On April 15, HasOffers and Kontagent had to deal with more than just paying taxes: They were forced to drop support for Facebook mobile ad tracking due to violations of policy for retaining too much user data. This was a surprise to many in the industry when it was first announced, because Facebook depends on its mobile measurement partners to help measure the effectiveness of its mobile ads. Advertisers rely on these mobile tracking solutions because they offer cross-platform products that support Google, Apple iAds, and Millennial Media, as well as Facebook.
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.
Facebook advertising platform SocialWire believes its combination of organic sharing and paid advertising results in a unique offering for marketers on the social network, and a host of investors apparently agree to the tune of $2 million influx of seed funding.