Friday 3 December 2010

How to... Claim your business on Facebook Places (Step 1)

Hello & welcome to the return of 'How to Fridays'.

Today I will run through how to claim your business 'place' on Facebook Places. In brief, Facebook places allows people to 'check in' to a place to let everyonw know where they are. It is not being used (in the UK) to it's full advantage at the moment, so it's an ideal time for you to get to grips with it and set up your business while it's still relatively new. I won't go into the details of what it is, as the link above will give you a fairly good idea.

Why should you set up your business?
At the moment if your business isn't listed, people can check in and add any description they want, so the sooner you put your details in the easier it is for people plus you have some control over the place name. Everytime someone checks in it displays this on their Facebook profile, getting more visibility for your business. Plus if you are able to offer a special offer (10% off your order on first check-in, or free coffee for 3 check-ins in a week, for example) this can help spread the word and generate more business.

So how do you do it? 

I'll post steps over a few weeks otherwise this will be a loooong post! So Part 1 is 'Checking In'.

Step 1 : Check in to your own business
You cannot do this via the main website, so you need to have either the Facebook for iPhone App or visit site on a mobile device.

For this post I'll be using the Facebook for iPhone App, but the instructions are similar for the mobile site, the main difference is that you'll need to click the Places link or the little 'Check In' button to the right of the status update text box to get started. See screen shot below. Screen Shot

Check In on Facebook Places using the iPhone App
Open up the app and you'll see your Facebook news feed similar to below:

Facebook for iPhone : News Feed

Click on 'Check In'and you'll be presented with a list of Nearby Places:

Facebook for iPhone : Nearby Places

If your business isn't displayed start typing in the 'Find or Add a Place' text box. If it still doesn't come up you'll see a link similar to Add "Your Business Name" as in the screen shot below. Here we are adding our parent company - Business Systems Services (UK) Ltd.

Facebook for iPhone : Add your Business
Click the link and you'll be presented with a map, your business name & place to enter a description. Check that the map is correct, your business name is as you want it and enter a description, then click Add.

Facebook for iPhone : Add a Place

You'll then get a message to say it's been added and reminding you to 'Check In'.

Facebook for iPhone : Place Added

Close this message and you can then enter a status, such as 'In work', you can tag any friends that are with you (Just click on the link and it will display a list of your friends for you to select) and then Check In.

Facebook for iPhone : Check In
Click Done and your Check In will display in the news feed of all your friends.

Facebook for iPhone :

Come back next week to find out how to claim your business.


Rhianne M Griffiths said...

Hi Rhian

I like this blog: very useful indeed and robust explanation.

However, when one works in a virtual environment like I do, it becomes rather unnecessary to actually pinpoint your place of business because it is in fact, global.

What would your best solution be in this position? I understand the implication is that someone else can interfere .. is this right?

Regards, Ladybizbiz

Rhian said...

Hi Ladybizbiz

Thanks for your comment.

Like everything else in marketing you have to choose what's right for your business.

Yes, someone could interfere but, in theory, they could do this even if you have set up your own page!

There's also a funny thing with Facebook in that when you add Employers to your profile page, Facebook creates a blank Community page which can cause confusion if 'fans' want to like your Company page as this isn't it! At the moment, I'm not sure what control you can get over this page...(maybe this will be the next 'How To' post.)

The Facebook places page is ideally suited, in my opinion, to businesses that customers will visit regularly and for many businesses - especially B2B - it's not worth it as you won't get the interaction.

In your case, I would suggest a standard Facebook page to promote your business and to give you plenty of opportunity to interact, without limiting yourself to a specific location.

I hope this helps!


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