5 Facebook Surprises

You may know that I’m a peculiar fan of Facebook. I use it more than most people – but some of the ways I am on there are probably different than most. I do not think it’s a very good marketing tool, for instance. I find the more I poke around in the corners, the more interesting things I learn. Here are 5 ways that I experience Facecrack that might illuminate what’s going on on there and help guide you to a more improved experience. I also have a webinar that goes step by step through some of this – it’s a bit long, but I promise you’ll learn some things :)

  1. Facebook is an incredible networking tool. If you want to find someone – I’d use LinkedIn (and that’s another article in the works), but if you want to connect friends who need to meet (you matchmaker, you!) – or coordinate something, Facebook works great. I use the chat area all the time – sometimes just looking at a friend who’s on-line will prompt me to remember that I needed to talk to them about X, Y, or Z. In a way, it mirrors email’s ability to connect people – but that visual of someone’s face I think elevates the interest we all have in connecting and makes it practicable and immediately possible. Try this sometime – start a chat with a few people on the sidebar at the same time. Who do you know that needs to meet someone else that you know and for what purpose? Introduce them. Go! Report back if you have any great results :)
  2. Create lists. I talk about how to do this here, but I now want to add that the lists that you create can also be used for selectively sharing your posts. Once you’ve created a sub-list of your friends – this makes viewing your newsfeed a completely different experience. For one thing – you can now see everything that person(s) has posted rather than accept what Facebook’s algorithm feeds you. And, you can also use that list in the pull-down of (public, friends, etc.) who can see your post.  Example: you want to keep friends and family members separate? Create a list of just family – post things you want them to see and choose that list – and vice versa – want to share with just your friends – post to your Friends list (the one you create, not the “automatic” one that FB creates for you.
  3. Play around with Facebook. When you start experimenting, you find things that are possible, and possibly useful that you would never find otherwise. For instance, regarding fan/business pages – which I think are about as useful as a yellow pages ad these days – you can make a post that reaches a certain demographic only, without paying anything extra. Just want to reach 45-year old women? Here’s how. (it turns out this is not available on all pages!)

    Step one: create post and use the pull-down arrow

    Step one: create post and use the pull-down arrow

    Step 2: choose your demograhic

    Step 2: choose your demograhic

  4. Take a Facebook purification tool for a test sometime. I’m using something called Facebook Purity. The interface looks like this and it allows me to kill all advertising and do some other customization of my experience. There are a few tools out there – try one and see what you think. I love that I can set my newsfeed to most recent news, automatically.  I guess what I’m saying is – if you’re going to spend a bunch of time on FB, learn more of the ins and outs of it :)

    FB Purity, free tool super helpful! http://www.fbpurity.com/

    FB Purity, free tool super helpful! http://www.fbpurity.com/

  5. Get some training on how to use Facebook well. It will make such a difference. I teach free classes on email marketing and social media on a fairly regular basis – and there are tons of resources out there, too – search Youtube – spend a little time – once you figure out how to get past some of the more frustrating aspects you’ll see a bit more of how useful FB can be.Some things to learn next: how to unfollow someone without unfriending them. Decide what you’re on FB for – just close-knit friends and family or everyone under the sun (I’ve gone for the latter). This makes a big difference in your experience.

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Facebook fan/business pages are dead unless you pay to advertise

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Facebook Business Pages are Dead

That’s it. I’m calling it.  I’ve been saying this ever since Facebook changed it’s algorithm after going public. And now the results of posting on a fan page have dropped to a point I didn’t think was possible. Here’s more proof. If you have the time and money to advertise on your fan page you may get more engagement/sales/attention/etc. But for the time being, organic reach has disappeared. These pages are great as yellow pages ads, though.

If you’ve got a great following – you’re getting tons of natural engagement because you have a fun following – for example, Keep Portland Weird has a page that regularly gets their posts shared like crazy. They are probably a perfect fit for Facebook. But for small businesses, I think it’s now a waste of time to post on your page.

This is why I’m continuing to place more and more of my time and effort into email marketing. I wrote about this decision a little while ago, here.

Though I’m down on business pages, I still think Facebook is good for a few things. It’s an excellent networking tool. I plan to write up an article “8 ways to use Facebook”, and you’ll find that here, shortly.  Have a great day!

Online Marketing Checklist

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Marketing Checklist = Social Media & Email Marketing for Small Businesses

  • Email Marketing – 43% ROI – most valuable tool out there

  • Use Constant Contact – http://albertkaufman.constantcontact.com
  • Consistent Branding
    • Stick with 2-4 colors
    • 1-2 fonts
  • Relevant Message – short and Sweet
    • Welcome Email: What to expect, how often you send and a special offer
    • Newsletters: Blog posts, press releases, events, announcements
    • Promotions: New and compelling offers, clear call to action
  • Consistent “from” name
  • For mobile-friendly emails (which should be all you do at this point) stick to one column and keep logo left-justified or centered
  • Contact information in the body of the email
  • Add in social media links
  • Clear call to action
  • Quality photos
    • Link your logo/photos back to your website
  • Links, Links, Links
    • Give a short description or teaser line and link the rest of the info.
  • Join My List button (always!)
  • Social Share Bar (in header options)
  • Web page version option (in header options)
  • White space is your friend!
  • Use the “Share this email with your friends” option
  • Be yourself… use conversational text!
  • Don’t forget the Humor!

Social Media Suggestions

  • Learn about Hootsuite, Buffer and Sendible (pick one and use it)
    • Buffer has a great daily newsletter
  • Make sure all accounts are filled in
  • Think about a different voice for each type of account
  • Double-check your spelling
  • Think ahead – editorial calendars are great!
  • Are there holidays, other events coming up, tomorrow, a year from today!
  • Follow your competitors – what are they posting?
  • Err on the side of over-posting – with the new algorithms, it’s likely followers won’t see much of what you post (see why Email Marketing is a preferred way to spend your time/$$$)
  • Try things – make mistakes
  • Everyone is learning social media together – no one is an expert – try something clever and your post may go viral
  • Upload native video to Facebook and elsewhere.
  • Be prepared in case anything ever does go viral (have all accounts filled in with website URLs – landing pages where you would like people to get to
  • Think about the what, why, who, kinds of questions often – who am I trying to reach with what message?
  • What would success look like?
  • Consider trying FB advertising – boosting posts vs. advertising

Feel free to keep in touch. I love fielding questions about social media and email marketing. Don’t get discouraged – this is a new field and it’s a constant learning curve! Good luck, Albert Kaufman

All You Wanted to Know about Facebook But Were Afraid To Ask

Hi there,

Yes, it’s The Eleven, a little early, but I have something exciting that I want you to know about. Besides my new effort to Do Something Today to Right the World!

Facebook. Huh. What is it good for. Absolutely … many things :)  Do you wonder what to do while you’re there, perhaps? You might have questions about how to use your fan/business page to best advantage. You might be wondering what the best ways are to stay connected to those who you are closest to. In general, it would be great to know how to navigate Facebook so that you waste less time and get more out of the time you do spend there. Right?

Enter Albert Kaufman, also known as the Facebook Guru. Yes, I’ve spent more time than your average human both teaching about and using Facebook. And I have tips and tricks to share that will make your experience more streamlined and interesting. I’m offering a low-cost webinar on Monday 2.9.15 at 11am PST. Come join me on-line and learn a few of my moves.  I also have a free in-person class on 2.12 – featuring my friend, Tshombe Brown. We’re both huge fans of the Portland Fruit Tree Projectand I’m sure this class will be scintillating! Forward this to a friend you know who could use a hand with their on-line marketing, please.


In other news – I’ve been having fun learning about terrariums from a new friend down the street, Gregg Harris of Roosevelt’s Terrariums. I’ve started making my own.

I’ve been noticing the new public art along Division Street and elsewhere around Portland. It seems like there’s been a slew of new sculpture and murals in my neighborhood, recently. I’m also working to remove billboards.
And then there’s the on-going – ecstatic dancing – oh, I got to sing and play guitar outside around a campfire during the full-moon the other night, that was incredible! And, I’m continuing my love affair with NextDoor.com – a great way to get connected to your neighbors :)Pictured on the right is Marcia Wiley – the maker of Wileyware on a recent visit to Stumptownlandia!

That’s all for today. I hope life is treating you well and that it’s full of love, hope, visions, friends, dreams, good health, great food and happiness!

All you need is love,


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Getting Started with Email Marketing – A Webinar

I offered a webinar on Monday, 1.27.14 – Getting Started with Email Marketing (and Facebook/LinkedIn tips & tricks). If you’re curious – here’s the link – have a watch!

If you’d like to take advantage of the website/email template offer that I mention in the webinar, start here. Let me know you’ve purchased Constant Contact and I’ll make sure you get your website match.  It’s that easy ($99 offer).

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Social Media Support

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Updated on 11.5.15 with some new pages (email marketing support!)

I’ve been taking an idea I had to be supporting people on various social media platforms – and RUNNING with it. Let me know what you think :) Like those pages you’re drawn to :)  And, if you’d like to provide social media support, please get in touch. I’d love help admining these pages! (6.13.14 – Instagram, particularly needs some help!)




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Social Media Support – General

Twitter Support

LinkedIn Support

Instagram Support

Facebook Support

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Albertideation – My main fan page!

Yes, I keep adding fan pages all the time. The most popular one is Instagram.  They seem to have the most people who search for help on Facebook.

All of these pages are on offer. If any one of them interests you contact me @ albert@albertideation.com

Happy Hour Class 11/26 in Portlandia – Come learn how to tune up your FB Biz Page

facebook-fan-pageHello, if you’ve been waiting for an evening Facebook Business Page class – this one’s for you!


Bring your laptop or watch on the big screen!

I’ve been presenting classes on Facebook strategies lately. Come to this class if you’d like a refresher on some of the basics given new Facebook changes. We’ll talk about how to tune up your page, advertising, sponsored stories, promoting posts, and what can be done with your fan/business page to help build your business.

We’ll gather in my living room, I’ll present, and you can watch it unfold on the big screen. You can use a notepad or feel free to bring your laptop. There is free Wi-Fi.

Snacks and drinks for others are always a welcome contribution. I’ll provide tea and perhaps we’ll create a cocktail to go with the class!

Cost: $30
Cash, Check or Paypal

6pm-8:30pm (possibly longer if needed)
Happy Clam: 1823 NE 13th Ave.
Easy access via the 8, 77, Max and the I-5 Rose Quarter exit

If you have any questions post them here or email albertkaufman@gmail.com

Referrals are always greatly appreciated! Feel free to invite people who you think would benefit from this class!

Albert Kaufman

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My recent slideshow presentation


Here’s an outline of what I’ve done in the past. We’ll definitely cover some of these areas and there will be plenty of time for Q&A


Here’s an article I’m finding fascinating and gives you the basics of distinguishing your personal and business profiles…