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  • Launched: February 4, 2004
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Facebook Advertising

Over the years, Facebook has launched a number of paid advertising options for marketers, including pay per click options and real-time bidding on display ads, cost per action bidding, promoted page posts and sponsored stories, local offers and coupons, as well as advanced targeting options, including custom audiences and look-a-likes. In June 2013, Facebook announced a new plan to streamline ad units to better meet advertiser goals.

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Facebook Local Page Ratings Now Come With A Numerical Display

sprinkles-review It appears that Facebook is working to re-emphasize its star-rating system for brand Pages. As reported first today by Inside Facebook, the social network is displaying numerical ratings, rather than only the star icons it previously showed. And when you hover your cursor over the ratings, a full rundown of all the establishment's ratings appears. Here's how it looks: The ratings feature appears on Pages that choose to include a physical address in their Pages settings. When Facebook rolled out the star system last November, it was seen as a possible competitor for Yelp, Foursquare a [...]


Spending On Facebook Advertising Soared 83% YOY In Q1, Nanigans Report Shows

nanigans Advertisers on Facebook increased spending by 83% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to Q1 of 2013, according to data from online advertising software provider Nanigans. Also in the report (which can be downloaded in full here): Spending in Q1 dropped slightly -- by 5% -- compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Cost per click rates increased 10% from the fourth quarter, likely due to increased competition for targeted audiences and content in the News Feed, leading to a spike in demand. Impressions were down 17% QOQ and 48% YOY, showing there are fewer but higher value impres [...]


Could “Liking” A Brand On Facebook Waive Your Legal Rights?

social-media-dislike-thumb-down-featured There is a very disturbing trend in the world of corporate terms and conditions. Consumers (and small merchants) are increasingly being forced by fine-print clauses into binding arbitration to resolve disputes with companies. The very pro-business US Supreme Court not long ago ruled this was entirely legal. What it means as a practical matter is that individuals give up their right to sue in court as well as the right to join together in class action litigation against corporations. The problem is that consumers, even if they're permitted to sue individually, won't because they don't h [...]


Now You Can Tell Facebook Friends Where You’re ‘Traveling To’

fb-travelnew Facebook has added "Traveling To" to its roster of feeling-and-doing status update options. Now people can share their travel plans with friends in a Facebook-official manner. The feature is accessed by the smiley-face icon on status updates from the desktop and mobile apps. Among the other choices:  Feeling, Watching, Reading, Listening To, Eating, Playing. Currently, sharing a Traveling To status won't change the information that Facebook serves users, but we can imagine future enhancements that will tailor your experience to the place you are visiting. It could connect you with fri [...]


Spring Cleaning: Why You Lost Instagram Followers

Instabig You might have noticed a few fewer followers on your Instagram account. It's not a glitch. Instagram has just stopped including inactive accounts in the follower/following totals, as stated in an update on Instagram apps (see screen grab below). The details, from an Instagram spokesperson: "After receiving feedback from members in the Instagram community, we recently fixed an issue that incorrectly included inactive accounts in follower/following lists. We believe this will provide a more authentic experience and genuinely reflect people who are actually engaging with each other's content. [...]


Simply Measured Offers Facebook Insights With Ads Report

SimplyM3 Social media analytics provider Simply Measured is now offering its customers a Facebook report that merges analytics for organic and paid posts on the social network. Simply Measured said it is the first metrics platform to provide such a report: "Because of the intricacy and manual effort involved with stitching multiple Facebook APIs together (it takes one of our customers a day and a half each week!), most social marketers currently report on paid media separately from the rest of their fan page performance." As the sample chart above shows, the report gives a top-level reading o [...]


Union Metrics Beefs up Social Offering With Instagram Analytics

Instagram-Analytics When it comes to tricky social media tracking, Union Metrics has been on the forefront of innovative products. The first ever Analytics for Tumblr was launched in 2012, and Union Metrics also created TweetReach, a service that monitors both Twitter accounts and  tracks historical Twitter reach. But wait, there's more! Today a new professional grade product is unveiled: Union Metrics for Instagram. Union Metrics for Instagram is a tool that will allow marketers to track both Instagram accounts and hashtags. The design replicates other Union Metrics tools  and shows overall growth, po [...]


Report: Advertiser Revenue From Facebook Ads Rose 191 Percent YoY, 12 Percent From Paid Search

Search vs Social Trends Q1 Kenshoo Advertisers saw revenue from Facebook advertising shoot up 191 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014, while paid search drove revenue increases of 12 percent on the year. That's according to Kenshoo's quarterly look at ad campaigns run through the platform. A new infographic shows both paid search and Facebook advertising experienced strong year-over-year growth in the first quarter of 2014. Seasonal dips from Q4 were expected after coming off a strong holiday retail season. [caption id="attachment_80279" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Kenshoo Q1 2014 Search & [...]


Report: Facebook Is Giving News Publishers Free Mobile Ads

facebook-like-600 Well, it is called the News Feed. For at least the last six months, Facebook has been adjusting its algorithm to reward high-quality content and has admitted a strong bias toward news publishers. Now as Digiday's John McDermott noticed last week, Facebook is placing what amounts to free ads for publishers in users' mobile news feeds. McDermott noted that CNN's growth in Facebook likes has soared by 1.2 million in the last month, to more than 11 million, while in the same time span last year it added only 76,000. To be clear, the evidence is very circumstantial (obligatory remin [...]


Perfect Audience Launches Self-Service Retargeting Solutions For Facebook Dynamic Ads & Twitter

perfect-audience-icon Perfect Audience launched in 2012 to offer self-serve solutions that allow mid-tier marketers to manage their own retargeting campaigns. Within the past month, the company has launched new services for managing dynamic ad retargeting on Facebook and now for Twitter's new tailored audiences retargeting solution. Advertisers can set up and manage Facebook dynamic ad retargeting campaigns through the Perfect Audience platform by connecting their Google Merchant Accounts and importing products feeds. The solution launched with roughly 300,000 products and is now being used to promote more than [...]


Report: Priceline CEO Says Twitter And Facebook Ads Don’t Drive Results

hdr_negotiator Priceline CEO Darren Huston, who presides over one of the biggest spenders on online advertising, says Twitter and Facebook ads aren't effective for the travel site. “For Facebook and Twitter, we have endless amounts of money,” Huston told Bloomberg today. “But we haven’t found anything there.” Priceline's online marketing costs were $1.8 billion last year, according to Bloomberg, and the great majority of its advertising dollars are spent on Google ads. Those keyword targeted ads are more effective in drawing reservation-making customers. Facebook and Twitter's ad products hav [...]


Facebook Is Testing A ‘Pages Popular In Your Area’ Feature

FB-popular-pages Facebook is testing a new suggestion module on its right sidebar: Pages Popular In Your Area. The suggestion box, first brought to our attention Friday by online media strategist Samuel Edwards of Tenthwave Digital, has been appearing intermittently today for me. Results, as you would expect from an experiment, have been spotty, with pages for Eminem and Lil Wayne -- by no means local for my Costa Mesa, California location -- mixing it up with local restaurant and cupcake providers. And clicking through to the "See All" link -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/?category=local -- takes m [...]


Without Fanfare, Facebook Releases Updated Android App, And It Still Has Chat

fb-new-android Facebook quietly released an updated Android app Thursday, and those attached to the ability to chat within the app will be happy. But that's likely to be a short-lived satisfaction, given confirmed news reports this week that Facebook will eventually remove chat from its mobile apps and force users who want to keep in instant contact with Facebook friends to download the Messenger app. The current update, available now in the Google Play store, isn't remarkable different than the old version. Facebook's very limited release notes say improvements have been made to reliability and sp [...]


Facebook Goes After Like-Baiters And Link-Spammers With News Feed Update

facebook-attack-chase-600 Continuing its quest to improve the quality of content on users' News Feeds, Facebook today announced changes that it said will reduce the visibility of pandering posts and outright spam. Facebook has set its targets on publishers of Pages "that deliberately try and game News Feed to get more distribution than they normally would." The specific abuses? Like-baiting: begging for users to like, comment or share a post (see screenshot above for an especially shameless example). Facebook said users find posts with such calls to action 15% less relevant than other posts attracting sim [...]


Native Mobile Apps May Dominate Now, But The Mobile Web Will Endure

Time spent with apps If you’re lucky enough to be a huge brand marketer with unlimited budgets, what I’m about to say probably doesn’t apply to you. You have the good fortune to focus on providing not only a phenomenal mobile website experience, but a great experience in mobile apps, as well. Not or, but and, as it should be. So, you can feel free to use the contact info below to discuss how to take your campaigns to the next level and stop reading this column. For the other 99% of us, the recent announcement by app analytics provider Flurry that users are still spending more time in apps than the mo [...]


Facebook Moves To Boost The Size Of Ads In The Right-Hand Column

FB-add-new Facebook is increasing the size of its right-hand column ads. The move, announced today in a Facebook for Business blog post, is intended to make such ads more prominent and visually consistent those appearing in users' News Feeds. Here's the new look compared to the current offering: Of note, according to Facebook: Facebook users will see fewer right-column ads. In testing of the new design, it has seen up to three times more engagement with ads. Marketers' Facebook ad production process will be simplified because they will be able to use the same images for News Feed an [...]


Twitter And Facebook Declare #MarchMadness Victories

twitter-ncaa-peak-moments Did anyone win March Madness? No question, Shabazz Napier and his Connecticut teammates were the ones cutting down the nets after holding off Kentucky for the NCAA men's basketball championship. But when it comes to the battle for big event social media supremacy, the clock is still running and the major players are battling for position. Twitter and Facebook each posted social tales-of-the-tape today, touting high activity related to the three-week celebration of hoops. Each social network focused on different metrics, so it's not possible to declare a victor. Still it's instructive [...]


The Drop In Facebook Page Reach Is All About The Competition

facebook-like-600 One key reason that Facebook Pages are reaching fewer of their fans with posts: the number of Pages Liked by the average Facebook user has increased by more than 50% in the last year. That statistic, provided by Will Cathcart, Facebook's News Feed director of product management, in a recent interview with Josh Constine of TechCrunch, is a plausible explanation for the approximate 50% drop in organic Page reach per fan in the last six months, illustrated in this chart from EdgeRank Checker: Constine's detailed explanation of how Facebook determines what to show in users' News Feeds is exc [...]


Google Has 49 Pct Of Mobile Ad Revs, Just 18 Pct Of Time Spent

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You Can’t Own What You Don’t Pay For (In Social Media)

social-network-data-featured There's been a lot of discussion recently about ongoing changes that Facebook is making to its Newsfeed algorithms and how those tweaks impact brands. Notably, there was the release of a paper by PR agency Ogilvy discussing the notion of "Facebook Zero" and its potential implications, whilst food delivery start-up Eat24, in a more concrete and immediate move, posted a breakup note to Facebook, blaming the same changes. Whilst Eat 24's note, which ends with a threat/promise to delete its Facebook page (it should be gone by the time you read this), it's amusing in a snarky kind of way [...]


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