Every day, over 20 million users logged on to Facebook are interacting with Business Pages. This number may seem daunting, and indeed it isn’t easy to make your Page stand out from the millions of others… especially considering that your competition included billionaire brands like Wal-Mart.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t stand out from the crowd. Before delving too far into that (and we will), let’s first take a look at the reasons you should create a Facebook Business Page in the first place.
1. They’re free. And there isn’t a more inexpensive form of advertisement. With just an account on Facebook and a little time for set-up, you’re already ready to start generating traffic. That second part takes a bit more time than the initial set up, but you’re well on your way at this point.
2. They’re customizable. The static FBML application (which is also free) allows for complete customization of as many tabs as you see fit for your Page. It does require you have prior knowledge of FBML code (which is a derivative of HTML), but if you aren’t an expert in either, there are always services, some of which are relatively inexpensive, designed to help you create a great looking Facebook Business Page for your brand without requiring you to know anything about coding.
3. They’re known. What it means to have over 20 million people connecting with Facebook Pages is that you have 20 million opportunities to attract potential customers to your page. While you’re not going to capture that entire audience, 1 percent of 20 million is still 200,000 people. Even.01 percent is still 2,000 people that you can reach out to, so there is plenty of opportunity if you’re willing to reach out.
But creating your Business Page is only the first step. Once you’ve got it up, the next part gets a little more tricky – generating traffic. Still, with a few things in mind people will start liking your Page before you know it.
The most time-consuming, but also the most important way to promote your Business Page is to consistently keep it updated without cluttering it with too much superfluous content. Brand factoids, important updates, upcoming events or promotions, and videos are all great things to update your Page with, not only to keep it updated, but to engage the viewer with something he or she will be more interested in reading.
Keep it professional. Although your Page is connected to your profile, it shouldn’t be treated the same way. Keep personal information, such as your home address, family photos, and vacation plans off your Business Page. Not only does this have nothing to do with your business, but customers aren’t so much interested in your family outings as they are in what your brand has to offer.
People like pictures. Moreover, people don’t like the first thing they see when they land on a Page to be a great big wall of text. Especially when that great big wall of text looks the same as all the other great big walls of text that businesses have on their Pages. Make your Page stand out by utilizing the free FBML application (which you can set up as the landing tab for your Page) and capturing the attention of visitors.
The great thing about Facebook is that it’s one big string of people linked together by friendships, fanships, and likes. You can invite your friends to your Page, who will then invite their friends, who invite their friends and so on until you have more people liking your page than you know what to do with.
However, none of this matters if you don’t put it to action. Even if you have thousands of people who like your Page, it won’t mean much if they aren’t converting into more revenue for you. Remember to connect with your clientele and immerse yourself in the discussion. There’s no better way to build customer trust and brand loyalty than to put a personable face to the brand you’re advertising.