50 REASONS & TIPS FOR UTILIZING FACEBOOK IN YOUR MARKETING EFFORTS•Facebook has over 500 million active users•Brand management. You can display your portrait or logo on your Facebook pages•Users can search and see company profiles•You have the ability to build and maintain a meaningful network•Use to establish credibility, reputation, crisis management, and customer relations•Avenue for marketing press releases and events•Opportunity to showcase your business knowledge and become a thought leader•Lead generation•Will get to know your target audience•Gain insight into what your customers want and need•Learn more demographic information about your customers
50 REASONS & TIPS FOR UTILIZING FACEBOOK IN YOUR MARKETING EFFORTS•All age groups are seeing a significant rise in social media use, including 65+•By 2014, approximately 165 million people will be using social networks•As of March 2010, 33% of Facebook users where fans of a brand•41% of users join Facebook fan pages to let their friends know which products they support•37% of users join Facebook fan pages to receive coupons and special offers•35% of users join Facebook fan pages to stay current on new products•31% of users join Facebook fan pages to learn more about the company•28% of users join Facebook fan pages to meet people with similar interests•Consumers are starting to reach out to their social network for recommendations before making apurchase•Facebook is quickly becoming the first thing internet users visit first during a day•40% of internet users share information by posting on their Facebook page first•21% of female social network users have woken up to check their Facebook in the middle of thenight•34% of female social network user check Facebook first thing in the morning
50 REASONS & TIPS FOR UTILIZING FACEBOOK IN YOUR MARKETING EFFORTS•Apply keywords to your profile for Search Engine Optimization•Link to your blog in posts for other viewers to read•Connect to your twitter and other accounts and feed timely updates to your connections•Join groups and gain insight and knowledge. You can also use groups to find new connections, askfor help, ask questions, and find resources•Ask and answer questions. You can showcase your knowledge and expertise by answeringquestions•Promote your remarkable content•Create your own group targeting your audience•Point fans/friends to your blog or contest•Discuss topics and participate in discussions•Place a call to action on your page•Take advantage of the profile photo space you have available•Create custom tabs around your business, such as welcome page, newsletter sign up, storefront•Highlight events you are attending or events you are hosting•Engage your audience with relevant and valuable information
50 REASONS & TIPS FOR UTILIZING FACEBOOK IN YOUR MARKETING EFFORTS•Post pictures of your products or team members•Post pictures of customers/client showing satisfaction from your company product or service•Post and comment frequently•Showcase your company’s sponsorships – post pictures of banners, t-shirts, etc.•Be clear on your objective•Monitor and participate in comments on your wall•Find unique ways to encourage people to like your page or be friends with your company•Use videos if you have them. Show videos from your team speaking about your product or service.Show videos of your product being used or displayed.•Do not hard sell, censor comments, spam, or post false information on your page•If you have a page as a company, make sure your real name and photo are also displayedsomewhere as well
CREATING A PROFILE PAGE AND NOT A FAN PAGE.There is so much more you can do with a fan page than a profile page. •You can create custom fbml. •You can create various parts to Facebook page using “tabs”, (which have been moved to under your profile picture). •You can take advantage of the large amount of space provided for your profile picture. •You can add “like boxes” to your website and other content. •You are not limited to the amount of “fans” you can have. •You have access to Facebook insights, where you can see demographics of your audience and statistics for your page content.…the list goes on and on.
NOT ENGAGINGIf you are shutting off comments, you are not utilizing Facebook.If you are shutting off your wall, you are not utilizing Facebook.If you are not promoting your own content, you are not utilizingFacebook.Facebook is about engaging your audience and sparking engagementwith you.You are missing out on the entire point if you are not encouraginginteraction.
LANGUAGEYou may use foul language at your place of business with yourcustomers, but DO NOT use that kind of language on your Facebookpage. If you are truly looking to promote your business and growyour business, you can do so properly. You do not want to turn awaypotential new customers by language that can easily be avoided onyour page.
WHO OWNS MY PAGE?Companies used to create a ghost account for administering their pages. This way,if someone left the company who was in control of the company fan page, accesscould still be granted to the new person handling the social media profile. Thismethod also provided no hang ups, such as no one could access the page and anew page would have to be created again from scratch.You also see instances on Facebook where the business has a profile page and afan page. This was another way have a general ownership profile page.In the past, a profile had to own a fan page. With the new changes Facebook justlaid out for fan pages, that is no longer the case. The fan page is considered aperson now. This should no longer be a problem moving forward.
WILL ALL OF MY FANS SEE MY UPDATES?The answer to this is no. Your fans will only see your fan page posting if they go directly to your wallfor information or your posts make it into the NewsFeed.The NewsFeed on Facebook is a feed of information that you can see on your screen. It containsrecent postings from people who you are connected with on Facebook.Facebook uses an algorithm called EdgeRank that determines what posts get shown in theNewsFeed. Each post on Facebook receives a quality score. Things that influence your score are:the number of interactions you receive on your post, i.e. the number of “likes” your post receives,how many comments and shares your post receives, and the time interval between each “like”,comment, and share.One tip is that people do not like to interact with self-promotion. Remember, no one cares aboutyou, but you. So, interact in a personal way and then use Facebook ads to target your existing fanswith promotions.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO POST ON FACEBOOK?Research shows that posting on the weekends and in the morningbefore working hours provides you with the best chance forengagement. Based on Research, the best optimal frequency isposting every other day. BuzzWords in Facebook Pages Source: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
FACEBOOK USERS LIKE FOOD.Source: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
LEAST “LIKED” FACEBOOK PAGE TYPES Source: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
VIDEO SHARED MORE ON FACEBOOK THAN TWITTER Source: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
VOLUME OF FACEBOOK SHARING BY DAY Source: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
LEAST SHAREABLE WORDS ON FACEBOOK Source: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
META MENTIONSSource: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
WHAT TYPES OF CONTENT SHOULD I POST ON FACEBOOK? What types of content you post depends on the type of business you are in. I would suggest experimenting with different types of content. Try promoting your blog, press releases, news articles, quotes, trivia, videos, presentations, small talk, and ask questions. Tip: People on Facebook like to talk about Facebook. If you have any information, news, or articles to share regarding Facebook, tweak it however you need to tweak it to relate to your business and share it.
FAN DISTRIBUTION FOR FACEBOOK PAGES Source: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
CATEGORIES FOR SMALL FACEBOOK PAGES Source: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
SUB-CATEGORIES FOR SMALL FACEBOOK PAGES Source: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
FACEBOOK FAN PAGES WITH URLSSource: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
AVERAGE FACEBOOK FANS BY COUNTRY Source: Science of Facebook - http://bit.ly/aWL2JX
HOW DO I GAIN MORE FANS?You need to provide something remarkable to your audience that makes them want to become a fanof your page. You should provide valuable content to your audience and encourage your audience toengage with you. Try to always use calls to actions on all your posts encouraging your audience toshare your information. The more you ask to have your content shared, the more people who willshare your content. This is going to help you get found on Facebook and get your content shared inthe NewsFeed. You must also remember why people become a fan of your business. There are many reasons, such as: being invited through your monthly eNewsletter, clicking through from your website, clicking on a Facebook ad, referral from a friend, looking for promotional offers. If you are providing valuable information that is important to your audience, then your fans will share your information with their friends.
HOW DO I FIND MY AUDIENCE?There are a number of ways to find your audience.1. Pretend you are going to place an ad (but don’t really place it). As you narrow down the demographics of people you want to target, you will receive a ballpark figure of how many people on Facebook fit your targeted audience demographics.2. Use Facebook’s Friend Finder feature. Using this feature, you can upload a contact list from excel or import your address book from various different email programs.3. Something else to remember is that Facebook has 600 million users worldwide, including over half of the US population. Your audience IS on Facebook.4. Target ads based on company, age, gender, interests, and location.5. Perform a keyword search ad campaign.6. Create ad campaigns around people who “like” a certain TV show, music genre, celebrity, or movie that is highly relevant to your business and fits your target audience demographics almost perfectly.7. When placing an ad for a specific location, using the City or Town name in the ad can greatly increase your click-through rate.
SHOULD I POST ABOUT NON-RELEVANT TOPICS?Sure. Why not? You can talk about the Grammys or the MTV Awards or TVshows. Use whatever gets a lot of interaction. Just find a way to make these “hot” topics fit into your business. Find an angle and work with it. Then, filter the relating messages more and more toward just your business industry until you have squeezed out all the non-interested parties. In the end, you will have nurtured leads and will be having a conversation around your industry with interested people. Pull them in and nurture them.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO FACEBOOKYou can now switch into page mode from your profile. You can engage withFacebook content as a page. Your page is able to “like” other pages andcomment as the fan page, as opposed to your personal profile. This is greatas it allows you to interact with your fans and read your NewsFeed which isfull of your fans interactions. You will now also receive email notificationswhen a fan interacts on your fan page.As talked about earlier, you can now have your tabs be iFrames. You willnow be able to bring a lot of existing information into your Facebook fanpage.
SHOULD I CREATE A WELCOME PAGE?My answer is yes. It is a great way to let people know more about yourcompany and what to expect from you as a company as well as on your fanpage. It is also a great place to convert visitors, either “liking” yourFacebook fan page or providing an email address, etc.
WHAT THINGS SHOULD I CONSIDER WITH FACEBOOK PLACES?Facebook has a specific page called a Place page and those pages are for specificlocations. It is still a very new feature to Facebook. If you own a location-basedbusiness, it may be better for you to use a Place page than a Fan page because thereare some additional things you can do with Facebook Places, such as providepromotional offers and deals to your customers. The deals are things you offer peoplewho “check-in” at your location, much like Foursquare. You pay for deals, just likeyou have to pay for Facebook ads. The plus side is, it is mobile based, and is the onlyform of mobile advertising Facebook offers right now. Smartphone users can check-into your place of business and get a deal from their phone.This is very useful if you are a small business owner with one or two locations. Beinga huge franchise owner with thousands of location based stores will be hard tomanage, and I would suggest sticking with your Fan page for now.
HOW DO I LEVERAGE CONTESTS TO MY ADVANTAGE?1. Ask your audience to post on your wall or comment on a post to win your giveaway.2. Ask new users to “like” your page to be entered to win your giveaway.3. You can use an app, such as Wildfire, to help you run a more detailed contest.4. There are a lot of rules to Facebook contests – what Facebook will allow you to do and not to do. You can either brush up on the reading materials and launch a simple campaign as in #1 and #2 or you can skip the reading and use an app, like in #3.5. Some businesses are reporting a decrease in the amount of responsiveness to contests. The newness to entering Facebook contests is decreasing. There are also websites mentioning all the Facebook contests, so many people are sitting at home entering the contests and the information being received is of poor quality. Therefore, you should always make sure your giveaway is relevant to your industry and not just a generic item, such as an iPod. It is also important to remember that the content ROI is still valuable. The ROI is just not as high for some companies any longer. You may be better finding something inexpensive, such as a report, and allowing everyone who “likes” your page to receive it.
IS SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING ALL ITS HYPED UP TO BE? Yes. Google and Bing have already admitted that social authority plays a role is page rank. Google admits it places more emphasis on inbound links than keywords. Social media is the best way to spread your content fast and far while creating inbound links. Without it, how will your website ever make the first page of search engines?
DOES SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING OPEN PANDORA’S BOX TO NEGATIVE PEOPLE? No. They are already out there. If you think for one second that they arent saying something bad about you to their friends, family, and on a social network you dont know about, you are wrong. If they are going to do it, they have already done it. Only difference is, before you didnt know anything about them telling the world about you. Now, with social media, they can come directly to you and you actually have a voice to answer them. This gives you the chance to establish reputation and credibility with your customers. Over 70% of people who leave negative comments become repeat customers when responded to on social media.
HOW DO I SHARE FACEBOOK INFO ON MY SITE OR BLOG? Install the Facebook “like box” on your website and blog. You can find it on Facebook. http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like-box/
HOW DO I GET MY BLOG ON FACEBOOK? Try using an application.I have use the application Networked Blogs. Install the app to your page and follow the directions. You need 5 people to confirm you own the blog, so just ask your friends to help out. Ask your friends to watch their Suggestions Section on their Facebook page to confirm for you . Once confirmed you are the own by your five friends, the application updates and posts to your wall instantly when you post a new blog. http://www.facebook.com/networkedblogs
WHY WOULD ONE NEED SOCIAL MEDIA?Besides social authority now being part of Google and Bing’s page ranking algorithm and socialsearch being introduced to search engines, there are many other benefits to social media.Those companies who have a blog, average 55% more web traffic than those who dont.Social media costs less than direct mail campaigns. Direct mail gets thrown in the garbage, TV adsgets tivod out, email gets spammed, calls are caller IDd and not answered. I am not sayinganything bad about email campaigns. I truly believe in them and they are great inboundmarketing. It is important to mention here the fact that spam filters will discard your email. Withsocial media you are reaching those who are buying and those who may buy in the future (the softsale). When they are ready to buy, who are they going to go to? They are going to go to the peoplethey know, who are in their face (like with email campaigns). If you are not reaching them, you willnever win that soft sale. You will also gain referrals from your contacts who have friends who arelooking to buy. Who will they refer them to? Those they are in contact with. Its a great way to stayin their face.
WITH SO MANY SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS, IS IT BENEFICIAL FOR A BUSINESS TO USE THEM? HOW CAN SOCIAL MEDIA INCREASE SALES FOR AN ONLINE BUSINESS?Social Media Marketing carries extensive SEO advantages. Google ranks your organic page listings (not the pay per click on the topor side) by how many links you have to your website. They give higher authority to inbound links to your site than they dokeywords. Inbound links are more important to Google. Imagine the inbound links you have created to your website through yourblog, twitter, facebook, and several other social media networks, especially, when that link gets passed around. Its enormous. Thisleverages the SEO playing field for your site to rank higher in Google organic page ranks. Organic links have a 70% higher clickthrough rate than PPC, and now you also reduced your marketing spend on PPC advertising, driving more traffic to your sitethrough organic listings.What else can you do? Direct people to sign up for your emails through social media. Social Media Marketing is great leadgeneration to increase your email database. Promote open houses, events, promotions, your listings, contests, and the list goes onand on.Social Media Marketing is extremely important for crisis management when something goes wrong. You will have a voice out therefor your side of the story. The Hudson plane was on twitter within ten minutes of landing in the river. Can you reach yourcustomers that fast?Other benefits include: branding, credibility, and reputation. This includes social network sites, blogging, forums, chat rooms, etc.You will be placing your brand name and logo in front of millions of prospects. You will gain credibility by responding to posts onyour blog and in your social networks as well as your reputation.
HOW IS THE MARKET FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING?The market is phenomenal. There are 600 million facebook users. Over 10billion tweets sent on twitter. 2 billion videos streamed each day onYouTube. Will it slow down? No. It is only getting bigger. Facebook isgrowing exponentially. Twitter is growing as well. Location-based socialmedia is increasingly expanding. Google and Facebook are in a search war.MySpace has turned its look over to look like Facebook, received a new logo,and revamped their genre. Facebook and Bing have developed socialsearch. Google is performing social search now as well with Twitter, Flickr,etc. All have had a total revamp due to popularity and their evolution.There are people out there who havent even started their campaigns andhalf the world is on social media. And now your search bar will besocialized as well. Hotmail already is. Its only just begun.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED THE BIGGEST "DONTS" IN SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING?Dont hard sell.Dont just talk and not listen.Dont use as an advertisement for yourself.
WHAT ARE SOME ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE SOMEONE WHOIS NOT YET FAMILIAR WITH SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING? Do listen. Dont hard sell. Do be personable. Do create remarkable content to share and spread your links around. Dont use as an advertisement for yourself. Do not overload friends pages with useless comments or information. Share and help others spread their message. Engage consistently. Respond when necessary in a timely fashion. Offer valuable information.
WHAT ARE SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO UTILIZE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES?ARE THERE SOME SITES THAT ARE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN OTHERS? You utilize social networking sites to increase inbound links, increase page rank, credibility, reputation, brand awareness, crisis management, thought leadership, and to listen to your customers. Which ones are most effective will depend on your target audience. If you are band then Reverbnation may bring you more leads than Facebook. You will need to determine which of the many, many sites are best suited for you to reach your target audience. You can find a list here: http://info.trustemedia.com/list-of-social-networking-sites-and- descriptions
HOW DOES YOUR COMPANY OBTAIN LEADS?Blogging produces 55% more web traffic than if you didnt blog. Thus, increasing leads.Social media creates a community and information about your website as well as informationbeing shared… thus creating more inbound links to my website, thus increasing page rank, thusincreasing leads.Content marketing with a landing page and non-friction conversion form creates many leads aslong as you are providing valuable and useful information for your audience.SEO - having great on-page and off-page SEO tactics will improve your page rank and your leads.These are the best methods in my opinion.
HOW DO I LISTEN TO CUSTOMERS?If you are wanting to find out what they want or need you can listen to themin their social networks, on your own social network pages, through surveysand polls on your website, in your emails, and in your eNewsletters. You canalso create a blog post, promote your blog, and then read the comments.
HOW CAN THE SUCCESS OF SOCIAL MEDIA BE ACCURATELY TRACKED? You can do this a couple different ways. The first one is check your Google analytics. It should tell you your referring sites to your website and you can plainly see who is coming from what social media websites. You can also see the breakdown of referring social media sites in your Hubspot software. Second, use a tracking code. Give your social media community a tracking code to use to purchase from your website and you will know where the visitor came from. Third, check your website traffic totals. Have they increased since using social media? Have your sales increased since using social media? The promotional code suggestion will eliminate this being coincidental. Has your community increased? How about name mentions on the internet – have they increased? Depending on what ROI you are looking for will depend on how you measure your social media ROI.
ARE TRACKING DEVICES A GOOD WAY TO TRACK SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS? IS THE TRACKING SOFTWARE EXPENSIVE?If you have a goal in place for what you want out of social media, then youshould track your social media. If you have no goal in place and have no ideawhy you are doing it, then maybe you do not need to track your social media.There are a ton of social media tracking tools that are free: Hootsuite,Socialoomph, Tweetreach, Twitalyzer, Facebook Insights, TweetDeck, andmany, many, many more. Just perform a search and many will pull up inyour search results. Try them out and choose the best one for you.
SHOULD BUSINESSES HAVE A TWITTER AND FACEBOOKACCOUNT OR IS ONE MORE BENEFICIAL THAN THE OTHER? Here is a great report on that: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/5925/Twitter-or-Facebook- Which-Is-Right-for-Your-Business.aspx
WHAT IS FACEBOOK’S NEWSFEED ALGORITHM?“Facebooks Algorithm: EdgeRankFacebook, unlike the super-secret Google, has shared their algorithm forranking content on Facebook and filtering what appears in the news feed.The algorithm consists of three components: 1. Affinity - the number of times 2 people (or a person and a page) haveinteracted 2. Weight - the number of times users have interacted (commented, liked)with the content in question 3. Recency - the time since the content was posted, note that Facebookmoves and changes very quickly, and my news feed, for example, never hascontent more than 24 hours old.” Source: Hubspot’s Inbound Internet Marketing Blog
HOW DO I GET MY CONTENT INTO THE NEWSFEED?“20 Tips to Get Your Content Seen on FacebookWith the understanding of how Facebook ranks and filters content, what canyou do to make sure your content makes the cut? Here are 20 ideas.•Post a variety of content to attract interactions from a higherpercentage of your users, raising your affinity score.•Focus on positive and fun content on Facebook. Sex sells.*•Talk about Facebook - Facebook is the number one most shareable topicon Facebook.*•Respond to comments that your fans post on your content toincrease the number of interactions per post. Source: Hubspot’s Inbound Internet Marketing Blog
HOW DO I GET MY CONTENT INTO THE NEWSFEED?•Respond to comments that your fans post on your wall to increaseyour affinity score.•Experiment with targeting posts to get a higher feedback score(percentage of impressions that turn into interactions).•Post regularly, but not too frequently (more than once a day) to giveeach post a good chance of gaining traction.*•Post content outside of main work hours - Facebook users interactmore when theyre off the clock.*•Include images on blog posts you publish to create a more eye-catchingpost.•Dont forget to write an appealing meta description for any linksyou post, because Facebook automatically pulls this in for links. Source: Hubspot’s Inbound Internet Marketing Blog
HOW DO I GET MY CONTENT INTO THE NEWSFEED?•Use share links on your blog articles and landing pages to encourageusers to post your content directly.•Integrate landing pages within Facebook to get higher conversionrates - Facebookers dont like to leave Facebook.•Post videos directly instead of links to articles with videos, so users canwatch the video within Facebook.•Include links in video descriptions to drive traffic back to yourwebsite.•To share photos but protect your copyright and get better analytics,use Flickr integrated with your Facebook account.•To share photos for maximum interactions, post photos directly toFacebook. Source: Hubspot’s Inbound Internet Marketing Blog
HOW DO I GET MY CONTENT INTO THE NEWSFEED?•Refrain from using complex language or jargon in your posts formaximum response.*•Ask questions and specifically ask for feedback from your fans.•Use Facebook Insights to measure which content performs the best onyour specific page.•Encourage user-generated content, including user-created photos,comments, or links.*Source: 5 Questions and Answers About Facebook Marketing” Source: Hubspot’s Inbound Internet Marketing Blog
FACEBOOK REACHES MAJORITY OF US WEB USERS As Facebook continues to solidify its role as the world’s top social networking site, eMarketer estimates that more than half of internet users in the US were logging on to the site at least monthly as of the end of 2010. This year, eMarketer forecasts, 132.5 million US web users will use the site. That increase of 13.4% in the number of users means Facebook will reach almost nine in 10 social network users and 57.1% of internet users. By 2013, 62% of web users and almost half (47.6%) of the overall US population will be on Facebook.
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