Have you ever seen a Cooperative with a Facebook URL that looks something like this: Facebook.com/AwesomeElectric1234567890? If you have, then you’ve seen an example of a Cooperative that hasn’t set up its Business Page correctly.
Keep reading to learn how to set your Cooperative’s Facebook Page up the right way in a handful of short, easy steps. (Hint: Setting your Page up the right = getting rid of all those numbers at the end of your URL.)
Step 1: Log In
Log into your Facebook account. Once you’ve logged in, go to your Business Page.
Step 2: Check Your Current Facebook Name
It’s possible that your Cooperative’s Page is already set up the right way. If so, congratulations! If you aren’t sure whether your page is set up correctly, then you need to visit your Page on Facebook.
If you see something like Facebook.com/ReachTheARC or Facebook.com/MOElectricCoops when in your URL, then you’re already in good shape. If you see something like Facebook.com/ReachTheARC1234567890, then you need to keep reading.
Step 3: Make Sure You’re a Page Admin
You’ll need to be an Admin to edit your Page.
To find out who the Admins are for your Cooperative’s Page, click “Settings on the upper right side of the page. Then look in the left sidebar for “Page Roles.” Once you click on “Page Roles,” you’ll be able to see who your current Page administrators are:
Facebook Page Roles include Admin, Editor, Moderator, Advertiser, Analyst, and Live Contributor. Each Role is assigned to have certain, appropriate permissions to post to, pull information from, or edit your Cooperative’s Page.
Only a Page Admin can change the Page URL, so if you aren’t already an Admin, you’ll need to request Admin status from whoever is an Admin (there can be more than one Admin).
Step 4: Change Your Page Username
Once you’re a Page Admin, changing your Username is easy. Just open your Page and click “About” on the upper left side of your screen. From there, you’ll see the Username of your Cooperative.
You can see in my example that our Business Username is, “ARC Media, and our Username is Facebook.com/ReachTheARC.”
To edit your Cooperative’s Username, click “Edit” next to the Username section. Enter a new Username, and as long as that Username is available (i.e. no one else is using it already), you’re good to go!
(Note: There are a few Facebook guidelines to follow when creating a Page username. The guidelines are mostly common sense (for instance, you can only use letters, numbers, and periods in your name) but you can find the complete list right here.)
Step 5: Tag Us On Facebook to Let Us Know You’re Good
Once you’ve set your Facebook Username up the right way, leave a note on our Facebook Wall or tag us in a #ThankYou post to let us know! If you tag us, we promise, we’ll engage with your Cooperative, helping promote your Facebook Page to our fans andyour own.
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