What happened when the sporting goods subsidiary of a tire company in Canada scrapped its traditional weekly circular for two weeks in favor of advertising on Facebook? Duncan Fulton, chief marketing officer of FGL Sports and senior vice president at Canadian Tire, described Sport Chek’s positive experiences in a post on the Facebook for Business page.
Facebook fans of pop star Katy Perry who are located in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada can view Katy Perry the Movie: Part of Me – a movie chronicling her 2011 world tour — directly on Perry’s Facebook page, using the media player from Screenburn Media.
How can brands on Facebook reach people during the summer, when they are less likely to be in front of their computer screens or television sets and more apt to be out and about? The social network reminded marketers in a post on its Facebook for Business page that no matter where people are enjoying the warm weather, their mobile phones are likely with them.
Ads debuted on Instagram in the U.S. last November, and Canada, the U.K., and Australia are next up, at some point during 2014, the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network announced in a post on the Instagram for Business blog.
Nothing tells potential diners about restaurants as effectively as their menus do, so Facebook announced an easier way for restaurants in the U.S. and Canada to add their menus to their pages via the SinglePlatform online listings service from email marketing provider Constant Contact.
Facebook’s premium video ads are now being offered in seven more countries — Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K. – and the social network is also rolling out new video metrics for all videos uploaded to Facebook worldwide in its page insights and ads reporting.
Don’t tell Facebook users that soccer isn’t popular in the U.S.: The social network revealed in a post on the Facebook for Business page that approximately 500 million of its 1.28 billion monthly active users are fans of the beautiful game, with 48.9 million of those in the U.S., second only to the host country of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Legend has it that when famous bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he targeted banks, he replied, “Because that’s where the money is,” and the same logic applies to why Facebook’s quarterly earnings calls devote so much time to advertising. The social network’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday was no exception.
Odds are, most Facebook users have seen status updates in their News Feeds with some variation of the “pay it forward” theme, meaning that if a stranger or friend shows a person kindness in some form, the recipient does something nice for someone else. But which countries and cities were responsible for the most pay-it-forward status updates? Lada Adamic and Thomas Lento of the Facebook Data Science Team have the answers.