The Social Pro Posts

Facebook recently updated the Business Page format.  There are a few exciting new features of the Page that can help boost your Page to the next level.

Photo Strip/Viewer.  A photo strip is now located at the top of the Wall, much like the Personal Profile Page.  This allows you to feature 5 photos at the top of your Page.  Admins have the ability to organize these photos into designs, showcase your product/services, feature pictures of your office or an event or place coupons for customers in this area.  The photo dimensions in the strip are 96px by 67px each.  The photo viewer has also been enhanced, upon clicking on a photo in the strip a large display box will open with the picture, there is a place for a description located under the photo, be sure to put a link or call to action in this section.  Ex: Realtors should place homes for sale in the photo strip, upon opening the photo a link to the house listing website should be in the description section.

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March 14, 2011 / / Uncategorized

The power of social media is astounding. These days’ social media sites are not just catching up with old friends, staying in touch with family or even marketing a business. Social media sites are overthrowing governments; assisting friends and family locate loved ones during a natural disaster and raising consciousness and money for philanthropic efforts.

Who would even think a site where you “manage a farm” or “Poke” people to say “Hi” could do such profound things. But in the past couple of months Facebook has turned into THE source for all things important.

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I have been using Social Network Marketing for a few years now.  My business has given countless talks on why to use Social Network Marketing, how to use it, when to hire someone, etc.  Occasionally we get a client who “gets it”, but unfortunately we often have clients who never quite grasp the concept.

I spend a great deal of time monitoring what works and what doesn’t.  I watch the analytics of the Facebook Page and attempt to keep Friends of the Page engaged and informed.

As a Social Network Marketer and also as a consumer I see mistakes businesses make with their strategy and understand if I am annoyed and “Unlike” a Business Page there are likely other Friends who feel the same way.  Investing time, and money, into a Social Networking campaign only to have Friends leave the Page or turn off your News Feed is an issue.  Once they are “off” they likely will not return to your Page.

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Social Network Marketing is a whole new ballgame, the rules have changed in marketing and while the outcome is the same as traditional marketing – get customers/make a sale-pocket the money, the method has changed and the timeline has expanded.

There is a distinct difference between traditional marketing and Social Network Marketing.  Traditional marketing is a funnel – run an ad, entice the consumer, make a sale.  As illustrated below Facebook marketing ongoing, and seemingly neverending.

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A Facebook Business Page is one of the best things you can add to your marketing strategy.  Adding to its appeal is it is completely free.  However, managing it can be time consuming and confusing.

If you have the time right now and can invest a good deal of it to learn the ins and outs of Facebook, do the research and post consistently – doing it yourself is a great option.

In the long run, in order to fully utilize this marketing opportunity and save you time and confusion, hiring someone ensures your page is managed, strategized and is working for your business, here are my 10 Reasons to Hire a Marketer:

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Do you understand what Social Media Marketing is?

Are you using it?

Are you using it effectively?

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We can help you answer these questions and more…

What sites are best for my company to use?

What is the difference between Personal, Business and Event pages on Facebook?

How can I get more friends/followers?

How often should I post?

What should I post to get the attention of my audience … without annoying them?

Should I post a coupon?  Run an ad?

Is it fair/smart to hire someone to be my representative on Social Networks?

At The Word Pro, we spend a lot of time understanding the rules of the sites and discovering what works –and what doesn’t.  If you become a client, we will research your industry to find interesting and helpful articles. We might also use amusing anecdotes, videos and even jokes – keeping things interesting and fun … and keeping your viewers engaged!

Call or email Laura today to hear more about our services:

(630) 362-4538

laura@thewordpro.com