Why every Agent needs a Facebook Page, NOW!

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Great post from Mike Mueller on why agents need a Facebook Page (a public presence on Facebook besides the regular private Facebook profiles). If you have it set it up, - with or without a vanity Url - you can also add it to the Twitter tracker as described in our previous post

-- Zoltan


Original content by Mike Mueller


It won’t be anything like the land rush of the first Facebook URL frenzy but starting Sunday Night June 28th at 9:00 PM the gates are open for all.

Facebook was pretty smart in the way they released custom URLs.   You see, most anyone can create a “Fan Page” for virtually any product, group or person.  These Fan Pages usually have little or no fans.  All it would take is for one quick kid with a finger on his mouse to steal away something like http://www.facebook.com/MountainDew

So Facebook slowed the release of Custom Page Names to those pages with 1,000 or more fans and to those created prior to May 31, 2009,  That allowed all those real companies to get in and secure their Facebook Page Name.

'sorry we're open' sign
Image by kittyz202 via Flickr

You and I didn’t have to worry about that, but we certainly do now.  If you have a Facebook Business Page you’ll want to be in on the new land rush.


First of all, every business should have a Business page on Facebook.  I’ll take that a step further and suggest every page should also be customized to best fit the business.

Here’s 4 reasons why your business needs a Facebook Business Page.

  1. Pages allow a business to "Publish to the Stream" (this shows up on your fans homepage)
  2. Pages allow a business to engage fans with Rich Media (video, pictures, events)
  3. Pages let a business analyze how fans are interacting with the Insights Dashboard (Facebook has deep analytics)
  4. Pages let a business increase SEO (pages show up in higher Google keyword searches)

So you sell Yugos in Yuba City ?  There’s nothing stopping the Yugo dealer in Yreka from setting up http://www.facebook.com/YubaCityYugo and stealing your thunder.  (Does a Yugo really have thunder?)

Chiropractic in Crockett? http://www.facebook.com/CrockettChiropractic would rock!

Dentist in Dublin? Only one person is going to get http://www.facebook.com/SMILE

Real Estate your game?  First one to score http://www.facebook.com/RedwoodCityRealEstate wins!

Catching on?

That also brings me to the next important item.  Flickr Credit by HotDirt21 There’s nothing compelling about a standard Facebook Business Page.   Why drive clients and customers to a standard page?  Nothing at all.

Your Business Page MUST have compelling content that engages your visitors or they’ll leave just as fast as it took the page to load.

What can a Facebook Business Page do?  It might be easier to say what can’t they do? Here’s 7 Facebook Business Pages that work.

Remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Comments (8)

Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

... but I don't like Facebook... I started a page kinda.

Jun 29, 2009 02:22 AM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
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Maureen - I understand but Facebook is 200M user strong (i read it somewhere that it is 1/5 of the total Internet users. That's a huge number) Even if one is not active on FB for sharing personal info as a regular Facebook user, the Facebook Page concept should be considered as a public, free website with an unusually high upside. Plus it's confirmed that Google is already indexing content on public Facebook pages so the SEO benefits are great too

Jun 29, 2009 02:29 AM
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Thanks, we use facebook a ton and it works for us very well.

Jun 29, 2009 06:25 AM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
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Terry - Do you have a public Facebook Page as well besides personal profile? If so, please share the link.


-- Zoltan

Jun 29, 2009 06:56 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


Very interesting. We are so behind, it is simply shameful. And it is not getting better, quite the opposite. It is a bit frustrating

Jun 29, 2009 02:02 PM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
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Jon - Sometimes all these new developments and services are overlwhelming. This particular one - public Facebook Pages for your business - is very powerful if done right. 

Jun 30, 2009 10:24 AM
Eric Egeland
RE/MAX SUBURBAN - Libertyville, IL

Thanks for the post.

Just set up my personal profile...no I need to work on my page.

Jul 23, 2009 02:02 AM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
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Eric - Make sure you share your Facebook page here, once you have it set up

Jul 23, 2009 05:30 PM