Online social networking has truly evolved. With the popularity of Facebook, consumers and businesses now have an effective and useful portal where they could learn from and interact with each other. Of course, it helps that Facebook tries to establish a more personalized relationship among its users.
Offers like $90 hotels or $10 flights could sound just too good to be true. But you would be surprised that they are now actually offered and provided through Facebook. That is why if you still do not have an account in the social network, now is the time you set up your own Facebook page.
Most businesses today have online presences. Local and international companies make it a point to set up their own Facebook accounts. This is not surprising since online social media could be an effective marketing tool. As a consumer and online social media networker, you could opt to take advantage of the influx of businesses in Facebook. Here are some tips on how you could find and obtain great deals from the most popular social media network.
Where to start
As mentioned, almost all companies in various industries (especially travel and retail) are on Facebook. If you already have an account in the social networking site, you could start searching for WebPages of different companies. On such pages, you should click on the ‘Like’ buttons. By doing so, you would be included in the regular recipients of such businesses’ email alerts and discount announcements.
You may also opt to ‘like’ key industry players. If you know a popular columnist or expert in retail or travel, send friend invitations or ‘like’ their Facebook pages. Many companies use such personalities to make announcements for discounts, coupons, promos, or other perks.
Do not expect to find great deals from the businesses you are following right away. It may take some time before they offer promos, discounts, and other perks. Try to take note of different patterns. For instance, a budget carrier may announce low-fare tickets every Wednesday morning, when travelers do not usually schedule flights to specific destinations.
Regularly check out Facebook announcements of retailers about scheduled sale or discount promos. You could get updated to the latest schedules of discount and clearing sale. Some businesses now do not advertise such events through traditional media so it is advantageous to be a regular on the loop within Facebook.
Find other perks
Use Facebook to reach companies’ customer service personnel. Now, you could use social media to air complaints or ask questions to companies. If you need assistance, you may use Facebook to request one. You would be surprised that many companies offer other perks and incentives online just to make up for their possible operational shortcomings.
However, always strive harder to become and remain a responsible Facebook user. Do not abuse the convenience and freedom accorded to users of such social media sites. Use it to get updated on latest offers from businesses or to make inquiries real-time. Try to resist the temptation to use it for blackmailing and spreading unfounded rumors and hearsays. Also resolve not to use Facebook to defraud anyone.