10 Tips for Successful Facebook Marketing

Facebook marketing tips for small business and 101 Facebook marketing tips and strategies for small businesses and how to use Facebook for marketing your business
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INTERMEDIATE A publication of Learn more about HubSpot’s all-in-one inbound marketing software at www.HubSpot.com October 2011 edition HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 6 WATCH AND LEARN Spend some time today exploring other Pages on Facebook. Do some searching to find complementary businesses as well as competitors that you can learn from. Look at the Facebook pages of the big brands you admire and the brands your customers have told you they admire. 1. Go to www.Facebook.com/search to start your investigation. 2. Select the Pages option to filter your results by Pages. 3. Enter direct competitors or keywords in your industry to find pages that may be in your niche. Realize that the Facebook Search bar is not very robust and sometimes does not find the Facebook page you are looking for - even when you enter the exact name of the page Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 7 If you cannot find the Facebook Page of your competitors, head over to their websites to see if they have a link to their Facebook Page on their site. You can also use the alternative third-party search tool www.FBInstant.net to do some investigation. Take a look at some successful Facebook pages in these articles: • AllFacebook: The 100 Most Engaging Brands on Facebook • HubSpot: 20 Examples of Great Facebook Pages • HubSpot: 7 Awesome B2B Facebook Fan Pages • Jeff Bullas: Top 10 Small Business Facebook Designs to Inspire You • Social Media Examiner: Top 10 Small Business Facebook Pages: 2011 Winners What are you looking for on these pages? You are gathering information about what is working and taking note of these key points: • How often is the page posting? What times are they posting? • What are they posting? What is getting the most interaction – pictures, links, videos, questions? What is working for them? (Hint: copy what is working) • How many people post directly on the page? How many respond to a post? Take note of the new People “are talking about this” number that tracks these metrics over a 7-day period: o Liking your Page o Posting on your Wall Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 8 o Liking, commenting or sharing one of your Page posts (or other content on your page – such as photos, videos, albums) o Answering a Question you Posted o RSVP-ing to an Event created by your page o Tagging your page either in your status or a photo o Checking into your place o Liking or sharing a check-in deal • Does the page have a Welcome Tab or any other custom tabs? How does the Welcome tab showcase the business? What other tabs do they have? Tabs are located on the left side bar of the Facebook page. • Also note what isn’t working for the pages and what you can do better. For example, see how Pringles, Nutella, and Reese’s do a great job with varying their posts and encouraging engagement on Facebook. Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 11 UNDERSTAND FACEBOOK BEST PRACTICES Now that you have spent some time researching the competition and big brands, you may notice some Facebook “rules of thumb” that bubble to the surface. While there aren’t any hard and fast rules in social media, there are some general “best practices” that are you can start with as a base. Ultimately you will have to carve your own way with what works with your audience and what they need from you. You will notice that successful brands on Facebook don’t preach or sell to their fan base, they engage with them. Just like in the real world. Customers know when a salesperson is being disingenuous and it turns them off. They also know when a salesperson is genuinely interested in understanding their needs and finding out how best to meet those needs. Facebook is no different. Notice how Sierra Trading post gives their Facebook community special deals but also makes it fun which is what their community expects: Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 12 Success Magazine gives their community inspiring quotes and things to do through their updates: Zappos does a great job keeping things fun but tying their posts back to something on their website: Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 13 So what are some of these “unwritten rules” that you can guide your Facebook Page posts? Here are some good general rules that you may find you need to adjust for your audience: • Post every day. That may seem excessive to you but as people make more friends and Like more pages, your posts may be missed. If you are only posting once or twice a week then it could be a long time between posts if your community misses one or two of them. There are studies that show posting between 3-5 times a day can be good amount for Pages (make sure you are varying your posts and also watch your statistics to see what works best for your community). You can decide that you might take the weekend off but also realize that the weekend is when many people are on Facebook. • Focus on engagement. You are trying to connect and get response from your community. Ask questions, post helpful tips, links to articles that your audience will Like and Share. When you make the posts about your audience and what they need rather than selling, you will develop a richer and deeper relationship with your community. You will sell more as a byproduct of that deeper relationship. Set aside time to follow up on posts and respond to questions on your Wall. • Have a call to action. Tell people to click the Like or comment on the post. Or have them watch your video or go to your website. • Don’t oversell or undersell. No one likes a never-ending sales pitch. By the same token, make sure you do highlight your wares from time-to-time Use the 80-20 rule for sales messages vs. content/connection posts. So if you decide to post five times a week, one of the posts should be a sales message and four posts will be other helpful or fun content for your community. • Make it fun. Facebook is a social community. People are there to have fun. This is a place where you can let your corporate hair down a little. Stay true to your brand but think of ways to entertain your audience. These rules are a good place to start but watch what works for you. There is no one “right” way to do everything on Facebook. Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 15 LEARN THE LINGO Do you like me or do you Like me? Like, what’s that all about? In high school, you were lucky if you could figure out how to conjugate a single verb in Spanish or French class in 10 minutes. Learning to speak Facebook-ese is simpler Here’s what you need to know: Application, or “App” for short – Applications, apps, or applets are software programs tailored to interact with Facebook users. Typically they are standard web applications that could run on any web site using common web programming languages, but they are specialized in that they can interact with the Facebook data base through API (Application Programming Interface) calls to learn who is running the app and a little bit about their friends and interests (with permissions granted and everyone’s privacy preferences respected). In Facebook, they are used to facilitate any number of content-sharing or interaction functions between your Facebook page, your website or blog, and users. Apps can include Facebook games such as FarmVille, but also business Apps such as the app to showcase your LinkedIn Profile or YouTube channel on your Facebook Page. EdgeRank – More on this on a later day, but EdgeRank is the algorithm (which is just fancy developer-speak for formula) Facebook uses to determine which content posted on Facebook that any given user gets to see in his News Feed at any given time when they log in to their Facebook account.   The percentage of consumers likely to recommend a brand to a friend after 56% becoming a fan Fan – When you or your customers choose to Like an organization’s page, you become a Fan of that enterprise. Kind of like being a die-hard Trekkie or one of those people who live at Starbucks. Technically there hasn’t been an actual ‘Fan’ since mid Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 16 2010 when Facebook changed the vernacular from ‘Fan Pages’ to ‘Business Pages’ that users could ‘Like’ (more on that below). But the term Fan remains popular and is still commonly used, long after the last real Fan left the building. Friend – One of the trickier Facebook terms, friend is used as a noun and a verb in Facebook-ese. As a noun, a Friend is someone with whom you’ve established a connection in your social network. The act of making that connection is to “friend” someone (Apparently, Zuckerberg’s coding skills were substantively better than his grammar skills). Facebook has been different from Twitter and Google+ (but similar to LinkedIn) in that people have to mutually agree to become connected as Friends. This changed a bit in September 2011 with the advent of the Subscribe function. Now you can connect to someone who, well, is ‘just not that into you’. Now you can get the same updates that their friends do if they allow the Subscribe function. Friend List – Much as in the real world, a Friend List is just what it sounds like. A list or organized group of your Facebook friends. Facebook has been enhancing the capabilities of Friend Lists recently in response to the common criticism that people rarely wish to share an item with all of their friends. Your co-workers and your grandparents don’t need to see the wild party pictures and only a handful of friends will really care that you added a new species to your butterfly collection. Posting to a Friend List solves that problem and Facebook has even been creating ‘smart list’ segmentations based on what it knows about your friends.   The percentage of consumers who “Like” 78% fewer than 10 brands Group – A Facebook group is a group of Facebook users organized around a common interest. Any Facebook user can create a group, such as “The 10 Days to Facebook Marketing Success” group, people committed to spending 10 days improving their company’s Facebook marketing. Group Members can engage in live group chat and can receive mailing list style notifications. Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 17 Like – Ok, here’s the trickiest term of them all. In the BEYOND LIKING, GET Facebook world, “Like” has four potential meanings: READY FOR MANY 1) When someone professes their affinity for a MORE VERBS business page, they actively “Like” it and thus become a fan; 2) When a user wants to express their At Facebook’s 2011 developer’s agreement with another user’s comments on their conference they announced that wall (we’ll explain “Wall” in a second) or news feed, ‘Like’ would soon become just they will “like” the comment; 3) A “Like” button can one of many verbs. The be installed on websites outside of Facebook, such as developers were told that they yours, which, when clicked, enables the user to “like” could start writing applications in a page on a website or a blog post which will then which users could also ‘Listen’, post a “story” to their news feed that they have liked ‘Watch’ and ‘Read’. Applications that post or page on a website. Just to be clear, the were also empowered to take Like button does not translate into someone become those actions on the user’s a “Fan”, it posts a one-time story into the person’s behalf. Listen to the new Lady news feed. Gaga song on Spotify or read about the election using the Network – In Facebook parlance, a network is an Washington Post app and you’ll association of Facebook users based on a school or automatically have listened and employer. watched something. Yes, you can News Feed – This where your friends wall posts are toggle the entire process on and aggregated for you to view in a section of your off according to your mood. Facebook homepage. It keeps users informed of what Next up will probably be ‘Want’, a their friends (or the businesses they “Like”) are up to. not so subtle hint to friends, families and (of course) Open Graph – The Open Graph is a programmer’s delight. It is an API (application program interface) advertisers that there is that allows outside sites to exchange information with something out there on your wish Facebook’s user database. For example, if you clicked list. The door is also open for the Like button on an article about American Idol it businesses to create their own will be remembered forever in the Open Graph. Later verbs. Nike will be able to create on, if you visit a music or entertainment site and ‘Ran’, Trek can use ‘Biked’ and permit them access to your Facebook account, they’ll Lufthansa can work with ‘Visited’.  start off knowing just a little more about you. Some Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 18 carefully selected partner sites can get limited information without even asking because of ‘Instant Personalization’. Visit http://www.tripadvisor.com/ while you are logged in to Facebook to see how this works. You might even see a personalized map of all the cities that your Facebook friends say they have visited. Page – A page is like a website homepage with Facebook. Businesses, products, artists, public figures, charitable causes and the like use their page as the starting point for interaction with their fans. Social Plugins – Social Plugins are apps that you install and reside on your website. They help connect your website and your fans to your Facebook page. They can enable things like showing visitors to your site who in their social network has recently engaged with your website and make recommendations to the social network based on interactions between your company and your fans. The Like button is the best known social-plugins but it is only one of several. The Like Box can be added to your website to allow people to become your Fan without leaving your site (which is handy when you want them to keep browsing your site). You can see the full list at http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/ . Tag – Friends can tag their Friends in Posts, Pictures, Notes, and Videos by typing the symbol and then the person’s name. Then they select the name from a drop-down list to hyperlink it to the other person’s profile. The person will also get a notification that they have been tagged. People and other Pages can tag your Facebook Page as well by using the same method. A Facebook Page cannot tag a person unless the Admin of the Page is a personal friend of that person. Clear as mud? Word of caution – use the tagging feature sparingly – too much tagging on one page can be spam-like. Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 19 Ticker – The Ticker is one of Facebook’s new features and lives on the right side bar of the News Feed. Facebook has been grappling with the problem of having too many items being directed to a user’s newsfeed so they started prioritizing items (using EdgeRank). But they still faced a problem. Let too many items come through and the newsfeed became unusable. Screen out too much and users became upset that they were missing things. Facebook’s answer is Ticker, which posts “activity stories” such as commenting on someone’s post or picture, checking in, using apps, Liking a Page, etc. The News Feed will contain status updates and posts from friends and Pages that you Like. Timeline – Think of this as the story of your life, Facebook-style. Whereas the News Feed dropped stories as new ones were added, the Timeline feature lets personal users determine how much, or how little, of their life is shared via this linear view of your life story. Timelines are currently only available for personal profiles but will probably roll out to Pages at some point. Wall – Your “wall” is your electronic whiteboard on your Facebook Page, the place where you post content and your fans can post their comments. You used to have a Wall on your personal profile, but now your friends can post on your Timeline. There’s a blank field that allows up to 5000 characters of comments which you then publish by hitting the “Share” button. You can also post Links, Photos, Videos, or Questions. Fans and other Facebook Pages can tag your Page and the post will show up on your Wall. There you have it. Now you parlez or habla all the Facebook you need to know.   The percentage of consumers who said 51% they are more likely to buy a product after “liking” the product on Facebook Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 21 ADD TO YOUR PAGE Now that you have the lingo, it’s time to spruce up your Page. Your Page should be a warm inviting place for people to come and should give potential Fans a clear picture on what your business is about. The first thing to consider adding to your Facebook Page is a custom Welcome Page also known as a Welcome tab. You may have seen these Welcome Pages as you have surfed Facebook. They are the tab that you land on that may encourage you to Like the Page before you get to the Wall. They can be as simple as an image that tells you more about the business or they can be more complex with a second image or information below the first image known as “Fan-only” content or a reveal tab. Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 22 Custom tabs are key to welcoming your potential fans, telling them more about your business, and converting them into new “Likers”. In fact, informal studies have been done that you can increase your Like conversion by 50% by just having a custom Welcome tab. How do you create these custom tabs? You create them with an iFrame application. You can build your own iFrame application but the easiest way to go about it is to use rd one of the 3 party iFrame applications already available. Here are some of the Facebook apps that can help you create your custom tab. • The Wildfire iFrame app is currently free and works very well. It’s easy to install and has Fan-only content capability. You can use an image as your Welcome Page or if you want to get fancy, you can do some HTML programming. • TabSite allows you to create multiple tabs within your custom tab so that you can create a mini-website. You will design your custom tab on their website and then load it onto your page. • ShortStack is another great iFrame application if you don’t know HTML coding and want something more custom. ShortStack has a drag and drop form to design your custom tab and you can easily add your MailChimp or Constant Contact e-mail embedded forms to allow people to easily sign up for your newsletter. • Lujure is another iFrame app that is easy to use if you don’t know coding with their drag-and-drop design area. Their free option comes with one tab and they have the fan-only content capability. Install this application directly from their website. • Pagemodo is very easy to use if you want to have multiple images and don’t know anything about coding. Once you add a custom tab, make sure you set it as the Default Landing Tab that non-fans land on. Once someone Likes your Page, they will always land on your Wall ever after. To set your Default Landing tab, click the Edit Page button in the upper Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 23 right corner, you will land on the Manage Permissions tab of your Page Dashboard, select the drop-down menu next to Default Landing Tab and select the name of the custom tab you installed. Then next thing to consider to brand your Page is to increase the size of your profile picture. Your Profile picture can be up to 180 pixels wide by 540 pixels tall and you should use this valuable real estate. In the Tulum Facebook Page pictured above, they feature a picture of the week as well as tell people to connect on Twitter in their profile picture. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese uses it to remind people to click Like. If you have a designer, this can be done easily. If you need a designer, you can find inexpensive ones through www.elance.com or www.odesk.com or just ask your social media connections for a good referral. Once you have your new profile Picture, you can upload it and adjust it by following these steps: 1. Click the Edit Page button in the upper right corner of your Page. 2. Select Profile Picture from your Page dashboard. 3. Click the Choose file button to find your new Profile picture. 4. Once it is uploaded, then underneath the picture, click the Edit Thumbnail link to select the portion of the picture you would like displayed next to your posts. You may want to add some additional Apps to jazz-up your Facebook Page. Here is a list of some Apps, select the ones that make sense for your business: Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 24 NetworkedBlogs - http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks This application will import your blog automatically into your Wall whenever you have a new post. More on how to set this up later. RSS Graffiti - http://apps.facebook.com/rssgraffiti This application will import any RSS feed into your wall. Pavment - http://apps.facebook.com/payvment Use this application to create a storefront on your Fan Page. If you have a product, you can easily sell it directly from your Fan Page. You can even set it so that your Fans get special discounts available only to them. Causes - http://apps.facebook.com/causes Use this application if you are a non- profit. You can raise money for your cause within Facebook. MarketPlace - http://apps.facebook.com/marketplace This application is used by Realtors, Car Dealers and Apartments to list homes, cars and apartments. It also is used to list other things for sale and has job listings. Booshaka - http://www.booshaka.com/ This application shows a list of all your top Fans by how much they interact with you. Fan of the Week - https://apps.facebook.com/fanofthe/ - This app automatically picks a Fan of the Week based on interaction and posts the message about the new Fan each week. Head over to www.Involver.com for some more great app choices. They have a YouTube application and a Twitter application that will import information from those social media sites into tabs on your Facebook Page.   The percentage of consumers who interact 61% with companies on their social networks to receive discounts Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 26 CREATE A CONTENT CALENDAR Make it your business to spend some time planning your editorial calendar, deciding what content you will post and when. One of the biggest challenges business owners can face is “What should I post?” An editorial calendar gives you a road map you can turn to without having to start with a blank page trying to figure out what you want to communicate to your customers while there’s a million other things gnawing at your mind and fighting for your attention—you know, like every day at work. A content calendar gives you an overview of what you’re posting so you can ensure that you cover all the topics and products you want covered. It ensures that you’re not repeating yourself. It forces you to think about what’s important and what’s not so you don’t fall into the trap of posting content just to fill a void. You can have two types of content calendars. One is a larger roadmap of promotions and special events throughout the year to highlight. The other is a weekly calendar rd that can give structure to your exact daily content such as 3 party links, photos, a Fan of the Week, etc. This is what your weekly content calendar could look like: rd • Monday morning: 3 party link to an interesting relevant article • Monday afternoon: Photo (could be a product or behind the scenes event) • Tuesday morning: Your own blog post (assuming you post weekly) • Tuesday afternoon: Question of the day (could be around a news event, a social question, or crowd sourcing to find out what your audience is struggling with around your niche) • Wednesday morning: Fan of the Week (highlight a Fan or Fan Page that has contributed to the conversation) You can use a Facebook App such as Fan of the Week for Pages or Booshaka (as mentioned in Day 4) to help you decide. You get the idea. As you develop your weekly content calendar, your community will also get to know your pattern and they will look forward to certain weekly events. Again, watch what works for your audience. Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 27 An overall content calendar helps you see your Facebook marketing in the context of all your other marketing activities so you can avoid duplication, reinforce what you want reinforced, coordinate activities between various media, and it lets you develop a balanced approach of wall posts, live events, contests, and other Facebook tools.   The percentage of consumers who follow companies on social networks to receive general information 55% Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com UNDERSTANDING Day EDGERANK & THE ART OF 6 ENGAGEMENT HOW TO MASTER FACEBOOK MARKETING IN 10 DAYS 29 UNDERSTANDING EDGERANK & THE ART OF ENGAGEMENT Want to gain an edge on your competitors? Then, understand this: For all its folksy charm, Facebook is a business. And, not surprisingly, this business wants to make money. Facebook does that by serving up readers to advertisers, just like any other content-driven journalistic enterprise. And, just like any good content provider, Facebook thrives on giving its audience content that is three things: popular, relevant and timely. Those three attributes which Facebook refers to as weight (relevance), affinity (popularity), and time decay (timely) comprise the EdgeRank. These three things are the “edges” that Facebook’s algorithm “ranks” to determine what content is likely to be most interesting to you, the audience. Affinity is the score between the viewer and the ‘edge’ creator. How closely you are tied to the person creating the content determines this score. Weight is the value given to the comments and actions any given post receives from your Facebook community. As they “like” it, comment on it, tag it, it gains in relevance to the community at large. Time Decay is just that, the decaying value of the content as time passes. Today’s news is news. Yesterday’s news is history; in days gone by, it lined the bottom of the bird cage or the litter box. Share this eBook   www.HubSpot.com

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