Facebook Pulls Back The Targeting Curtain & Gives Users More Control Over The Ads They See

Facebook-Ads Ever wonder why you keep getting that workout ad on Facebook?  Want to hide everything from that manufacturer? Today, Facebook has announced a new policy and feature that will give users clarity (and choices) on the messages that they view. Advertisers have flocked to Facebook Ads due to the massive amount of targeting options offered. In the next few weeks, each user will be able to see how and why they've been targeted, pulling back the curtain on why they are seeing each ad: Users will have the option to respond to the ad with the following old choices: I don't want to [...]


Reach & Frequency Capping Along With Video View Targeting Arrive For Facebook Ads

Video-Views-example Two major new features have hit the Facebook Ad Platform. One that will help those looking to display a message with video. The other that will help limit ad exposure and control the overall audience delivery. The new ad type "video views" will be rolling out over the coming weeks that will allow advertisers to push more video views to those that have already viewed one of their videos. This is quite different than the premium ads in the Newsfeed; instead of reaching new audiences this will allow for re-engagement, awareness and affinity. The video views will have two new targeting s [...]


Kenshoo Brings Search Intent To Social Retargeting On Facebook

Kenshoo Intent-Driven Audiences For Facebook Advertisers can now bridge the gap between search intent and social retargeting. Kenshoo's new Intent-Driven Audiences match clicks on search ads to audiences in Facebook. Kenshoo developed the solution with Facebook to allow advertisers to target users who clicked their ads on search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing when they browse Facebook. A build on Facebook's "custom audiences", which allow brands to import first-party data such as email addresses or use a tracking pixel on their own sites to retarget their site visitors on Facebook, Intent-Driven Audiences brings search-intent [...]


New Display Research: State Of The Industry Retargeting Report #4

soti-retargeting-q2-2014-chango The fourth edition of the State of The Industry Retargeting Report has just been published and with some surprising results. With the support of Digiday, the survey (conducted by my employer) received responses from 333 agency executives and 117 brand executives; questions covered site retargeting, paid social marketing and mobile marketing. Paid Social (FBX, Twitter Tailored Audiences and LinkedIn) has shot onto the scene relatively recently; yet, respondents reported having their own dedicated budgets for them and reported this channel as their path to solving the problem of connecting [...]


Facebook Now Selling Premium Video Ads In Select International Markets

divergent Facebook's auto-play video ads are going international. The social network announced today that it will start selling "Premium Video Ads" in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. But not just to anyone. In keeping with its slow-play plan when it launched the product in the United States in March, Facebook said will offer the ads to a limited group of advertisers. The 15-second ads play automatically -- and soundlessly until clicked upon -- in users' news feeds on the network, and Facebook is moving slowly, being careful not to inundate users with t [...]


Publicis, Facebook Partner In Long-Term Ad Deal Worth Hundreds Of Millions

facebook-like-featured Facebook and advertising holding company Publicis Groupe announced a sweeping, long-term partnership today. The deal is said to be worth around $500 million, according to AdAge. The multi-year partnership is "focused on co-creation of product around data, video and images, including core Facebook and Instagram," said Laura Desmond, CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group, the Publicis agency that managed the agreement. The deal is said to include integrating Facebook data into Publicis' media platform, access to Facebook engineers, analysts to develop better measurement tools for rich media as we [...]


Drill Into All Of The Market Data With “Facebook Audience Insights” For Ads

facebook-data-analytics-insights-600 A new targeting and intelligence tool from Facebook will make targeting specific personas and conducting audience research quicker and easier than ever. Launching today is "Facebook Audience Insights" that allows marketers to dive into specific target audiences and uncover demographic and behavioral data. The tool is located in Facebook Ads Manager and lets users drill into data from the following audiences: Everyone on Facebook People Connected to their Page or Events Saved Audiences Once the audience is selected, the user can filter the information that they are targeting t [...]


Facebook Delivers “BabyMan” To Your NewsFeed: Progressive’s Popular Ads Become The First Video Units

Just two months ago, we found out that Facebook was ready to start selling video ads. It seems that they've found the perfect match for their test flight. Progressive has become the first Video advertiser with their 15 second 'BabyMan' spots. The commercials are a perfect fit for the Facebook audience as they are geared toward young adults with a message of leaving their parents' insurance. The ads will be in 15 second increments and will auto-play (without sound) until a user clicks on it. Again, these ads are made for Facebook, with intrigue, humor -- elements that should bring about [...]


AOL, Google, Facebook, Twitter Launch TrustInAds.org To Take On Ad Scams

TrustInAds.org In an effort to address the plague of deceptive advertising which pocks the online ad industry, several of the biggest players are pooling their resources. Today, AOL, Facebook, Google and Twitter announced the launch of TrustInAds.org to expose and educate consumers about malicious advertising. The organization's aim is to raise awareness among consumers as well as US policymakers about online ad-related scams. TrustInAds.org will publish regular Bad Ads Trend Alerts. It's a follow up on the Ads Integrity Alliance which the major ad sellers formed two years ago but folded after a year. Tru [...]


Report: Facebook’s Premium Video Ads Will Cost $1 Million A Day

facebook-money-600 More details about Facebook's upcoming "Premium Video Ads" have emerged and if you have to ask how much they're going to cost ... you know the rest. The Wall Street Journal reported that such ads will cost about $1 million a day. We reported last month that Facebook is preparing to launch the new advertising unit in the next several months -- Journal sources have narrowed that timeframe to the "coming weeks" -- and plans to limit it to a small group of advertisers. Facebook is trying to strike a balance between increasing revenue from the attention of its 1.28 billion active users an [...]


Facebook Headlines Small Biz “Bootcamp” Summer Roadshow

Facebook Fit Bootcamp Facebook is launching a five-city summer tour to help educate small business owners about the platform and its advertising options. It's called "Facebook Fit" (bootcamp for small business). The half-day seminars will also feature presentations from Legal Zoom, Intuit (QuickBooks) and Square. Part of the day will be devoted to Facebook education and Q&A. There will also be a local business owner panel in each city. The other sessions will discuss small business (SMB) finance, legal and accounting issues. Here's the program: Facebook Workshops Getting Started: Start using Fa [...]


Meet The Facebook Audience Network For Mobile Ads

FAN Facebook has announced its long-anticipated mobile ad network. Formally called the Facebook Audience Network, it brings the full weight of Facebook's ad targeting data to third party mobile apps -- and becomes an immediate rival to the Google Display Network for mobile. Currently iOS and Android are supported. There are also a number of available ad formats: Right now it's only available in beta and developers will need to apply for the program. The benefit of using Facebook Audience Network is the richness, breadth and specificity of the targeting data available to marketers. In th [...]


Facebook Announces Wider Release Of ‘Business Manager’ For Pages, Ads & Apps

Facebook-Pages-Messages Facebook today announced that it is giving wider access to its "Business Manager" dashboard, a tool that enables large advertisers and agencies to manage Facebook Page, advertising and application accounts from a single interface. As we wrote last month, Business Manager gives account administrators centralized control over advertising campaigns and page permissions for their team and partners. It's still not clear how big an advertiser you need to be to be granted access by Facebook. The company's release today stated that the tool is available to a limited amount of U.S. advertiser [...]


“Facebook Audience Network”: More Details Leak On Mobile Ad Network Launch

facebook-mobile-phones-featured More details about Facebook's mobile ad network, which Re/Code reported will be unveiled at the F8 developer conference next week, are coming out. TechCrunch today, citing"multiple sources", says the network will be called Facebook Audience Network. TechCruch reports: It will offer both simple and custom ways for advertisers and other developers to harness the power of Facebook’s ad targeting data across the mobile app market... Facebook will also bring the ad targeting muscle, allowing advertisers to reach people based on biographical and interest data, and likely with cookie-bas [...]


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

adobe-social-engage The foundations of Facebook's advertising business appear very solid according to Adobe's first quarter Social Intelligence Report. Clicks on Facebook ads, ad impressions and click through rates are all soaring, both year over year and quarter over quarter. Clicks are up 70% (YoY) and 48% (QoQ), ad impressions 40% and 41% and click through rates 160% and 20%. That's good news for the social network, which will announce its first quarter earnings later today. The news is also positive for brands trying to reach Facebook's 1.25 billion users with marketing messages. Adobe reports that [...]


Report: Facebook Preparing Special Ad Targeting For World Cup

worldcup Aiming to cash in on the world's most popular sporting event, Facebook is preparing to give advertisers a way to more precisely target soccer fans during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. As reported Friday in AdAge, Facebook is showing its biggest advertisers a sales deck that offers up an audience segment that has shown interest in the World Cup, the first time the social network is creating a segment for advertisers related to a television event. We asked Facebook about the report, and a spokesperson said Facebook doesn't comment during "such early stages of testing." That to us, is fai [...]


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

location-history It should come as no surprise that Facebook plans to use location data from its mobile apps to customize the ads it serves consumers. The combination of an advertising-driven business plan and access to data about where users have visited and most importantly where they are at a given moment requires it. So when Facebook said yesterday that its new Nearby Friends feature isn't being used to target location-based advertising begged the question of when it would flip the switch. Today, we're no closer to the answer, but Josh Constine of TechCrunch got explicit confirmation that it is o [...]


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

Nearby-Friends Yesterday Facebook announced the optional feature "Nearby Friends." This feature allows users to see Facebook friends that are physically nearby their current location. This new feature (as with any location sharing functionality) brings up both privacy questions and marketing opportunities. According to AdAge, this new functionality will not offer advertisers any additional targeting options. With "Nearby Friends" there is an opportunity to deliver specific  to a user and friends that a marketer knows are in a specific location. Think bars, restaurants & entertainment. However Fac [...]


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 [...]


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