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4 Easy Strategies to Attract More People to your Facebook Business Page

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You’re told all the time that you need to be creating a Facebook business page. Not a personal Facebook page, no…a business, or “fan” page. You’re thinking, oh crap, yet another “thing” to be doing? People already like me, why must I ask for more “likes”??? And yet, you ‘ve been told it must be done, so you create one. Now what? Where are your throngs? Where are mine for that matter?

Rome was not built in a day, and neither are your Facebook fan page…fans… but over time, with consistent and innovative thinking, your Facebook page can be the cheaper alternative to a website, or at the very least a valuable addendum. Recently, and especially with anticipation of and since its’ recent IPO, Facebook, because of its intense scrutiny by investors and the business community, is under the gun to perform in a “serious” manner to demonstrate its’ great business value and ability to make money. Therefore massive efforts are being made by the Facebook developers to create additional perks and attraction apps, and it is, in fact becoming more and more versatile and simple to use. At the end of the day though, it comes down to client attraction and simple psychology. What will ‘hold ‘em on the page? What will push them to like, to engage and to share your page with others? What will nudge them to click into your website link? Here are some simple but tried and true ways to rope the masses:

1) Make your headshot, top photo approachable. Not a formal shot- casual, natural. Of course you’re allowed to look good, and also of course I’m not giving permission to post photo’s of you bent backwards over a bar with an unnamed skimpily clad stranger pouring shots of tequila into your mouth. All I said was natural. Approachable. Like someone you would want to talk to.

2) Make your page 75% visual: video’s if you have them, and photo’s. People are attracted to the visual and will stay longer if you provide them. Again, appropriate ones. This is business, baby.

3) Pull vs. Push Marketing- always go for the pull. As Seth Godin, the father of “permission marketing” points out, no one wants to be “sold to” anymore. It’s all about the sharing of info, showing your value and turning the paradigm on its’ side. Rule of thumb is 10 posts sharing info, asking open-ended questions, sharing images, etc. to 1 “sell”. Share 10, sell 1. Try this method in all of your marketing and watch how well it works. It allows you to build credibility, gain peoples trust, allow people to get to know you and what you are about. That’s when they will pick up the phone or click into your contact me box.

4) KEEP POSTS SHORT: research shows that people will be much more likely not only to read the posts, but to like” and most important to share if they’re short, fun, entertaining. One of the most shared, viral and “liked” posts of the early spring was “Like” this post if you think 2012 is going to be a great year”.

I know there are many more ways to engage folks on your page- contests, surveys, offering a “like” for a latte contest. What else? Share yours and hey! “Like” Omaginarium on Facebook! And while you’re there, roam around a little. It’s not all about the ‘like’.

About Suzen

Digital Marketing Strategist, speaker and blogger, Suzen Pettit has been in marketing for the past 27 years wearing various hats. Founder of OMAGinarium, (an acronym for Online Marketing and Growth), Suzen’s specialty is getting small companies and doctors FOUND and helping them stay “sticky” with online marketing and website traffic strategies, social media marketing, optimized websites, SEO, blogging, and content marketing. Suzen has helped dozens of small companies, entrepreneurs and medical practices stand out, get their businesses on the map, and attract more website traffic and warm leads.

When not working hard for her clients, Suzen can be found blogging and providing content for the Patch hyper-locals, Mashable, Founders Space, Create Hype, and Steamfeed, as well as speaking on topics geared to online business growth. Suzen was recently voted #3 from Voiceboks.com Top 10 Tech and Interne Savvy Blogs of 2014, and was featured in the August issue of Tribal Woman.

Comments

  1. Bettina B says:

    Love the 10 to 1 share/sell concept. I learned it as 3 to1, but with Facebook, this is even better.

    • hi Tina, yes, that’s my own ratio– my days of “pushing my stuff” are so over. i want people coming to me because they get my value and see how I can help them, not because I’ve sold them on me. so much better….and sleep better too!

  2. Dave Stambone says:

    Great article, Suzen. Love the tip on Push vs Pull marketing, I can’t wait to try this.

    • I bet you already do this Dave…so my only tip to you would be to do it more than you think you need to. People will notice the service providers who go the extra mile, and that will stick in their heads when they need your services!

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