November 8, 2012

5 Facebook marketing resources you didn’t know about

Facebook’s secret world of marketing resources

Guest post by Joanna Lord
SEOmoz

Afew years ago, many of us were skeptical about how Facebook was going to get marketers to spend a significant amount of time and money on their platform, which is clearly not the case these days. One thing I’m sure of now is that Facebook advertising is here to stay.

According to the State of Inbound report that HubSpot put out this year, “42% of marketers say Facebook is critical or important to their business.” That percentage has gone up 75% from where it was just a few years ago. Talk about up and to the right!

With all that pickup, one would expect Facebook to have some resources out there to help us market our companies more effectively on Facebook. Never fear, for these resources exist! Unfortunately, they are somewhat hidden. Here are five resources worth exploring if you are looking to drive traffic and sales through Facebook.

Facebook marketing page

1Say what? Yup. Believe it or not, Facebook runs a marketing page (with over 2.3 million likes) that they manage actively to help marketers use Facebook more effectively. They often post about webinars they are holding for marketers, answer specific questions posted to their wall, and spotlight valuable statistics that could help you make the case in-house to dedicate more resources to Facebook.

Facebook advertising page

2For those of you looking to try your hand at Facebook ads, you might find there aren’t a ton of resources out there to help you get set up and running smoothly. Luckily for us, Facebook has been investing in their help documentation. In this section, they outline how things work, show off some success stories, and answer top questions. You can also find some contact information for those nagging questions you can’t quite figure out.

Facebook business page

3This might be one of the least known resources that Facebook has put together. Instead of just focusing on how you can set up an ad and spend money with Facebook, they have worked to put together information on how you can get the most out of Facebook as a business. The page covers the basics like building a page and conversation etiquette, but it also gives tips on how to engage your audience and influence friends.

Facebook Studio

4This is by far my favorite of all the resources Facebook has put together for marketers. At Facebook Studio you’ll find a gallery of creative Facebook campaigns, explore award-winning campaigns, a directory agencies experience in Facebook marketing campaigns, and more.

Facebook Studio Edge

5This is a new resource for those looking to take Facebook campaign creation in house. Recently released, Facebook Studio Edge is an online course that walks a user through critical knowledge pieces like measurement, research, resources, and tools to help with Facebook marketing. You can request beta entry and get started today. I’m super excited to see them operationalize this learning curve a bit with the Facebook Studio Edge series.

Whoa, that’s a ton of good stuff!

As more of our time and budget shifts to Facebook, be sure to lean on the resources above to help steer you in the right direction. Perhaps one of the best advantages of investing in Facebook is that they are home to a community of others trying to do the same thing. Connect with other community members on the pages above, and see how you can help each other succeed. Best of luck to you all!

If I missed any other Facebook marketing resources (they don’t have to be hosted on Facebook like the list above), feel free to leave them in the comments below!

Joanna Lord is VP of growth marketing at SEOmoz and is a former partner at Socialmedia.biz. Follow Joanna on Twitter at @joannalord. This article originally appeared at SEOmoz. SEOmoz is not affil­i­ated with Socialmedia.biz. SEO­moz pro­vides the Web’s best SEO tools and resources.
  • LarryBerezin

    Dear Joanna,
    What a super, wonderful post, chock full of valuable information. I always learn that when I think I have a pretty good working knowledge of a social media platform, I’m generally wrong.
    Thanks so much for sharing your Facebook knowledge.
    Best,
    Larry