Facebook is beefing up its custom audiences ad-targeting options, adding multi-product ads, which allow brands to feature three products within a single ad unit, as well as enhancements to custom audiences for websites.
Many Facebook users will be happy to learn that the social network will soon roll out ad preferences, a tool that explains why specific ads are served to them and allows them to choose which interests should be used in determining the ads they see. However, some of those users may not be too thrilled with Facebook’s simultaneous announcement that it will also begin factoring in data from websites and applications outside of the social network, although it stressed that users can opt out of this form of ad targeting.
Facebook introduced its lookalike audiences ad-targeted feature last March, allowing marketers to reach out to potential customers with similar characteristics to their current customers, and a little over one year later, the social network announced that the feature has been expanded to brands’ website visitors, mobile application users, and users connected to their pages.
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
“We’re trying to instill in kids a lifelong love of travel. We want to help them become global citizens.” This was how Co-Founder and Co-CEO Amy Norman described the thinking behind startup media company Little Passports, which has tripled its customer base over the past six months with the help of advertising on Facebook.
Not long after Facebook announced its redesigned News Feed, with its heavy emphasis on photos, many brands’ images looked improperly cropped for this new format. Images were centered on peoples’ waists, with text on their heads. Facebook recently revealed to AllFacebook the official measurements for photos in this more visual News Feed, as well as how pages and people can make sure their photos look good.