From cat videos to “The Harlem Shake,” the 2012 social election is all but a distant memory, as Republican candidates are taking to Facebook in new and creative ways to stay one step ahead of the competition in the 2014 cycle.
In the past, Facebook has used polls in sponsored stories to collect user feedback on features such as News Feed. The social network is at it again, this time seeking input on its Home Android overlay.
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.
Another way to promote brands through videos on Facebook and other social networks was introduced by iNvolved Media, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer: Video StoryEngine, which iNvolved described as a proprietary interactive video engagement layer that seamlessly operates across social, mobile, and premium Web content.
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.
Brands have an overwhelming presence on Facebook, but has that transferred into the site’s photo-sharing network, Instagram? New figures from Simply Measured show that more brands are becoming hip to Instagram, as 67 percent of the Interbrand 100 (top companies such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Disney) have a presence on the site, compared with 57 percent in February.
Viralheat, which allows users to better manage their Facebook pages, announced Tuesday that it has added two new features: Social Login and Viralheat Explore. Through Social Login, users don’t have to set up dedicated accounts with Viralheat, instead accessing the features by logging in through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Viralheat Explore allows users to easily search Twitter and Facebook for keyword mentions in real-time.
While marketers figure out how to convert sales on Facebook, it appears that Pinterest is beating the social network to the punch. New research from RichRelevance shows that Pinterest is starting to take up a bigger slice of the marketing pie among brands seeking conversions.