Twitter Launches Ad Retargeting: “Tailored Audiences” Bring Retargeting To Mobile

twitter-retargeting-arrows-featured Today Twitter announced the global roll-out of Tailored Audiences, the targeting capability the company began testing in beta in July. Tailored Audiences gives Twitter a retargeting product and more. As with Facebook, advertisers can use first party data to retarget their own site visitors, or tap into third party data to reach new custom audiences. Twitter is launching Tailored Audiences with ten vendor partners: Adara, AdRoll, BlueKai, Chango, DataXu, Dstillery, Lotame, Quantcast, ValueClick, and [x+1]. Advertisers must work with one of those vendors to buy on the exchange. Beta tester [...]


Are Twitter Ads Right For Your Local Business? How To Decide

twitter-cupcakes-1379072601 With Twitter blasting out of the gate with IPO news, not to mention 230+ million monthly active users, many local marketers have been left wondering: when does it make sense for a local business to test Twitter ads? And, how much time and energy should be devoted to Twitter with the myriad of other social media platforms out there? For certain local businesses, Twitter can serve as a terrific channel for boosting their online presence, raising overall awareness, attracting new followers and leads, as well as driving more traffic to their website and customers to their doorstep. Twitter [...]


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’s Holiday 1-2 Punch: Free Ads & Retail Impact Survey

twitter-new-logo-blue With an IPO in its rearview mirror and the holiday season straight ahead, Twitter is making a big push to attract both retail shoppers and advertisers this week. In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, Twitter is giving away up to $1 million in free ads. Advertisers will be able to use the credit for either the Promoted Accounts or Promoted Tweets product, and registration is required through the link earlier in this paragraph. The offer is only open for Twitter accounts with a US address that have never advertised on Twitter before. Twitter also wants to position itself as a valuab [...]


American Express To Sponsor Fox TV Clips Promoted Through Twitter Amplify

twitter-tv-video-featured Fox Broadcasting Company along with American Express are the latest to partner with Twitter's second screen promotional program Amplify. Fox will bring American Express-sponsored video clips of several of its top scripted shows including "The Mindy Project", "Glee" and "Brooklyn-Nine-Nine" to Twitter. The content will be marked as promoted by American Express, along with short pre-roll video ads running ahead of each clip. Twitter and the network each receive a portion of the ad revenue. Jean Rossi, executive vice president, Sales, Fox Broadcasting Company, said, “We are thrilled to co [...]


Twitter’s Self Serve Ads Cross The Pond & Head North, Opening In The UK, Ireland & Canada

Twitter logo Just one week after going public, Twitter is making major ad moves. Now according all small and medium enterprises can leverage the self-serve platform to purchase ads on the social network. Previously advertisers were required to have a working relationship with Twitter, this change will open the floodgates for all advertisers. In addition to the United Kingdom self-serve ads are rolling out to Ireland and Canada. The ad types are unchanged from the offerings to Americans. To start users simply need to head to the Ads Page on Twitter. Twitter product manager Ravi Narasimhan, told The G [...]


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 [...]


Fireside Musings: The Growth Of Real-Time Bidding

Fireplace Flames Today I'm sitting down to meditate on some of the reasons why programmatic ad buying -- real-time bidding (RTB), in particular -- has been showing such strong and steady growth over the past few years, and why industry analysts are predicting continued growth over the next several years. Much of the growth behind RTB has been from two specific areas: mobile and video. So, that's where I will focus my attention today. There seems to be a lot of talk that RTB will ultimately make the biggest difference in mobile. Question: Is this true? If so, why? What kind of impact will it have? How [...]


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 [...]


Twitter Amended S-1: Over 70 Percent Of Revenue From Mobile

Twitter-Image Twitter released its S-1 form on October 3. In that document, the company reported revenues of just under $317 million in 2012 and revenues of slightly less than $254 million for the first six months of 2013. This afternoon, Twitter amended its S-1 to reflect Q3 earnings of roughly $168 million. Thus, for the first nine months of this year, Twitter generated revenues of $422.2 million and a loss of approximately $126 million (vs. a little more than $68 million for the same period last year). Accordingly, Twitter will easily clear $500 million in revenue for 2013. Previously, Twitter rep [...]


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 [...]


Nielsen Launches Twitter TV Ratings, Potentially A Key Social Metric For Advertisers

twitter-tv-250px Almost a year in the making, Nielsen has finally rolled out its Twitter TV Ratings service, a weekly look at which US television shows have the biggest audience on Twitter. The ratings chart aims to track an overall audience for each show, based on the total number of tweets, how many unique accounts tweet about a show and how often those tweets are seen. It's seen as a potentially key metric for brands and advertisers as they try to gauge the value of the social conversation surrounding the networks, shows and actors/actresses that they associate with through TV ad buys. And with its IP [...]


Twitter: No Current Plans To Put Ads On Vine, #Music Apps

While there's a lot of talk today about how Twitter will need to dial up its advertising revenues as a public company, there are a couple places the company says that won't happen: its Vine and #Music apps. Buried inside the Table Of Contents of Twitter's S-1 filing Thursday is this description of Vine and the mention of ads (which I'll emphasize in bold): Vine is a mobile application available on the iOS and Android operating systems that enables users to create and distribute short looping videos of up to six seconds in length. Vine users create and distribute their videos to their fol [...]


Twitter’s S-1 Highlights Strength Of Mobile, International Advertising Opportunities

twitter-map-geotarget-featured In its S-1 filing made public yesterday, Twitter disclosed international users make up 77 percent of Twitter’s average MAUs (monthly active users). Yet, international advertisers generated just 25 percent of consolidated revenue in the three months ended June 30. Twitter’s second quarter advertising revenue per timeline view (which is what the company is reporting instead of revenue per user, and which actually means revenue per 1,000 timeline views) was $0.80, a 26 percent year-over-year increase according to the filing. The revenue per timeline view is significantly higher in the U [...]


Twitter Deal With NFL Will Bring Instant-Replay & League Highlight Videos Via Sponsored Tweets

twitter-nfl-featured Twitter and the NFL have announced a new ad partnership, allowing the social media company to share instant-replay footage from the league via sponsored tweets. According to a report on Reuters, "Under the new agreement, the NFL will package in-game highlights and other video content - as well as a short ad from a marketer - inside tweets that are 'sponsored' and distributed by the marketer during games." Without giving specifics, Reuters claims that the NFL and Twitter will split revenue earned from the sponsored Tweets. The announcement confirmed that the new deal is Twitter's largest [...]


Twitter Courting TV Networks To “Amplify” Revenues

twitter-tv-200px Twitter executives are in New York this week ("Ad Week") pitching TV networks on its ad products, especially its second screen ad program "Amplify." According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter is positioning Amplify as part of a bundled TV ad sale: With Amplify, networks post short video replays on Twitter in near-real time. The video is sponsored by a brand. The network and Twitter each get a cut of the ad proceeds.  Amplify was originally introduced earlier this year. TV networks and entertainment companies aggressively market themselves on social media. However Twitter and its hasht [...]


Twitter’s Dick Costolo: “We Don’t Send Ads Via Push Notification”

twitter-new-logo-blue Hot on the heels of yesterday's IPO announcement, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has had to clarify that the company isn't testing the sending of sponsored tweets via push notification. The background is that several Twitter users have reported that they're getting tweets pushed to their mobile devices from Dropbox -- tweets that go beyond the types of notifications that the user has signed up to see. One of those users was Buzzfeed's John Herrman, who wrote about the situation with a headline that originally asked, "Is Twitter testing push notification ads?" While Twitter's communications tea [...]


For Twitter Retargeting, Communication Is Key

Mars-Curiosity-Twitter-Bio-600x368 This past July, Twitter followed in Facebook's footsteps with the announcement of retargeting. In a company blog post, Twitter said that they would begin experimenting with a way to make ads on Twitter more useful to its users in the United States by displaying promoted content from brands and businesses users have shown interest in. They went on to say that users won't necessarily see more ads on Twitter, but they may see better ones. While the overall premise of retargeting -- which focuses on serving relevant ads to consumers based on online behaviors -- remains the same, retargeting on [...]


Twitter Buys MoPub For $350M In Run Up To IPO

twitter-money-200px Yesterday TechCrunch first reported that MoPub had been acquired by Twitter for roughly $350 million. That number was not confirmed by either company however. MoPub is a real-time-bidding mobile ad exchange for apps that falls into the category of "programmatic" ad buying. The acquisition brings technology and a third party mobile developer/publisher network to Twitter. MoPub said yesterday in a blog post that nothing would change for its publishers and that Twitter would help it strengthen its services. Twitter was pretty clear about what it was after in buying MoPub: The MoPub team [...]


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