One Minute Tip: Create a Facebook List for the Pages you “Like”

How many Facebook business fan pages have you “liked?” Are they cluttering up your news feed? You can file them into lists to help you keep in touch with your favorites.

Recently I posted a One Minute Tip to help you create a Facebook “Featured Likes” file where you can follow your favorite Facebook business fan pages.

I just found out another coolly way to file your Facebook pages, thanks to colleague Sue Surdam at Social Media 101: Artizon Digital.

You’re not limited to putting “friends” into lists. You can file business pages into lists, too. First you have to create a Facebook list. Just how do you create a list in Facebook, anyway? Glad you asked.  🙂

First, go to your personal profile. Unfortunately, you can’t do this yet from your business fan pages (in the immortal words of Chris Berman, “C’mon, Man!”).

Get to your news feed (otherwise known as “Home.” You can see the link for “Home” on the top right of your page).

On the left side of your news feed, you’ll see categories: Pages, Apps, Lists etc. Hover your mouse over the word “Lists,” and you’ll see “More” to the right of “Lists.” Click on “More.”

Click on the “Create List” button on the top right of the lists.

To create a Facebook list, click on Create a List

Type the name of the list you want to create on Facebook into the box that pops up.

To create a Business List on Facebook, type name of list in field

Click on “Add Friends.”

Now to create a list on Facebook that contains business pages instead of friends, click on the down arrow in the upper left corner where you see “Friends.”

Choose “Pages.”

Check the business pages you want to put into your list. Hit “Done” and you’re done!

Now anytime you’re on your Facebook Home page (also known as your news feed), you can choose that list from the left side of your Home page and you will see the posts of the fan pages you put into that list.

I never knew you could do this, did you?

Donna Saliter, In Touch Promotions, One Minute Tips

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One Minute Tip: Get More Engagement on Your Facebook Page

My Facebook business page, In Touch Promotions, has been tagged in other Facebook biz pages’ posts before, but it wasn’t until the other day when I read WagnerWrites’ post that it dawned on me. You can get more engagement on your Facebook fan page by proactively asking other Facebook business pages to comment on your business page.

Tag FB biz pages in your post and get lots of comments

Claire Wagner of WagnerWrites invites us to respond to her post.

So if you want to increase engagement on your Facebook fan page, tag other pages in a post. To tag a page in your post, type the “@” symbol, then begin typing the name of the page you want to tag in the post. Facebook should autopopulate a list of suggestions.

When the page you want to tag is highlighted, hit “Enter” and the business page name should show up in your post in blue. (Note: sometimes it doesn’t work when Facebook’s being quirky.)

You can tag pages in your post to increase engagement on your Facebook fan page.

The other pages will be notified that you tagged them in your post. Naturally, they’ll click on the post to see what you said about them. Make sure your post is inviting enough for them to respond.

Think about the content and write a post that they will want to respond to. Ask their opinion on something; tag them as an expert on a subject; somehow invite them as a specialist in their field to comment on your post.

Increase engagement on your FB posts by tagging pages in the posts

Don’t forget to invite all your fans to respond too. And, don’t forget to comment on these pages’ posts on a regular basis. This should help you increase your Facebook page engagement and get more comments on your posts.

I’ll be testing this theory on my Facebook business page so come on over and visit and tell me what you think! Many thanks to Claire Wagner of WagnerWrites for this great idea.

Donna Saliter, In Touch Promotions, One Minute Tips

One Minute Tip: Check All Your Google+ Circle Notifications

G+ Circles Notifications: be sure to check them allRecently I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting circled on Google Plus a lot. I also noticed that if I’m not on G+ every day, I miss some of those notifications. I think the reason I’m not seeing all the notifications is that when new circle notifications come up, the old ones disappear in favor of the new ones.

I saw these two Google Plus Circles Notifications in my Gmail (on the left in screenshot), but not in my G+ notifications (on the right in screenshot).

If you don’t want to miss any Google+ circle notifications, here’s a one minute tip for you to help make sure you check all your Google+ circle notifications.

First, go to your G+ notifications and click “Added you on Google+.”

G+ Circles notifications are typically shown in Notifications - but not all Circles notifications are at the top.

At the bottom of the list, click “View all circle notifications.”

When you click on "View all circle notifications," you will see all the G+ circle notifications.

After clicking “View all notifications,” click “More” at the bottom. You may be surprised how many notifications you missed.

Google+ Circles notifications continue if you click "More"

Google+ Circles notifications continue past the first page; if you click "More" you will see more circles notifications.

G+ Circles notifications go beyond the first page. I hit "More" three times before finding these notifications that I had originally seen in my Gmail inbox just today.

As you can see, there are a LOT of folks I need to circle back!

You can also check your email notifications. They won’t disappear and it ensures you’ll receive all your Google+ Circle notifications. That’s how I first discovered I was missing Circle notifications.

Do you have any questions, or any tips to share? We’d love to hear from you!

Donna Saliter, In Touch Promotions

One Minute Tip: Create a URL for Your Facebook Business Page

I just created a URL for my new Facebook business page, “One Minute Tips.” If you have more than 25 fans on your business page, you can create a URL for your Facebook business page too. Among the many advantages of having your own URL is that it brands your page and it’s a shorter and more memorable link to share with your friends to get them to like your page.

First, go to your page. Click on the “edit page” button.

Click on “Basic Information” and “Create a Username for this page.”

If you’re signed in as your page, click on the button that says “Continue using Facebook as” yourself.

I forgot to take the screen shot as I created the URL for my Facebook business page, "One Minute Tips," so I used another page, "Apala," here.

Under “Page Name,” make sure your correct page is in the box. Enter your desired username. Do not use any spaces. You want to choose your Facebook business page username carefully because you cannot change the name once you’ve chosen it.

Facebook will let you know if that URL is available. If not, try another. Much like choosing a website domain name, once your create a Facebook fan page URL, no one else can use that same URL.

Click on the create button and you’re done! A dialog box will pop up that says “Success,” telling you that your URL has been created.

Click “Okay,” go back to Basic Information and you should see that your URL has been set. You can share this link with your friends. I recommend putting it in your email signature.

One Minute Tip: Change the Title and Description While Posting an Article to Your Facebook Wall

If you’d like to share an article with Facebook friends or fans, but you don’t like the title or description, you can rename it. You can change the title and description while posting an article to your Facebook wall.

First, click “Link” above your Facebook’s “What’s on your mind?” box.

Start by adding a link to your Facebook wall post.

Copy and paste the link that you want to share into the box and click “attach.” The article title, description and usually a thumbnail photo will appear.

Double click on the Name to edit

Before you hit “Post,” double-click on the title. A box will show up, and you can type a new title.

Rename Articles and Descriptions before sharing an article on Facebook

Do the same for the description below the article title.

You can rename articles before posting to your Facebook profile

Hit “Post” and you should see it on your wall with the new title and description. Pretty cool, huh?

Many thanks to Wim Temmerman of Tebuma Business Development Services for sharing this New York Times article with us on LinkedIn.

One Minute Tip: Follow Your Favorite Facebook Business Pages

Facebook business page like button Have you “liked” too many Facebook business pages and now you can’t see posts from your favorite pages because of all the other Facebook fan pages’ posts? You can set your favorite Facebook fan pages as “featured likes” on your own biz page to make it easy to follow your favorite Facebook pages.

Featured Likes are on Facebook biz pages only, not on personal profiles. You have to be a Facebook business page owner to see “Likes” in the lower left area on your business page wall.

Facebook Business Page Featured Likes are on the lower left of your biz page wall.

Here’s a one minute tip on how to choose your featured likes. Go to your Facebook business page’s wall. In the upper right corner, hit “edit page.”

Facebook Business Page Featured Likes

On the left side of the edits page, click “Featured.”

Click "Feature" to access and edit Facebook Business Page Featured Likes

At the top of the page you’ll see the area for Featured Likes. Click “Edit Featured Likes.”

Facebook Business Page Featured Likes are found on your "edit page"

Click on as many as you’d like, hit “Save” and you’re done!

Facebook Business Page Featured Likes

Five of your Featured Likes will show on your wall at any given time. From there, you can click on them as they appear to follow your favorite Facebook business pages.

Or, go to Edit Page/Featured, where you can see 7 of your Featured Likes at a time and click on them from there.

Facebook Business Page Featured Likes are listed in your Edit Page page

Note: you have to be on your own fan page wall to see your featured likes. If you’re on another business page wall, you will see their featured likes.

Many thanks to S. Hughes and the man-eating beasts over at Planet Shark for suggesting we feature this coolly tip.