Use this guide to build a Facebook Page for the long haul
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Whether you’re new to Facebook or just want to use it more effectively for your business, this manual will help you learn to use some of the platform’s more advanced functions. It’s designed to help you optimize your business’s Facebook presence, show you how to set up and maintain your Page for success, and teach you how to use apps to build a powerful presence on Facebook.
How (and Why) to Convert a Facebook Profile to a Page
Although it’s been possible since March of 2012, many Facebook users still don’t know that a Facebook profile can easily be converted into a Page. Facebook calls the process a “Profile to Business Page Migration” and you can do it by using this tool here.
Why you should convert your profile to a Page: Facebook Pages offer unique tools and features for organizations, businesses, brands and “public figures.” Facebook defines a public figure as an individual who may be a celebrity, writer, musician or may be a self-employed business consultant or other “personal” brand.
If you are using Facebook as a business tool, you will want to set up a Page because it gives you access to many powerful marketing tools, including ads and apps. It is also a violation of Facebook’s Terms to use a personal account to represent something other than yourself (for example, to use a profile to represent your business). You can, however, continue posting to your “audience” from your personal account by allowing followers. When people follow your personal account, they’ll be able to get your updates in the News Feed without being a friend of yours.
If you’re using your Facebook profile to represent something other than yourself, you could risk permanently losing access to your account and all of its content if you don’t convert it to a Page. For instance, internet sensation Grumpy Cat can’t have a Facebook profile because she’s a cat, but she can have a Facebook Page.
What to know before you convert your profile to a Page: Prior to converting a profile to a Page, there are a few things you should be aware of. As soon as you convert, all of your friends (and followers) will become Page Likes – so if you have 2,000 Facebook friends, you’ll have 2,000 Page Likes.
All of your uploaded photos will be transferred to the Page but all other content will be lost. Login information will remain the same and your account’s username will become your Page’s name.
If you don’t want to lose all your profile content, access your account settings and download a copy of your Facebook data before starting the migration process.
By the way, Facebook does not allow a profile to be converted into an already existing Page. For example, if you have a fan Page with 10K Likes and a personal profile with 5K friends/subscribers, Facebook will not allow you to convert your personal profile into the already existing brand Page to make 15K Likes.
Note: You can have both a Facebook profile and a Page. While some people might find this difficult to manage, Facebook guru Mari Smith maintains both because, as she told us via Twitter, it provides her with “2 marketing channels, 2 opportunities for News Feed visibility,” and it allows her to bypass the 5K friend limit by having followers.
Facebook Page Admin View
How to Change a Page’s Name
Only Admins or Editors can change the name of a Page. If your Page has fewer than 200 Likes, and you want to change its name, you will do so from Page settings:
If your Page has more than 200 Likes, you can submit a name change request to Facebook:
Note: If your Page has more than 200 Likes, you can only change your Page name once. If your request has been approved, you won’t be able to submit another request for that Page.
Changing your Page’s name will not affect its username or Page address.
Why it’s Important to Assign Admin Roles and Establish Rules
Note: To make someone an admin of your Page, they must have Liked the Page.
Facebook allows five different administrator roles: Admin, Editor, Moderator, Advertiser and Analyst. Each role has different capabilities – only Admins have the ability to change each admin’s role. Facebook makes all admins Editors by default.
The chart to the left shows Facebook’s five admin roles and what each can do.
Most Facebook Pages are managed by multiple administrators. You can have as many admins on a Page as you want but two or three should be able to handle the job. To add an admin, go to “Edit Page” on your Timeline and then click “Admin roles.” Scroll down and select “Add another person.”
To prevent conflict amongst your employees, and before you assign your Facebook Page’s admin roles, establish some company-wide guidelines. Some things to consider:
How to Post as the Page Instead of Yourself
How to Customize Status Updates
Facebook provides many features that allow Page admins to customize Status Updates so Pages can draw more attention to their Timeline content. Below are nine functions of a Status Update, along with information on how and when to implement each.
To pin a Facebook post, click on the down arrow icon in the upper right corner of the post and click “Pin to Top” in the drop-down menu. The post will then move to the top of your Timeline where it will remain for seven days. This allows you to highlight an important post such as a sale, a new product feature or an event announcement.
To unpin a post, click the drop-down menu of the pencil again and click “Unpin from top.”
To highlight a Facebook post, click on the down arrow icon in the upper right corner of the post and click “Highlight” in the drop-down menu. This stars the post. Highlight a post when you have an important announcement or want to feature a particular photo on your Timeline.
To unhighlight a post, click the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the post and select “Remove from Highlights.” The post will no longer be starred.
Facebook allows you to target your posts by the following: Gender, Relationship Status, Educational Status, Interested In, Age, Location and Language. To target your post, first make sure “You are posting, commenting and liking as” your brand. Next, click on the small grey compass icon on the bottom left of the Status box and add your targeting preferences. Facebook will then show you how many people from your fanbase your post is targeted to.
Target your post when you want to share an announcement or specific content that is only valuable to a segment of your fanbase.
To add a location to your post, click on the small pin drop icon on the bottom of the Status box. Begin typing your location in the “Where are you?” section and Facebook will auto-generate relevant nearby locations.
If your company is reporting about a live event, or hosting an event in a specific location, highlighting the location could be valuable but it’s not something that’s necessary for all posts.
To access the scheduling feature, go to your Timeline and click into the Status box. In the bottom left corner click on the small grey clock icon. Within the clock you’ll be given the option to choose the date and time (up to six months ahead) that you’d like to schedule a post.
If you don’t have time to update your Page’s Facebook status every day, consider using Facebook’s scheduling feature to schedule several posts over a few days or a week – planning ahead will make your life easier. It will also allow you to plan posts during the times that your users are the most engaged.
To promote a post, aka “Boost Post,” go to any post you’ve recently created on your Page’s Timeline. In the bottom right corner of the Status box, click “Boost Post” and select your budget based on how many people in your fanbase you want your post to reach.
Boost a post when you have content that’s important for a large percentage of your fanbase to see. For example, if your company is using a Status Update to promote their annual blowout sale, boosting the post will help more people see it.
There are two ways to create Facebook offers: from the Status box on your Timeline or from Facebook’s ads create tool. To create an offer from Timeline, click on the “Offer, Event+” option in the top of the Status box. From there you can create your offer by uploading a photo, inserting your offer description and setting your offer’s expiration date.
Offers are only available on Pages with at least 50 Likes. If you have 50 Likes or more, create an offer with a special promotion for your fans. The offer might be for a discount, free shipping, or even a buy-one-get-one-free deal. Offers are a great way to drive sales from a Facebook Page!
To create an Event from the Timeline, click on the “Offer, Event+” option in the top of the Status box. From here, select whether you want to create an “Event” or a “Milestone.”
Create an Event if your company wants to promote an event that requires tickets to get in. Within the Event’s options, you can add a link for guests to get tickets, as well as add targeting to the event and other event information. Create a Milestone for occasions like your business’s five year anniversary or the day your Page hits 10,000 Likes!
Facebook announced in August of 2013 that Pages can host promotions on their Timeline. To create a Timeline promotion, craft a Status Update that includes promotion details, rules and necessary Facebook disclaimers.
There are many reasons to host Timeline promotions, including driving engagement from your fans or to promote your store’s sale. Here are 5 Awesome Timeline Contest Ideas.
Note: Even though Facebook lifted the “20 percent text rule” for Cover photos, the rule is still in effect for promoted posts and other Facebook advertising.
Tips for Better Timeline Posts
How to Choose the Platform that Will Give Your Facebook Page Super Powers
Installing apps on your Facebook Page can make the Page super powerful and engaging. You can use apps to host contests, feature forms, newsletter signups, menus and much more. But unless you know computer coding and can build your own apps, you’ll need to work with a third-party app provider.
There are lots of third-party app providers to choose from – ShortStack is one of them – but you’ll want to make sure the one you choose offers a few key features:
How to Manage Your Timeline Apps
As explained in the previous section, an “app” is a Facebook feature that enhances your brand Page and your visitors’ experiences. Photos, Events, Likes, Contests, Maps, etc., are all Facebook apps (at ShortStack we call them Campaigns). Some are permanent parts of a Page, some are add-ons. They appear as rectangular boxes on the left-hand side of the Timeline below the About section.
All installed apps are visible to the public under the “More” tab next to the Profile Picture. Three apps are visible on the Timeline. These apps usually host contests or promotions but may also be forms, menus or other information.
Arrange apps: To rearrange apps, click on the “More” tab and scroll down to click on “Manage Tabs.” Here you can click and drag to rearrange the apps. Note: A link to your first listed app will appear in the navigation bar located next to the Profile Picture.
Customize your app’s thumbnail image: You can upload a photo to use as the image that appears with the thumbnail or you can use a free online tool such as one from www.canva.com to create a custom image.
It’s a best practice to create app thumbnails that stand out and include a call to action in the design. For promotion apps that are featured as one of the three arrangeable apps on the Timeline, this best practice is key to driving the highest number of app views. It’s also a best practice to properly name your apps since this name appears next to the thumbnail.
How to Make the Most of Your Facebook Page’s Cover Photo
The Cover photo is the focal point of a business’s Timeline profile. It sets the tone of a Page and stands as a visual message alert for whatever it is you want Timeline visitors to know about your brand, or your client’s brand, first.
Among the many ways to make the most of the Cover photo real estate: get into the holiday spirit (whether it’s Christmas or the 4th of July), direct fans to a specific app, showcase new products, promote a Facebook exclusive incentive, create a sense of urgency, establish authority and promote your other social networks.
A few other Cover photo best practices:
Facebook Maintenance Schedule