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25 Timeline Ready Apps for Enhancing Your Facebook Page

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For page managers who know how to work with Facebook apps, the new Timeline layout for Pages is a great opportunity to highlight their application tab for maximum visibility and increase click through rates. But for those who aren’t, finding those timeline ready apps can be a massive headache.

Before adding any facebook applications to your Timeline (layout) page, there are a few things you should know:

  • NOT all facebook applications are suitable for your Page
  • NOT all facebook applications are free
  • Understand the use of each app before installing
  • Understand each approved facebook app WILL HAVE access to a certain amount of your personal data on Facebook. Read how you can protect your privacy in this post.
  • Facebook app is an ADDED advantage to achieve a particular purpose you have for your brand (get leads, customer contact info) but certainly NOT a compulsory
  • It’s OK to NOT install any third party apps on your page if you don’t feel like it

The main purpose of this post is to offer some basic timeline app suggestions to those who need them, not to say these are a must but can help to enhance your facebook page if used properly. Most of these facebook apps are free to try before you’re ready for advanced features.

This review is based on my personal opinion and has nothing to do with affiliation or app sponsorship whatsoever.

 

25 Timeline Ready Apps to Enhance Your Page

 

To Provide Additional Info about Your Brand

 

about

The ‘About’ section below your cover photo should be enough to explain what your brand is about. However, some people think that fans are not inclined to click ‘About’ for more info while for some places pages, this section is occupied by address, operating hours etc, which is why a FAQ app may come in handy:

#1  FAQ Tab

 

A clickable banner or a written header with descriptions – to me, that’s great for brand visibility. If your visitors are not getting enough help, there’s a contact form they can use to reach you.

faq app

Or, you may consider FAQ page app for a much simpler layout.

faq page

 

#2  Google Map Tab

 

For local businesses who added a valid address to your Page (or Places), there should be a Bing map tab showing like below:

facebook places

Let’s say if you wish to save the ‘About’ spot for other info, you can have a different tab for the map and address using Google map. This app allows you to include other relevant information about your premise as shown below. You can toggle between the preview mode and settings as you work on perfecting your tab:

google map

Note: Removing the valid address from your Page may cause your page to no longer categorized as ‘Places’, thus, no check-in option is available.

 

For Further Enquiry about Your Brand

 

The easiest and non-techie way to allow fans feedback is to allow Messaging option on your Facebook Page. To do so, look for ‘Admin Panel’ -> Manage -> Edit Page -> Manage Permissions -> tick to show ‘Message’ button on your Page.

facebook page message

But, there are several reasons why a page owner prefers a contact form over Messaging:

  • To obtain customer details via required fields
  • To better manage users enquiries with a selected email address (non-facebook-login)
  • To have a proper email branding before responding to enquiries
  • Unable to export messages from Facebook inbox
  • To prevent messages been sent to ‘Other’ folder or marked as spam

Therefore, unless you are using your own email marketing software such as MailChimp or Aweber, you may consider:

#3  Contact Forms

 

i) Contact Form

This app allows branding with a company banner and message text, including a success message after the user had submitted the form.

contact form

 

ii) ContactMe

What I love about this form is the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) configuration interface. It allows more visual branding from adding a company logo to social accounts. Only premium users get to customize success message or automated response.

contactme

 

iii) Contact Tab

This app has a richer interface along with facebook comments. You can customize your banner content using HTML, CSS and map iframe embed code (Bing or Google Map).

contact tab

 

iv) JotForm

JotForm provides richer customization options comparing to the above forms: form size, layout, background colors. In order to use it you must install an iframe app to your page. For free account holders, you can have unlimited forms (limited to 100 submissions per month) and 100MB size of storage.

jotform

 

To Have In Depth Discussions Off the Timeline

 

While we all enjoy more engagement on the Timeline (page wall), some page admins prefer to manage lengthy discussions in a forum instead. If you’re one of them, try:

#4  Forum for Pages

 

A replacement for the old facebook discussion board. What I love about this app is that you can import all discussions to another Page in case you need a big page transition. You can also set moderators (not necessarily a page admin) to monitor your discussion board. One thing it lacks is the notification alert so you need to check back for new updates from time to time.

forum for pages

 

To Express Your Brand in Rich Media

 

#5  Videos

 

i) YouTube For Pages by Involver

This app can import your Youtube channel to your page, including your favorites (optional). Also, allowing fans to like, send and comment on your videos.

involver youtube

 

ii) YouTube Video Box

YouTube Video Box is for selected videos only. Users can rate the video but won’t be able to comment on it.

youtube video box

 

iii) Tabmaker Youtube

Tabmaker Youtube can either import your YouTube channel (optional to display 3 to 24 videos) or selected videos of your choice. You can also apply fan gate, autoplay, add header image and facebook plugins such as like, send and facebook comments to your app. However, it doesn’t come with video descriptions.

tabmaker youtube

 

To Encourage Fans to Share Your Page

 

Although the maximum numbers of friends you can invite are 50 on facebook, NEVER invite too many friends too quickly at once. Also, some apps have too many ads displayed so I decided to go with these three with cleaner interface:

#6  Invitation to ‘Like’ Your Page

 

i) Smart Suggest to Friends

Add your invitation message (not more than 255 characters) before you select friends to join the page:

smart suggest to friend

 

ii) Tabmaker Invite Friends

Tabmaker invite Friends has the ability to add message and a header image to your invitation form, great for visual branding:

tabmaker invite

 

iii) Invite Friends by Iwipa

If you prefer a non-customizable yet presentable image, Iwipa has one that looks just as nice:

iwipa invite friends

 

To Share Multimedia Files with Your Fans

 

#7  Scribd for Pages

 

Scribd for Pages provide file-download; you can share various types of files from PDF, JPG, PowerPoint, Excel to plain text. Your fans can share these files across their other social accounts.

scribd for pages

 

#8  Extended Info

 

Extended Info only allows you to include links instead of hosting your media files, so it’s advisable you pre-upload your mp3 or image files to your hosting server so you can share them with your fans via its direct link. No download option is available but you can add youtube video, add descriptions manually or even links to your recommended sites.

extended info

 

To Extend Social Network Connections

 

#9  Twitter Tab

 

A Twitter follow button is all that matters in a Twitter tab:

twittertab

Since you’re here, why not connect with me on Twitter:


#10  Google Plus Tab

 

i) Google Plus Tab for Pages

This app comes with Google+ button for each public post. Your name is displayed above the tab, when clicked will be brought to your Google+ account:

google plus tab for pages

 

ii) Google+ Tab by Tabfusion

This app does not provide Google+ button per post but it shows your profile descriptions so others can decide whether or not to add you.

google+ tabfusion

 

#11  Pinterest

 

i) Static Iframe tab by Woobox

I still find this the best method to include a Pinterest app for free. For the instructions to install this app and how to add Pinterest account to your Page, you can refer to this post (at #10 “Integrate Pinterest to Your Facebook Page“)

static iframe tab by woobox

 

ii) Pinterest tab by Tabfusion

This app is not free but I had the opportunity to test drive it earlier and I love the layout displayed with a Follow Me button on top with profile description.

tabfusion pinterest

 

[Related Post]: 4 Timeline Apps to Add Pinterest to Your Facebook Page

By the way, are you on Pinterest too? Let’s connect:
Follow Me on Pinterest

 

#12  RSS for Pages by Involver

 

For bloggers who wish to import their blog content, this app is equipped with post image, post excerpt, facebook like and send buttons. You can also publish your selected article to your Timeline via one click easily.

rss for pages

 

To Enhance Your Page with Custom Tabs

 

#13  Static HTML: iframe tabs

 

For those who are familiar with HTML, CSS, Javascript, this app is a MUST HAVE to enhance your page content! Too many creative things you could do with it, such as a custom tab about your work (and this is even a basic use of it):

custom tab with static html

 

BONUS: Rich Media Apps for Fans Engagement (Optional)

 

Below facebook applications are fun to try. Who knows? Your fans may love them:

#14  Fotobabble

 

Ask your fans to upload their ‘talking’ photos for a particular contest or campaign. Or, you can use this to say ‘Hi’ and greet your fans virtually on the page.

fotobabble

 

#15  ThingLink

 

So much you can do with thinglink to feature your content creatively: video, music, art, links of your choice. An interesting way to tell your story and encourage fans to visit those media links when hover over. Below is just an example of how a tweet is displayed:

thinglink

 

How to Change Custom App Images on Timeline Page?

 

You should try to customize own app images to fit your brand. I’ve included some examples in this post (at its ‘Bonus’ section). As of the step by step tutorial, kindly refer to Kim’s article.

There are supposed to be more apps in this list but due to post length, I decided to save some for upcoming post. Also, next week I will be covering an important topic about facebook apps, so be sure to stay tuned for it.

 

Update: Don’t forget to check out 4 Timeline Apps to Add Pinterest to Your Facebook Page.

 

Now It’s Your Turn

 

Are you using any facebook applications for your Pages? Do you have other apps to recommend? Feel free to do so in the comment.

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