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.
Facebook topped 1 billion monthly active users in October 2012, and the social network announced another milestone in its first-quarter-2014 earnings release, as it has now surpassed 1 billion mobile MAUs, ending the quarter at 1.008 billion.
On the day that Facebook is holding its first-quarter earnings call, the social network also announced that Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman is leaving the company after nearly five years in the post, and he will be succeeded by current Vice President of Corporate Finance and Business Planning David Wehner, former CFO of game developer Zynga.
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.
With Facebook’s first-quarter earnings call set for Wednesday after the close of trading, digital marketing agency 3Q Digital offered a preview of the social network’s potential advertising results by sharing data from its clients across a variety of advertiser objectives and verticals.
Predictive media-optimization-technology provider Kenshoo, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, examined key metrics and benchmarks for paid search and social advertising in the first quarter.
Facebook will announce its financial results for the first quarter of 2014 after market close Wednesday, April 23, with a conference call set for 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT that day.
It’s been a busy first quarter for Facebook. From acquisitions to algorithms, there have been more than 10 new announcements in the first three months of the year, causing many brands to feel cold toward the global social site. With spring knocking on the door, here’s a breakdown of the most important changes Facebook has made to help brands flourish.
For the fourth consecutive earnings call, questions were raised as to whether Facebook usage is slipping among teens, and the question appears to be getting old to Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman, who barely dignified it with a response during the question-and-answer portion of the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday.