Facebook Timeline Marketing

The right steps can capture the attention of your friends and potential leads.

What I am referring to is pinning, highlighting and milestones—three Timeline features that can change the number of people who interact with your content.

Think of these features as digital megaphones, broadcasting your content louder to ensure you are seen and heard by those who really matter to your niche or business.

To ramp up your content on Facebook, consider implementing these three Facebook Timeline features for your page.

#1: Pin a Post
What’s a Pinned Post?

A pinned post is a status update that you manually select to stay at the top of your Timeline, meaning it will not slip down the Timeline as you continue to add other posts to your page.

What You Need to Know

  • A pinned post is located at the top of your Timeline in the left column.
  • You can only pin one post at a time.
  • A pinned post will stay at the top of your Timeline for 7 days, unless you unpin it before the 7 days is up.
  • To pin a post, click on the edit pencil icon in the upper-right corner of a status update. A drop-down menu will appear, choose “Pin To Top.”
  • To unpin a post, click on the edit pencil icon in the upper-right corner of the pinned post and you will see the option to unpin the post in the drop-down menu.

Smart Pinning Strategies

Here are a few simple ideas to help you decide on the best pinning strategies for your niche.

You can use a pinned post to build potential leads and/or an email list for other opportunities you want to present to targeted leads.

Offer something of value in exchange for Likes or shares’.

On Facebook, the company Scribbler promises “50 Calligraphy Tips” in exchange for a Like. To encourage people to check out their offer, they created a pinned post, as seen in the example below.

scribblers call to action

Think in terms of a call to action with a pinned post. What action do you want people to take when they see your post?

You can also pin something on your page that you want first-time visitors to see first. Because the default landing tab is no longer an option, a pinned post can act as a welcome mat for first-time visitors.

Consider creating a welcome video and then posting it on your page as a status update, with a message such as, “Welcome! If you’re looking for a great business oppurtunity, take a minute to watch this short video.” Once you post it on your page, pin it so it stands out to all first-time visitors.

If you don’t have a welcome video, keep it simple with a welcome image, as seen in the example below. Here Donna of Socially Sorted used a pinned post.

welcome pinned post

Use pinned posts to get visitors to become fans.

Images stand out on Facebook more than any other media, so consider adding an image to your pinned post. The ideal size for pinned images is 404 x 404 pixels.

The next time you are promoting a webinar, teleclass or any online or offline event, use an image as your promotional banner and pin it to your page.

webinar pinned post

See how this Marketer created an image to promote her upcoming webinar.

#2: Highlight a Post

What’s a Highlighted Post?

A highlighted post is a status update that you have selected to expand across your Timeline, taking up the space of both columns. Highlighting a post will help you draw more attention to the most important content on your page

What You Need to Know

  • Pinned posts will likely get more visibility vs. highlighted posts because pinned posts are at the top of the page. (But that does not mean highlighted posts are not valuable!)
  • Unlike pinned posts, there are no time limitations for a highlighted post.
  • You cannot pin and highlight a post at the same time. It’s one or the other.
  • To highlight a post, put your cursor over the upper-right corner of a post. A star icon will appear. Click the star to highlight a post and unclick the star to unhighlight the post.
  • Unlike pinned posts, highlighted posts do not stay at the top of your Timeline. Instead, they remain in chronological order and are pushed down the Timeline with every new status update created.

Smart Highlighting Strategies

Here are a few smart strategies to help you make the most of your highlighted posts.

Highlight your referral’s testimonials. Each time you have a referral who makes money under your guidance, either turn that post into an image (as mentioned above) or include the testimonial and an image of your downline in a status update and then highlight it to make it stand out even more.

Since you can have more than one highlighted post on your page, consider a strategy with your highlighted posts. Perhaps you want to make it a rule that you always highlight Facebook posts that show your payouts and earning..

Or if you create videos, you might want to make it a rule that all video posts are highlighted. When you create a strategy like this, you are more likely to use these features more consistently.

#3: Create Milestones

What Are Milestones?

Milestones are a great way to tell the story of your business through words and imagesThey can appear anywhere on your timeline depending on the date you designate.

What You Need to Know

  • To create a milestone, click on the “Event, Milestones +” option in the status update bar.
  • Milestones are automatically highlighted, meaning they will stretch across the entire width of your Timeline.
  • You can create multiple milestones on your Timeline.
  • You can create a milestone for the current date or go back as far as needed in history to create milestones of experiences and events that happened before today.

Smart Milestone Strategies

Many internet marketers add milestones to their page, but fail to look at milestones as marketing channels. The more strategic you get with your milestones, the more traction you see. Here are a couple of examples to make the most out of your milestones.

Always include an engaging image in your milestone. This will ensure your milestone will stand out and capture attention.

Also make sure to include a call to action with a link to more information in your milestone. You don’t just want to tell people about your milestone—you want them to take action and learn more.

By adding a link in your milestone, and encouraging potential leads to find out more, you can build a stronger relationship with your people and potentially generate more sign ups, completions and payouts.

As you can see, there are many possibilities with pinning, highlighting and milestones.

These features are great ways to call attention to your most important content.

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