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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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Airline Takes Inflight Experience To The Streets And To Social Media

air_nz_cal_london With a bit of guerrilla/ambient marketing, Air New Zealand has launched the #AirNZLondonReady Truck Tour which will make stops throughout the Southern California area to tout daily flights from LAX to London as well as showcase the airline's inflight products to travelers and the travel trade. The roving truck will feature Air New Zealand’s Economy Skycouch, a row of three Economy seats that together create a couch-like space upon which to relax. It will also feature the airline’s Premium Economy Spaceseat, which is designed to give passengers an increased sense of space and privacy. [...]

Is Facebook Down Again? Yes, For Some People

fb-down-new Are you having problems getting into Facebook today? It's not just you. At about noon Eastern people started complaining about Facebook access issues on Twitter: Tweets about "FacebookDown" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Like last week's outage it's not hitting everyone. We've reached out to Facebook and will update if we get a response. [...]

Facebook Again Explains Why Organic Page Reach Is Falling, But Will That Satisfy Marketers?

facebook-edit-erase-featured Stop me if you've heard this before: Marketers are frustrated by plunging organic reach on Facebook Pages. Pages formerly accustomed to percentage per fan reach in the mid-teens are seeing low single digits. Facebook gets it. So today Brian Boland, Facebook's vice president of ads product marketing, posted a detailed explanation of why reach is falling and why marketers, businesses and other social publishers shouldn't give up on the platform. Facebook has tried to explain before, but Boland's FAQ post is the most complete rundown the company has offered. You can read it in full here, but w [...]

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

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4 Tips To Instagram Your Business

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Kenshoo Brings Search Intent To Social Retargeting On Facebook

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Facebook’s New Look For Brand Pages Will Be Available To All This Week

fb-chowder Nearly three months after introducing a redesign of Facebook Pages, the social network announced today that the new look will be available to all users this week. Many pages have already made the switch, which replaces the two-column Timeline with a single column and removes the thumbnail images for custom tabs from their position under the cover photo. We reported last month that Facebook had started to grant access to more page administrators. Today, Facebook said that those who haven't switched will be presented with an option to tour the new design and switch immediately -- or de [...]

Facebook Says It Has 30 Million Active Small Business Pages

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Domino’s ‘Steady Pizza’ to Eliminate #deliveryfail

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The Convergence Of Mobile Apps & Search Is Happening. Get Ready!

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Facebook Suffers Outage For Some: Your ‘Account Temporarily Unavailable’

fb-down-new Note: Some Facebook users are experiencing this issue again today, June 6. Read the latest on the current outage here. Facebook was inaccessible for some users this afternoon starting at about 3:10 p.m. Eastern when they saw an error message that said: "Your account is currently unavailable due to a site issue. We expect this to be resolved shortly. Please try again in a few minutes." The outage also hit Facebook's developers site -- -- where the message was a bit more apologetic: Postscript (4:45 p.m. Eastern): The outage doesn't appear to be univ [...]

Facebook To EU: Please Review Our WhatsApp Deal

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Facebook Brand Page Redesign Is Being Released More Widely

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Facebook Executive Rages Against Click-Bait Journalism, Journalists Say It’s Facebook’s Fault

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Facebook Gives Restaurants Easy Way To Display Menus On Their Pages

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

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Facebook Defaults Posts From “Public” To “Friends” & Introduces Comprehensive Privacy Checkup

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Facebook’s New Feature That Can Listen To Your TV May Lead To New Ads

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Facebook Now Selling Premium Video Ads In Select International Markets

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Survey: Most Marketers Are Uncertain Whether Facebook Efforts Are Effective

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