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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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Study: 30% Of Facebook Users Are Consuming News, But It’s Mostly “Incidental” Consumption

news-headlines-featured After posting an overview yesterday of the Pew Research Center's State of News Media report, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the study's research on social media news consumption. According to the Pew report, three in ten Facebook users get news from the social media site. Even with the relatively high number of people reading news on Facebook, Pew claims Facebook news consumption is an "incidental experience." According to the report, only 22 percent of the people reading news on Facebook believe it is a useful news resource. The remaining 78 percent are on Facebook for reasons ot [...]


Mobile First: Facebook Claims 1 Billion Active Mobile Users, 200 Million On Instagram

facebook-instagram-logos In answering questions about Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a couple of new user stats that show the company's mobile-first strategy is paying off. Zuckerberg told analysts on a conference call yesterday that Facebook now has 1 billion active monthly mobile users. That's up from 945 million in December. Facebook's mobile users surpassed those on PCs in Q4 2012. Instagram's user base has doubled since Facebook acquired the company in April 2012, boasting more than 200 million users. Two years ago, Instagram had 100 million users. Instagram intro [...]


Instagram Surpasses 200 Million Users & 20 Billion Photos

It appears that Instagram and their hefty one billion dollar price tag was one of the most valuable Facebook acquisitions over the past two years. The photo sharing network has officially topped 200 million users who have posted 20 billion photos to date. While Facebook has taken some slack recently for their perception in the young teen market, Instagram has seen great growth in this space. More than 90% of Instagram users are under the the age of 35 and the network is rapidly growing.  Of the total 200 million users 50 million of them have joined over the past 6 months. For the of [...]


Instagram Experiment Dumps Foursquare for Location Tagging & Ties In Facebook Places Instead

Facebook Large It's now been nearly two years since Facebook purchased Instagram for a mere one billion dollars. Before the initial purchase (and in today's current iteration of the app) users input their location of an Instagram photo by tagging the location from information pulled in by Foursquare. According to Fast Company, Facebook is now testing the integration of Facebook Places rather than Foursquare in a test -- with the goal of bouncing Foursquare out of the app. Facebook has been making a big push in the local space and leveraging their own property (Instagram) to push Places only makes sense. N [...]


Facebook Buys Virtual Reality “Platform Of Tomorrow” Oculus For $2 Billion In Cash And Stock

Oculus VR Facebook has just acquired "the platform of tomorrow." The company announced this afternoon that it was acquiring Oculus -- the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) gaming headset and platform -- for $2 billion in cash and stock: Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading day [...]


Facebook Adds More Targeting Power To Lookalike Audiences

facebook-target-aim-featured Facebook announced today it is adding more targeting capabilities to lookalike audiences. Now advertisers will be able to create audiences based on the people who visited their websites, use their mobile apps or are connected to their Facebook pages. Whereas back in the olden day of last week, advertisers could only create lookalike audiences based on CRM data like email addresses, phone numbers and user IDs. The expanded targeting options will give advertisers more opportunities to scale their campaigns while still maintaining a fair amount of targeting control. Here's the rundown of [...]


Questions About The New Facebook Pages Layout? Facebook’s Got Answers.

Facebook-Page-Apps Two weeks ago, Facebook announced a significant update to the Pages layout that turned the presence of Page more personal. The crux of the redesign was that the two column business pages were soon turning to a one column format. This initial image was quite bare and failed to show where Apps and custom tabs were to be located (if at all.) Seeing that the initial release spawned so many questions, Facebook has released their own Q & A on the topic. The answers should help calm the fears of marketers, and here are the Reader's Digest version of their answers: What's on the Left-side [...]


5 Ways To Ease The Facebook Page Organic Reach Blues

facebook-magnifying-glass-600 It’s hard out there for a Facebook marketer. Anyone who manages a Facebook Page feels it. It might be anecdotal, but the anecdotes are piling up and the conclusion is undeniable: Organic reach is down and fewer people who have liked your page are seeing your posts. The ominous headlines hit almost daily, including two from this week: Facebook Is Ending the Free Ride, in which Valleywag quoted a source  familiar with Facebook’s marketing strategy saying that Facebook is in the process of throttling organic reach for Pages down to 1 or 2 percent. A Glut Of Facebook Updates Result [...]


Facebook Sharing Bug Generates Faulty 404 Errors

gamespoterror It's a minor, but annoying bug. Sporadically, when someone tries to share a Marketing Land or Search Engine Land post on Facebook, the social network displays a 404 error. It's not an actual 404 error, mind you. If you click the link, you are taken to a live page with all the great content you'd expect from us. Obviously, no publisher wants to be associated with such error messages. And ours aren't the only sites being hit by the bug, which we first noticed several months ago. Here's how it manifest itself on a post from GameSpot.com today: And here are a couple unresolved bug rep [...]


Facebook: Opportunity For Earned Media Still As Rich As A Year Ago

facebook-like-600 [caption id="attachment_77215" align="aligncenter" width="600"] From left, speakers from Nestle, 360i, Twitter & Facebook discuss social media[/caption] Facebook keeps coming under fire that it's harder for brands to get the free exposure -- "earned media" -- that they once got. But Facebook says it's not so -- it more a matter of adjusting how you measure your earned success. "The opportunity for earned media is still as rich as it was a year ago," said Patrick Harris, ‎director of global agency development for Facebook, on a panel today at the 4A’s Transformation conference [...]


Facebook Testing Business Manager, A Powerful Tool For Agencies And Large Businesses

Business Manager Managers of Facebook pages for agencies and large business take heart. Facebook is testing a new dashboard that seems to solve many issues that have for years frustrated those managing large stables of pages. As reported today in TechCrunch, Facebook is testing a Business Manager dashboard that gives administrators the ability to control pages and ad accounts from one place. No longer will it be necessary for teams to create fake Facebook profiles to manage a business' presence on the social network. No longer will you have to friend someone -- or know the email address tied to their [...]


Direct Traffic Beats Facebook By A Mile For Engagement On News Sites

pew It shouldn't surprise anyone that readers of news websites who navigate directly to a site are significantly more loyal than those who come via referrals from Facebook or search. People who type in a URL, click on a bookmark or use a news site as their browser home page are certainly going to spend more time browsing the site than people who spot interesting items in their Facebook feed. So results showing higher engagement for direct traffic on news sites from a Pew Research study published this week are most interesting because of the magnitude of the findings and because it appears di [...]


Facebook Ready To Start Selling Video Ads On News Feeds

fb premium ads Facebook announced today that it will offer marketers the ability to buy video advertisements to run in users' News Feeds. Facebook, which has been testing "Premium Video Ads" since December, said it will be limiting the program to a small group of advertisers and will be rolling it out slowly in the next several months. The video spots will be 15 seconds long and play automatically (and soundlessly) when Facebook users scroll through their News Feeds. If you click on the ad, it will open and the sound will play. Facebook has been displaying video this way since last fall. It's a na [...]


Welcome Change? Facebook’s New Brand Page Design Mimics Personal News Feeds

facebook-pages-featured Facebook is simplifying the layout of its brand pages, announcing today that it will display page posts in a single column rather than the current dual display. Facebook said it will start rolling out the changes this week. The change will mean that a page's posts will appear in the main well of content on the right-hand side of the page, exactly as they appear on Facebook users' News Feeds. The left column will display information about the brand such as hours of business, contact information and URLs, as well as photo and video galleries. The change appears to be the final pullback [...]


Report Says Facebook’s Organic Reach Will Hit Zero. Our Response? Of Course It Won’t.

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Instagram Strikes First Big Ad Deal In A Win For Facebook

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Back To The Basics: Newest Facebook Layout Quietly Kills The Beautiful Newspaper Concept

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Study: 60 Percent Of Adults Switch Screens During The Day

facebook-mobile-phones-featured Echoing a 2012 study by Google, Facebook this morning released findings from a new research about multiple device usage. While offering some different figures and percentages it essentially backs up the earlier Google results, which show that people use multiple devices throughout the day and for different purposes. GfK carried out the research among 2,000 US adults.  The research found that "more than 60 percent of online adults in the US use at least two devices everyday and almost one quarter use three devices." It also reported that in excess of 40 percent start on one device and [...]


Flipboard Buys Zite From CNN For Deeper Personalization

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What Does The WhatsApp Deal Mean For Brands?

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