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HOW TO: Improve Engagement on Your Brand's Facebook Page [STATS] If you're looking to boost engagement on your brand's Facebook Page, a new report from Buddy Media has some key findings for you.

HOW TO: Improve Engagement on Your Brand's Facebook Page [STATS]

The social media marketing company collected data from 200 of its clients' Pages* over a 14-day period and found that time is an important factor in determining the success of a Facebook post. The study reveals that more often than not, a Facebook post is ill-timed — in fact, office hours could be the worst time to blast content. "While marketers may work Monday through Friday, Facebook is humming with activity 24-hours a day, seven days a week,” says Buddy Media CEO Michael Lazerow. And so, brands must adapt to their consumers' schedules in order to optimize their engagement. Here are the findings, along with tips about when and how to make the most of a Facebook post. Be Timely The study found that daily Facebook engagement has three peaks: early morning (7 a.m. Good timing on Facebook depends on the day of the week, too.


Facebook Now Powers Comments All Around the Web. This morning, Facebook released its much-feared commenting solution. The idea made big news earlier this year, despite the fact that Facebook has already offered a commenting solution for more than a year, but today the company has announced the feature officially. So what's new? There are a number of features for both publishers and users, although some of the most exciting features we've seen displayed on Facebook late last year don't appear to be a part of the release. Is Facebook's massive social graph enough to push it into the default slot for comments, where it already resides for things like social sharing and third-party login?

According to a Facebook spokesperson, the new commenting system will be a quick install for publishers, with a single line of code. On the user end, there's the obvious benefit of serving as a quickly and easily accessible commenting system. The big question is, where are all the bells and whistles? Facebook acquires job-search site Pursuit, sets stage to battle LinkedIn. HOW TO: Create a Facebook Engagement Policy. As Facebook has become a primary customer interaction point for businesses, many companies have established formal policies for how community managers and employees should engage with fans.

HOW TO: Create a Facebook Engagement Policy

These engagement policies run the gamut from a brief checklist of best practices to a multi-page legal document with detailed instructions on how to handle issues. Since every company's goals, style and tone are different, it's important to develop policies that fit your business. Here are six steps to get you started. Categorize Posts The first step in creating engagement guidelines is to categorize the different types of posts you're likely to see on your page. Ben Foster, VP - Digital Strategist at PR agency Ketchum, recommends going a step further and creating a detailed decision tree for posts.

Establish Acceptable Response Times Your response times should also be driven by the type of post you're responding to, with complaints and questions taking priority over praise and general conversation. Doctors and Facebook: Is there a privacy risk? Doctors with a Facebook profile could be jeopardizing their relationship with patients if they don't correctly use the website's privacy settings, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Study authors surveyed 200 residents and fellows at the Rouen University Hospital, France, in October 2009. The overwhelming majority had a profile on the online social media website Facebook and almost all displayed their real names, birth dates, a personal photograph and their current university.

About half of those surveyed believed that the doctor-patient relationship would be changed if the patient learned that their doctor had a Facebook account; most believed this would happen only if the patient had unrestricted access to the doctor's profile. Facebook has more than 500 million users around the world. "Any professional faces the same dilemma. In November, the American Medical Association adopted a social media policy for its members. Dr. FB places. Mapping Facebook's Global Takeover [GRAPHIC] Facebook’s “In-House Sociologist” Shares Stats on Users’ Social Behavior.

Facebook’s “In-House Sociologist” Shares Stats on Users’ Social Behavior The famous Dunbar number, or “theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships”, is generally accepted to be about 150.

Facebook’s “In-House Sociologist” Shares Stats on Users’ Social Behavior

However, in a recent interview with The Economist, Cameron Marlow, a research scientist at Facebook, shared some interesting stats on Facebook users’ social behavior patterns. His findings: while many people have hundreds friends on Facebook, they still only actively communicate with a small few. Or to quote the author of the article, “Humans may be advertising themselves more efficiently. But they still have the same small circles of intimacy as ever.” Here’s the data from Marlow: The average male Facebook user with 120 friends: Leaves comments on 7 friends’ photos, status updates, or wallMessages or chats with 4 friends. Social Media News and Web Tips – Mashable – The Social Media Guide. HOW TO: Build a Facebook Landing Page for Your Business.

This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

HOW TO: Build a Facebook Landing Page for Your Business

Facebook is known for its uniformity. You can post all sorts of content, but the actual design and layout of your profile is the same as everyone else's. But with Facebook Fan Pages and the array of apps you can plug into them, there are a few ways you can customize what people see when they land on your Page. You've probably seen custom Fan Pages like those of Best Buy and Victoria's Secret. When you land there, you start on what is essentially a mini website within Facebook, instead of the Page's wall or feed. These are often used to promote deals, call attention to new products, or simply welcome visitors with an attractive branded splash page.

HOW TO: Get the Most Out of Your Business Facebook Page. Susan Payton is the President of Egg Marketing & Public Relations, an Internet marketing firm.

HOW TO: Get the Most Out of Your Business Facebook Page

She blogs at The Marketing Eggspert Blog. Follow her on Twitter @eggmarketing. Jeffbullas's Blog - Facebook Privacy: 6 Years of Controversy [INFOGRAPHIC] Alexander Hotz is a freelance multimedia journalist and public radio junkie based in New York City. Currently he teaches digital media at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Follow Alex on Twitter at @hotzington. The release of Facebook Places raised serious privacy concerns for users of the social network.

Places allows users to alert their friends to where they are by checking-in to a nearby location, often via mobile phone. Users can also view the location of nearby friends and the information they’ve posted about locations. Critics of the feature point out that under Places’ default setting, a user can tag a friend’s location even if that friend is not physically in that location. This isn’t the first time Facebook has received criticism for its privacy practices. The graphic below was created for Mashable by Lisa Waananen. Facebook now 3rd most popular video site - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets. Facebook is now the third most popular video source on the Web, after Google and Yahoo.

Facebook now 3rd most popular video site - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets

The social network surpassed all other media sites and video services, according to a monthly video study by comScore. Yahoo, in second place, saw the biggest month-to-month jump, from 44.9 million unique viewers in June to 55.1 million uniques in July, reports comScore. Microsoft sites (including were up to 45.5 million in July from 38.9 million a month prior. Fox Interactive sites had the most significant drop, falling from 41.5 million to 38.1 million in one month. What's most surprising about the Facebook stat is that it doesn't include any of the embedded videos that users plant from other video services. Still, while Facebook's momentum is unlikely to slow, it will be difficult to steal the crown from Google. Hulu also leads the way with most video ads viewed, and a huge bump in population reach: In June, Hulu ads reached 7.8 percent of the U.S. population.

Optimizing Facebook Status Updates For Local Marketing. Many small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) are awakening to the marketing potential found in Facebook’s massive audience, and have begun developing their Facebook pages to promote their companies.

Optimizing Facebook Status Updates For Local Marketing

While posting status updates is a great way to engage with your customers, there are some ways to kick them up a notch to expand your promotional potential, and a few tips for optimizing your Facebook status updates. A large component of Facebooking is “preaching to the choir”—most of the people who will “like” you and follow you on Facebook are those who already know your company exists. Existing customers will search for you by name, and people might discover your Facebook link on your website. Marketing to this audience which already likes you and knows about you is certainly worthwhile for the sake of increasing sales and for retaining existing customers. Facebook Will Celebrate 500 Million Users Next Week. Facebook will finally reach the impressive 500 million user milestone sometime this coming week.

Facebook Will Celebrate 500 Million Users Next Week

To celebrate, it'll launch "Facebook Stories," a visual memorial to all the ways the social network has changed people's lives.All Things Digital's BoomTown blog uncovered the details in an interview with Facebook marketing guru Randi Zuckerberg last week. She said that while previous announcements of this nature have been about the numbers, this time the company wants it to be all about the users. That'd be empty PR-speak on its own, but she's talking about a real initiative: Facebook Stories will be a website within Facebook that'll sort actual, submitted user stories by location and theme. Theme examples given included "finding love" and "natural disasters.

" HOW TO: Build Your Personal Brand on Facebook. Dan Schawbel is the author of Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success (Kaplan, April 09), and owner of the award winning Personal Branding Blog.

HOW TO: Build Your Personal Brand on Facebook

With over 200 million active users, Facebook has become a personal, product and corporate branding hub. Every brand that exists on Facebook has the same core features and benefits, such as the ability to create a page, share resources, add multimedia and much more. You have a unique opportunity to leverage this platform for career success or as a playground for you and your closest friends. The social graph is filled with CEOs, celebrities, entrepreneurs and people just like you who can be reached through Facebook’s messaging system without any boundaries or restrictions. Facebook is also a talent search engine and part of the college admission and corporate recruiting criteria. Facebook Posts to Appear in Real-Time Search Results. As of today, real-time results from millions of users' Facebook posts will now appear in search results on OneRiot, one of the world's leading real-time search engines.

Facebook Posts to Appear in Real-Time Search Results

These Facebook posts will also be accessible through OneRiot's API, which powers more than 100 real-time apps around the web and on mobile devices. OneRiot already pulls data from blogs, Twitter, Digg and millions of other sources all over the social web. Having access to Facebook's nearly 500 million members, however, takes these search results to a higher plane by pooling a much larger dataset when finding and ranking links for search results. Facebook data that will appear in OneRiot search results include publicly shared links on user profiles and publicly “liked” stories from all over the web. What Do You Check First: E-mail or Facebook? [INFOGRAPHIC] Where you start your digital day says a lot about you, according to a new study from ExactTarget, an e-mail and social media marketing company.

If you check e-mail first, the company said, you tend to be more task-oriented and only interact with brands online when you need something, such as researching a deal, getting information about promotions or finding new product information. However, if start your day with a visit to Facebook, you might welcome "extracurricular" content from brands, such as interaction and entertainment that isn't directly related to a purchase or business transaction. That's not all the study explored: Here are the coffee-and-bagels versions of the findings (click for full-size images): So, which kind of Internet user are you: The kind who prefers e-mail and just-the-facts interactions with companies, or the social media-happy brand fan? Facebook Tips For Marketers. Facebook valued at $23 billion? The Republic of Facebook. The Facebook Economy Facebook continues to gain popularity and commercial success, as more and more people around the globe sign-up and using additional applications (apps).

There are well over 550,000+ apps that are used on Facebook and millions of pages with everything from personal information, home-made videos and advertisements. With over seventy percent of their 1 billion users engaging with apps every month, it is not wonder that there are well over two million app developers. Zynga, Facebook’s top application developer, made $250 million in 2009 and continue to be profitable. Of that amount, $80-$150 million is estimated to be profit, more net profit than Facebook itself made.