Will Social Video Ads Change TV Advertising?

FBvideoads Much has been written about Facebook's new video product, which is currently being tested by Summit Entertainment and Mindshare in the US. Much of the commentary has been around how much it will cost, whether it will affect users, data plans, and what its impact will be on Facebook's future profitability. But one area that has yet to be highly discussed is what it might do to the traditional TV spot. Many companies have set their sights on unseating TV's position as the largest recipient of ad budgets in most major markets; but, Facebook's new video product is, in some ways, an acceptanc [...]


Facebook Now Number 2 In US Digital Ad Sales, Thanks To Mobile [eMarketer]

facebook In Facebook's third quarter earnings report this year, the company shared that mobile delivered 49 percent of all ad revenues for the quarter -- up from 41 percent in Q2. eMarketer today released its latest report on US digital ad revenue share by company. Due in large part to mobile revenues, Facebook has overtaken Microsoft and Yahoo to claim the number to spot, with 7.4 percent share of net US digital ad dollars in 2013. Emarketer's earlier forecast showed Facebook continuing to lag slightly behind Yahoo through this year, however Facebook's mobile ad business has helped it surge ahea [...]


4 Top Facebook Advertising Trends And The Stats Behind Them

facebook As Facebook's user base keeps growing, the company has continued to pushed its advertising capabilities with new targeting options, creative formats, and mobile opportunities. Marin Software has put some numbers behind what is driving the top advertising trends on Facebook. The reasons more advertisers are using News Feed ads, mobile targeting, automated ad rotation and Custom Audiences are because each has proven their worth across a number of metrics from click-through rates to conversion rates, according to Marin's index of more than 100 Facebook advertisers. News Feed Ads Have Transf [...]


Twitter Launches Conversion Tracking, Now Available Globally

twitter-new-logo-blue Today, Twitter has announced the global availability of long-awaited conversion tracking capabilities. Conversion tracking gives advertisers better insights into how Twitter ads are driving conversion actions on their sites. Twitter's conversion tracking tag captures the impact of users who engaged with Promoted Tweets as well as those who simply viewed a Promoted Tweet, what's often referred to as a view-through conversion. In addition to clicks, engagement attribution includes Tweet expands, retweets, replies, favorites and follows. Advertisers can adjust the attribution window for bot [...]


Influencer Marketing: How Google Will Change The Game

Influencers_Altimeter I hear a lot of buzz about influencer marketing -- how it has evolved, how it comes in different flavors and how brands are using it -- but I never hear anyone talk about Google’s plans to change it... dramatically! An Emerging Channel When brands first began to capitalize on the power of influencer marketing, they tried to do so with casual and subtle efforts that often included complimentary products or other perks. Moreover, they usually kept their efforts "under the radar." Traditional blogger outreach programs are a good example of this, where brands would give product samples to blog [...]


WSJ: Facebook Launching Video Ads This Week

facebook-video-300px NOTE: The WSJ report was mostly correct. Facebook did announce more video ads today, but it's only a test and involves one advertiser. For more, see our more recent coverage: Bring On The News Feed Commercials: Promoted Video Ads Officially Land In The Facebook Feed. Facebook appears set to end 2013 with one of the biggest changes to its News Feed yet: video ads. The Wall Street Journal reported early Tuesday morning that Facebook will begin showing video ads in the News Feed -- on both desktop and mobile devices -- on Thursday. If it happens, it'll be about a year since video ad rumors [...]


Twitter Expands Promoted Accounts Into User Timelines On Mobile

Twitter Logo Twitter is opening up one of its current advertising tests to all advertisers. The test has involved showing Promoted Accounts in the regular user timeline on iOS and Android devices, not just in the "Who To Follow" recommendations. Twitter has been testing this with some of its advertisers, and announced today that the test is expanding to all advertisers globally. From today's post: These recommendations leverage Tweets as a call to action and display natively in the home timeline. For example, a new coffee shop could run a geo-targeted Promoted Accounts campaign in timeline to build [...]


3 Ways Marketers Can #Win With Twitter’s New Tailored Audiences

Chango_Twitter03 Today, Twitter and several platform providers announced the official launch of Tailored Audiences, giving marketers the ability to target individuals using their own first-party data and any third-party data. Until now, Twitter's advertising solutions were based solely on the data they had about their users. Facebook took a similar step to open their inventory to external data with the creation of the Facebook Exchange, a move that brought them a rush of new ad dollars. Tailored Audiences is about giving the marketer the ability to decide who to target based on external data, and it is bou [...]


Twitter Now Lets More Advertisers Target TV Show Conversations

twitter-tv-250px Today, Twitter announced a new ad product that allows all advertisers to target users who are tweeting about TV shows, not just those advertisers who are also running spots on those shows. Twitter's TV ad targeting product, launched earlier this year, lets television advertisers promote tweets to users who are referencing the shows in which their ads are appearing. Now TV conversation targeting opens this type of engagement up to those companies that aren't running TV ads in the specific shows they want to run promoted tweets against. "Now advertisers can easily reach Twitter users expos [...]


Twitter Expands Mobile Ad Targeting To Device, OS Version, WiFi

Twitter logo Today Twitter announced new options for targeting ads on mobile devices. No longer limited to device targeting, advertisers can now segment audiences based on mobile operating system version, specific device and whether or not the devices have WiFi connectivity. For example, app marketers can target only those users with compatible OS versions and with the WiFi capability to support an app download or app card engagement. The targeting capabilities will also allow marketers to advertise to users with devices that align with their campaign goals and their target customers based on existing a [...]


Facebook Expands Partner Categories Including More Targets For Retail And Automotive

Facebook Logo Facebook announced it is expanding the list of partner categories that advertisers can target from 500 to more than 1,000. The audience segments are pulled from Facebook's third-party data partners Datalogix, Axciom and Epsilon. The Ahead of the holiday season, Facebook is emphasizing the additional partner categories that are relevant to retail and automotive brands, in particular. The new categories include "active buyers" targets such as Shopping > Women's Apparel – Accessories: Active buyers of women's accessories. A deeper level of automotive audience targets are also availab [...]


Twitter Quietly Adds ZIP Code Targeting For US Advertisers

twitter-local-pin-250px Twitter advertisers have a new tool for promoting their tweets or accounts to very specific areas: US ZIP code targeting. It's an addition to the existing geo-targeting options, which already include country-, state-, province- and metro-level targeting options. Postal code targeting is only available for US addresses at the moment. There was no formal announcement of ZIP code targeting, but a Twitter spokesperson tells us that it was made available to US advertisers a few weeks ago. Social Media Today spotted it late last week. ZIP code targeting might be attractive to small/loca [...]


With @TwitterAdTips, Twitter Now Gives Advertising Advice Via Direct Messages

twitter-ad-tips-sm It's fascinating to watch Twitter evolve its direct message system into a marketing and engagement tool. The latest example of that is a new account called @TwitterAdTips that's specifically built for Twitter's advertisers. It promises "personalized tips to improve your Twitter Ads account performance." And it's going to share those tips via Direct Messages. It's the latest of several recent products/accounts that are starting to change what the Direct Message (DM) system can do. In June, Twitter launched the @MagicRecs account that sends content and user recommendations via DM ba [...]


Facebook: 20 Million Small Businesses Have Pages, Small Fraction Are Advertisers

facebook-pages-open-featured Facebook has reached another milestone: 20 million small businesses are using Facebook Pages. But only a small fraction of those are spending money on any of Facebook's ad products. That's the word from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who shared the data during today's Q3 earnings call. The company's report focused, as it is usually does, on mobile and user growth, but small business growth is no less important and -- from a business perspective -- perhaps more important. Sandberg also revealed that Facebook had about one million advertisers during Q3. "It's really hard to get small bus [...]


Quantifying The Reach-Efficiency Tradeoff In Facebook Advertising

Any marketer that has tried running paid advertising campaigns on Facebook knows it is one of the most complex auction-based ad marketplaces that exist today. Constantly moving targets, rapid ad fatigue, and lack of transparency around the effects of bids and budgets on performance make it difficult to optimize these campaigns. However, sophisticated optimization strategies are impossible without understanding the mechanics of how ads are served on Facebook. To this extent, we examined performance of over 500 Facebook ads over a 3-month period in order to shed some light on how the Facebook [...]


Facebook Opening Access To Custom Audiences For All Advertisers By End Of November

Facebook for Business Facebook announced today it will open access to its Custom Audiences ad targeting tool to all advertisers by late November. The feature will begin rolling out today for a limited number of US advertisers, with a global roll-out starting next week. Before today, Facebook's Custom Audiences was only available through its API and Power Editor tool. Soon, all Facebook advertisers will be able to leverage Custom Audiences to find existing customers and reach new prospects: Small businesses in particular will now be able to use their current customer lists to reach people on Facebook. And, for t [...]


Facebook’s First Video Ads Are Coming To Mobile

facebook-mobile-video-ads If you use Facebook on your favorite Android or iOS device -- and by Facebook's count, about 70 percent of us do -- you'll soon start seeing video ads in your News Feed. The company announced today that app developers can use videos in ads that are aimed at driving new app installs. Despite previous reports, it doesn't appear that the video ads will be set to auto-play. Here's how Facebook's Radu Margarint describes the new ads, and note the explicit mention of users clicking the ads to see the video: Potential customers will be able to click play to watch a video featuring your mobile app [...]


The Value Of Social To TV

twitter mic For many years, the main question one would hear from people who worked at the major digital publishers and platforms was, "How can we take budget from TV?" Meanwhile, network representatives would ask how they could ensure that they didn't suffer the same fate as the newspaper companies. But now, increasingly, the questions on both sides are around how they can better work together. Here, we'll take a look at some of the ways. Selling Social Data Since its inception, Web advertising has been sold on its accountability, which was originally considered to be a benefit. But as click-through [...]


Twitter Advertisers Can Now Schedule Promoted & Organic Tweets

twitter-clock-time-featured The development of Twitter's ad product takes another step today with the launch of Scheduled Tweets. This gives advertisers of all sizes the chance to time their tweets to specific events or related ad campaigns up to a year in advance. And this is quite interesting: Scheduled Tweets can be either paid (i.e., a Promoted Tweet) or organic. There's also a new "Creatives" tab in Twitter's ad management dashboard that advertisers can use to manage these Scheduled Tweets (and manage their Twitter Cards, too). That's where the advertiser can schedule future tweets via the blue "Compose Tweet [...]


Pinterest “Promoted Pin” Ads Debut Today

pinterest-promoted-pins-featured Promoted Pins, the first true ad product on Pinterest, started rolling out today. The company announced it had begun testing Promoted Pins three weeks ago. The ads are distinguished from organic pins by a subtle "Promoted Pin" tag and information icon, as shown in the screenshot below. Promoted Pins can be seen on both the web and Pinterest's mobile apps in search results and category feeds. Ads are served based on contextual relevancy. For example, a search for "Camping" could produce the Promoted Pin for a camping lantern shown above. For now, the company is wading cautiously into a [...]


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