Facebook is looking to extend its reach into Hollywood’s television industry with its newest hire, Ryan Seacrest Productions Executive Vice President of New Media Sibyl Goldman, who joined the social network as head of entertainment partnerships, based at its office in the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum both tried to quell concerns about the cross-platform mobile messaging application being overrun by ads following its acquisition by the social network Wednesday, during a conference call following the announcement of the deal.
After its unsuccessful bid for photo-messaging application Snapchat last November, reportedly valued at more than $3 billion, Facebook opened up the vaults and announced its acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp for $4 billion in cash and some $12 billion in Facebook shares, also announcing that WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook’s board of directors.
The latest solution to help brands monitor Facebook and other social activity comes from customer-intelligence-solutions provider Market Force Information: SocialForce, which helps brands monitor content across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Google Plus, WordPress, Flickr, Wikipedia, blogs, message boards, and other social networks.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg spoke with Julia Boorstin of CNBC at The MAKERS Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., produced by AOL, and she touched on several subjects for segments that will air throughout the business news network’s Business Day programming, including Facebook’s transition to a mobile company, its progress with Madison Avenue, the social network’s A Look Back videos, and Facebook’s focus for the near future.
Prestige brands — those in the beauty, fashion, retail, hotels, and watches and jewelry sectors — are relying more and more on Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram in their marketing efforts, according to a comprehensive study by digital think tank L2.
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games have begun in Sochi, Russia, and while Facebook may not appear on any of the medal podiums, it is eyeing the gold medal for fans’ social networking experience.