipster the Facebook video-calling platform will be entirely web based with an optional desktop component. This isn’t exactly new technology so it’s easy to think such huge partners like Facebook, Skype and now Microsoft can pull it off. Adding fuel to the fire is an investment Microsoft made to the tune of $240 million in Facebook back in 2007 that left many of us scratching our heads. If all of this still isn’t enough to convince you Mark Zuckerberg him self will be making a “huge announcement regarding Facebook” later this week.

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blogger for First in Education where she’s recently written about online museum studies programs along with a guide to cost estimator jobs. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, traveling, and working with origami.

How To: Move Facebook Photos To Picasa (Google Photos)

With the rise of Google+ folks are scrambling to transfer everything from photos to Facebook friends in an effort to build out their Google+ profiles as quickly as possible. With that in mind, I’m sure there’s more than one way to easily transfer your Facebook photos and albums to Google’s Picasa service (soon to be known as Google Photos). Here is one such service that makes this process very easy via a Chrome extension. The web app was developed by AmiWorks’ Aman Kumar Jain and Amogh.

Move2Picasa.com Chrome Extension

Move2Picasa.com Benefits:

The appropriately named Move2Picasa.com website allows for a seamless connection to your Facebook account and automatic migration of all of your Facebook photos and albums over to Google’s Picasa service. Obviously, your facebook likes, comments, etc will not be ported over during this process.

Move 2Picasa.com Drawbacks:

One drawback to this tool is the long process it takes to transfer photos from one platform to the other – it took a good couple of hours before my photos were transfered. Despite that fact, Move2Picasa.com seems to be the best viable solution for people who don’t mind the wait and would like to move only their photos to Picasa / Google Photos.

Another potential drawback is it’s all or nothing – you cannot transfer specific photos or albums at this point. That said, with Google’s advanced sharing settings it’s reasonable to assume most folks will want to transfer anything they had on Facebook to Google+ as well.

Happy photo sharing!

Facebook Fan Page Strategy: Content Automation

The other day I wrote about some Facebook page content strategies to consider based on the goal(s) you are looking to accomplish. Today, I wanted to focus on another issue often encountered when managing a Facebook page – regularly updating your Page content.

Automating Your Facebook Page Content

The simplest way to save yourself countless hours in the admin section of your Facebook page is by automating your updates as often as possible. The easiest way to accomplish this is by adding your RSS feed to your Facebook Page. This will regularly take the new content you create and automatically cross-post to Facebook.

Step 1:

Once you’re logged in to your Facebook Page, click ‘Edit Page’ and then select ‘Apps’ from the left-hand menu:

Step 1: Adding RSS Feeds

Step 2:

Make sure the ‘Notes’ app is installed, then click ‘Go to App’ underneath the description of the app. You’ll be met with a customized Page for your notes content. You want to look at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar for a small link that says ‘Edit import settings’.

Step 2a

Step 2b

Step 3:

Once “Edit import settings” is selected, you’ll be brought to a page where you can paste in an RSS feed to import. As soon as that’s done, Facebook will start automatically publishing new content from the feed to your Facebook Page. Additionally, if the content has an accompanying image, it will automatically use that image as a thumbnail for the update, meaning that even auto-generated content looks great and can also impact your EdgeRank.

Facebook Page Content Automation Benefits:

Once your RSS feed is updated, it takes zero time to maintain this content channel. That said, your fans will love being able to keep up with new syndicated content which should increase the engagement through increased comments and ‘Liking’ these automatic updates.