10 business tools to be thankful for in 2013

2013 has been an extremely successful year filled with lots of ups and downs and I am very thankful for everything that has happened.

Not only has it taught me a lot about my own strengths and weaknesses (and how to use them to grow my business), but I’ve also had an unexpected life-threatening health issue with family members that has challenged me in ways that I couldn’t have expected and has taught me how important life truly is and how we should cherish everything in it.

Despite these obstacles, I am extremely thankful because they have challenged me and helped to propel me further than I could have ever expected.

Here are some of the highlights from this past year:

While these are just some of the milestones that I am thankful for, a lot of this wouldn’t be possible without many important business tools that I use on a daily basis.

Here are 10 of my favorite business tools to be thankful for in 2013.

10 business tools to be thankful for in 2013

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10 Reasons to use ShortStack for business

Are you looking for ways to make your Facebook Page more engaging for fans and to grow your presence on Facebook? One of the ways you can add value to your Facebook Page is by using Shortstack.

For those of you not familiar with Shortstack, it is a powerful third-party Facebook landing page tool that you can use to add all sorts of functionality to your Facebook Page.

Some of the ways that you can use Shortstack are for running contests, displaying your favorite Pinterest boards, and collecting email newsletter subscriptions.

There are just some of the reasons to use Shortstack.

I’ve put together a list of 10 reasons to use Shortstack to help grow your business.

10 reasons to use Shortstack

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3 Facebook Recommendations Box alternatives

Have you consider Facebook recommendations box alternatives?

While the Facebook recommendations box can be a valuable tool for businesses, it’s not perfect. It’s also not always available.

In fact, it was down for a little over a few weeks in late June. This meant that businesses who were using it on their Facebook Page had to find an alternative.

What was odd was that while it didn’t work on laptops, businesses could access the Facebook recommendations box on mobile devices and direct customers to leave a recommendation there. While this was a work-around, it meant complicating the experience for fans and customers and making it more difficult to collect feedback from them.

To me, this is an unsatisfactory solution and when a tool that businesses rely on daily to collect feedback from customers doesn’t work, it’s not something that I recommend keeping around.

Fortunately, the Facebook recommendations box did come back, but what happens when Facebook removes this feature or takes more than a few weeks to fix this valuable business tool?

As I have mentioned on numerous occasions, don’t put all of your marketing eggs in the Facebook basket and trust that they will be around forever. Just look at MySpace. Nothing lasts forever.

Based on the spottiness of Facebook, there are a number of alternatives that you can use to collect feedback from customers and fans. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites Facebook recommendations box alternatives that you can implement to collect feedback from fans and customers.

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10 Wildfire Alternatives for Facebook Page Apps

Wildfire Alternatives

Earlier this week, Wildfire, a social media marketing software for creating Facebook Page Apps and promotions made a huge announcement about the types of businesses they plan to support. They’re switching from small businesses to enterprise only ones.  While this makes sense because of the direction they’re taking, it also rubs a lot of people the wrong way. If you’re someone who was considering using Wildfire, we’ve compiled 10 Wildfire alternatives for creating Facebook Page promotions.

While this is great news for Wildfire because it will let them focus more on working with high-end businesses, it leaves a lot of businesses who don’t have $2,500 to spend per month on running Facebook Page app promotions left out.

Fortunately, there are a lot of Wildfire alternatives that won’t cost you too much to use for your business. Let’s review a few of the Wildfire alternatives you should consider.

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5 FREE Facebook landing page creation tools

With the new Facebook Pages launching in just a few weeks, is your Facebook Page ready? For those of you who need a quick rundown on the new features, be sure to check out my YouTube playlist where I have put together detailed videos covering each new Facebook Page feature. One feature that I’m sure a number of you are going to be interested in are custom landing pages.  Although Facebook has done away with the ability to set a dedicated landing page for non-fans to land on, Facebook Page users will be happy to know that landing pages have increased in size. Previously, landing pages were just 510 px. Now, they have increased significantly to 810 px. This means lots more real estate to engage with fans!

For those of you who don’t want to spend time learning how to write HTML code or designing graphics, here are 5 FREE Facebook landing page creation tools to help you build better landing pages to connect with current fans and to engage with new ones.

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5 RSS Apps for Facebook Pages

How many of you want an easier way to display some of your favorite blog content on your Facebook Page or Facebook profile? Thanks to these 5 handy RSS Feed apps for Facebook, you can supplement your status updates with lots of great content.

Networked Blogs

Networked blogs Facebook App

Networked Blogs

One of my favorite RSS feed Facebook Apps. This one is FREE. With Networked Blogs, you can post multiple blogs and allow fans to easily share posts with their friends.

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RSS Tab Facebook App

RSS Tab App

With RSS Tab App, you can publish up to 5 different blogs on your Facebook Page at one time. RSS Tab App also lets you customize the look of you blog links.

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Shortstack Facebook App

Shortstack App

Shortstack App is another great option for Facebook Pages. This app offers lots of customization - in addition to just the ability to display RSS Feeds from your blogs.
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Social RSS

Social RSS Facebook App

Social RSS

With Social RSS, you can customize your Facebook Page - as well as your profile. Like Shortstack App and RSS Tab App, you can display multiple blogs. This allows you the opportunity to share more content with your friends and fans.

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RSS Graffiti

RSS Graffiti Facebook App

RSS Graffiti

RSS Graffiti

posts any RSS Feed to your Facebook Page. By posting multiple blogs to your Facebook Page, you can share some of your favorite content with your fans from other websites.

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So why should you supplement your content with other content?

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