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Nick Gerfen, Real Estate Pro in Grand Rapids, MI

Facebook personal page vs. business page?

Asked by Nick Gerfen, Grand Rapids, MI Thu Feb 14, 2013

Ok... big question. I am still stumped on this... I am a new agent (licensed for two months). I've had a established personal facebook page forever where sometimes I go on political rants. I know that is not acceptable to do business so I created a business page too where I can be more professional.

The problem is that everytime I post anything business related it end up on my personal page (i.e. checking in with trulia on a showing) and I cant just copy it over to my business page. Basically like my personal page is my default page no matter what. Does anyone else have this issue?

I would also like to hear discussion on who uses their personal Facebook apposed to a business page. Is there much of a difference?

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You should definitely unlink your facebook if it isn't dedicated 100% to your business ventures. Personally I do not have a facebook, do not care for it, I am actively involved in other sites as Trulia, REO Pro, etc., who are true generators of business leads and professional relationships.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
My personal Facebook has been a huge part of our business the last 3 years.

1. I never share listings.

2. I keep it light and funny.

3. I talk about real estate, but never SELL on there. I share stories, laughs, etc.

My business page hasn't produced much business at all. A few leads here and there, but nothing solid. Good luck to you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
Check your settings on your business page - go to edit page at the top and click on notifications, you can change where your posts go here. Also when you are in notifications check the list at the left for more ways to change posts, etc. Not sure if you can delete notifications to Trulia here or not and not sure why you are checking in with Trulia on a showing. Anyway hope this helps a little.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
I have both a personal page and business page. Sometimes I post on both just to reach a larger audience but I try to keep them somewhat seperate. I don't have the same problem but I am wondering if Tina is right and you linked your personal page to Trulia.

I get to post things about my family or pictures on my personal page but I try to keep my business page to listings, blog links, information and a "funny" post. I find that you post too information and it definitely gets less exposure than a comic or funny fact. People appear to still appreciate facebook for lighthearted entertainment for the most part.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
I use both, along with neighborhood pages. I am a social media professional. people see me everywhere; FB , Pinterest, LiinkedIn, Twitter, ActiveRain, Manta, website. I use a lot of technology, so my method isn't for everyone. It certainly isn't for those who haven't employed the right tools.

I maintain multiple accounts, and make diverse posts on each. I also maintain more than 30 Facebook pages personally, because of involvements i multiple communities, and to be able to add more and more friends and likes. When I attend meetings or events in different parts of town, I bring that up on the community pages to let people know I was there. I give detailed and regular restaurant reviews, movie reviews, and book reviews, and am on several groups editing or coauthoring books, myself.

Every second is accounted for via extreme time blocking. I use road time with a smart phone to manage tasks, and record thoughts, which I capture using speech to text. I am also nearly completely paperless.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
I have a separate FB page for business so my posts don't get lost amongst all the other random stuff.

I'm not seeing the problems you're mentioning. Perhaps you've friended yourself? Or, you've setup your personal FB page with Trulia?
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
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