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More than 40 million people use Facebook to connect with friends, family, and to ‘like’ their favorite sites, businesses, and people. If you are not using social media, and especially Facebook, to your advantage, you are missing out on some excellent opportunities to increase your business’s productivity.
For small eCommerce site owners, simply opening a Facebook account can broaden the spectrum of people that are able to view your site by a wide margin. By making connections on Facebook, you are able to instantly promote your website, your product line, and your brand without spending a penny. Facebook and other social media sites have revolutionized Internet marketing and have allowed small businesses to grow much more quickly than was possible before.
To begin marketing through Facebook, you will need to open a Facebook account for your business (not a personal account) and begin filling out all of the appropriate information about your business. Then, the fun begins as you get to start connecting with people that you think would be interested in your products or services. You can post interesting information about your business, your product line, links to blog entries, or anything else that you think your potential customers might find valuable. The key is to develop stronger relationships with the people that you connect with on Facebook by networking with the type of people that you think would be most interested in your business.
After you have your Facebook set up, you will need to spend some time maintaining your site each and every day if possible. Some people may not be able to update everyday, but at least once a week your Facebook profile should be updated to keep your business visible on Facebook. You can use an integration tool to make the management aspect of social media much easier for you, and this will allow you to automatically do many of the daily tasks to keep active with social media. Some business owners decide to hire a social media marketing expert to help them design an effective Facebook strategy, but this is optional. You can manage the account yourself if you have the time, and you won’t have to spend a penny to promote your business through Facebook or any other social media site.
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