If you’re advertising your brand on Facebook, you’ve likely seen this recent video (below) from Derek Muller on Facebook fraud. If you haven’t watched yet, brace yourself for the number of Facebook advertising likes that are fake, and the damage those fake fans cause to your social reach and return on investment. To beat the threat of fake likes, you’ll need to focus on engagement, a strong core fan base, and contextual ads that draw the genuine fans needed for ROI.
Employees can be valuable brand advocates, and marketing solution Dynamic Signal released a new tool earlier this week to help move that process along, rolling out its VoiceStorm employee advocacy platform as an iOS application.
The battle spoons have come out. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Chobani Chief Marketing Officer Peter McGuinness declared, “2014 is the year of the yogurt wars.” With Super Bowl Sunday on the horizon, we’re about to witness the first of many battles. Greek yogurt titans Oikos, Yoplait, and Chobani are all looking to capitalize with primetime spots during Super Bowl XLVIII, but is reach all they’re after? If so, they’re making a mistake. In a market that accounted for $7.6 billion in sales in 2013, there’s already a high level of general awareness. More than starting the conversation, brands need to work on shaping it, and influence in the Greek yogurt market is the holy grail. For that, brand advocacy is key, and Facebook is an open door.
Facebook announced last Thursday that it would begin phasing out sponsored stories. No new ads can be created from this point on, while previously purchased inventory will run through April 9. The controversial ad unit typically featured friends’ interactions with pages or applications, and they would inform you if those friends liked sponsored pages. While the ad unit was popular with advertisers, this often wasn’t the case for consumers, and its demise was foretold by Facebook as early as last June. Rolled into this change, however, is a significant revamp and net increased visibility for “social context.”
Arbor Mist raised its glasses to Facebook, as it became the first wine brand to reach 1 million likes, according to social media analytics platform Socialbakers, and its success hasn’t stopped at the like total.
Venueseen, a platform via which brands can launch, promote, and track campaigns on Instagram and Twitter, officially changed its name to Seen Tuesday and announced the launch of its Snapfluence network, which brings together Instagram influencers.
Superfans are the most important people in Facebook brand communities, but getting them to engage is only one-half of the battle. They are by nature a small, crucial minority of a much larger fan ecosystem. A successful influencer-activation strategy must take into account how to shape a great experience for the many different types of fans.
Brand advocates can be an essential cog in the Facebook marketing machine, and social media software company Expion teamed up with agency Ignite Social Media on Social Advocator for Fans, an application that provides those influencers with customized content that they can share with their Facebook friends and followers on Twitter and LinkedIn.
It’s not quite the Facebook video ads that have been the subject of rumors, but social rich media advertising platform Moontoast and user-generated-video platform VideoGenie announced Thursday that they have teamed up to integrate VideoGenie’s capabilities for capturing and managing user-generated video with Moontoast’s ad units.