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« on: July 29, 2010 10:15:21 AM »

I just wanted to remind everyone that it's completely cool to post your link if you're pointing out something in particular you've done or you're asking for help, but please don't just post a link to your Facebook page just to get likes or with no real comment or question. Self-advertising rules still apply even here!
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Does anyone else here utilize a Facebook Fan Page to help market themselves? I've had a one for a long time but I don't use it effectively. Somehow though I've magically still managed to accrue a few fans, so I've kinda realized recently that I should actually try to make it a little better haha. I think FB can be a really powerful marketing tool if you can make yours stand out from the crowd, which granted, is kinda difficult when you're given such a narrow customization ability.

So I started by doing a little research trying to find fun things you -can- do with Facebook, and this led me to change my profile picture. The profile photos are pretty easy to update, and so important, since they're usually the first thing someone sees when they land on your page, and many people (myself included!) don't realize at first that you can actually use a picture up to 180x540 in size! Essentially, you can make a custom skyscraper banner for yourself that you use as your profile image instead of one little square photo.

I'm still working on mine to get it more cohesive, but just playin around with it, Facebook now looks like it's wearing one of my pendants! I think this is pretty eye-catching on a site full of identical templates, and it's fun to say that my charm is so awesome that even Facebook wears it. Tongue

Next I wanna make a custom welcome page using an FBML box.

So who here has a particularly awesome Fan Page? Have you done anything special with it? If not, you should Tongue

Mine is at http://www.facebook.com/metalsmittenjewelry  if you wanna see what I'm blathering about!
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2010 02:19:39 PM »

That's pretty clever - except, as a graphic designer, I only notice that the borders of the pic and the FB border don't quite match up. Sorry, it prolly doesn't bother anybody else.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010 04:50:57 PM »

The images look pretty cool! I see what craftychef is talking about, but looks pretty easy to fix to me, if the FB border is in the photo itself.

I think most people don't realize that FB pages, and etsy pages, and pretty much all web pages, have to be promoted to really get a lot of traffic. It will probably get lost in the enormous cosmos of the interwebs otherwise. I really want to try out the FB advertising, but I haven't yet. If you do, let us know how well it works.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2010 09:25:22 AM »

One of the first advertising bits I did after I opened my shop was to get a Facebook fan page.  Almost everyone I know uses it regularly, so I suggested it to all my friends and then had my mother and my fiance suggest it to everyone they knew.  A couple likes so far, but no sales.  I confess I'm not completely sure how to effectively utilize it.  Any hints/ideas/tips?

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Everyday-Unique/144693565552924
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2010 10:40:47 AM »

I'm still working on making my fan page on facebook.  I have been told by a few people that they find it a good way to market themselves.  Thanks for the tip about the image size.  I'm going to try something like that on my page!
I think your fan page looks really great!  (I didn't notice about the borders).  I quite like the photos of your work Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2010 10:01:45 AM »

I like your FB fan page.  I to have one, though it's still under construction as is my shop.  I have a few items for sale but so far it's slow going.  I like you'r picture and it has given me an idea on what I should do with mine. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aris-Treasures/118587868155051
And I love the stuff you've made! <3
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2011 07:35:51 AM »

Yes, I like your fanpage - especially the picture.  Very clever.  Wink

I do have a FB page but never know what to put on it.  Only about 30 fans anyway! ( guess I probably know each of those personally)
Luckily, I do get a lot of traffic direct to my website and I am starting on a newsletter to go out at the end of the month.
If I had any answers I'd share them, but as far as FB goes, my skills are obviously lacking.
My idea was to have a competition where people could enter if they 'liked' my page, but then I read that this is against the FB rules, so will have to think of something new.  Huh

Good luck and keep going - getting known just takes time.   Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2011 10:57:45 AM »

I have one too - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kern-Kern-Crafts/176214592423313 - but unfortunately I don't have enough fans or followers or whatever yet to be able to create a custom username like you have. I love the FB page you created though! I didn't notice the borders, either, but maybe you already changed it. Have you sold anything from FB, or has it all been through other media (other website, craft shows, etc.)? I'm just starting so need all the help I can get! Smiley
Craftdabbler - apparently people do it anyway... I haven't read the rules but one of my friends entered into a competition to win free engagement rings if they got the most "likes" on their picture, but to like the picture, you had to like the page... that page is still up so is there something specific that limits certain businesses or whatever?

Anyone know if you're supposed to get a confirmation pop-up or whatever, asking if you're sure you want to suggest your page to friends? Cuz I've tried to do it several times on different computers, and never got it to say anything other than "loading" or "reading" or something...I hope I didn't send the suggestion five times haha
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2011 07:10:09 PM »

I was thinking of doing a contest but now that I see it's against the rules to urge people to like the page I am stuck for ideas? Can I still do a contest where I ask people to like photos? I like the skyscraper banner and I am thinking of designing a photo for it. My facebook page is bare and I can't get people to comment on the things I post :/ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bound-To-Be/176323125737892
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2011 02:08:53 PM »

I also have a fb page, but can't seem to get more fans.  I have 13 right now, and 9 of them are family/friends.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/MaeFlowers-JuneBugs/378707273628  I post on it, but don't know yet how to generate traffic to it... 
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2011 08:42:49 PM »

Ladymirzri, I'm in south Texas too! i added you for solidarity Smiley My page doesn't have very many yet either, but I'm just getting started and haven't done much yet. There's a share button on your page; all I did was just press that and say something like "Hey guys, 'like' my craft page! Once I get 25 people, I can register a user name. Tell your friends!" One of my friends offered an incentive (a drawing for a free item) to get to her goal number that worked as well. Other than that, I've put the link on my business card so people will go and hopefully add me once I start passing them out. Hopefully that helps!
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2011 08:36:24 PM »

I have a "Like" page for Brutemus & friends. A lot of my friends and family have liked it lol a few random people that I don't know have as well. I update my photos regulary and post relevent status updates too. I try not to SPAM people since I do post a lot of pictures. My info is all filled out as well. I think I've had one sale from there.
I added the Etsy app as well.

I also bought an ad on FB. It's really interesting and you don't have to spend a lot of $ on it. Since just about everyone is on FB all the time and I know I always see advertisements on the side of my page I thought I'd try it out.

So far I've had 5 or 6 new likes in a couple of days.

I just started out so I only have a few people that like my page xD

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brutemus-friendsTM/132358206831061
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2011 06:31:49 AM »

Thanks for the tips! I will be making a larger profile picture now ^^
I have just set up my page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riechan/215360661850301?v=wall. No one there yet but hopefully some people will enjoy my items Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2011 10:32:38 PM »

I found that if you put random question that involve your product you will find more and more people. I usually ask questions like "What diaper is your little one wearing right now?" and I get a couple more responses each time.
As for other type of "likers" I don't have any major ideas, I guess just word of mouth.

I have a facebook fan page, I would really love to see some more traffic on it! http://www.facebook.com/KissingBunniesCloth
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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2011 07:22:13 PM »

I can't really do much with mine (thank you camera) but here it is

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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2011 04:53:21 AM »

I've just created a page as my brother wanted me to (he is making my website):
https://www.facebook.com/PhilosophyfoxCrafts

There's not much on there but it'll stop my personal page on FB being covered with spam of my craft updates for customers.  I'm not so much bothered about too much traffic there until I have my website up and running. 

I've been liking a few things related to crafts/rats whatever else is sort of linked to my own interests - including some Craftsters' FB pages Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2011 01:07:10 PM »

Mine is www.facebook.com/amy.gaspard.designs

I never thought of using your photo as a banner, but I'm also not that great with graphics.  Still, it's something to think about.  I definitely have a loooong way to go with my page.  I know there's a lot more I could be doing with it, but I have a hard time justifying spending the time on it. Tongue
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« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2011 01:58:57 PM »

I have a Facebook fanpage up for my business (see below for link), and have gotten about 450 "likes" so far...most of them friends of people I know, the remainder of them are friends of friends. I'm on FB a lot, because I work from home as a graphic designer, and I've updated it a lot with different designs (I design t-shirts as my other, crafty, business).  Have only been using it for a couple months, and have gotten a handful of sales from it, but no more there than from my website proper.

I've gotten feedback from a few people on the following:

1) Don't always post about "business"... that is, yeah, you want to sell your goods on FB, but make sure to not over-saturate it with "buy, buy, buy!"

2) Keep it fun... post some funny pics (tasteful, of course), videos, and links. Motivational quotes are good too. Or use the "Questions" feature in FB to start a poll, to ask your followers their opinion.

3) Keep your followers involved... like in #2, a Poll Question can be used, trivia questions, or just their opinion on a particular issue (usually best to relate it to your product). The more comments and likes you get from followers, the more of their friends will see it in the Newsfeed, and the more chance more of THEIR friends will come to your page to see what all the hubbub is about!

Good luck, hope this helped!
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« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2011 08:04:59 AM »

I too have a Facebook page, but am so far behind understanding FB that I got nothing going on.  I am, however, currently running a Facebook ad, linking directly back to something on my on-line store.  It took about 6 tries to understand what it was all about, but so far, in less than 24 hours, have about 35 hits on my website, with a fairly low bounce rate.  Since this was the purpose of the ad campaign, I feel pretty successful.  I am not actually expecting sales from the campaign.

As with everything else, the more activity and updating, the better.  My own blog is now doing better, as I am posting almost daily, and so is one of the other sites I post to for the same reason.

I say, keep at it, and share any suggestions.  I am looking for someone who understands Facebook who might be able to help me.  I think my brother uses it a lot.
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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2012 04:02:49 PM »

If you like other crafters pages they should like you back.  Make an effort to 'like' or 'share' any of the work you see and genuinely like/want to share (no one likes a spammer) and other crafters should do the same in return.  That way your name will appear in more feeds of friends and gain more exposure.

I have liked some of the pages linked in this thread, feel free to like me back Wink
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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2012 04:55:06 PM »

I just launched mine a week or so ago & have already wrangled a digital art job for a blog from it! Cheesy Well, it's someone from my friend's list, but my page is still what got her thinking! lol I forgot about the larger profile pic, I'll have to edit my picture to make it bigger!

If anyone would like to throw some feedback my way!

http://www.facebook.com/mariyarosedesigns
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« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2012 09:34:00 AM »

I really like facebook but now we can't use FB in my country, it's so pity. Hope it'll recover soon!
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Mine's not so pretty, just functional: diy-day.com - Kids Making Crafts on Facebook
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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2012 03:58:15 PM »

Mine is in need of heavy updates and other shenanigans, but anyways.... http://www.facebook.com/lunaestrelladesign
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« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2012 07:25:05 PM »

Hi everyone, here is mine

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My clothing is 50s style housewife, rockabilly, psychobilly and punk etc. Just started up the FB for it, quite a few photos - none of awesome quality yet : ( and only now just adding prices. Let me know if you have any suggestions...  Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: August 11, 2012 11:10:42 AM »

Hi all, new here Smiley

I use my fb page to cross support my newsletter and blog - all are supposed to increase visibility and increase sales. I get some sales mainly from my newsletter and FB feeds my newsletter some. I also use my FB page to promote sales.
Here is my page:

https://www.facebook.com/WhiteOwlBeads

I wish everyone super luck in their selling and creating!
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« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2012 10:36:44 AM »

Hey guys!

I totally love this discussion! I just wanted to remind everyone that it's completely cool to post your link if you're pointing out something in particular you've done or you're asking for help, but please don't just post it to get likes or with no real comment or question. Self-advertising rules still apply even here!


Ok, back to regularly scheduled discussion. I realize this was not recent but is this still the case? That seems to be the general method of most Facebook contests.

My idea was to have a competition where people could enter if they 'liked' my page, but then I read that this is against the FB rules, so will have to think of something new.  Huh

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