When it came to boosting its customer base during the holiday shopping season, apparel retailer Banana Republic didn’t monkey around, using Facebook’s lookalike audiences to achieve a return on ad spend that was four times higher than via other advertising channels.
Facebook accounted for 23.39 percent of social referrals to websites in the second quarter of 2014, with that percentage total representing a 10.09 percent gain since March and a whopping 150.49 percent leap since the end of the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest report from Shareaholic.
Attention, Facebook users: If you really want to own a Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, you’ll have to buy one from a dealer, like everyone else. Facebook pages claiming that they are giving away the automobiles to users who enter contests by liking the pages, liking and sharing promotional posts, and choosing the colors of their cars in comments are scams, according to Hoax-Slayer.
It’s hard to come up with a more obvious call to action than “buy,” and Facebook announced Thursday that it is testing a buy call-to-action button with “a few small and midsized businesses in the U.S.”
Every picture tells a story, but what about every Facebook ad campaign? The social network teamed up with Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer and social media advertising technology firm Adaptly on a study in which two separate campaigns were run this past May for independent fashion and lifestyle website Refinery29. The results were detailed in a post on the Facebook for Business page.
One of the most common objectives of Facebook ads is increasing brand awareness, and the social network’s marketing science team enlisted the help of more than 700 users from all around the world to evaluate more than 1,500 News Feed ads between October 2013 and this past March, from more than 350 campaigns. Advertising Researchers Neha Bhargava and Eurry Kim discussed their findings in a post on the Facebook for Business page.
Developers with games that use virtual goods can now sell those virtual goods directly via ads in Facebook’s News Feed or right-hand-side ads following an update to the social network’s desktop application ads.
A study Facebook conducted in 2012, along with Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco, in which the researchers randomly selected 689,003 Facebook users and tinkered with the number of positive or negative stories that appeared in their News Feeds, has drawn quite a lot of attention over the past couple of weeks, most of it negative, and now the government is getting involved.