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5 Deadly Facebook Marketing Mistakes That Can Kill Your Business


facebook marketingWith over 900 million users on Facebook, many brands and companies are advertising more and more on Social Media. Best of all it’s free. With 350 million users spending an average of 8 hours daily on Facebook, the potential to cater to a wider audience is too tantalizing to pass off. Facebook marketing presents a whole lot of opportunities as well as some pitfalls that you, as a brand, should avoid. You do want to hold onto those loyal customers don’t you?

So here are some big don’ts of Facebook Marketing:

1. Leaving Out Company Page Information

A lot of first time visitors that peek into your brand’s Facebook Fan page are most probably looking for specific nuggets of information. They can be your product line-up, promotional deals, timings, contact info, addresses etc. These elements should never be left blank or else these first timers are going to be lost forever to your brand. Don’t leave out anything. And while you are at it, it’s best to add your Twitter and web site address to your fan page as well.

2. Spamming and Overposting

Too much is too much. And less is more. Keep those Facebook posts coming at least once a day. Too much exposure equals too much spam and you know how people feel about that. The content that you post is equally important as well. Try posting one awesome nugget every day as opposed to two decent ones. However, keep engaged with your fans every step of the way by responding to their queries and feedback continuously. This shows your fans that you care. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to tag the people you are replying to in the comments.

3. Setting Up Irrelevant Postings

This is an absolute no-brainer but you’ll be surprised at how many companies tend post things that are not related to the brand at all. Stay on-brand with your Facebook wall posts – be they deals, news or even internet memes. It helps fan engagement levels high and they get more content consistent with their interests.

4. Relying Only on Pictures and Text For Promotion

Facebook has got tons of interactive tools so why not take full advantage of them? Too much of the same thing can get real boring real fast. You can also use polls, questions, videos for that right and eclectic mix of brand promotion. Diversity keeps it interesting for your fans. As long as the content you share is in sync with your brand image and personality, congratulations, you’ve finally mastered the art of Facebook marketing inside out.

5. Not Interacting with Your Customers

You have to create an effective communication portal with your customers. Do not just post news and feeds; talk, share, interact, ask for opinions and discuss customer response. Giving customers value and importance is one of the best ways to gain their approval and recognition.


A social media strategist and a business analyst for Social Cubix, a leading social and mobile development company, I am a tech geek who loves to write everything about social media and application development.

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    • Lakhyajyoti

      Wonderful post. Learn lots of things from this post. I’ll never repeat these mistakes while promoting my blog posts.

    • Melissa

      Hey Farah!
      Well read points have been brought to the notice. FB can actually both make and break the brand, so one needs to be extra cautious.
      Thanks a lot 

    • Yani@boxforless

      Over spamming and fake profiles are bad always. We need to make trust for the customers and engines.

    • John@Bankruptcy

      I am 100% agree with Sarah Kim, Over posting is bad and always causes the Spam. Everyone hates spam even in small things. These days tool are coming w

    • Mahesh verma

      Farah I think 95% of Bloggers are doing these common mistakes while promoting their business on facebook. Nice post, thanks for sharing your views with us.

    • Ray

      I’ve recently subscribe to a facebook fanpage and within 3 days, I’ve got tons of spam and over posting about free stuff i could win. I quickly unlike the fan page as soon as possible once i saw this fanpage flooding my facebook.

    • Ankit @ iLifeGeeks

      i agree the material should not look spammy too! :

    • Atish

      Great post. Irrelevant posts and over posting surely kills your brand. Now days every one just put a post with call to action(i.e click here to go to our site) which is not good when you are working on branding. Once you build a good brand then its time to promote your link there.

      Thanks for sharing dude. 

    • Bryan @ TECHZyN

      Hello Farah
      nice Post
      I agree spamming  si the worst mistake you can in social media marketing. You need to interact with your social media followers and provide relevant useful content and  information to attract and interact with the readers 

      • Farah Kim

        Thanks Bryan! Spamming on social media is one of the most rampant problems…especially on Twitter! Hope all companies understand that its connection/communication not spamming. 

    • Avi Jit (@skyhitblog)

      Over posting is very bad as it irritates the subscribers. Again we should also post only relevant things on our pages. Thanks for your post Farah, I have checked socialcubix as well. It’s nice. 🙂

    • Designdevout

      not including contact form on facebook page can also create some problem in social marketing

    • Khaja moin

      Not interacting with your customers really makes your FB marketing useless.

    • Gautham Nekkanti

      Spamming is a big turn off for your subscribers, the will eventually unlike your page

    • panaceabharti

      Stay away from promotional stuff because it will surely kill your reputation on facebook….

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