Ask an Ambassador: Sending the right message with your blog on Facebook

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

I love when I get to showcase a house or a local business in my blog.  It makes the sellers happy and it makes local businesses happy.  But prior to the last Facebook change it sometimes seemed a little more like "self" promotion than it did showcasing someone else.  Now there is such an easy way to get the photo you want to showcase your blog on Facebook.

Before when I'd post a blog there were times when the little arrows to change the photo didn't work and it was MY face or nothing.  So sometimes I choose not to include a thumbnail.  But the fact is people are more likely to click on something in their newsfeed if it has an interesting photo to go with the blurb. But sometimes all I could get was this...

And while my face might be click worthy to my Donald or even a few of my friends it's still "me me me" and not what I was going for and I couldn't get any other choices.  Well okay, sometimes I could get the AR logo, but well I really didn't want that either.

After a little change by Facebook recently it became much easier to get exactly what I wanted to have there....

Note the "upload Image" button.  You just click and wala you can upload any photo from your computer to be "the" photo with you blog.

This is the look I'm going for.  I was writing about the Lake Sinclair fishing expert and I wanted Big Ed's photo and it's exactly what I was able to get on my Facebook business page.  Later in the day when I posted that... I got the following text from Ed.  When I called him to find out what page 1 I found out a local newspaper had "shared" my post on their page so it gave Ed a lot of traffic that day asking about where the fish were biting.  He was happy and of course you know that Ed is going to send real estate questions to me right? 

So take advantage of that little upload button on Facebook when you are sharing a blog to promote what you want to promote.  I mean how cool is it that I can showcase any view of a house I want to on Facebook... even if it's a neighborhood post and I want to show off one of my listings there I can.  Thanks Facebook for making it easier to promote the house or person I want to promote. 

 

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Joe Petrowsky
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I can always count on you for wonderful information and coaching. I don't do enough with FB, but do post all of my posts, but do post my blogs on the wall.

Make it a great weekend!

Aug 16, 2013 09:13 PM #36
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I had no idea that was an option Tammy!  Thanks for sharing!                                                                                           

Aug 16, 2013 10:06 PM #37
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Gita Bantwal
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I do not have a facebook business page. I will keep this in mind for future.

Aug 16, 2013 10:34 PM #38
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What a great tip. .I learned something new today. .thank you Tammy

Aug 16, 2013 10:39 PM #39
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btw

I would click on you post if I see your picture anywhere. ..because I know you!

Aug 16, 2013 10:40 PM #40
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Michael Setunsky
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Tammy, I was not aware of this change with Facebook. Thanks for the update and tip.

Aug 16, 2013 10:50 PM #41
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You are right.  People will read interesting things that catches their eye.  I'd rather for them to read my blogs than to skim over it for something that looks more appealing.  And when the news catches it, then it is all good.  Great Job.

Aug 16, 2013 11:11 PM #42
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Thanks for the update. Glad you're there as I just can't seem to keep up with all the changes!

Aug 17, 2013 12:03 AM #43
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The list of things one can do grows and keeps growing...Pretty soon, 1/2 day will be devoted to online activities

Aug 17, 2013 12:42 AM #44
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Nice way to promote small businesses in your community! 

 

Aug 17, 2013 01:13 AM #45
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Thanks for sharing the great Facebook tip on photo.  Did not know this.

Aug 17, 2013 02:32 AM #46
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Liz Wallace
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I'll have to get on the office fan page and check this out.  I swear I learn the best stuff on this site.

Aug 17, 2013 05:45 AM #47
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Karen Baker
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Tammy ~ Now that is one great Ah Ha moment for me! Thanks for sharing!! Learn something new every day!!

Aug 17, 2013 05:53 AM #48
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Hadn't paid any attention to this option on FB.  Look forward to using it on my next post.

Aug 17, 2013 06:31 AM #49
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I can barely find Facebook much less figure out whether I'm looking at my page or somebody else's or what people can see on my page. I don't know why I have so much trouble, not to mention, an aversion to Facebook but I do.

Aug 18, 2013 10:46 AM #50
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Jason Lindstrom
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So many great tips here Tammy. Thank you for your Blog! We are grateful for Facebook, it has helpd our business tremendously.

Aug 27, 2013 11:11 PM #51
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Dan Spencer
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Thank you Tammy for all the great information!

Sep 02, 2013 11:38 PM #52
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Tammy this has mystified me forever.  I really just thought I was stuck with the "meme."

Sep 22, 2013 10:49 PM #53
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There is a balance, isn't there? :) Good luck, Tammy!

Sep 24, 2013 01:47 PM #54
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Good morning Tammy,

Excellent..Laura is right..there is a balance!! Bookmarked!!

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