HOW TO: Get the most out of Facebook Timeline for your business

Mary Manzo

February 17, 2012

HOW TO: Get the most out of Facebook Timeline for your business

Facebook TimlineNews through the Facebook grapevine is that the social network will not only be releasing a mandatory Timeline update for all users but soon Facebook Pages will also be getting a makeover with a new look and feel. Reports are forecasting an announcement from Facebook at the first ever fMC or Facebook marketing Conference in NYC on February 29.

As a business with a current Facebook page, how does this affect you? And what should you do to ensure that you are taking advantage of this Timeline update?

Take a look at what Timeline has to offer Facebook members now. Mashable states that a Facebook rep has said that "Consistency in both functionality and appearance is really important to Facebook so we hope to make Pages more consistent with the new Timeline in the future."

Expect the aesthetic and functionality of Timeline for users to be in close line with what Facebook will be offering for your Page.

Keeping this in mind, prepare your brand's Facebook Page as best as you can.

Cover Photo
There will most likely be a cover photo for your page, have one ready so that all you need to do is upload it once the Timeline launches. Use this time to prepare a creative cover photo that represents your brand.

Organize your Content
Facebook now allows you to feature content, review the editorial content on your Facebook page and decide which content you want to highlight. Starring your content highlights and resizes the post across the Timeline.

Timeline also allows you to go all the way back to when your business started, meaning that although your brand may only have been a Page since 2010, you can now add important content or dates going back to the birth of your business.

Developing Apps
Facebook announced their Open Graph applications that feature brands and pages on user Timelines. A great example is Pinterest, site visits have increased by more than 60 percent since their open graph integration.

Draft an announcement
Launch a mini-campaign announcing your brand's Timeline integration, create a tab that coordinates with this or keep it simple by drafting a post for when the Facebook update goes through.

Mashable offered a take on what Facebook Timeline for Pages could possibly look like:

Mercedes Facebook Page Timeline

Mary Manzo

This article was published by Mary Manzo.

Mary is a recent graduate from William Paterson University where she majored in Journalism and Public Relations. Her internships and background are in traditional PR but she dove into the social media spectrum with the early understanding that it will be a crucial platform for reaching audiences. Miss Manzo is also a self proclaimed foodie and lover of people watching. Follow her on Twitter: @mrymnz.


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