Facebook announced a flurry of news related to its App Links open, cross-platform solution for application-to-app linking, which it initially debuted at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30: More than 3 billion unique App Links have been created; an App Links blog has been launched; analytics are now available; Windows Phone support was boosted; and support for the referer_app_link was added for Android.
Instagram introduced advertising last November, and now the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network is rolling out tools for advertisers that will allow them to gauge the success of their campaigns.
Facebook continues to make strides in becoming the “cross-platform platform,” as today the company announced a way to track performance of advertising across devices. This will enable advertisers to see how people are balancing desktop, mobile and tablet before they make a conversion.
Advocate marketing platform Crowdly, which refers to itself as the “after-like marketing firm,” announced the launch of its Crowdly 2.0 platform, which it said “provides actionable ways for leading brands and their agencies to surface, identify and build relationships with their best fans– driving advocacy, brand loyalty and sales.”
With India soaring in importance as a market for Facebook, the social network inked its first pact with an ad agency there, GroupM, during Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s recent visit, The Economic Times reported.
Facebook’s Ads Manager has gone mobile, as the social network announced in a post on its Facebook for Business page that Ads Manager will be included in its flagship iOS and Android applications, as well as via its mobile site.
Music fans have embraced concert-discovery application Bandsintown, and now the company is targeting artists and managers with its new app, Bandsintown Manager, aimed at allowing them to manage their social presences via their devices.
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Facebook announced two updates to its App Insights, aimed at giving developers a more clear look at actions users perform with their applications, as well as interactions that drive users to those apps.