It’s no secret that Facebook in recent years has become a data company. The more data Facebook has about its users — such as gender, education, likes, and location — the better it can serve targeted ads. But Facebook has to strike a cautious balance with regard to targeting. Whereas many users see ads that are wholly irrelevant, many others feel that Facebook can be too invasive when it comes to advertising.
Last week, Facebook entered the gift card market with the Facebook Card — a new addition to Facebook Gifts. Unlike other gift card options offered by Gifts, this is a plastic card that can be used at Target, Sephora, Jamba Juice, and Olive Garden. Noah Mallin, vice president of social media for brand agency Digitas, thinks that the Facebook Card could be a very powerful way that brands learn more about users’ spending habits, and it could also revolutionize mobile ads.
Facebook made a serious entry into the social gifting fray with Facebook Gifts last year, and now it’s looking to go deeper into the market. The company Thursday announced the Facebook Card, a plastic gift card that hold all electronic gift cards users have received through the social network. This will roll out gradually to U.S. users.
If you’ve been following any of AllFacebook’s posts about Black Friday, holiday shopping, and Facebook, it’s probably no surprise to you that Walmart was the most popular U.S. page on Facebook in November, according to new stats from Socialbakers. Walmart also posted one of the most engaging photos.
Walmart was the most-talked-about brand on Facebook over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it appears that the major retailer has carried that momentum through the holiday season. According to an infographic from Compass Labs, Walmart is again one of the most popular Facebook brands, with the iPhone and Xbox 360 among the biggest tech gifts.
As millions of people opened their wallets last weekend for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, brands’ Facebook pages also experienced success. Walmart, which was bombarded on Facebook with criticism for opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, was actually the most successful brand on the social network during the two shopping days, according to Socialbakers. Amazon, Macy’s, and Toys “R” Us also earned kudos for fan growth and engagement.
Facebook had Black Friday fever during the week of Nov. 16 through 23, as the top 25 people talking about this scores went to retailers on Black Friday itself, with gigantic jumps in mentions of Black Friday (1,450 percent), shopping (586 percent), mall (304 percent), and sales (162 percent) during that time period.
With Black Friday just days away, mentions on Facebook containing words related to holiday shopping are up 160 percent compared with one month ago, while mentions of Christmas are up 157 percent, according to the social network.
Users of Facebook and other social networks were thirsty for Coca-Cola in August, as the beverage giant sat atop the growth list for the Optim.al Index for the month, along with pulling in the most likes for the month.