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Measuring Your Influence ELECTRONIC EDITION RUSSELL MICKLER
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Russell Mickler, Principal Consultant of Mickler & Associates, Inc., has over 16 years of professional experience leading and managing IT organizations. As a technology consultant, Mickler assists small to mid-range businesses with crafting and executing technology strategy. In addition to earning his Master’s Degree in technology from the University of Oregon, Mickler is a Computer Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). Mickler teaches graduate and undergraduate technology courses for many universities across the country. Mickler is the co-author of several books concerning Information Technology and Information Security. Mickler is also a public speaker on matters concerning social media and technology, and creates all types of media at micklerandassociates.com and his blog reinventwork.com. Russell Mickler and Mickler & Associates, Inc. can be found on Facebook, on Twitter at @micklerr, and emailed directly at email@example.com.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface Why is a Social Networking Strategy Important? What Should My Business Say on Facebook? Changing Consumer Preferences Concerning Email What’s a Facebook Friend Worth? Facebook Pages vs. Profiles Facebook Insights What Are Active Users and Interactions in Facebook? Facebook Insights User Dashboard Facebook Insights Interactions Dashboard Facebook Edgerank Interpreting Facebook Insights Conclusion
FACEBOOK PAGES VS. PROFILES
What You Will Learn • • Understand the differences and technical distinctions between Facebook User Profiles and Pages Identity the kinds of behaviors that Facebook considers suspicious and could result in a User being banned from Facebook • • How interactions with the walls of Pages result in News Feed activity that are seen by Facebook Users Explain the differences between Pages and Groups on Facebook, and the different ways both can be used by businesses to reach an audience Understanding Facebook’s Rules for Engagement
Facebook is built around people.
When a person signs-up for Facebook, they are become an Active Facebook User and are given a Profile. A Profile is a space Facebook Users can call their own. Users customize Facebook Profiles to describe themselves, upload content of all kinds, articulate their likes and dislikes, and voluntarily reveal bunches of invaluable information about their consumer preferences and passions. They can even extend some of the features of their Profile by installing Applications to sort of “trick-out” their Profile so it can do different things.
Figure: Author’s Facebook Profile
Over time, Facebook users “friend” each other and create expansive networks of people they know that I’ll refer to as tribes. “Friending” is Facebook’s action for interconnecting one Facebook Profile to another. Tribes are regional clusters of Friends whose Profiles are interconnected on Facebook. They share a basic relationship from
association, family, genuine onground friendships, casual interests, business relationships, or plain old romantic entanglement. Regardless, that relationship may never directly translate to people actually knowing each other. Tribes are like a big cocktail party. There are a lot of people who may indirectly know each other from real-life and others who may be absolute strangers yet share some connection in the tribe. Some people in the tribe are very charismatic - they’re the hub of activity – whereas, just as in real-life, others are introverted wall-flowers. Still, others may be highly influential and people will listen to them when they speak, and yet others aren’t taken very seriously at all. Some people are outrageously funny; others are dreadfully dull. Some are interesting and smart! Some, well, not so much. And even though Facebook may not be an accurate depiction of real people and their real personalities, people - their interests, interactions, perceptions, opinions, ideas, and character - are at the core of Facebook. Facebook Pages, on the hand, are artificial Profiles that represent abstract ideas. They might champion causes, promote businesses, highlight interests, or illustrate broad whimsical concepts. Facebook Users create Pages, and a Facebook User can practically create as many Pages as they want. In an upgrade in 2011, Facebook greatly simplified their Page types to just six categories from eighteen: • • • • • • Local Business or Place Company, Organization, or Institution Brand or Product Artist, Band, or Public Figure Entertainment Cause or Community
So you’ll notice that business – set up under Facebook per their Terms and Conditions – are Pages and not Profiles. People visit Pages, view content on Pages, and subscribe to Pages by “becoming a fan” or “liking” pages as a means of socially identifying with the values, principles, products, or services represented by the Page. Facebook users might even share content from Pages within their network and drive traffic to Pages. Tip: So Why Are So Many Businesses Profiles?
Figure: Author’s Facebook Page
Pages are socially-crippled within Facebook. Where Facebook users “friend” each other’s Profiles, users of Facebook “like” a Page, and Pages cannot “friend” Facebook users. “Liking” a Page is an entirely voluntary act on behalf of the Facebook user. That limitation prevents pages from creating extensive spamming networks within Facebook. Users must opt-in and offer their Consent through a LIKE. A Facebook User’s motivation to “like” a Page represents a form of Consent – they might be interested in receiving more information, updates, and content from the Page over time; content published to the Page by its owner will flow to the User’s Top Stories news stream. Subscribed Users will continuously receive content from the Page. However, another part of a User’s motivation is to send a signal. Facebook Users are advertising to their own Friends that the Page (and its values, message, services, or meaning) have some importance in their lives; “liking” a Page is a form of promoting it to others in their network and their social network – in turn – may flock to LIKE the Page, too, since it stands to reason that they share similar values and beliefs. If a Facebook User “likes” a Page, it’s an open invitation to join their tribe’s cocktail party. Pages weren’t really part of Facebook’s overall design when it started and – painfully – Pages have evolved through trial and error. In fact, managing a Page as a Facebook User is a somewhat wacky, abstract idea: in Facebook’s most recent incarnation, you literally assume the identity of a Page by switching to it, and the Facebook User literally becomes that Page. In that moment, the User steps outside of their own Facebook “body” to become something else – their social network changes, their “Friends” are no longer “Friends”, and the things they “liked” are no longer available to them. Yikes! Who am I?
Figure: Author Switching Between a Facebook User and a Facebook Page
Honestly, this is a very confusing concept to many of my small business clients because they can’t tell “who they are” at times, and besides that, Pages are just a strange thing in a universe centered on people. In a way, Pages are like a talking sandwich board with a face on the top of it left in the middle of a tribe’s cocktail party. “Hullo,” says the talking sandwich board when greeting members of the tribe as they walk by, or, if they’re voluntarily introduced to the sandwich board by members of the tribe because the sandwich board, you see, can’t walk up and talk to a person… that’s against the rules. The person must walk up to them. “A pleasure; allow me to introduce myself. I represent the photocopier merchant down the street and thought you’d like to know how we help our customers. Please LIKE me.” Um, awkward. Part of your challenge in co-existing as a brand in an electronic universe built around people will be to overcome this awkwardness. Your Page is obviously not a person in Facebook. You’ll need to blend your brand’s message, identity, and ideas with the ongoing narrative of the tribe, and, develop a way to listen to what the tribe’s asking of your Page. In a way, you must personify your brand. Tip: Using a Face on a Facebook Page
Technical and Policy Distinctions - Profiles and Pages Facebook makes several functional and policy distinctions between Pages (owned by companies, community interests, celebrities, artists, forms of entertainment, and brands) and Profiles (people). Anybody can create a Profile. Even fake people can create a Profile so long as they’re tied to a unique email address although Facebook really frowns on that practice. It’s free and all Facebook requires is that you’re over the age of 13. Thirteen isn’t arbitrary: it corresponds to an age established by a federal law pertaining to the legal collection of Personal Private Information from minors, so Facebook is very strict when it comes to their minimum
age requirement. Now, if Facebook had their druthers, all Profiles must be real-life individuals and held under a reallife individual’s name, and they’d be over the age of 13; Facebook would prefer that just one person use only one profile. However, that’s terribly difficult (if not nigh-impossible) for them to enforce. Tip: What Kind of Information Does Facebook Capture About People?
Facebook does have the ability to patrol and control its subscribers after their sign-in and then take corrective action on suspicious activity by banning (blacklisting) User accounts. Mostly their action happens after-the-fact where indicators and metrics highlight suspicious activity in their system. Banning a User turns off their ability to log in to Facebook and prevents access to their Profile and any Pages they created. In monitoring for suspicious activity, Facebook will go so far as to ban Users for: • • • • • Being under 13 years of age Acting as a business under a Profile Acting suspiciously under a set of multiple Profiles Multiple people acting suspiciously under a single Facebook User account Posting content that clearly violates their Acceptable Use Policies (depicting nudity, drug use, graphic violence) • • “Friending” too often and too quickly – that creates patterns that look like spamming activity Importing too many contacts for “Friending” will also look suspicious to Facebook (as if you’re importing a huge direct marketing list) and they may temporarily ban the User • Creating multiple Profiles that coercively bends Facebook’s Acceptable Use Policies – they’ll actually terminate all of your User accounts if you’re thought to be spamming or harming other Facebook users • • • • • • • • Creating blatantly fraudulent Profiles Using a Profile as a nickname rather than your real name Creating Profiles representing animals, pets, or inanimate objects Posting copyrighted material across your Page or Profile Posting too many backwards-facing links to external websites Creating too many posts in a week, or, copying and pasting the same content over and over Messaging Group members excessively Being overly obtrusive in your beliefs or ideas (or products) and pushing them (spamming them) on your Facebook Friends • • Excessive Poking Cyberstalking and cyberbullying
Creating applications that harm other Facebook users and violate their Acceptable Use Policies Should a Page questionably promote its products on Facebook – example: encouraging users to press LIKE to win a prize, or, through a count of the number of fans (“the 200th fan will win a t-shirt!”), or, by Tagging photos to win a prize, or, by asking Facebook Users to Tag or Mention their Page in status updates
Obviously, there are a lot of reasons that Facebook might take action in banning Users but this isn’t a democracy: this is Facebook. They’re the ones who run the system, make the rules, and enforce acceptable use. There’s subjective opinion on acceptable behavior on behalf of their censors who look at “frequency” and “too much” and “excessive” that are truly impossible to predict, and horror stories abound on the ‘Net of just normal people being banned for outwardly silly things. Perhaps the best rule of thumb would be to use common sense when using Facebook for promotional activities. If your goal is to promote your business or cause with Facebook, bear in mind: • • You are a marketer who is a guest on their computing platform – act like a guest You are a User but also a cause, brand, or business – clearly delineate content between your role as an individual or as a person representing a cause, brand, or business • • Follow the rules – when in doubt, err on the side of politeness, courtesy, and selflessness Avoid magic pills – people who offer means of obtaining 10,000 LIKES overnight are likely cheating the system, and repeating their methods won’t bode well after your account is banned • Openly gaming the system repeatedly is cause for Facebook to take corrective action and ban your account
Aside from generally maintaining and changing your Facebook Page, when you login to Facebook as your Page – again, it’s admittedly somewhat counter-intuitive – you can: • • • • • Post content as your Page Interact with content posted to your Page as your Page Post content on the walls of other Pages that your Page has LIKED Interact as your Page with other content posted by Pages your Page has LIKED See Interaction Notifications for your Page as your Page – those notifications found at the top of Facebook where you acquired X-number of new fans, or, so-n-so LIKED your recent post, etc. • You can ban other Pages from posting to your Page
In these situations, it’s like your Page or your brand is responding, talking, engaging, and interacting with people on Facebook. Alas, it’s the talking-billboard syndrome. You can overcome that problem by leaving a signature with your first name at the bottom of each post; example: -Russell. It’s a simple touch that makes your interaction more personal. Also, if you always want to post as your Profile rather than your Page, you can change Your Settings under the Page’s Settings by unchecking the Posting Preferences checkbox. This will tell Facebook to use your Profile for posts instead of your Page.
[picture] Now, Pages on Facebook are optimized to share content and collect information in a way that Profiles are not. Pages also have certain programming features that Profiles do not which is significant to anyone who wants to customize their page with code to make it snazzy. Registered users on Facebook create Facebook Pages and they can create as many Pages as they’d like, but only an official representative from a real organization, business, celebrity, or brand can create a Facebook Page to represent them. Ownership of Pages can be contested and misrepresentation is a fast track to being banned. A Page can have what’s referred to as a “Business Account” that’s separately set up for billing and administration purposes so that brand oversight can remain consistent with a company rather than an individual who might leave the company. Tip: How to Set Up a Facebook Business Account
Facebook Usernames On Facebook, Profiles and Pages can be given shorter, easier names by which to reference them on Facebook. They’re referred to as a “Vanity URL” but Facebook refers to the process of assigning a username to the Page or Profile (as if that distinction doesn’t muddy the waters even more). Where possible, businesses would want to assign a username to their Page for convenience in referring to it and promoting it. Examples: Profile: www.facebook.com/russell.mickler Page: www.facebook.com/simple.books Assigning a username to a Profile or Page is a simple matter: 1. Your Page or Profile must have at least 25 Friends/Fans. 2. Under your User account (and not as a Page), you would access www.facebook.com/username. 3. You can then select to assign a username to the Pages where you’re an Administrator, or, to your User Profile. 4. The username is subject to availability – it must be unique and not previously registered.
Walls, Messages, and News Feeds Walls are an area on the Facebook Profile where new content is added by the Profile’s owner. It’s the main stage of Facebook where new content is loaded by Users. When a User writes a status update, they’re “writing to their wall”. New content from Users may come in the form of status updates, photos, videos, audio clips, notes, or links to other content on the Internet. “Writing on a wall” other than your own depicts leaving content on somebody else’s Profile – unless directly prohibited otherwise through a security setting, Friends are generally allowed to write on each other’s Wall. Writing on somebody else’s wall generates an email from Facebook to the corresponding User to notify them that somebody just interacted with their Profile. It’s a great way to get somebody’s attention. Unlike a Message, posting on a Wall is a public exercise. Messages are private. Anybody who is a Friend of the Profile may see the material that was posted to the wall. Users can send Messages to other Users, but Pages cannot send private Messages to any User. Now, follow closely, because this gets confusing: • • • • • • Pages have walls. Users can post to the Page’s wall. However, Pages cannot post to the wall of a User’s Profile. Pages cannot post to a User’s wall even if the Page was LIKED by the User. Pages can post the wall of another Page that the Page has LIKED (yes, Pages can LIKE Pages). Pages cannot Message other Pages.
What you should be seeing here is Facebook’s intent to cripple Pages from interacting socially with Users, and that the ability for a Page to privately Message Facebook Users would be construed as spam. Pages cannot directly Message a Facebook User nor can Pages post to a User’s wall, keeping with Facebook’s tradition that User interaction with a Page is entirely voluntary. That said, we see where Pages can interact with other Pages and even solicit ideas directly between them. Pages can LIKE other Pages and even share content. Still, all Pages are prohibited from interacting directly with Users. When a User logs in to Facebook, they are presented with a News Feed that shows them the Top News Stories at the moment. Further, the User can Switch to assuming the role of a Page and receive a separate News Feed for the Page. In both cases, what content gets displayed to the User at that moment is determined by a special algorithm Facebook created called Edgerank which is explained later in this book. Content posted to the walls of Profiles and Pages show up in the News Feed. Unlike Pages, Profiles can create new wall posts that have certain security controls around it so that exposing content to others can be selective. Pages don’t have this ability. When a Page posts something to its wall, all subscribed Fans of the Page will receive the update in their News Feed. There is only one exception. Unlike Profiles, Pages can “Target Stream” a wall post. If you’re an administrator for a Page, when you post a status update, instead of making it to everyone you can down-
select and select the option to customize the update. You can then select a location (like a country) and the languages you’d like to direct the status to. This will post to all of your Page’s fans so that, say, English-speakers in the United States aren’t bombarded by an Arabic message you’re sending to Fans in Saudi Arabia. By this time, you might be saying, oh wow, Profiles have it all-over Pages – why don’t I just create my business as a Profile so I can directly Message people, target my wall posts, and aggressively FRIEND others? Well, remember Facebook’s Terms of Service. Also, Facebook has some built-in controls to help curtail this behavior. For starters, Profiles can only have 5,000 Friends. That’s it. As a User, you can’t have more than 5,000 Friends … sorry. And although that’s not bad for people, that’s really bad for brands, and there’s no way to “transfer” Friends to a Page after that 5,000 limitation has been reached. Yikes! Tip: The Facebook Profile to Page Converter
[Editor’s Note: Actually, at the time of this writing, Facebook did release a Profile to Page conversion tool and it was out for about a week before they shut it down after gleaning very unhappy feedback from people who’d tried using it. A conversion tool may be in the works but it’s apparently still a little ways off yet.]
So that’s a pretty big incentive to get it right the first time and just start out as a Page. Meanwhile, something else very relevant to this book is that Facebook Insights – the tool used on Facebook to measure fan interaction isn’t available for Profiles: it’s designed only to work with pages. That in-and-of itself should be motivation for the small business owner to exclusively market their products and services on Facebook pages rather than profiles, but here are few more pieces of trivia about Facebook pages: • • • There’s no limit to the number of Pages a Facebook user can set up There are no practical limits to the number of Fans a Page can acquire Facebook Insights only becomes available to Pages after earning 30 Fans or LIKES; Insights isn’t available to the Page until this minimum threshold is reached • Page names cannot represent a classification of brands or products, like, “Pizza” or “Beer” - they have to be specific • Pages aren’t separate login accounts to Facebook; instead, regular Facebook users who have Profiles are delegated Administrative rights to a Page • • • Pages have no practical number of maximum connections Meanwhile, a Profile can only FRIEND up to 5,000 people Facebook Pages are crawled by search engines; they contribute to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and are good for businesses • Facebook Profiles have layers of additional personal privacy protection around them, and that protection can be toggled to allow or disallow indexing
If a Page has 100 Fans or under then its name can be changed by editing the “Basic Information” section of the page; however, if your page has more than 100 fans, then you can’t change the page’s name – you’re stuck with it
Facebook Groups vs. Pages A Facebook Group is another means of connecting a bunch of Facebook Users. Groups are a lot like “Clubs” or “Special Interest Groups” in real life. Users create Groups, may set variable Group permissions, and they can create as many Groups as they like. Users may join Facebook Groups as members of that Group, and only Facebook Users can join a Group; Pages cannot join a Group.
Figure: Author’s Facebook Groups
There are more than a few negatives about Groups for the small business marketer on Facebook. • One, Group content isn’t indexed by search engines like Google, and the content created by a Group falls within Facebook’s “secret garden” and is invisible to non-members • Two, Groups can have options that could conceal it from a master directory – Groups can be entirely obscured from other users on Facebook for privacy purposes • Three, only Facebook users can join Groups and not Pages, so content that’s posted in Groups can’t be easily branded • And four, Facebook Insights ignores Group content and you can’t report on it
However, if we were to set those limitations aside, there are some fairly interesting advantages to Facebook Groups: • Where Pages must reflect a specific entity, Groups can represent just about anyone with similar interests or any topic • • • Groups have the ability to send bulk invitations to Friends Groups can also send Messages to Facebook Users Group members can engage in Chat discussions together
So where might groups fit in to your Facebook strategy? Groups are great for having quick, interactive, and personal discussions among Facebook Users, and for attracting attention to a topic among Facebook Friends sharing a similar interest. Groups are really good for promoting ideas virally: as Group memberships can be made en-mass by extending invitations to Users, it’s possible to get a large number of people to join and start buzzing over a topic quickly. Pages, meanwhile, have to be individually shared to Users and Groups through Mentions. Groups are a horizontal approach to reach a lot of people across many different interests and demographics on Facebook. Tip: Facebook Groups and Privacy
Groups have their own “homepage” although I’m hesitant to call it a Profile or a Page because it’s neither.
Figure: A Facebook Group – the Science Pub of Portland
So why not create a Group for your business instead of a Page? There are lots of reasons. Again, doing so violates Facebook’s acceptable use policies because Facebook clearly intends business entities to be Pages and nothing else. Also, Facebook crippled Groups so that only Groups with 5,000 members or under could do direct (private) Messages to Facebook Users to avoid the potential for abuse. Content created on Groups don’t add any value to search engines or to being found online. Group’s homepage can’t be customized to the extent that a Page can. Interactions against Group content aren’t measured by Facebook Insights. And posts made within a Group can’t be branded with your Page.
Pages are best for maintaining long-term relationships with your fans and customers. They create a destination on Facebook that’s easy to find and refer to. Pages are a permanent, indexed location for content, sweepstakes, giveaways, audio, and video about your products and services. Interactions on Pages can be tracked by Facebook Insights. Pages are a vertical approach to maintaining customer relationships, contact, and visibility. Mentions Profiles, Pages, and Groups enjoy the ability to be recognized by Facebook in status updates through the use of Mentions. If you are logged in to Facebook and writing a status update, and if you’re a member of a specific Group or if you’ve LIKED a Page, or, you are Friends with specific people, you can Mention them in the update. A Mention is performed by providing the AT-sign (@) in the status update and by typing the first couple of letters of the Friend, Page, or Group. A list will appear allowing you to select which party you’d like to reference in your update. A Mention creates a convenient clickable link in your update back to that Profile, Page, or Group. Further, the status update posted with a Mention then appears on the wall of the mentioned party, and cross-posts the status update to all of the Facebook Users who’re members of a Group. Mentions are an effective way to get a status update in front of many different people. Getting Your Ideas Out Facebook Users immediately include others on content that they post to a wall. When the Facebook user writes to the wall of a Friend – unless the post was specifically made private - their post can be seen by their mutual Friends in their News Feeds. The mere act of posting on the wall includes others on the dialog. They can also see, respond, and interact with the post. Meanwhile, if a Facebook User posts to the wall of a Group - or if they Mention a Group in their status update then all users of the Facebook Group receives a copy of the post in their News Feeds. When a Facebook Page posts a status update to its wall, all of the subscribers to the Page will receive a copy of the post in their News Feeds. However, when a Facebook User posts to the wall of a Page or Mentions a Page – depending on the settings the Administrator placed on the Page – the post will appear exclusively on the Page and won’t be broadcast into subscriber’s News Feeds. It’s still visible on the Page but the Facebook User must intentionally go to the Page to read the updates posted by others. Considering all of the inherent and convoluted rules surrounding Users, Pages, and Groups, I like to talk about four communication strategies you could use to get your ideas in front of other people on Facebook. 1. Under your Facebook User account, you can personally write a status update on the wall of Facebook
Friend’s Profile, or a Page that you’ve LIKED, or on the wall of a Group. Your personal name gets associated with an idea that is broadcast to all of your all mutual Friends and Group members. Cleverly, you could
Mention your Page in the status update which creates a convenient link back to your Page in the update, and the new traffic has the potential to generate more LIKES for your Page and thus more visibility for your content. This is as Facebook intended. 2. Under your Facebook Page, you could provide a status update that reaches a vertical audience that’s
voluntarily waiting to hear from your brand. The update made on the Page is submitted into the News Feed of subscribed Users. It’s a reasonable and predictable way to get ideas from our Page in front others; however, it doesn’t get our ideas in front of new people – just Users who’ve subscribed to our Page. It won’t generate any new LIKES for our Page. In that way, the audience is very predictable and static, and it’s a communication that’s intended on Facebook. 3. Meanwhile, as the Page’s Administrator, under your own Facebook User account, you would receive a
copy of this update in your own News Feed. You could then Share the post (an interaction in Facebook) to a Group by using a Mention. The Mention would then cross-post your original message from the Page as a personal status update horizontally across many Facebook Users connected to that Group. With cross-posting to a Group, your Page is Mentioned in the post so that other Facebook Users in the Group could immediately link to it, and, your ideas are reaching a much wider audience who’re not subscribed to your Page. This strategy isn’t necessarily intended on Facebook but it’s not discouraged either. It may be perfectly valid for you to Share an item from a Page with a bunch of other Facebook Users with a similar interest, and you can leverage that to your advantage. 4. Finally, your Facebook Page could directly post an update against another Page’s wall. That status update
would appear with your company’s branding on the wall of another Page, having the potential to be seen by a wider audience who’ve subscribed to that Page. That could potentially drive more traffic against your Page. Also, all of the subscribers to your Page would receive the status update in their News Feed. Now, the mere act of writing to the wall of another Page doesn’t distribute that post to the News Feed of all subscribed Users, but that post can be seen by Users who visit the Page. The limitation of Pages updating the walls of other Pages is as Facebook intended. Key Takeaways • Rules, rules, rules. There are lots of rules concerning how Facebook manages Profiles, Pages, and Groups, and the rules are just controls to prevent people from abusing Facebook. Be mindful and respectful of those controls in your promotion efforts to avoid being banned. • There are different approaches to promoting your brand on Facebook. In marketing your business in Facebook, you will using a combination of personal, vertical, horizontal, or direct status updates using Mentions on Profiles, Pages, and Groups to gain visibility, acquire more traffic, and potentially earn more LIKES.
Facebook will make a celebrity out of you - you are your brand. Remember that on Facebook you personally share a direct relationship to your company and your brand. You’re as much a spokesperson for your brand and – in fact – it is Facebook’s nature to make a celebrity out of you and harness your fame so that you might promote your Page to others.
Summary In the context of business marketing, Pages have it all over Profiles because we can track interactions in Facebook Insights! Use only one Facebook User account to set up multiple Pages reflecting your marketing interests. Use your real name on Facebook and avoid doing anything so excessively as to get banned – it may serve you well to review Facebook’s Terms of Service. I’d recommend you use Groups to stay connected to a large community of users who’re hosting conversations about your industry, field, or area of expertise. Contribute to the Group as yourself, respond to people, and engage in the conversation as you and be visible - all the while incrementally promote your Page through Mentions in status updates. References
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