How To Change Your Facebook Fan/Business Page Category
The unchangeable nature of the Facebook Fan/Like Page Title and Category options has been a constant thorn in the side for many businesses!
During the page creation process there is no warning that these fields are completely non-adjustable later and a mistake during this seemingly easy step can have negative consequences for your long term use of that Fan Page for your business. This leaves businesses regularly asking how to change their Facebook Fan or Business Page Name or Category.
With the Title field never being changeable, it is imperative that pages are positioned in a way that they will not be impacted by a business change, business name change, or industry change. This is why simply self branding is still the most highly recommended option when it can be made to work. Unfortunately, changing your Facebook Fan Page Title still remains impossible.
The Category option may seem inconsequential as long as its approximate or “close” to fitting. However, different categories get different information fields to work with – and some of them are very very limiting.
Generally speaking, the “best” category for flexibility of fields has proven to the be the “Professional Service”. While this may not seem like a logical fit for some, generally you can find a way to explain it if you ever have to but odds are you won’t. The “Professional Service” field gives a lot of flexibility and is ideal for most businesses and even personalities/individuals.
Because of all of this, its easy to chose the “wrong” category and to dearly wish to move. In fact, some pages end up created with completely incorrect categories and desperately need moved.
However, the official answer from Facebook has always been … “Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to change the category of a Page once it has been created. If you wish to change the category, you will need to first delete your Page by clicking on ‘Delete Page’ at the top of the edit page. You can then create a new Page with the correct category. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. “
However, recently, although the official answer has not changed, a “Request for Page Category Review” form has arrived that allows you to submit a request for category review and repositioning. It does NOT however give you a drop-down to select your desired category, but when you fill in the explanation field explaining what the correct positioning should be, it is likely to get you the result you want.
The key here to realize is that become this is still not the official answer, you need to approach this as a privilege. While that may irk you, please understand the your approval is highly likely to be based on your tone when you contact them. Do not expect to be able to use this to move to a category that does not fit either. Be professional and forgiving as you work with the support staff to get moved to a fitting category. It is very very rare in Facebook to be able to get access to a real live support person and that is what this form does so please respect that privilege.
Now you have a way to change the category of a Facebook Fan or Business Page that was incorrectly positioned during creation, instead of deleting it! Yay! This is a marvelous improvement!
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