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For Facebook Ads, How Targeted Is Too Targeted?

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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.

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Facebook’s Graph Search Will Both Challenge And Help Brands

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Facebook’s newest addition — graph search — can change the way brands not only market on the site, but find potential customers through the social network, provided they’re savvy enough. Graph search takes the recommendation power of Yelp and combines it with Facebook’s tremendous social graph to make it more important for businesses to cater to their Facebook fans and brick-and-mortar customers.

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How Will The Facebook Ad Landscape Change In 2013?

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As more users and brands have joined Facebook, the ways that companies market to fans (and potential fans) have changed greatly. At first, marketers were obsessed with getting likes, and then the focus was on engagement. What’s next? Mike Onghai, founder of social marketing platform AppAddictive, feels that companies will start paying more attention to their current fans in an effort to turn likes into sales.

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Why A Little Weird Thinking Is Key To Facebook Success

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For Rosetta Stone, at first, we first targeted people who wanted to learn how to speak Spanish, were Spanish teachers, or liked competing products. Failure. Then we started targeting people who liked the BBC, were high-income, and had status in frequent-flyer programs. Interesting content begat emails, and emails begat sales. Success! Lateral targeting is key to winning on Facebook.

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Imagining The Possibilities Of Facebook’s External Ad Network

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Facebook has been sitting on a gold mine: users’ information. Up until now, the company has used this to target ads within the site. But now, Facebook could soon launch an external ad network, using data from within the social network. For instance, information from your interests and likes could be used to create targeted ads on websites away from Facebook. It’s not yet known exactly what this could look like, but Emergence Capital General Partner Kevin Spain talked with AllFacebook about how it would change online advertising.

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