The Foolproof Way To Avoid Getting Sucked Into The Facebook Newsfeed When Posting To Your Fanpage

No doubt about it — social media marketing can be a huge time drain.  

One of the main reasons why it’s such a time drain is because when we get on a site like Facebook to create a post, the first place land is our newsfeed — and we naturally glance at the posts at the top of the page.  Then, without even realizing it, we are “off and scrolling” down the newsfeed.  Then we “wake up” 20, 30 or 40 minutes later and wonder “Why did I come here in the first place? Oh yeah, I had a great idea for something to post on my Fanpage…What was that idea anyway???” 

Well, I have recently figured out a simple little solution for avoiding this common problem.

It’s so simple, I can almost hear your palm smack your forehead.

Ready for it?

Create a bookmark for your facebook fanpage. Put it in the bookmark bar on your browser.

Now, whenever you want to post something to facebook, just click on the link in your broswer bar to go directly to your fanpage, write your post — and then go do your other work (unless you planned to stay and “strategically mingle” on Facebook)

Not sure what I mean when I say, “Create a bookmark for your facebook fanpage. Put it in the bookmar bar on your browser.” — Just see the screenshot below.

Did your palm just hit your forehead?

Do you have some time-saving tips to share? Please leave them in the comments! I look forward to smacking my own forehead! 

 

 

FIve Great Articles To Get You “Up To Speed” On Facebook’s New Timeline For Brand Pages

If you’re a small business owner with a fanpage on Facebook, you probably know that the good ol’  “FB” surprised everyone by rolling out a new format for pages last week. You have the option to switch over  to the new format now (but I don’t recommend it…the bugs are still being worked out).   Everyone will be forced to change to the new “Timeline” format on March 30.

Makes your head spin doesn’t it?

I know. You just got used to the old format…and then…whammo…

Oh well, them’s the breaks. Especially when you’re using an advertising platform that you’re not paying for…

But don’t worry, The E-marketing Maven is here to smooth the transition for you. Below you will find a list of the best 5 best resources and articles about the new Facebook format. These articles will explain the new features, and as well as the features that were lost, answer your questions and give you creative ideas for using the new format to promote your business.

1) http://www.learnfacebookpages.com/ – This is Facebook’s interactive video guide to the new fanpage. I highly recommend starting with tutorial. It clearly explains the features of the new layout.

2) http://kikolani.com/new-facebook-pages-with-timeline-design-pros-cons.html – This article offers a good outlines of the pros and cons of the new layout.

3) http://www.dreamgrow.com/a-view-of-facebook-timeline-brand-pages-and-how-to-enable-it-right-now/  – This article offers a good step-by-step guide to setting up your new timeline.

4)  http://mashable.com/2012/02/29/facebook-timeline-brand-pages/ – Get inspired with some great examples of the new Timeline layout in the slideshow below the article.

5)   http://www.hyperarts.com/blog/facebook-timeline-for-fan-pages-frequently-asked-questions/ – Still got questions? This article will probably answer them all!

BONUS: http://www.dreamgrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/facebook-cheat-sheet-sizes-and-dimensions.pdf – This handy, downloadable sheet offers the dimensions for all of the graphics you could possibly use on Facebook.

Those are my favourite articles on the new Facebook Timeline Page Layout. Did I miss any other great ones? Please let me know in the comments.

And if Facebook, or other social media sites, make you want to pull-your-hair out — please remember that I offer one-on-one social media training and live “hands on” seminars in Vaughan and the Greater Toronto Area.  I’ll be adding information to this site about the training shortly, but for now, contact me here or call 905-709-7729 for more information.

 

Want To Understand the New Facebook Changes and What They Mean For Your Small Business? Here are some articles that explain what you need to know.

The Maven is in a rush today…

Getting ready for Rosh Hashana (Shana Tova to all of my fellow Members-Of-The Tribe out there!)

But before I sign off for the holiday, I wanted to make sure that you had all of the resources you need to understand the new changes to Facebook and how to use them to promote your small Business. Here are links to articles that will give you all of the information and tips you need to know!

Five Facebook Changes and What You Need To Know

This Is how the Facebook Timeline Will Look. Say Goodbye to Your Profile.

How To Best Use Facebook’s New Smart List and Special Friend List

How to Send A Direct Message To Your Facebook Fans

Facebook Nuked the “Like” Button, Now What?

Are these articles helpful? Do you have any you would add to this list. Please leave a comment below!