5 Facebook Marketing Train Wrecks

It’s safe to say that Facebook marketing has exploded in recent years. Today, many businesses from large to small has a Facebook page as they understand the value of it as well as what it can bring to their business.

Here are some statistics about the small businesses from the United States shared by Dan Levy, Director of small business at Facebook:

  • There are more than 2 billion connections between local businesses and people.

  • On an average week, there are over 645 million views of, and 13 million comments on, local business Facebook Pages.

  • Approximately 70% of monthly active users in the U.S. and Canada are connected to a local business on Facebook.

As great as it sounds, marketing on Facebook is far from being easy. Many business owners make mistakes as they do not try to understand how it works and merely treats it like a promotional site for their business.

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Here are some marketing mistakes businesses are making on Facebook.


1. Promoting Too Much

When people log into Facebook, they aren’t logging in to see yet another advertisement from a brand. They log in to connect and to keep in touch with their friends and family.

As a business owner and an avid Facebook user, I don’t want my newsfeed to be bombarded by advertisements all the time, but it’s okay if I were to come across a promotion that will be really useful to me. The useful promotion that made it onto my newsfeed is a result of some very good target marketing.

What many businesses don’t know is that IF they promote too much, people will engage less and less with them. Edgerank, an algorithm developed by Facebook years ago that determines what appears in the newsfeed will push these pages away from newsfeeds that are non-responsive – as it deems it irrelevant and does not add value to the reader.

Businesses CAN promote, however they should keep a good ration between content which engages and adds value for their fans, and business promotions.


2. Not using a Facebook third party app for Facebook Contest

The second mistake most businesses make on Facebook is launching a contest without a third party app. In the promotional guideline written by Facebook, it states that companies aren’t allowed to organize contest such as

  • Like to win
  • Comment to win
  • Share to win

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Companies who are interested to organize a Facebook contest are actually required to use a third party platform such as Binkd.

Many businesses don’t know that these rules apply to them, and many of them tend to think that organizing a “like to win” contest is acceptable after seeing one of their competitors doing it.

What they don’t know is these contests put their page at risk of getting removed by Facebook.


3. Automating by connecting Twitter account

Connecting your Twitter account to your Facebook page is one of the worst moves you can make.

That is because not only will you be over-posting, but most of your fans are not going to like it as your posts will lose its personal touch on both platforms.

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Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly alright to automate your Facebook pages! And if you want to automate it, I recommend using platforms like PostRocket or Buffer.

These tools will actually post your content at optimal hours to maximize the most out of your Facebook marketing.


4. Buying Facebook likes

While the idea of getting 1000 fans of $5 on fiverr may seem like a good idea, it’s actually not. That is because those accounts are most probably fake accounts created using a bot that will only like your page and will not engage with you FOREVER.

I believe there will be more harm than good as it affects your Facebook Edgerank and you’ll find that you are more likely to own a page that is dead and invisible to your REAL fans.

Don’t believe the hype that social media is all about the numbers. That is definitely not what it was created for and I strongly believe that the founders of every social network are juggling hard between achieving greater numbers (a-la Facebook’s 1 Billion users) and  maintaining engagement/activity levels.


5. Posting without thinking

What can be worst than over-posting on Facebook? Posting without having second thoughts, without proper planning and treating your Facebook page with a lack of professionalism.

It’s unfortunate to say this but that is exactly what had happened to Amy’s Baking Company, a restaurant in Arizona.

Their restaurant sought help from Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares to help turn their restaurant around. In the episode, Gordon Ramsay decided to quit as both of the owners didn’t really want to change. One of the owners, Amy wouldn’t listen and actually blamed everybody else except her, even Mr Ramsay.

After the episode aired, many who watched it went onto social media, reddit and their Facebook page to share their thoughts. The owners got angry and viciously retaliated.

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When done right, Facebook marketing can play a crucial part of any marketing campaign. It can be used to help grow your business, increase sales, grow customer loyalty and more.


Your turn

What other mistakes have you seen businesses make on their Facebook pages?

image credit: Fady Aziz


About Aaron Lee Wei-Ren

Aaron Lee is the Social Media Manager at Binkd.com, a comprehensive social media contest platform that allows businesses to build and manage digital promotion and help grow their business on social media.


  1. Louis Sanchez says

    My favorite part is using twitter to facebook as a mistake. Worse is when people from business television shows use interns to post to LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and a few others and never respond to their followers.

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  2. Rick says


    you make a great point in number 4, but it is still surprising
    how many people are still logging into Fiverr and throwing their
    money away.

    And doing a bit of damage to their edgerank.

    Nice post with some good valid points.

    Cheers Rick.
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  3. says

    Nice post Aaron and well put together Erik,

    I have only recently just started using Facebook and it is huge, and you are right on all the above points. The most important thing is interaction, you want people to share, like and comment and fake purchased likes are not going to do that.

    Trouble is, people will still but them. People’s egos are more important to them these days, quite a sad state of affairs. I have purchased likes before as a test and they do nothing, however I can see people maybe buying a few hundred to “start” a page off – then switch to paid Facebook ads
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  4. 99dealr says

    Very timely needed article for us as we are supposed to launch our first ever contest very soon and as you have strongly suggested, we are going to follow that and have to explore Binkd. Another mistake we are currently doing and that is we are automating our Facebook posts to Twitter and just now we have seen that this is something we should not do. Thanks for the valuable suggestions Aaron.

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