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Facebook News Feed Ads Dominate, Vindicate Exchange Model


“Ahh, what a difference a year makes.” I imagine those words or similar are being uttered at Menlo Park by Zuck and crew on the heels of the release of the new, uber-comprehensive (one-billion impression) Adroll study showing Facebook’s News Feed Ads are generating a phenomenal 21x higher click-through rates than standard web retargeting ads. As AdRoll President Adam Berke was quoted as saying in a Venture Beat post on the subject, “A year ago we were having the discussion that Facebook doesn’t work, and GM is pulling its ads…now we’re having the conversation on whether this rivals Google!”

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How Facebook’s Graph Search is Embracing SoLoMo

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Graph Search is Facebook’s debut in to the search engine market. Although CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has made a point of emphasizing that the new tool is "not Web search,” many have speculated that Graph Search is the social media website’s attempt to compete with their biggest competitor, Google, in the market for search.

SoLoMo: Boost Your Brand’s GSO with Facebook Check-In Deals

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One of the unchallenged assumptions of marketing is that greater personalization implies greater relevance. If brands or marketers can tap into the ever-shifting zeitgeist of their intended audience to deliver that perfect message, they’ll likely capture not only the hearts and minds, but also the wallets, of their marks. It is within this framework that Facebook CEO Mark “Zuck” Zuckerberg implores businesses to try and grasp the possibilities of the social network’s new Graph Search social search engine.

Facebook vs Big Tech: One Generalist to Rule them All?

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Still basking in the afterglow of Facebook’s long overdue social, or “graph search” announcement, I couldn’t help but reflect on an old saying of my high school guidance counselor: “generalists don’t get anywhere in life. If you want to succeed, you have to specialize.” In my youth, I took this advice to heart as I plodded along to obtain an undergraduate degree in history and a master’s in mediaeval history. It was only after crafting the thesis of my future Phd, “The Extent to Which the Carolingian Conception of Milites Christi Influenced that of the Franco Normans of the First Crusade,” that I took a hard moment to reflect on the sagacity of my guidance counselor’s advice. Shortly thereafter, I jumped ship back to America, and well, the rest is history. That experience taught me two things: 1) Sometimes questioning the conventional wisdom is necessary, 2) Perhaps the being a generalist isn’t so bad after all. Maybe the old saying, “Jack of All Trades, Master of None” isn’t meant to be a disparaging epitaph, but rather a guiding, aphorism.

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COUNTERFACTUAL: Facebook Will Dominate The Future of Search

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I love data. Some new search engine usage stats from Experian Hitwise for September 2012 search got me thinking about the future of search. According to the data, there were slightly over 2 billion (2.126B) visits to the top five search engines during the week ending September 15th, representing approximately 90% (91.46%) of all search engine traffic. The top search term was “Facebook,” representing 3.28% of ALL searches. Not surprisingly, Facebook was also the number one website visited after search as well, capturing 6.62% of all post-search traffic (don’t ask me why 2X as many people ended up at the FB website as searched it; maybe this number represents the lost tribe of G+ users).

Facebook’s Enhanced Targeting: A Boon for Social Media Marketing

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Do you ever wonder if the content you’re sharing over Facebook and other social media channels is actually reaching the target audience you had in mind? Well luckily for you, just last week Facebook revealed a powerful new social media marketing tool called “Page Post Targeting Enhanced.”

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Facebook Defines itself as a MOFU Brand Influencer

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How did I miss it? I’ve written fairly extensively about Facebook’s motivations for some time now, but somehow never realized one simple fact: Facebook’s marketing plan for advertisers is almost entirely focused on helping influence buyer purchase decision by facilitating MOFU, or middle-of-the-funnel marketing offers. Before you write me off as a nut-job, this idea isn’t mine- it comes straight from Gogul Rajaram, product director of Facebook Advertising.

My Vision for the Future of Facebook: An Open Letter to Zuck

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Zuck, baby, what’s up big guy WAAZZUP! (virtual fist punch…..left hanging). We haven’t heard much from you lately, so I thought I’d drop a line.  Wow, what a crazy few months it’s been for Facebook, huh man! I mean with the IPO, and subsequent stock crash, or its “corrective recapitalization” (don’t worry, Zuck, nobody pays attention to those Wall Street namby pambies anyway-they don’t get visionaries like you and me. By the way, have you had time to look over that idea I sent you a few months back? No biggie if you haven’t- I’ve been swamped too).


Facebook Sells Your Data to Promote Online Ad Retargeting

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In late June, Facebook confirmed the pending launch of Facebook Exchange, its new real-time ad exchange service that will for the first time allow marketers to target audiences on Facebook using both first-party and third-party data¹ This is a big deal for two reasons. First, if it works as intended, Facebook Exchange represents a boon for advertisers and marketers, who will be able to offer Facebook users real-time ads that are partially based on users’ off-site browsing behavior. Second, if it works as intended, it represents yet another incremental step in the infringement of user data privacy.

Facebook Credit Card As Your New Universal Payment Solution?

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Imagine this scenario… You are strolling through your favorite store picking up a few items that catch your eye. When you go to the register to pay, the merchant asks, “would that be Visa or Facebook?” “I’ll go with Facebook,” you say, with a Cheshire-catlike grin. “Great,” beams the merchant. “I’ve automatically checked you in as well. By doing so, you saved 10% on your purchase today. Just tap your Facebook PassCode into the keypad, and you’re all set.” If you think the days of Facebook-as-payment-solution are far off, think again. It just makes too much sense for everyone-you, me, Facebook, and its millions of shareholders looking to make a fat profit on future earnings.

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