This is post number two in a series of posts from Facebook expert Tommy Walker. If you have questions, leave a comment here or visit with Tommy on Twitter at @tommyismyname.
Do I use my Facebook profile to Market my blog? Do I set up a Page?
It’s a classic debate anyone who has considered using Facebook to promote their blog has had with themselves.
The argument is Pages have less of a “personal feel” and therefore don’t encourage interaction.
However the flip side of the argument is that using the Facebook Profile to promote the blog can be obtrusive to friends and family.
So which one is right?
Here’s the deal. Profile pages are meant for friends and family. Business pages are meant for business.
If you’re writing a personal blog that is a chronicle of your daily shenanigans, and you have no interest in monetizing your blog either directly or indirectly, then by all means use your Profile to promote your blog.
If you are planning to make any money from promoting your content over Facebook, you are running a business.
My guess is, if you’re a reader here, you fall into the latter category. You want to make money…
And Facebook wants to help
If you’re writing a blog and you’re using only your Profile page, you’re missing out.
See Facebook and Facebook app developers have a whole range of tools that are designed specifically for Pages.
Most notably is the ads platform, which allows you to specify how much you’re willing to spend, and target people primarily based on their likes and interests section.
Facebook’s Ad platform allows you to have a grater control over who interacts with your content. Meaning only the people who are going to be the most interested in what you have to say will be seeing your content on a regular basis (but more on why this is important in just a second)
Even if you’re not using the Ad platform, installing tools like Clobby group chat, Stickam live video chat, Discussion boards or Payvement E-commerce are simply not a possibility.
Insights are also not available to you. Insights help you measure the effectiveness of your communication. Insights give you measurements of the amount of impressions a particular status update has vs the amount of feedback, the demographic breakdown of the users on your Page, the languages people speak, top cities where people are from, and graphs that show interactions with multimedia such as pictures, video, and audio.
Facebook also caps Profile pages at 5,000 “friends”. If you blow up and make it big, you’ve stunted your own success. Pages however have no limit to the amount of people who can “like” it, so you’re free to grow however you wish.
In short, Pages are designed with the business mind.
Now there’s nothing wrong per se if you don’t mind not using these tools.
But let me ask you this…
How many of your friends and family actually understand what it is that you do?
One of the biggest problems with using your Profile as the primary method for promoting your blog is the mix of people who you’re “friends” with.
If you’re like me, you’ve been using Facebook longer than you’ve been blogging.
On my personal profile, I’m friends with my Mom, my fiancée, my 11 year old sister, and a good majority of Somersworth Highshool’s class of 2000-2006. And while I love thinking they’re all as passionate about Online marketing as I am, the reality is they’re more interested in cats that look like Hitler.
The reality is, most people just don’t “get it”.
By publishing your stuff for the 5-10 people who do get it, and trying to keep a “personal feel” on your Facebook page, you’re doing yourself more harm than good.
It’s very confusing when you post pictures from last night’s drinking party, then write a post about reputation management.
Do this too much and you’re just training everyone to tune you out, because there’s no cohesive feel to any of the content you publish.
Segment your Facebook Presence.
I’m not suggesting that you abandon your Profile and move entirely over to the Pages part of the Platform.
Segment what you’re doing. Industry and “work” related stuff update from your Page. Personal stuff stays with the profile.
This way you’ve created multiple layers to your online presence.
And you don’t muddy up your friends and family’s News Feed with content they don’t understand.
Create your page, and send a note from your Page to the friends and family who are most likely to want to follow your blogging career. This way, you know that the people on your Page are interested in your business stuff, and you’re not being obnoxious to everyone else.
Look through different apps that can enhance your Page, and use all of the different tools available to help set yourself apart from everyone else!