Wow, I guess technology literally changes every day! Two weeks ago I taught a workshop for NYC Webgrrls on the benefits of building Facebook Landing pages, bringing them the latest and greatest techniques of Social Media marketing. “Visitors who visit your page and land on a custom Welcome page are 47% more likely to Like your page”. Starting March 30, creating a landing page on Facebook will no longer be possible!
Facebook announced, last week, that starting March 30, they are forcing all Facebook Business Page owners to convert to the new timeline format, which will completely eliminate the custom landing page option. In fact, a call to action on a Facebook business page will now be against Facebook’s terms and conditions! (see more details below) (Note: you can still use your custom tabs in your Facebook Page).
New Facebook Page Layout:
The cover image is the new representation of your brand on the Facebook page. The image dimensions are 850px x 315px. Unlike in the previous versions of Facebook page designs, this time around, Facebook has very strict guidelines against adding any marketing tactics and language on the cover image. Facebook’s policies state that cover photos cannot include:
- Price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it at our website.”
- Contact information such as a website address, email, mailing address, or information that should go in your Page’s “About” section.
- References to Facebook features or actions, such as “Like” or “Share” or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features.
- Calls-to-action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends.”
- Covers must not be false, deceptive or misleading, and must not infringe on third parties’ intellectual property.
Since this is the only visual representation of your brand on the business page, the design of this image is pretty important. To get your creativity juices flowing, check out these Facebook Timeline designs examples from SocialFresh & InspirationFeed. You can also check out the Webgrrls Facebook page
This is the image that gets shown next to each of your updates. You can use a logo or any image that is representative of your brand. We, at Webgrrls decided to highlight our business members in that area.
Choose an image that fits 180 x 180 pixels and also looks good when scaled down to a thumbnail size of 32 x 32 pixels.
Larger Page Tab Icons
The Page Tabs are now located toward the top of the page instead of the sidebar. This, along with the increase of the tab icon size (111px x 74 px), allows you to highlight & showcase your tabs where users can’t miss them. Use this space to showcase your calls to actions and create a clear graphic that shows what’s behind the tab. For the Webgrrls page, we have created 3 graphics with text describing the tabs and these tabs now serve as our ‘navigation’.
Follow these steps to assign an image icon to a tab,
You can also set the order of your tabs by dragging them into the location that you want. (Note: the Photos tab location can’t be changed).
Larger, wider page tabs.
Previously, page tabs were 520px wide, but with the new layout you have 810px of content area to use. You should now go back to all of the previously created page tabs and ensure that they work with the wider width.
Stories – Star, Hide, or Pin
Stories also got revamped. By hovering over individual stories, you can make them wider, hide them from your timeline (pencil icon), highlight them as important (star icon), or delete them. A great new feature is the ability to pin/anchor a specific story to the top of your timeline for up to 7 days. This means you can highlight specific posts with remarkable content, calls-to-action for your marketing offers, or events you want to feature. Pinning it to the top of your page will prevent the content from getting buried by more recent updates.
This is a brand new feature which allows you to send and receive private message to your page visitors allowing you to can handle your customer service issues directly on Facebook.
By default, the messages will be turned on. To turn off messaging capability, go to Admin Panel, and choose ‘Manage’ -> ‘Edit Page’ -> ‘Manage Permissions’ and uncheck the ‘Messages’ box.
This is another new feature that allows page owners to tell a story….your business’ biggest accomplishments, awards, product releases, etc. You can create a milestone through your status update box. In addition to title, location, date, and story, you can upload a 843 x 403 pixels image
This is a new interface that offers page admins an overview of what’s going on with a page. Charts, new notifications and “likes”, check-ins, and more. Everything involved with managing your page and creating ads can be done straight from the panel.
Please take advantage of the 25 days that you have to carefully plan and design your new Facebook Page so that when March 30th comes around, you are all ready to go.