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ARRRRGH! Why can’t I comment as myself on a client’s Facebook Page? Why can’t I post this picture with my phone on my business Facebook Page?
Yeah, I’ve been there. For a while we had another account to manage our business Facebook pages. As an agency we help admin a handful of Facebook Pages — but just because I liked something one of our clients does (Age Performance in this case) doesn’t mean I want to post “Great interview, guys!” as Age Performance.
Facebook finally released a way to better manage everything from your personal account. If you have created two accounts (a business and a personal account) you should know that this violates Facebook Terms of Service and can cause accounts to be shut down and access denied.
5 Things to Know About Managing a Facebook Fan Page from a Personal Account
Make sure you understand the difference between a profile (your personal Facebook account, in my case the one that lists my name, Amber Sawaya) and a page (your business’ fan page, in my case Sawaya Consulting or Age Performance).
1.Choose the correct persona.
In the top right corner there is a drop down to choose to “Use Facebook As”. If you are already using it as a page and want to switch back to your regular profile, choose your name from the list.
Choose if you are the page or the profile, this shows at the top of the page.
3. You need a separate app on your phone to post as a business.
The Facebook app your have on your phone is for your personal profile only. There isn’t a way around this in the app that I’ve seen. You need a separate app to do think (post, add photos, etc) as a page.
4. You can add new admins and specify privileges in the Admin Section
This is an update if you have been doing the old “find the user and make them an admin” game. Just go straight to the admin section and add an email address. Then choose what this new admin can do:
5. Double check to make sure the icon you are posting as is the correct one.
With all these different tools you just need to be careful. Check the icon as you post and make sure it’s the right one—no one wants to see the social media faux pas of posting the wrong thing as the wrong page.
Do you need to take a minute and close down any alternate accounts you’ve been using? While you’re at it, make sure your profile picture and cover photo are up to date and look great.
We are at a point where our old social media strategy is no longer working for us.
Our Strategy from 2010 — Now
Let’s look at where the business was and what we were doing.
We started in 2006, Steve joined full time in Fall 2008 and I followed in Spring 2009. We were just getting going and we made a detour. Fast forward to the end of 2010. We were exiting a startup partnership and woke up to very little work on and a scarce amount of money. The economy was in the tank, but we needed to drum up business.
We revised our website first and foremost. Your website is your home base for everything else. Then we put the following strategy into place.
- We have a twitter account for our business (click here to follow @sawayaconsult). We were posting a few times a day.
- We were reviewing everyone that followed us and following almost everyone back.
- We read all the tweets that came through.
- We performed a series of searches daily to find people that were looking for what we had to offer. We picked up a few great projects and met some new people this way.
- We have a Facebook page for our business (like us here).
- We didn’t post to it very often.
- We did hook up our blog to it.
- We posted some images from our portfolio to Facebook. This actually posed another problem I’ll talk about below.
- We were rocking the blog.
- We were posting series, we had a great posting schedule (series on Tuesdays, whatever on Fridays).
- We had some fantastic Google rankings because of it.
The Benchmark Right Now
- Our business is crazy awesome busy. We are building some really cool corporate tools, we’re doing a ton of web and mobile apps. We have another developer working here full time and are looking to round out with another Android developer and looking at bringing another designer in on several projects.
- We haven’t kept our portfolio up to date (see top bullet point). Posting portfolio images to Facebook was slowing us down — we were quadruple posting our work to our blog, our site, Behance and Facebook — each piece with it’s own resolution and support in graphics. Too daunting. Didn’t get finished.
- We haven’t kept up blogging, sort of due to time, sort of due to having no blog focus. Is our blog for clients? potential clients? other designers/developers? is anyone but Google listening? Does it matter if no one else is? Overwhelming questions when you’d rather be building a new interface for an awesome client project.
- We haven’t been blogging so our SEO has tanked. Hard core. But it’s hard to worry about the phone not ringing all the time when it IS RINGING ALL THE TIME. New people are still finding us — and our existing clients are doing more and more projects with us. And unlike so many service companies (looking at you telco and TV providers) our existing clients are more important than potential new clients. We give them the best and only take on more if there is anything left over.
- We haven’t even been reviewing new twitter followers, haven’t been reading tweets beyond the private list of “friends in RL”. We hardly tweet. Again, see top bullet — but also add in a sprinkling of overwhelming.
- Update our portfolio. Not only is it out of date, but it grew organically (like a weed) and looks bad. We are revising it, adding some sorting and moving our client list to a new page. That is about 80% complete.
- Clean up Twitter. See who is following us, see who we need to follow back. Organize some new lists and check those lists that are most interesting to us regularly. We can do this in Hootsuite. I will start working on that today.
- Either pick a blog focus or don’t pick a blog focus—but make that choice. I’m going to say that we aren’t going to focus on one audience. We are going to continue to post whatever is interesting to us, relevant to our business, and/or helpful for people (our how to articles that are unrelated to our business drive the most traffic, but zero conversions). Also, we need to accept that if we aren’t going to focus, we aren’t going to grow a huge audience and therefore not have huge blog numbers—but it all helps drive SEO. More water in the harbor, all the boats rise.
The new strategy for 2012
As far as I can see, we’re going to be busy. We’re going to add capacity as we can and be grateful every day for what we have and where we’ve come from. We’re going to stay just hungry enough (like I could eat a string cheese, not like I’m starving and want to eat a horse) to make sure we stay on our game, and we keep making clients ecstatic.
- Organize into lists. I’ll have another blog post on this in the future.
- Interact with lists as appropriate.
- Check daily – tweet daily.
- The way our blog posts to Facebook looks overwhelming (text comes through in a big block). I’m either going to find a better plugin or hand manage this.
- Clean up our photo sections — but just repost from our website, no customization.
- Create a custom Page.
- Tie into Facebook-specific features. Run an ad, run a poll, maybe a contest. See what comes of it.
- Get back to posting, at least once a week. This needs to be a priority—prep the ground for gardening so it’s ready when you need it. If we make Thursday our goal posting day, and I make sure that I write on Friday or the weekend for the next week (for those times that I don’t have a bunch of them ready to go) then we should be good.
- Look at syndicating some articles if only to provide an extra focus/motivation.
I’ll report back after this has been underway for a while! Is it time to revamp your company’s social media strategy? What changes are you planning to make?
They also correlate my Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles to give me a bunch of badges—
We received a call for help the other day to help get a Twitter and Facebook account unlinked.
It took us 20 minutes to figure it out (made all the more infuriating because you KNOW it should be easy). If you found this article via search I bet you can relate.
What created this unholy alliance?
You probably did something like this to link the two accounts: Add Twitter to Facebook
Remove Twitter from Facebook
- On the top navigation bar go to Account > Privacy Settings
(Click to view larger images)
- Go to Apps & Websites in the bottom left and click Edit your settings
- You should see the offending app in the list – click Edit Settings
- Choose Remove App
We are teaching our social media workshop again! The workshop is titled: The New Ice Cream Social: Social Media in your Personal & Business LIfe. We cover LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and this is aimed at professionals, small business owners and freelancers. We talk about what social media is, how these sites make money, how and why you should use them and how to manage an ongoing social media strategy.
Space is limited to 10 people, so hit us up if you want to reserve a spot.
Friday, May 13
1:30 – 3:00 PM
at The Mandate Press
1107 South Main Street
Cost: FREE with a reservation
$20 at the door
Reserve by sending an email to hello@…
Hosted by: Sawaya Consulting
SAWAYA Consulting is a strategic business-to-business partner
focusing on information management through design & technology.
We build corporate tools, informational websites, and web applications.
Your can find us in Salt Lake City, Utah and online at www.sawayaconsulting.com
Special thanks to the rad kids at The Mandate Press for letting us use their space!