Instagram Strikes First Big Ad Deal In A Win For Facebook

instagram-featured Instagram had tip-toed into advertising, debuting ads in users' streams just last November. Today, it's reportedly moving into the big leagues with a new advertising deal inked with the agency holding giant Omnicom. Ad Age reports the deal is worth up to $100 million. The deal opens up ads to the brands working with agencies under the Omnicom umbrella such as Omnicom Media Group, DDB, BBDO and TBWA/Chiat/Day. "This doesn't change our advertising strategy moving forward -- people will continue to see a limited number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from select brands who alread [...]


Is Twitter’s Flirtation With Agencies An Effort To Court “Normals”?

twitter-advertising-featured Looking for a higher profile outside its social network, Twitter is turning to advertising agencies for help, according to a post in Advertising Age today. In the last several weeks, the trade journal reported, Twitter has been inviting agencies to pitch creative concepts for marketing Twitter's service and building its brand. Twitter's media spend is expected to be low and it's looking for one-off projects rather than a long-term deal. This move can be seen as Twitter hedging its bets and making itself more accessible to regular (not especially techie) people. Its place as the socia [...]


Chirpify Says 300,000 Consumers Have Used #Actiontags For Social Transactions

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Michigan Wolverines - September 10, 2011 Using social media currency to get stuff -- or discounts on stuff -- isn't a new idea. There was Pay With a Tweet in the summer of 2010. Facebook Like gates -- "like our page for an exclusive offer" -- were the hot ticket several years ago. And right now you can sync your American Express card with Twitter and get $5 off every $25 you spend during restaurant week in New York City. But Portland, Ore.-based Chirpify believes it has come up with a new wrinkle by leveraging hashtags on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Chirpify, launched two years ago as a tweet-to-buy platform, pivote [...]


ABC Joins Other U.S. TV Networks In Twitter Amplify Program, Just In Time For The Oscars

twitter-tv-200px Twitter has pulled the last holdout among the major U.S. television broadcasters into its Amplify program. ABC will commence its partnership with Twitter to coincide with the airing of the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2. First reported by Variety, ten tweets first sent out from @TheAcademy Twitter account will be sponsored by Samsung Electronics when pushed out by ABC through Amplify. Whereas other Amplify campaigns have featured video clips, ABC's Oscar's campaign will feature Twitter Mirror selfies of stars taken in the green room backstage at the Oscars. “These things take off on [...]


How Adobe Used Twitter Lead Gen Cards To Drive Enrollments For A Brand New Online College [Case Study]

Twitter logo Anyone involved in marketing online higher education programs knows how competitive the space is. How is a new school with no name recognition supposed to compete with the plethora of institutions vying for attention at a reasonable cost-per-lead? This was the challenge Adobe faced in marketing their client Mount Washington College. Though it's owned by online education behemoth Kaplan, Inc., Mount Washington College (MWC) had changed its name and begun offering online degree programs in mid-2013. Adobe was tasked with increasing brand awareness and online engagement for the school while dr [...]


Twitter Launches Promoted Accounts In Search Results

twitter-follow-us-600 Today, Twitter announced it is expanding ad inventory for Promoted Accounts to search results. Twitter will automatically serve Promoted Accounts ads in relevant search results based on an advertiser's existing targeting criteria. Advertisers already running Promoted Account campaigns don't have to take any action to be included in the search results listings. Currently, Promoted Tweets are sometimes served in search results and the recommendations for accounts to follow are organic, as shown in the example below. Promoted Accounts can now show along with the organic recommendations [...]


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 [...]


Twitter Extends Offline Sales Impact Reporting To U.S. Automotive Advertisers

Twitter-Large In conjunction with its data partner Datalogix and automotive insights firm Polk, Twitter announced today that automotive advertisers in the U.S. will be able to measure the offline sales impact of their Promoted and organic tweets. The company first introduced offline sales impact reporting for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) sector last August. For the automotive reporting, Twitter matches up unreadable, scrambled (hashed) email addresses from Datalogix, to provide information about Twitter activity in aggregate. Datalogix can then pair that Twitter activity to vehicle purchases capture [...]


Esurance Awarded Its $1.5 Million Prize: What’s Next & Will The 200,000 New Twitter Followers Stay

Esurance Twitter Sweepstakes Winner It was a risky move waiting until the Super Bowl had ended to advertise the start of a giant $1.5 million Twitter sweepstakes, a risk exacerbated by the fact that the game was a rout. Fortunately for Esurance, it was immediately clear that its late play broke through the noise of the actual game-time advertisers. According to new stats from Leo Burnett, Esurance's agency, there were more than 200,000 entries using the hashtag #Esurance30 within the first minute of the ad airing. Since awarding the palette of cash to the lucky winner on Wednesday night's The Jimmy Kimmel Show, the brand is now [...]


TV Ads Go Better With Hashtags? Twitter Says So

twitter-tv-video-featured As Twitter gets set for its first earnings announcement later today, the company continues its full court press for ad dollars with claims today that television ads go better with Twitter. The company shared details from three separate studies -- all commissioned by Twitter -- that look at the relationship between TV ads and Twitter users/activity. The primary findings from each study: Using hashtags in TV commercials drives positive brand conversation. One study found that TV ads with hashtags had 42% more Tweets about the ads than those without hashtags. Twitter users are les [...]


Still Trending: How Esurance Became The Most Talked About Brand Of The Super Bowl

esurance-superbowl-ad-featured According to the latest data from Networked Insights, Esurance has won what might be dubbed the "Conversation Bowl" with 539,610 (and climbing) conversations on Twitter -- far higher than number two T-Mobile's 309,780 conversations -- with an ad that ran after the Super Bowl ended. Esurance itself now says its campaign has earned more than one billion impressions and two million tweets (see the latest stats at the end). The company executed a timed-to-a-tee teaser campaign to drum up awareness that it would be announcing something big in an ad right after the Super Bowl. And, yes, it then d [...]


The 25 Most Fantastic Social Media Updates From Brands During The Super Bowl

football-fire-super-bowl-featured The game last night was anything but competitive which helped make the social screen that much more entertaining. Throughout the night there was plenty of brand and Bronco bashing amid some sound marketing that helped stretch ad dollars and put brands in the social spotlight. As we monitored all of the ads and brand activity last night on @MarketingLand and @HashtagBowl, and we've highlighted our top social updates from brands, movies & companies. Game Related Updates One of the easiest ways to boost engagement is to cash in on the current events occurring in the big game. These were [...]


Facebook Advertisers Doubled Ad Spend in Q4 [Kenshoo]

facebook-sign-featured By nearly all accounts, e-commerce had a banner 2013 holiday season, including a record-setting Cyber Monday. Advertisers also committed larger budgets to digital in Q4, and according to new data from Kenshoo Social, they doubled-down on Facebook ads. Ad spend on Facebook rose 101 percent among compared to Q3. Holiday competition drove up costs with cost-per-click (CPC) rising 21 percent, and CPM rates increasing by 33 percent from Q3. Ad efficiencies increased despite the heavier competition, however. Facebook ad click-through rates rose 10 percent in the Q4 shopping season from the thi [...]


How To Be The #1 Trending Hashtag On Twitter: Lessons From Nat Geo’s #KillingKennedy Campaign

nat-geo-twitter-featured The National Geographic Channel regularly uses both organic and paid campaigns to engage audiences on Twitter. For its film, Killing Kennedy, timed to premier the week before the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, Nat Geo wanted to make a big impact on Twitter to build excitement and drive viewership. Armed with Twitter-savvy celebrities and a wealth of visual assets, the team employed Twitter TV ad targeting for the first time to reach beyond its follower base of just over 520 thousand followers. Nat Geo and its agency Mediahub/Mullen encouraged the cast -- including stars Ro [...]


LinkedIn Paid Ads: A Beginner’s Guide

LinkedIn Logo There are lots of ways to spend your digital advertising budget today; but, have you considered LinkedIn? Advertising on LinkedIn is a great choice for many businesses. Below, we'll explore why you should consider it and provide a walk-through of how to create your first LinkedIn ad campaign. Why LinkedIn Gets Overlooked Have you run a campaign on LinkedIn? If not, you are hardly alone. LinkedIn's self-service ad platform often gets overlooked by today's marketers and media planners. This could be due to a number of misconceptions or challenges such as: LinkedIn is not a typical social n [...]


Twitter Adds New Tailored Audiences Options: Upload From Your CRM, Target By Twitter ID

twitter-advertising-featured Twitter debuted tailored audiences just over a month ago to give advertisers more sophisticated targeting capabilities, including retargeting, on the social platform. Today the company announced new ways to create target audiences that should greatly expand their appeal for marketers. A key new feature, Twitter advertisers can now create tailored audiences using email addresses from their CRM systems. Emails are sent to Twitter in an encoded format and then matched to Twitter accounts. The limitation with CRM integrations are is they only work when the user has provided the same email to bo [...]


Facebook Faces More Legal Action From Sponsored Stories: This Time For False Endorsements

facebook Yesterday, Facebook announced it is scrapping parts of its Sponsored Stories ad product -- the ads that show what other users "Like."  It turns out, the same day a Colorado man filed a class action suit claiming the ads were used for false endorsement. The suit alleges Facebook began showing ads that said "Tony DiTirro likes USA Today." DiTirro claims he never "Liked" USA Today's Facebook page or visit the USA Today website. DiTirro was tipped off about the ad by a friend, according to the filing. The suit claims Facebook "knowingly used [DiTirro's] likeness and Facebook profile to adve [...]


Adios, Sponsored Stories: Facebook To Sunset The Problematic Ad Type In April

facebook-sign-featured In an announcement to developers, Facebook said it will be sunsetting sponsored stories. Domain and open graph sponsored stories are no longer allowed and any existing ones will cease to be delivered after April 9th. Facebook wrote: Facebook will sunset the creation of sponsored stories Page post and page like ads already automatically have the best social context (likes and comments) added. You may choose to add share social context by specifying social_prefs=['allow_shares'] on the adgroup. Existing page post and page like sponsored stories will continue to deliver so you [...]


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