Madison Avenue and Menlo Park continued to get closer, as news of Instagram’s one-year pact with ad agency Omnicom was followed by the announcement that Mondelez International, a manufacturer of snacks and candy, reached an advertising agreement with Facebook.
Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram just went big-time on Madison Avenue, as Ad Age reports that Instagram received a year-long commitment, totaling up to $100 million in ad spending, from Omnicom.
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, announced last month, became the target of privacy groups, as the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information.
GoToMyApartment CEO and Razz Interactive Chairman Joshua Swanson has a split personality, at least in the video below, in which he portrays both a thrilled Facebook investor and a not-so-thrilled Facebook marketer.
“We’re trying to instill in kids a lifelong love of travel. We want to help them become global citizens.” This was how Co-Founder and Co-CEO Amy Norman described the thinking behind startup media company Little Passports, which has tripled its customer base over the past six months with the help of advertising on Facebook.
The most valuable piece of real estate on Facebook will have a new look “in the coming weeks,” as the social network announced an update to its News Feed, aimed at making its presentation more consistent across desktop and mobile.
With Facebook usage via multiple devices becoming the norm, rather than the exception, the social network commissioned a study by international market research agency GfK to learn more about how users are interacting via desktops/laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
Social marketing and compliance monitoring on the same platform? The partnership between social relationship platform provider Shoutlet and social business governance provider Actiance, announced Thursday, will make that combination a reality.