The 2014 Winter Olympic Games kick off in Sochi, Russia, in exactly 100 days, but the Olympic Athletes’ Hub application is available right now, aggregating the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds of participants.
Facebook Strategic Partnerships Lead for Music and Entertainment Charles Porch talked celebrities, fan engagement, and TV-show promotion with Variety Editor-in-Chief, Digital Andrew Wallenstein at the Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit last week in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Cable network Bravo tapped Instagram for a campaign to promote the Nov. 7 installment of “Inside the Actors Studio,” using the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network to offer clues about which guest will sit down across from host James Lipton.
The average Facebook user does not come to the social network in search of news, but he or she usually winds up discovering news anyway, as a new study from Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, found that of the 64 percent of U.S. adults who are Facebook users, 47 percent of that group “ever” gets news from the social network, leading Pew to call 30 percent of U.S. adults “Facebook news consumers.”
Facebook executives often state that one of their primary goals when it comes to advertising is to serve its users ads that are relevant to their interests. Optimal, a software-as-a-service platform for real-time ad buying and optimization and analytics for Facebook and other social networks, which was acquired by Brand Networks last week, and Civolution, a provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing, and monetizing content, are taking the social network’s goal one step further, integrating their technologies to serve Facebook ads that are synced to TV commercials being watched by users of the social network.
With Facebook and Twitter jockeying for position in the television landscape, research firm eMarketer released a new report showing just why TV is top-of-mind at the rival social networks, saying that 15 percent to 17 percent of viewers engaged with social networks in real-time about the shows they were watching.
Fighting Over The TV: Facebook Provides Data To 10 Overseas Networks; Twitter Provides Data To Nielsen
Facebook and Twitter dug in their heels Monday in their attempts to establish beachheads in the world of television, with Facebook announcing plans to release data on actions (likes, comments, and shares) related to TV shows to 10 networks in eight overseas countries, while Twitter announced that it will provide data to ratings powerhouse Nielsen on the number of tweets about TV shows and those tweets’ total audiences.
Facebook continued to strengthen its ties with the television industry with its addition of former Univision President of Advertising Sales and Marketing David Lawenda as vice president, global sales, U.S.
Facebook will begin sending weekly reports to the “Big Four” television networks — ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC — and a “small number of select partners,” according to a report by The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog.