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Facebook Tutorial & A Give.a.Way

It's been one of "those" weeks...if ya know what I mean. The list is long and grows day by day. But enough of that. I got some good stuff for you. I lurk through facebook every so often and I see things on some profiles that could be improved to help market your business a little bit better.

Now first off; I am not an expert on marketing. But I do know some things and if I know them then I'm gonna share them. I wrote a blog post awhile back for my "other" blog and to keep things simple today, I'm just going to import that "already written" post over here for ya'll to read. It's a great tutorial and easy to follow. Again, this was written for my other blog, so the examples are from my profile and my business facebook page. Okay? I'll post that at the end of the post, now lets get to the give.a.way!

With the holiday season fast approaching, orders will be increasing for all of your businesses! I'm a positive thinker. So I thought why not give you guys a little sump'n to promote the Handmade In TX pride spirit. :) Sound good? So here's the deal... I'm giving away three full sheets of stick on labels with our logo on it. That's 72, lovely 1.5 x 1.5 labels for you to smack on your packages before you mail them out. They're kinda cute, dontchathink?

and that's not all...

how about some awesome Handmade In TX business cards to throw in with the order.   I'll include 24 Handmade In TX business cards like the ones shown below, except the cards you receive will have your name and email address on them.  On the back will be a complete list of where to find Handmade In TX sites. 

 Sound good?  Not really?  Okay how about this... 
there will be two winners chosen?  Sound better?  Yes it does. 
Now you might be thinking this is kind of corny, but it's not because anytime you promote other businesses, you're promoting yourself too. 
Funny how that works, but it does.

So how do you win?  Simple... Just follow the directions below.  Give.a.way begins today and ends next Wednesday.  Winners will be announced next Thursday

Now onto the tutorial...this was imported from RustiqueArtBlog with permission from me, the author of this post.  

Just when you think you have it all figured out; someone throws you a curve ball.
That's okay if your ready and know out to make the most out of the would be nice to know about the changes though and how to use them for your benefit; like driving more traffic to your facebook fan page without lifting a finger.
If your savvy on facabook and know all about these changes, don't click away...I might have left something out and your advice in the comments will help other people.
Here's the deal. See the circled area below on my facebook profile page. This is new...well not today new, it's been there for awhile but facebook has made some improvements to this little jewel.
If you had gone into your info area and had added an employer before and someone clicked on the active link from your profile page they would be directed to this default page.
Now it can look like this (below) if you have a fan page for your business, blog, website...ect. That is if you have filled in the information correctly.
It's pretty simple; here is what you do.
From your profile page find and click the "edit profile" button top right of page. You will now be in your profile edit page. There is a menu on the left of the page, find and click the "education & work" link with the little briefcase next to it. You will be directed to a page like the one below. You will see mine has already been set.
If you had previously filled in your employer and still have the default page, you can click the edit and change by typing in your facebook fan page name.
*Note: sometimes it will find your page while you are typing and you simply click from the selection and your done, but sometimes it doesn't. Just continue to add your fanpage name. Also, if you have not chosen your vanity url yet you might have to use the number id in your url and place that in the employer field.
Once you finish, save your changes and you should see your pages photo and information along with the live link to your fanpage. Fill out your position too and any other information, you can even type in under position something like "visit my fan page" that will populate on your profile right under your profile name.
Now it should look like this when people move the cursor over the active link; giving your friends the opportunity to find your fan page and "like" it.
Okay. that's great for your facebook friends...but what about people who know you and your name but aren't your friends. Let's say someone "an acquaintance" has located you by doing a search on facebook; they can still find your fan page information without being one of your friends.
For me personally, my profile is for personal friends and family, but that doesn't mean that I want to turn away people who might want to buy my designs or read my blog or follow Rustique Art via the fan page.
You can set your privacy settings so that your fan page link is seen even if you have no other information showing.
This is a view of what a person would see if they searched for me on facebook.
If you prefer your facebook landing page to be private with the least amount of information showing; you can do that and still send traffic to your fan page.
and here is how...
From you profile page, find the "Account" tab at the top right corner of the page. Find and click the "Privacy Settings" link in the account tab.
You will then locate the Connecting on Facebook link and click the "view settings" link as shown below.
Next, locate the little briefcase in the list; set that to "Everyone"
I choose to hide my list of friends and my likes and activities and I only want messages from people I know so those are set to "Friends Only"
This is my preference only, you should do what you feel comfortable with.
To see how your Profile looks when someone "non friend" finds you, click the "Preview My Profile" button.
Do this as many times as it takes to get the results you want.
Now... your done!
Go back to your profile page and test out your new toy. Then share with all of your friends...
because this is also a really quick way to flip over to your fanpage without having to type it into the search bar.
Wow! was that a lot of info or what?  Whew...I'm tired. 

Okay, you've got a give.a.way, some homework and...
tomorrow is the Lone Star Showcase #5!

See you tomorrow! 


  1. The stickers and business cards are great. Hoping I win. I do follow your blog already as

  2. Thanks Cindi! This was very helpful!

  3. This is awesome...great tutorial...awesome give away as well...good luck to all :)

  4. Hi Cindi, as you may already know I follow your blog,am a facebook fan,and I follow Handmade in Texas on Twitter as well. Love the sticker idea- awesome!

  5. Great give away thanks for all your hard work in promoting Texans! It is very much appreciated!


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