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Building Your Business
with Facebook Pages

The Facebook Mission
Give people the power to
share and make the world
more open and connected


So I created a Page…now what?

Every day, over 150 million people in the        To get started, download the Facebook
US visit Facebook to connect with friends        Pages Manual and follow the step-by-step
and their favorite businesses, brands and        instructions for creating a basic Page. If
organizations. Creating a Page for your          you already have a Page, and want to know
business is the first step to building lasting   more about our recent improvements, visit
conversations with your customers on             our Page Upgrade Guide.
Facebook. And it’s fast, easy and free!
                                                 Next, follow this guide to begin making
                                                 connections…Your fans are waiting!

Maximizing Your Facebook Page:

3 Easy Steps

1   Start the conversation
2   Expand your fan base
3   Analyze and optimize

1   Start the conversation

                                               Your Facebook business Page really comes   Set your strategy
                                               to life when you engage your fans, and
    Jasper’s is a unique community
                                               it’s important to remember that many       •	 Know your business
    destination for ultra-premium
                                               relationships begin when your posts are       What is your unique voice? How can
    prepared foods and catering,
                                               published to your fans’ News Feeds. Here      you bring your brand story to life in a
    free-range meats and poultry,
                                               are some tips for getting started:            compelling, authentic and personal
    organic and local produce, wild
    seafood, artisan-baked goods,                                                            way?
    chocolates and beverages.
                                                                                          •	 Know your customers

    OUR BRAND                                                                                Who are they? How will they want to
    We offer the very best quality locally                                                   connect with your brand? What content
    sourced products and we take great                                                       will be important to them and what will
    pride in our personal relationships                                                      engage them?
    with both our customers and our
    purveyors. We’re really passionate
    about great food, and we LOVE to                                                      •	 Know your goals
    share our discoveries. Our brand                                                         What kind of relationship do you
    voice? Warm, genuine and inclusive.                                                      want to have with your customers?
                                                                                             In addition to building your brand, do
    Living in NYC, men and women 24-54,                                                      you also want to use Facebook to drive
    urban, social, love exploring their city                                                 immediate sales or in-store traffic?
    and supporting small businesses and                                                      Defining and prioritizing your goals
    local non-profits.                                                                       will help you create your Page posting
    We want to build connections
    and engage our customers on our
    Facebook Page, and inspire them to
    shop in our store at least three times
    per week.

Follow best practices for posting

Find the right rhythm
                                                                   We’re an urban grocery store that serves
Nobody knows your customers like you
                                                                   lots of busy professionals who shop very
do, so decide how often they’ll want to
                                                                   frequently for food, so it’s ok to post to our
hear from you and what content will best
                                                                   fans every day with interesting content
engage them.
                                                                   about our specials and featured menu items.

  I check my Facebook Page for
  five minutes right before I open each morning
  and just after we close. That way, I can respond
  to any urgent comments or questions very                                               Schedule time for Facebook
  quickly. People really appreciate it!                                                  Set aside 5-10 minutes each day to
                                                                                         monitor your Page and post updates.

Keep it human
Be conversational, personal and authentic.
Share video and photos of your business,
your community and your customers.

               Jasper’s Market                                                                 Jasper’s Market

                                          Soup’s on tonight! Drop by                                                     We are silly for shitakes this
                                          after 5 pm for a big bowl of                                                   week! Our produce buyer, John,
                                          squash soup and a Belgian white                                                recommends showcasing them
                                          ale. We’ll throw in warm bread                                                 in a warm quinoa salad with
                                          and scintillating conversation!                                                goat cheese after a quick sauteé.

                  about an hour ago · Like · Comment · Share                                  1 hour ago Like · Comment · Share

                   6     8                                                                         Rita Fabi and Giselle Schmitz like this.

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Share news and exclusive content                                               Encourage fan participation

Fans love “sneak-peeks” about new products and news. You                       Create fun, engaging conversations with clear calls-to-action.
should also post photos, videos, recipes and anything else that                Ask questions and reward responses. If someone posts
gets people talking.                                                           something you love, repost it and respond personally to them.
                                                                               Allow your fans to post directly to your wall with questions,
                                                                               feedback and compliments.

                Jasper’s Market                                                               Jasper’s Market
                The best chevre with truffles from Goat Hill has just                         What’s the single most amazing food you’ve savored at
                arrived! It’ll sell out fast, so come and get it soon!                        Jasper’s? Vote for your favorite answer and we’ll serve it
                15 minutes ago Like · Comment · Share                                         in our store all season long!

                    3      12                                                                 2 hours ago Like · Comment
                                                                                                   12 people likes this.
                 Write a comment…
                                                                                                           Rita Fabil That’s easy… It was your organic
                                                                                                           grilled pizza! I’ll never forget that delicious
                Jasper’s Market                                                                            crispy crust!
                We’re on TV tonight! Mark Lamberti gives us a shout out in a                               3 minutes ago · Like
                fun video interview on shopping farm-fresh in the Big Apple!
                1 hour ago · Like · Comment · Share                                             Write a comment…
                    Meg Sloan and Mark Rodgers like this.
                                                                                              Lisa Carey
                 Write a comment…
                                                                                              Many thanks to Jasper’s amazing bakers! Your Chocolate
                                                                                              Truffle Torte is unbelievable.
                                                                                              15 minutes ago Like · Comment

                                                                                                           Jasper’s Market Lisa, we’re so glad. We love
                                                                                                           that torte too!
                                                                                                           5 minutes ago · Like ·         2 people

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Reward your fans                                                                        Handling negative feedback

Post special offers just for your Facebook fans, like discount                          When you engage your fans in a genuine dialogue,
codes and exclusives on new products. Offer a special code                              transparency is very important. Remember this is
and/or create a Facebook Check-in Deal that can only be                                 a conversation, so listen and respond, and address
redeemed in your store.                                                                 negative feedback honestly and openly.

                Jasper’s Market
                Happy Valentine’s Day, Facebook fans! Stop by tomorrow
                from 10 am - 1pm for a special chocolate treat when you
                say the secret code “willy wonka”. We’ll also offer 20% off all
                purchases through our special Facebook Check-in Deal.
                1 hour ago Like · Comment · Share
                     35 people likes this.

                               Mike Fretto What an incredible deal! I’ll be
                               stopping by during my lunch break.
                               15 minutes ago · Like ·        2 people

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Get updates on your page’s activity
Stay connected to your Page with on-site notifications and emails of fan activity. To customize your settings, visit your page, click the “Edit Page”
button in the top right corner, and select “Your Settings” from the left column menu.

Develop a conversational calendar                                              Begin building your connections

Create a schedule and a regular rhythm for your postings                       Start with who you know
and consider posting at specific times when engagement is
highest. You can also create weekly features that encourage                    Use your existing email lists, direct mail and personal
participation. (See the sample conversational calendars at the                 contacts to promote your Page and begin building your
end of this guide.)                                                            fan base. Ask your contacts to like your Facebook Page to
                                                                               stay connected to your business for updates.

                                                                               Leverage your existing marketing
                 Jasper’s Market
                                                                               Add a Facebook logo with a call to action on your
                                 It’s Cheesemonger Monday! When
                                                                               in-store signs, newsletters, emails, fliers, menus and
                                 you’re entertaining, what else is on
                                                                               business cards. Install social plug-ins which are buttons
                                 your cheese plate besides crackers?
                                                                               you can place on your website to encourage interactions
                                 One lucky respondent will win a
                                                                               and Page likes
                                 generous wedge of bleu cheese fresh off
                                 the farm - Sperry Farms, that is. Yum!

                3 hours ago Like · Comment

                     4 people like this

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                            Lauryn Hale A guest favorite at my house has
                            always been Jasper’s Olive Dip and organic
                            gluten-free crackers. Delicious!!!
                            15 minutes ago · Like ·       2 people

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Keep your Facebook posts fresh too! Download the Facebook app for your smartphone, and update your business page when you’re away from
your computer.

2   Expand Your Fan Base

Encourage visitors to like your Page                                  Jasper’s Market                Like

Encourage visitors to like your Page by working with a developer to
create a special landing page tab.

Partner with other brands or local organizations                                  Jasper’s Market
                                                                                                   Enter for a chance to win a $100 NY
Partner with other brands or local organizations to create                                         wine shopping spree from Jasper’s and
co-promotions and encourage viral sharing with incentives.                                         the NY Wine Group!

                                                                                                   Click on the “Win Wine” tab at the top
                                                                                                   of either page to enter. Invite your
                                                                                                   friends and receive additional entries.
                                                                                                   Contest ends next Friday, so enter now!
                                                                                 1 hour ago Like · Comment · Share

Expand the reach of your posts
                                                                               Jasper’s Market
                                                                               Congratulations to @greateats for a fabulous char-
When you mention a person or organization you are connected to
                                                                               ity event on Friday night. Shout out to our team for yet
in a post on Facebook, type the @ symbol, begin typing the name,
                                                                               another amazing burrata and heirloom tomato creation!
and then choose them from the dropdown menu. Your post will
automatically post to their Wall.                                              15 minutes ago Like · Comment · Share

                                                                                   Jim Renauld and 5 others like this.

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Use social plug-Ins on your website                                   Home
Install a Like box on your homepage and a link on your newsletters
and emails to drive people to your Facebook Page.                     Products

                                                                      LIKE US ON

                                                                                 Jasper’s Market
Encourage physical check-ins at your business
                                                                                 We’re getting wild at Jasper’s! Come visit us this week
                                                                                 and check-in on Facebook and unlock a great deal for
When people check-in at your business, the post will appear in
                                                                                 30% off all Alaska Salmon. This week’s Copper River
their friends’ News Feeds and provide additional exposure for
                                                                                 beauties will go fast!
your business.
                                                                                 1 minute ago Like · Comment · Share

                                                                                     David Steer likes this.

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Promote with ads and Sponsored Stories                                           Jasper’s Market
                                                                                 Spring has sprung! Visit Jasper’s for the best and
Facebook Ads are the best way to build awareness of your Page                    freshest seasonal produce.
and drive new fans. Sponsored Stories harness the power of
                                                                                 1 minute ago Like · Comment · Share
recommendations, and they’re a great way to spread your content
further. Stories are served to friends of those who have liked your
                                                                                      Jim Renauld likes this.
Page or your content.
                                                                                   Write a comment…

 3      Analyze and Optimize

Facebook offers tools to help you analyze what’s happening on your Facebook Page so you can monitor key metrics, get insights
about who visits your Page and what they do on it, and develop a plan to get more fans and increase interactions. Download the
Facebook Insights Guide for an in-depth look at how to use the free tools available to you on Facebook.

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Now you have the tools and knowledge you need to make the most of your Facebook business Page. So start connecting with your
customers today! For more detailed information on creating your Page or marketing on Facebook in general, visit our Facebook Pages
Manual and Facebook Marketing Solution Guide to Facebook Ads .

Sample Conversational Calendar: The Bridge concert hall

To keep your Facebook fans engaged with your Page, create a posting plan,
or Conversational Calendar. Here’s how a local concert venue might approach it:

THE BRIDGE                                                                   OUR GOALS                                                                   OUR APPROACH
We have been Austin’s premier concert hall                                   Reinforce our position as the premier                                       Promote our events and featured
for almost 100 years, attracting legendary                                   music venue in Austin and share daily                                       performers, offer special discounts and
talent from all over the globe, and                                          music inspiration with our fans.                                            free tickets to our fans and showcase
enthusiastic music fans from all over the                                                                                                                The Bridge’s unique history & historic
local Austin area.                                                                                                                                       performances.

                                                                                  Sunday March 6th                       Tuesday March 8th                Thursday March 10th                 Saturday March 12th

                                                                                  Theme:                                 Theme:                           Theme:                              Theme:
                                                                                  Weekly Concert Calendar                Featured Event                   Today in Rock                       Encore

                                                                                  Who’s rocking The Bridge this          The Sampsons pre-sale is         Seventy years ago, Robert           We’ve still got a few tickets left
                                                                                  week? The Shenanigans on 3/12,         happening right now! Text        Zimmerman entered the world         for the Shenanigans show. Still
 Sunday    Monday     Tuesday    Wednesday   Thursday    Friday   Saturday        Josh Jeet on 3/11 and the Ravens       SAMS to 414411 to get your       with something to say. Who’s        haven’t heard their amazing
                                                                                  on 3/9. Tickets are going fast!        pre-sale code!                   Robert Zimmerman? None              Alt Country sound? Click HERE
Theme:     Theme:     Theme:     Theme:      Theme:     Theme:    Theme:                                                                                  other than the legend Bob           for a free download of
Concert    Ticket     Featured   Artist      Today in   Sneak     Encore                                                                                  Dylan!                              “Roadsong Blues”.
Calendar   Giveaway   Event      Spotlight   Rock       Peak

                                                                                                Monday March 7th                    Wednesday March 9th                   Friday March 11th

                                                                                                Theme:                              Theme:                                Theme:
                                                                                                Weekly Ticket Giveaway              Artist Spotlight                      Sneak Peak - Tonight’s Show

                                                                                                Today is Tickets Tuesday! What      Thirty years ago, Creedence           The Ravens are in the house
                                                                                                was the most amazing concert        Clearwater Revival played five         tonight! Here’s a photo of
                                                                                                you experienced at The Bridge       magical nights here – all sold        drummer Rex Monty setting up
                                                                                                in 2010? Tell us here, and one      out. We shot these photos             for the sound check. Show
                                                                                                lucky winner will get two           backstage on the last night.          starts at 7 pm - come check ‘em
                                                                                                tickets to Saturday’s                                                     out!
                                                                                                Shenanigans show.

Sample Conversational Calendar: Home by Design online retailer

To keep your Facebook fans engaged with your Page, create a posting plan,
or Conversational Calendar. Here’s how an online retailer might approach it:

HOME by DESIGN (online retailer)                                                 Our Goals                                                                  Our Approach
We are an online retailer that sells modern                                      Inspire a community of design passionates                                  Inspire ongoing home design, and create
housewares. From ergonomic OXO kitchen                                           and open their eyes to the possibilities for                               a steady retail drumbeat for promotions,
tools to luxurious linens inspired by global                                     home improvement.                                                          design-related articles/content and sales.
travels and avant garde artists, Home by
Design makes it easy to shop outside of the
aisles and create a unique and thoroughly
modern habitat.
                                                                                         Sunday December 6th              Tuesday December 8th                  Thursday December 10th           Saturday December 12th

 HOME by                                                                                 Theme:                           Theme:                                Theme:                           Theme:
                                                                                                                                                                                                 DIY Design Inspiration
                                                                                         Announce New Products…           New Markdowns!!!                      Last Days to Save

                                                                                         Want to bring some panache       Spring Cleaning? Everyone             Last Day to save an              What are your best
                                                                                         to your pho?!! We love the       deserves sparkle in the               additional 10% on all            decorating tips for the

  December                                                                               elegance and simplicity of
                                                                                         these stainless steel
                                                                                         chopsticks our buyers found
                                                                                                                          kitchen! Just this week, all of
                                                                                                                          our kitchen gadgets are 20%
                                                                                                                          off, with free shipping. Start
                                                                                                                                                                clearance items during our
                                                                                                                                                                Clear the Decks Sale. Use
                                                                                                                                                                code RHCD112 at checkout.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 holiday table? Our favorite
                                                                                                                                                                                                 response will win a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 handcrafted folk candelabra
  Sunday     Monday        Tuesday    Wednesday   Thursday     Friday     Saturday       in downtown Hanoi. Get ‘em       shopping!                                                              from Scandanavia Designs.
                                                                                         while they last!
  Theme       Theme:       Theme:      Theme:      Theme:      Theme:      Theme:
 Announce     Design         New      Giveaway    Last Days   Seasonal       DIY
 Products   Inspiration   Markdowns                to Save               Inspiration

                                                                                                         Monday December 7th               Wednesday December 9th              Friday December 11th

                                                                                                         Theme:                            Theme:                              Theme:
                                                                                                         Design Inspiration                Giveaway Wednesday                  Seasonal

                                                                                                         Recognize these patterns?         Fan exclusive! It’s Giveaway        If you’re lucky enough to be
                                                                                                         They’re all ikat prints, the      Wednesday, so weigh in to           plotting a warm-weather
                                                                                                         crux of our newest home           win. Which room in your             getaway, don’t pack those
                                                                                                         collection. Ikats date back       house is most in need of a          bags until you see the
                                                                                                         centuries and are created by      makeover? We’ll choose one          thoroughly modern luggage
                                                                                                         tying and dying lengths of        lucky winner for a $500 Home        we love. Through Saturday,
                                                                                                         yarn before weaving.              by Design gift certificate.          shipping is free on all
                                                                                                         Beautiful!                                                            luggage!

Sample Conversational Calendar: Smiling Buddha yoga studio

To keep your Facebook fans engaged with your Page, create a posting plan,
or Conversational Calendar. Here’s how a local yoga studio might approach it:

SMILING BUDDHA YOGA STUDIO                                                OUR GOALS                                                        OUR APPROACH
We are a local yoga studio that offers                                    Build a community of casual and committed                        Inspire our fans to nurture themselves on
Denver’s best Vinyasa yoga instructors in a                               yogis and be a coach and advocate for all-                       and off the mat and make Smiling Buddha
peaceful, clean, supportive studio.                                       around health and wellness.                                      an important part of the flow of their week..

                                                                                       Monday March 14th                 Wednesday March 16th              Friday March 18th

 March                                                                                 Theme:                            Theme:                            Theme:
                                                                                       Mind Body and Spirit              Fight the Mid-Week Blahs          Friday Inspiration
 Sunday   Monday      Tuesday     Wednesday   Thursday     Friday      Saturday
                                                                                       “When the power of love           Valentine’s Day contest - Write   Question: Happy Full Moon
           Theme:      Theme:      Theme:      Theme:      Theme:                      overcomes the love of power,      a haiku about someone you         Friday! What (or who)
          Mind Body   Power up    Fight the    Weekly      Friday                      the world will know peace.” –     love. The 5 haikus with the       inspires you? Our favorite
           & Spirit   your week     Blahs     Giveaway   Inspiration
                                                                                       Jimi Hendrix. Wind down your      most “likes” win a free yoga      post gets free yoga all
                                                                                       weekend with joyful reflection     class!                            weekend.
                                                                                       at Candlelight Flow Yoga
                                                                                       tonight at 7 pm.

                                                                                                   Tuesday March 15th                   Thursday March 17th

                                                                                                   Theme:                               Theme:
                                                                                                   Power up your week!                  Weekly Groovin’ Giveaway

                                                                                                   Back to the mat - Join us TODAY      What do you like to wear on
                                                                                                   @ 430p for an inspired practice      your mat? One lucky yogi will
                                                                                                   of movement and community.           win the amazing new
                                                                                                   See you there!                       Caribbean music mix our own
                                                                                                                                        Karen Smith just created for
                                                                                                                                        today’s lunchtime stretch class.

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