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Facing Facebook for Small Business



An overview of Facebook Pages for small business.

An overview of Facebook Pages for small business.



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    • Facing Facebook for small business Aerin Guy SpaceRace www.gospacerace.com March 25 2011
    • About me Aerin Guy I am the co-founder of a digital strategy consultancy and web development agency calledSpaceRace. I work with companies and individuals to develop and execute stuff on the web. I makewebsites. I launch products. I “do” social media and PR . I write. I teach. I’m always online. It’s OK.
    • me Publishing Marketing Web Strategy PR Community Management Blog Tweet Eat Sleep
    • clients Pearson Canada McGraw Hill Canada MySparkOntario Disability Employment Network Totally ADD Charity Village DreamBox Learning Wiley Canada The Wellesley Institute New Leaf Media Pollywog Bog Books Children’s Aid Society of Toronto Trillium FoundationEdvantage Interactive Science Publishers Oxford University Press Earth Rangers The Beach Lifestyle Realty Bregman Real Estate 49 Pixels
    • social media
    • social media• social media refers to the tools we use to communicate in a wired world
    • social media• social media refers to the tools we use to communicate in a wired world• also refers to the online content we create
    • social media• social media refers to the tools we use to communicate in a wired world• also refers to the online content we create• also known as web 2.0 (and 3.0 with greater networking tools and collaborative capabilities in real time)
    • What’s Facebook?
    • • Most visited website• 500+ million active members• 700+ Billion minutes are spent on Facebook every month• 20+ Million apps installed daily• 900+ Million objects people interact with
    • Video• http://vimeo.com/20198465
    • http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-questions-launches- or-relaunches-2011-03
    • • 200+ Million access via a mobile device• Average user generates 90 pieces of content every month• 250+ Million people engage with Facebook on external sites, through comments, “Liking”
    • What’s your Facebook history?
    • Facebook relationship ending timeline
    • Facebook gaming is huge
    • FB for biz• Facebook offers a platform like no other; instant content distribution and reaction for an immediate conversation with individuals, whether local or far away. (INC: http://www.inc.com/20-awesome-facebook- fan-pages-2011/index.html)• Facebook offers unprecedented segmenting opportunities because people tell it everything. Everything.
    • why a presence on FB matters• multi-formats - can your website do that?• targeting• interactive, fun, social• movement building• cost effective
    • Pages are profiles for brands• Page launch comes as many companies using user profiles, violating terms of service• Brand pages can do everything a user page can do, and more
    • Pages have access to user’s feeds• when users “like” your page, they will be notified of your status updates anytime you update, via their primary news feed
    • The News Feed is Now Real Time• it’s instant• right now• breaking news
    • Pages can integrate multiple applications• video• events• polls• places• you name it, there’s an app for it
    • I “like” you
    • A “like” means...• permission for posted content to appear in my stream• access to my social graph• my friends see my wall and see your content• I can share it if I really like it! (amplification)
    • the new rules: you have tomake people want to join your page
    • • Users are more discerning than on other sites (don’t litter my stream with junk)• Create exclusive content. Like anything on the web, you live and die by your content. Exclusive content attaches value to your page.• Give people something powerful and fun to share (discounts, giveaways, videos, pics), and they will.• Or else they’ll hide you. Or (sob) Unlike you.
    • Best Practice Pages• http://www.facebook.com/brendansirish• http://www.facebook.com/burtsbees• http://www.facebook.com/ecycler• http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mabels- Labels/6494469723• http://www.facebook.com/threadless#!/ threadless?sk=app_103691713028371
    • More• http://www.facebook.com/tinyprints• http://www.facebook.com/ whistlerblackcomb#!/whistlerblackcomb? sk=app_197369276959659
    • Do it right(excerpted from Hubspot’s Facebook Marketing Guide, 2010)
    • Key Benefits• customization• cost effective• apps for everything• fun. is your advertising usually fun?• information about your customers• identify key influencers
    • Why you may want to hold off
    • You don’t have the resources to invest there• worse than having no presence is having a bad one• time and resources to create content, start conversations, respond, moderate• once it’s there, you have to work it
    • Your audience isn’t there• waste of time to invest in something that’s not going to convert• look at your analytics, referrer traffic, and ask your customers if they want to interact with you on Facebook• which social networks do they use?
    • Does Facebook align with your business goals?• if you have to run everything through legal and PR - Facebook can create a bottleneck• maybe you don’t actually want to interact with your customers
    • You can’t keep up with it• Facebook updates and changes constantly• do you have the resources to keep up with regulations, features, best practices?• things change fast in social media
    • tips and tricks• Use images that tell your followers who you are and what you have to offer• Chose a name for your page that your customers can identify with. City names are good.• Use a vanity URL - facebook.com/username• Give your followers information. Max the search optimization with keyword rich descriptions
    • More tips & tricks• Personalize your page with iFrames or an application like WildFire or North Social• Offer exclusive, channel specific features to your fans• Tell your customers where to find you. Link to FB from your website, biz card, etc.
    • integrate• add social and share buttons to your site content, events etc• add the Facebook comments plug in to your blog (comments appear on your wall)• tell people• explore ads
    • Resources• Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day by Mari Smith• Mashable Guide to Facebook• allfacebook.com