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Facebook’s Recent “Nearby” Update Prompts an Added Opportunity for Local Businesses on Facebook

blog 1Facebook is the gift that “keeps on giving” when it comes to supporting local businesses that are participating on the world’s largest social media forum.
In a recent update, Facebook has enhanced their “nearby” check-in feature in an effort to provide users information that is most interesting or pertinent to their needs or liking.
Here’s what Facebook has done. Every month millions of users “check-in” on Facebook when they arrive at an establishment announcing to their Facebook friends and family their location (because everyone is just dying to know, right?) Nonetheless, it’s an extremely popular feature that competes with Foursquare and Yelp which is one of the reasons Facebook is updating the feature.
So now, when you use the “nearby” feature from the FB app, the social media giant will consider at that moment, your proximity to businesses in the area based not primarily on your location, but rather on the amount of check-ins, likes, star ratings and recommendations made by your friends and other users at the “nearby” businesses. Pretty impressive eh?
The update also provides the opportunity to search through additional categories which include Restaurants, Outdoors, Hotels, Shopping, Coffee and other popular searches. The updated “nearby” results are shown on a split screen of map and provide a list of relevant businesses to include their picture, address, distance, star rating, and your friends who have already LIKED it!
Here’s the COOL part. If you’re a business that is actively participating on FB, engaging with fans, providing Facebook offers and incentives for your customers to “check-in” or LIKE your page and your blog 2posts, than your business, based on Facebook’s algorithm, will rank high and show up in a “nearby” search to Facebook users who may have never heard of, seen, or frequented your business prior to their search.
If you’re not an active business on Facebook, then this is just one more incentive to get in the game!