Former Facebook Vice President of Global Operations Colm Long led a $650,000 seed funding round for PropelAd, which provides digital advertising automation for small and midsized businesses, and Tribal.vc and Enterprise Ireland also took part.
Facebook is beefing up its custom audiences ad-targeting options, adding multi-product ads, which allow brands to feature three products within a single ad unit, as well as enhancements to custom audiences for websites.
Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer program added some Turkish flavor with its addition of Istanbul-based Adphorus, an ad-optimization platform that uses the social network’s ads application-programming interface.
Facebook’s efforts to simplify its advertising offerings appear to have been extended to terminology, as sources told sister blog Inside Facebook that the term “page post” is being removed from the names of its ad units, although the units themselves are not changing.
Advertisers on Facebook will have some new toys to play with “in the coming weeks,” as the social network announced that brands running video ads will be able to choose video views as an objective for their campaigns, as well as take advantage of two solutions to direct Facebook users to additional content, and all advertisers will be able to plan their campaigns using the traditional broadcast model of reach and frequency.
Last March, social marketing solutions provider SocialCode pegged Duke University as the winner of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament, as did Facebook, both based on social data. They were both wrong, as the University of Louisville took home the trophy. This year, Facebook once again selected Duke as the victor in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament, based on the number of posts and words related to each school in the two weeks leading up to this past Sunday, when the field was selected. And now SocialCode followed suit, also going with the Blue Devils based on its study of “thousands of social signals.”
The five call to action buttons for page post ads, introduced by Facebook in January, may be getting some company, as PerfectPost CEO Rob Kischuk discovered five more call to action buttons that the social network appears to be testing that are currently live, and another four that are included in its ads application-programming interface but have not yet been implemented.