Facebook marketing refers to creating and actively using a Facebook page as a communications channel to maintain contact with and attract customers. Facebook actively provides for this, allowing users to create individual profiles or business pages for companies, organizations, or any group attempting to develop a fan base for a product, service, or brand.
Featuring nearly a billion potential customers, every business should be using Facebook. It is at least as essential as having a business web page and actually much easier to create. Whether you represent a big brand or a small business employing only a handful of people, you can bet that some portion of your customers are already on Facebook.
Commonly, Facebook marketing is used by:
- Brands: Food, electronics, home goods, restaurants nearly any kind of brand can be promoted through Facebook, turning passive customers into active fans who follow news of promotions and developments, and who share with their own friends.
- Local businesses: Whether a business is family-owned, or a franchise of a larger company, a Facebook page can be used to turn a local customer base into a fan base that more commonly visits your store.
- Personalities: Musicians, celebrities, authors, syndicated columnists anybody who makes their money through being known wants to be known by as many people as they can on Facebook.
- Non-profit organizations: Charities, political groups, and public service campaigns can all leverage the natural sharing capabilities of Facebook.
More than half of all users are in the 18-34 age range, and slightly more than half of United States users are women. In the United States, about half of all user profiles are accessed through mobile devices as well as through computers. Due to its considerable amount of users, there is a wide variety of market segments that can be reached on Facebook, and an active fan base for nearly any niche.