Archive for January, 2012

Can I Create a Facebook Business Page Without Linking It To My Profile?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Can I create a Facebook page without linking it to my profile? The quick answer is yes.

I get asked this question quite often by folks that are nervous about their online privacy and/or that want to keep their personal life separate from their work life. This is a valid concern and one I will address below.

So, you CAN create a business account, which is just a Facebook business page that is not linked with your Facebook profile. But, the real question is what is the difference, why should or shouldn’t you set it up so it’s not attached to your profile and what is best practices when it comes to setting up a business page?

Our very own Nicki Hicks wrote a blog post on this a while back with some great answers to what the difference between these page set ups are. Check it out here “Can I create a Facebook Business Account (or Fan Page) without a Personal Account?”  Nicki has highlighted some of the missing components of the Facebook business page when you don’t have it attached to a personal profile. Such as:

  • You won’t be able to link to your Twitter account
  • Your basic information will be limited to year founded, and not:
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Hours of operation
  • Your detailed information about your business will be limited to website, overview, mission, and products, and not:
    • Parking
    • Public transit
  • You won’t have the ability to tag (your personal) friends in photos
  • You won’t be able to invite your (personal) friends to become fans
  • You won’t be able to add any admins. (You can only add friends as admins.)
  • You won’t be able to get a vanity URL.

Aside from the above, Facebook will ask you when you go to set up a business account if you already have a personal profile.  If you do, you need to say yes. Some people are not on Facebook, they have no interest in being on Facebook and that’s okay. Business Accounts have become a way for folks to take advantage of having a page without having to create a personal account. However, if you DO have an personal profile/account already it’s against Facebook’s guidelines to create another account. This means that if Facebook finds out that your business account is you, regardless of if you use a different email etc, your page could get pulled permanently. Which means all that hard work you put into gaining fans and building a Facebook business presence is lost.

Lastly, if you have a business account rather than the page attached to your personal profile, it will not be searchable in Facebook. This is kind of a Biggie! What’s the point of having a page no one can stumble across on their own?

Now lets talk about keeping things separated, meaning your personal profile personal and not accessible from your business page. Here is what Facebook says on the matter:

In addition, Pages are managed by admins who have personal Facebook profiles (timelines). Pages are not separate Facebook accounts and do not have separate login information from your profile (timeline). They are merely different entities on our site, similar to how Groups and Events function. Once you have set up a Page within your profile (timeline), you may add other admins to help you manage this Page. People who choose to connect to your Page won’t be able to see that you are the Page admin or have any access to your personal account.

Therefore you don’t need to worry about your personal info getting mixed up with your business page or your privacy being breached.

And, here are some benefits of having it attached to your personal account:

- You don’t have to sign in and out of different accounts all day in order to check in on things or make an update.
- You can switch between using Facebook as your page and as yourself. This is great for commenting on other pages and even commenting on your page as you or your page.

So, my recommendation is that you create a business page through your personal account making it easier on yourself and making sure that you get a pages full functionality.

Joan Woodbrey Crocker
“You Don’t gotta keep em separated” – Facebook does for you :)

 

Photo Credit: By Orin Zebest

3 Unique Ways to Find New (and Relevant) Tweeps on Twitter

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Whether you’re new to Twitter or you’ve been on it for what seems like a decade, it’s easy to get stuck in who you’re following. You may even find that you don’t actively make searches for new people like you used to.

It’s time to break out of that. 

Since Twitter has become so filled with spam (or that’s what it feels like, at least), why not try finding valuable Tweeps in more unique ways?

People Search

Sure, you’ve used the Twitter Search function before, but that usually means you’ll have to spend hours and hours sorting through piles of bogus tweeps. Instead, look at the “People Search”. In the new version of Twitter, you can change the search to show just people. Typically, this group is sorted by the most relevant – and often, most popular – tweeps.

 

Friends of Friends

Pay close attention to those tweeps you hold in high regard and watch who they’re talking with. A lot of times, you’ll find relevant tweeps when your favorites ReTweet or reply to them!

Seminars & Webinars

If you’re attending a webinar or even a live seminar, be sure to follow the hashtag. You’ve already got one thing in common with these people: whatever it is that brought you to this conference/seminar/webinar. Start checking out some profiles; my guess is you’ll find a ton of interesting tweeps. Then, take it to the next level by tweeting out phrases and takeaways from the conference; this way, people will start following you, too!

What about you? What are your favorite ways to find new tweeps?

Nicki Hicks
Tweep finder

10 Tips for A Successful Facebook Ad Campaign | Facebook Ads

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Trying and Succeeding

So, my friend Megan and I had lunch together today. She was telling me all about her new Facebook Ad Campaigns that she is running for her Facebook Business Pages. She’s had a lot of success lately so we were comparing notes on some of our processes and tricks. Below is a compilation of some of her tips and some of my own…

1. Have a goal: If you are going to start a Facebook Ad campaign you better know what you are trying to accomplish. Is it more likes? Brand awareness? Event registrations? Sales? What is your goal for the ad? This answer is going to determine what type of Facebook Ad Campaign you are going to run. For instance if it’s to get more likes or to build awareness you might want to just use the traditional marketplace ad, however if it’s an event you may want to promote you could do a sponsored story and promote a page post highlighting it.  Having a goal also gives you the ability to measure your success later on.

2. Testing: Many people create one version of an ad, pick one target, select their bid and just run the ad continuously. This is not best practice for running a successful Facebook ad campaign and can end up costing you quite a bit of money while providing mediocre results. Here are a few testing tips:

  • Images: Test different images on the same ad and see if one gets more action than the others
  • Verbiage: Once you’ve seen what image performs best, test out the language you use in your ad
  • Target: Test the different targets using the same ads how are these working
  • Ad Type Choice: Test the different types of ads offered by Facebook (standard market place ads, sponsored story ads, like ads, post ads, check in ads etc.)
  • Targeting Your Audience: Create different ads for your different audiences, don’t lump all into one, sometimes a bigger audience isn’t better when it comes to Facebook ads

3. Landing Pages: Create landing pages that make sense. If you are advertising a coupon, bring your audience to a coupon page, if you are trying to get people to like your page bring them to your welcome page, if you are advertising an event bring them to an event page or landing page that promotes it. You get the picture; just make sure that your target makes sense for the person clicking on the ad.

4. Update Your Wall: Make sure that you are still consistently engaging your audience on your page, asking questions, posting video, posting photos, bringing in your blog posts, and offering valuable content. This makes the page look lived in, interesting and inviting for the newbie arriving on your wall.

5. Ad Copy: Don’t feel compelled to use all 135 characters available to you. Sometimes a short sentence does a better job of generating interest and attracting an audience.

6. Photos: We mentioned selecting different photos above for testing, but it’s important to state again, a great image can change the whole look, feel and meaning of your ad. Make sure that your image is attracting the audience that you want.

7. Play In Their Sandbox: Don’t create Facebook Ads that take your audience off of Facebook. Now I know that there is some differing opinions on this, but in my experience, when you lead someone off Facebook you risk the chance of that user becoming cranky. People who are on Facebook want to stay on Facebook. So, lead them to a landing page on Facebook talking about your product or service, have an ecommerce page on Facebook, offer them a downloadable coupon on Facebook, or have them like your page. Not only does this keep them in the place they want to be it also allows you the opportunity to gain the like, which means you now have the ability to market to them in the future, not just that one ad click.

8. Know Your Audience: Facebook has some amazing targeting abilities but it’s up to you first to know who your audience is. What they are interested in? Where they are located? What age range they are? etc.

9. Create Audience Specific Ads: Once you know whom your audience is you should segment them out. For instance, you may have one product that you sell to a wide range of demographics. Say you are selling an anti-aging skin care product, your message to a 25 year old woman is going to be much different than the message you would deliver to a 65 year old woman. And, how you sell a weight loss or fitness program to members of the opposite sex will be much different. Create demographic specific ads, and test different ads within that space as well.

10. Measure. This is the most important part. This is how you see if your Facebook Ad Campaign is successful or not. This is how you see which ad is performing better than the other. This is how you know if your targeting is correct, and so on. This may take some time and effort on your part, but it’s worth it in order to create more successful ads campaigns.

BONUS Tip: A recent study by Neilson said that Facebook ads get stale faster than traditional ads. Your audience is sick of the same ad after 2 – 5 days, so keep a close eye on how your ads are performing so they don’t get stale.

Joan Woodbrey Crocker
Fan of Facebook Advertising

Image By: AnnieGreenSprings

The Best of 2011 from flyte new media: Most Popular Posts on the flyte blog, Maine SEO, and Florida SEO

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

This will be my third year in a row creating a “best of the year” post; feel free to check out posts from 2010 and 2009, too.

This year, I’ve done the best at flyte: from our flyte blog, Maine SEO blog, and Florida SEO blog. Go ahead and browse the archives; enjoy!

flyte blog

  1. 50 – Count ‘em, 50! – Creative Uses of QR Codes
  2. Print Keynote Handouts Like PowerPoint
  3. Post to your Facebook Business Page as you…and more!
  4. What is a QR Code? What is QR Code Marketing?
  5. What is a Facebook Landing Page and Why Do I Need One?

Maine SEO

  1. What is a Good Bounce Rate in Google Analytics?
  2. Facebook Fun | What Was Your Status Update On This Day Last Year?
  3. Can I create a Facebook Business Account (or Fan Page) without a Personal Account?
  4. How to Like a Facebook Fan Page…as a Fan Page
  5. Allowing Pingbacks and Trackbacks on your blog: Is there any value back?

Florida SEO

  1. Alt Tags vs. Title Tags for Images in WordPress: What’s the difference?
  2. The Top 5 Most Liked Pages on Facebook and What We Can Learn From Them
  3. How Long Will It Take to See Results from Search Engine Optimization?
  4. How to Decrease Your Bounce Rate in Google Analytics
  5. Welcome the Newest Member to flyte new media: Joan Woodbrey Crocker!

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