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Facebook Helps Texoma Businesses Grow

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On Tuesday, Facebook celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Since its launch from Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard dorm room, the world's largest social network has helped grow Texoma businesses including Willie's Place.

William Harmon, owner of Willie's Place burger joint said the success of his business was made possible with the help of Facebook. For the past 3 years, he has utilized the Willie's Place Facebook page to spread the word about his business.

"We've always done well with word of mouth and I kind of felt like that was good enough. But I was wrong. It actually increased our business quite a bit," said Harmon.

The Willie's Place Facebook page contains everything from pictures of menu items to customers commenting on the food. But Harmon's marketing strategy didn't stop there to bring in more customers.

"We put a daily special on Facebook every day with a password. With that password, customers get 10% off of their baskets when they say the password when they order," he said.

Cecil and Pam Rotz follow and like Willie's Place on Facebook. They agreed it's a helpful way for businesses and customers to stay connected.

"I follow him and look at his page almost every day. It seems like it brings the community of Wichita Falls closer together because they are all on Facebook. You can have local conversations with him," said Cecil Rotz.

"I just like to see what's going on. It keeps you up to date on what he's serving and he's always trying new stuff. So I like that," said Pam Rotz.

With the Facebook page producing such positive outcomes, Harmon said he wants to continue using Facebook to connect with the most important part of his business; his customers.

In addition, Willie's Place has gotten out-of-town customers from the Dallas Metroplex who came across the Facebook page.

Facebook currently has over 1 billion active users monthly and over 400 billion shared photos. The social media network's 2013 revenue surged to more than 7.9 billion dollars.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel 6.