[Social Media] Facebook now offers geo-targeted scheduled posts

This is a huge deal. On a page with 400 fans, you can now schedule a post.

Even better, you can schedule it and geo-locate. Here’s what is looks like:

You can schedule the post. You can also click on “Public” and then locate the post to a city. At Colgate we have alumni events that happen all over the country. So we can schedule and locate the post to a city.

If we want to get really fancy, we can promote it. This is pure awesomeness.

Have you used it?

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[Social Media] Geo-Targeting on Facebook

If you’re in California looking to buy a new purple unicorn and the national company that you like who sells purple unicorns posts a special Facebook offer at their stores in New York, what happens? You become an annoyed purple-unicorn-less Californian.

Geo-targeting is a helpful tool available on Facebook Pages. With a few simple clicks, you can customize posts based on country, state/province, city and language.

Just a few examples of how you can use geo-targeting:

  • Sharing information sensitive to time zones
  • Offering information in different languages
  • A/B testing by region or offer (compare conversion and engagement rates)
  • Localized stunts or events

And here’s how you do it:

  1. When posting a status, link, photo or video on your Page, select the ‘Everyone’ drop down menu below the text box and click ‘Customize’.
  2. Enter the country of choice (and optional filter by state/province and city).
  3. Enter an optional language of choice. Press “Okay.”
  4. Post your geo-targeted status to be seen only by those specified in preferences. After you finish posting, the custom preferences will clear and subsequent posts will display to all audiences unless otherwise specified.

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[Social Media] 5 Tips for Optimizing Your LinkedIn Company Page

Published October 29, 2012

Do you have a LinkedIn Company page?

Have you employed the newly designed look and features?

If you haven’t created a LinkedIn Company Page, now is the time to do so.

The new layout makes it easier for people to find, follow and engage with your Company Page.

Here are the new design updates and features that you can take advantage of on your Company Page.

#1: Banner Images

Bring your Page to life! Add a banner image to the top of your LinkedIn Company Page.

banner imageSocial Media Examiner’s LinkedIn Company Page banner.

The default landing tab for your Company Page is the Home tab. Your banner image will show up at the top of this tab.

This is very similar to the Facebook Cover Image that you are able to utilize on your Facebook Business Page, although the image size is different. The size of the LinkedIn Company Page banner image should be 646 x 220 pixels.

Use the banner space to illustrate and extend your unique branding and messaging.

Note that you will not be able to place a clickable URL behind your primary banner image.

sprout socialSprout Social’s LinkedIn Company Page banner.

Don’t be afraid to make your banner image eye-popping or attention-grabbing! This is an opportunity to earn new followers for your Page.

Without collecting followers, any updates you post to the Page most likely will not be seen.

LinkedIn has stated that you only need 100-200 followers for your Company Page to reach the tipping point to start making an impact and driving engagement. That’s great news!

The “About” section of your Company Page has been moved down to the bottom of the page. Still, it’s a good idea to review this area and make sure it’s up to date.

about houtsuiteThe “About” section now sits at the bottom of your LinkedIn Company Page Home tab.

In the Specialties section of your company description, you will want to use relevant keywords for your company so you’ll be found in LinkedIn searches.

Take full advantage of the Home tab and maximize all of the features here!

#2: Career and Products Now Featured on Home Tab

Rather than burying information about your company’s products and services or careers, there are now sidebar spaces on the Home tab that feature these sections of your LinkedIn Company Page. This makes it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for on your Page.

dell sidebar featuresDell’s LinkedIn Company Page sidebar.

If you are not utilizing the Careers tab section of your Company Page, you will see a default image of your logo icon and some default text that says “Learn more about our company and culture.”

For the Products and Services section in the sidebar, the first product that you’ve created in the Products and Services section of the Company Page will be featured here. Make sure your first product is the primary product you want featured.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with the products or services that you create. Think outside of the box. They don’t have to be products and services that you offer in the traditional sense.

Rather, you could showcase free downloads or special reports, a free assessment or even a conference or event on your Products and Services tab.

products and servicesShowcase interesting offers from your company under the Products/Services tab.

The goal is to get your Company Page visitors interested in learning more about how you can help them accomplish their goals! Showcasing unique content in this tab will drive engagement and potentially encourage recommendations for your business.

#3: Product Recommendations More Prominently Featured

There’s one major update on the Products tab of your Company Page.  Product recommendations are more prominently featured in the sidebar! Any visitor to this area of your Page can see who in their network is endorsing your products or services.

These recommendations are extremely valuable and are a display of social proof. We’re influenced by what our peers and network connections recommend.

recommendations featuredAsk for Product/Service recommendations, which are now prominently featured.

The best way to get recommendations for your products and services is to ASK!

Consider running a campaign and reach out to existing clients, customers, partners and vendors and ask them to provide a recommendation.

You might also ask their permission to showcase these same recommendations on your website or blog.

#4: Featured and Targeted Updates

The updates you share to your LinkedIn Company Page are now going to be front and center on the main Home tab. Images from your updates will be larger and more visible as well!

Given that updates are going to be highly visible, you will want to make your updates valuable, relevant and interesting!

recent updatesUse images to make your LinkedIn Company Page updates more visible and engaging.

When you post an update, you will need to copy/paste your link to the specific article and LinkedIn will pull in the image and post for you. From there you can edit and publish.

Keep in mind that you can delete the URL that you pasted into the update after LinkedIn pulls it in. This will keep your update looking more clean and concise.

delete urlYou can delete the URL from your status update once the content has been pulled in.

Don’t forget to customize the text in your update and ask a question or ask for feedback to drive engagement!

You can also post your events here and even create polls to share with your followers.

To achieve the best opportunity for engagement, I recommend that you post your company status updates manually rather than by relying on third-party applications.

Another new aspect of sharing updates to your Page is the ability to feature an update and move it to the top of your Home page. This is very similar to the way you can highlight or pin a featured post on your Facebook Business Page.

featured updateFeature select updates at the top of your LinkedIn Company Page.

New targeting options for your updates are also available. In other words, you candecide which groups of followers you would like to target with each specific Company Page update.

targeting updatesTarget your LinkedIn Company Page updates to a specific segment of your followers.

Remember to review how your updates are performing. After 24 hours, LinkedIn will show you impressions and engagement for each of your Company Page updates. In some cases, these updates can perform better than running paid advertising on the network!

Consider featuring posts at the top of your Home page that have received good engagement from your Company Page followers.

insights and featured updateFeature updates that your followers have engaged with.

#5: Visibility on Mobile Apps

Last but certainly not least, LinkedIn has added Company Page visibility to its mobile applications and to the iPad specifically.

mobile appsLinkedIn Mobile Apps feature Company Pages.

You can view Company Pages that you follow; find and follow additional Company Pages; see how you’re connected to the company through your network; and view job openings, the latest Company Page updates and suggested or similar companies to follow—all from within LinkedIn mobile apps!

At this time you cannot update your LinkedIn Company Page from any of the mobile apps. However, just by building out your Company Page, you can become visible and valuable to employees, clients, customers, partners, vendors and prospects anywhere and everywhere!

Clearly LinkedIn is focused on providing companies, brands and small businesses an opportunity to tell their stories and engage with customers and advocates through Company Pages.

Take full advantage of the ability to extend your brand and achieve greater visibility,as well as add value to your industry and marketplace.

Not only can you benefit from within the LinkedIn network, but your LinkedIn Company Page will also create a valuable search result for your company. Any positive link and gateway to your brand online is a positive for your business!

Source: www.socialmediaexaminer.com