The industry advisory board for social performance management platform Syncapse was bolstered with the addition of MLA Consulting Founder and former Anheuser-Busch InBev Vice President, Global Connections Maarten L. Albarda.
Facebook announced the formation of its U.K. Advisory Board, aimed at strengthening the relationships between brands and agencies in the U.K. and the social network.
There are varying schools of thought about whether or not a value can be placed on Facebook likes, and social performance management platform Syncapse cast its vote for “yes” by pegging the value of likes to consumer brands on the social network at $174 each and saying that figure has risen 28 percent since 2010.
Facebook is testing a new type of targeted advertising that will allow brands to market to users based on items they have purchased in stores, and it teamed up with data providers Epsilon, Acxiom, and Datalogix on the trial, according to a report in Ad Age.
It seems that brands are not only becoming more hip to social photo-sharing site Instagram (which Facebook purchased last year), but getting smarter about usage. A study by Simply Measured shows how the Interbrand Top 100 Brands (such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Microsoft) have adopted Instagram. An overwhelming percentage of Instagram photos are shared via Facebook, which drives more engagement than Twitter.
Budweiser bills itself as the “King of Beers,” and when it comes to Facebook engagement for advertisers during Super Bowl XLVII, according to a study by analytics outfit Unmetric, it was also the ruler, followed closely by sister brew Bud Light.
Celebrities had a great year on Facebook in 2012. Rihanna rose up the page charts to be the most popular human-based page on the social network, and several athletes saw their likes go up considerably around the time of the Olympic Games in London. However, Facebook’s popularity among those who don’t have iPhones or Android devices made Facebook for Every Phone the most popular page in 2012, according to Quintly.
In January 2010, Facebook had just 337 million users — a figure that has ballooned to roughly 1 billion this year. While Facebook is still most popular in the U.S., the social network has grown in leaps in bounds in countries such as Brazil and India over the past three years. An infographic from Socialbakers illustrates how the demographics of Facebook have changed since 2010.