Did you know you had an interests lists option on Facebook? And do you even know what they are? Well, I’m about to tell you, but if you read nothing further, know this: They’re pretty terrible for businesses, and they can be great for individuals. Yes, Facebook actually does help you protect your own best interests (via lists).
Can Facebook users’ likes and interests help determine their ideal chocolate flavors? Cadbury aims to find out, teaming up with Red Agency to launch the Flavour Matcher application on the Cadbury Dairy Milk Facebook page in the coming weeks, as well as the Joy Generator, a vending machine that serves up Facebook users’ ideal flavors after being given access to their profiles.
Many Facebook users will be happy to learn that the social network will soon roll out ad preferences, a tool that explains why specific ads are served to them and allows them to choose which interests should be used in determining the ads they see. However, some of those users may not be too thrilled with Facebook’s simultaneous announcement that it will also begin factoring in data from websites and applications outside of the social network, although it stressed that users can opt out of this form of ad targeting.
The core audiences ad-targeting options Facebook announced in February are beginning to surface in Ads Manager, allowing brands to refine their targeting by location, demographic, interests, and behaviors.
Location, demographic, interests, and behaviors — these four criteria represent the foundation of Facebook’s new core audiences ad-targeting options, which it will begin rolling out in the coming weeks, and the social network also announced in a post on the Facebook for Business page that its partner categories targeting options will be added to its ads create tool.
Facebook’s sponsored stories have seen their highs and lows, with the lowest low occurring when the ad unit became the subject of a class-action lawsuit, but sponsored stories will be history after April 9, according to a list of breaking changes to Facebook’s ads application-programming interface published on the social network’s platform roadmap.
Facebook delivers much higher conversion rates than Pinterest or Twitter in terms of social commerce sales, but the average order value is highest for Pinterest users, followed by those referred by Facebook and Twitter, according to a new report by customer experience engine Monetate.
Facebook loves to recommend friends and applications, but now the site has come up with a new way to get users to like more pages. With the Recommended Pages feature within Facebook — as first noticed by sister site Inside Facebook — users can connect to pages based on their check-in histories, as well as catch up on pages recommended by their friends.
I get it. You’ve got 30 other things to do besides trying to follow Facebook’s every change. So follow these simple steps and you’ll be able to run your Facebook ads on auto-pilot. We’re not going into the finer points of multiplying ads in power editor, conversion spec, custom audiences, or any of that — just the basics you need for a solid campaign.