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E-Commerce Gets Social: Facebook Is Testing A Buy Button In Ads And Page Posts

In another move to blend social media with e-commerce, Facebook announced today that is testing a Buy button that will enable users to purchase products from businesses without leaving the social network. The button, which is being tested with a few small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States, can be placed in either Facebook […]

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Facebook Launches Mentions, An iOS App To Help Public Figures Connect With Fans

Facebook’s latest app is not for you, unless you are a public figure. The new iOS app, Facebook Mentions, will make it easier for celebrities and other public figures to interact with fans on the social network. Here’s the explanation from Facebook product manager Allison Swope: Nearly 800 million people are connected to public figures […]

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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Finding Your Audience In Social Media

Social media marketing platforms are constantly evolving, so newcomers are at a disadvantage compared to those who’ve been around the social media block over the last decade. There are more platforms to learn, more features to leverage, and larger audiences to engage. For small or new businesses venturing into social media marketing for the first […]

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Facebook Vs. YouTube: Which Site Has More U.S. Visitors?

Measuring Internet traffic is a notoriously slippery science. So when I read a headline that YouTube has passed Facebook as the largest social network in the United States, I took it with a dose of skepticism. Then I checked it out. And while time didn’t permit a definitive study, I can report that the unique […]

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Facebook Offers New Advertisers Personalized Support With “Start To Success” Program

Facebook, adding a personal touch to its mostly self-service advertising process, is offering new advertisers a dedicated account manager. The “Start To Success” program offers direct access to a Facebook representative to businesses that commit to spending at least $50 a day for a month (in other words at least $1,400). Facebook Page administrators started […]

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Facebook Adds Ability To Sell Virtual Goods To Desktop Gamers Via Ads

Facebook has always allowed desktop gamers to spend real money for virtual currency. Starting today, it’s giving game developers the ability to sell virtual goods within Facebook advertising. The new product — for News Feed and right-hand column ads — has already shown success in reducing the friction for gamers to pull out their credit […]

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How Happy Would You Be After 99 Days Without Facebook?

How would you like to turn the tables on Facebook? Chances are you weren’t one of the 689,003 people that Facebook manipulated emotionally during the now infamous 2012 experiment. But you could have been, and Facebook is not sharing the list of human guinea pigs. And you probably feel a bit creeped out by Facebook’s […]

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Facebook Reports Month-Long “Discrepancy” In Reach & Engagement On Pages

If any Facebook Page administrators were wondering about iffy reach and engagement metrics for posts recently, Facebook quietly provided an explanation today. As reported first by the Inside Facebook blog, Page managers who access the Insights dashboard are seeing this message: There is a discrepancy in the engagement and reach metrics for all Page Posts […]

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Privacy Watchdog Group Files Complaint Against Facebook: They “Messed With People’s Minds”

A privacy watchdog group today filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission claiming that Facebook “purposefully messed with people’s minds” with its psychological research in 2012. The Electronic Privacy Information Center charged that the research study — which manipulated the News Feeds of nearly 700,000 Facebook users to study their emotions — […]

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Facebook Wants To Know If Posts In Your News Feed “Feel” Like Ads

Facebook has set a very high bar for advertising on its network, pushing for ads that “delight” users as much as posts from your friends and family. Hitting that mark — or at least approaching it — is important for Facebook as it works to balance revenue generation with the need to make sure its […]

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New Global Facebook Ad Places ‘Missed Calls’ On The Behalf Of Users

While you may have the most recent Samsung or Google smartphone model to access the internet (and Facebook), you may be surprised to find that globally, you are in the minority. Worldwide, 7 out of every 10 people use simpler, feature phones when accessing the internet. This usage is mainly in high growth countries like […]

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Janrain Q2 Report: Facebook Maintains Social Login Lead, Stops Long Slide

Facebook padded its lead in the battle for market share in the social login space, stopping a six-quarter slide, according to second quarter results from customer management firm Janrain. Facebook now accounts for 44% of social logins on the sites in Janrain’s network. That’s a gain of 1.5% percentage points over Q1, and the first […]

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Facebook Strengthens Its Video Ad Tech With Acquisition Of LiveRail

In a move to bolster its position in the lucrative video advertising space, Facebook today announced the acquisition of video ad tech startup LiveRail. LiveRail’s automated platform helps publishers, such as Major League Baseball, ABC, A&E Networks, Gannet and Daily Motion, serve ads on the videos that play on their sites and apps. “LiveRail also […]

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Facebook Touts 1 Billion App Links Served, Adds Support For Mobile App Ads

Facebook’s App Link program, an open-source, cross-platform standard for linking on mobile devices, has been widely adopted since the program was introduced on April 30 at the F8 Developers conference. Today Facebook announced in a blog post that developers had enabled more than 1 billion of the links that drive users directly to apps, or […]

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Was Facebook’s “Mood Experiment” Partly About User Retention?

If you’ve been online in the past 72 hours you’re probably aware of the controversy surrounding a piece of 2012 research conducted on Facebook by researchers from Facebook, the University of California and Cornell. The research sought to investigate the phenomenon of “emotional contagion” on a massive scale. Since the publication of the research a […]

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Google’s Answer To Facebook’s Oculus Rift Is Cheap “Cardboard”

I was blown away when I recently strapped on the Oculus Rift headset and experienced the potential of virtual reality (VR). Facebook saw that potential and spent roughly $2 billion on the company earlier this year. At last week’s Google I/O, the company introduced its answer to Oculus Rift and may have largely undermined Facebook’s […]

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Socialbakers Study: Facebook Page Engagement Has Grown 30% Since January

Social media analytics firm Socialbakers today weighed into the Facebook organic reach debate with some counterintuitive data. Analyst Phillip Ross wrote: The conversation that seems to be dominating the Facebook marketing community is all about how algorithmic changes to Facebook’s News Feed are hurting organic reach. Our numbers say the opposite; brands have never had […]