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How To Merge Facebook Pages

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Let's say you create a Fan Page and your business merges with another one. Or let's say one of your business locations closes and you want to transfer those fans over to your primary business page. You've spent years building up your fan base and the last thing you want to do is alienate the people who you worked so hard to earn the trust and loyalty of. A great tip that Facebook doesn't really publicize that much is how to merge 2 or more Facebook pages with one another. Here you will find written step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial (see below) on how to merge Facebook Pages. Since Facebook is constantly changing their policies and procedures we don't know how long this feature will last but let's use it while we've got it!

Steps To Follow When Merging Facebook Pages

Merging Facebook Pages is easier than you think, so simply follow these easy steps and you'll have transferred your fans over seamlessly in no time.

  1. First you must be a manager-level admin of both Pages you want to merge. This option is only available for Pages that cover the same topic and have similar names.

     
  2. Establish to your Primary Page – the “Primary Page” is the page that you want to merge other older pages with.

    NOTE: This page must have more likes than any secondary pages you will be merging with the Primary Page. If you do not have more likes on the Primary Page, then consider keeping the page with more likes and changing the name or contents to act as the Primary Page and merging the page with fewer likes to the page with more likes.

    In our example in the video below we have “Exploring Life's Mysteries” ad our Primary Page. It has 290 Likes. The secondary page we want to merge it with is called “On Thai Time” and it has 36 Likes. So in this case the Primary Page does have more likes than the secondary page so we are okay to proceed to the next step.

  3. Go to the Old Page that you want to merge with the Primary Page. Under the admin panel go to “Edit Page” then “Update Info.”
  4. Update the Old Page name and username to something similar to the Primary Page you wish to merge it with. Either by making it plural or putting a 2 at the end of it. This will help Facebook understand that you have duplicate pages. If you're merging Pages with a location, they must have the same address information as well. In our example, “On Thai Time” is not close enough to the page we want to merge it with “Exploring Life's Mysteries” so we changed the username to “ExploringLifesMysteries2” and the page name to “Exploring Life Mysteries.”
  5. The next step is very important. Before you merge pages you will want to make sure that all the contents from the old page (info, bio, photos, wall posts, links) are backed up or archived somewhere.

    NOTE: Once you merge pages, you can not undo and all photos, links and posts from the old page will be permanently deleted. The only thing that will transfer over to the new page will be the people who liked the old page.

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  6. Repeat steps 2 through 4 until all pages you wish to merge are updated with similar names, usernames, addresses (if necessary) and all data is backed up.
  7. Now, from the top of the Page you want to keep (your Primary Page), click EDIT PAGE, select EDIT SETTINGS, click MERGE PAGES, and click MERGE DUPLICATE PAGES. Click to check the box next to the merging Page. Click MERGE PAGES. If you don't see the merge Pages option, it means that your Pages can't be merged at this time.

NOTE: If you have overlapping fans they will not count as two likes so the increase in likes will depend on how many overlapping fans you lave. Example, if Page A has 200 fans and Page B has 50 fans, and you merge you will not necessarily have 250 fans, but as many as 250.

Troubleshooting

For those of you still having trouble, here are the steps that you should take to merge Facebook pages. We realize Facebook isn't always 100% working and there are sometimes kinks but if you follow these few steps, you should be able to merge your pages in no time!

First of all, you have to a manager-level admin of both Pages you want to merge and both pages must have similar names. You can simply change the name to be something similar if it's not already. Then, using Facebook as yourself (not as your Page). From the top of the Page you want to KEEP, click on EDIT PAGE. Then select EDIT SETTINGS and select MERGE PAGES and click REQUEST TO MERGE DUPLICATE PAGES then fill out the form and click SEND. Keep in mind the page with the most fans will be kept and the other one will be deleted. Hope that helps and happy merging!

Video Tutorial: How to Merge Facebook Pages

And in case you still need help, here's a video that will walk you through the steps listed above.

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Merge Success!

I have been searching everywhere on Facebook and the web to find out how to merge Facebook pages. Of course, Facebook makes it nearly impossible to find such information and they don't ever promote or educate you of when they roll out new features. This happened to our coffee company a while back - we had a page with about 500 fans and then we bought another coffee company that had 2,000 fans. We were debating on what to do and I heard somewhere from a co-worker that it was possible to merge pages. The steps outlined above are fairly easy and straightforward, within a matter of minutes we had combined our Facebook pages and are now much better off as a result. I wish Facebook would be more transparent with their news and instructions but since they aren't I'm glad there is a place like this website that can help us out! 

Page Merging Saves The Day

Of all the details we hammered out during our recent business merger, the Facebook page issue remained the thorn in everyone’s side that refused to go away. Even after the larger issues were ironed out and things were beginning to run more smoothly, the old marketing managers and PR people on each side were continually bickering over whose Facebook page would change and how to integrate the other pages and whose social media was better and so on until the end of time. Well, little did we know that Facebook pages could be merged; even these IT people and social media marketers did not have a clue about it. The whole thing did save a lot of angst and a few hard decisions could be set aside, although senior management did have to step in on whose photos would be saved and whose would have to be re-loaded onto the new site. Social media marketing does legitimately represent a lot of time and effort, so I should not poke too much fun at anyone about the matter, but I will say that I am not the only one here who is glad to have found out about page merging.

Merging Instructions Saved Me Time and Irritation

Pretty much as soon as I found this article, I thought, Finally. It seems like Facebook is constantly making changes, and those of us trying to use it for business and marketing are having a bear of a time trying to keep up. But, I also appreciated this article because clearly it was written by someone who knew what they were talking about. The tip about how merging pages would cause the second page to lose all of its information, for instance, is priceless, and I encourage everyone to download or otherwise backup all their information from their other pages before starting the merging process.

In fact, do that with all of your pages, because in case something goes wrong, you do not want to lose all of the data you have collected. It is unfortunate that all of the old page’s wall posts will not merge, but that is understandable. Hopefully there will be a remedy for that in the future. In the meantime, this article saved a lot of confusion with my customers who were Liking the wrong page and not getting to read or see the real page. Keep these helpful articles coming!

To Merge or Not to Merge Facebook Pages

A friend and I currently run two Facebook pages that are devoted to our book blogs. One page is for books that would appeal to young adults and adults, while the other page is devoted to books for children. At first, it seemed like a great idea to have two separate pages, but I'm beginning to question whether or not it gets us the most exposure.

I would suggest that anyone in this position take the time to weigh the pros and cons of merging their Facebook pages before doing it. After all, these changes are permanent and it could cost you some of your fans. For example, a pro would be easier management of the pages, but a con might be the inability to fully target your pages to two separate audiences once the pages merge. Those with a massive amount of followers should not jump too quickly to combine their pages.

The more I think about my current situation, the more I realize that two pages really are best. With two pages, we're able to truly cater to readers of all ages. Best of all, we can target younger readers without worrying about them being exposed to books that aren't age-appropriate.

Facebook Fan Page Merging, Huh? Great Article!

I'm just getting into the whole Facebook thing on the business end of things. I've loved Facebook for socializing with my friends for a long time now, and now that I'm older, I've started my own little t-shirt business. I've been drawing for a long time and have translated several designs into some cool t-shirts and even baby ts for some of my female friends.

Everybody really likes them, so I started selling custom designs. I just set up my first Facebook Fan Page, and it's getting good response from people from all over my area, different high schools and people from my local neighborhood recreation center. Since people have been responding so well to my stuff, I've been thinking of other ways to branch out, like designing temporary tatoos, and putting my stuff exclusively on girls' stuff like purses etc. I've also thought about putting designs on furniture and creating real art in frames and stuff. Right now, I'm not sure what direction I'm definitely going in, but I know I will definitely need to merge my Facebook Fan pages at some point. I am really looking forward to building my business.

Merging Facebook Pages a Timely Topic

I just read that Facebook has identified literally thousands and thousands of fake profile pages and that they are working to identify and remove them to better enhance the user experience.  I do not have multiple pages, although I have thought about it.  With all the people requesting to be your friends these days, I feel like I would like to keep some of the groups separate.  More separate than Facebook allows currently anyway. 

Anyway, for those that have taken that step, I am sure they would like to avoid having to completely delete one page and lose all the friends or fans they have built up over time.  Up until now, I was completely unaware that you could merge pages like this, and I am positive that most people would not know that either. 

Personally, I would like to pare down my page to be honest.  I get so much correspondence from people I hardly know anymore that it just is starting to get to be a little bit much. I should really look at some of the other features Facebook offers to maximize my experience.

These Instructions Are Simple And Easy

I have more than one Facebook page and can totally relate to this. I added on my page where it was that I worked, and it immediately created a link to another page because of  it. Later, I got added as an Admin to my work’s official page, which essentially meant that I had two pages linked to my page. Since each page had the same information, it was totally redundant, but I did not know exactly what to do in the situation.

Reading this article completely helped me. The first page I linked to was not the real page, so could be considered the secondary page, and it only had three Likes. (I am not totally sure who the other two people were; they were seemingly totally random.)

That first page had no pictures or anything, though, so it worked out well. Using the guidelines listed, I was able to change the user names to something similar so that they qualified to be merged. After the following the procedure, which was clear enough that even I could understand it, I ended up as Admin for my work page and the business Facebook linked to my profile, as well.

Merging Facebook pages to your benefit

I can understand why this would be useful for some. For example, writers who create several blogs may want to create separate pages for each blog, but then decide that some pages could be merged together to create a more streamlined page. Not only would this make it easier for bloggers to promote their content, but it would also allow readers to find information that might also be useful to them.

I think the key with merging Facebook pages is to only merge pages when it makes sense. For example, you don't want to merge a page about dogs and a page about mechanics. You have to combine pages that have followers with similar interests. Two great pages to merge might be a page on toy breeds and small breeds of dogs.

Another tip I feel should be considered is letting followers know what you're doing. Facebook users hate being added to pages without their consent. This means you might want to consider discussing the changes a few weeks before the change actually occurs. If there are followers who wouldn't want to be a part of the new page, they could unlike the page you plan to merge with another.

Facebook questions

I had no idea you could merge Facebook pages like this. I really wish that Facebook itself would make some of the features they have clearer. For instance, I bet that most of the people who use Facebook have no idea that you can merge pages like this. I have to wonder about a couple of things though. For instance, what about your friends? There is a limit of 5000 friends you can have. How does this work when you merge pages? I don't know if all pages have just followers or can have friends too. If they can have friends, what happens when you try to merge pages that together would have more than 5000 friends? Do you lose those friends or do you have to pick an choose which friends to keep?

I have a few Facebook pages myself and I have often thought that I wish I could merge them so I don't have to post the same things over and over. Some of the information I offer is relevant to more than one page. I think I am going to have to try to merge a couple of them and see what happens.

Facebook changes

Facebook has made so many changes recently that it is hard for me to keep up with all of them. Just about the time I think I have things just the way I need them and understand them, Facebook throws another change my way. I get it. There are always growing pains when someone makes a change. I just wish they would ask us for input before they do it.

The other thing is that there is so much negativity on Facebook that you really do not hear much about things like this unless you actually leave Facebook and happen to come across and article like this one. I honestly never heard about this until I started using this site. And this happens to be something positive Facebook did. I think this will make things a lot easier for people like me who start new projects and wish they could find a way to blend concepts. So why was this not made a big deal of on Facebook?

Remember when timeline came out? I thought my Facebook news feed was never going to slow down and I even got to learn a few new profane words because people hated it so much. Why couldn't they put that kind of energy into sharing info about merging Facebook pages?

I Never Knew You Could Merge Facebook Pages!

A number of years ago I started a Facebook page for my business that became a neat way of communicating with my customer base and also a way of getting valuable feedback from them regarding different marketing efforts I had put together.  Sadly, the page had to be shut down after a while though because a few overzealous users started spamming our wall on a regular basis and it started pushing other users away. 

So, I started a new one under a new name to better reflect the nature of our business and attract the type of Facebook “fans” that we wanted to participate in our ongoing conversation.  The bummer of this was that we lost a lot of fans in the process and never fully recouped their numbers in the transition. 
Had I known that we could have merged the old page into the new one we could have really made life a lot easier for ourselves rather than starting from scratch and rebuilding our fan base.  If this ever happens again I will be sure to follow these instructions!

Pros and Cons of Merging Facebook Pages

I didn't realize that this was possible. As an owner of several Facebook pages, this is something that might come in handy down the road. As blogs change, websites close, and new sites open, it's important to be able to manage your pages without losing any of your followers. More importantly, it's one of the easiest ways to transfer users to the page that brings everything together in one place.

I can see many benefits to this feature. First of all, it can be time consuming to manage several Facebook pages. Facebook is supposed to be a tool that helps businesses, bloggers, writers, etc share and market information. However, it can take a lot of time to keep all the pages updated. For example, if a blogger runs 10 blogs, it might take them an hour each day to update everything. This time can greatly be reduced by merging the pages of blogs that have similar topics.

I can also see some drawbacks to this feature. The biggest drawback I see is transferring followers to another page that they might not want to follow. For example, if you merge several Facebook pages that have to do with different breeds of dogs, some users may not want to get information on several different breeds.

Can't merge large facebook pages

These are great directions the only problem is it won't work if you are trying to merge 2 pages with more than 200 likes each because you facebook won't let you edit the name of a page with more than 200 likes. You can edit the user name but not the actual page name:(

Re: Can't Merge Large Facebook Pages

Thanks for the feedback, yes you are correct at time of publish there must be less than 200 fans to merge pages. If you'd like to request a page merge from Facebook (rather than doing on your own manually) I'd recommend checking out this link.  https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/?id=160167234097982

In addition, your Page name must meet the guidelines below (source: Facebook.com):
  • Abusive terms: Page names may not contain terms or phrases that may be abusive.
  • Standard capitalization: Page names must use proper, grammatically correct capitalization. They cannot include excessive capitalization or all capitals.
  • Plain text: Page names may not include symbols, such as ! or ® or TM. They must include logical, correct punctuation. Repeated and unnecessary punctuation is not permitted.
  • Concise names: Page names may not be excessively long, and may not include taglines, superfluous descriptions, or unnecessary qualifiers, such as "official." Campaign names and regional or demographic qualifiers are acceptable (e.g. Nike Football Spain).
  • Variations of "Facebook": Page names may not contain any variation of the word "Facebook." For more information about Facebook's Brand Assets, see the Brand Permissions Center.

Thanks for the feedback!

 

Merging large pages

Hey Sadie, thanks for the great advice, but like mentioned above, it only works for smaller pages...

The link you suggested (https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/?id=160167234097982) doesn't seem to work anymore, any idea where I can request the merge then?

Thanks!
Steven

Marketing with facebook pages

This is an excellent article! I use Facebook all the time and I had no idea that you could merge Facebook pages like this. I thought once you created a page, that was it. I can see where this would come in handy on several points and it clears up some questions that I had been asking myself about my current marketing program.

I offer more than one service and I deal with more than one topic, but my clients may only be interested in one topic at a time. For instance, people who are into herbs and holistic healing may not be into DIY repair projects or related services. And really, you have to kind of fine tune what you are going to market if you are going to market anything online. You can't just be a Walmart of services or something. You have to draw people to a specific topic. But once you do, you can get your name out there and eventually merge the pages so that you can focus on all the products and all the customers without having to deal with several pages. Brilliant!

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