Don’t tell Facebook users that soccer isn’t popular in the U.S.: The social network revealed in a post on the Facebook for Business page that approximately 500 million of its 1.28 billion monthly active users are fans of the beautiful game, with 48.9 million of those in the U.S., second only to the host country of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Facebook introduced a way for brands to learn more about the audiences they are targeted with their ads on the social network in order to refine their strategies, and the new Audience Insights tool will begin rolling out to U.S. users of Ads Manager Thursday, with access outside of the U.S. to be added “in the coming months.”
Legend has it that when famous bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he targeted banks, he replied, “Because that’s where the money is,” and the same logic applies to why Facebook’s quarterly earnings calls devote so much time to advertising. The social network’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday was no exception.
With Facebook’s first-quarter earnings call set for Wednesday after the close of trading, digital marketing agency 3Q Digital offered a preview of the social network’s potential advertising results by sharing data from its clients across a variety of advertiser objectives and verticals.
How did natural diet company Beyond Diet fatten up after a Facebook advertising campaign focused on third-party partner categories data? Online advertising agency Quality Score and Adquant, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, offered details on the successful effort.
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.
Ad revenue accounted for $2.34 billion of Facebook’s fourth-quarter-2013 revenue total of $2.59 billion, so it’s no surprise that the social network’s advertising results and initiatives were the topic of the lion’s share of discussion during its earnings call Wednesday.
Facebook introduced partner categories in April, allowing brands to target ads to users by category, such as “auto intenders” (users whose behavior indicated interest in purchasing a car) and “soda drinkers,” based on their activities both on the social network and elsewhere on the Web, including mobile and even offline. Now the number of partner categories has doubled.