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I found this article about the uses of facebook for business. It's got some good ideas to maximize the use of a facebook page.
Out of that article, what do you feel you were able to pull from it that you applied to your facebook page?

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I mention this because many of the people who would be linked to my page would also be gun owners - unapologetic, unashamed, GUN owners. Could this be an issue?
I think you brought up a very important point. How do you take a social networking site that because of it's nature has social interactions going on and keep it all middle of the road and politically neutral? Isn't that ultimately what you have to do? If you don't won't you surely offend someone?

Then if that is the case and you can't keep everything, light and fluffy and neutral, then are you going to be hurting yourself and ultimately your business?
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Facebook can be EXTREMELY polarizing. It is possible to have a company page.

I have gotten clients via Facebook because the indy newspaper I run ads in blasts my info on FB as well.

It might be more effective to go through someone else as a means to drive FB traffic to your company website. Ask your clients to mention they use you on FB. It will take away the stigma associated with potential clients digging into your personal life.
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I try to keep it personal, and business. I use my business page to advertise pretty much and keep my customers posted while my personal life, it's another thing
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Out of that article, what do you feel you were able to pull from it that you applied to your facebook page?
Well the first part is all about setting up your personal profile the right way (mainly the privacy settings). It's advice about how to separate yourself from the business profile, which addresses the problem of your personal views being available to those who "like" your business.

There's a lot of other general tips about increasing your Facebook fanbase. One thing that stuck out to me was that a business will not start seeing "measurable" results until their fanbase reaches between 500-1000 (a pretty large range I think). I just wonder if the work you have to put in to get this quantity of followers is worth it. Couldn't your time be better spent advertising directly to residences or businesses that you covet?

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I have signed up 2 clients from facebook 2 years ago. grant it those customers are no longer customers due to one dieing and another moving into an apartment. but fb does work.

I now have a business fb page for my company and all my current customers who have a fb are my friend on it. I use it to remind my client list of upcoming bills, etc. cause i've noticed most check their facebook first before they tend to check their email.
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I have set a page up though I have yet to do much with it. I do feel though that once my current customers start to actually "Like" it that I will be able to do daily tips and ideas to help them with their needs or to help them realize another service that I may be able to provide.

There is also a Facebook market place which I am told is basically a FB version of craigslist. I have been told by some with retail and other services that it is nice free advertising.
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So here is what I am doing on my facebook. I am giving good advice on my facebook. I have alot of my friends and family and some people on here as a like. What is happening is my friends tell other people they heard tips from Paineless Creations and my name is getting out there. I actually enjoy putting tips online when I see these Friends in person they always say great post.
When I put on there aerating service I got a couple of people from it.

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I like what your doing on Facebook, Paineless. That's definitely what I have in mind for my own presence there. Thanks for sharing!
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I like what your doing on Facebook, Paineless. That's definitely what I have in mind for my own presence there. Thanks for sharing!
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I try to keep it personal, and business. I use my business page to advertise pretty much and keep my customers posted while my personal life, it's another thing
I don't follow.
How can they be kept "separate" if they are linked? (Assumed they had to be linked)

Also, even if not, like I mentioned before, those people commenting on your page can be "clicked on", and that's where it could get "iffy".
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