10 Χρόνια Global Management Challenge Ελλάδας

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Φέτος το Global Management Challenge γιορτάζει 10 χρόνια επιτυχημένης διοργάνωσης στην Ελλάδα!Μέχρι σήμερα 8.100 φοιτητές έχουν ζήσει τη μαγική εμπειρία του GMC, 75 οργανισμοί και επιχειρήσεις έχουν συνεργαστεί ενεργά με το GMC και έχουν βοηθήσει τους φοιτητές στα πρώτα επαγγελματικά τους βήματα, 46 Πανεπιστήμια, ΑΤΕΙ και Κολλέγια, από όλη την Ελλάδα και 21 Εκπαιδευτικά Ιδρύματα του εξωτερικού έχουν εκπροσωπηθεί στο διαγωνισμό και 4 κρατικοί φορείς (Υπουργείο Παιδείας & Θρησκευμάτων, Υπουργείο Ανάπτυξης & Ανταγωνιστικότητας, Γενική Γραμματεία Νέας Γενιάς, Ειδική Γραμματεία Ψηφιακού Σχεδιασμού) έχουν υπάρξει αρωγοί της εκπαιδευτικής πρόκλησης του διαγωνισμού στην Ελλάδα.

Ακόμη, 7 διακριθέντες φοιτητές έχουν λάβει υποτροφίες πλήρους φοίτησης στο Οικονομικό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών (MBA International) και στο Πανεπιστήμιο Πειραιώς (MBA TQM), 37 Laptops, SONY Vaio, έχουν προσφερθεί στους διακριθέντες φοιτητές και 26 εκδηλώσεις σύνδεσης των φοιτητών με τον επιχειρηματικό κόσμο έχουν διοργανωθεί στο πλαίσιο του GMC Ελλάδας.

Συνολικά 9 αποστολές της Ελληνικής ομάδας, έχουν εκπροσωπήσει τη χώρα μας στο Διεθνή Τελικό με 1 Ελληνική Ομάδα, την ELPE-compass να κατακτά την 5η θέση διεθνώς το 2012!

To Global Management Challenge Greece συνεχίζει δυναμικά την πορεία του στην Ελλάδα, προετοιμάζοντας τον 10ο Διαγωνισμό Ελλάδας Global Management Challenge, που θα ξεκινήσει το Φθινόπωρο του 2014 και θα κορυφωθεί τον Απρίλιο του 2015 με το Διεθνή Τελικό που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στην Πράγα της Τσεχίας.


Δηλώσεις των Συνεργατών και Φίλων του GMC Ελλάδας για τα 10 χρόνια επιτυχημένης διοργάνωσής του!

Από τον επιχειρηματικό χώρο:

“Το Global Management Challenge είναι ένας διεθνής θεσμός, που δίνει σε νέους ανθρώπους την ευκαιρία να γνωρίσουν από κοντά τον κόσμο της επιχειρηματικότητας, να κατανοήσουν τις αξίες και τις προκλήσεις της, να αναπτύξουν στρατηγική σκέψη και δεξιότητες, να κάνουν περισσότερο ενημερωμένες και συνειδητές επιλογές σταδιοδρομίας.

Ο Όμιλος ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ΠΕΤΡΕΛΑΙΑ στηρίζει με συνέπεια και υπερηφάνεια τη διεξαγωγή του διαγωνισμού στην Ελλάδα. Οι εξαιρετικές συμμετοχές και οι επιτυχίες των ελληνικών ομάδων, όλα αυτά τα χρόνια, επιβεβαιώνουν την αξία αυτής της επένδυσης. Ενισχύουν τη δέσμευσή μας στη στήριξη και την ενθάρρυνση των άξιων νέων ανθρώπων, οι οποίοι προσπαθούν, διακρίνονται, φιλοδοξούν. Πιστεύουμε ότι σε αυτά ακριβώς τα παιδιά, οφείλουμε να παρέχουμε κάθε δυνατή ευκαιρία και βοήθεια, ώστε να πρωταγωνιστήσουν στην ενδυνάμωση της ελληνικής επιχειρηματικότητας, αλλά και συνολικά στην ανάπτυξη της χώρας μας.”

Ευάγγελος Στράνης, Διευθυντής Εταιρικών Σχέσεων Ομίλου ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ΠΕΤΡΕΛΑΙΑ, 2014


“Η συμμετοχή στο διαγωνισμό GMC θεωρούμε ότι προσφέρει στους συμμετέχοντες φοιτητές μια δυνατή εμπειρία σύνδεσης με τον επιχειρηματικό κόσμο, εμπειρία πολύ χρήσιμη για να αποκτήσουν μια πιο στρατηγική προσέγγιση της λειτουργίας μιας εταιρείας. ΗJohnson & Johnson Hellas Consumer SA, ήταν χορηγός 3 ομάδων στον φετινό διαγωνισμό! Μέσα από αυτή τη συνεργασία, είχαμε την ευκαιρία να γνωρίσουμε ταλαντούχους νέους που επέδειξαν ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον για τις επιλογές καριέρας που μπορείς να έχεις σε ένα μεγάλο οργανισμό που δραστηριοποιείται επιτυχημένα τοπικά και παγκόσμια σε καταναλωτικό, ιατρικό και φαρμακευτικό κλάδο. Οι φοιτητές φιλοξενήθηκαν στις εγκαταστάσεις μας, και ήρθαν σε επαφή με ηγετικά μας στελέχη που μίλησαν για τις προκλήσεις των ειδικοτήτων τους και τις ικανότητες που χρειάζονται στο σύγχρονο επιχειρηματικό περιβάλλον. Για εμάς, η συμμετοχή στον διαγωνισμό δεν είναι απλά μια χορηγία αλλά η καλλιέργεια μιας συμβουλευτικής σχέσης καριέρας μεταξύ εταιρείας και φοιτητών!”

Έρρικα Λαμπριανού, HR Director Johnson & Johnson Hellas Consumer SA, 2014


“Το Global Management Challenge αποτελεί μία προσπάθεια να φέρει τους νέους κοντά στην επιχειρηματικότητα και τα πανεπιστήμια κοντά στις επιχειρήσεις. Κάθε τέτοια προσπάθεια είναι καλό να στηρίζεται και να προωθείται από όλους όσους έχουν τη δυνατότητα να το κάνουν. Τα 10 χρόνια του διαγωνισμού αποδεικνύουν με τον καλύτερο τρόπο ότι στην Ελλάδα υπάρχουν πολλοί άνθρωποι που στηρίζουν τέτοιες πρωτοβουλίες, νέοι που έχουν όνειρα, πανεπιστήμια που κάνουν αξιέπαινη δουλειά και επιχειρήσεις που συμβάλλουν στην ανάπτυξη της επιχειρηματικότητας στη χώρα μας. Εύχομαι κάθε επιτυχία τόσο για το διαγωνισμό, όσο και για τους ανθρώπους που συνεχίζουν να δημιουργούν με στόχο ένα καλύτερο μέλλον για τη νεολαία μας και κατ’ επέκταση για τη χώρα μας.”

Γιάννης Κουτράκης, Area HR Leader, South East Europe, IBM, 2014


“Μέσω της συμμετοχής στο Global Management Challenge, οι φοιτητές έχουν την ευκαιρία να δοκιμάσουν τις θεωρητικές τους γνώσεις σε συνθήκες πραγματικού επιχειρηματικού περιβάλλοντος. Το περιβάλλον αυτό σήμερα χαρακτηρίζεται από αυξημένη αβεβαιότητα και πολυπλοκότητα. Δεδομένου ότι, ως Accenture, η αποστολή μας είναι να βοηθάμε τις επιχειρήσεις να βελτιστοποιούν τις επιδόσεις τους, κατανοούμε πόσο σημαντικό είναι για τους φοιτητές να αποκτήσουν εμπειρία στη διαμόρφωση στρατηγικής και στη λήψη αποφάσεων, βάσει ρεαλιστικών σεναρίων.

Στα δέκα χρόνια παρουσίας του στην Ελλάδα, ο διαγωνισμός Global Management Challenge συμβάλλει σημαντικά στην ουσιαστική εκπαίδευση των φοιτητών και στην καλύτερη προετοιμασία τους για τις απαιτήσεις της αγοράς εργασίας. Εύχομαι ολόψυχα ο διαγωνισμός να συνεχίσει να εξελίσσεται, γιατί πρωτοβουλίες όπως το Global Management Challenge μας επιτρέπουν να αναδείξουμε τη νέα γενιά managers.”

http://www.globalmanager.gr/

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How To Conduct A Content Audit

You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you are — and columnist Rebecca Lieb’s process for performing a content audit will help you determine just that!

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A content audit is the cornerstone of content strategy, which governs content marketing. The aim is to perform a qualitative analysis of all the content on a website (or in some cases, a network of sites and/or social media presences — any content for which your organization is responsible).

Why perform a content audit, which admittedly is a painstaking and exacting exercise? Lots of reasons.

First and foremost, an audit helps determine if digital content is relevant, both to customer needs and to the goals of the organization. It can help answer important questions: Is content accurate and consistent? Does it speak in the voice of the organization? Is it optimized for search? Are tools and software, such as the content management system (CMS) up to the task of handling it?

Essentially, an audit helps assess needs, shape content governance, and help determine the feasibility of future projects.

Create A Content Inventory First

Start by recording all the content on the site into a spreadsheet or a text document by page title or by URL. Organize this information in outline form, i.e. section heading, followed by sub-sections and pages.

If it’s an e-commerce site, these headings and sub-headings might be something like: Shoes > Womens Shoes > Casual Shoes > Sandals > Dr. Scholl’s. An informational company website’s headings might look more like: X Corporation > About Us > Management > John Doe.

Content strategist Kristina Halvorson recommends assigning a unique number to each section, sub-section and page (e.g., 1.0, 1.1, 1.1.1, etc.). This can help tremendously in assigning particular pieces of content to the appropriate site section. Some content strategists also color-code different sections on spreadsheets. It gets down to a matter of personal preference, as well as the size and scale of the audit in question.

It’s also highly recommended that each section, sub-section or page contain an annotation regarding who owns each piece of content, as well as the type of content: text, image, video, PDF, press release, product page, etc. Is it created in-house? If so, by whom? Is it outsourced (third-party content, RSS feeds, blog entries, articles from periodicals)? Who’s responsible for creating, approving and publishing each piece?

The resulting document is a content inventory.

Conducting The Content Audit

Once you’ve created a content inventory, it’s time to perform the content audit. This will essentially involve digging into the quality of the content.

As you go through the audit, it’s helpful to assign a grade or ranking to every page – e.g., a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “pretty crappy” and 5 being “rockstar fantastic.”

Following are the questions you should be asking about each piece of content:

1. What’s It About?

What subjects and topics does content address? Are page and section titles, headlines and sub-heads promising what’s actually delivered in the on-page copy? Is there are good balance of content addressing products, services, customer service, and “about us” information?

2. Is It Accurate & Up-To-Date?

In other words, is the content topical? Are there outdated products, hyperlinks, or outdated and/or inaccurate information lurking in nooks and crannies of the site? As mentioned above, localities, employees, pricing, industry data and statistics and other information change over time. In addition to checking for factual accuracy, content that is outdated should be identified as “update/revise” or “remove.”

3. Does It Support Both User And Business Goals?

Many stakeholders feed into a company’s digital presence: senior management, sales, marketing, PR and customer service (to name but a few).

Different divisions may be trying to achieve varying goals in “their” section of a site or blog, but fundamentally all content must very gracefully serve two masters: the needs of the business and the needs of the customer.

This means, for example, that calls-to-action must be clear, but not so overwhelming that they get in the way of the user experience. The content audit grades content on its ability to achieve both of these goals while staying in balance.

4. Are People Finding And Using The Content?

This is where web analytics comes into play. What types of content — and what pages in particular — are the most and least popular on the site in question? Where do users spend time, and where do they go when they leave? Are they taking desired actions on a page? What search keywords and phrases bring them to the site?

It’s not enough that content is simply there. The data can reveal what’s working (and what’s not) and help inform a strategy that supports more of the types of content users prefer.

5. Is It Clean And Professional?

Is page copy consistent in tone? Are spelling, punctuation and grammar consistent and correct? Are abbreviations and acronyms standard? If the site has a style guide, is it being followed? Are images captioned in a consistent manner, and properly placed/oriented on the page? Do hyperlinks follow any predesignated rules (e.g., open a new page in a separate browser window)?

6. Is Content Logically Organized?

Does the site contain tacked-on pages that don’t follow navigational structure? Does the overall navigation make sense? Are there redundancies, such as a site that includes a “Personal Finance” section in the top-level navigation, then again lists that section in a sub-menu under the heading “Money & Careers”?

7. Does The Content Have A Consistent Voice?

Every brand or business has a distinct voice that expresses its personality. Serious, irreverent, scholarly, authoritative – all are valid, but the tone, language and mode of expression must be a fit and must be consistent with the brand. This step evaluates the content’s tendency to spill into multiple personality disorder.

8. Are Basic SEO Elements In Place? 

Review the page’s title, keywords, metadata, headings and image tags.

Are target keywords and phrases used on the page? Are page descriptions and metadata employed appropriately? Are images and multimedia files captioned, and is metadata employed to make them search-engine friendly? Are headlines optimized for search?

Search engine optimization begins and ends with content, so evaluating to what extent content conforms to best practices in search is an essential part of an audit.

9. What Content Is Missing?

Conducting a content audit focuses so much attention on what’s there that it’s often too easy to overlook what’s not there. An essential step in any audit is therefore to identify weaknesses, gaps and content needs.

A site may be rich in information on how to order, for example; but, are issues surrounding shipping and order fulfillment adequately addressed? Is the press/media section strong on press releases, but weak on photos and video offerings? Does the company blog address company issues heavily, but general industry trends not at all?

What’s missing speaks volumes about the forward direction of a content strategy.

Use Your Findings To Identify Needed Changes/Actions

This is where the rubber hits the road. It’s not enough to produce a giant spreadsheet. The goal is to define gaps and problems, as well as to identify strengths, and develop specific recommendations for improvement.

http://marketingland.com/conduct-content-audit-117781

Steal Their Style: 7 Retail Brands Bringing Life To Their Digital Marketing

Digital innovators are changing the face of marketing for fashion retail brands. Be it using Twitter to tell a story or crowdsourcing content on Instagram, more brands are shifting their focus toward integrated marketing campaigns that allow them to generate buzz around new products and strut their stuff – both offline and online. Social media presents marketers with a unique opportunity to connect with their target audience, build a consistent brand image across channels, and generate more sales.

With 70% of marketers planning to allocate more budget to digital, social media advertising in particular, it’s time to start thinking innovation and integration to make your campaigns count and messages last forever. Take inspiration from these seven fashion brands blazing the trail for unique and innovative digital marketing campaigns, and use integration to breathe life into your own marketing campaigns.

Adidas

At the forefront of social media innovation is sport brand Adidas, who constantly hit the right note with their campaigns. From lucrative sponsorship deals with sport stars that give Adidas the unique opportunity to connect sportspeople to their fans (as demonstrated by their use of the new Twitter DMs function) to an all-star World Cup campaign, Adidas are the front-runners in fashion on social media.

For their FIFA World Cup 2014 campaign, Adidas created a number of YouTube videos in collaboration with well-known football players such as David Beckham, Lionel Messi, and Pablo Armero to air throughout the tournament. Tweeting in several languages to engage with as many Twitter users as possible about different events during the games and created real-time visuals based on matches for their social channels. This was supported by the ‘All In Or Nothing’ commercials, that aimed to engage viewers by asking them to choose whether they were #AllIn or they give nothing. All this social media activity helped them achieve serious social growth. Adidas were the most talked about brand on social media during the World Cup, featuring in 1.59 million conversations, and they enjoyed a 5.2 million increase in followers across their social media channels. Even better, #AllIn was mentioned 917,000 times, making their campaign hashtag the most used brand hashtag on Twitter during the World Cup.

Key takeaway: The three pronged success formula; use a of a unique hashtag, combine it with real-time marketing, and captivating visuals to maximize engagement on your social media campaigns.

Topshop

British fashion retailer Topshop used social media to tie their offline/online efforts together during their fashion week campaigns, and with #AW15 London Fashion Week nearly over, they’ve certainly had some tricks up their sleeves to drive sales using Twitter. This isn’t the first time Topshop have created a front row experience for online shoppers and their social media audience. Topshop have been leading the way in digital innovation around fashion week since 2012, when they set up a live-stream of their catwalk show, enabling viewers to create a customizable catwalk selecting snippets of the catwalk they enjoyed, and share their favorite outfits in real-time on Facebook. They could also install an iTunes plug-in that let users download music straight from the catwalk.

Last year, Topshop invited customers to showcase their own looks on Instagram using the hashtag#TopshopWindow. All of these images were gathered together to be displayed on a triple-screen installation located in the window of Topshop’s flagship Oxford Circus store. All the photos combined created a fully interactive digital mosaic of aspiring fashionistas and was described as the ‘world’s first fashion show created by Instagram imagery’. An impressive use of user-generated content as part of a wider marketing strategy centred around London Fashion Week. Hats off to Topshop.

Key takeaway: Consider social media your inspiration for new and innovative ways to showcase your products.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs master social media by turning Tweets into currency, with campaigns that focus on driving footfall into their stores and pop-up shops. The #MJDaisyChain campaign saw the brand open a pop-up shop in London, where they created buzz for their Daisy fragrance. People could claim free deluxe samples of the Daisy perfume in exchange for Tweets using the hashtag, additionally the brand offered Twitter users a chance to win highly sought-after Marc Jacobs bags and jewelry for posting the most inspiring photos on Twitter with their unique hashtag. The real-time aspect of the campaign led to high volumes of people visiting the pop-up store, generating loads of buzz, and the brand achieved peak levels of organic reach.

Key takeaway: Generate positive buzz on social and increase the organic reach of a campaign by offering prizes and incentives in exchange for Tweets/posts.

Burberry

Burberry have a strong presence on social media and a firm affinity with Twitter marketing after allowing fashionistas to purchase items hot off the catwalk last September at London Fashion Week. Burberry commanded an 8% share of voice at last year’s #SS15 London Fashion Week, with over 8,000 Tweets sent about the brand – making Burberry the number one brand on Twitter during fashion week. Burberry uses social media to boost brand value and buzz around their Fashion Week collections.

Burberry’s team are seasoned professionals at creating campaigns that resonate with their audience. As part of a digital drive to highlight their expanding make-up collection, Burberry launched the ‘Burberry Kisses’ campaign, in collaboration with Google. Find out more about the tech behind the campaign here. Not only did the project require a dedicated subdomain, but Burberry extended the online campaign into offline territory by branding the US shop windows to match the ‘Kisses’ campaign theme.

Key takeaway: Make sure your campaign messages resonate with your audience by reaching them everywhere – marry up offline and online channels for a truly integrated campaign.

Gap

Global brand Gap understand the power of a good bargain. Though arguably one of the most recognizable fashion brands in the world, Gap enticed even more customers by teaming up with Groupon to create an irresistible deal: $50 worth of Gap apparel for $25. Gap used social media channels such as Foursquare to promote these deals and offers to new customers, and from this campaign alone 441,000 groupons were sold – bringing in profit of around$11 million. Gap’s Senior Director of Media cited their use of sites like Groupon and social media as a way of reaching new customers, and trying “to reach them in ways that are part of their everyday so that it becomes like a conversation.”

Key takeaway: Be where your audiences are, reach new audiences with different channels and provide incentives and discounts to further entice customers.

Dior

Classic, iconic, and oh-so-stylish, Dior uses social media to tell a story that builds excitement around their TV spots. Charlize Theron is the golden girl for the J’Adore perfume commercials, and the latest social media campaign is based around Natalie Portman as a runaway bride for #ItsMissActually. Dior differ from other brands in that they use social media as part of wider campaigns to tell stories about their vision for the brand and engage their customer’s imaginations. With over 5.5 million Twitter followers and counting, this storytelling strategy is clearly working for them.

Key takeaway: Build a personality for your brand and use social media to tell your brand’s story.

Michael Kors

Named the top fashion brand on social back in 2013 for achieving a boost of 7 million new followers with Instagram, is any list of great fashion brands on social complete without Michael Kors? Michael Kors use social media to spread their brand vision across the globe, with campaigns such as #JetSetSelma which set out to encourage user-generated content and unite fans of the Selma bag across both online and offline.

Another great example of MK encouraging user-generated content on social media is their #WhatsInYourKorscampaign, which stretched across Twitter and Instagram, asking followers and fans to upload photos of what they’re carrying around in their beloved handbags. The brand followed up with the initial #WhatsInYourKors campaign, which began in 2013, by continuing to use the hashtag alongside style tips and advice. A clever way to recycle a unique hashtag for a long-term social media campaign.

Key takeaway: Encourage your audience to share content based around your brand values to foster engagement and reinforce those values.

http://www.socialbro.com/blog/steal-their-style-7-fashion-brands-bringing-life-to-their-digital-marketing

FB@work incoming!!!

“FB@Work.” Now that product is officially coming to light: today the company is launching new iOS and Android apps called “Facebook At Work,” along with a version of Facebook at Work accessible via its main website, which will let businesses create their own social networks amongst their employees that are built to look and act like Facebook itself.

(Facebook At Work is now available for download on iOS, and we’ll update with a links to the Andrid version once it’s live, though both are usable via a limited pilot to start with. Check out Josh’s follow-up story for more screenshots, details on privacy, and analysis.)

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Employers can create separate log-ins for employees to use with their Work accounts, or users can link these up with their other profiles to access everything in one place.

The product puts Facebook head-to-head with the likes of Microsoft’s Yammer, Slack, Convo, Socialcast, and a huge number of others who are trying to tackle the “enterprise social network” space. Even LinkedIn conveniently let drop last night that it too was looking atbuilding a product for coworkers to communicate and share content (but not chat, as a LinkedIn spokesperson tells me). Not all of these have been a hit: Lars Rasmussen, the engineering director at Facebook who is heading up the project, had in his past once headed up one of the failed efforts at an enterprise social network, Google Wave.

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Facebook is positioning today’s debut as a bold first step. “We’re putting the app into the app stores so that we can begin testing the product,” Rasmussen said in an interview.

In fact, Facebook has already been running tests of the service with “a very small set” of external businesses around the world, Rasmussen says; this is the next step in that process. The aim initially will be companies with 100 or more employees. (In fact, the existing Facebook Groups product is already used by smaller organisations.)

Because of the early nature of the product, there are a lot of questions in the air. The company has yet to work out, for example, how it might price the app, whether it will monetise the service through ads, or how third-party apps will work. For now, Facebook Platform has been disabled on the Work product, meaning no ads or apps.

That may not always be the case (“It could be paid,” he says).

This beta state of affairs is in some ways ironic. Rasmussen says that Facebook has effectively been working on Work for the last 10 years, because it is based on what Facebook’s own employees have been using to communicate with each other, pass on news, plan meetings and share documents. That long-time use and Facebook’s familiarity to all of us are part of what makes Facebook confident that it can carve a place for itself in a market that already is very crowded.

“Facebook at Work’s strength is that we’ve spent ten years and incorporated feedback from 1 billion active users,” he says. “All of that is embedded now in the same product but adapted for different use cases.”

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And it’s actually used by staff. “When Mark [Zuckerberg, the CEO] makes an announcement he just posts it on Facebook at Work,” Rasmussen says.

In fact, Facebook’s own popularity could be Facebook at Work’s biggest advantage. A lot of efforts in offices to get employees to collaborate more with each other have been stymied because employees don’t want to use the software. It’s yet another new thing to learn and doesn’t feel essential.

A lot of messaging apps (Microsoft’s Yammer being one of the notably early movers) have tried to tap into “consumerization” — or getting enterprise apps to look and feel more like consumer apps — to encourage usage. In that vein, Facebook at Work, built essentially on Facebook itself, will be arguably the closest of all to an authentic “consumer” social experience.

Here’s a run-down of some of the key points about the service, as told to me by Rasmussen:

Pricing. As noted above, no firm details on this yet but consider that most of the other apps offer tiers of pricing. By making this free, Facebook could potentially drive a lot more users to its wider network.

The fact that Rasmussen would not rule out advertising as an option down the road to me suggests that Facebook could consider tiers of its own where some businesses may pay for the product and have it ad-free, while others might take it free and get ads. Again, most enterprise apps are based on a paid model so it’s probably more likely to remain the case here too. Plus this would give Facebook another revenue stream beyond ads and app-related payments.

How it will work. Facebook wouldn’t show me a demo ahead of the launch but this is how Rasmussen describes it: “When an employer adopts Facebook at Work, they can construct it with a set of new accounts. Users can then link their work and personal accounts together so that they are logged into both at the same time.”

This would work much like Groups and public profiles do today. On mobile, you would have two mobile apps running at the same time, he adds. “Even if the employee chooses to link there is no crossover. The content stays entirely within your personal or work Facebook.”

What’s not there/integrations. You can share documents today but for now there will be no in-app editing “currently.”

Again, that leaves this open as something that will come down the line. “The set of features are identitcal to personal Facebook, but just to get it out sooner we’ve disabled the Platform so the APIs that third parties work with are not there, but we are keen to turn it back on. Hopefully in the future other enterprise tools will integrate with Facebook at Work.”

Backstory on development. Back in June I’d deduced that Facebook at Work was connected with Rasmussen’s work in London, but what I found out from sources after that report was that this was more than casual: this was his baby.

Rasmussen is not shy to bring this up himself (which I have to admit is refreshing to hear, because people do like to posture a lot in tech, don’t they).

“I can say that the challenges of making work more efficient is something that has been on my mind for a long time, and I come to it with a lot of passion and the knowledge of a failure of doing this at a different company,” he says, referring of course to Google Wave.

“I thought that maybe Facebook’s experience was what was needed. When I worked on search here it was always at the back of my mind, so later I picked back up on that idea, joined in on the conversation.”

The caveat to all this, however, is one that Facebook will have to continue to grapple with, all the more so as it continues to grow.

Canvassing opinion on a Facebook at Work product, I heard not only once people shy away from the idea, concerned with the thought of Facebook “owning” your data and the potential lack of confidentiality resulting from it.

That can be frustrating when related to pictures of you too drunk when you were in college, or frankly scary looking when you were in high school, but potentially very costly and illegal if proprietary work information is involved.

Content Marketing Trends 2015

Recommendations on the top tips, techniques and tools to reach content marketing excellence in 2015

2014 has certainly been a busy year for content marketing and something that wasn’t a surprise given the research and buzz evident at the start of the year which showed that content marketing was the highest rated marketing priority for marketers. The more recent 2015 marketing trends poll on Smart Insights showed that content marketing is still the top marketing priority for 2015.

But as the year has gone on, what have we really learnt about content marketing and the lessons we need to follow in order to execute this particular area of digital marketing effectively?

In this post I’ve grouped together some key content marketing themes from 2014 and links to recommended best practice articles and resources from Smart Insights and other sites.

Key areas of focus

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Understanding content marketing

Before embarking on content marketing for your business, it’s worth really exploring what content marketing really entails and the benefits it can drive. As with any type of marketing activity, there will be an opportunity cost between one approach and another.

Neil Patel’s Advanced Guide to Content Marketing is a detailed, in-depth yet easy to follow tutorial covering content marketing across ten chapters, ranging from building a strong foundation to advice on how to plan and execute content marketing effectively.

Read: The Quicksprout guide to Advanced Content Marketing

Content strategy

Everything should start with a clear vision and strategy. Content plays a key role in nearly all digital marketing activity – paid, owned and earned media and so a well-defined content strategy will give you the platform and framework from which you can begin to create and distribute content.

Read: Smart Insights on Content Marketing Strategy

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Organising for content marketing

Once you have an idea about how you’ll ideally be using content marketing for business, the next step is to consider the key elements that lead to successful content marketing. An understanding of how format, platform, content type and metrics come together will help you with the content strategy and planning processes.

Econsultancy’s Periodic Table of Content Marketing provides a simple yet effective visualisation of the many constituent parts that make for successful content marketing:

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Content planning

Once a strategy has been devised, the next step is the plan. Developing a plan is crucial to the future success of your content marketing efforts. Research suggests that the majority of businesses don’t have a content marketing plan so it’s therefore more important than ever to gain an advantage by developing one of your own by following a clear process:

  • Review current use of content marketing
  • Define content marketing objectives and KPIs
  • Conduct a content Gap analysis
  • Create a content plan timeline

Competitor analysis

Part of the content marketing planning process will involve the benchmarking of your efforts against those of your key competitors.

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This is an important part of the process as it enables you to not only evaluate the performance of your competitors’ efforts but also build a picture of the type of content activity, strategies and tactics that are working for others in your industry.

Read: Comparing content marketing competitor tools

Content creation

The content creation process is where the real fun begins – although it’s by no means a simple process. To create truly compelling, ‘killer’ content, you need to blend art with science and become a storyteller to hook your audience.
Storyboarding is a great way to set out a structure for content that can be used individually or as part of a series.

Some of the key ingredients to help you storyboard ideas include:

  • 1. Discover your ideal audience
  • 2. Inform your hunch
  • 3. Compile
  • 4. Create a narrative
  • 5. Find the hook

Read: Copyblogger Master Story Telling

Tools and techniques

There is a plethora of tools and techniques available to manage your content marketing efforts. The key is to choose and select the tool (or range of tools) that you’ll really need based on what you’ll be measuring and tracking (which should be outlined upfront in your digital marketing/ content strategy).

In September, Dave Chaffey outlined ten key digital marketing technologies to use in 2015, including those that will assist with:

  • Content distribution
  • Content curation
  • Integrating SEO, social media and content
  • Ecommerce and digital channel sales optimisation
  • Analytics

Read: Digital Marketing Technologies for 2015

Content distribution/promotion

There are a multitude of different paid, owned and earned media opportunities to promote and/or distribute content.

Smart Insights’ new Content Distribution Matrix helps marketers to review the best options for promoting content by identifying the most effective means of distributing their content in generating site visits, leads or sales compared to the level of investment.

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To use The Content Distribution Matrix, there are three steps to follow:

  • Step 1. Mark up the current or past use of media for content distribution
  • Step 2. Review promotion gap against competitor or sector use of content distribution techniques
  • Step 3. Select and prioritise new methods of content promotion

Read: Content Marketing Promotion Matrix

Integrating content with SEO

Content marketing and SEO are very closely entwined, so much so that some would even argue that a large part of SEO and content marketing overlap. Nevertheless, content marketing and SEO are often managed separately and as a result you should consider the organic search benefits great content can bring if executed correctly.

As search engines have continued to refine their algorithms and methodologies, the practice of SEO has also changed. There are a lot of out-dated techniques and myths that should be considered when optimising your content for search engines. Be aware of these to ensure you make the most of what you have from an SEO perspective.

Read: Smart Insights integrating SEO and content marketing and Hubspot’s excellent 17 SEO myths to leave behind in 2015.

Analysis

As outlined in the strategy and planning sections above, the goals and objectives behind your content marketing activity should be stated early on in the process as knowing upfront why and how you’ll be using content marketing will give you focus.

In his post from January this year, Danyl Bosomworth provided a table that breaks content marketing KPIs into three clear groups:

danylpostmanagereachactonvertengageDanyl also provided five questions to help set, manage and review your content marketing effectiveness and to ensure that you use actionable metrics:

  • Q1. Which keyphrases related to content are most effective at driving visits and outcomes?
  • Q2. Which referring partner sites or social networks have helped with link generation and measurement (for SEO) and the driving of traffic, referenced above as a part of SMO
  • Q3. How does content viewed on click-paths or journeys affect marketing outcomes
  • Q4. Are we increasing the % of engaged users?
  • Q5. What are the satisfaction ratings for our content?

Read: Smart Insights Measuring content marketing and Content Marketing ROI guide

Social Media Marketing Solutions for Small Businesses

Social media marketing is an art form, and with the right social media marketing solution, business owners can master it.

Although social media platforms offer their own marketing tools — Twitter targeted ads, Facebook Pages, Google+ Local and Pinterest Promoted Pins, to name a few — social media marketing solutions streamline the process while helping businesses avoid alienating followers. Constantly pushing advertisements and sales copies no longer works on today’s increasingly social-media-savvy consumers, which means businesses need to take on a more strategic, relationship-building approach. Here are 19 social media marketing solutions to help you get there.

1. Engagor — Real-time customer engagement platform

One of the reasons social media is effective for marketing is that it gives brands and businesses the ability to interact and engage with more people — all with just a few clicks of a mouse. Engagor is a comprehensive platform that helps you better engage with your customers in real time. It helps you monitor conversations about your brand and products (as well as your competitors and your industry in general) across all major social networks, news websites, blogs and forums. Engagor also simplifies keeping track of all your conversations, with features like scheduling, canned responses and workflow automation. The platform also has its own analytics and reporting features, which show you your audience’s demographics, who your fans and influencers are, and more. Additionally, it offers real-time collaboration tools to make teamwork simpler among social media managers. Engagor comes in three different price points: basic ($500 per month), professional ($1,500), and enterprise ($3,000) and each version offers a free trial.

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2. Moment.me — Location-based social media marketing

Location-based marketing is the next big thing in social media marketing. Leverage this technology with Moment.me, which recently launched its ‘Places’ feature to help restaurants, hotels, stores and other brick-and-mortar businesses discover nearby leads and drive consumer engagement. Just input your address or name of business and the service will instantly aggregate all the social media posts within proximity. From there, you can find mentions of your business on status updates, photos, videos and other content that reflect what customers are thinking and their experience at your establishment. This allows you to find and approach the best customers with special offers, for instance, by sending them a thank you message for dropping by and including exclusive discounts for their next visit. Moment.me is free, and paid plans are also available for more advanced features. [10 Social Media Selling Solutions for Small Businesses]

3. SocialCentiv — Find customers on Twitter

Twitter is a gold mine for finding new customers. People don’t just tweet about events and random nothings, but they also tweet looking for advice, products and services. Find them with SocialCentiv, a Twitter intent-based marketing Web app that helps small businesses turn conversations into customers. This self-serve platform lets users comb Twitter for potential customers using highly targeted metrics, such as those in their neighborhood or those seeking their specific product and services. For instance, a coffee house can search for tweets containing the terms “caffeine fix” or “need coffee,” then flag them to directly reply to the customer. Try SocialCentiv with a free 7-day trial.

4. HashAtIt.com — Hashtag search engine

hashKnowing what’s trending is key to reaching the right audience, but ask 10 different social networks and you’ll get 10 different answers. HashAtIt.com streamlines the process by providing a way to find out what’s hot across multiple social networks in real time. Dubbed as “The Social Search Engine,” HashAtIt.com collects status updates, tweets and other posts, allowing users to search for the most popular hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest — all in one place. This hashtag search platform also offers a user-friendly interface that includes customizable hashtag boards to filter and organize hashtag searches, as well as the ability to mute irrelevant search results. HashAtIt.com is a free service.

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5. Guides.co – Transforming resource webpages

Guides.co creates an ongoing interaction between your business and your clients. This resource takes a social media-like approach to connecting writer and readers. Your online resource center will transform from static, white pages and PDFs to an interactive, evolving method of informing and serving your clients by allowing them to comment, ask questions, share the information, bookmark specific parts, as well as rate the usefulness of the information. Guides.co also tracks client information while also collecting data on what parts of the information are most used and shared. This easy-to-use monthly service can be self-managed or Guides.co can provide professional, tailored content for your business.

6. Sparksfly — Social media consolidation

Social media engagement can be complicated but Sparksfly, a new app, simplifies the process by allowing the you to consolidate all social-media feeds into one application. Designed for both consumers and businesses, the proprietary Fuzzy Logic Engine finds connections across networks and flags them to the user as it learns your routines. For businesses, Sparksfly offers meaningful, targeted consumer engagement based on user-generated data.

7. Yodle — Social media automation

This free addition to the established Yodle online marketing service allows clients to establish business profile pages on Facebook as well as automatically update those pages. The service provides an effective presence on Facebook to local businesses — a necessary step when 12 percent of local searches take place on the social network.

8. VerticalResponse — Email and social media marketing in one

This recently rebuilt email and social media marketing platform lets businesses send email marketing campaigns and schedule posts to their social networks from one dashboard, eliminating the need for multiple, separate tools to do their online marketing. VerticalResponse’s new drag-and-drop email design editor lets users easily add “follow us” and “share to social” buttons to all their emails, and give their readers additional ways to engage. Businesses also can share a hosted version of their email newsletter to their social networks with one click, and extend the reach of their email message. With these changes comes a new pricing structure, too, including a free plan for small businesses with an email list size of up to 1,000 contacts. Paid packages start at around $9 a month.

9. Sociota — Multi-account management

Having trouble managing multiple social media accounts? Sociota is a social network management and monitoring platform offering the ability to integrate multiple Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ accounts. The platform is easy to use with a drag and drop feature along with other features like real-time management, analytics capabilities and autofollow/DM which all work make Sociota intuitive to use. Sociota is free for individuals and starts at $10 per month for business packages.multi-account-managers

10. gShift — Twitter mining

It’s no secret that Twitter is a powerful tool for businesses — but with more than 200 million users, going in blindly is counterproductive for social media marketers. gShift, a web presence analytics software provider, now offers a Social Keyword module that mines Twitter to cut through the clutter. This new tool monitors keywords, influencers, associated terms, hashtags and other relevant data on Twitter in real-time, helping business create highly relevant and engaging content that draw in prospects and customers. The Social Keyword module is included in the SEO Software Package starting at $99 a month.

11. Pushup Social — Get your own social network

Pushup Social is a plugin that lets businesses easily integrate a social network into their existing websites. Instead of redirecting visitors to external social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, Pushup Social brings fans and customers “home” by letting them engage without leaving your website. They can follow your company and create conversations in a centralized location, enabling you to build and grow your own community on your own turf. Business owners also get more control over specific areas of their network, such as community messages, analytics, advertising, revenue, search engine optimization (SEO) and more. Pushup Social is free for up to 500 social network members. Paid packages for additional members start at $49 a month.

12. livecube — Social media engagement for live events

Hashtags aren’t always the best solution to maximizing social media engagement during live events. livecube takes the inherent problems with hashtags — misspellings, lack of participation and clunkiness of revisiting tweets — and uses gamification to incentivize and reward participation. It not only provides attendees with a centralized place to find event-related tweets, ideas and connections, but also encourages participation by rewarding users with points, badges and real-life prizes for contributing to discussions. Other features include event management tools that integrate social media, such as speaker scheduling, logistics management, analytics and social networking. Contact livecube to request pricing and a demo.

13. HootSuite — Campaign management and analytics

hotsuitHootSuite is a social media management dashboard that helps businesses simplify and automate social media marketing campaigns. With HootSuite, users can manage multiple social networks, schedule messages and tweets, analyze social media traffic, track conversions, and measure campaign results — all in one user-friendly dashboard. HootSuite’s Social Analytics feature also offers more than 30 report modules — such as Facebook Insights and Google Analytics — to track metrics like top content, likes and shares, follower demographics, traffic sources and more. These features help businesses easily measure reach, increase engagement and maximize visibility across all types of social channels. HootSuite supports a wide range of social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, FourSquare, Tumblr and Flickr. Free HootSuite accounts offer limited features, and paid business packages start at $8.99 per month. A 30-day free trial is also available.

14. Offerpop — Ad-based social media marketing

Offerpop is the solution for businesses interested in launching paid advertisement-based social media marketing campaigns. Offerpop works by creating “social layers” that weave social media into different forms of advertising. Using Offerpop, businesses can turn email marketing — as well as paid Web, broadcast and print advertisements — into powerful social media marketing tools. Offerpop uses these nonsocial advertising platforms to increase engagement via hashtag campaigns, contests and promotions on social media channels. Businesses will also gain access to valuable “social data” — such as email addresses, influence, loyalty and interests — to optimize campaigns, grow followers and, ultimately, increase revenue. Offerpop requires either an annual subscription or per-campaign plan for businesses with more than 100 followers. Annual subscriptions start at $14 per month, and campaign plans start at $20 per campaign. A 14-day campaign trial is available.

15. LeadSift — Social media lead generation

Each social media platform offers a treasure trove of potential clients and customers. LeadSift takes the guesswork out of finding them and uncovers a world of social media marketing opportunities. LeadSift mines millions of social media conversations, cutting through the noise to deliver relevant, quality leads based on metrics set by users, such as geographic information and keywords. For instance, if you own a flower shop in San Francisco, LeadSift’s algorithms will find tweets from users located in San Francisco who are looking to buy flowers, as opposed to just tweeting about flowers in general. You can then initiate engagement, target campaigns and create relationships to turn them into profitable customers. LeadSift offers a seven-day free trial, followed by a $29.99 monthly fee.

16. Pricing Engine — Cross-platform ad deployment

Advertising on social media can get tedious if you’re running a campaign on multiple platforms. Pricing Engine streamlines the process by enabling users to create a single ad and deploy it on multiple social media channels. As a one-stop-shop social media advertising tool for small businesses, Pricing Engine’s features include peer benchmarks against competitors, a marketing “report card” to gauge performance and click-through rates, and a customized action plan to help improve campaigns. Pricing Engine offers free basic accounts and paid accounts, with additional features starting at $29.99 per month.

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17. WebiMax — Outsourced social media marketing

If you don’t have any social media marketing experience, WebiMax can help. Instead of navigating the fickle social media marketing waters yourself, WebiMax can create and maintain custom campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and other social networks. To ensure an accurate representation of a brand, WebiMax campaigns are strategically crafted and tailored to a specific business and its consumer base. WebiMax also offers website evaluation to determine the best campaign outlets, SEO consulting and analysis, web design, and search engine marketing (SEM). Contact WebiMax for a free consultation and quote.

18. LocalVox — All-in-one social media marketing solution

LocalVox is a social and mobile marketing platform designed for local businesses. To drive in-store sales, LocalVox integrates things like SEO, mobile websites, email marketing, public relations campaigns, advertising and even local directories. The service also lets businesses boost social media reach by claiming profiles on distribution channels and managing their reputation on sites like Yelp, Superpages and CitySearch. LocalVox comes with an easy-to-use dashboard, which includes analytics, to-do lists, metric-based action items and customer management. LocalVox starts at $99 per month.

19. Custard Media — Go viral

Custard Media is a social media marketing management and distribution tool that goes the extra mile by helping users create videos and making them go viral. The Custard Media team can manage social media marketing campaigns on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google+, as well as content-distribution social networks like YouTube, Pinterest, Digg and Reddit. The company also specializes in SEO and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, which not only drive traffic to a business’s website, but also apply to social media marketing campaigns to maximize advertising spend. Other services include social bookmarking, updating social media channels with fresh content, and growing and engaging with followers. Contact Custard Media for a quote.

20. SnapRetail — Your own personal social media copywriter

Social media isn’t for everyone, but SnapRetail turns the average small business owner into a social media marketing powerhouse with ready-to-use social media content. The service offers a library with thousands of customizable, prewritten social media posts to choose from, eliminating the difficulty of crafting attention-grabbing updates. Users can drag-and-drop desired posts into social media channels, with the option to use a calendar interface to easily schedule updates. Users can also add some pizazz to posts via the SnapRetail app, which enables them to take their own photos to complement their posts. SnapRetail offers annual and quarterly plans starting at $2.75 per day.

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21. Social Passport — Rewards and discounts

Social Passport has a different take on social media marketing. As a “360-degree” social marketing platform, Social passport aims to drive traffic to a store, reward its customers, educate business owners about customers and push deals to a targeted demographic — all using social media. It works by enabling customers to use their mobile phones to instantly like a business on Facebook, follow it on Twitter and check in on FourSquare with just a tap, without the fuss of having to open each app. This real-time social networking tool leverages social media channels by spreading the word to customers’ friends and followers as they claim offers and patronize the business. To measure results, Social Passport offers back-end analytics to track campaigns, sales trends and return on investment (ROI). Users can also use the dashboard to create and modify offers, as well as to manage coupons and loyalty cards. Social Passport is free to use. A premium subscription, which starts at $40 per month, is required to create a branded mobile app.

22. SparkCentral — Social media customer service

Think social media marketing is all about launching campaigns? Customer service on social media platforms can also be a powerful form of marketing by showing the world how much a business values its customers. SparkCentral provides businesses with a social media help-desk platform, allowing them to quickly respond to potential and current customers’ questions and concerns. This real-time engagement both humanizes social media and brings brands closer to leads and followers, helping turn them into loyal customers. SparkCentral’s help-desk features include automated workflow, internal collaboration, engagement metrics, trend identification and personalized communication. Contact SparkCentral to request a demo and pricing.

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What are the types of Facebook pages and which category is right for your business?

In the process of starting a Facebook page for your business or company, many get stuck when it comes to selecting the right Facebook page type, let alone choosing from the long list of page categories! The good news is you can change your page type later if you get it wrong, but getting it right from the start will mean Facebook automatically gives your business the most relevant information page to complete. This helps your fans find you or your business and find out what they want to know about you, and gives you the chance to share exactly what you want fans to know; plus it helps with your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) to get more love from search engines like Google.

In this article you’ll find a detailed explanation of each of the Facebook page types to help you select the best match for your business… There are 6 Facebook page types, which look like this (screenshot below). Clicking on each one on the Facebook ‘create a page’ screen will show you a drop down list of categories to select from (get to the page by going to www.facebook.com/pages then click the grey ‘+Create Page’ button):FB 2 page types1 What are the types of Facebook pages and which category is right for your business?

 The Facebook business page types are:

  • Local Business or Place
  • Company Organization or Institution
  • Brand or Product
  • Artist, Band or Public Figure
  • Entertainment
  • Cause or Community

Following is a detailed description of each page type as well as tips to help you decide which is right for your business. TIP: Make sure you read through all the page types before you decide as you may match more than one category or a particular page type might not seem like the best match at first glance, until you go through the category list:

The Local Business or Place Facebook page type explained

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If you have a ‘bricks and mortar’ store and want people to physically visit you, click the Local Business or Place page type.

TIP: If you have an online business or store then ‘Company Organization or Institution’, or ‘Brand or Product’ will be a better match for you (more about these types of Facebook pages follow below).

Once you click the ‘Local Business or Place’ square, you’ll be able to ‘choose a category’ (shown in the screenshot above).

A long list of business categories is provided to select from, including:

      • Attractions/Things To Do
      • Bank
      • Bar
      • Book Store
      • Concert Venue
      • Food / Grocery
      • Hotel
      • Local Business
      • Movie Theatre
      • Musuem/Art Gallery
      • Outdoor Gear/Sporting Goods
      • Real Estate
      • Restaurant / Café
      • School
      • Shopping / Retail
      • Spas/Beauty/Personal Care and many more.

TIP: If you can’t find something relevant from the category list choose ‘Local Business’ instead.

The ‘Local Business or Place’ page type gives extra info page options for you to fill out, including your open hours, parking options and the ability for people to ‘check in’ using Facebook Places when they visit you in person. A count of people who have checked in will appear on your page next to your Like (fan) count.

Once you’ve selected your best match page type category, complete the boxes below:

      1. Type your company name in ‘Business or Place’
      2. Fill in your ‘Street Address’
      3. Enter your town / city / state into the ‘City/State’ box
      4. Type your post code or zip code in the ‘Zip Code’ box
      5. Enter your phone number in the ‘Phone’ box
      6. Tick the ‘I agree to Facebook Page Terms’
      7. Click ‘Get Started’

TIP: You will be able these fields later in case you make a mistake or your address or contact details change.

The Company Organization or Institution Facebook page type explained

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If your business isn’t the type that needs to attract foot traffic to your physical premises, or you have more than one location which may have a variety of addresses and open hours (such as a franchise); then Company Organization or Institution is usually the better page type to choose compared to Local Business or Place.

You can add the ability for people to check in using Facebook Places to your page after set-up (whereas the Local Business of Place page type includes Facebook Places automatically for you as part of setup which is a lot simpler and faster).

Once you’ve clicked this square, you’ll be given a list of business page categories to select from, which include:

      • Automobiles and Parts
      • Church
      • Company
      • Computers/Technology
      • Consulting/Business Services
      • Cause
      • Food/Beverages
      • Health/Beauty
      • Insurance Company
      • Internet/Software
      • Legal/Law
      • Non-Profit Organization
      • Retail and Consumer Merchandise
      • Media/News/Publishing
      • Travel/Leisure and many more.

TIP: If you can’t find a specific category to match your business, select one of the general categories – Company, Organization or Small Business – depending on which is the best match for how your customers see you, or how you want them to see you.

Once you’ve found the best match category:

      1. Enter your business name in the ‘Company Name’ box
      2. Tick that you agree to the Facebook Page Terms
      3. Then click the ‘Get Started’ button

TIP: If you’re a purely eCommerce business, only sell online and only through your own website (ie: your products are not sold on other people’s websites or stores); then select this category rather than Local Business or Place or Brand or Product page types. If your products are sold through multiple websites, resellers and/or retailers then the Brand or Product page type may be a better match (see below).

The Brand or Product Facebook page type explained

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If your products are sold through more than one website or stocked by more than one reseller / retailer (or will be in the future), select the ‘Brand or Product’ page type.

This is the right page type for products with brand names and is where the likes of Apple, Coca Cola, Maybelline and Adidas hang out.

Start by selecting your best match page category, which includes:

      • App
      • Appliance
      • Baby Goods/Kids Goods
      • Cars
      • Clothing
      • Electronics
      • Food/Beverages
      • Furniture
      • Games/Toys
      • Health/Beauty
      • Jewelry/Watches
      • Kitchen/Cooking
      • Pet Supplies
      • Vitamins/Minerals and many more.

TIP: If you can’t find the right category choose Product/Service but do make sure you check out the categories under other page types first in case another page type has a closer match category for your business.

Once you’ve selected your category:

      1. Enter your brand or product name
      2. Tick that you agree to the Facebook Page Terms
      3. Click the ‘Get Started’ button

The Artist, Band or Public Figure Facebook page type explained

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If your page will be focused on and/or promoting you or if you’re an artist or a band, this is the right page type to select.

Click the ‘choose a category’ box and a long list of page categories is provided, including:

      • Actor/Director
      • Artist
      • Athlete
      • Author
      • Business Person
      • Chef
      • Coach
      • Doctor
      • Entertainer
      • Journalist
      • Lawyer
      • Musician/Band
      • Politician
      • Teacher
      • Writer and many more.

TIP: Depending on the category you choose, different information can be completed at the next stage. For example, if you select ‘Politician’ you’ll be able to complete information such as ‘political affiliation’ and ‘views’.

Once you’ve chosen your category:

      1. Fill in your name (or your band / character’s name)
      2. Tick that you agree to the Facebook page terms
      3. Then click the ‘Get Started’ button

TIP: If your page is intended to promote your book, the Entertainment page type (see below) is likely to offer a better match. For example, if you select the category ‘Book’ from the Entertainment category list, your info page will include the option of including your ISBN number.

The Entertainment Facebook page type

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This category is for you if you’re business is classed as entertainment, such as a TV show, movie, book, radio station or magazine.

Click the ‘choose a category’ box and select from the options Facebook provides, which include:

      • Album
      • Book
      • Concert Tour
      • Library
      • Magazine
      • Movie
      • Radio Station
      • Record Label
      • Sports Venue
      • TV Channel
      • TV Show and many more.

Once you’ve selected your best-match category for your business:

      1. Type in the name of your station / book /  show etc
      2. Tick the ‘I agree to Facebook Page Terms’ box
      3. Then click the ‘Get Started’ button

The Cause or Community Facebook page type

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The last page type is Cause or Community, but unlike the other types there is no drop down of categories to select from.

If you’re a not-for-profit or charity organisation, I’d therefore recommend you check out the options you have if you selected ‘Local Business or Place’, ‘Company Organization or Institution’ and ‘Brand or Product’ instead.

Categories like:

      • Non-Profit Organization
      • Cause
      • Health/Medical/Pharmaceuticals

are all under Company Organization or Institution which might be a better match for you.

Also look for:

      • Community/Government
      • Church/Religious Organization
      • Education
      • Health/Medical/Pharmacy
      • Hospital/Clinic

which are all under the Local Business or Place page type.

It’s worth carefully going through the list of each page type (just click on each square to view the categories) to find your perfect match, as having the right category can be more important versus the most relevant page type, as it’s your category that defines the information boxes Facebook asks you to complete after you’ve clicked ‘Get Started’.

I hope going through a more detailed explanation of each of the Facebook page types has helped you decide what’s best for your business.

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