Facebook Rolls Out Changes to Pages - What You Need to Know!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with City Realty, Inc. - Olympia, WA 24805
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Today Facebook rolled out a new look for Pages that matches the recent changes to user profiles. However, for page owners the changes include some awesome new tools for your marketing toolbelt! Here is a look at the new Pages, with a few of the important changes highlighted:

 

Facebook changes the look of Pages

 

The changes will fully go into effect on March 1st, but page owners can choose to upgrade to the new layout starting today. I highlighted several of the key features in the screenshot above, but I would encourage you to sign on and take the tour of the new features to see how you can put them to use in your business! Here is a look at the changes I highlighted in my screenshot:

 

Use Facebook as your Page

This is by far the most exciting change with the new Pages. This option allows you to navigate Facebook as your page, rather than your personal profile. This is a huge opportunity to earn "sweat equity" on Facebook. You can now visit other pages and comment on their posts as your page. Why is this important? You can gain easy exposure to your brand simply by participating on other relevant pages. You can imagine the added exposure you can earn for your page by adding this to your Facebook strategy! Be careful not to be too spammy though, or you will do more harm than good...

Customize your Photo Display

Like your profile, your page now features 5 photos at the top of the page. You can control which photos are featured by tagging your page in photos. I can see the potential for an easy "featured listings" display! I upgraded to the new page layout today and I'm running a contest for my fans to submit their best photos of the area, then I will hold a round of voting and feature the winning photos at the top of my page. This is yet another opportunity to engage your fans or promote your brand.

Feature Pages 'Liked' by your Page

If you are a Facebook addict and have multiple pages tied to your business or community, this is a great way to cross market your efforts. You can select which pages are featured on the side of your page so they experience a boost in exposure...for FREE! To do this, click on 'Edit Page', then select 'Featured' from the side menu, then choose the first option to 'Add Featured Likes'. You can feature any 3 pages that your page has 'Liked'.

Change the Category of your Page

You are still locked in to your page name, but now you can at least change the category your page fits in. The new Pages make it easy to do this when you click 'Edit Page'. Try out several categories until you find the one that best captures the information you want to share about your page.

 

The only thing I'm not as excited about is that any custom tabs are now not as prominently displayed. They are still easily accessible right under your profile photo, but they aren't quite as eye-catching as the old tabs above your wall.

Do you like the new layout to Facebook Pages?

Do you have any thoughts on how the changes will impact your Facebook strategy?

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Gary Woltal
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Keller Williams Realty

Great technical explanation Mike. I wonder the percent of people with the personal pages have the Business pages too.

February 11, 2011 03:57 PM
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Norma Toering
Palos Verdes Homes in Los Angeles Area
Charlemagne International Properties

I received the notice but have not checked it out yet.  Sounds like a good weekend project...

February 11, 2011 04:29 PM
Rainer
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Rose Mary Justice
Elite Realty Group
Elite Realty Group

Glad you shared this info with us.  It's always good to know what is available

February 11, 2011 04:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Angela Clark
CRS, Realtor since 1997.
Tony Clark Realtors, LLC

Mike, Thanks for keeping us on top of this change to facebook--- this one is for the better! 

 

February 11, 2011 05:02 PM
Rainmaker
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Dustin McClure
Mossy Oak Properties Outdoor Realty

Great info. I just converted all of my pages over and overall, I like the design. It seems a lot like the personal profiles.

Lake Norman Home Search

February 11, 2011 05:11 PM
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Peter Pfann @ 1 Percent Realty Victoria, and Pay-Less For Victoria Real Estate Results!
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Hey Mike,

thanks for the heads up, better head over to facebook and make sure we are doing everything the way we had hoped for (most of the time,) we appreciate the tips and new features., thanks.

February 11, 2011 05:55 PM
Rainmaker
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Christopher Watters
Austin Real Estate (512-298-4010)
Watters International Realty, LLC.

I was playing with the photos on faceook trying to make them line up. It's a challenging task. I like the new changes though. Thank you for sharing this.

February 11, 2011 06:10 PM
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Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

I love the first item on your list. What an improvement, in my opinion.

February 11, 2011 06:35 PM
Rainer
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Lydia Lucas
Prudential CT Realty

Thanks for the heads up, Mike! The designers of Facebook are pretty sharp, considering after all the changes in the past few years, I seem to have adjusted to each one naturally.

February 11, 2011 06:38 PM
Rainer
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eHomes Realty Corpus Christi Real Estate
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I live the changes to the photo display
February 11, 2011 08:35 PM
Rainmaker
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Cheryl Ritchie
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com

Rats, I want to reblog this but reblogging is still temporarily disabled. Good post!

February 11, 2011 08:55 PM
Rainmaker
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Jeanne Kozak
REALTOR and Broker/Owner in WV and VA
RE/MAX In Action

I just figured out what I was doing, darn it, now have to do it again. Not fun for the tech challenged. 

February 11, 2011 09:58 PM
Rainer
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Don Hintz
2D-enterprises / HAUS Design, LLC

Mike,

I had seen some emails about this and some toehr non AR blogs that I read and hadn't looked at the info closely, but seeing here on AR told me it's time to implement this.

Thanks for the informative post.

February 11, 2011 10:36 PM
Rainmaker
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Ellie Shorb
CRS, Realtor DC, MD & VA Luxury Home Expert
Coldwell Banker, Ellie@CBmove.com

I have a facebook page for business and one for my personal life. I do "like" the changes that have been made. What a great tool for keeping up with friends/family and also for staying in touch with clients/prospects.

February 12, 2011 12:04 AM
Rainmaker
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Kate Bourland
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing
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wow, I learned something.  This is good stuff.  Love the Features....

February 12, 2011 01:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Great Post Mike. I agree that the biggest advantage of this change is the use of "Use Facebook as Your Page". To often I did not comment as a personal profile, and would have loved to as a contractor.

Thanks again

February 12, 2011 10:39 AM
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Billie Hillier
Savvy Home Realty Solutions
Hillier Real Estate

Facebook keeps getting better and better. One day, it and the iPhone will rule the world. LOL

February 12, 2011 11:39 PM
Rainmaker
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Mike Barrett

@MIKE- I think that it is a very cool layout, I have been playing around with it for the last couple days. One app I use for my page is RSS Graffiti, it is pretty cool to link my blog and Twitter feeds to my fan pages.

@MikeBarrett425

February 15, 2011 10:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Jean-Paul Peron
Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive
The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany

THANX! You tips have helped me A LOT!

February 16, 2011 06:39 AM
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Eva Aliaga
South Florida Real Estate - Boca Raton Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty Boca Raton IdealFloridaLiving.com

Hi Mike, just noticed this the other day, I have a few pages I did upgrade some to see what were the options before I change all of them. I like that now you can get notifiations and post in other pages as your page.

February 17, 2011 09:27 PM
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