Facebook allows page admins to save, backdate posts

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Facebook recently gave many page admins a powerful feature: the ability to save drafts of posts and backdate posts.

Through this feature, page admins can now compose a draft of a post, save it for later, and post it when it’s ready.

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Facebook changing PMD program to Facebook Marketing Partners

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Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer program may be getting a new look.

Earlier today, Facebook announced on the Facebook for Business page that the PMD program will be renamed Facebook Marketing Partners. We’ve reached out to Facebook for more information and will update the post.

According to sister site AllFacebook, the PMD program will switch over to Facebook Marketing Partners early 2015. Facebook Marketing Partners will be split into several different categories, which could be a welcome change from the Strategic PMD/regular PMD system.

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Facebook’s cookie-free targeting with Atlas: one step closer to Minority Report?

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If you saw the Tom Cruise movie “Minority Report,” you probably remember the scene when he walks by The Gap and a retinal scan triggers a series of advertisements that also include a history of his past purchases.  If you’re also a passionate digital marketer, you probably saw that and thought, “Whoa, that’s creepy and cool at the same time!”

While personal physiological identification with businesses is headed in that direction already, especially with Apple’s recent launch of Apple Pay, it’ll be some time before society overcomes privacy concerns to allow this type of authentication to be used for advertising purposes.  I say “some,” not “long,” because Facebook has already pushed the envelope here quite a bit.

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Inside Facebook interview with Media Shower: What do Facebook page owners need to know?

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Inside Facebook editor Justin Lafferty recently conducted an interview with Media Shower, talking about the history of Inside Facebook, the state of Facebook marketing and how page admins can adjust their mindsets for success.

Here’s an excerpt from that interview. The full interview is here.

Hey, Justin. Can you tell us the story behind Inside Facebook? When and why was the site started?

The site was started a few years before I joined. In 2006, Justin Smith saw Facebook as a platform to track and cover in the future, though it was roughly two years old. Read the first story here.

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How should you value your Facebook fans?

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(This is an excerpt from Todd Denis’ detailed post about Facebook fan value on Augmo.)

What should you pay for a Facebook fan heading into 2015? Common sense and the average marketing budget says it’s about $1 per fan – but the potential value of that fan to your brand is likely much higher.

This in-depth article addresses the pros and the cons of widely known Fan Acquisition Costs (FAC), focused heavily around Facebook. It also provides three models for calculating your brand fans’ potential value (aside from costs): Halo Value, Leads Value and Revenue Value. Under these three models, I’ve calculated some unscientific but (hopefully) entertaining Facebook brand fan value examples:

  • Oreo’s Facebook fan = $5.90
  • Hubspot’s Facebook fan = $3.71
  • Audible’s Facebook fan = $10.04

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Facebook tested feature that identified valuable, irrelevant fans

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Recently, Facebook tested a feature that apparently told page admins which fans were valuable or irrelevant.

The test was first spotted by Inside Facebook reader Matteo Gamba. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that this was something the site was testing, but the test has been called off. When asked if this could identify influencers, in terms of engagement, the Facebook spokesperson said, “Not necessarily.”

Gamba found this feature in the banned users section of his page’s settings menu. He was able to select from a drop down menu valuable or irrelevant, but both options resulted in zero results, Gamba said.

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Facebook rolls out more descriptive hover cards

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Facebook has added more context to its hover cards. Now, when you mouse over a friend’s name in chat or on News Feed or timeline, you can see more detailed information.

The format for hover cards for pages does not appear to have changed.

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Is Facebook video a threat to YouTube?

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In May, Facebook rolled out an update on releasing video metrics, wherein users will get information on total video views, unique video views, the average duration of the video view and audience retention. This indeed was a great update for marketers! Some brands still love listening to the term GRPs and it seems like Facebook is bridging the gap between TV and online video by introducing this measuring unit. But that’s not it.

Lately, I started noticing the number of views on some videos and it looks like the Facebook video view update is out!

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Facebook mobile now has threaded replies on comments

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Facebook recently made it easier to keep track of a conversation on the mobile app. Inside Facebook discovered recently that threaded replies have made their way to the mobile app.

This has been a popular feature on mobile, as it’s an easy way to respond to another person instead of having all comments listed chronologically, as was the default for the past on the mobile app.

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How does Facebook keep your password secure?

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As much of the digital world deals with leaks and hacks, Facebook knows that keeping user data secure is the most important thing it can do.

The company’s security team explained in a blog post, written by Security Engineer Chris Long, how they keep the password safe:

Our team wanted to do something to improve this situation, so we built a system dedicated to further securing people’s Facebook accounts by actively looking for these public postings, analyzing them, and then notifying people when we discover that their credentials have shown up elsewhere on the Internet. To do this, we monitor a selection of different ‘paste’ sites for stolen credentials and watch for reports of large scale data breaches. We collect the stolen credentials that have been publicly posted and check them to see if the stolen email and password combination matches the same email and password being used on Facebook. This is a completely automated process that doesn’t require us to know or store your actual Facebook password in an unhashed form. In other words, no one here has your plain text password. To check for matches, we take the email address and password and run them through the same code that we use to check your password at login time. If we find a match, we’ll notify you the next time you log in and guide you through a process to change your password.

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