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When you’re just starting out on Facebook, you’ve got to figure out how to attract your initial fan base. Here are three key milestones to pass on Facebook, and there are good ways to get past each milestone, without ever having to spend a dime on ads.

#1: 25 Fans

Getting to 25 fans is a significant milestone for a brand new page.  Once you’ve reached 25 fans, you’re allowed to set a vanity URL like facebook.com/citrusstudios Pages by default have a long, random number in them, Like Facebook.com/pages/Citrus-Studios/101681279873681 which is hard to promote.

The best way to reach 25 fan milestone is to send a message to your friends in Facebook with a link to the page and ask them to like your page. Like the one below:

Hello!  I just started a new Facebook Page, and I need  to have 25 fans before I can get a username for my page. I’d really appreciate you being one of the first 25 people to like my page – It will only take a few seconds. Thank you! [Insert your link here]

Once you get your 25 fans, claim your new vanity URL at facebook.com/username

#2: 100 Fans

Reaching 100 fans means that you’ll no longer be able to change the name of your Facebook Page — so make sure that you’ve got a name you like, *before* using these tactics.

The best method for getting to the 100 fan mark is to work your network. Announce your new vanity URL to your friends via a wall post on Facebook. Ask that your friends do 3 quick things to help:

(1) Like your page – if they haven’t already,

(2) Like your wall post and

(3) Share your new page by writing a post themselves.

Here’s a sample script:

I’ve just gotten a cool new username for my Facebook Page. Please help me grow the page by doing 3 quick things: (1) like the page, (2) like this wall post and (3) share this page with a Facebook update that says: “Check out my friend’s new page, [Insert your link here],  for tips on how to market your business on Facebook.”

#3: 1000 Fans and Beyond

Having over 1000 fans shows prospective customers that you have a strong fan base on Facebook and gives you a large base of people to reach when you need to announce a sale, drive new sales, or otherwise interact with.

But reaching 1000 fans doesn’t need to be an expensive affair. The best way to reliably reach 1000 fans, is to take a slow growth strategy using the places you’re already getting others attention.

If you have a website, utilize social plugins like the Like Button and Like Box, they are free to add to your site and they do a great job of turning website visitors into fans.

If you have an email list, send an email inviting them to Like you on Facebook.

If you operate a physical store, add some signage to your window, next to your cash register, or on your receipt.

The ideas are endless, and different for every business, but think about places where you are already getting attention from people and where you could ask them to become your fan on Facebook!

Many thanks to Roland Smart of Involver for the content of this article.

SocialOomph.com formerly known as Tweet Later is a service that provides free and paid productivity enhancement services for social media users and internet marketers. It consolidate your social networking activity so, if you have a Twitter and a Facebook account etc. for your business, you can control them all by logging into this one place!

Key features of SocialOomph:

  • Add/Manage an unlimited number of Twitter, Facebook or blog accounts
  • Schedule Tweets, Facebook status updates and even blog posts.
  • Save and reuse your draft tweets.
  • Auto Follow New Followers in Twitter and sends an automated Direct Messages (DMs)
  • Choose to vet new followers and Auto-Unfollow people who choose not to follow you back
  • Shows your @mentions and/or retweets for all your accounts on one page.
  • URL shortening and analytics tools.
  • Tracks keyword usage that monitors your social media accounts and sends you a report of tweets and other updates that contain the keywords you have selected.
  • Offers one central location for managing your social media updates and your blog posts simultaneously. You can easily view scheduled blog posts and social media updates to ensure that the two coincide with each other.

It makes life easy for yourself and your business, increase your social productivity and enhance your social networking encounter.

Why not give it a try and see how it works for your business.

Pushing the idea of the further and complete integration of networking site usage and our daily lives, rumors of a Facebook handset have recently surfaced. BoyGenius reports exclusive details from an anonymous source who was involved in a focus group for the device:

With the phone market dominated by two superpowers – HTC and Apple – the ubiquitous presence of Facebook with its unchallenged usage and domination shows promise in a device that takes all the site’s features to a more compliant and accessible medium.

At such an early stage, and with the given details, those eager for such a phone can only go wild with the possibilities it can bring. Regardless of the final product, marketing yourself or your website through Facebook could be more streamlined with the Facebook phone. We at Citrus Studios appreciate such efficient integration, as we specialize in designing websites for maximum and easy exposure.

So, what do think – will a Facebook phone be hit or miss, and what would you want to see in it?

While you’re contemplating that new website for the new year, perhaps this list of predicted website trends for 2011 will help with your decision.

  • Flexible Websites: Websites ought to be compatible in all media forms (browsers, mobile phones, iPads); the key to this trend is using multiple CSS media queries to serve multiple layouts, enabling flexible websites.
  • HTML 5: Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have already implemented this major revision of Hyper Text Markup Language — so should you!
  • Mobile E-Commerce: With mobile shopping rising a grand 143 percent in the past year, online retailers should be seeking ways to sell their products easily on mobile browsers.
  • Less is More: With limited space on Twitter and Facebook statuses, websites are increasingly becoming more keen with maximizing their 140 characters.

At Citrus Studios, our team can help you achieve these goals (and more!). Contact us today to get started!

Facebook may have dominated the Internet social networking world in the short time MySpace once did; yet it is still and continues to be a marketing must-have for anyone trying to build an online presence for their business. Facebook is here to stay — it’s a smart move to either add a profile or page on the site for your company.

In addition to creating and/or cementing your brand, Facebook is a fast and efficient way for you to connect with your demographic and have them discover you. Receiving direct (not to mention, free!) feedback from your customers is a plus, too.

Once you have built a page or profile, promoting it to your existing customers can be done through e-mails, a simple link on your website or blog, and more.

Citrus Studios web designers have excellent experience in building and utilizing Facebook for your business on your website. Contact us today so we can show you how Facebook can help your business grow!