If you’re not using Facebook to market your business, ask yourself why not. The problem is probably rooted in fear. Some business owners are unsure what to do online and are afraid of making a mistake. Come out of your comfort zone and begin marketing on Facebook with these helpful tips.
Before you begin to use Facebook for marketing, consider if you really have the time to pull it off. You’ll need someone to post at least once per day, and then you’ll need to include other features such as a Promotions tab or polls. The only way to profit through a campaign such as this is with constantly updated content, but do you have the time?
Create a custom tab for your Facebook page. You can use custom tabs as a welcome locale for all of your new Facebook visitors. It’s a great place to promote your current offerings, products, and services. Plus, it’ll give a little personality to your Facebook page which is always a plus.
All content on your site should be easy to Like and Share on Facebook. It should also appear in shortened form with a link on your Facebook wall. If people are able to share your content with their followers, you’ll find that your reach begins to expand exponentially, and so will your profits.
Use Facebook to share links to your site. You should try writing weekly articles or launching a video blog so you can create more content on a regular basis. Your audience will subscribe to your updates on Facebook if you create quality content. Make sure you mention your Facebook campaign in your articles or videos.
Learn how to build a fan base. Do not invest in promotions until you have a strong base with thousands of followers. After that, you are sure to see a big jump in conversion rates.
Never buy Facebook fans to make you look bigger than you are. It may be tempting to throw down some cash to buy your way in to big fan numbers, but it never turns out the way you want. Those hallow fans bring nothing to the table, and people who are in the business can see through this tactic in a heartbeat. It’s never worth it.
In exchange for a “like”, give your visitor a reward. Likes are something that can make your Facebook page popular. Think about offering something that is free and exclusive when they “Like” your page. Whether it is an individual gift or the chance to go into a draw, it will create excitement. If you give people something that they find useful, then they’ll have no problem becoming a follower of your page.
Do not post so much on your Facebook page that people will begin to feel too saturated by you. You want to give them something to think about, so let a little space flow in between each posting. Facebook recommends new page owners post no more than once or twice a week.
Consider using Facebook advertising. By paying for Facebook ads, you can reach a larger audience by targeting specific demographics. This can get your Facebook page a lot of attention, and that’s important. Try it out for a while and then cancel it if it does not seem to be working.
Put together a Facebook contest. People love fun things like contests and quizzes on Facebook. It’s one of the things that makes the social media site so very special. It’s not that hard for your company or brand to put together a contest, and it can really open up the engagement level of your community.
Get your fans involved, particularly if you have a new product. Ask them to help you name it or to come up with an advertising slogan. When they feel invested in the process, they are much more likely to buy it and to encourage others to do so as well.
Put together a fundraiser on Facebook. Fundraisers are great because it gives you a reason to be “hard sell” promotional in a way that people respect. You are doing it for the greater good, but the side benefit is that your brand’s name is getting out there too. That’s a win-win scenario.
Keep your goals realistic. It will take time to acquire thousands of fans. Set a goal of reaching maybe fifty or so fans the first month. As time goes by and word of your page gets around, you will gain more fans at a faster pace. A realistic goal will keep you from becoming discouraged.
Now that you’ve got your Facebook marketing basics, doesn’t it seem silly to have been so worried about it? Facebook offers so much potential for business owners. So sign on with confidence and begin your Facebook marketing campaign today. When your business begins to take off, you’ll be glad you did!