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How Scheduled Posts can Save You Time & Get You More Fans

Business FacebookHave you discovered the “Scheduled Posts” feature on Facebook yet? There are some Facebook features that are “take it or leave it”, but every once in a while, Facebook actually adds a function that is really, really neat. And the “schedule” button is one of those functions that really gets me rocking and rolling. It’s only been introduced very recently, so it’s not surprsing if it hasn’t caught your eye yet. It’s been a real life-saver really.

This little beauty allows you to “calendarise” your Facebook posts.

So if you wanted to release a particular post at 7pm tonight but you’d rather be watching the latest episode of “How I Met Your Mother” with your teenager, then you can schedule the post to be released at 7pm tonight, without the need to be in the same room as your PC at all, during this essential-TV-viewing-teenager-bonding-time.

There are significant benefits in using the “Schedule” button….

  1. You can quickly type your posts when it is most convenient for you (eg during a quiet period of your business) to be displayed “out of your standard business hours”. This means you are not tied to your PC when you would rather be having a life {shock horror}
  2. Conversely, if you have an event coming up (or an uber-busy work-week planned), and you think you will be too busy to post during work hours for a while, then you can schedule your posts out of hours, to be released during business hours, at a time when you know you will be tied up. Your business then still appears in the News Feeds of your Fans, rather than missing out on visibility all together during that time period. This gives your business the crucial exposure it needs, when it needs it most, and the potential to gather more Fans, even while you are too busy to “be there” on Facebook.

Some crucial pointers….

  1. Don’t use Hootsuite or any other “External” programs to post to Facebook.  Yes you can use these programs to post to Twitter and other Social Platforms, for sure, but not for Facebook. It will affect your Edgerank (Facebook Business Page Ranking), and not in a good way. I have written a previous blog post about what Edgerank is here. This is crucial to understand for Facebook Business Success, but in a nutshell, you need to be “inside” Facebook when you post. So don’t be tempted to post from an outside program to save you time, instead, the best time-saving function available to you within Facebook is the “Schedule” function. So use it to your heart’s content.
  2. Think about the best “times” to post. I share my extensive research on this topic in detail in my book and give you loads of tips on how to work out the best times for you to post in your business. You need to meet your target market at the best times, otherwise you are wasting your time on Facebook and I show you in my book the steps to figure this out specifically for your business (every business is different and hence the “best times” to post is different too). However if you would like some personalised help to work out the best times to post for your business, we can explore this in a 1-on-1 session together if that suits you better.

So, where to find this said “Schedule button”… {drum roll please}….

As this is only a new-ish feature (September 2012), most of my clients haven’t noticed this button yet, which is not surprising since Facebook seem to be moving the furniture around almost every day….

Funnily enough, the “Schedule button” is actually right under your nose …..

scheduling Facebook posts

  1. To setup a “scheduled post” simply click inside the “Status bar” and start typing your post
  2. When you are finished typing, click the small clock icon on the bottom left hand corner of the status box (note that this tiny clock icon does not appear until you actually click your cursor inside the status box, and then it appears, as if by magic)
  3. When you click the clock (try saying this ten times fast!), a “Year” pops up. Just choose the year you would like your post to be displayed. I suggest keeping your posts to within the week (too much can happen in your business between now and next year!)
  4. After you select a year, a month option pops up, and so on for day, and time
  5. Click the Schedule button on the bottom right of the status box, to diarise this post for the time you have specified. For this dummy example above on “The Like Effect” Facebook Page, I entered 7:30 tomorrow morning so that my post could “appear” in the Facebook news feed starting 7:30am

But what if I change my mind?

Do not fear, Facebook have thought of this as well. To change the posts that you have “scheduled”….

  1. Click on “Edit Page”
  2. Select “Use Activity Log”
  3. And you will see all your scheduled posts there in a list
  4. Here you can change the date and time of the future-dated posts, or cancel them all-together, so you still have full control over your posts even though they are diarised….

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With Gratitude
Francesca Esposito-Rose B.Inf.Tech.
Business Mentor, Online Specialist, Author, Speaker & FaceBook Business Specialist

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The Benefits of Entering Your Street Address: Tips to Optimizing your Facebook Business Page

Optimise Facebook Business PageAlot of my clients have been asking me lately whether they should add their real street address to Business Pages? Short Answer YES! Long answer, there are many  benefits in doing this. In this post I explain the two top reasons why adding your street address will greatly improve the performance of your Page. I also explain the steps to do this….

Most folks are concerned about privacy on their personal Facebook Profiles, but there are some great benefits that go along with adding your street address to your Business Page. So business owners, I would be adding my street address pronto if you haven’t already done so….

Here are two great reasons why you need to add a real street address to your Facebook Business Page right now….

1. Subcategory. There are 3 x new fields that Facebook magically opens up for you once you add yuor street address. These 3 fields are “subcategory”. Besides your major category which your overall “type” of business, the “subcategory” allows you to refine what you do a little more. Once you add your street address, you are allwoed to add three x subcategories to your Business Page. The super-duper benefit of this that once you do this, anyone looking for your type of service in your local area, will find your Business Page as matching the type of product they are looking for. For example, if you are a Retail Store and your category is “Shop”. Once you add your street address, you can now also add more of a description of what type of “Retail Store” you are. So say you are vintage. You may be able to add “Vintage”, “Antiques” and “Second hand” as your 3 x subcategories. I have just made these up, but you get the general idea. THEN, when someone is searching for “Vintage” or “Antique” or “Second Hand” on Facebook, in your local area, your business will come up when it would not have previously come up before in a customer search.

2. Map. The 2nd major benefit of adding your street address to your Business Page, is that once you do this, your business now comes up ON THE MAP. On the Facebook  Map I mean (which is in fact a Bing map, Facebook use Bing maps. not Google Maps). So without an address, you simply don’t appear on the Facebook map. Again, it is very powerful to be able to display a map on your Business Page, it also ranks you in Facebook searches. Having a Facebook Map also helps with your SEO or Search Engine Optimization, but that’s a whole other post….

And what if you don’t have a shop you cry? What if you run an online business? If you are not a bricks & mortar business, do not fear, you can also use a PO BOX as your “street address” so go out and grab one today…..

How to add your street address….

  1.  Simply click on the About Box underneath your Cover photo
  2. You can enter your street address there
  3. Once you have entered this, Facebook may take 1 minute or 1 month to process your address. If the “subcategory” field and map do not appear within a few minutes, make a note to come back to this later. You will need to come back to this screen to physically type in your “subcategories” – Facebook will not fill this in for you….

For this and other great ways to optimise your Facebook for Business Page for your business success, get my book. Or if 1-on-1 is more your style, I am available for personal sessions in person, over the phone, over email or over skype….

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Francesca Esposito-Rose B.Inf.Tech.

FaceBook Business Specialist

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Isaac’s Live Lip-Dub Proposal – The Power of YouTube for your Business Marketing

This is a video blog post, you can watch this video here or there is a full transcript below…..

Hi, I’m Francesca and I’m your Facebook Business Specialist. And I’m super excited today. I’ve just watched Isaac propose to Amy on YouTube along with 7 million other people around the world. Absolutely brilliant, original, clever, fun. This video really warmed my heart, it made me cry actually. And it got me thinking as well about how business can leverage and harness the power of YouTube to help them build their business. I’m always talking about business building with all of my clients. YouTube is a really important business builder. I thought I’d record a very quick video today to have this conversation with you. I recommend clicking pause on this and going to watch Isaac’s proposal on YouTube if you missed it the last few days. I’ve also included a link below. So I recommend pausing, watching it and coming back, and let’s have a chat about it…..

Isaac’s Live Lip Dub Proposal to Amy

 

So what did you think? Pretty fantastic huh? And for anyone that’s thinking of proposing to their partner any time soon, I know it sets the bar really high. But in terms of a video, it has not only gone viral over the internet over the last 3 or 4 days, it’s also dominated news and morning and evening shows, and it’s also dominated conversations on the street. In terms of a video, it’s really showing that it’s very important for businesses to harness the power of YouTube. For two main reasons. Number one, YouTube, is the second biggest search engine in the world. This means that when a customer is looking for a product or service, they’re going to go to YouTube as one of the biggest platforms to search online. It’s really important therefore to have some video content, so that your business can be discovered, your business can be found easily online. The second reason why it’s absolutely crucial to have some video content for your business, is because video content actually generates fantastic link juice, or SEO (Search Engine Optimisation/Optimization) for your website and your Facebook Business page. So by having some videos linked from your website and your Facebook page, your website and Business Facebook Page will rank higher just by the very fact that you’ve got some video clips linked from them.

It’s really important to start generating some video content for your business. It’s a great opportunity for you to be yourself, show your customers the human side of your business, make your videos fun and engaging, generate some great content and give your customers some important information. So that’s also another fantastic reason to have some YouTube content linked to your website and Facebook for Business fan page.

Now I’m just holding a mirror up to my camcorder, I just bought this a couple of weeks ago. I just wanted to show you that this is a very simple setup, so I’m just holding up a mirror just to show you how I’m recording this.

This little setup has cost me under a couple hundred dollars, it doesn’t need to be expensive.  You can actually set yourself up quite inexpensively. It’s really worth doing though, you can also record with your iPhone or SmartPhone. It’s just really important to start recording some video content for your business. If you’re used to taking photos, or writing blogs or articles or any other way that you generate content, it’s just important to start adding some video content to your business stream as well. and you will benefit from not only in the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation/Optimization) but you’ll also benefit from the fact that the discovery of your product will be a lot more readily available and that will drive sales to your door. So it’s really important to start getting some video content happening. It also allows you to engage your customers and provide some useful information to your fans. So I definitely recommend checking out my channel on YouTube called thelikeffect. Especially my first two videos are a great example of what not to do! My first couple of videos are very grainy and very poor lighting. But they’re great learning examples  of how not to shoot a video, but hey, I’m on a steep learning curve here  too guys. I’ve only just got this Camcorder and I’m also learning about video recording which I’ve never done before, so this is a new area for me too. But it’s definitely worth learning and definitely worth generating some video content.

And remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, YouTube is not about perfection . It’s more important to have some content and to have some YouTube clips recorded than not having any at all. The benefits in SEO and all the other benefits I’ve talked about far outweigh being perfect. So don’t worry about perfection. Don’t be self conscious about it. Just launch it. It’s better to have some content than not to have any content. So stay tuned to my channel, I will be filming alot more now that I’ve got this wonderful toy to play with and I look forward to connecting with you soon. Oh, and please do leave me a comment in the box below, like my Facebook page and I look forward to talking with you again soon.

The 7 Tweaks Every Business Needs to Apply to their Facebook Page

If you already have a Facebook Business Page, you may be missing out on some vital data. In this post Francesca shares the 7 optimisations (optimizations) every business needs to apply to their Facebook Business Page to ensure they are getting the most out of their Fan Page. You can watch this video here or read the transcript below….

Here’s a transcript of this video here….

Hi, I’m Francesca and I’m your Facebook Business Specialist. I’m at my Retreat in the beautiful Byron Bay hinterland and a lot of my clients lately have been asking me how to best optimise (optimize) their Facebook pages since the new timelines were released on 31st march.

Now, a Facebook Page is very easy to setup but what my clients are finding tricky is knowing what to do to best optimise their Pages so that search engines can easily find their businesses.

I’d like to share with you today my Top 7 Tips on how to best optimise (optimize) your Facebook Business Timeline. This is also called “SEO” or (Search Engine Optimistion” for your Business Facebook Page.

Firstly, the Cover Photo. Facebook has been very generous and the Cover Photo is the whole width of the page. My tip is ==> go crazy! Don’t hold back! Choose the most beautiful photo that represents your business. Choose the most appealing photo – it is the 1st thing that a new visitor will see. So make sure you capture the attention of a new visitor enough so that they feel compelled to click the Like button on your Page. Make sure it’s a high quality, high resolution photo and just remember, it can’t be a promotional photo or anything salesy so choose a fantastic photo that really represents your business overall.

My second tip is for the Profile Photo and Facebook allows 180×180 pixels for your Profile Photo. Most people use their logo or another great high quality photo here but my tip is to check how this photo actually looks when it’s used a thumbnail which is only 32×32 pixels, because it is this Profile Photo that is reduced down to a mini size as a thumbnail which is propagated all over Facebook when you leave a comment on another Page. So my tip is to check the thumbnail and if it looks squashed or strange or cropped in a weird way, then you can resize this photo to make it look good in both sizes. Get familiar with a photo editing program like PhotoShop or get a friend to do this for you. It is important to get this photo resized and uploaded so that it looks good in both sizes both as a Profile Photo and also as a small mini thumbnail size.

My third tip is about the Application Boxes. There are 4 of these that you can see straight away on the right hand side but you can actually have up to 12 of these if you click the triangular button on the right. The first application box must be your photos and you can’t change this. I do recommend your 2nd box to be your Likers. It is nice for a new visitor to see how many Likers you have, it is something that a new visitor will naturally look for. Now your App Boxes are meant to be a channel or view of your business. So my recommendation for App Boxes is to set up your 3rd box as a video channel. And I’ll tell you why. It’s because YouTube is the 2nd biggest search engine in the world. And a lot of people don’t know this, but YouTube is a very common place these days where customers are searching for products and services. YouTube is not only a place to find videos, customers are also now using it as a search engine like Google or Yahoo. My advice is to make sure that a customer can find your business on YouTube. This means you need to get some videos happening! Record them on your SmartPhone or check your digital camera as a lot of them will have a video recording function. Or perhaps you own a camcorder or can borrow one from a friend? But I will talk alot more about how to choose topics to video that are relevant for your business in another video. But if you’re stuck for ideas to record, then why not create a how-to series on a topic related to your business? That’s always a good place to start. Either way, it is important for you start generating some video content that you can upload into this 3rd App Box on your Facebook Business Page. Also so that you can load these videos into YouTube because by having some YouTube videos, this will start to generate a lot of link juice for the search engine optimisation (SEO) of your Facebook Page. Your website will also start to rank higher in all the search engines too. Simply having a presence on YouTube will have positive search engine impact for your business. Videos are really great content to have on your Facebook Page.

My fourth tip is about your vanity URL. This is the nice neat short link into your Facebook Page. When you first setup your Page, Facebook assigns a name that has lots of letters and numbers and it’s really long and quite unattractive. I do recommend applying for your nice and tidy Facebook vanity name so that you have an appealing short name that you can use on your business cards and also to link from your website. To do this just go to facebook.com/username and you can apply for your vanity URL there.

My fifth tip I’d like to share with you today is about the Description box, also called the About box. I see a lot of great descriptions on Facebook. You actually have 2 sentences to play with here so you need to describe your business as best you can and make this your best BIO ever.  But I see 2 things missing time and time again from many About boxes and one of those things is keywords. Make sure you include the core keywords that will link to your business in your About box. This will trigger a search not only in Facebook but also in other search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. This is so that when a customer is looking for a product or service that you offer, the keywords in your About Description will actually make your Facebook Page come up in their search when they type in those keywords. By including keywords in your About Box, you’re making your Facebook Page more easily found both in search engines and also within Facebook itself.

The 2nd thing I see missing a lot from the About Box is the URL that links back to the company’s main website. It’s really important to include the www. FullDomainName that links back to your primary website. Make sure it also includes the http:// at the start of the website name. The reason I recommend this, is because this makes your Facebook Page friendly to search engines so that they can more easily find you. This also ranks your primary website higher. So by including Keywords and a Hyperlink back to your main website from your About Box you will be generating quite a lot of search engine juice or Search engines optimisation (optimization) for your business. I talk lot about tips like this on how to optimise (optimize) your Facebook Page so that it’s more easily found in search engines, in my book. So it is important to setup your Facebook Page so that when a customer is searching for a product or service that you offer, that your business comes up first at the top of the list so that any new customer can easily find your business. Being optimised and having a Facebook Page that is search engine friendly is a great way to bring new business to your door.

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My sixth tip is about Highlights, Milestones and Pin Posts. One thing I found myself talking about with one of my clients this week is why it’s important to use the different types of posts in the course of a week. I do recommend mixing this up and using a variety of different posts during the course of a week simply to make your Page interesting enough so that a new visitor will more likely Like your Page. By mixing up the different types of posts, this also makes your Page engaging so that a Fan will visit your Page again. One of my clients also thought she could only pin a post that was recent. A lot of people don’t know that the pin posts that you can feature at the top of your page for 7 days, can actually be any posts from last week, last month or last year, so I just wanted to share with you that you can actually pin a post from the past. This means that if you have a successful post, one that attracted a lot of comments or Likes, why not run it again and feature it at the top of your page for 7 days? This will hopefully attract more Likes and more comments from new visitors since the post was successful before, so why not run it again?

My seventh tip is about the Friend Activity area. A lot of people haven’t noticed this yet but it’s on the right hand side in the middle of your new Timeline. This area shows the Friends that have Liked the business and Friends that have commented on your Page. The most important tip for this area is that it’s not only important to collect Likes, it’s also important to collect comments. So what I mean by this is, if a Fan leaves a comment on your page, make sure you respond to them within 24 hours. And keep the conversation rolling, because comments are 4-5 times more highly valued by Facebook than a Fan that only clicks Like on your post. Lots of comments on your Page show Facebook that people are actually interacting with your Page because Facebook knows that it’s harder to engage a Fan in a conversation than it is to just Like a post. It’s really important for you as a business to really cherish these comments, really engage your Followers. Because it’s one thing to have Likes and Likers, but the more highly commented your Page is, the higher your Facebook Business Page will rank in both Facebook searches and also in search engines. I know this sounds very interesting! But it’s also a proven fact. Again, we’re talking about really tweaking and optimising your Page here to get the best results so that your Facebook Page is as friendly as it can be to search engines. You really want your Facebook Page to rank as high as possible so that your business is more easily found by a customer that is searching for a product that you sell, so that you can be generating more sales.

So these are my top 7 tips to optimise your Facebook Business Timeline and I do I talk about lots and lots of these sorts of tips and tricks in my book so that you can best optimise (optimize) your Facebook Business Page for best results. So grab a copy if you’d love to read the juiciest information and the best methods to help you optimise (optimize) your Facebook Page to be more easily found both in Facebook and also on search engines. My book is called “Facebook Business Success in 10 minutes a day” and you can purchase this for $39.95 at this link here  and I promise you it will be the best 40 dollars you will ever spend…. and of course it’s tax deductible.

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My main message to you today is that it’s not only important to have a Facebook Page setup for your business so that you can keep social in this new online economy, but it’s also really important that you know how to setup your Facebook Page so that it has the most search engine juice that will allow your business to be easily found by customers. So you’re looking for tweaks and optimisations (optimizations) that will give you the best SEO.

If you loved this post and found it useful, please do leave me a comment in the box below, I’d love to hear from you. If you want more great tips like this please click the Like button (on the righ hand side of this page) and join my Facebook page on www.facebook.com/TheLikeEffect and you can receive all my updates there as well. So if you love this video, you know what to do, leave me a comment and Like my Page.

Thanks for watching and I’ll see you again soon.

Cheers

Francesca

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