Facebook has released the new (and free) Pages Manager App for iPhone users! This will allow Page admins to login, monitor, update and manage Facebook pages settings, view analytics and fans.
Currently the app is only available to iPhone users and not yet compatible for the iPad or Andriod phones. There is no messages feature yet.
Features include: posting new updates and photos as your page, instant notifications of page activity, respond and post on-the-go, manage all Pages from one app, view current Page Insights.
Here is a step-by-step guide to using the new iPhone app.
1. Download the app for free.
2. Login using your personal account.
3. Authorize Facebook to access your personal account and all of the Pages you administer.
4. Determine who can see posts from the app on Facebook. As a Page manager, this should probably be set to Public.
5. Enabling Push Notifications does use system resources; however, enable if you want instant notifications about content being posted to your Pages.
6. You’re in! The Page Manager app looks very similar to the Facebook app except that only Pages you administer are visible.
7. From the main view on any Page, there is a Notifications icon that indicates when someone has commented, posted updates, and photos to your Page.
8. Also from the main view on any Page, there is a Likes icon that indicates how many new Likes the Page has received since your last login.
9. By selecting the Filter option available on the main view of any Page, you will be able to filter posts within the page view. Everyone’s Posts is self-explanatory. Only the Page owners posts is the second option – great if there are multiple admins and you’re seeking a specific post. Hidden Posts is very convenient as Facebook frequently hides posts made by others to your page if they include links or tags.
10. By tapping the icon with the three lines on the upper-left corner, you will be able to access the Pages Manager main menu. This includes Insights for the Page you have currently selected, as well as a list of additional Pages you administer. To switch Pages, simply tap the name of the Page you wish to view.
11. This is what the Page Insights looks like. Notice it is a more simple than the desktop version? From here you can view Total Likes, People Talking About This, and Weekly Total Reach along with percentages up and down.
12. Scrolling down on the Insights will show you the Trends in chart format. As of this writing, there is no additional data available within the Insights menu and there are no links within the Insights screen.
13. It is very simple to switch between Pages. In addition, you can hide or ban a fan simply by swiping from left to right across a comment he or she has made.
14. By clicking on the name of an admin, the Facebook app will open and you will land on that person’s personal Facebook account.
15. From the main menu of the Pages Manager app, you can access the Help link. Below are the questions currently (as of this writing) available within the app.
What do you think? Will you use the app? Will you wait for the iPad or Adroid versions?