How to create a Facebok business page - October 2013 update

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Have you just started a new business or you have got an existing business and want to create a professional Facebook business page but simply don’t know where to start. Well you’re in luck as I have created this article which will give you a step-by-step guide on how to create a Facebook business page for your business. Facebook fact: Over 100 million users worldwide

Step 1 – Facebook Business Page Sign Up Process

To start the sign up process you need to open the following link in your web browser:

The following Facebook options will display as shown image below:

facebook sign up page

Select the “Local business or place” option.

facebook local_business or place option

Complete all the fields displayed in image below.

facebook sign up fields

Select the “Create a new business account” option.

facebook sign up create business account

Complete all the fields displayed in image below

facebook sign up create business account fields

The following message will display once you have completed the above form fields.

facebook sign up confirm email address

Open the inbox for your email account which you used in sign up process and select the Confirmation Link.

facebook sign up confirm email address link

The following page will display after you select the confirmation link.

  • Enter a description for your business.
  • Enter your business website address.
    • You can select “Add another site” option if you want to add your Twitter, Pinterest, Blog or another website related to your business.
    • Select “Yes” optional if you have registered your business with your government organisation i.e. Companies House (UK).

Select the “Save Info” button once you have completed all the fields displayed in image below.

facebook set up about

The next screen will request for you to upload a Profile picture.

  • I would recommend you add your company logo
  • The image uploaded should be 180 x 180 pixels

Select the “Save Photo” button after uploading your profile image. You can Skip this process and add your profile image later if you do not have your logo at the correct size.

facebook set up profile

The next screen is optional, this screen simply allows you to add your facebook page to your facebook Favourites list. Simply select the green “Add to favourites” button and continue to next screen.

facebook set up add to favourites

Select the “Skip” button on the next screen to complete the basic set up of your facebook business page.

facebook set up reach more poeple

WELL DONE – YOU HAVE CREATED A BASIC FACEBOOK PAGE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

TAKE A 5 MINUTE BREAK !

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Step 2 – Adding a Cover Image to Your Facebook Business Page

In this part of the article I will be using the following business as an example:

To complete the following steps you will need to login to your facebook business account. Select the link below to login to your facebook business account.

Once you have logged in select the “Hide” button for the admin control panel

facebook hide admin panel

Below the Admin Panel you will see a basic view of your profile, example below

facebook business profile logged in

The next step is the create a cover image for your facebook page. Select the “Add a Cover” / “Upload photo…” buttons as shown in image below.

facebook add cover photo

  • The image you upload should be 850 x 315 pixels.

Your cover image will display in the top section of your facebook business page behind your facebook profile image (Company Logo). To give you some inspiration I have listed some example facebook covers from some well known businesses:

facebook cover image uploaded

WELL DONE – YOU HAVE CREATED A BASIC COVER IMAGE FOR YOUR FACEBOOK BUSINESS PAGE

Step 3 – Creating a User Name and Custom Url For Your Facebook Business Page

In the next step we will create a user name for your business facebook page. At present the URL for Banner Ad Designer’s face book page is as follows:

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Banner-Ad-Designers/214194378736053

After creating user name “c51banneraddesigners” the url will change to:

  • https://www.facebook.com/c51banneraddesigners

The 2nd url is much easier to share with your customers and incorporate into your marketing campaign. This task is optional.

Select “Edit Page” / “Update page info” as shown below.

facebook create user name

Select the “Enter a Facebook web address” link located in the Page Address section as shown below.

facebook create user name 2

Select the “Create a web address for this page?” link located in the Page Address section as shown below.

facebook create user name 3

Select the “Verify via mobile phone” link

  • After selecting link you will be requested to enter your facebook password.

insert your password

On the next screen you will be requested to select your “Country Code” and enter your phone number. After completing this task you will receive a text message with a confirmation code.

facebook confirm your number

Enter your confirmation code and select the confirm button.

facebook confirm your number confirmation code

On the next screen select the options which are relevant and then select the “Save settings” button.

facebook number confirmed

Click on the facebook logo located in the top left, this will take you back to your business facebook page.

facebook logo

Select “Edit Page” / “Update page info” as shown below.

facebook create user name

Select the “Enter a Facebook web address” link located in the Page Address section as shown below.

facebook create web address

Select the “Create a web address for this page?” link located in the Page Address section as shown below.

facebook create user name 3

Enter a suitable username for your facebook business page. In this example I will use:

c51banneraddesigners

facebook username for page

After creating user name “c51banneraddesigners” the facebook business page url will change to:

  • https://www.facebook.com/c51banneraddesigners

WELL DONE – YOU HAVE CREATED A UNQIUE URL FOR YOUR FACEBOOK BUSINESS PAGE

TAKE A 5 MINUTE BREAK !

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Step 3 – Posting a Message on Your Facebook Business Page Timeline

In this 1st example we will create a short message and link to the Banner Ad Designers website.

Message: Click here to view examples of our latest banner ad designs: http://www.banner-ad-designers.co.uk/example_work.html

  • Create a message for your business and add a link to the end of your message, this should be a link to your own website.

Enter your message into the “Status” box as shown below.

facebook will visit the website address you entered in your message and look for a suitable image to display in your post. A left and right arrow will display if facebook can find more than 1 image on your website page. You can select the “Upload image” option if you want to add a different image for your post. Facebook will also scan the Meta Data for your page and display this next to the image as shown in image below.

Select the “Post” button to add your 1st facebook post.

facebook post basic message

Your facebook post will display on the timeline with a clickable link

facebook post basic message time line

In this 2nd example we will create a highlight message and link to the Banner Ad Designers website.

Message: Website banner solutions starting from only £15.00 per banner design: http://www.banner-ad-designers.co.uk/price_list.html

  • Create a message for your business and add a link to a relevant page on your website.

We need to create a “Highlight Image” before adding message to facebook.

  • The “Highlight Image” should be 843 x 403 pixels. Example below

facebook highlight image

Select the “Photo / Video” button as shown in image below.

facebook select photo video

Select the “Upload Photo / Video” link.

facebook select upload photo video

Enter your message and select the “Browse” button to upload your highlight image as shown in image below. Select the “Post” button to add your message and image to facebook timeline.

facebook enter message highlight_image

Your message will have a similar layout to the example below

facebook highlight image upload 1

Move your Mouse Cursor to the top right of your facebook message, click the downward pointing arrow and select the Highlight option from the drop down menu.

facebook highlight image upload 2

Your facebook mesasge will look similar to the example below once you have completed the steps above.

facebook highlight image upload 3

In this 3rd example we will add a You Tube video to your Facebook business page.

The process of adding a You Tube video is very simple.

  • Navigate to You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/
  • Find a video which you would like to share on facebook, it would be a good idea to share a video which you have created or is related to your industry. In this example I will be sharing the following video:

Copy the URL from the address bar as shown in image below for your selected video.

facebook youtube url

Navigate to your facebook business page and paste the URL address into the Status text box as shown in image below. Facebook will generate a suitable image and description of video.

Select the “Post” button.

facebook youtube url paste

Your completed You Tube video post will look similar to example below.

facebook youtube url post

Your facebook page visitor can now play the video directly in your facebook page by simply selecting the play button.

facebook youtube url play video

WELL DONE – YOU HAVE CREATED FIRST FACEBOOK BUSINESS PAGE MESSAGE POSTS

TAKE A 5 MINUTE BREAK !

take a break

Step 3 – Complete your basic Facebook Business Page information

Your final goal for this article is to complete the “Update Page Info” on your business facebook page

Select “Edit Page” / “Update page info” as shown below.

facebook create user name

At minimum try to complete all the fields highlighted below. You can edit each section by clicking on the “Edit” link.

facebook page info update

WELL DONE – YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE BASIC SET UP OF YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE

WHY NOT EXPERIMENT WITH SOME OF THE OTHER FEATURES
ON YOUR BUSINESS FACEBOOK PAGE

IN THE NEXT ARTICLE WE WILL LOOK AT MORE ADVANCED FEATURES OF YOUR BUSINESS FACEBOOK PAGE AND GIVE YOU SOME IDEAS ON HOW TO GET FACEBOOK LIKES


Article by : DCP London Web Designers

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