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Social media help for small businesses.

Timeline Contest Creator

Timeline Contest Creator went live last night! This app will help you run contests directly from your business page’s Timeline, which is now allowed by Facebook. To check it out just visit http://timelinecontestcreator.com. This first version is currently invite only, but you can request an invite by joining our list here: http://signup.timelinecontestcreator.com. Timeline Contest Creator is 100% FREE to use, and, besides just sample contest templates, you can also use it to select random winners. In this post we’ll show you how it works!

Timeline Contest Creator Home

On our homepage, you can see we’ve broken down the app into 2 Steps:

  1. Step 1: Create a Contest – Craft your Facebook Timeline Contest post. Browse our templates to get some ideas and free images which you can use.
  2. Step 2: Pick a Winner – When you’re ready to pick a winner, the app will let you select the contest post and automatically generate a random winner based on likes/comments.
Timeline Contest Creator App

Timeline Contest Creator App

Timeline Contest Templates

You can edit the sample post right in the textbox or copy/paste to your computer. At the bottom of the page we offer some tips to help you create a great contest post and get maximum visibility. One tip is to be sure to either highlight the contest post, or Pin to Top of your Timeline. This way you can make sure your visitors see it and it doesn’t just get lost in your other page posts. Another tip is to use the free Facebook’s Notes app to host your contest rules and disclaimers. Because having all that info in the actual post is not pretty 🙁

Facebook Timeline Contest Template

Facebook Timeline Contest Template

Use the sample posts to get some contest ideas. And for the Like and Comment contest types, you’ll have a variety of pre-made graphics to choose from. Click the arrows in the slides to find the one you like best. Right-click and select Save image as…  to download and use these images in your contests. We made them just for you 🙂 When you’re ready, post the contest to your Timeline and off you go!

Timeline Contest Random Winner Selection

First select the Facebook Page, and then the post for which you want to select a winner. You can browse for older posts by clicking the Load Next link on the top right.

Select Timeline Contest Post

Select Timeline Contest Post

Once you click on a post, the app will process the likes and comments to determine the winners. The winners are chosen at random and you will be presented with 3 options. The first option is the winner based on Likes alone. The second option is based on Comments, with each person receiving only one entry regardless of how many times they commented. The third option is also based on Comments, but each comment by the person counts as an entry, so the more they comment the better their chance of winning!

Timeline Contest Winner Selection

Timeline Contest Winner Selection

Now click on the person under the contest type that applies to you and you have your official winner! In the green winner box, clicking on that person will take you straight to their Facebook profile page so you can message them.

What do you think?

Have any suggestions or feature requests? We’d love to hear from you! Just click the Support & Feedback tab on the website to get in touch. Or comment below. Thanks!

Facebook Contest Rules Changed on 08/27/2013

Facebook recently announced that they would allow promotions to be run directly on a business Page's timeline. The impact of the new Facebook contest rules is going to be huge! Here’s an example of a Facebook contest from their newly updated Promotion Guidelines:

Facebook Contest Example

Facebook Contest Example

What do the new Facebook Contest rules mean for your business?

Now it'll be easier, quicker, and cheaper than ever to run your own contest on Facebook and, in turn, boost your page’s engagement significantly! These promos will work on mobile, are easy to launch, and free! The one downside to all this? Picking a winner from all the likes or comments can be tedious work.

Timeline Contest Creator

To help businesses take advantage of the new Facebook promotion rules, we’re creating the Timeline Contest Creator! The timeline contest app will be ready in the next few days. We'll be letting a few users in at a time so that we can ensure everything is working well.

The app is being designed to be super easy to use. Step 1 helps you get your Facebook Timeline Contest created. You'll have a number of pre-made templates to choose from. Change them to suit your needs and publish to your Timeline. When you’re ready to pick the winner, come back to the app and proceed with Step 2. You’ll choose your page and the post that is being used for the contest. Timeline Contest Creator will take care of checking all the likes and comments and show you a random winner based on the contest type.

Our first version will support Facebook Like contests and Facebook Comment contests. For comments you can choose whether each comment is treated as a separate entry (which increases the persons chance of winning). Or you can limit to just one entry per person, regardless of the number of comments.

Get an Early Invite!

We have a page setup for you to get on the invite list. Just go here: Timeline Contest Creator Early Access to get on the list. Want to be one of the first ones in? Help us out by sharing with your friends (sharing options shown after signup). In return, you get moved up the list for each referral you send us!

Get Visitors to Your Mobile Facebook Page Tabs

At the time of this writing, Facebook has yet to add page tabs/apps to the mobile version of Facebook Business Pages. What’s even worse is they recently revealed that 78% of US users are mobile! The good news is that most of the major page tab apps, including Landable, support mobile Facebook page tabs. The bad news is you have to get users to go to the shareable smart URL to enable the mobile versions. In this post I’m going to show you a simple trick to allow your visitors to access the mobile tab directly from your Facebook Page!


Get Your Shareable Page Tab URL

First thing you will need to do is find the shareable URL from your Page Tab tool. To learn how to do that in Landable, check out this post. Copy the share URL to your clipboard once you’ve found it. Now go to your Facebook page and click the Edit Page dropdown and click on Edit Settings.

Edit Facebook Page Settings

Edit Facebook Page Settings


Add the Mobile Facebook Page Tab Link

In the Page Info section, find the Long Description and click Edit. The Long Description is the text that gets displayed on the mobile version of your Facebook Page. So what we’re going to do is just put a link to our mobile friendly page tab here! On our page we use “View on Mobile:” and pasted the shareable link right after.

Mobile Facebook Page Tab Link

Mobile Facebook Page Tab Link


End Result

Now when mobile visitors come to your page, they can click the link in the description to load the mobile Facebook Page tab! To see it in action, just visit our page on your mobile phone. Here’s a preview:

Mobile Page Tab Preview

Mobile Page Tab Preview

If you have any tips & tricks related to this, please let us know in the comments below.

How-To Share Facebook Page Tabs

Since Facebook no longer provides a default landing tab option for Facebook pages, the best way to send people to your Facebook page is by sending them directly to one of your Facebook Page Tabs. And preferably a like-gated tab so that you can grow your fan-base 😉

With Landable it’s easy to create a trackable link to share your Facebook Page Tab. In this post we’ll show you how it’s done!


Share Button

Once you’ve designed your page, just click the green Share button for the page tab you want to share.

Facebook Page Tab Share Option

Facebook Page Tab Share Option


Share Page Screen

This will open the Share Page window which will allow you to generate a Short URL and QR Code to use for sharing. The link created here is also a Smart URL meaning it will detect the type of device your visitor is on, and will show them a different design based on the mobile option you select.

Share Facebook Page Tab QR Code

Share Facebook Page Tab QR Code


Share Options

There are 3 options available for Facebook Page Tabs:

  • Mobile Friendly – Will render a “mini-page” version of your page tab design. It displays your page tab without the Facebook interface, just a mobile friendly header that we include. This is the option we recommend using in most cases.
  • Redirect to Mobile Landing – This will send mobile and tablet visitors to a mobile landing page design you specify. You’ll have to create a mobile landing page design first in order to use it here.
  • Show Full Site – This will send mobile and tablet visitors directly to your landing page. For Facebook pages, this sends mobile visitors to the Desktop version of Facebook (bypassing the Facebook mobile site). So your page still works on mobile and visitors will see the full version of your page, but may need to zoom and scroll to navigate.

One important note… If you want links and stats tracked under your own bit.ly account, just enter in your bit.ly info under Account->Integrations. You can always add this info later and re-generate the short URL.

Bitly Account Settings

Bitly Account Settings

Facebook Page Tab HTML Editor Update

We’ve made some improvements to the HTML Editor 🙂

With the latest version you can change your Facebook Page Tab Name right from Landable. If you leave the field blank we will leave the current tab name you have set on Facebook. If you specify a new name and click Publish, the tab name will get updated automatically!

Facebook Page Tab HTML Editor

Facebook Page Tab HTML Editor

Also new in this update is the ability to Save your changes without having to publish them right away. This way you can work on your design, save the changes, and come back later to finish it up or have a teammate review. Once the design is good-to-go, just click Publish and the changes go live. If it’s your first time publishing the Facebook page tab, the app will be auto installed to your Facebook Page.