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    • 7effective Facebook pagesYOU can create right now by Dana VanDen Heuvel principal, MarketingSavant Group www.marketingsavant.com
    • Im as much a fan of some of the awesome Facebook pages created for the worlds top brands like Starbucks, Cranium, Threadless and Harley-Da- vidson, but what about for the rest of us who dont have that kind of budget or, frankly, the "need" for the level of sophistication that those brands have applied to their pages. We just need some solid design, some creativity and an overall engaging experience. Here is a list of 7 pages that Im I fan of for just that sort of thing. These are page designs and ideas that are within reach of nearly every business with- out the need for thousands of dollars in Facebook development. Whether youre a small business or a mega-enterprise, there are ideas here for you! contents Lake Nona Pools .................................... 2 Ocean City Maryland ............................... 3 AGCO .................................................. 4 AJ Bombers ......................................... 6 Sainsburys .......................................... 7 Jo to Go Coffee ...................................... 8 Queens Museum of Art ........................... 9 Recap: Top 23 Ideas! ............................ 10 About the author ..................................137 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 1 www.marketingsavant.com
    • 1 Lake Nona Pools www.facebook.com/LakeNonaPools Aside from the fact that these guys need to update their welcome page to comply with Facebooks new 520px page size format, these guys have a great, simple and engaging welcome page that does exactly what its sup- posed to! These guys also do some GREAT audience involvement, such as this photo that got 90 COMMENTS! when they asked people to "tag" themselves in the photo based on where theyd like to be in the pool for the "Friday Pool Party". They also answer any question that comes in about pools, mainte- nance, safety and so on. Theyve positioned themselves as an outstanding resource in their area for pool upkeep. In fact, theyve been so successful on Facebook that theyve received one of the coveted Facebook business stickers! What YOU  Create an inviting welcome page can do   Create "Facebook rituals" that engage your audience daily or weekly Answer questions  Be helpful to engage your audience on Facebook.7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 2 www.marketingsavant.com
    • 2 Ocean City Maryland www.facebook.com/OceanCity Yes, youre correct, this is a Facebook page for a municipality, and its one of the more interesting ones Ive seen. For starters, they have a great welcome page that they rotate seasonal images through and have used some simple Facebook Connect trickery to get the "like" and comment functionality embedded right on the welcome page. They also have a very well trafficked and engaging post wall where they answer questions, ask questions and generally stir up interest in Ocean City! They are posting as many as a few times a day on happenings in the town and garner a significant number of comments and likes on each post, further spreading their message. Their photo page is outstanding. They have over 1200 user submitted photos. Think about what kind of "virtual travel brochure" that makes! Your company/ city/department couldnt possibly capture all of the exciting moments that are possible when people interface with your brand. This is truly a great example of letting your customers do your marketing for you!  Integrate Facebook Connect on your website and Facebook page  Sustain a consistent and "often as your audience finds interesting" content What YOU publishing regiment can do  Do everything you can to encourage photo posting from fans, customers and everyone who experiences your brand  Share as many of those photos as you can in your own Facebook postings7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 3 www.marketingsavant.com
    • 3 AGCO www.facebook.com/AGCOcorp This has to be one of my favorite Facebook pages, and its not just because a few friends run it. Ive always loved tractors and AGCO taps into the emotional aspects of their customers attachment to their farm machinery in a way that few B2B companies have done to date. While the AGCO Facebook site is a collaborative effort, there are some really solid things going on here that you can learn from and emulate. AGCO does a great job of keeping their page "profile picture" in the upper left updated and relevant based on whats going on with the brand. More to the point, they design it so that the thumbnail im- age (which is a derivative of the large 200 x 600px image) always represents the brand. Right now they have a blog content running that theyre promoting on Facebook and across their social media channels. AGCO also does a super job of keeping up with answering questions that are posted and offering guidance to their Facebook fans. Flexing the muscle of their Facebook tabs, AGCO also keeps their7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 4 www.marketingsavant.com
    • 3 www.facebook.com/AGCOcorp Facebook audience current by leveraging the power of the tabs to put information on new products and features that would likely be of great interest to their fans which might otherwise get lost on a large corporate website. What YOU can doAGCO  Make the most of your "Page profile picture" in the upper left ― youve got 200 x 600 pixels ― its often wise to use as much of that digital real estate as you can  Mirror your Facebook page to reflect your offline and other social media marketing efforts and campaigns  Answer any and all questions that come in through your page  Encourage fan photos, comment on them and make fan engagement a central component of your Facebook presence  Attend trade shows with still and video camera in hand and interview your customers, dis- tribution partners and everyone in between ― make them slightly famous by posting on Facebook and encourage sharing  Sustain a consistent and "often as your audience finds interesting" content publishing regi- ment  Use your tabs wisely. AGCO makes excellent use of the Facebook tabs featuring everything from new product launches to contests to integrating the blog and video content  Share photos as often as you can in your own Facebook postings7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 5 www.marketingsavant.com
    • 4 AJ Bombers www.facebook.com/pages/Milwaukee-WI/AJ-Bombers/54727050805 AJ Bombers is the best burger joint in Milwaukee. Period. While they are "huge on Four- square" their Facebook presence is pretty admirable as well. These guys have done a great job of integrating Foursquare and "location based marketing" into their overall online strategy. They also have a rock solid (albeit a bit more complex) integration that brings their website content into the site through "More AJB" tab on Facebook and offer a link to their gift card site through Facebook as well. If you did nothing but fan AJ Bomb- ers on Facebook, youd be in the loop on everything they do. Specials, media mentions, cool fan updates and just about everything that happens in the restaurant makes it onto Facebook.  Make Facebook a one-stop-shop for everything that What YOU anyone could want to know about your business. Make sure everything (menu, hours, location, phone) can do is on the page to make it easy for them to find you and do business with you.  Mention your other products and programs (like gift cards) on Facebook tabs.  Integration location marketing into your online (and offline, through window stickers and such) strategy to encourage visitorship and to make each visit matter that much more (turning your best, most connected patrons in a "daily viral visitors")  Mirror your web page in a Facebook tab  Shout out to and connect your best fans by their Twitter handles (add those to your customer database!)7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 6 www.marketingsavant.com
    • 5 Sainsbury’s www.facebook.com/sainsburysSainsburys is a UK grocery store chain thats done a few really cool things with their Facebook page. Theyhave one of the best welcome pages Ive seen in a long time (that changes with the seasons) and make it apoint to answer nearly every question posed on their page. Fans know that they can get a response from thebrand using Facebook. What YOU can do  Make an AWESOME welcome page to get potential fans hooked on the immense val- ue that you deliver through your page  If your organization relies at all on any "how-to"information, create and host videos to share with fans. Sainsburys uses their kitchen facilities to shoot video of things that theyd be doing anyway (testing recipes and preparing deli food) that fans will also find interesting.  Answer every question. Sainsburys is constantly monitoring their Facebook page for questions & comments and makes a point to get in touch with fans who have concerns or questions, often answering them publically (as shown above) and sometimes privately as well.  Mention your other activities in the community on your page7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 7 www.marketingsavant.com
    • 6 Jo to Go Coffee www.facebook.com/JoToGoCoffeeI use this example in almost every one of my social media classes as an il-lustration of a brand thats gone all the way with the concept of the "sitelessweb" in that theyve gotten rid of their website and run the web presence forthe business using a combination of Facebook, Google maps, Scribd.comand other lightweight and low cost apps. Jo To Go does a good job of keep-ing up with some regular posts on Facebook about happenings at all of theirlocations. They have also smartly leveraged things like Google maps to map out the locations of their stores.One area that they have developed that many restaurants and retailers on Facebook have not is their Reviewssection. They have several reviews, some positive and some negative, but theyve not responded to a singleone. We generally recommend responding, and doing so quickly, as some of the other examples in this post dowith comments on their pages.  Replace your website, or even make your next micro-site out of Facebook  Integrate other cloud apps to augment the Facebook functionality as needed, such as Scribd.com and Google Apps What YOU  Solicit reviews from patrons on Facebook (and anywhere else that makes sense for that matter!) and respond to those (both positive and negative) to bolster the can do community around the reviews.  Offer deals, specials and other incentives to Facebook fans. Another coffee shop/ restaurant, the Dessert Gallery in Houston, has some great, proven results in this case study on how valuable their Facebook fans are to their establishment7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 8 www.marketingsavant.com
    • 7 Queens Museum of Art www.facebook.com/QueensMuseum Every non-profit and community organization thrives on attention and in the case of a venue like the Queens Museum of Art, visitorship. I love how these guys re- ally rock the events feature in Facebook. They have over 140 events listed! These guys are also really consistent about their updates on events, items of interest to fans, community happenings that their fans might be interested in and so on. What YOU  Post daily, or even a few times a day. Keep can do it focused on things that are of relevance and value to your audience.  Events! Post all of them. If you have something going on, put it on Face- book. Facebook events show up for your fans on the right hand side of the page when you invite them, so keep posting those events!  Use the Extended Info tab to share even more information and background about your organization.  Use photos extensively. The more visual your product or service, the more you should use Facebooks photos component (or integrate with Flickr or another photo sharing site) to get the visual message across.7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 9 www.marketingsavant.com
    • recaptop 23 ieas Lets Recap: These are some examples that I thought were both smart AND approachable ― stuff that can be done by almost any business with their Facebook page. What smart examples have you seen? Top 23 ideas 1. Make an AWESOME welcome page to get potential fans hooked on the immense value that you deliver through your page Create "Facebook rituals" that engage your audience daily or weekly 2. Answer any and all questions that come in through your page. Sainsburys is constantly monitor- ing their Facebook page for questions & comments and makes a point to get in touch with fans who have concerns or questions, often answering them publically and sometimes privately as well. 3. Be helpful to engage your audience on Facebook. 4. Integrate Facebook Connect on your website and Facebook page 5. Sustain a consistent and "often as your audience finds interesting" content publishing regiment 7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 10 www.marketingsavant.com
    • top 23 ieas 6. Do everything you can to encourage photo posting from fans, customers and everyone who ex- periences your brand 7. Share as many photos as you can in your own Facebook postings 8. Make the most of your "Page profile picture" in the upper left ― youve got 200 x 600 pixels ―its often wise to use as much of that digital real estate as you can 9. Mirror your Facebook page to reflect your offline and other social media marketing efforts and campaigns 10. Encourage fan photos, comment on them and make fan engagement a central component of your Facebook presence 11. Attend trade shows with still and video camera in hand and interview your customers, distribu- tion partners and everyone in between ― make them slightly famous by posting on Facebook and encourage sharing 12. Use your tabs wisely. AGCO makes excellent use of the Facebook tabs featuring everything from new product launches to contests to integrating the blog and video content 13. Share photos as often as you can in your own Facebook postings 14. Make Facebook a one-stop-shop for everything that anyone could want to know about your busi- ness. Make sure that everything (menu, hours, location, phone # ― everything!) is on the page to make it easy for them to find you and do business with you. 15. Mention your other products and programs (like gift cards) on Facebook tabs. 7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 11 www.marketingsavant.com
    • top 23 ieas 16. Integration location marketing into your online (and offline, through window stickers and such) strategy to encourage visitorship and to make each visit matter that much more (turning your best, most connected patrons in a "daily viral visitors") 17. Mirror your web page in a Facebook tab 18. Shout out to and connect your best fans by their Twitter handles (add those to your customer database!) 19. Replace your website, or even make your next micro-site out of Facebook 20. Integrate other cloud apps to augment the Facebook functionality as needed, such as Scribed and Google Apps 21. Solicit reviews from patrons on Facebook (and anywhere else that makes sense for that mat- ter!) and respond to those (both positive and negative) to bolster the community around the reviews. 22. Offer deals, specials and other incentives to Facebook fans. Another coffee shop/restaurant, the Dessert Gallery in Houston, has some great, proven results in this case study on how valuable their Facebook fans are to their establishment 23. If your organization relies at all on any "how-to" information, create and host videos to share with fans. Sainsburys uses their kitchen facilities to shoot video of things that theyd be doing any- way (testing recipes and preparing deli food) that fans will also find interesting. 7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 12 www.marketingsavant.com
    • Dana VanDen Heuvel and The MarketingSavant Group Marketing Consultancy :: The MarketingSavant Group Are You Looking for a Marketing Firm You Can Trust? One Who Really Gets It?Not only does Dana VanDen Heuvel and his company, The MarketingSavant Group, have more than “Dana’s vision and insight into digital and thought leadership15 years of internet marketing experience, hes been an entrepreneur and business owner since he marketing has been a significant contribution to our business.started his first business at age 13. As a marketing trainer, Dana has helped hundreds of market- He offers not only the knowledge, but the systems to make online marketing a natural extension of the work we do every day. I rec-ers with their internet, thought leadership and social media marketing challenges. ommend him highly.”Marketing consultants are everywhere. Whether youre looking for help now, or just want to bat - Kyra Cavanaugh, Founder, Life Meets Workaround a few ideas, why not trust someone whos taught hundreds about the latest marketing “Dana is one of those people who just “gets it.” His knowledge andtechniques, spoken at dozens of conferences, and helped businesses just like yours achieve suc- granular understanding of how blogs and social media can becess through marketing. used as a marketing tool place him at the head of the pack in this burgeoning field. He was one of the blogging early adopters andWith The MarketingSavant Group, youll never encounter freshly minted MBAs whove never seen someone to whom I looked for insight and information.”the inside of a boardroom or an inexperienced account manager or a poorly written strategy. When - Paul Chaney, President, Radiant Marketing Groupyou work with us, you get our best and brightest talent every time, all the time. “I’ve had the honor of working with Dana and found him to be aMarketingSavant Marketing Consulting Services forward-thinking visionary especially on subject matter pertain-The MarketingSavant Group will work with you to find a working arrangement that meets your ing to interactive marketing. I turn to him not only for consulta-needs. We offer several consulting options for our clients. If youre just looking for access to our tion on my own projects and challenges, but also to help enrichideas and talent, well that works too. You decide how you want use us and when you need us. Our AMA member benefits by providing information and insights toclients appreciate the benefit of adding a nationally-renowned marketing consultant to your team our membership. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him or workwithout the overhead of hiring full-time staff or engaging an ad agency. with him again!” - Amy (Komenda) Zelenka, Marketing Manager, American Marketing AssociationHow We Work With You● Phone consultations - you pick the hours needed and you decide when to use our marketing expertise.● On-site training/consulting - have Dana spend a day or two or ten with your company, evaluating your projects, providing expert advice and making your next mar- keting project a success.● Remote web training - when you need to train a team of marketers on blogging or go-to-market strategy or whatever, well come to you over a Webex meeting or a teleconference.● Retainer-based consulting - if you know youll need Danas expertise for an extensive period of time, you can hire The MarketingSavant group on a reasonable monthly retainer basis.● Al a carte - What do you need? Tell us whats on your mind and well work with you. Email us at info@marketingsavant.com or learn more about our consulting services at www.MarketingSavant.com.7 effective Facebook pages YOU can create 13 www.marketingsavant.com