Happy Thursday, MOD'ers,
I hope you guys in the NorthEast have your power restored. The storm was a doozy. Luckily, we didn't lose power at my house and we were able to host another family for dinner and gave them a place to charge their electronics. In the midst of all this power outage business, it surprising to learn just how dependent we are on electricity and how much of our lives are lived online. From work to social engagement, email, Twitter and Facebook, have become almost a necessity for some of us to stay in touch.
Today, I'd like to discuss getting the most out of Facebook and to make sure that you are aware as an author how you can use this communication medium to your advantage.
2.) Take advantage of Facebook's polling feature. This is an interesting way to pulse your fanbase on any topic you like to know. On your fanpage wall, click question. Then, type your question. Then, click Add Poll Options. This is the place that will allow you to place your answers in a multiple choice format. It's fun for your fans and it allows you to glean information without having to read through a ton of comments.
3.) Use a service like Payvment to sell your product on Facebook. If you'd like to sell your books direct from Facebook, a service like Payvment (www.payvment.com) is helpful to integrate selling on Facebook. Essentially, you become the store. You fulfill the orders. All you need is a Facebook Fan page and a PayPal account.
4.) Utilize Fan information to your advantage. For example, on your fanpage Facebook will give you stats of how many people "Like" a product or service. Did you know 135 MOD Fans "Like" Pepsi? Or, 131 Fans "Like" Green Mountain Coffee? I bet you are scratching your head here, wondering how this is helpful. Well, let me tell you. November is NaNoWriMo month, writing a novel in 30 days. I bet there's a lot of caffeine being consumed this month. Since MOD wants to offer support to all its writer fans, it will post someting like, " Pepsi or Coffee? Which works best for Nanowrimo?" Knowing what my fans like helps MOD engage with them and possibly start a debate.
So, now that your all prepped for Facebook this morning, I guess all that's left for me to ask is...What other Facebook tips/tricks can you share with your fellow MOD'ers?