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  Post #31 (permalink)   04-07-2011, 02:25 PM
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I think Facebook is a great tool for communicating and connecting with individuals, I do not think it's a good tool for business.

Not saying you can't earn business from Facebook, but it's my opinion that people aren't using Facebook to look for products and services. They're using it to 'socialize', post photos, see whats happening around town, etc. Unless you're promoting an event, it just seems that little interest would be had in specific services.

  Post #32 (permalink)   04-08-2011, 12:06 AM
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I look after the hosting for &, and they leverage facebook, twitter and other social media to push traffic to their main website, which they do very well.
I don't think they would be not be able to do what they do with facebook alone, as was said right at the begining, facebook and co cannot offer a website owner the same functionality and limitless flexibility.
But whatever you do, traffic is what you need to make real money, and MVC's bandwidth bill is pretty humungous, all down to manipluating social media.
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  Post #33 (permalink)   04-11-2011, 06:45 AM
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Second the above posts, you can really pick and choose your niche, because they've got the demographic and geographic information you can send your ads to.
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  Post #34 (permalink)   04-12-2011, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by CRServers View Post
Any opinions on this issue will be very much appreciated.

I think it is just a new trend. I see nothing revolutionary in facebook. It is a bit easier to build your network now, but nothing changed dramatically.

  Post #35 (permalink)   04-15-2011, 11:08 AM
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I have 3 years experience of using face book as social media. I am using it for promotion of my client website. It is effective way of website promotion.
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  Post #36 (permalink)   04-15-2011, 11:39 AM
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I personally don't think Facebook will take over websites for the following reasons:

1) Not customizable enough- if you're selling a product you need to be unique- having a page with an image and a few sentences just won't cut it.

2) Though social media is currently huge, facebook is primarily a way to connect friends. If you can influence friends to 'like' or promote your products via links, you're most certainly better off than by simply having a facebook page

3) There's not only facebook! Twitter is an amazing tool to use, it's great to see what your clients think about you, and a great way to help confused and potential clients.

4) Like most social based website's we've seen, the crowd moves on. First it was MySpace, then the younger group moved to Bebo- Now it's Facebook. What's next?

5) Facebook has it's limits. For instance people are careful about what data they give facebook. It already has enough information about me, why does it need to know my spending habits or keep my emails (especially since you can now have emails)

These are just a few of my arguments. If anything it's a useful tool to use, however it won't take over all the websites on the internet.

  Post #37 (permalink)   04-20-2011, 07:26 PM
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Face book is a great tool ! that's all it is and Facebook knows it. With the recent changes facebook made to storage architecture making you off load the storage to you own device they are promoting web sites not hurting them.
and yes saving likely millions in bandwidth cost
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  Post #38 (permalink)   04-21-2011, 07:39 AM
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I think Facebook is just another targeting audience, its a small piece of the big Internet audience, which sometimes can be more easily accessed, if you have a big no. of friends. If Facebook is enough to get your small or local business known, some people don't bother to use other marketing methods.
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  Post #39 (permalink)   05-28-2011, 05:11 AM
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Facebook is just an ad resource for you; you should present your business with a live website anyway

  Post #40 (permalink)   06-07-2011, 11:38 AM
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The lady was 100% correct to say that Facebook can make ones business successful. I do agree with this statement because I have seen instances where businesses that started before the facebook era havent made as much as the businesses that opened doors during the facebook reign. Either way, websites will STILL have to be there as many companies and businesses rely on the internet to advertise etc and you will find that many of these companies will opt to develop a website for this purpose.

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Originally Posted by CRServers View Post

It caught my attention when one of the ladies said: "To promote your business, you don't need a Website anymore, all you need is a FaceBook..."

I hear this a lot from new businesses, however those people almost always eventually go in search of creating an actual website. I mean lets be realistic, Facebook is a great tool for advertising your business online, however its should not be the center piece of your online advertising. End of the day, having a real website that is unique and presents your business is what will separate you from your competition.

One thing I always tell people with that kind of approach is, if you are a potential customer, who are you going to take more serious. Someone who only has a facebook profile, or someone who has a real website and also uses facebook to promote their services?
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  Post #42 (permalink)   06-13-2011, 02:51 AM
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I'm sure that will look at least unprofessional when you have facebook based web site.
So I would never stick with such idea.

  Post #43 (permalink)   06-16-2011, 08:09 AM
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The popularity of fb will reduce in a few years.

  Post #44 (permalink)   06-16-2011, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ashwin246 View Post
The popularity of fb will reduce in a few years.
And this statement is based on... ?

  Post #45 (permalink)   06-17-2011, 03:21 PM
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A business that only uses Facebook instead of a website will soon learn that people won't buy their services.
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