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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 Passes 1 Billion Mobile Users, Beats Expectations With $2.5 Billion In Revenue

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Adobe Report: Facebook’s Ad Business Is Showing Continued Growth

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Report: Facebook Preparing Special Ad Targeting For World Cup

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Facebook Extends Its Lead In Social Referral Traffic, Shareaholic Data Shows

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Report: Facebook Set To Announce Mobile Ad Network At F8 Conference Next Week

facebook-mobile-phones-featured Facebook, which up to now has concentrated its advertising sales efforts in its own environment, will soon launch a mobile ad network, according to a post today in Re/Code. Citing "multiple sources familiar with the matter," Re/code reported that Facebook will announce the move at the "F8" conference next week in San Francisco. From Re/code: Facebook will pitch the ads to publishers and developers as a way to leverage the social network’s vast database of user information for better ad targeting. And Facebook wins by expanding its ad reach — now it can make money from its billion-p [...]


Facebook Confirms That It Will Use Location Data For Ad Targeting — Someday

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Facebook Paper 1.1 Rewards Publishers With New Cover Treatments

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UK Survey: Facebook Is Most Marketing Friendly Social Media Platform

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No, Facebook’s New “Nearby Friends” Data Can’t Be Leveraged With Ad Targeting

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Facebook Local Page Ratings Now Come With A Numerical Display

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

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Spring Cleaning: Why You Lost Instagram Followers

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Simply Measured Offers Facebook Insights With Ads Report

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Union Metrics Beefs up Social Offering With Instagram Analytics

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