Facebook is making it easy for small business owners to promote their products and services directly to their target audiences for relatively little time and investment. Any business with an online presence that isn't on Facebook could be missing out on a huge opportunity.
It's a No-Brainer
With more than 900 million monthly active users, there are a number of reasons why Facebook is right for small businesses. From enhanced targeting, to community building, to SEO and more, Facebook makes it easy for potential customers to find you. And when they do, they are often more likely to remember your brand and share it with their friends.
It Starts with a Business Page
The first step in using Facebook to promote your business is a branded Facebook page. It can be a powerful way to expand your reach and increase awareness of your business online, especially with the recent change to the Timeline format. The good news is that creating a custom Facebook page doesn't have to be intense. There are a number of tools to help you customize your page.
It's All About Community
Once you are on Facebook, the hard work starts because building a community is no easy feat. Interaction, conversation, engagement -- those are all ideas that you'll want to focus on as you grow your Facebook community. There are also many other ways you can grow your Facebook community, so be sure to try a few different approaches until you discover what works for your business.
You Need to Roll with the Changes
One thing most Facebook users will agree on is that on changes happen, sometimes often. So the more flexible you are with the way you use Facebook, the more effective it will be for your business.
For more social media help, read The Ultimate Guide to Using Social Media for Business.
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