There are now more than 40 million active small business Pages on Facebook. As the number continues to grow, the social media giant has been launching several initiatives to better support these companies.
Facebook has announced two new resources to help small businesses grow on the social network: the 2015 Boost Your Business Program and live support on the Facebook for Business website.
Here's what the new programs have to offer and how they can help your business. [Facebook for Business: Everything You Need to Know]
Earlier this year, Facebook launched the Ads Manager iOS app, the Creative Shop and the Blueprint marketing training program to help advertisers better create, manage and strategize their marketing efforts.
The new 2015 Boost Your Business program takes this to the next level by holding events throughout the nation, while the new live support makes it easier to reach an Ad Specialist to personally help small businesses with their campaigns.
Boost Your Business program
The 2015 Boost Your Business program is designed to help small businesses improve their marketing and reach more customers on the platform through live events in four U.S. cities: San Diego, Minneapolis, Nashville and Boston.
It consists of half-day and two-hour pop-up events where Facebook and its partners will be speaking to small businesses about social media marketing best practices and how they can grow their businesses on Facebook. The representatives will also be discussing new marketing strategies and tools that are now available to small businesses.
The Boost Your Business program is launched in partnership with Visa, email marketing provider MailChimp, e-commerce solution Shopify, human resources service provider Zenefits and Facebook marketing expert Mari Smith.
Facebook for Business live support
Users of Facebook for Business now have an easier way to get the help they need when they need it. Just click on the Get Help button to instantly connect to an Ad Specialist using the new live-chat feature.
Live chat will be rolled out in several countries, starting with the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. Facebook says it also plans to launch live mobile chat and phone support.