Facebook Tabs Example 6: Maps

We have been reviewing Facebook marketing and custom tabs since before the holiday. The time has passed for Facebook to be simply a "good idea" for web marketing plans. Our blog's recent focus on Facebook marketing a lot because Facebook should now be an essential part of your strategy.

In our last post of this series, I reviewed how to effectively use Facebook events and I shared seven tips. In this post, I'll review including a map tab on your page. If you have a physical location for your business or organization, we recommend that you include a map or locations page in your Facebook profile.

Here are a few facts about the map page:
  • You must enter an address to utilize the built-in Facebook map.
  • If you do not activate the map or verify your address, no map will appear and your address will appear as a link. (Note: This option isn't optimal because the link will leave Facebook and send users away from your page to a map hosted by Bing.)
Christian Church Foundation has an bbout page with location that doesn't include a map.
Instead, the page's address link sends users to a Bing Map.
  • By default, your map will appear when the user clicks 'about' and it will not appear as a custom tab.

McDonald's restaurants promote their chain locations map using a custom "Locations" tab.
Notice, their new cover photo is festive for the holidays and new year also.
  • Maps can be added using a Facebook app or an embedded map.
Below are a couple examples of maps on Facebook pages:

IU Health's Location tab uses Facebook's typical map feature on the About page with one location.
It offer zoom capabilities and opens with more information.

McDonald's Location tab is interactive showing their many locations.
The map fills the whole screen, unlike the typical built-in Facebook map, and it allows
for multiple addresses with zoom features and open for more details.
From the examples above, you can see how effective a map can be to offer your users your location information and help them find directions.

Tatum

About the author | Tatum Hindman

Tatum is the president of TBH Creative and is responsible for building long-term client relationships. She enjoys the strategy behind web design and sitting down with clients to define online marketing goals. She likes to blog about questions or topics that clients ask about as well as sharing new tricks.

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