Facebook is the number one used social network in the world. There is a lot of potential for marketing on Facebook, but to get optimal benefit you want your page to stand out instead of looking like every other page. Having a Facebook fan page is a good way to promote your blog, your business or anything else you do in the online world. Further Facebook allow you to customize your fan pages a lot using their FBML language making it completely unique and perfectly aligned with your marketing strategy. For example it is possible to add forms to collect emails, paypal buy now buttons etc. Check out these 30 examples to get an idea of what is possible.
As Facebook’s user base increasingly grows larger (it just hit 500 million), so do the benefits of having a fan page to market your content. If you’re a frequent visitor of other peoples’ fan pages you may have noticed that it is more and more common that they are customized. It is not that difficult and you should consider giving it a try yourself. In this article I am going to show you how to customize your Facebook page using FBML aka Facebook Markup Language.
Add Static FBML to Your Fan Page
FBML allows you to do add a lot of native Facebook functionality such as:
- A Facebook Landing Page
This is useful for leading people to a page you have designed for welcoming new potential followers. It will be added in the page tab.
You can add more or less anything you can create with HTML. Good examples of this is adding an email newsletter opt-in form,
- Share button
You can add the “Share” button anywhere on your Facebook page, which allows users to post anything you designate on their wall.
You can add as many comment boxes as you want, it can be one generic comment box for the page, or create comment boxes for multiple items that you have on your page (example: an e-commerce page might have a list of items, each of which could have their own commenting section).
- Other good ideas: 7 FBML examples to rock your Facebook fan page.
First thing you’ll need to do is add Static FBML to your facebook fan page:
- Login to your Facebook account & Search for “Static FBML”
2. Then click on the tab Add to My Page & Select the page.
3. Once you’re back on your page you will notice there is a FBML tab next to Discussions. This means you are ready to proceed.
Creating a Landing or Welcome Page
Hopefully you have an idea of what you want your page to look like with links of where you want your visitors to go. If not, no problem. Might be a good idea to open up your preferred photo editing application (e.g. Photoshop or Image Ready) and create a quick design of your new page. If you are promoting a web site or a blog through your fan page you could also use a screenshot of your site. Keep in mind the width of the page should be no wider than 520 pixels:
1.(Optional) Create an image with width 520px & appropriate height in Photoshop, Image Ready or similar application.
2.(Optional) Create a folder named “FBFP” at your web server & upload the image in that folder. This is needed as your image needs to available on the Internet and Facebook does not offer hosting.
3.Now Navigate to your fan page & click on Edit Page tab below the Fan Page’s Profile Image.
4. Find the Static FBML App under Applications and click on “Go to Application”.
5. Edit The Page
Warning – you’ll need some HTML knowledge to edit the page, but you can also use a HTML editor as it makes it a lot easier. Click on edit and you’ll see this. I have added a very simple example to show you how HTML is added and that it works as intended. All it does is showing a screenshot I created of tripwire magazine and uploaded to my web server. Clicking in Save Changes will save the FBML Application settings.
6. Now navigate to your Fan Page and you will see a new tab with the title you have written, by clicking on that tab you will see your image in that page. Result in my case looks like this.
8. (optional) Now to set your new page as default landing page you need to click on the edit page tab as we have done in step 3 & locate Manage Permissions page and then set your default landing tab to the new page
You are all done with creating a new & improved version of your fan page.
Applications for Customizing FaceBook Fan Page
Having complications in using FBML? You can still customize your fan page using various applications. Below are applications to make easier to share photos, videos, files, twitter. Depending on your needs
Clobby provides you with a way to chat with people from your own page within a simple-to-use chat tab that can be installed on any Facebook page: profile or fan. Your pages can become a platform for fans to chat, and invite more friends to join in. You’re thinking to yourself: oh, I have chat on Facebook, why would I need another one. Well, Clobby is also a collaborative Chat Room, meaning everyone can join and chat together, which is somewhat neat, somewhat annoying—your choice.
one of the few services that also allows you to create a Welcome tab on your personal Facebook account. So you don’t have to own a page to enjoy and utilize this feature or service.
anyone who wants to bring e-commerce to their Facebook page. The service will help you set up a mini-store under a shop tab on Facebook.
Static 520 will give you the ultimate welcome page, there’s no question about it. In fact, it is almost like having a mini-site inside your Fan page. If you have a site, this might be too much for you. But if you don’t, and you have your own small business, and are looking for ways to market your brand, then Static520 is a very good place to start.
5. Poll Daddy
With Poll Daddy application you can create polls which you can share it on your fan page to get feedbacks from the users & increase their participation on the fan page.
an ultimate tab suite for your fan page and profile. Unlike most of the services offered here, Tabfusion has an app for each tab you want to add. I believe that the Twitter tab is the most used one, and Tabfusion was the first to release this kind of tab. This is probably why it has more than 122,000 monthly active users alone. But there are many more tab apps to choose from and the integration is done in a flash.
The editor is easy to understand and very pleasant to use. The problem however, might be the fact that Pagemodo creates a static page, which means only text and photos that are not really click-able. But I’ve heard that they are about to launch a new template that will allow you to add video as well, one that will play directly from the page.
Involver provides professional application for your Facbook Fanpage which you can install with a single click. The involver has large application gallery which has RSS Feed, Twitter, YouTube Channel, Photo Gallery & many more applications. With the free account you can install only two applications.
RootMusic uses a SoundCloud connection to promote music over a musician’s fan page on Facebook. RootMusic also allows the page creator to design it the way it suits him/her. The results can lead to a great looking page that will stand apart from other pages in Facebook, which is why musicians should use it. The creation process is pretty easy, it just may take some time to add all the information about yourself (bio, gigs date, etc). All you need to do is to connect through Facebook, and RootMusic will guide you from there.
A service that can help to make your Facebook page look a lot better than it looks now. Their easy-to-use applications enable anyone to quickly create & manage a custom Facebook page. I didn’t like two things though. First is the fact that each service is individual so you can’t create a page that combines elements such as video and pictures. The other thing is that none of the plans offer you the ability to use the apps in all of your pages.
Tigerlily application is easy to implement & its has content management systems of its own which is easily controlled from fan-page. In Tigerlily CMS free version you can easily add different modules like text editor, video, image, twitter, RSS Feed, MP3 player, flickr & podcast.