With Facebook’s fourth-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 statistics from two of its clients, an online retailer and a lead-generation company.
Gone are the times of toting around a massively bulky cell phone. Today, wherever you turn, everyone — even children — is on a sleek, elegant smartphone that has the capacity to do many of the things our computers can do. From texting, browsing the Web, reading emails, etc., people are increasingly using their phones for complicated task, and Facebook is set to maximize from this trend, attracting even more online retailers.
Facebook still dominated among social networks driving users to retail sites in the fourth quarter of 2013, but it continues to face growing threats from both Pinterest and, surprisingly, Tumblr, according to results from the Q4 2013 Social Media Intelligence Report from Adobe, released Monday.
The Pinterest Pin It button has overtaken Facebook’s like button on the product pages of the 872 retailers that were analyzed in a new report from social commerce company 8thBridge, which also found that engagement on brands’ Facebook pages was down 27 percent versus 2012.
Cyber Monday lived up to its billing, as Kenshoo, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, found that the day accounted for 29 percent of total revenue during the five-day peak holiday shopping period starting with Thanksgiving.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has often stressed the social network’s goal to measure the effectiveness of ads throughout the conversion process, and not just focus on clicks, and the company took another step forward on that front with Friday’s announcement that users of its custom audiences feature for ad targeting can now measure offline sales driven by their campaigns.
Locations such as retail outlets that want to display real-time like totals can use Fliike from French startup Smiirl if they opt for a stand-alone counter device, or LikeScreen from Pretty.Digits for any HDMI-compatible screen. Now Apple’s iPad tablet is an option with the release of the Like Counter Pro application, also from Pretty.Digits.