Facebook appears to have embraced the strategy of keeping its friends close and its enemies closer when it comes to television, rolling out several features in recent months aimed at helping TV networks and shows increase engagement on the social network, while at the same time mapping out a battle plan for its Preferred Marketing Developers to cut into TV’s ad dollars with its upcoming video ads. And YouTube had better watch its back, as well.
The average Facebook user does not come to the social network in search of news, but he or she usually winds up discovering news anyway, as a new study from Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, found that of the 64 percent of U.S. adults who are Facebook users, 47 percent of that group “ever” gets news from the social network, leading Pew to call 30 percent of U.S. adults “Facebook news consumers.”
Facebook executives often state that one of their primary goals when it comes to advertising is to serve its users ads that are relevant to their interests. Optimal, a software-as-a-service platform for real-time ad buying and optimization and analytics for Facebook and other social networks, which was acquired by Brand Networks last week, and Civolution, a provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing, and monetizing content, are taking the social network’s goal one step further, integrating their technologies to serve Facebook ads that are synced to TV commercials being watched by users of the social network.
Fighting Over The TV: Facebook Provides Data To 10 Overseas Networks; Twitter Provides Data To Nielsen
Facebook and Twitter dug in their heels Monday in their attempts to establish beachheads in the world of television, with Facebook announcing plans to release data on actions (likes, comments, and shares) related to TV shows to 10 networks in eight overseas countries, while Twitter announced that it will provide data to ratings powerhouse Nielsen on the number of tweets about TV shows and those tweets’ total audiences.