Facebook caught a great deal of flak when it introduced auto-play videos into the News Feed late last year, but they appear to be working for brands, as Adobe revealed in its Q1 2014 Social Intelligence Report that engagement with those videos was up 58 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, and up 25 percent year-over-year.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg mentioned a Millward Brown Digital study during the social network’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday, and the full results of the study were released in a Facebook for Business post Friday.
Ad revenue accounted for $2.34 billion of Facebook’s fourth-quarter-2013 revenue total of $2.59 billion, so it’s no surprise that the social network’s advertising results and initiatives were the topic of the lion’s share of discussion during its earnings call Wednesday.
Facebook finally responded to calls for more specific data on monthly active users, daily active users, and mobile MAUs and DAUs by specific country, but only in a eMagazine distributed to its advertising partners, titled “Facebook: The Annual.” However, a copy was leaked to TechCrunch.
Cyber Monday lived up to its billing, as Kenshoo, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, found that the day accounted for 29 percent of total revenue during the five-day peak holiday shopping period starting with Thanksgiving.
Facebook’s emphasis on mobile will not take a vacation for the holiday shopping season, as the social network offered some tips for marketers looking to incorporate mobile into their Facebook promotion mix in a post on the Facebook for Business page.
With less than one week until Black Friday, and Cyber Monday shortly thereafter, Facebook application developer Woobox offered some tips on how brands on the social network can incorporate coupons into their promotional efforts.