Seven Facebook Preferred Marketing Developers were called out by Forrester Research in its latest report, The Forrester Wave: Social Advertising Platforms, Q4 2013, with Kenshoo crowned as the category leader, joined by Salesforce.com, Marin Software, Unified, Shift, Optimal, and Nanigans.
Facebook executives often state that one of their primary goals when it comes to advertising is to serve its users ads that are relevant to their interests. Optimal, a software-as-a-service platform for real-time ad buying and optimization and analytics for Facebook and other social networks, which was acquired by Brand Networks last week, and Civolution, a provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing, and monetizing content, are taking the social network’s goal one step further, integrating their technologies to serve Facebook ads that are synced to TV commercials being watched by users of the social network.
Integrated social software solutions and digital marketing services provider Brand Networks announced its acquisition Wednesday of Optimal, a software-as-a-service platform for real-time ad buying and optimization and analytics for Facebook and other social networks, in a transaction valued at $35 million.
The big winners in Facebook’s October 2013 Preferred Marketing Developer Innovation Competition — titled “From Conversation to Conversion” –were Optimal, BLiNQ Media, Kenshoo, Maverick, Salesforce and ExactTarget, and SocialWire, the social network announced in a post on the Facebook Developers page.
Self-service ad-buying and analytics platform Optimal announced the launch of audience analytics dashboard Optimal Analytics, which allows brands to examine audience demographic and behavioral statistics and track competitive brand activity across social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr.
Collaboration platform Shift, which is aimed at marketers and agencies, announced the launch Tuesday of the Shift Open Marketing Cloud, a suite of best-in-class marketing applications from companies including GraphEffect, Shift’s proprietary social advertising app, as well as Aggregate Knowledge, Convertro, Curalate, Expion, Fan Appz, Kenshoo, Moontoast, Offerpop, Optimal, SocialFlow, and The Trade Desk.
Give it three hours, and then move on to the next one: That advice comes from Facebook analytics and advertising company Optimal, in reference to how long it should take for page administrators to determine if their content has gone viral.
After the lights went out in the Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII, Facebook users flocked to the page for blockbuster movie Iron Man 3, which was the first ad shown after the blackout. According to new statistics from Facebook analytics and advertising company Optimal, Iron Man 3 showed the highest fan growth of any Super Bowl advertiser.
Facebook advertising and marketing developer Optimal announced the additions of $7 million of funding, as well as an executive to oversee that cash, as former Live Gamer Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations Paul Suh joined the company as chief financial officer.