A guest post by Sam Peters
Facebook is not only a social media site that you can use to stay in touch with family and friends, but you can also use it as a powerful marketing tool. When marketing your business, you should definitely consider utilizing the features that Facebook has to offer. Here are a few tips on how to use Facebook to create an effective marketing campaign:
Setup a Business Page
One of the most important things that you should do when getting started is set up a business page on Facebook. With Facebook, you can not only set up pages for your own profile, you can also set up a specific page for your business. You can then manage that page, and reach out to other people.
When someone “likes” your business page, they will then receive updates when you post something on your business profile. This can be a good way to generate traffic to your website, and create a professional image at the same time. Whether you sell online management training services or nutritional supplements, a business page on Facebook can help you to assemble your most loyal customers and cultivate a niche community.
Although Facebook makes it possible to set up your own pages and visit the pages of others, they also have a dynamic groups section. You can join groups within Facebook to communicate with people who are interested in what you have to offer. You should be able to find some groups on Facebook that are filled with people who are in your target market.
Get involved in these groups, and try to add something to the discussion. Don’t just get on there and post links your site or try to advertise. The whole idea behind social media marketing is using the medium to network with your customers and incentivize them to engage with your page. The most successful Facebook marketing campaigns are ones that don’t directly sell anything.
Besides networking with other people through groups and with your business page, you may also want to consider setting up a Facebook advertising campaign. Facebook advertising is a method of pay per click marketing that is similar to Google Adwords. With Facebook, you can set up a text ad with a picture that will be displayed to certain groups of people based on what they like.
Facebook keeps track of large amounts of information on people, and you can take advantage of this when offering your products to consumers. Create an ad campaign by selecting the individual groups that you want to target. Then when someone clicks on your ad, they can be taken to your Facebook business page or to your business website.
Regardless of which method you use, make sure that you check out the marketing capabilities that Facebook has to offer your business. It can bring you targeted leads and help you increase your bottom line. More importantly, it is vitally important in establishing your brand and leveraging it online, where more and more consumers rely on e-commerce to purchase products and services.