5 things you need to do to your Facebook page {immediately, if not sooner}.

When I was younger my Aunty met this guy and he was different to our family. He was like a breath of fresh, fun air. He said funny things, was full of energy and made us laugh. One thing he used to say was, “immediately, if not sooner”. As in, “I want an ice cream immediately, if not sooner.” I thought this was the funniest thing. Sooner than immediately? Impossible. Anyways, they ended up married, those love birds, and more craziness was injected into our family. Immediately, if not sooner.

Moving on. Today I wanted to chat about Facebook. Facebook is my thing. I love it. I don’t mean the personal page side of thing. I mean the business page side. Some platforms can overwhelm me, but Facebook I love exploring. Having been a Social Media Editor for a few years, it is my favourite platform {yes, I play favourites}. So, here you’ll find five things you should do to your Facebook page today. They’re quick and easy, so do them.

1. Add your URL to the ‘about’ section of your Facebook page
This happens to me a lot. I’ll stumble across a Facebook page. Perhaps it’s someone selling really cool furniture. I love what they do, they’re doing great stuff so I want to click over and see prices and perhaps buy something. So I scroll down their Facebook page trying to find a link; nothing. They lost me. It doesn’t matter if you have a blog or a business, if you have a website make it easy for someone to click over and get to it.

Photobucket

You can see that just under my profile image I have the link {in the image above}. It’s front and centre, and obvious. To add your URL do this: Go to your page > Click Edit Page > Select Update Info from the drop down menu > In the small ‘about’ field add your URL and a few words about what you do > Click Save Changes.

Don’t forget to go back to your page and make sure it looks right. If you’ve written too much and it’s not all visible, edit it and shorten it. Easy.

2. Make your profile image about your business
You want your profile image to be recognisable, so that when people see it around Facebook they’re like, “Oh, that’s {insert business name here}.” A photo of you is personable and nice, but it won’t set you apart when you’re leaving comments among your ‘likers’ on your page. A logo will. The size of that image is 180px by 180px.

3. Create a cover image that gives visitors a feel for your business/blog

The cover image on your Facebook page is the opportunity to give visitors a real feel for what you’re about. If you sell furniture, make a great collage of pieces in your current range. If you’re a blogger, give visitors a sense of understanding by creating an image that shows what your blog is about. It could be a few images, your blog header, your blog’s tagline or something else. Play around, change it up every now and then. And if you need help designing it, here’s a post I wrote on how to make your cover photo all fancy. The cover image size is 851px x 315px.

4. Make it about your community
There’s a real difference between personal Facebook pages, and business pages. I think people forget that. Personal pages are about YOU. Business pages are about your business, and your audience. Of course, sometimes make it about you. Definitely. But bring it around to your audience as well. Engage them. I hate talking about myself {which is weird when you’re a personal blogger} so I’m much more comfortable talking about other people. Plus I’m nosy. I love knowing how other people think. Also, most people love to share details about themselves especially when you make it easy for them. So think about 1-2 potential posts/updates where you can get to know your audience a little better.

5. Ask your audience a question

One of the easiest ways to get your audience active is by asking them a question. They don’t have to comment. It’s one click from them, that’s all. So click Offer, Event + and then selection question from the menu. Pose the question, and make it really simple with a clear call to action. It could be as simple as ‘What’s your favourite meal of the day?’ and then in the poll options you’d add breakfast, lunch, dinner {and maybe dessert}. Of course, that’s a really simple question option, tailor it to your page and your audience. With the right question you have the opportunity to reach a lot of people. My most viral posts on Facebook are usually the question ones. Give it a try today.

If you have any other questions about Facebook, leave them in the comments below and I’ll either answer in the comments as well, or create a future post around it.

What are your favourite pages on Facebook? What do they do that you love?

  • http://mylittledrummerboys.blogspot.com.au/ Trish

    Thanks Chantelle for sharing this .

  • samstone76

    I am in the process of setting up a Facebook business/blog page, so these tips are great. Thanks.

  • Tracey

    Great ideas Chantelle. Some of them I have already done, but others I definitely need to do! Thank you :)

  • BlondieInk

    These were so handy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/autumn.pojo Autumn Pojo
  • http://twitter.com/FaerieBarista Amanda Jillian B.

    Great tips!

  • Yellow_Dandy

    Great tips, I think I really need to work on point number 4!! Great food for thought!

  • http://twitter.com/MumTricks Elisha

    I CANNOT believe that your point #1 is so obvious and yet I failed to have my website in the ‘about’ section of my Facebook page. Novice mistake! Although I am new to this whole blogging business so perhaps I shouldn’t be too hard on myself!! Thanks Chantelle, I’m also going to give point #5 a whirl!

  • posie blogs Jennie McClelland

    Excellent tips, trying to get point 1. to work, i didn’t even know or ask to have a ‘like’ page – it just happened automatically. So trying to work on aligning that with my blog, pinterest, instagram & twitter, plus my actual FB page which is a business one. I’d just delete it if i could, argh, love Posie

    http://posiepatchworkblog.blogspot.com.au

  • Catherine

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I’m new to facebook (yes, I felt like I was the last person to join) and I’ve been slowly working out what to do and what not to do on my business page. I also didn’t have my blog name, so I’ve updated that.

    What I’m nervous about is people thinking I’m posting for the sake of it ie just junk. I’m working on a schedule so I know what I’m going to do and when, and feeling a little more confident about it.

    Thanks again

  • Dani

    Great tips! I have to give the questions feature another go. One of my favorite pages is Mom and Wife https://www.facebook.com/MomAndWifeSite Lindsey keeps a great balance between being professional and personal at the same time. I am using a lot of your tips on my page too :) https://www.facebook.com/andcutecom

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Awesome tips Chantelle. The first one is so obvious but yep, I had nothing in that info pane – it’s all sorted now though! And I’ll look at posing some more questions too – I never knew about how easy you could run a poll on the page. Thanks so much, as usual, for sharing!

  • Emma Clement

    I usually use the iPhone app and have missed point 5 – thank you for the tip, will try it this week! X

  • http://www.inspiredwish.com/ Jeanie

    Great tips Chantelle. #1 frustrates me no end! Crazy that we have to go in search on of details. You totally kicked my butt into action on #2. I was guilty of not doing that. Have now. =) Thanks.

  • Erin – To Beautify Designs

    Thanks so much for your advice…I totally took your advice on the profile and cover image and have a new logo in the making, it’ll be ready soon! Will have to think about what questions to ask for the 5th tip, great idea! Mwah!! Erin… (To Beautify Designs)

  • jules

    Hi Chentelle.thanks for making me laugh ! ,he is 50 now and still comes up with lots of crazy sayings and quotes .x

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      Awww. So nice to hear from you. Miss you guys – and the girls SO much. xxx

  • Kirsty S

    Thanks, Telle! I was wondering how to go about setting a poll in my husbands page (Marty’s handcrafted cheese… dare you to look at it and not want to eat it straight off the monitor!) and now I know. Will have to set a poll for him tomorrow and see how it goes. :)

  • http://twitter.com/SexyMomGP Corenne Tavares

    I Finally had the time to work through this post and I love it! Thanks so much for the helpful FREE tips and ways to make our FB pages better!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmin.roy.33 Jasmin Roy

    Just added a question, edited my about to show my site and not my blabbering and am tailoring a cover page on Pic Monkey as we speak, such simple things but so effective – thank you!

  • http://www.theparentingfiles.com.au the parenting files – tahlia

    i love you even more…how did i not have my web address on the page xx

  • Marcee Rodgers

    Thank you!!

  • Jay (jessica)

    This a great help Chantelle! I am just starting my own business page, and helping a friend with hers, so this has been a great start for me :)