Having a Facebook Business Page makes it easier for people to discover and interact with your brand online. Find out how to set one up here.
If you have a business, you need a Facebook Business Page. With 1.82 billion daily active users, Facebook is simply not a social network you can ignore.
Perhaps that’s why more than 200 million businesses use Facebook’s free services. That includes business Pages—yes, creating a Facebook Page is a free way to market your business.
The good news is, creating a Facebook account for a business is pretty simple, and you likely already have all the components you need to get started. Let’s dive in.
If you’d rather watch than read, watch this video to learn how to create an effective Facebook Business Page:
Table of Contents
What is a Facebook Business Page?
How to create a Facebook Page for business
What is a Facebook Business Page?
A Facebook Page is a public Facebook account that can be used by brands, organizations, artists and public figures. Businesses use Pages to share contact information, post updates, share content, promote events and releases, and — perhaps most importantly — connect with their Facebook audiences.
Pages can be connected to Facebook ad accounts and Facebook Shops.
How to create a Facebook Page for business
Before you can sign up for your Facebook Business Page, you need to log into your personal Facebook account. Don’t worry—the information from your personal account will not be publicly visible on your business Page.
This is simply because every business Page is managed by one or more page administrators. The administrators are people with personal Facebook accounts. Your personal account works like the key to let you into your new business Page. If you have team members helping you with your Page, their personal accounts will also unlock their specific roles and capabilities.
So, if you’re not already logged into your personal account, log in now, then dive into the Page creation steps.
Step 1: Sign up
Go to facebook.com/pages/create.
Enter your business information in the panel on the left. As you do so, the page preview will update in real time on the right.
For your page name, use your business name or the name people are likely to search for when trying to find your business.
For category, type a word or two that describes your business and Facebook will suggest some options. You can choose up to three of the suggestions.
Next, fill in the Description field. This is a short description that appears in search results. It should be just a couple of sentences (maximum 255 characters).
When you’re happy with your description, click Create Page.
Step 2. Add pictures
Next, you’ll upload a profile and cover images for your Facebook Page. It’s important to create a good visual first impression, so choose wisely here. Make sure the photos you choose align with your brand and are easily identifiable with your business.
You’ll upload your profile photo first. This image accompanies your business name in search results and when you interact with users. It also appears on the top left of your Facebook Page.
If you have a recognizable brand, using your logo is probably the safest way to go. If you’re a celebrity or public figure, a picture of your face will work like a charm. And if you’re a local business, try a well-shot image of your signature offering. The important thing is to help a potential follower or customer to recognize your page immediately.
As we explain in our post on the best image sizes for all social networks, your profile image should be 170 x 170 pixels. It will be cropped to a circle, so don’t put any critical details in the corners.
Once you’ve chosen a great photo, click Add Profile Picture.
Now it’s time to choose your Facebook cover image, the most prominent image on your Page.
This image should capture the essence of your business and convey your business or brand personality. Facebook recommends you choose an image that’s 1640 x 856 pixels.
Once you’ve selected an appropriate image, click Add Cover Photo.
After you upload the photos, you can use the buttons in the top right of the preview to toggle between desktop and mobile views. Use these to make sure you’re happy with how your images look in both displays. You can drag the images in the left column to adjust their positioning.
When you’re happy with your selections, click Save.
Ta-da! You have a Facebook Business Page, although it is extremely sparse.
Of course, while the skeleton of the Facebook Page for your business is now in place, you’ve still got a lot of work to do before you share it with your audience.
Step 3. Connect your business to WhatsApp (optional)
After you click Save, you’ll see a pop-up box asking if you want to connect your business to WhatsApp. This is optional, but it does allow you to add a WhatsApp button to your page, or send people to WhatsApp from Facebook ads.
If you want to connect your business to WhatsApp, click Send Code. Otherwise, close the window to continue without connecting WhatsApp. You’ll get one more pop-up box asking if you’re sure. Since we’re skipping this, for now, we’ll click Leave.
Step 4: Create your username
Your username, also called your vanity URL, is how you tell people where to find you on Facebook.
Your username can be up to 50 characters long, but don’t use extra characters just because you can. You want it to be easy to type and easy to remember. Your business name or some obvious variation of it is a safe bet.
To create your username, click Create Username on the Page preview.
Enter the name you want to use. Facebook will let you know if it’s available. If you get a green checkmark, you’re good to go. Click Create Username.
You’ll get a confirmation pop-up. Just click Done.
Step 5: Add your business details
While you might be tempted to leave the details for later, it’s important to fill out all of the fields in your Facebook Page’s About section right from the start.
As Facebook is often the very first place a customer goes to get information about you, having it all there is important. For example, if someone is looking for a business that’s open till 9, they want to confirm this information on your Page. If they can’t find it, they’ll surely keep looking until they find another place that’s more forthcoming.
Fortunately, Facebook makes this very easy to complete. Simply scroll down on your Page view to the section called Set Your Page Up for Success and expand the item called Provide Info and Preferences.
Fill in the appropriate details here, starting with your website.
If your business is open to the public during specific hours, make sure to enter those here. This information appears in search results.
Don’t forget to complete the Add an action button section.
Facebook’s built-in call-to-action button makes it very easy to give the consumer what they’re looking for and it allows them to engage with your business in real time.
The right CTA button will encourage visitors to learn more about your business, shop, download your app, or book an appointment.
To add your CTA, click the blue box that says Add Button, then choose which kind of button you want.
Follow the same steps to republish your page when you’re ready.
Step 6. Create your first post
Before you start inviting people to like the Facebook Page for your business, you should post some valuable content. You can create your own posts, or share relevant content from thought leaders in your industry.
For inspiration, check out our blog post on Facebook marketing.
You could also create a specific type of post, like an event or offer—just click one of the options in the Create box at the top of your page.
Make sure that whatever you post offers value for your visitors when they arrive at your Facebook Business Page, so they’ll be inclined to stick around.
Step 7. Invite an audience
Your Facebook Business Page now represents a robust online presence that will make potential customers and fans feel comfortable interacting with you.
Now you need to get some followers!
Start by inviting your existing Facebook friends to like your Page. To do so, just scroll down to the bottom of the Set Your Page up for Success box and expand the section called Introduce Your Page.
Click the blue Invite Friends button to bring up a list of your personal Facebook friends. Select which friends you want to invite, then click Send Invites.