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Location-Based Listening & Analytics

One of the five predictions in my recent 2013 mobile predictions post was that mobile analytics and measurement would get a seat at the "adult table" this year. In particular, one of the areas in which I am seeing tremendous growth is location-based listening and analytics. As more and more companies adapt a listening strategy -- in many cases, using advanced tools like Sysomos and Radian6 (now part of Salesforce.com's MarketingCloud) -- some are starting to look at the possibilities of going deeper. During a recent interview with colleague and co-author of Digital Marketing Analytic [...]

Facebook Reports $1.46 Billion Revenues, 751 Million Mobile Active Users

facebook-earnings-money-featured Facebook just announced Q1 2013 earnings. Revenue was nearly $1.46 billion, up 38 percent year over year (YoY). That beat financial analysts' estimates. Net income was $219 million, which was below estimates. Allaying fears of a decline in usage and engagement, Facebook saw 26 percent growth in daily active users (now 665 million). Monthly active users also increased 23 percent to 1.1 billion. Mobile active users were 751 million, a significant jump compared with 680 million in Q4 2012. Ad revenues were $1.25 billion (85 percent of total revenue), which represented a 43 percent increase [...]

Facebook Introduces New Mobile Pages Layout

facebook-mobile-pages-featured Today, Facebook is introducing a new mobile Pages layout. Page owners don't need to do anything; all existing Pages will automatically be converted to the new format. It goes live on iOS and the mobile Web immediately. The Android version is coming soon. According to Facebook, the mobile UI has been simplified and adapted with the mobile use case in mind ("mobile first" and so on). The following are the mobile-experience improvements, according to the company: More relevant information up front so people can see the information they care about most – such as location and contact [...]

Facebook Mobile Gets Major Upgrades Including Mobile Open Graph, Better Logins & “Facebook Technology Partners”

Facebook Mobile -iphone iOS devices Today at Mobile DevCon (Facebook's Mobile Developer Conference) some major announcements were unleashed that will change the way that apps interact with Facebook. Of course, Facebook integration within mobile apps is more important than it ever has been. According to a statement released from Facebook, over 81% of top 100 grossing iOS apps and 70% of top 100 grossing Android apps integrate with Facebook. The changes are quite large for mobile developers including Open Graph integration with an Object API, better logins & Permissions and the creation of "Facebook Technology Partners." [...]

Facebook Home Rolling Out Internationally Today

facebook-home-logo Facebook's new Android experience, Facebook Home, is launching outside the U.S. today. That's according to Facebook's Cory Ondrejka, who made the announcement today at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. The international rollout is of the Facebook Home app only; the phones that have it pre-installed won't be sold until later this year. Home launched less than two weeks ago in the U.S. on a limited number of Android devices. Among its features, Home essentially takes over the device's home and lock screens, pushing Facebook content to the user without him/her having to launch the Faceboo [...]

Facebook Incorporates Third Party Data Into All Ad Targeting

facebook-marketing This morning, Facebook is launching what it calls "partner categories." It brings offline and third-party data from data brokers Acxiom, Datalogix and Epsilon to all categories of Facebook advertising. Facebook previously incorporated this data into its targeting capabilities under Custom Audiences. Now it's available for all Facebook Ads and to all users of the Power Editor. Starting today, partner categories will be available to advertisers in the US. The data are drawn from a vast range of sources including online behavior, offline loyalty cards and myriad other places. Partn [...]

Report: US Mobile Ads To Reach $7 Billion This Year, Big Companies Dominate

smartphones 'Tis the season of mobile advertising forecasts. Within the last week three have been released from eMarketer, BIA/Kelsey and now IDC. Emarketer said that US mobile advertising was worth $4.1 billion in 2012, BIA estimated $3.2 billion and IDC now asserts that US mobile ad revenues came in at $4.5 billion for the year. IDC expects mobile advertising to reach $7 billion by year end, compared with eMarketer's $7.29 billion and BIA's $5.39 billion. The IDC forecast also says the following about 2012 mobile ad revenues: Search: 61 percent of mobile ad spending  ($2.8 billion) Display: [...]

EMarketer: Google Still Owns Mobile Ad Market, But Facebook Has Largest Share Of Mobile Display Ad Dollars

mobile internet display ad revenue share by company emarketer According to eMarketer, mobile advertising will reach $7.29 billion by the end of this year with Google projected to take home more than half, earning $3.9 billion in US mobile ad revenue for 2013. According to the report, US mobile advertising grew 178 percent last year and is expected to grow 77.3 percent this year, a five fold increase since 2011. Mobile ad dollars represent display, search and messaging-based formats served on mobile devices. Mobile advertising will continue to climb dramatically, with an expected $27.13 billion in total mobile ad revenue by 2017, just under 45 percent [...]

Hands On With Facebook Home Cover Feed And Chat Heads

facebook-home-phones Earlier, we covered the launch of Facebook "Home," the company's homescreen strategy for Android devices (also see live blog). As expected, Facebook also introduced a branded phone, the HTC "First." The First is available in the US exclusively from AT&T for $99 (locked and with a contract). There are lots of interesting implications from the announcement today that we'll explore in other stories in the coming days. However, in this post, I'll go through some of the basic features of Cover Feed and Chat Heads, as well as how Home affects the general Android handset experience. What [...]

Facebook Home Cover Feed Won’t Have Ads, Yet

facebook-home-logo Mark Zuckerberg told Marketing Land at the Facebook Home announcement today that ads will not be served on the new Cover Feed at the launch. Zuckerberg confirmed that they are planning ad units, but they won't roll out for some time. More Facebook Home Coverage Facebook Launches 'Home' – A New Android Home Screen Experience Hands On With Facebook Home Cover Feed And Chat Heads While "Facebook Home" Keeps Google, Search Is Harder To Reach Live Blog: The Facebook Android "Home" Phone Event [...]

Facebook Launches ‘Home’ – A New Android Home Screen Experience

facebook-home-featured Facebook has just announced Facebook Home, a new home screen experience that it's launching first on Android devices. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg just previewed Home at an event that we're also live blogging as it continues. Facebook Home essentially turns the Android home screen and lock screen into a Facebook content-based experience with what it calls "Cover Feed." Content loads while the phone is sleeping, Zuckerberg says, and the user can then easily flip/swipe through it when waking up the phone. Facebook Home supports notifications that pop-up on the screen and can [...]

Live Blog: The Facebook Android “Home” Phone Event

Facebook Invite Is it a Facebook Phone? That's what everyone is expecting, and we'll know soon enough. UPDATE: We've written up the top-level announcements from today's event in our article, Facebook Launches ‘Home’ – A New Android Home Screen Experience. At 10am PT, the Facebook "New Home on Android" event gets going -- and we'll be live blogging. Watch the space below: Here's a more complete list of our Facebook Home coverage: Facebook Launches 'Home' – A New Android Home Screen Experience Facebook Home Cover Feed Won't Have Ads, Yet Hands On With Facebook Home Cover Feed And Cha [...]

Facebook Rebrands “Nearby” As “Local Search”

Facebook-Like According to at least two recent surveys, Facebook -- surprisingly -- emerges as one of the primary places people look for local business information on the Internet. Last year, Facebook relaunched its mobile "Nearby" app feature. And now, the company has renamed Nearby. It's now being called "Local Search," which is more self-explanatory.  This won't necessarily increase usage overnight, but it certainly makes the content and functionality much more clear. With a little bit of promotion, the company could generate significant local search volume from the app. For more on this story, se [...]

Leak Reveals “Facebook Phone” Is More Than A Phone It’s Also Homescreen Strategy

facebook-logo-square Android Police has obtained what appears to be lots of detail about what Facebook is going to announce on Thursday. There's considerable technical information in the post. As rumored, Facebook is apparently announcing an HTC phone ("Myst"), which is being called mediocre in terms of its hardware specs. That phone offers a slightly modified version of Android and also an immersive homescreen experience called "Facebook Home." Facebook Home will also reportedly be a stand-alone app that is offered through Google Play for other handsets. It would basically make Facebook your homescreen -- a [...]

Mobile App Targeting On Facebook Gets Smarter With OS & Wi-Fi Targeting

Mobile-App-Install-Ads Last year Facebook launched Mobile App Install Ads which give advertisers the ability to specifically promote application installs from those apps in the App Center. Last week two new features were released that gives advertisers the ability to target by specific OS version and also to target Wi-Fi connected devices. With these new changes, advertisers can spend smarter by displaying apps to specific operating systems (such as Android Jelly Bean 4.2, iOS 5) while avoiding platforms that don't run the application well. The Wi-Fi targeting option is a very interesting attribute as customiz [...]

Will Facebook Launch Its Own Phone At Its Android Product Event On April 4?

Facebook Invite Facebook is announcing big news next Thursday at its Menlo Park headquarters. Invitations to attend a product announcement invited media professionals to  "Come see our new home on Android." Will it be a Facebook phone? Speculation is that this might be the long-rumored Facebook phone. 9to5Google reported that Facebook joined forces with HTC and has been working on a major marketing campaign to support the upcoming product launch. Marketing Land will be on site during the event with live blogging to cover the product announcement as it happens next Thursday, and updates here and on our [...]

Email Is Top Activity On Smartphones, Ahead Of Web Browsing & Facebook [Study]

mobile-email-featured Email is the most common activity that U.S. adults do on their smartphones, with Web browsing and using Facebook a close second and third, respectively. That's according to "Always Connected," a new study from IDC that was done earlier this month and includes responses from more than 7,400 iPhone and Android users between 18 and 44 years old. Facebook sponsored the study, and so much of the data surrounds how Facebook helps users connect with others via their smartphones. According to the study, 78 percent of respondents say they check email on their smartphones, compared to 73 percent w [...]

Facebook News Feed Evolving Into “The Best Personalized Newspaper”

Screen Shot 2013-03-07 at 11.11.19 AM While most people don't think of Facebook as the equivalent of a "personalized newspaper," that's how many inside Facebook think about News Feed. And that was the metaphor repeatedly used throughout the presentation today. But more on that later. Here's our related coverage from today: How To Get The New Facebook News Feed Power To Separate Feeds: A Look At The Filtering Inside The New Facebook News Feed Facebook’s New News Feed: The Before & After Look And now, an overview of what Facebook announced today. In a nutshell, here are the changes: Less clutter on the homepa [...]

10 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Marketing Via Foursquare

foursquare-featured Nearly two years ago, my co-author Mike Schneider and I published a book called Location-Based Marketing for Dummies. At the time, location-based marketing was just getting off the ground in large part thanks to the launch of two services: foursquare and Gowalla. Over the last couple of years, many of the original location-based services have been acquired or have gone out of business. But foursquare still stands in spite of the fact that it still hasn't caught fire like many of us hoped it would. While foursquare has stalled out around 25 million users, it is still a force to be reckone [...]

Facebook To Showcase New Newsfeed On Thursday

Facebook Mobile -iphone iOS devices Facebook is holding a press event next Thursday at its Menlo Park, California headquarters. We'll be there live blogging the event at 10 Pacific/1 Eastern. The purpose of the event is to showcase a new look for Facebook's newsfeed. This may be both for mobile and the PC. According to an earlier article on TechCrunch (discussing mobile), the look of the new feed will be bolder and bigger, with new navigation: The news feed of the evolved Facebook app I’ve seen creates separate feeds for a few different content types including news and photos. Users navigate between them by swiping [...]

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