Originally when I first started using Facebook in 2006, the only options for businesses or community groups were Groups or by using a Personal Profile in the incorrect way. Luckily Facebook introduced the Pages option making it a fabulous free tool for businesses. The groups option is still available and is perfect for private groups, or community discussions. Some people find however that they have' out-grown' their facebook group and would like to transcend to a Page option instead for the added benefits and insights available.
Unfortunately there is no conversion tool supplied by Facebook to convert your Group into a Page. The best way we have found is to go ahead and set up your business Page professionally and completely and publishing it for everyone to see. Then copy the URL link and copy this to your group or send to all group members explaining the change over. Give all members a reasonable amount of time to change over to the group, as not everyone logs onto Facebook Regularly. Two weeks to a month should be be enough time. It can be a long process and you will possibly lose followers in the process which can be rather dissapointing.
I had to do this for a Wildlife Conservation Group that I had operated since 2006 and chose to painstakingly remove members from the group once they had Liked the facebook page and with 1600+ members this was a painful time consuming process. This is of course not necessary, but I didn't want members who had allready gone over to like the new page to be continuing to receive messages on the group format about the change over and become annoyed by it.
All Photos will need to be copied and re-added to the new page along with any discussion notes. Allow yourself a period of time to complete this change over process before advertising the new page to group members - it is always best to have it set up as professionally as possible before sharing the link.
Once you are happy the members that have signed over, you can remove your group or change it to secret if you choose.
All the best with your change over!
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Judi Gray is the Owner Operator of Blue Bird Internet Marketing and has been assisting small Businesses with their online profiles since 2011.