Facebook for Social Media Marketers

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How to market your brand on Facebook, Case Studies and Considerations for making sure your brand stands out in the Social Space. A definitive and comprehensive guide on using Facebook to achieve business goals

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  • 1.Managing your Brand on Facebook

2. Facebook Pages A Facebook Page gives a voice to any brand, business or organization to join the conversation with Facebook users. Since November 2007, bands, sports teams, artists, films, brands, nonprofits and businesses have been using Pages as free, customizable presences on Facebook. 3. By leveraging the real connections between friends on Facebook, a public profile lets users connect to what they care about. Facebook Pages give you a more dynamic relationship with the public figures and organizations you are interested in. 4. Creating a Facebook Timeline PageAt bottom of the page are various links for information about Facebook. Click on Create a Page to get started 5. This will then take you to a page to select the type of organization, group, brand, etc for which the Facebook Page is to be created. 6. After selecting an option, for example Brand or product; on clicking it will open a box where the relevant category and brand or product name is to be entered. The agreement for Facebook Pages Terms needs to be checked in order to get started. 7. We put the product/category name as Test. As the first step, there is an option to put up a Profile picture for the page. An image from a computer or one imported from brands website can be used. 8. The second step involves feeding in some basic information about the product and a link associated with it, which can be the website, twitter page, etc. 9. In the third step, an unique Facebook web address is to be entered that will make it easier for people to find the page. Once set, this cannot be changed. 10. A sample view of the timeline page without any information and customization. 11. Here are some examples of Facebook Timeline Brand Pages 12. The Cover Photo 13. The Cover Photo Pages for brands can use their own cover photos at the very top of their timeline to show a new, striking visual layer to their offerings the moment a fan lands on the page.Anyone who lands on the page sees the same thing, fan and non-fan alike.The cover image everyone sees cant include any calls to action (i.e. no feature to like or share the page or have any contact information at all, including any web address, phone number or mailing address). 14. Cover Photo and Profile Picture The cover photo acts as one large image to showcase the page. This image must be a minimum of 399 pixels across and the maximum dimensions are 850 by 315 pixels. The profile picture size is 180 by 180 pixels. It appears next to every post in the news feed as a 30 by 30 pixel picture. The profile picture is best used for your logo or other eye-catching picture without a lot of words. This smaller traditional profile picture needs to be taken into account and how it plays into the new cover photo. There is great scope for creativity in cover photos. Think outside of the box to make use of this worthwhile feature. 15. Examples of a creative cover photo 16. For more creative examples click this link and see the second slide there. 17. The About Section The about section has long been a part of the Facebook page, but now its more predominately featured at the top of the timeline.Its important that this section of your timeline is updated, depending on the which of the two versions of the about section applies to the timeline:1.Local businesses2.No physical location 18. Local businesses If the timeline is associated with a physical location, then it should look something like this:This lists the subcategory, address, telephone number and hours of operation. Fill out any of the missing information by clicking on this area. 19. No physical location If your timeline features a brand without a single physical location, then it should look something like this:The section lets one add a description of up to 255 characters. Its important to be extremely clear and concise, giving first time visitors a clear understanding of what the timeline is all about. 20. Application BoxesThe applications (previously as tabs on the left hand side of FB pages), now appear as boxes beneath the cover photo.There is a choice to put these boxes in any order.Ideally they should be arranged based on importance.If there are more than three or four applications, users can access them by clicking on the drop down arrow to the right of the boxes. 21. Application BoxesIts unlikely the hidden applications (under the drop down arrow), will receive the same amount of visibility because theres another click required to view them. Therefore, be selective when choosing what to highlight in the application banner. 22. Highlighted PostsTo tell better stories on the Page, the pictures and videos are larger and more eye-catching on the Timeline.A story can be highlighted by clicking the star icon in the upper right of a post, so that it spans all the way across the Timeline as shown in this Lexus post with a video. 23. Pinned Posts There is a choice to pin particular posts to the top of the page for up to seven days. To do this, click the pencil icon in the upper right of the post and select Pin to Top.This makes it easier to highlight important, newsworthy topics to the top of the timeline for longer promotion and visibility. 24. Milestones Another thing that can be done to make the Timeline more interesting is Milestones.This involves the ability to go back and add past events related to the history of the organization.People can be told about big events in the life of the brand or company. 25. Click on the line that runs down the middle of your Timeline and select Milestone. Then you can fill out the information as shown or simply go to where updates are posted to begin posting past milestones.This area will first require a post of a milestone about when the organization was founded. After doing that, other milestones can be created. 26. Milestones Adding these past events helps create a concise storyline for your brand, while really making use of the timeline interface to its fullest.People may be spending more time reading the Timeline rather than just coming to the page to ask a question. The more visually engaging the Timeline can be made, the better. 27. Activity LogRecent Posts by OthersFan ManagementGood PracticesMessages From Fans 28. Messages from Fans Fans now have the ability to privately message a brands timeline through the new button located between the bottom right of the cover image and the application boxes:To enable private messaging, go to the admin panel, then click manage, select edit page and then choose manage permissions. 29. Messages from Fans It is recommended that private messaging is activated. As a result, fans can report issues privately, including customer service concerns about the brands products or services. This provides an ideal way to handle any negative feedback.A reason to turn off this feature would be if it become burdensome to check yet another place for customer feedback. By keeping this feature off, a limit can be set by where customers reach out to just your wall. 30. Recent Posts by Others Timeline features a section at the top right that highlights a list of recent postings from fans.It is recommended to leave this visible to help show engagement across the timeline. 31. Recent Posts by Others Some people might find it confusing or overwhelming and that would merit hiding the box.This can be done in the same area where page and post visibility on the permissions page is controlled.To get there click the manage button, then select edit page, followed by manage permissions in the right-hand column. In the large blue window, the area labeled post visibility includes box that can be unchecked if recent posts by others are not to be seen. 32. Activity Log This feature allows a company to approve content before it goes live on the timeline.Turn on this approval under manage permissions simply to have greater control of what is shown front and center on the timeline.The activity log for the timeline is basically a list of every post or activity involving the page in the past. Stories of photos, tags and more involving your timeline can be seen. 33. Activity LogThe content to be highlighted on the timeline can be edited, date changed, deleted and more depending on what you would want to change with the piece of past content. 34. Good Practices When creating a brand page there needs to be a certain style guide while keeping the goals in mind. Some of these could include: Getting users to talkGetting their feedback so that a better product or brand can be builtWanting them to advertise the brand itself by sharing content that is posted Once the goals are established, a relevant style guide can be amended accordingly. 35. If the goal is to increase fan interaction, then create wall posts that are interesting to the community and ask engaging questions.If the goal is to seed the email list, create an incentive (like a giveaway) for signing up, and regularly announce the prizes and winners on the wall.Here is an example of rue21, a clothing brand putting up an engaging, community-relevant status update that garners hundreds of likes and comments: 36. Response A no response to a phone ringing in an office is always avoided as that would be bad customer service. For the same reason, wall posts on the Facebook page should never be left unanswered. Unanswered wall posts are far worse than an unanswered phone call, because the customers request or question is out there for the world to see and with a time stamp on it. Dont let the pages visitors get the impression that the customers are not cared for. A policy is to be followed where there is frequent engagement on the Facebook Wall to address all questions and concerns posted. The great thing is that this works both ways. Because the Facebook wall is public and an increased customer loyalty will be experienced when they see that responses to all requests are prompt. 37. Here as an example; Bose demonstrates phe