Archive for the ‘Facebook Tips & Apps’ Category

Facebook 101 Tips and Tricks

 

I have been posting numerous tips and tricks about using Facebook on my alternate blog at http://helperb.us/thebuzz.  So buzz on over there if you want to learn more about how to navigate around in Facebook and fully utilize it to get the buzz about your biz going!

Facebook Places

Facebook rolled out a new feature called “places” not too long ago. I hadn’t paid much attention to it, because I don’t have internet on my phone. Even if I did, I don’t know if I’d be inclined to take the time to “check in” when I arrive at stops along my way. However, I can see the potential exposure for your business if you have loyal customers who take the time to “check in” when they arrive at your establishment. It goes on your friend’s wall and they see where you’re hanging out. It might be a restaurant they hadn’t heard of yet, or a great secondhand store.

What’s so exciting about having a “place” page you ask? More exposure, of course! You can broadcast on your business page that people can now “check in” when they come for a visit, to help give your business more exposure. You can also add a “deal” to your “places” page. I’ll explain more about that in my next post. When you initially find your “places” page, the profile picture will be a blue teardrop, like the placemarkers on google maps. That will be your clue. Unfortunately, it is another seperate page, so put a post on it’s wall for your fans to keep in touch with your business through your official business page. You are able to merge your “places” page with your business page, but I have not had success in getting that accomplished yet.

I am assisting a Cafe owner, and discovered she had a “place” page the other day. I’m not sure how she acquired it – according to Facebook they are gradually rolling out this feature, so not every business automatically has one. It may have been due to one of her customers ‘checking in’ on their cell phone. We may never know, but it’s there so we’re going to take full advantage of it!
I thought I’d share this short explanation with you, on how to use the feature.

Who can use the Places feature?
At this time, the Places application is available to users in select countries with mobile access to the Facebook application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry v1.9, or touch.facebook.com. Places will be rolled out more broadly and to other mobile devices and the web in the future. Please make sure that you are using the most up-to-date software version for your iPhone, Android, or mobile device or the Places application may not function properly. Alternatively, you can access the Places application through your device’s web browser by following these steps:
• Point your browser to http://touch.facebook.com.
• Tap the Places tab.
• When you are prompted to share your location, tap “Share Location.”

If you are still experiencing problems, please note that you may not yet be able to use the Places application because it is a new feature that is being gradually rolled out. In the meantime, you can check The Facebook Blog for updates on product launches and other Facebook-related stories.

Here is a link to a comprehensive list of questions and answers related to Facebook “Places”. http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=18372&ref_query=Facebook+Pla#!/help/?page=1159

I’ll have further explanations about “places” and “deals” in my next post, so stay tuned. Until then…Cindy

Create your Facebook Business Page

You mean Facebook is useful for something else other than playing Mafia Wars and Farmville? Absolutely! Take advantage of the parts of Facebook that can help you get you and your business out there.

In order to set up a Facebook business page (the name has changed numerous times-Fan Page, Like Page), you first need to have a personal profile. When you go to Facebook.com, look under the sign in box and you will see a place to click on ‘create a page’. Then you can decide if you want to create a business page (Official), a group page or community page. Look in Facebook help if you have any questions about which type of page you should set up. After you have made your choice, then simply follow the prompts and get started.

Once you’ve gotten all of your personal and business information filled in, you can look around and see what Facebook apps might be useful to you. There are tabs for ‘discussions’, ‘reviews’, ‘blogs’ and you can look around and discover these gradually, when you get on other people’s pages and see what apps they’re using.

One app I would recommend, which is very useful, is Networked Blogs. Just type Networked Blogs in the search box on your Facebook page and you will be taken to their page, where you can input information about any blogs you want to follow, or enter your blog information and ‘syndicate’ it to broadcast onto the pages you desire. You have to hunt for that ‘syndicate’ button (towards top middle of page), because once you put in the blog’s info, you will have to click on ‘syndicate’ and answer questions as to where you want to broadcast your blog to (personal page only, business & personal page). From here you can also connect with your Twitter account. A ‘blog’ tab will be added to your page and from here you can also follow and read blogs from others. So with one blog entry, you can broadcast across your personal page, your business page(s) and Twitter.

Join in on the social media discussion!

%d bloggers like this: