Friday, 13 January 2012

Is Facebook Really Going to Help Grow Your Business?

There are now more than 63 Million active users on Facebook with an average of 250,00 new registrations happening every day!

It is currently ranked No 7 in Alexa top ranked websites and every other headline seems to refer to Facebook in some context.

But what about you? Is Facebook really going to help grow your business?

Having launched myself into Facebook in September last year, I must admit even I swing back and forth on whether Facebook can seriously contribute to the growth of small businesses.

One week, several hours are spent proactively visiting groups and adding to the discussions and the next I am lucky to get a chance to click through on the email notifications that arrive in the in box.

But over the past few months, I believe that there are several points that someone needs to consider before deciding to use Facebook as a promotional tool. As I am sure anyone who has experienced Facebook will agree, it can be an absolute time-waster!

TIPS and TRICKS: 6 Points you need to consider before launching yourself in to Facebook

1. Think quality NOT quantity - Facebook is only one of many social networking sites out there. And online networking is only one of many promotional tools to use for your business. Having a presence on Facebook is desirable but not critical to your business success. Trying to do everything, all of the time usually means you end up with nothing (as well feeling a little insane at the same time!)

2. Keep Focused - It is too easy to waste hours on Facebook. The widgets, the virtual drink buying, the ranking of how hot your friends are. Remember that Facebook wastes millions of employee hours, which is fine when you are on PAY. But when you are self-employed, no one is going to pay you for the time you waste on Facebook. Know what it is you want to do and get out!

3. Contribute, don't SPAM - There is nothing worse that having someone at a networking event thrusting business cards in to everyone's hands and talking about nothing but themselves. It is boring and downright rude, so there is no need to do it online either

4. Have a website with a purpose - Many people use Facebook to drive traffic to their website, which to be honest is a pretty good objective to have. But before you start leaving your web address everywhere for all to see, what is your website offering to your visitors? Is your headline compelling enough to encourage visitors to stick around? And is your call to action strong enough to encourage visitors to take the first step to become a possible customer? There is nothing more frustrating for you than having a website with high traffic for it just to bounce straight out again, never to return. What a waste of good social networking.

5. Balance your personal life with your business persona - Remember that Facebook was originally designed for college students and that many members are there to gossip, have a bit of fun, post photos and arrange parties. Many of Facebook's widgets and wall postings reflect this. Will the photos that you posted from that night out be seen by your customers? Will that video posted on your wall be watched by an interested client?

6. Introduce yourself when inviting a friend - You wouldn't go round at a networking event poking people in the back, leaving your business card in their back pocket. If you wanted to meet someone at an event, you would introduce yourself and explain how you came to learn of them, wouldn't you? Leave poking to the college students and take the time to explain in your friend request why you would like to be friends and how you have come across their details. You will build a far stronger online network by taking a little time out and consider relationship building rather than "collecting" friends.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

How to Create a Facebook Event in Your Niche With a Teleseminar and Build a Highly Responsive List

Creating an event on Facebook is an excellent way to build your visibility and credibility in your niche. I have done this several times now and will continue to create new events on a monthly basis. Let me explain how and why this will bring you more profit that you could ever imagine.

The first thing you want to do after you join Facebook is to search for groups that have something in common with your niche market. There are now tens of thousands of groups on Facebook, so search through them by using your keywords. When you find a group that fits your target audience, join the group. Then begin to add the members of the group as friends so that you will be building a community of friends that have something in common with you.

The next thing you will want to do is to start your own group on Facebook. Think carefully about what you will name it, because keywords are very important. You can now invite your Facebook friends to join your group. You will also find that people will join your group on their own by searching through the groups with the keywords they are interested in.

Now it is time to create your event. A teleseminar on a popular area of your niche is best. Plan your teleseminar about three weeks ahead of time, to allow for lots of marketing strategies. Go to the events section on Facebook and click where it says to create a new event. Be sure to include the time zone you are in so there is no confusion.

You will now be able to invite all of your Facebook friends to this event. That it why it is good to have as many friends as possible. You are allowed to have a total of five thousand friends, so pick and choose your friends wisely, based on common interests.

During the first 24 hours people will begin to respond to your event invitation. Make sure your event is open to all members of Facebook, and not limited to just your friends. Wait for a day or two and send a message to the people you have invited. Send a different message to those you have said they will attend, those who said maybe, those who said no, and those who did not respond at all. This will give you an excellent indication of who the active members are and who is interested in your topic.

Continue to send out message to everyone until the day of your event. And also make sure that people must opt in to your list in order to get the call in details. Do this once a month, add more friends regularly, and you will be on your way to building a good sized, highly responsive list.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Facebook for iPad Free Download

The long awaited Facebook for iPad has finally been released on October 10th, 2011, ahead of arrival of iPhone 4S and iOS 5. Previously, Facebook users using an iPad had to rely on Facebook for iPhone and iPod touch which is not optimized for iPad bigger screen, or access Facebook website directly via Safari.

The new Facebook app for iOS version 4.0 is a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, with added support for optimized display on iPad to show high-res photos, games, chat and more. As such, the Facebook app on iPhone and iPod touch will also been upgraded and updated with new features and user interface.

In addition to allow Facebook users to stay connected and share with friends on the go with common features which available on iPhone, iPod and iPad such as start a chat, keep up with friends’ photos and status updates, look up a phone number, upload photos to Facebook and more, there are some new and updated features especially for Facebook for iPad:
  • Enjoy bigger, better photos: Your photos are high-res and easy to flip through, like a real photo album
  • Navigate anywhere, fast: Just tap, slide or pinch to move from one screen to another
  • Play games on the go: Access your favorite Facebook apps and games, wherever you are
  • Focus on what matters: Zoom in on your friends’ photos, updates and stories
  • Never lose your place: Share a photo, update your status or send a message without leaving News Feed
  • See who’s nearby: Check out the Nearby map to see what your friends are up to.

New features in Facebook for iOS app version 4.0:
  • Improved search and browsing.
  • Games & Apps: Play games and access your favorite apps on the go
  • Navigation: Send a message or see your notifications from any screen, and swipe to browse Facebook without losing your place in News Feed.
  • Bookmarks: Your groups, pages and apps are all in your left-hand menu, and the ones you use most are right on top
  • Search: Search for anything on Facebook—people, apps, pages and more—without having to click around or switch views.
  • Security: We’ve added a few updates to make the app more secure

Facebook iOS app is available for free download from iTunes App Store.

Monday, 9 January 2012

How to Disable/Turn Off New Facebook Photo Theater Viewer Mode?

Facebook has recently rolled out a new and “better” photo viewer which makes it simpler and faster to navigate between photos in Facebook, plus a beFacebook has recently rolled out a new and “better” photo viewer which makes it simpler and faster to navigate between photos in Facebook, plus a better photo viewing experience. A click on a particular photo will open a new layer with the photo in the center of your screen and a blank frame around the photo. Actually, we have a name for the photo viewer. We called it the Facebook Photo Theater Viewer mode.

Facebook users most probably noticed by now that there’s a new lightbox type photo viewer which gets enabled by default and which can’t be disabled (apparently). At least, Facebook didn’t provide the users with any option of switching that off. The feedback on this “improvement” is not great at all. That’s a polite way of saying so many users are discontent, so I think Facebook is going to give their members a switch-off solution pretty soon. However, that’s only my lucky guess. Maybe the Theater Viewer was enforced for a reason, so we might never be able to turn it off from a Facebook menu.

Do you want to get rid of it? Here are a few ways:

1. Disable the “Theater Mode” photo viewer directly from its URL address:
After you click on a photo in Facebook, look at its URL address in browser. It will be something like!/photo.php?fbid=10150100833538099&set=a.472337743098.253837.162547318098&theater

Delete &theater from the end of that string and press Enter. You’ll see the photo as you used to in the old Facebook photo viewer. Now you can click Next and Back to browse through the photos in the album.

2. Open the photo in a new browser tab
Instead of using left-click to enlarge a photo, use Right-click, then choose Open in new tab. It will open without activating the Facebook Theater Viewer.

3. Reload the photo
After you click on a photo, right-click it in the Theater Mode and choose Reload from the menu. It will reload in the old viewer.

The same result will be obtained if instead of right-clicking, you press directly F5 on your keyboard to reload the web page in your browser.

I heard that there are some browser add-ons which you can install and which will get you rid of the Facebook Theater mode viewer for good, but I’m not so keen about installing things that might slow down my computer, when I can get the same result another way.

How To TAG People in Facebook Status Update

Tagging a person in a picture is very simple and known by most of the people that use facebook but tagging a person or a page in a facebook update is something that many people dont know.

Tagging a person in the status update will automatically include a link to the person’s profile with his/her name.

Tagging a person in a facebook status update is very simple and it can be done as shown below in the screenshot.

Steps to Tag people in Facebook status update:

Step 1: Login into your facebook account.
To mention someone in the facebook status update just type ” @ “ and his/her name. When you will start typing the name of the person an autogenreasted list of your friends will appear.

Step 2: Select the person name you want to tag.

Step 3: Share your facebook status update and link to the profile person will appear in your facebook status update.

You are done!!

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