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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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What Does The WhatsApp Deal Mean For Brands?

social-comms-facebook-600x450 Unless you’ve been hiding under the digital equivalent of a rock, or perhaps living in China, it’s almost certain that you’ve heard by now about Facebook buying mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion. There has been a huge amount of discussion and speculation about why Facebook spent more than it cost to put men on the moon to buy a product built off the back of open source software, but as WhatsApp is an ad-free product, it’s more important to think about what broader lessons the purchase has for brands and marketers. First is the fact that WhatsApp’s founders have alwa [...]


Ellen’s Record-Breaking Oscars Selfie Is Big Hit On Facebook, Too

ellen-oscars-tweet-600 There's no question that Ellen's selfie taken during the Oscars and surrounded by celebrities has set a new record on Twitter. But the picture has proven a huge hit on Facebook, too -- rivaling Twitter's figures and perhaps heading toward a Facebook record. On Twitter, Ellen's selfie has over 1.5 million retweets at the moment, well past the 887,000 record that was held by Barack Obama's reelection tweet: If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014 On Facebook, the picture was also shared on Ell [...]


Facebook Cuts Into Google’s Lead As Top Traffic Driver To Online News Sites [Report]

parsely-january14 Add this to the ongoing debate over whether social or search is driving more traffic to online publishers: new data from Parse.ly shows that Facebook took a big bite in January out of Google's lead as top traffic source for some of the biggest news publishers on the web. The numbers come from Parse.ly's latest authority report, a regular newsletter that aggregates data and insights from the company's content analytics platform. Parse.ly's network of sites sees more than five billion page views per month and more than 190 million unique visitors. It includes sites like Reuters, Mashable, The [...]


A Well Needed Change Will Simplify (& Revolutionize) Facebook Ad Campaigns

New-Facebook-Campaigns Until today, Facebook campaigns consisted of two things: campaigns and ads. On March 4th, this will change to include another level, the ad set. This additional level of structure will have Facebook advertisers rejoicing as there will be a clear format for organization, tracking and administration within the core Facebook ad product. The problem with the old Facebook Campaigns was that there was nearly no way to properly run a marketing campaign without outside tools. Two main problems existed that hindered the marketing efforts with Facebook ads. Firstly, the sheer number of campaigns that [...]


Digital Ad Spend Quickly Shifting To Mobile: Are You Ready?

mobile-devices-featured Recent projections from eMarketer show that mobile ad spending will surpass desktop spending by 2017, reaching more than $35 billion compared to desktop based advertising at $27B. The ultimate force behind the growth in ad spend is the massive increase in mobile web usage and smartphone activity by consumers. In order for the market to reach these lofty projections, it will be of paramount importance to work through key challenges such as fragmentation and cookie-based targeting. The Opportunity eMarketer reports that the global smartphone audience surpassed the 1 billion mark in 2012 [...]


Facebook, Google Get American Idol Partnerships, Take Aim At Twitter’s Second Screen Dominance

american-idol-600 Aiming to cover all its bases, and upend the current "second screen" hierarchy, FOX's American Idol announced partnerships with Facebook and Google today to give AI fans new ways to interact with the show during the live finalist performances. Facebook will power real-time voting progress updates on-air during select live shows. Facebook's on-air visuals will let viewers see how finalists are faring in the voting for the first time. Facebook has been making a play for second screen viewers for some time now, but the real-time data angle is a newer tactic for the company. You can tell fro [...]


What’s The Most Expensive (Per User) Acquisition? Hint: Not WhatsApp

money-cash-600 Last week when Facebook made its jaw-dropping $19 billion announcement that it was buying messenger WhatsApp many people, including me, marveled at the astonishing figure. But almost immediately others said, "Facebook got a deal; WhatsApp was actually cheap." I certainly wouldn't go that far but by some measures WhatsApp (even at $19 billion) is not the most expensive startup acquisition in memory. If one considers the price per user, WhatsApp does emerge as a relative bargain. This morning, I was pointed to a chart, based on public/third party data, created by Brightside that compares a [...]


How Facebook’s News Feed Now Lets Brands Ride The Coattails Of Other Brands

facebook-tagged-featured Facebook has announced a change today that means users will begin seeing posts about Facebook pages they follow, even if those posts are made by pages they do not follow. It all comes down to Facebook tagging, and it's a way that one brand can extend its audience with a tagged shoutout to another brand. Consider this example that Facebook has shared, of how the new system works: In this example, the Facebook user follows Houston Rockets basketball player Dwight Howard's Facebook page. That means they see some of the updates from Howard's page, ones that Facebook's news feed algorithm dec [...]


AdRoll Launches Mobile Retargeting Solution For Cross-Device Campaigns

AdRoll Logo Today, AdRoll announced a private beta launch of a new mobile retargeting offering that enables marketers to retarget users across devices. The mobile retargeting solution allows marketers to identify high-intent desktop users and target them across mobile devices to promote app installs and conversions on mobile optimized sites. AdRoll, currently the only ad tech that integrates with both Facebook and Twitter, enables advertisers to retarget desktop site visitors as they visit Facebook and Twitter on their smartphones and tablets. Marketers can also retarget mobile web visitors when they b [...]


Facebook Rolling Out New Targeting Mechanics, All US Advertisers To Get Partner Categories Access

facebook Today, Facebook announced changes to its ad targeting features will be rolling out globally. Additionally, all advertisers in the US, including local businesses, will have access to the third-party targeting data available in Partner Categories. The new targeting options will be based on four primary targeting types: location, demographic, interest and behavior. Location: Build campaigns around any combination of geographies, including country and city (France and London), country and state (Canada and Texas), state and city (Maine and Houston), and in the U.S., state and zip code (New [...]


Will Facebook Advertisers Look Abroad? 85 Percent Of Ad Dollars Spent On Just 15 Percent Of Users [Study]

facebook-international-600 While just 15 percent of global Facebook users are in North America, the region accounts for nearly half (48 percent) of the Facebook advertising spend. In a new report that analyzed over 200 Facebook marketers, Marin Software says advertisers are under investing in Facebook in regions outside of North America. North America's user share is expected to shrink to 12 percent of Facebook users by 2015, while the Asia-Pacific region's share is expected to grow from 28 percent to 32 percent of global users by 2015. Asia-Pacific already has more Facebook users by volume than any other market but [...]


Shrewd Or Desperate: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp For $19B In Cash And Stock

money-cash-600 It's mostly a stock transaction: $12 billion in Facebook shares and $3 billion more to retain WhatsApp employees over four years after closing. (It will cost Facebook only $2 billion if the deal doesn't go through). Beyond this, WhatsApp founder/CEO Jan Koum and his fellow workers will get an additional $4 billion in cash up front. That's roughly how much it was rumored that Facebook (and Google) unsuccessfully offered for Snapchat a few weeks ago. By comparison Facebook bought Instagram for about $1 billion. That seemed like a premium way back in 2012. Now it seems like lunch money by com [...]


5 Killer Marketing Strategies Your Competition Isn’t Using…Yet

marketing strategy Small business owners don't typically have the time or resources to design and execute cutting-edge marketing strategies; that's the way of the marketing world. Big corporations like Coke and Microsoft test out new ideas in big ways, and then smaller companies adopt the new strategies that proved worthwhile. Because of this "trickle down" marketing process, insights often come to small business owners after enough time has passed to analyze the results of the big firms' efforts. In this article, we'll discuss new marketing ideas that are proven, but still fresh -- fresh enough to put your b [...]


The Slipperiest Search Campaign Ever

ky date night ad There are a lot slick opportunities out there in search marketing. The wheels of progress have never been greasier. Yep, since people first started paying to be included in search results, a lot of smooth transactions have taken place. Yet, for a whole lot of good reasons, search lacks certain criteria for brand building. Over the years, more than a few studies have measured engagement, and many brands have attempted to overcome the very simple transactional relationship search advertising has with its pay-for-clickers. Paid search does not exist in a creative void. The process of entici [...]


Angry Parents Seek To Kill $20 Million Facebook “Sponsored Stories” Settlement

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HasOffers & Kontagent Respond To Facebook Partnership Terminations, To Lose Mobile Data On April 15

facebook-mobile-phones-featured Kontagent and HasOffers say they were caught off guard by Facebook's sudden termination of their Mobile Measurement Program partnerships for violating the terms of service agreement. Facebook has told the app developers that rely on the two companies for mobile app campaign analytics that they'll lose data access on April 15 and to find new partners. In an email to HasOffers customers (forwarded anonymously to Marketing Land) Facebook says as of the 15th, the mobile analytics company "will no longer have access to past or future mobile measurement data" and offers three suggestions for new [...]


Facebook Cuts HasOffers & Kontagent Out Of Mobile Marketing Partner Program

facebook-scissors-cuts-600 HasOffers and Kontagent are out of Facebook's mobile marketing partner program. The social network dropped the two companies for policy violations including holding onto data too long and not requiring advertisers to update their privacy policies to notify users of data collection, AdExhanger is reporting. According to the report, the app developers that rely on HasOffers and Kontagent for tracking downloads and monetization performance of their app install campaigns on Facebook will no longer have access to this data. Both companies have been removed from Facebook's list of mobile measurem [...]


Advertiser Claims Facebook Benefits From Fake Likes, But Facebook Says, “Fake Likes Don’t Help Us”

facebook-unlike-featured A report in The Washington Post yesterday claims Facebook is benefiting from click farms used to boost Followers and Likes, even though the social media site penalizes any advertisers they find using click farm services. Derek Muller says his Facebook page was spammed by Likes after he signed up for a legitimate Facebook promotional program in 2012. While Facebook penalizes advertisers that use click farm services, Muller says the site is profiting from the fraudulent activity. As The Washington Post explains "an army of fake followers" can decrease response rates, in effect, forcing adv [...]


Facebook & Twitter Data Partner Datalogix Acquires Shopper Analytics Firm Spire Marketing

Datalogix Datalogix, a third-party data partner of both Facebook and Twitter, is acquiring shopper intelligence firm Spire Marketing, according to an Ad Age report. Datalogix helps marketers marry offline purchasing data to digital ad performance. It is one of the data providers that powers Facebook's partner categories, which allow advertisers to target audiences based on Datalogix consumer data as well as Facebook's own targeting categories. Twitter has also partnered with Datalogix, initially to help CPG brands advertising on the platform to measure the offline sales impact of their digital campai [...]


Instagram Announces Physical Handbook For Brands (As Well As A Free Tumblr Content Series)

Instagram-Handbook In an effort to help brands better themselves on Instagram announced an official "Instagram Handbook for Brands" physical book yesterday. The book features 11 brands who have found Instagram success by posting engaging content. Not surprisingly, the book comes in a square profile like Instagram shots and features a pixely styling on the cover. Want a copy of the handbook? Too bad. According to Instagram, the book "isn’t broadly available." Those that will receive the book are likely to be brands that'll spend ad dollars on Instagram. For everyone else there will be a series of blog po [...]


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