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MARCH MADNESS: SocialCode Picks Duke, Too

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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.”

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Facebook Announces Rollout Of Custom Audiences For Websites, Apps; New Call To Action Buttons For Page Post Ads

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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.

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How Facebook Continues To Reshape Business

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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.

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Facebook Advertising Overhaul Continues With Rollout Of Objective-Based Ad Buying And Reporting

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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.

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