Facebook Fan Page Notifications With Hyper Alerts Free App!

Facebook Fan Page Notifications With Hyper Alerts Free App!

Often when businesses set up a Facebook fan page they don’t necessarily have the time to monitor the page regularly for fan activity. Notifications of fan posts and comments would be ideal for so many small businesses and/or new fan page owners.

Fan page notifications have been sorely missing on Facebook. (I always figured it was a sheer volume issue. Could you imagine fan pages that frequently get anywhere from a few thousand to tens of thousands of comments on each post receiving notifications from Facebook? Think of pages such as Vin Diesel, Ellen DeGeneres or Starbucks! That would create a mega notification logjam.)

Many Facebook users have been eagerly searching for a solution. There are certainly plenty of social media management tools and services out there – some free, some for a fee. But, how about a nice, simple, clean email alert any time a fan posts or comments on your wall?

Introducing…

Voila – a beautiful and exciting new app that sends you an email for all posts and/or comments on your Facebook fan page. The app is called “Hyper Alerts” and is currently in public beta. Hyper Alerts was created by Are Sundnes for Hyper Interaktiv in Oslo, Norway.

I must say, I love the graphic design, clean and simple layout, and super easy set up and navigation!

Step 1 – Sign up:

Go here to sign up: http://alerts.hyperinteraktiv.no/

Hyper Alerts Signup Page

Step 2 – Click the “+ Add new alert” button:

Hyper Alerts - set up new Facebook fan page alert

Step 3 – Enter the address of your Facebook fan page:

Hyper Alerts enter Facebook fan page address

NOTE: The system does not use Facebook Connect and does not need access to your personal data. Love that!

Step 4 – Select your four settings:

Choose from four different settings: the frequency of alerts, fan posts, fan comments, and your own content. Click save.

Hyper Alerts Facebook fan page settings

Step 5 – Keep an eye on your email!

Even the emails are beautiful: clean and simple with the exact view of what you’d see on your Facebook wall. Plus, they are all text (not an image of the text) so, guess what? Yes, that means your fan page content can now be archived and is searchable! All links are active, too.

Hyper Alerts Facebook fan page email alert example

Pros:

  • Hyper Alerts does not require access to your Facebook account.
  • It’s free.
  • It’s a beautiful and easy-to-use interface.
  • You can easily monitor multiple Facebook fan pages. (“Add as many alerts as you like,” says Hyper Alerts!)
  • You can set up multiple alerts for the same fan page – e.g. receive alerts immediately for fan activity, plus a weekly (and/or monthly) report.
  • PLUS, you can archive your fan page content! By receiving emails with all your Facebook page content and activity, you now have a *searchable* archive! YES – this is reason enough for me to sign up and just filter the emails to a folder. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cons:

  • Perhaps the ability to reply to fan posts right within your email would be handy.
  • Other than that, I can’t see any downsides to Hyper Alerts – try it out and let me know if you find anything not to like about this fabulous app!

Huge props to one of my Facebook community members, Erik Eskedal, for the tip about Hyper Alerts. This blog post is completely unsolicited and unpaid; it’s simply a wholehearted review of the fabulous Norwegian peeps’ great app. I hope they have tremendous success with it!

Other Facebook activity alert systems

Alternative solutions for Facebook fan activity alerts include: the Fan Page Notifier app and Page Notifier app.

Plus, the awesome Postling app which is a complete social profile management system I’ll be reviewing in a future blog post.

Postling

In addition, you’ll receive notifications right inside Facebook any time you a) like your own posts or b) @ tag your personal profile in posts. These two methods only cover fan comments though, not fan posts.

There’s also Google alerts which isn’t as reliable, though you might give it a whirl. Try this search string: ago site:http://facebook.com/yourusername. (Make sure there is no space between site:). This will pick up from the timestamp where it always says “xx minutes ago.” Use this method for any keyword alerts too – you’re basically asking Google to search your fan page for whatever you wish. I would recommend against using this method alone.

So, there you have it, a very exciting new app to try out!! Do let me know what you think and if you use Hyper Alerts how it works out for you. Anything else you’d like to see added to the app? Let me know in the comments below!

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62 Comments

  1. Anonymous on January 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Great tip, Mari. I’ve been testing out Postling as per your recommendation and liking it so far. I’m going to try HyperAlerts because although I don’t have a lot of “fans” yet, I want to be sure not to miss the opportunity to acknowledge any new ones.
    Thank you. Looking forward to your session at BSS11.



  2. Cara Barone on January 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Woo Hoo – this is great! We will be trying it soon and report back. Thanks for sharing!



  3. Trish Winter on January 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks, Mari! This will prove very useful.



  4. Karen @MyBizPresence on January 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    This is amazing. I was hoping someone would come up with an app like this! Thank you SO much for sharing!



  5. Patti on January 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I’m trying to log in with the email associated with my FB account, and neither the FB password or the email password is working. Suggestions?



  6. Daniel Decker on January 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Looks like a great resource. Thanks!



  7. Patti on January 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Never mind, I figured it out, duh. All set up!



  8. Julieanne van Zyl on January 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    That was fast Mari! The other day you gave a way to get alerts, and now a MUCH better way appears. Thanks so much for the post with all the details for using this tool! Have a terrific weekend Julieanne



  9. Keri Andino on January 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the super tip on Hyper Alerts Mari.. This will be a great asset to many of us personally, and to help us maintain our client pages also! I can see this working well w/ Hootsuite.. especially while mobile!
    1. Get your email notification Hyper Alert for a new comment on your fan page.
    2. Reply to the comment using Hootsuite.
    And there you are, able to work on the go and virtually assist your clients all in one fell swoop:)
    KnDino



  10. Nicky Kriel on January 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you Mari, I have several pages that I use for community groups and its embarrassing not to respond to wall posts because I have forgotten to check them for a while. I am glad you are bloggin 3 times a week. You have so many valuable tips to share.



  11. Brandi on January 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I am set up and ready to test this out!



  12. Craig Yaris on January 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you so much for this. What a great tool. I currently use Nutshellmail, which always gets truncated on my BB, and Postling, but I love the ease of set-up here.



  13. Mari Smith on January 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks, Nicky!!! ๐Ÿ™‚



  14. Mari Smith on January 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you kindly!!



  15. JNFerree on January 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Great Tip Mari!
    I’ve been using Google Alerts to monitor KW’s micro niches (I select everything) and instant so I get an email anytime a new Blog post or video or EZA gets indexed by Google. This FB alert addy will surely come in handy on a few levels.



  16. frank barry on January 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Doesn’t nutshellmail do something similar for you as well?



  17. Natalie on January 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Love it! Thank you for sharing. I’ve signed up right away!



  18. Anonymous on January 22, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Hope you like it. Thanks for doing a great review Mari. They deserve it. And thanks for mentioning me as the source. “Sharing is caring” enjoy!



  19. Nate Hagerty on January 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    PERFECT! I’ve been looking for this for a while ๐Ÿ™‚



  20. Are Morch on January 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Cooooolio tip here Mari..

    And of course I have to support my Norwegian friends, so will sign up for this.. don’t hurt that one of them has the same first name as me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers.. Are



  21. Jessica Wilson on January 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I just signed up thanks for sharing! Especially useful now that Postling has started charging for alerts…. Thanks again!



  22. allisonmn on January 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    This is incredibly helpful! I manage a page with 37,000+ fans so this will help me a bunch! Thanks for posting Mari.



  23. Patricia Behisa on January 22, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Thank you for sharing! Its Great!



  24. BlackCloudWine on January 22, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Thanks for the tip. This will be handy!



  25. Lorne Pike on January 22, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Another great post. You’re a great person to have around, Mari. Thanks!



  26. Michelle Gilbert-Hoskin on January 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I am encountering this with biz pages that have vanity URLs. Including one of my own. This sadly makes this app a no-go.



  27. TraceyTarrant on January 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    LOVE this! With all the fan pages I monitor this is going to be very helpful. I did find however that I have two pages it keeps telling me are not valid pages…even though they are. Have you run into that?



  28. Keith D Shrock on January 23, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Thank You for your detailed post!
    This was much needed – and looks much better than Google analytics.



  29. Melody on January 23, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Awesome, thanks so much for sharing this Mari!

    For anyone who is getting the invalid page message, go to your page and add Norway to your pages country settings first then go back and add it for alerts. Mine was set for Canada & US only but once I added Norway it worked like a charm!



  30. nar321 on January 23, 2011 at 2:30 am

    It only finally worked when I copied and pasted the entire URL into the HyperAlerts AddURL box. So if your having a problem like I was try the above .



  31. simple fb apps on January 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    facebook apps are so powerful that every business should consider having one!!



  32. DMS on January 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Really cool application,

    Thanks



  33. Meetu Singhal on January 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    This sounds incredible! one great app after so many days! Thanks Mari for sharing with us! ๐Ÿ™‚



  34. BookBrowZers on January 23, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this!! I’ve been wishing for a gadget like this for a long time ๐Ÿ™‚



  35. Facundo on January 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Excellent resource Mari. Just signed up to Hyper alerts. Thanks for sharing. Very useful for competitors too!



  36. Lisbeth Darsh on January 24, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Very useful. Thank you.



  37. Lisbeth Darsh on January 24, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Thank you. Very useful.



  38. Tracy on January 25, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Totally awesome Mari…you rock. I’ve been looking for a solution for this for months… Tracy ๐Ÿ™‚



  39. Jackie Purnell on January 25, 2011 at 7:59 am

    You are my little blue facebook fairy…thanks for all you do to make my life easier.



  40. Patty on January 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Using Melody’s tip of adding “Norway” to page’s country settings did the trick for me.



  41. Patty on January 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you, Melody! Don’t know how you ever figured that out, but it was the secret fix!



  42. Melody on January 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Glad it worked for you too Patty!



  43. Melody on January 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    You’re welcome Patty. A lucky guess, I figured since it was a .no (Norway) domain that might solve the problem and it did!



  44. Debbi Johanning on January 26, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I ran into a problem with one of my pages: the page is for a bar, so I have it set to restrict content to 21+ since there is alcohol related content and I’m trying to be responsible. Hyper Alerts gives me the “invalid URL” message. (I tried Melody’s suggestion about adding Norway already- no dice). I was able to add other pages with no problem.

    So it seems that if your page has an age restriction, this app won’t work. It’s a great idea, though, and I’m anxious to see how it works with my other pages.



  45. Deidra Miller on January 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for this great info. I’m getting notifications that people are commenting but their comments aren’t showing on my wall. The email alert doesn’t say if that was a private message. Any ideas why their comment isn’t showing up or how I can tell if it was a private message? Thanks!



  46. Michelle Gilbert-Hoskin on January 27, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Worked for me too… thank you Patty and Melody!



  47. Ramรณn on January 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Thank you very much for sharing the info about Hyper Alerts. It will be a great help for our work. Love it!



  48. Yancey Grantham on January 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Mari, thanks for the post. Because the company is in Norway, if you want to use the “Daily” for archival purposes, I found setting the time to 1500 my time (Pacific) corresponded to midnight Norway time. Now my Daily Alerts have just the posts from that one day.



  49. Tracy on January 29, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Mari, I started using this app last week when I first read your blog post. It’s awesome and is totally what I was looking for..Thanks so much for sharing everything you do. If you ever come to Canada let me know..I have a a network of women who would probably love to meet you or hear you speak. T



  50. Melody on January 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Wow, I’m blushing Mari. Thank you for such a lovely complement. However, you are the real Rock Star! It’s an honor and delight to know you. Thank you for everything you do.



  51. Mari Smith on January 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    haha, thanks, Jackie!! I love that moniker – may have to use it! ๐Ÿ™‚



  52. Mari Smith on January 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Fabulous tip, Melody – you ROCK!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Loooooove your name, btw!)



  53. Mari Smith on January 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Oh that is a totally awesome tip – woweee thanks heaps!!



  54. Mari Smith on January 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Aha – have you checked your Spam filter?? Facebook’s algorithms can be really tight and often bona fide posts end up in there. See this video I made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWKJvVXZf24



  55. Mari Smith on January 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    hehee – hey there, Nate! Happy dance time! ๐Ÿ™‚



  56. Jonathan Oliff on January 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    This is an awesome tool, I’m sure you’ll agree Mari. I’ve posted three times asking questions of my Facebook guru on your fan page and you didn’t receive them or comment back. I was getting a little despondent, kept thinking that maybe I was asking stupid questions and shouldn’t get involved, but I do realize that you receive so many questions and you may have just missed mine…anyway, thanks for the tips again!



  57. Fernanda on January 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Oh, just saw the comments below, I’ll try to do that!



  58. Fernanda on January 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I love this new feature, but I am not being able to add one of my accounts. I get this message every time I try: This URL can not be used. Are you sure it’s a Facebook Page and not a user or group? If your page is restricted by country, you may not be able to add it. This issue will be sorted out soon.
    The page was created by the client, so I don’t know if it’s something on the set up of the page.
    Anybody else had this problem?



  59. Naomi Trower on February 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Awesome! I tried another alert app and I haven’t been receiving any notifications. I’m excited to try this one. ๐Ÿ™‚



  60. Jim Farnsworth on August 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Can’t get it to work…no notifications at all…



  61. Aloleng on April 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

    does this work with Fan pages messages too?



  62. Barbara MacRobie on July 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I’m trying it, but I don’t get alerts when another Page tags my Page. I did get a notification when a personal Profile tagged my Page. Isn’t there anything out there that lets me know when a Page has tagged my Page? An important part of my organization’s mission (we’re a state arts council) is relationships with arts organizations, not just individual people. Two examples: 1) We run a feature article about the arts every month on our website, and other arts groups often promote it via their Facebook Pages. They’ll tag us, but I don’t get a notification/alert, so I don’t know they’re promoting us. 2) I’ll give a shout-out to arts groups on my Page’s Facebook. I tag them, but they don’t know I’m spreading the word about them because they don’t get a notification/alert.ย 



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