Does your Dealership have multiple, unclaimed Facebook Places and Pages? If the answer is yes, claim them and merge them with your current Fan page!
By Adam Ross, Managing Director at Infinite Prospects
Many dealerships have multiple Facebook pages representing them out there. Which page are your customers checking into? You can merge these other pages with your fan page, but you must claim each of these non-fan-page pages before you do so.
Here’s how to claim and administer the pages that are not your fan page, but represent your business:
First, you should be an administrator of your dealership’s Facebook fan page - you will need to be in order to merge the two (or more) pages.
Next, search Facebook for your dealership name (in the white search box at the top blue bar). Are there multiple entries coming up?
Click on the first dealership page that is not your fan page. Click on the box in the top right corner that says: Know the Owner?
In the box that pops up, enter your email address. It must be the same address as the one that administers your fan page.
You will receive an email inviting you to Claim the Page by clicking on the link.
After clicking “Claim Page”, you are directed to a page asking you to certify that you are authorized to claim the page.
It’s that easy! Once you are the admin for both the fan page and recognized as the owner of an unclaimed page, as long as the address for both pages match identically (you can change the newly claimed page to match your Fan page), you can merge the two pages into your fan page - here’s how:
This comes right from Facebook’s help section, found here:
“You can merge duplicate Pages and Places. Please note you can only merge the Page or Place with fewer likes into the one with more likes. To do so:
- Go to the Page or Place with the most likes. This will be the one you’ll keep.
- Click the Edit Page button in the top right corner.
- From the left sidebar, select Resources.
- Click the Merge Duplicate Pages link. This link will only appear if you admin two Pages with similar names.
- A dialog box will show Pages and Places you admin that qualify to be merged. Select the checkbox for Page(s) you wish to merge. If you’re merging a Place and a Page, they must have the same address information.
For Pages with the new timeline design, replace step 2 with the following instructions, then continue with steps 3-5 above:
- Open your Page’s admin panel
- Click Manage
- Select Edit Page
Please note: The Page or Place with fewer likes will be removed from Facebook and you will not be able to unmerge them.”
This whole process should not take you much time at all and will streamline and consolidate your listings on Facebook, ensuring that every shopper will see YOUR messaging, all FB check-ins will be combined in one place, and all fans of the other pages will be merged, so you lose nothing at all.
Adam Ross is the Managing Director of Infinite Prospects, Inc. Adam is a seasoned veteran of the car sales industry who has more than 12 years of Automotive Internet Sales experience on both the dealer and vendor side, and educates car dealerships on maximizing sales and fostering relationships through technology. Adam has thousands of connections in the automotive industry. From lead generation websites, to implementing best practices for following up with prospects and closing appointments that lead to sales, Adam is the person you want to lead you through the technology landscape. He’ll help you select the best sales technology for your car dealership, get your team running at top efficiency using the tools necessary for success, and maximize the capabilities of the solutions you already have in place. You can always contact Adam Ross at (201) 448-7253 (SALE) to schedule your one-on-one technology, online advertising and/or social media strategy review for your car dealership.
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