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How to Enable Reviews to your Facebook Business Page

For a Real Estate Professional maintaining positive feedback from your clients is essential, but so is displaying those testimonials to your hard work. Enabling Reviews on your Facebook Business Page allows happy clients to leave you a public review and star rating, and visitors will see your overall star rating and any public reviews while on your Page.

You can also choose to set up notifications so that you will be alerted any time a review is left to your Page. We recommend setting up this feature so that you can stay on top of all things displayed on your Page. Step by step instructions will be included.

 

Tips to Consider:

  • Only ask for reviews from clients/peers you have worked with or interacted with already
  • If you receive a fake or spam review report it immediately
  • If you are having a problem with reviews you can always turn the feature off
  • You will need to add a valid address to your Page to enable reviews

 

 

How to Enable Reviews on Your Page

Step 1)

In order to enable Reviews you will need to enter a valid Address to your Business Page. Don’t worry, if your address changes later you won’t lose your reviews.

Head over to your Business Page and click “About” in the Tabs list under your Profile Image.

Step 2)

In “About” click on “Edit Page Info”

Step 3)

A Window will appear where you can enter details about your Business, click on “Location”

Step 4)

In “Location” check the box “Has a street address” and input your valid address. If you would like to show a map and check-ins on your Page check the box under the map display.

Click “Save Changes” when finished.

Step 5)

Refresh the Page and check for the Reviews tab under your Profile Image.

If you do not see the Reviews tab, click into “Settings” at the top right side of the Page.

Step 6)

You will be brought to a General Settings Area, in the left column locate and click “Edit Page”.

Step 7)

Scroll down to see the tabs displayed on your Page and click “Add a tab”.

Step 8)

In the window locate “Reviews” and click “Add Tab” to the right. When you have finished close the window.

Step 9)

You will now see the “Reviews” tab listed, you may arrange your tabs in any order you like. We recommend keeping “Posts” at the top.

To remove a tab (if applicable), simply click into “Settings” and follow the on screen instructions.

 

 

 

How to Set Up Review Notifications on Your Page

Step 1)

Click on “Settings” in the top right corner of the Page.

Step 2)

In the left column, locate and click “Notifications”.

Step 3)

On the Notifications screen, locate “New Reviews” under “Edit your notification settings for”, here you can manage what notifications you receive on Facebook. You will notice “Turn on” or “Turn off” to the right. Turn on notifications as you see fit.

Facebook “Live With” and the Growing Live Features

Facebook has been pushing their Live capability for quite a while now, consistently coming up with fresh ways to keep audience members engaged and bring users on over to Facebook Live. People already comment 10 times more on Facebook Live videos than regular videos and Facebook is working to hone in on the most effective ways to grow those numbers even further.

Just this last week the Social Media giant has released two new features. Live Chat with Friends– a feature that allows users to watch Live Video and invite their friends to a semi-private chat. Users in the chat can see and respond to the messages but the Chat with Friends is separate from public comments.

Facebook has also rolled out Live With. Live With allows users who are broadcasting Live Video to invite a collaborator to go Live with them. This means that you can now give multi-person presentations via Facebook Live without being together in person. This feature in particular will certainly be useful for Real Estate Professionals.

Live With gives Users (especially busy Real Estate Agents and Companies) the ability to collaborate on video without being physically together- saving you time, and bringing more quality content to your audience to attract leads. Now rather than going Live alone, you could invite some distinguished guests to spread knowledge to your fans.

Here are some ideas for using Live With for Real Estate:

  • Invite a professional you work closely with to explain their field and how they can help your potential clients. Do you work with a specific mortgage lender or home stager? Invite them on to give a presentation with you.
  • Include more members of your team in Live. Maybe you’re part of a Real Estate Team and you feel that you’re stronger together- go Live with each other without needing to be in the office.
  • Have a few guests on in one Live Session and make it a special Real Estate 101 Presentation. You can switch out who is going Live with you, invite more than one guest speaker to give a Live presentation to your followers.

Before going Live, let everyone know in advance with a post prior to the Broadcast. We suggest creating an eye catching image like the one below. 

 

Getting Started:

1. To Go Live With another User simply Go Live using the Facebook App (iOS or Android only). Not sure how to Go Live at all? We’ve got the steps laid out here.

Once you have successfully started the Live Broadcast swipe left to view the Live Viewers

2. Locate and tap the thumbnail image of the profile picture of the User you would like to Go Live with. Tap Invite to Broadcast.

Please note that the User you wish to invite MUST be watching the Live Broadcast in full screen mode using the Facebook App for iOS or Android, otherwise they will not appear on the list of Users to invite.

3. The User will receive an invite and you the Broadcaster will see “Inviting”

4. When the User accepts your invite they will join you on screen in your Live Broadcast.

5. To remove the User from your Live Broadcast simply tap the “x” on your Guest’s image.

 

How to Create and Use Facebook Slideshows for Real Estate

As a Real Estate Agent you know the value of sharing your listings online- 92% of homebuyers use the internet as an information source. With Facebook’s massive Daily Active User base of over 1.2 billion people, the platform is an excellent place to display your listings to a large audience.

Sharing your listings and photos to your Facebook Business Page is a great start, but if you’d like to give your post that extra bit you can easily create a Facebook Slideshow right from your Page. A Facebook Slideshow is a series of up to 10 photos played in the video with a background music track. Users can use a Slideshow as a Facebook Ad, however you can also create a Slideshow and share it as a regular Facebook Post.

Feel free to get creative with your Slideshows! You can make them for any and everything, and they’re a simple way to create video straight on Facebook.

 

Here are some ideas for how to use Slideshows in Real Estate:

Listings: Share your listings a little more memorably. Arrange your favorite photos of your listing and add background music. You can’t add a text overlay in Facebook Slideshows, but you can always get around this by adding text to your images before uploading them to your Slideshow. Add facts about the listing on each photo for your viewers. When you post a Slideshow you also have the ability to “say something about this”, there you can add details about your listing if you’d like to stay away from a text overlay all together.

Open Houses / Events: Get the buzz going for your Open Houses and Events in advance on Facebook by creating a Slideshow with all the information needed and some relevant photos. For an Open House you can create an image with the Event details like time and date and follow it in the Slideshow with some photos of your listing. Canva is a great free image creation tool if you need to create an informative image for your Slideshow.

Educational: People in all stages of the Real Estate selling or buying process will follow your Business Page, you can show your knowledge of the industry and provide value to your followers by sharing informative and educational content from you personally to your Business Page. Think of an educational Slideshow as a PowerPoint that exists only in Facebook. Use an image creation program like Canva or Photoshop to create informative slides about everything from Home Staging to Home Inspections and more. If you’d rather share your educational content without worrying about creating images for slides, you can always go Live!

 

 

How to Get Started:

Step One)

Head over to your Facebook Business Page. Locate and click on “Share a Photo or Video” in the write something box.

Step Two)

In the pop up, select “Create Slideshow”

 

Step Three)

A window will appear, from this window you may create your Slideshow. First add your photos by clicking “Add Photos”.

Step Four)

You can select photos you have already shared from the labeled image galleries, or you can upload new files from your computer by clicking “Upload Photo”. You also have the option to take a photo with your computer’s camera by clicking “Take Photo”. When you have finished selecting the images you would like to include in your Slideshow click “Add Photos”.

Step Five)

If needed, you can rearrange the order in which the photos will display in your Slideshow by clicking, dragging, and dropping them in place on the bottom reel display.

Step Six)

Set the Aspect Ratio of your Slideshow. We suggest leaving it as it, but you do have the ability to change this if needed.

Set your Image Duration, this will be the same for every image in the slideshow. 3-5 seconds is good, if you have text on the images though set the length at 5 (as long as can be displayed).

Select your Transition, would you like a normal transition or a bit of a fade?

Step Seven)

At the top of the window locate and click “Music”. Here you may add background tunes to your Slideshow. You do have the ability to upload your own tracks, however Facebook provides plenty of sample music for you to choose from.

Scroll through, give them a listen and choose your favorite. The emojis at the top of the list of tracks are different categories. You can listen to a track by hovering over it to reveal the play button, and clicking play. To select a track simply click it (you do not need to click the upload button if you have selected a pre-existing Facebook track).

Step Eight)

When you are sure you’ve finished locate and click “Create Slideshow”.

In the window that appears add any text you would like to include where it says “Say something about this Slideshow…” when you have finished click “Publish”.

Posting the slideshow will take a moment and the post will not immediately appear on your Page. You will get a notification from Facebook once your Slideshow has successfully posted, typically this takes less than 5 minutes.

Assigning and Removing Page Roles

Sometimes in a busy office, the job of posting listings to social media can be passed around from person to person. Perhaps you want all of your team to have access to the Page just in case, or maybe you’ve got to remove someone who was an Admin to the Page but no longer needs the designation- you can take care of all of this right from your computer. Too often we at Solved see businesses create new a Page without realizing the edits they desired could have been performed on their original Pages without losing the whole audience they’ve worked so hard to build. We’re here to help!

*Please note that to add and remove Admin’s to the Page you will yourself need to be an Admin (not an Editor or any other type of Page Role)

Page Role Types and What They Can Do:

Step 1) Head over to your Facebook Business Page. Locate and click on “Settings” in the top right portion of the Page.

Step 2) Locate and click on “Page Roles” on the left hand side of the screen.

You can jump to different sections of the Page Roles area by clicking the links at the top of the screen. If you would like to remove a user from your Page Roles, click “Existing Page Roles”. First we will cover assigning a new Page Role. For guidance on removal, see steps 7 and on.

Step 3) To Assign a Page Role, locate “Assign a new Page role” and click into the dialogue box.

Step 4) In the dialogue box, begin to type the Facebook Name of the person you would like to assign a Page Role.

Prior to doing so they may need to establish some sort of connection with you or the Page. You can do this by having them “Like” the Page, or by adding them as a Facebook friend.

You can also attempt to use their associated Facebook account email, however this method is not always reliable.

You should see their thumbnail pop up as you type the Facebook Name, when you do, click the person you are assigning a Page Role.

Step 5) When you have selected the appropriate user, locate the dropdown menu. It auto-poopulates with “Editor”. Click the dropdown menu and select the role type you desire.

Step 6) After selecting a Page Role, click “Add”.

Step 7) Alternatively, to remove someone who has a role on your Page. Look to the “Sections” area at the top of the screen. Find “Existing Page roles” and click “Jump to Section”.

Step 8) In the Existing Page roles area, locate the user you would like to edit or remove, and click “Edit” next to their name.

Step 9) In the “Edit” window, click the dropdown Page Role menu to change the users role and abilities. To remove the user from the Page entirely click “Remove”.

Step 10) If you are removing a user you will need to confirm. Admin. When you have finished, be sure to click “Save”.

Publishing Job Posts on Facebook

Typically when you think of a Job Posting site, Facebook is not the first place that comes to mind, however they hope to be- and it makes sense. Facebook is already the social media giant, with 1.23 billion daily active users on average so why not try to cultivate some job applications there?

With this new feature you can. Pages will now have the ability to post Job Listings and receive applications from potential candidates. Applications will be sent by Facebook via Messenger, and will come pre-populated with the applying user’s Facebook information, however they can alter and update it as needed.

In a competitive and slightly unexpected move, these posts are free for employers to publish and there is no limit to how many posts a Page can have. This feature will be part of your “Write Something” box, and will slowly roll out to the U.S. and Canada so if you don’t see the feature just yet don’t panic.

 

How to Get Started

Step One: Head over to your Facebook Business Page and locate the “Write Something” box. Look to the bottom and click “See All”.

Step Two: Clicking “See All” should reveal more options, locate and click on “Publish a Job Post”

Step Three: In the pop up window you will be able to include all necessary information for your Job Post as well as a Live Preview.

Be sure to fill out all information and make your post eye catching. The image will default to your Cover Photo however you may want to pick something that will stand out more to someone searching for a job.

Step Four: When you have finished click “Publish Job Post”. A window will appear letting you know your post has been approved and that it will appear on Facebook.

Step Five: Your Job post will appear on your Pages Timeline.

Introducing Facebook Messenger Day

Ever since Snapchat launched in 2011 the disappearing content model has become increasingly more popular, and more common. Facebook owned Instagram launched their version “Stories” in August 2016 and today Facebook “Messenger Day” rolled out globally in the Messenger App. (Facebook has since re-branded “Messenger Day as “Stories”)

For mobile users with the Facebook Messenger App, Messenger Day will allow you to send photo updates customizable with filters, frames, stickers, and text to your individual friends, groups, or all of your friends at once. Much like Snapchat and Instagram Stories, these posts will remain up for 24 hours before disappearing.

There are a few key differences to the Facebook Messenger Day feature, users who view your “Day” can react with prepopulated responses or a custom text response and you as the user posting the “Day” can actually use an image from your camera roll instead of just one you have taken on the spot.

For Real Estate this could mean reaching more people than just your Snapchat or Instagram network with this type of popular visual content. Maybe you already use Facebook but have been hesitant to adopt Snapchat or Instagram- now that same model is available to you without getting a whole new platform.

Ideas for Use in Real Estate:

  • Share Photos and Videos from Live Events– show your followers how well the Open House went over, or let them know when the next one is coming up.
  • Give Virtual Tours of Listings– rather than share your virtual walk through on your Page, if you would like only certain people to access your video you can post it to your “Day” and select who you share it with. You can always save the video you take to your Camera Roll to later put on your Page wall.
  • Give Helpful Advice and Updates- show your network that you are an important Real Estate resource by offering tips and tricks. You can also give users a heads up about any live videos or live events you may be hosting.
  • Show Potential New Agents Behind the Scenes Action- If you are a Brokerage looking to hire new Agents you can use Facebook Messenger Day to show them what they could expect as an Agent in your Office.

 

Getting Started

 

Step One)

If you do not already have the Facebook Messenger App installed on your Phone or Tablet, be sure to do so. You will not be able to add to your Messenger Day without the App.

If you already have the App, make sure you have downloaded the latest version or made any necessary updates.

Step Two)

Open the Facebook Messenger App, in the bottom center of your screen you should see a circle button with a sun icon. Click this button to launch the camera for “Day”.

Step Three)

With the camera launched you should see the filters and frames available to you on the bottom of the screen. These are selected before you take your photo or video.

Step Four)

Take your picture or video, and add stickers (the smiley face icon), or text (the “Aa” icon), or draw on your post by clicking the squiggly line icon.

Step Five)

Tap the arrow in the bottom right side of the screen to choose who will see your “Day”.

Step Six)

At the top of the list you should see “My Day” this will appear to all of your friends on Messenger.

Under that you should see “Camera Roll”, if you plan on using this photo or video at all after the next 24 hours, you should save it to your Camera Roll. Remember your “Day” will disappear after 24 hours and your photo or video will no longer be accessible.

Under Camera Roll you should see your friends who are on Messenger. You can select friends from this list if you would prefer only they get to view your “Day”.

Step Seven)

When you are sure you have selected the right audience for your “Day” hit “Send”.

Why Should Your Social Be Mobile Friendly?

Facebook reported over One Billion Mobile Daily Active Users for December 2016 and this number is only expected to rise. Thus far, there has been a 21% increase year over year in Mobile users. This means that there is a significant portion of your Facebook audience that exclusively accesses Facebook via their Mobile devices, in fact over 55% of Facebook users ONLY log in via Mobile. First impressions are important and you want your Facebook Business Page to appear professional, neat, and optimized for all users- not just your Desktop followers.

If you have ever used Facebook on your Mobile device you may have noticed that Business Pages and Profiles display a little differently on your phone than they do on your computer. For starters, late last year Facebook added Call to Action buttons to the top of Business Pages. These include the options of Sign Up, Call Now, Send Message, Send Email, Book Now, Watch Video, and many more. With a professional looking Facebook Business Page you should certainly take advantage of this feature, especially if you’re trying to focus on those Mobile Users.

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In the Mobile display, the Call to Action button is large and displayed front and center on your Business Page. Users already on their phones can easily place calls or move on to your website to schedule an appointment via this button. Time spent consuming digital material on Mobile is now significantly more than time spent on Desktop in the United States. 42% of the total hours of average digital media consumption are spent on Desktop while 51% is spent on Mobile screens. Open your business up to these hours of use by optimizing for Mobile.ctadisplaymobile-copy

In addition to missing out on a prime location for your Call to Action button, if your Page has not been optimized for Mobile the graphics on your Business Page may be cut off or cropped wrong on Mobile devices even though they look perfect on your computer. Please see the below examples:

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This difference in display is due to the change in dimensions for Facebook Cover Photos, on Desktop the optimal size is 828×315, however on Mobile the optimal size is 828×462 with the area visible on Desktop centered. Professional photos and graphics are really the way to go when it comes to your Facebook Business Page. Save yourself the frustration of trying to figure out the exact placement and design of your Cover Photo, and get that professional look right away.

Five new Facebook profiles are created every second, you want not only to access all of these users, but to also stand out from the crowd. If you are creating the Cover Photo yourself, you will want to keep your design simple with minimal text, bearing in mind that any contact information can be added to and displayed on your Facebook Page. You don’t want to weigh down your Cover Photo with too much information, be sure to keep it short, sweet, and to the point.

The most recent round of aesthetic changes to Facebook Pages can even affect your Profile Photo. Minimum dimensions of a Profile Photo are 180×180, however the optimal display will be 360×360 using a .PNG file rather than a .JPEG. This difference can result in your logo appearing cropped short, too small, or not loading at all.

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Every day 90% of Facebook’s Active Users access Facebook through Mobile, and over 55% of users ONLY ever access Facebook via the Mobile app. If your Business Page is not fully optimized for Mobile and Desktop users, you could be missing out on a significant portion of Facebook’s Daily Active Users, and most importantly you could be missing out on a lead.

 

Bonus Optimization Tips:

You’ll want to include your Phone Number and Address on your Business Page, not only will this help you appear in search results on Facebook, but adding the address helps Google pay more attention to and index your Page in local search results.

Do not leave your “About” section blank, you have the option to include a short and long description of your services. Make sure to complete both.

Use consistent branding, stick to the same logo, similar visuals and language on all of your sites and platforms to avoid any consumer confusion. For example, you don’t want to be using an outdated logo as your Profile Photo just in case someone searches you, sees the old logo, and thinks that Page is for a different company than the one their looking for all because of outdated information.

A New Look For Facebook Business Pages

Facebook recently rolled out a new look for Business Pages.

What’s different:

The Banner is now free of any buttons that used to take away from the aesthetic, and the Profile Image is off to the left hand side freeing up even more Cover Photo space.

In Addition, the Page Navigator that used to be somewhat hidden in the mass of buttons along the Cover Photo now has a Prime location on the left side of the Page directly under the Profile Image.

Users might be lost when looking for iFrame tabs, but there’s no need to worry- they’ve just moved to the right side of the Page.

 

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What Should You Update:

  • Make sure your Cover Photo hasn’t been affected and is still full visible. If your Cover Photo creatively relied on the location of buttons and the Profile Image, you may need to adjust.

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  • Check that your Call to Action is accurate, if you have yet to fill out your CTA be sure to do so as the feature is now much more prominently displayed

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  • As tabs are now more visible on the Page, make sure that all of yours are filled out and up to date, put tabs you would prefer people visit higher up on the list. Adjust this by clicking “manage tabs” when looking at the list of tabs.
  • The “Promote” button has moved to the bottom of the tabs list

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Verifying a Facebook Business Page

Verifying a Facebook Business Page is a simple step a Page Owner can take to make sure their Page looks professional, shows up higher in search results, and help users find authentic and active accounts. To qualify for Page Verification, the Category must be “Local Business” or “Companies & Organizations” and have a Profile Picture and Cover Photo.

The easiest way to verify your Facebook Business Page is via phone number, but be sure you’re using the phone number that is associated with your Business.

Verified Pages will have a checkmark near the name like the one below:

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Step One:

Go to your Facebook Business Page, in the top right side locate and click on “Settings” (highlighted in yellow in the photo below)

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Step Two:

Upon clicking “Settings” you will be brought to an Admin area, locate “Page verification”  (highlighted in yellow in the photo below)

Click on “Edit” on the right side of “Page verification”

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Step Three:

Upon clicking “Edit” the message pictured below will appear, click on “Verify this Page”

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Step Four:

A window will appear, enter your Business Phone Number and any additional information as needed

Be sure you have entered the correct number, and click “Call Me Now”

You will receive an automated phone call from Facebook, a verification code will be read to you

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Step Five:

Once you receive the phone call enter the verification code in the dialogue box and click “Continue”

If you cannot remember the code, click “Call Me Again”

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Step Six:

If the code is correctly entered a “Congratulations” Message will appear, click OK

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Facebook will send an Email to the Address Associated with your Personal Account letting you know once more that the Page has been verified:

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How to Remove a Facebook Admin

If you would like to hand your Social Media over to an Assistant or even in-house Coordinator for those listings, you will need to know how to give this person Admin Access. An Administrator can manage all aspects of the page as well as deleting the Page and giving Admin Access to other users. If you are not comfortable with someone having this much access, you can always make them an Editor.  An Editor can do most of the same things as an Admin, however they cannot add new Admins or Delete the Page.

If you would like to explore the roles more thoroughly please see the Facebook Help Center Post

Step One:

Go to www.facebook.com and log into your account. Once logged in, head over to your Business Page.

Locate and Click on “Settings” in the top right portion of the screen.

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Step Two:

Once you have clicked “Settings” you will be brought to an Admin Panel

On the left portion of the screen, locate and click on “Page Roles”

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Step Three:

You will be brought to an Admin Area where you will be able to see everyone who has a role on your Page, and what that role is.

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Step Four:

Locate the user you wish to remove as an Admin

If you would like to change their privileges simply click on the downward facing arrow next to “Admin” and under the Username, then select the new role you would like them to have, be sure to save your changes

To delete the user from the page entirely, click on the “x” to the right of the Username, you may need to hover over the Admin’s thumbnail image to reveal the “x”. Be sure to save your changes.

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Step Five:

Upon clicking “Save” you will be prompted to enter your Password, enter the Password to complete your changes