Facebook’s new executive creative director brings a hint of Apple, as Scott Trattner, who held the same title at TBWA/Media Arts Lab, which focused on advertising for Apple, is now on board at the social network.
BandsInTown, the top concert-discovery application on Facebook, plans to deepen integration within the social network. The app, which reaches more than 20 million unique Facebook users per month, wants to connect more fans through concerts they’re planning to see. BandsInTown CEO Julien Mitelberg spoke with AllFacebook about how the app will use open graph technology to make Facebook users more aware of events featuring their favorite artists.
Last week, Facebook entered the gift card market with the Facebook Card — a new addition to Facebook Gifts. Unlike other gift card options offered by Gifts, this is a plastic card that can be used at Target, Sephora, Jamba Juice, and Olive Garden. Noah Mallin, vice president of social media for brand agency Digitas, thinks that the Facebook Card could be a very powerful way that brands learn more about users’ spending habits, and it could also revolutionize mobile ads.
We know that more and more users around the world are accessing Facebook through their phones, but new statistics released Wednesday by comScore show that Facebook’s native application has surpassed Google Maps and is now the most widely used mobile utility in the U.S.
Running a successful Facebook page is often more about science and accuracy than about socializing. You probably already know this from your personal page: You can post great content at the wrong time or under an unattractive title, and it will hardly be noticed. The AutoCAD WS application Facebook fan page now exceeds 200,000 fans (for a business-to-business app; not a company). I had the honor of working on that fan page from the “create new page” step to the point when it reached 100,000 fans. During that time, I learned a lot, namely that simple tweaks and tricks can leverage your content significantly.
Many popular Facebook games are like fireworks: They rise and explode, then disappear. SongPop, recently named Facebook’s top game of 2012, relies on more than pyrotechnics to please users. Mathieu Nouzareth, CEO of SongPop developer FreshPlanet, told AllFacebook that the game has stayed popular simply because people have always and will always love music.
Subway has a pretty tasty deal with CityVille players. Those who play the popular Facebook game can build a Subway restaurant into their city, in return, Subway gives the player a coupon to be redeemed in-store. When the coupon is used, the player then gets a code for CityVille bonuses. An expert panel discussed this and other ways that brands can build loyalty with fans through Facebook in one of the final events of the AllFacebook Marketing Conference in New York.
Facebook has recently been expanding the number of users who have access to Gifts, allowing them to give presents to friends through the social network. Just in time for the holidays, the social network is also adding partners, giving users more options. Facebook announced that users who have access to Gifts can now give the sound of music — through iTunes.
Social entertainment provider Milyoni and digital distributor Cinedigm Digital Cinema will launch social action campaign “Million Eyes on the Issue” in conjunction with the Facebook premiere of documentary The Invisible War Monday, Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.