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.
Ads Application-Programming Interface
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.
Facebook for Every Phone, the application that brings the social network to feature phones, or devices that are not smartphones, announced that it has topped 100 million monthly active users.
Facebook Monday announced several updates to its page post link ads, including the ability for brands to customize images, the ability to create these units directly via the social network’s self-serve ad-creation tool, and the ability to choose between right-hand-side domain ads and unpublished page post link ads (dark posts) in the News Feed.
Facebook brands working with Preferred Marketing Developers that have access to its ads application-programming interface can now specify time ranges shorter than the default of 14 days for the social network’s action spec targeting capability, sister blog Inside Facebook reported.