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Facebook account vs. page - which is better for business?

Discussion in 'Social Media, SEO/SEM & Online Marketing' started by John, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. John

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    Hi Guys.

    Just looking for views on what kind of page you set up?

    A profile or Fan Page?

    What beneficiaries do either have that the other doesnt have?

    Thanks!
  2. Lace

    Lace Retired Moderator

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  3. John

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    Thanks Lace! Although, can you still message buyers etc. with a page?

    Regards
  4. Gary

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    With a page you can enable or disable the option for people to message you which you can then reply to.

    I too find it better to have a business page than an account.
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  5. Nick-D

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    I was under the impression that a "profile" can and will be removed at will by facebook if they find it is being used for business. Unless we are talking about different things!
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  6. Gary

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    I don't know if it's changed since the timeline, etc. but you used to be able to choose whether to open either a business or personal profile upon registration, basically know this as back in the day I tried a profile for one of my businesses (to very little succes as interacting with personal accounts wasn't easy or even doable oin many aspects), so then added a page instead
  7. ResellerLad

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    As far as i'm aware, this is correct. You can only have a profile as a person. Not a business.
  8. Gary

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    I think that may be right now, I was talking back in 2009 when I had a profile for a business and I know that it was allowed then as there was a radio box you could select if you wanted a personal or business profile (although the profile was rubbish in comparison to pages anyway)
  9. hollseller

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    You do both. Profile is better because you can send invitations and that's what is all about. Millions using profiles selling, promoting cities and more so lets save cheap talk about Facebook policies. Take this from marketing master!
  10. PrestonBros

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    Pages is merely a limited form of a normal user's Facebook. I find it fairly frustrating as a page owner to not be able to post in groups etc.

    I do suggest opting for both, due to the access a page gives you to Facebook's features is limited.
  11. haroldsorsky

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    Read what Facebook has to say on this:

    Facebook profiles are meant to represent a single individual. Organizations of any type are not permitted to maintain an account under the name of their organization. We have created Facebook Pages to allow organizations to have a presence on Facebook. These Pages are distinct presences, separate from user profiles, and optimized for an organization’s needs to communicate, distribute information/content, engage their fans, and capture new audiences virally through their fan’s recommendations to their friends. Facebook Pages are designed to be a media rich, valuable presence for any artist, business or brand.
    If you create a profile for your business, your account may be disabled for violating our Terms of Use. If you have questions about how to best leverage your Facebook Page, please check out our Insider’s Guide or FAQ.

    Facebook’s policy in terms of how business can use their pages:
    All personal site features, such as friending and messaging, are also for personal use only and may not be used for professional promotion. If you add a user as a friend, for example, this person will be invited to be a friend of your profile and not your Page. Using personal site features for professional promotion, or creating unauthorized Pages, may result in your account being warned or disabled.​
  12. JermaineR8

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    Didn't want to create a new thread, so will post here

    Are you allowed to use your business email when setting up your FB page?

    I have tried and get the message "Please enter a valid email address."

    Clearly it is valid, so are you only able to use hotmail, gmail etc?
  13. Lace

    Lace Retired Moderator

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    Hi Jermaine,

    I found this on Facebook:
  14. JermaineR8

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    I did see that but thanks, I believe that was the problem because I was using sales@...

    However they make it sound like that only applies to FB personal accounts, but it is ok for a FB page, but it isnt.

    Therefore had to create a new email, working now
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  15. Danhane

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    I think social networking is great but you have to consider what your target market is...are you clear on this point?
  16. foxrulz99

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    Page is easy.even you can share your website link there easily.
  17. James Donovan

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    For business purpose you must have a page. That can approach more customers and easy to manage.
  18. James Donovan

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    Actually both are important for promote your business in Facebook Social network. Mostly pages are use to promote your business and profile use to share and increase the popularity of a page or business.
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