Facebook Update – Welcome pages no longer available
With incredible bad timing, Facebook have now removed the ability for users to direct visitors to a specific tab. This means that all ‘Fan Gate’ style welcome pages will stop working pretty soon. You may have noticed this already if you have switched to the new timeline view for your facebook account.
Although you will no longer be able to create welcome pages for your Facebook visitors, you’ll still be able to create additional tabs (or sub-pages) that you can direct visitors to, but you’ll need to signpost these links in your posts rather than having your visitors directed there automatically.
This could add a little more professionalism to your Facebook business pages and, with an appropriate call-to-action, could encourage more people to like you.
First of all you’ll need to create a welcome page for your Facebook.
There are a few Facebook apps you can use to do the job, but I’m going to demonstrate the one I used. Before we go too far, take a look at our own DMJ Computer Services and Vouchforthis welcome page on Facebook so you can see what you’re aiming for – why not ‘like us’ while you’re there? 🙂
Creating your Facebook Welcome page
Here’s a link to the instructions for installing and configuring the app.
The nice thing about this app is that you can create different welcome pages for fans and non-fans – so the non-fan welcome page could be set up to encourage the visitor to ‘like’ you, and the fan welcome page could contain some helpful hints and tips that you’re happy to give away to your fans.
Display your testimonials on your Facebook page
If you’re already a member of Vouchforthis, our revolutionary tool for displaying on your websites and blogs, you’ll know how useful it is to manage all your testimonials in a single place and then deploy them around the web. Now, using the Static HTML: iframe tabs app, you can also display your testimonial widget on your Facebook page. This is great, because you can show your Facebook visitors how credible you are BEFORE they find out more about you. Take a look at our detailed instructions for integrating your vouchforthis testimonials into your Facebook Welcome page.
Problems creating your Facebook Welcome page?
If you’re having problems adding your Facebook Welcome page, or if you can’t add your Vouchforthis widget to it, drop us a line. If it’s a quick fix we’ll see if we can help out. If it looks like it will take a bit longer…