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.
Facebook Announces Rollout Of Custom Audiences For Websites, Apps; New Call To Action Buttons For Page Post Ads
The extension of Facebook’s custom audiences ad-targeting feature to websites and mobile applications, initially announced by Facebook last October, has been rolled out globally, and the social network also announced that five buttons triggering calls to action — shop now, learn more, sign up, book now, and download — will soon be available in the lower-right-hand corner of page post ads.
Gone are the times of toting around a massively bulky cell phone. Today, wherever you turn, everyone — even children — is on a sleek, elegant smartphone that has the capacity to do many of the things our computers can do. From texting, browsing the Web, reading emails, etc., people are increasingly using their phones for complicated task, and Facebook is set to maximize from this trend, attracting even more online retailers.
Facebook’s sponsored stories have seen their highs and lows, with the lowest low occurring when the ad unit became the subject of a class-action lawsuit, but sponsored stories will be history after April 9, according to a list of breaking changes to Facebook’s ads application-programming interface published on the social network’s platform roadmap.
Facebook’s custom audiences ad-targeting option, which was initially introduced in October 2012 via the social network’s ads application-programming interface and Power Editor, is now available to all advertisers via any Facebook ad interface.
Facebook’s overhaul of its advertising products continued at full-throttle with Tuesday’s announcement that the social network is shifting to a model that it calls “objective-based ad buying and reporting,” putting the emphasis for advertisers on objectives, rather than on ad types, and giving them better tools to measure the impact of their campaigns.
Facebook Exchange Partnerships Manager Josh Butler spoke about the social network’s real-time-bidding ad exchange to media buyers, agency trading desks, and brand marketers at OMMA‘s Real-Time Buying summit in Century City, Calif., last Thursday.