Skip to comments.The Man Without a Facebook Trailer
Posted on 07/29/2011 10:20:13 AM PDT by EveningStar
Once in a while a friend request will come along that will change your life forever.
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I had a Facebook last year, to see what it was all about. I dumped it last winter. I have an internet business where I have been considering creating a facebook, but I'm resistant. It's just a hassle. Right now all my marketing is on YouTube, and then I let the public spread the word virally, which they have been doing.
Anyone think Facebook might go the way of MySpace at some point...
I think it’s inevitable. All their growth comes from more and more intrusions on their users privacy. Something better that doesn’t rely on advertising for all it’s revenue will come along and kill it.
If you have a business and you DON'T use Facebook and other relevant social media, I would ask you for a business case as to why you don't, rather than why you should. You see the value of advertising, based on your use of YouTube. Why not use Facebook to provide preliminary information about your company, then use Facebook alerts to point "friends" aka "customers" to new YouTube videos? Better yet, just post videos to Facebook.
I’m thinking about it. Most people go looking for my area of expertise on Youtube. If I use facebook, I could post a page, but it wouldn’t be a very active page, and I’m not sure how ppl would find my facebook. I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it. I just think it’s a waste of time to tweet and facebook and all that. PPl use facebook to talk to friends and family. I thought they migrated away from MySpace to get away from all the sellers and promoters. I just don’t know if I want another site to have to maintain.
The very fact that you don’t know how people would find your business’s FB page shows that you aren’t aware of the amazing marketing capabilities of this medium. People won’t “find” it; you (or more likely your social media marketing and ad person) will launch a campaign to draw in as many likes as possible. There could be hundreds of thousands. They will be supplied with interesting content relating to your business almost every day. FB is much more mobile and flexible than a website, which usually requires a webmaster to make additions via exasperating code changes, and costs money. (Of course, the FB page has a prominent link to your website and the website has a FB “like” link.)
Yes, Facebook will be supplanted, sooner or later—Google Plus is the current best competitor. But in the meanwhile you use the tools available to advertise. And it’s free! What’s better? We may not personally approve of Facebook or those who run it, but when they’re offering a no-cost way to market a small business, it’s unwise to avoid that. People expect to find a business presence on FB, because even YouTube can’t provide continual updates.
I just set up a business page, and I see that I can’t add friends and no one can friend me? How the hell is that useful?
Seems to me that means I can’t msg them. They’d have to visit my page to get any info....why not just leave it as it is and let them visit my site or youtube? this really sucks. I just wasted my time setting up this crap.
I just deleted the page. It’s worthless. That’s my business reason not to use it. Because it sucks.
Of course you can message them. You can either send messages to them individually or as a group, and you can post a general message on the page. When you change information and post it on your FB page, it gets transmitted to your FB friends’ pages and appears there instantly, even if they don’t visit your page or your website.
But whatever. You seem very happy with the way you were doing business before; there’s no rule that you have to have a FB page. Those of us who are using one for business marketing find a real benefit in it, and we figure that in this economy we need all the help we can get. If you’re generating enough business with your marketing approach, congratulations and let me wish you every success.
The next world war will make a shambles of modern communications technology.
Imagine the transition back to paper credit card swipes, no ATMs, no smart phones, limited internet access, no gps.
It’s closer to us than we care to think. It’s survivable as evidenced by civilization prior to 1980 but there is an entire generation that will think it’s the end of the world.
Huck, I’m sorry for your luck. I must admit I’ve never actually “set up” a business page on Facebook, but I am certain a “fan” of a number of pages, including local sports teams and restaurants. There must be a way to do it, but if it’s more trouble than it’s worth, maybe you should just set up a Twitter account! ;-)
You guys are right. I’m sorry for the tantrum. I just can’t believe I’m getting sucked into facebook. Oh well. It’s the price you pay for the life you lead. I’ll figure it out. I’m the sole employee, so it’s my problem. But I’ll deal with it. And you’re right—I’m sure I’m passing up business if I don’t do it. Thanks for being nice despite my outburst.
Take your time. I know there are some online resources that describe social media marketing and describe how to go about it. No rush to get it going.
I still have my website, and it’s important because it allows people to make online purchases, which FB can’t do. But this FB page has made a big difference in interest and sales.
You might want to consult someone about how to do important things like uploading pictures of your product to Facebook, pay for targeted advertising, collect “likes”, generate interesting new content most days, etc. It will take time. It’s part of being a business-owner. (Like you didn’t have enough to do already, eh?) Good luck.
With a facebook page you can share your youtube links to facebook with 2 extra mouse clicks after you load your video on youtube. Basically double your advertising.
People use FB for a lot of stuff. I get a lot of info on upcoming events, releases and products from pages I’ve liked. It’s handy. People migrated away from myspace because the way sellers integrated made it annoying. In FB you only get the sellers you want, and they just dump into your feed. And of course with the youtube linkage it’s not a second site to maintain unless you really want to add extra content over there.
Business pages get liked not friends. The next step is to tell some of your customers you’re on FB, then they like you, then you’re in their feed.
Thanks you guys. I appreciate the help and encouragement. I’m working on my page. I’ll do my homework and get it together. Have a great weekend.