Jul 302015
 

Facebook Groups for Network Building

Facebook is a powerful marketing tool with many features to help you succeed. While most marketing is done in the form of a simple post or image, Facebook events, pages, and lists can help you to market and connect more effectively. Learn how to use Facebook groups for Network Building and building your business.

Facebook Events

Facebook events are an easy way to connect with and grow your network, while demonstrating the strength of relationships. Facebook Events don’t have to be for an in-person event, they can be for a Skype session, a conference call, or even just a brainstorm session on Facebook. To create an event, find “Create Event” listed under Events on the left hand side navigation in Facebook. As you build your event, you can add the important details like date, time and location, but there is one other feature to pay special attention to: Privacy.

At first glance, this seems like a simple tool to decide who to invite, but the privacy settings are key to your marketing. The options for privacy are public, open invite, guests and friends, or invite only. Choose your privacy option based on how you want to market your event.

If you want as many people as possible to join your event, choose Public. Just know with this option that people you do not know now have information about your event and may attend. If you’d like to spread the word about your event though people you’ve already invited, choose Open Invite. This option allows all friends of a guest to see the event information and any guest with an invite from you to then invite an unlimited number of their friends to attend. If you’d like to keep your event even smaller, but leave the option open for more guests, choose Friends and Guests. This means that only those invited to the party will see the event information, but those invitees do have the option to invite their friends. Lastly, Invite Only is a good option for a conference call with your downline or any event that you would prefer is a small private group. Only those who are invited will see event information and those invitees do not have the option to invite anyone else.

Facebook Lists

Lots of people have more friends than they can keep track of on Facebook. And because of Facebook’s algorithm, this means you may be missing important posts from people in your network. To ensure you see posts from team members, your upline, and potential prospects, take advantage of Facebook lists. These lists give preference to what shows up in your Facebook feed, but also let you see all the members of a list with one click of the mouse. To create a list, navigate to Friends and select More in the left hand navigation on Facebook. You may notice Facebook has already created a few lists for you based on commonalities of people on your friends list. To create your own curated list, choose Create List, name your, list and then begin typing the names of people you would like to include in this list. To access the list when you’re done, simply go to the same Friends area and your list should appear.

Facebook Groups

Though not as popular as they once were, Facebook Groups are a powerful tool. Much like Lists, Groups allow you to connect with people who matter most to you. Consider creating a Facebook group for your team, business, or people interested in your business. To launch your own group, navigate to Groups on the left hand side navigation and choose, Create Groups. You will now have the option to set your group as Open, Closed, or Secret. Open groups mean anyone can join, closed groups mean you can send invites and people can request to join them, and secret groups means no one can join unless the person who created the group invites them. Consider creating a private group for your downline or a public group for people interested in your business. Groups allow for better visibility because, like lists, when you add a group, it will appear in the left hand navigation with its own icon.

 

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Jul 162015
 

Social Media Promotion

 

Social media marketing has become one of the most effective tactics for businesses to reach, educate, and engage with their target market. The strategy behind social media efforts for businesses is extremely important in getting the ROI and bottom line results you are looking for from this marketing method. The following list indicates some “dos” and “don’ts” of social media promotion in order to increase your success rate.

Don’t Link Bait.

What is link baiting? It’s using a misleading title or information to get someone to click on a link. An example of this might be someone saying “Become a millionaire” and linking to their GDI site. This information is false and used to get someone to click. Be truthful in all the links you share and try to be descriptive and concise with the text you use surrounding a link.

Don’t Promote at the Wrong Time.

Where in the country are your customers, downline, team members? Try to time posts to when they might be awake, online ready to click. You can also use trial and error to identify the best time to post your content. If your post isn’t getting any traction, keep trying new time slots until you find you get the most clicks. Try to keep your posts to that time of day to ensure the most people see your content. If you manage your Facebook presence using a page, you can look in your Insights to see when your fans are online. You can also use Twitter Analytics, which is available to all users, to see what time your tweets get the most interaction.

Don’t Post Too Often.

You’ve seen this before: one user who fills up your Twitter or Facebook feed with a series of posts. Often times, this is a sure way for that person to get you to unfollow or unlike their page. Don’t do this. While posting multiple times in a day is OK for most networks, try not to post back to back. People may unfollow you if you clog up their feed or just assume you’re a bot.

Don’t Post Too Infrequently.

While you shouldn’t post too often, not posting enough is also an issue. People may find your Facebook or Twitter profile while searching for information on you or your business, if they click on your profile and see that you’ve haven’t posted in a few weeks, they may think you are no longer active. Try to post at least once a week so it’s obvious to those who find your page that your are active and responsive.

Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin.

There are many social networks out there. In fact, it seems like there is a new network debuting each day. You don’t have to be on all of these networks. Find which networks you like the best and where your customers spend their time. These are the networks that will give you the best return on your time.

Do Be Yourself.  

While you want to put your best self forward while promoting on social media, you do not need to create a whole new persona. People can hide behind fake profile photos and names, don’t do this if you want to build your team and you want customers to trust you. Be genuine online and present your real self when possible. Social media is about relationships and it’s hard to build strong ones when you are pretending to be someone else.

There is seemingly endless opportunity to generate new business via social media promotion efforts for B2B businesses, B2C businesses, and entrepreneurs alike. Make sure you don’t miss out on success by following the social media promotion tips listed above.

 

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Dec 062013
 

Facebook is a great tool for marketing online. It’s an easy way to connect with others, expand your network and identify friends who may be interested in growing their own business. Facebook gives you a lot of freedom, but if you’re using it to market, you need to be careful with this freedom. Here’s what not to do when you use Facebook to market your business.

Don’t link blast

Links are important, but they lose all meaning when you share the same ones over and over without any content. You can use Facebook to direct people to your site, but you need to do it the right way. This can be accomplished by sharing great information or an inviting tease. Posting something like “This one tip will help you grow your business, see it on my blog www.janesblog.ws” is much more inviting than just blasting www.janesblog.ws in every status update.

Don’t talk about yourself all the time

You want to share your business, but that can’t be all you talk about. Try to engage people by sharing helpful articles relevant to your industry and your own tips often. Supplement this with information and links to your business. This well rounded approach to marketing will keep your network tuned in and not overwhelmed.

Don’t target the wrong market

Who are you friends with on Facebook? This can change how you market. If you know your Facebook friends aren’t interested in new business, then it’s time to reach out to groups on Facebook or add new people to your network. Even the best marketing will fall flat if it’s aimed at the wrong audience.