What PR pros need to know about Facebook Timeline for brands

Facebook rolled out its Timeline feature for brands on Wednesday. Were you prepared?

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When Facebook launched Timeline for personal profiles, social media managers began speculating on when the format would be rolled out for brand pages. We now know that day will likely be Wednesday. Is your brand ready for the change?

By most accounts, brand will have three months before they have to adapt to the format, but you should start to see the rollout happen much quicker than that, with some early adopters taking advantage of the format immediately. Facebook premium ads are also expected on Wednesday, and leaked documents give some in-depth info on what that will mean for your brand.

The first thing that marketers should realize is that Timeline for brands will differ from Timeline for personal pages. Further, brands will need to rethink their Facebook strategy. And with any of the medium’s past iterations, there will be some growing pains.

That said, here are a few points that will help communicators ensure that they’re ready for the launch:

Plan first for the aesthetic changes

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