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    26 October 2012

    You’ve made the plunge and decided to start investing some time marketing on Facebook. Why wouldn’t you? Millions of users communicating directly with one another certainly creates opportunities for word of mouth to spread. Start by asking yourself exactly what you hope to achieve with your marketing efforts. Publicity? Maybe a group of users beginning a fan page?

    Remember What Facebook Is

    We’ve all seen the movie. Facebook was created by an awkward college kid who wasn’t blond enough to make the rowing team in order to have a forum for Harvard students to socialize. Of course, it’s come a long way, but during its genesis there was no real idea for monetization. Facebook is about erasing boundaries between communication gaps. Remember this foundation as you formulate your marketing strategies. You want to use the medium to reflect your message.

    Remember What It Isn’t

    Just because it’s relatively new and impressive doesn’t make it revolutionary. In fact, Facebook is an extension of improved means of communication over the centuries. Like the printing press centuries before, and the television several decades ago, new technologies bring a sudden rush of information to a rapid influx of people. And just like television, there is plenty of room for marketing. Don’t make the mistake of rejecting Facebook as “unmarketable.”

    Build a Reputation

    Instead, focus on positioning yourself as somebody who people want to associate with. Somebody is the key word here. Don’t become something with your Facebook marketing. You are a real person representing your company. Build and maintain an appealing, informative, and entertaining page, and provide content that people will appreciate. As always, quality content is key when it comes to success. Get noticed, get liked, and get on the wall.

    Communicate

    Facebook users want to talk to you. Give them what they want. Answer questions directly if they’re appropriate and you have enough time. Join dialogues and be social. After all, Facebook is a social network. As your reputation grows, build up others around you. Cross-promote with other Facebook users offering relevant information. Share your opinions. Don’t forget to offer something enticing during your communication. A discount, a special offer, a free month on a membership site. Give users a call to action they’re excited about enough to share with their friends.

    Be Creative With Your Content

    Don’t be afraid to be a little silly. People are logging on to Facebook to check on the photos of a friend on vacation or share a recipe for brownies. In this environment, being entertaining is often your best bet. You can win people over with information that is helpful and life-enhancing even it’s a little dry. But by offering fun, you’ll be targeting Facebook users more directly. Don’t neglect the power of audio and video when it comes to any of your marketing efforts. Search engines are adapting to this type of content. Besides, can you imagine watching a television commercial consisting only of screens of text?

    Facebook is an Appetizer

    It’s a multi-million dollar appetizer, sure. But it’s still an appetizer to the main course of your website. Your Facebook page is a forum for fans and curious, potential fans to congregate, have fun, and discuss. You’re there to be helpful, learn, and also have fun and discuss. Your Facebook page should leave people wanting more. Your real website should leave them full and satisfied.

    Organize and Monitor

    Understand your vision before you begin your marketing efforts. Organize and chart your financial and time investments. Make sure to observe your Facebook page regularly and monitor your activity. Tweak as necessary until you start to notice results.

    Facebook can sometimes seem intimidating or even invulnerable to marketing. In fact, it’s a perfect opportunity to capitalize on a massive forum for communication. What gets your attention on Facebook? Let us know.

    Adam Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Matthew. Adam is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.

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    6 Responses to The Winning Strategies of Facebook Marketing

    1. Talha October 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

      This article is something l was looking for.
      Now a days I am struggeling to promote by blog via social media so that people can get benefit.
      The point of being somebody, silly and social got my attention, these are new for me.
      Thanks for sharing.

    2. Richard Ng October 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      Hi Adam,

      Great article! Looking at the Facebook at its core is important! Especially like the part on “Facebook is an appetiser”.

      In fact, all the tips (except the first two) are applicable to other social networks as well!

      Cheers!

    3. Nicole fox October 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

      Nice article.

    4. announceamerica October 29, 2012 at 3:15 am #

      Thanks for the informative post on The Winning Strategies of Facebook Marketing. facebook is the one of the largest social community worldwide so it is the great exposure to grow up your business thru facebook

    5. Joen Rude Falsner November 2, 2012 at 4:17 am #

      Basic tips, but also absolutely essential tips. People often forget the ground pillar of success using these channels. Anyways, this post should be bookmarked by all businesses that are using facebook wrong or just starting up. Even businesses established on facebook might wanna use it just to make sure the’re on the right path.

    6. Anton Volney May 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

      Great post!

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