Facebook is in some great company right now, with Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo, on the Fortune 500 list. Fortune announced that the social network cracked the prestigious list for the first time, coming in at No. 482 — 12 spots ahead of Yahoo.
One of the most important groups on Facebook — in terms of marketing — is millennials. These young adults are the most active on Facebook and the people whom advertisers are trying to figure out. Compass Labs, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer in ads and insights, recently answered the question, “What do millennials like?”
On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will meet in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII — a topic already hugely popular on Facebook. The 49ers, led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are the most-talked-about team on the social network by far. However, the two fan bases have a few things in common on Facebook.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg used some of her time during the social network’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday to offer statistics and specific examples in support of the company’s advertising growth.
The sentiment on Wall Street following Facebook’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday was more negative than positive, with many analysts pointing to the social network’s staggering spending forecast for 2013 in lowering their ratings.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said ad nauseum that the social network is becoming a mobile company. It appears that the statement has finally come true. As announced during Wednesday’s fourth-quarter earnings report, Facebook now has more people accessing the site via phones and tablets than via desktop. Zuckerberg said (but did not elaborate) during the earnings call that the company is developing mobile-first projects that will make the experience better for both users and advertisers.
The main knock against Facebook in financial circles has been its inability to prove that it can be a solid buy for investors, especially in the way of mobile monetization. However, stock analysis firm Trefis thinks that Facebook has done enough in this field, and should be able to share a positive outlook in its fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday.
Ever since Facebook went public last year, the company has been looking for ways to monetize, especially on mobile. Jason Spievak, CEO of RingRevenue, has an idea that could be a game-changer for businesses (especially local ones) on Facebook — a call button on mobile ads. If customers have questions or want to make purchases based off ads they see on their mobile news feeds, they can contact businesses with one touch.
Facebook users who noticed an unusually strong presence by retail giant Walmart on their mobile news feeds over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including Black Friday and through Cyber Monday, weren’t imagining things: The Wall Street Journal reported that over a 72-hour period, Facebook and Walmart rolled out the largest mobile campaign in the retailer’s history, consisting of 50 million ads on the social network.