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Sir Mixalot 06-05-2010 09:23 PM

If you're not on Facebook, you should be.
 
If you’re not on Facebook, you should be. I just hit 500 Fans (Likes) on my Facebook business page today. I've completed several jobs for people that have become fans on my page. I also have become the go to guy for Drywall and Painting for all of my fans and they will also recommend me to their friends and families. It's a great word of mouth tool for any business. You can also post photos and vidoes of your work, which is like a portfolio for fans to see. and mark your favorite business pages in your area (hopefully they will mark your page as favorite which shows you as an expert to all of their fans). And it's All for FREE! But wait, there's more. As an added bonus, Facebook ranks highly on Google and all of the top search engines. You can mark your business page as Public, and the search engines will pick up on your content which the search engines see as keywords. Then every once in awhile throw a link to your website up and Facebook will submit all of the content from your web page to the search engines and that post will also give you a back link to you website which the search engines score highly on their website ranking list.

Sign up for Facebook (click here)

If you already have a business page post it up so we can fan you too.

Here's my-----> Facebook page


http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/4...cebookpage.jpg

MagicPoolSvcs 06-05-2010 09:37 PM

I could not agree any more Paul.
Congrats on 500 fans.

We are almost at 450 fans.

Last month, we got another account from FB.
TODAY, I signed up a new customer that found us on FACEBOOK !

* A nice marketing trick is to " Tag " the photo ( we use pools to the person that owns the pool " - ) - It will show on that persons profile.

Winchester 06-05-2010 10:21 PM

Nice!

Mine is at www.facebook.com/WinchesterDecks.

I've got about 77 fans, only :sad:

griz 06-05-2010 10:31 PM

Sorry guys, I want no part of Facebook.
I can see where you service oriented guys might see it as a benefit, sorta like the old yellow pages.

Not knocking anyone here, but looking back on my contracting days my clientele would not have contacted me via a social networking web site.

Maybe it's just the old dogs & new tricks thing.

shanekw1 06-05-2010 10:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by griz (Post 949228)
Sorry guys, I want no part of Facebook.
I can see where you service oriented guys might see it as a benefit, sorta like the old yellow pages.

Not knocking anyone here, but looking back on my contracting days my clientele would not have contacted me via a social networking web site.

Maybe it's just the old dogs & new tricks thing.

Well, they didn't have the internet in the 1930s.:w00t:

griz 06-05-2010 10:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shanekw1 (Post 949232)
Well, they didn't have the internet in the 1930s.:w00t:

:laughing::laughing::laughing: Not quite that old.

MagicPoolSvcs 06-05-2010 10:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Winchester (Post 949221)
Nice!

Mine is at www.facebook.com/WinchesterDecks.

I've got about 77 fans, only :sad:


Make it 78 fans ;)

Facebook is not for everyone, but I think the point Paul is trying to make that this is FREE ADVERTISING if done right.

You must think of Social Networking as in " Going to a party, sparking up a conversation, letting people talk about themselves, and do a subtle plug about what you do ".

shanekw1 06-05-2010 10:45 PM

Seriously though, the internet is the first place I go to find anything, and I think a major amount of people do too, or are starting to.

It's not so much about getting leads directly through facebook (although I have gotten a few), it's about getting your name out and remembered.

And the fact that google loves facebook is an added bonus for your website.

ApgarNJ 06-06-2010 06:03 AM

I only have about 80 fans. I wish I could use the business site to join township FB pages in my area. They don't let you interact with the page you create for a business like that, only your main site can be used to "like" other sites. I don't get that.
maybe I'm doing something wrong??

Trim40 06-06-2010 09:13 AM

Winchester, cool video on the deck design.
I really need to ge my butt in gear and get a FB page.

Bergstrom 06-06-2010 09:16 AM

Thanks for the info guys. I have been kicking around the idea of setting up an account for a while so today I will try to tackle it.

ApgarNJ 06-06-2010 11:46 AM

Are you any relation to the Bergstrom Skegs maker for snowmobiles?

Bergstrom 06-06-2010 11:52 AM

I don't think so...what's a skeg? :blink: Is that the keg that mounts on your snowmobile ski's? :drink:

ApgarNJ 06-06-2010 11:59 AM

it's the carbide runner on the front skis. I think his name is Tom Bergstrom who invented a better design. maybe a relative, you could be rich!
hahaha

Bergstrom 06-06-2010 12:05 PM

Hmmm....a relative in the carbide business, maybe they could whip me up a few custom saw blades :laughing:

BKFranks 06-06-2010 12:12 PM

I think it's almost like word of mouth. You can add your friends, neighbors, family members, etc and usually their friends and family will the see the posts as well, depending on the security settings. Cool way to update people on what you're doing, pic of things you've done. I've had people recommend me to their friends and received calls for jobs from people I've never met simply because we have a mutual acquaintance. The page also shows up on Google searches for your company. It's free and beneficial. If you don't want extra exposure to potential clients, then don't use it.

George Z 06-06-2010 04:13 PM

We just started it,
I have hired someone part time to do this among other social Networking things.
Glad to know it can work.

Here is ours;

http://www.facebook.com/EcopaintingI...tingInc?v=wall

MagicPoolSvcs 06-07-2010 05:34 AM

One pitfall we learned the hardway is not to monitor your posting frequency. If you post every day, you most likely will loose fans.

shanekw1 06-07-2010 08:42 AM

Added you, George Z.

OpenIt 06-07-2010 10:32 PM

new garage door repair facebook site
 
Thanks for the tip. I am going to start my facebook site asap. It's hard enough to find great ways to market garage door repair for free.:thumbsup:


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