Facebook – How To Link An Event To Your Page Rather Than Profile
Facebook Pages that are linked to profiles suffer from a number of annoyances, including that when making things like events, the “ownership” of these things tends to default to the personal profile.
The solution to get around that is to use the Page’s Status Event menu, attached to the status box, but it’s less than intuitive so let me walk you through it!
How To Link An Event To Your Facebook Page
1. Go to you’re Page, on the Wall tab and right under the status box, instead of Link or Picture, select Event. Open that and fill in at least something for Title and Time. (Don’t worry we’re going to be able to change these in a moment, they can be completely wrong or just say Testing). Hit the share button to publish it.
2. Now that the event is temporarily shared, it has an event ID. Right click on the link to the event and select either copy link location (and open it in another tab) or open in new tab. (I suggest jotting this link down in a text document in case something happens while you’re getting this all open and saved.)
3. Once you have it open in a new tab. Briefly flip back to the tab with your Page Wall on it, and “Remove” the event. This prevents your visitors from seeing an incomplete event page while you work. Don’t worry, the event ID still exists (associated to your Facebook Page).
4. Now you have an event that reports that its Admin is your Page Name. This is correct.
The “Your RSVP” however still belongs to your profile, and in many cases you may want to RSVP to your own event so your personal friends “see” you as attending.
5. Now that we have the event ID correctly associated with the Facebook Fan/Like Page, its time to go to the upper right and select “Edit Event” to clean up all of the details, image, start and end time, etc.
We edit and set this just the same as we do for any other event.
The “Invite Friends”, “Select Guests” & “Invite People To Come” links/buttons all reference your profile’s Friends. There is no way to send this invite to the Invited Events section of of the page for all of your Page’s fans. (Also, the share button share’s the event to your profile, not you’re page.)
However, there is an “Update Fans of PageName” link that can be used to send an “Update”. An update goes to a special section of the inbox and is not a true Facebook inbox/email. (Most people do not realize they are receiving updates and completely ignore them!)
6. Once you have the event looking correct, fully edited, copy the link from the very top of the page:
(if it has a bunch of other characters in it, such as your profile or page name, simply refresh the page)
7. Take that link back to your Facebook page and share it as a link.
(If you did not delete it from your wall during editing, it auto-updates itself to show part of the description, etc., in most cases.)
As long as you do not mark the “attending” box, or share the link, once you’ve removed it from your Facebook Page wall, the event is fairly well hidden and you can easily work on it over a couple days to get it “just right”. I highly suggest getting it looking right before inviting guests either from your page or profile.
Thoughts on Linking an Event to Your Facebook Page
There you have it, a relatively pain-free way to put an end to your events being “owned” by your personal profile. Many times in business we want people that are invited by guests to see the event as belonging to our business. This isn’t something we do so much for friends as it is for those that may not be familiar with us directly.
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Like it? Love it? What do you think? Know of a better solution? Is this something you’ll be able to utilize in your business? Are there other aspects of the Fan Pages that annoy you? Please share your thoughts below!