With the holiday shopping season rapidly approaching, commerce technology platform MarketLive surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers and found that 49 percent will make purchases based on social referrals, and 30 percent have made purchases via social networks during the past year, up from just 12 percent in 2013.
For retailers, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are by far the two most important days of the holiday shopping season, and their ad-spending patterns reflect that, but when it comes to advertising on Facebook, that strategy may not be the most effective, according to a new study by Marin Software, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer.
It’s never too early for retailers and other brands on Facebook to begin preparing for the holiday shopping season, and digital marketing software provider Offerpop, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, gift-wrapped an infographic with some relevant information to help fuel those preparations.
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.
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.