How to Invite Friends to Your Business’s Facebook Event

After you have created you business’s Facebook event, you can invite your Friends. If you don’t have any Friends who are also fans of your page or who are interested in your business, this might be a step you don’t need to take. But if you have some overlap between your Friends and fans, then take some time to invite your Friends.

You have to be logged in as your personal Profile rather than your Page to invite your Friends. To switch back to your personal Profile, use the down arrow in the upper-right corner and select your personal Profile from the drop-down menu under Use Facebook As. After switching back to your personal Profile, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to your Facebook Page but remain logged in as your personal Profile.

    You can do this by typing the URL of your Facebook Page in your browser window or selecting your Facebook Page name from the left sidebar of your personal Profile home Page under the Pages heading.

  2. Click the Events tab underneath your Profile photo.

    You may have to click the down arrow to the right of the Apps. You see all your upcoming events listed.

  3. Click on the event you will be inviting your Friends to.

    You see the Event page.

  4. RSVP to the event as your personal Profile by clicking Join (assuming you are going because you did create the event).

  5. Click the Invite Friends button in the upper-right corner of the Events page.

    A window appears, with a list of your Friends.

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  6. Select the Friends you want to invite and click the blue Save button.

    You see a message that your Friends have been invited and you are done. Your Friends receive a notification that you invited them and the event will appear in their Events area.

There is no “select-all” button when inviting your Friends to an event so you will have to select the check boxes next to your Friends’ Profile pictures individually. You can also filter your Friends by using the Search by Friends drop-down menu. You can then display all the Friends from one of your Facebook Lists to make selecting them easier.

The people who are attending the event can be your best advocates for spreading the word, but you may need to educate people about how to share the event and invite their Friends.

Anyone has the ability to share an event, regardless of whether he or she has RSVP’d or has even been formally invited. But you can only invite your Friends to an event that you have RSVP’d for (even if you have declined the invitation you can still invite your Friends to the event). There are four ways to share:

  • Click the Share link in the post when the event has been shared as a link as described earlier.

  • Go into the event by clicking on your Events tab and then selecting the event; click the Share link on the bottom-left sidebar. A pop-up Share This Event window appears, giving people the opportunity to add their own commentary about the event before clicking the blue Share Event button.

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  • After people have RSVP’d to the event, they have the ability to invite their Friends to the event using the button that appears in the upper-right corner of the Event page in the same way you invited your Friends. The person must have responded to the event by clicking the Join, Maybe, or Decline button on an event before he or she has the ability to invite Friends.

The fewer steps, the better. Telling people to share the post by clicking the Share link is the easiest way; don’t make the process too hard!

You may need to educate your connections about how to share this event. When you post your event in a Timeline post, include a call to action such as “Feel free to share this event with your Friends by clicking the Share link below this post.”

You can also e-mail people, asking them to help promote your event by going to your Facebook Event URL and clicking the Share link in the bottom-left corner. If you want to tell someone how to Invite their Friends to the event, share your event as a Link, tell people to click the event (if they’ve already RSVP’d) and then click the Invite Friends button to invite their Friends directly.

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