SPMD Nanigans’ Q3 Facebook ads report: Global CTR up 195 percent YoY

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Nanigans, a Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, released its latest Global Facebook Advertising Benchmark Report recently, which features insight on marketplace trends seen by Nanigans customers in Q3 2014.

The report found that CTRs for Facebook ads continued to climb in Q3, a sign that Facebook users are engaging with advertisers’ messages at increasing rates.

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Can posting too many vacation photos on Facebook cause unfriending?

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Those vacation photos you can’t help but post to your Facebook News Feed to prove how awesome your life is might make people unfriend you.

New data from CyberLink Corp. suggests that you might want to think twice before flooding your News Feed with those vacation photos. Your friends don’t like it and 34 percent of Americans polled in the survey would consider unfollowing or blocking friends on Facebook for posting too many holiday photos.

In an effort to uncover how crucial smartphones and technology have become to the American vacation experience, CyberLink commissioned research firm YouGov to study how enjoyment of a vacation is affected by the positive responses elicited by others on social media platforms – and influenced by the quality of the content being posted.

Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink, said in a press release:

Our social news feeds are dominated by ‘gloating’ photos of friends and colleagues on holiday, and while capturing photos and sharing them on social media has become an integral part of the vacation experience – there is a way of doing so without annoying friends and family. They are a great source of enjoyment for the individual taking the photo, but are sometimes a point of irritation for friends back home and at work.

With nine in 10 (90 percent) Americans polled sharing vacation photos on Facebook, it is overwhelmingly the number one social platform where travelers share their holiday snapshots, more than three times than that of Instagram (28 percent), and more than four times that of Twitter (18 percent).

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Parse SDK upgrades for iOS 8

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Facebook’s Parse, a cloud system that powers apps on any platform, released a new version of its product for better support in iOS 8.

Parse SDK for iOS brings a number of performance and security update improvements including faster downloads and uploads for Parse Files, along with improved security for account data.

The updates ensure that Parse runs smoothly with the new iOS 8 APIs, and updated push notification integration everywhere to use the new iOS permissions style and support the category key.

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SPMD Kenshoo acquires PMD Adquant

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Kenshoo, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, announced today that it has acquired Facebook PMD Adquant, a leading SaaS platform that powers social campaigns for many top grossing apps.

Since both Kenshoo and Adquant utilize an engineering-driven approach to innovation, the new partnership looks to provide even better solutions for advertisers, agencies and developers the world over.

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Does Hyperlapse signal a bigger shift to user-generated content?

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By now, if you’re on iOS, you’ve no doubt fawned over Instagram’s new stand alone time lapse video app, Hyperlapse.

The app uses stabilization technology to allow the user to create videos that look cinematic versus a typical jittery movie most can make with a phone.

The increasing focus on video is hard to ignore — especially with the release of Hyperlapse and Amazon’s acquisition of Twitch happening on the heels of one another — but what does it mean for the future of marketing?

Inside Facebook caught up with James Borow, CEO of Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer SHIFT to get his take on the video trend.

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Social recruitment: Using Facebook to find the best job talent online

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When thinking of a typical recruiter, an image of a person sitting at a desk mining the Internet for talent might come to mind.

But Work4, a human resources software company, has begun to change the way companies recruit job applicants online. It provides social and mobile recruiting applications to help organizations extend employer brands, drive referrals organically and target specific profiles, transforming social networks into a source of top quality talent.

Matthew Brown, co-founder and VP of product at Work4, told Inside Facebook:

With pages, you really saw Facebook trying to bring brands into the conversation. We saw that small businesses were using Facebook as their main web presence versus creating a business website. The first thing we say to anyone who wants to start recruiting online, is that they have to get their jobs on Facebook. It has to be hosted there somewhere.

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Top 4 tips for creating a successful targeted Facebook ad campaign

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It’s no secret that Facebook’s organic reach for pages has plummeted over the last year — or that the free ride is essentially over — but forking over a little cash for ads could do some good. The most efficient way to do this? Through creating a targeted campaign.

Social ads are a great way for businesses to foster consumer engagement and expand their reach, according to Phil Penton, president of Social Integration.

U.S. companies spent a combined $5.1 billion on social media advertising last year, and that number is expected to increase to $15 billion by the end of 2018, according to BIA/Kelsey.

Penton told Inside Facebook:

This is the hottest topic out there. Everyone was out there growing their fans [on Facebook], and spent a lot of time growing their Likes with the thought that they were going to be able to post content for free and their fans would be able to see it. The reality is that if you had 100,000 Likes on your Page, only 10 percent were seeing your posts anyway, which isn’t great to begin with.

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Facebook’s Buy button and the future of global commerce

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While Facebook’s Buy button might be “The Next Big Thing,” it doesn’t necessarily cater to the company’s global user base. At least not right now.

While the Buy button is still in testing by a small number of companies, it’s current format doesn’t sit well with the global community. One company says this is because the Buy button is very American. What does that mean?

Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap, explained to Inside Facebook that payment systems vary greatly by country. Options like Paypal, Visa, and American Express aren’t payment options the world over, so having a Buy button that requires a credit card at checkout is a major turnoff for someone, say, in Germany.

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Facebook acquires PrivateCore

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Facebook announced today that it has acquired PrivateCore, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based secure server technology company.

While terms of the deal were not disclosed, both companies say they are aligned with the same vision of security moving forward.

A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement:

PrivateCore and Facebook share a vision of a more connected, secure world. We plan to deploy PrivateCore’s groundbreaking technology into Facebook’s server stack to help further our mission to protect the people who use our service.

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Case Study: Banana Republic uses lookalike audiences to find best shoppers

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When Banana Republic opened its doors in 1978, it quickly grew into a global brand set on making and keeping modern professionals stylish. Dedicated to helping customers achieve both professionally and personally, the company offers versatile apparel that can be styled for virtually any occasion.

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