Facebook mobile app ads: More auto-play, more predictable reach & frequency

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Facebook on Tuesday introduced some new ways to incentivize advertisers to use mobile app ads. Through mobile app ads, Facebook claims that advertisers will have more reliable reach and frequency. Eligible mobile app ads with video will also play automatically in News Feed.

Additionally, advertisers can now target users on Amazon Fire tablets.

Facebook’s Jun Li wrote about how advertisers can achieve more predictable reach and frequency through mobile app ads:

We’re enabling the ability to buy mobile app ads with a highly predictable reach and frequency. What this means is that now mobile app advertisers can purchase highly predictable unique reach with managed frequency across the lifetime of the campaign. For example, advertisers can set their app ad campaign to reach 5 Million people with a frequency cap of 3 impressions per person for 1 week. Because reach and frequency optimizes first and foremost for unique reach, it is most effective for campaigns with brand awareness objectives, such as an app launch or important app update. For all other times during your ad campaign, you should use oCPM for installs.

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Facebook: Video posting on the rise for SMB pages

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Video has become a growing part of Facebook’s ad strategy, and it seems like small businesses have taken note.

The social network recently released some statistics to show how prevalent video is among small business pages. In September alone, more than 800,000 small to medium sized businesses posted more than 3 million videos directly to Facebook.

Interestingly enough, 84 percent of those uploads were outside of the U.S.

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Facebook invites you to ‘Say Thanks’

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Facebook on Wednesday launched a new way to say thank you to a friend. Say Thanks is a nifty experience where Facebook users can create a video for a friend, utilizing photos and moments shared on the social network.

It’s rolling out worldwide today on desktop and mobile in English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. If it doesn’t work for you right now, try again later.

Facebook’s Cameron Ewing, Design Manager and Nick Kwiatek, Engineering Manager, wrote about Say Thanks in a blog post:

Millions of people use Facebook every day to connect with the people and things that matter to them most. Your friends are at the core of your Facebook experience, and we are always looking for new ways to help you celebrate those friendships.

Today we’re excited to announce Say Thanks, an experience that lets you create personalized video cards for your friends on Facebook.

Share a Say Thanks video with a close friend, your significant other, a relative, a coworker, an old friend – or anyone else in your life who you’d like to celebrate. There is no limit to how many personalized videos you can create and share.

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Instagram selfies, Facebook ads to play a big part in holiday shopping season

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Retailers are coming around to the power of Facebook’s targeted advertising. Facebook Marketing Partner Offerpop feels that with innovations such as the Buy button and more ways to drive direct commerce, Facebook will be a major factor in Q4, when many companies ramp up advertising for the holidays.

Offerpop is also bullish about Instagram, where brands will tap into user-generated content.

Mairead Ridge, Offerpop’s Senior Marketing Manager, talk with Inside Facebook about how the sentiments about Facebook’s ability to deliver ROI are changing in time for the holiday shopping season:

Recently, there’s been a sense from marketers that Facebook is on the decline. It’s tougher than ever to get organic reach. We’ve heard a lot of brands and marketers react to that. But what we’re seeing is that there’s still ROI out there for brands that are using Facebook’s ad platform and organic tactics out there to drive reach and site traffic and sales. I think everybody that experimented with the platform for a long time is starting to see better and better results from their efforts.

According to a recent Offerpop survey, 92 percent of marketers polled planned to spend most of their social budget on Facebook.

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Facebook SMB head Dan Levy addresses organic reach, personalized help and video

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Dan Levy, Facebook’s Director of Small Business, knows that you want more direct help and response from Facebook. The small business department has been reaching out to frustrated page owners, guiding them through advertising features such as Custom Audiences, and helping out small business owners attending events.

Levy spoke to a capacity crowd Wednesday at Intuit’s QuickBooks Connect in San Jose, Calif., a conference aimed at helping small business owners reach their goals. Levy talked about how intelligent targeting, the conversion pixel and a mobile approach can help busy small business owners find success through the site. But what if you actually want to talk with someone from Facebook about your business? That’s one of the things Facebook has been investing in, Levy recently told Inside Facebook in an interview.

Inside Facebook: Can we talk about the way that video is being utilized by small businesses on Facebook?

Dan Levy: We’ve seen small businesses using video on Facebook for a long time. There’s been a lot of organic activity already. What we’re really excited about and what we’re seeing use from is our new video views objective. If you’re a small business owner, you can click for views, which is great because it helps us get it to more people who are going to see your video. So we’ve got examples from all over the world — Grant’s Whisky from Scotland takes stuff that they were running on small TV budgets, running it on Facebook and they were really excited about the results.

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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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How the Golden State Warriors got 2M clicks on a video in 24 hours with no ads

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Have you seen the video saturation in the News Feed recently?

Whenever Facebook rolls out new features, they give it extra weight in the News Feed. And more exposure leads to more engagement, more engagement leads to further exposure, which creates these breakout viral posts. Like this lawyer, who got 446,000 people talking about this.

The Golden State Warriors, a National Basketball Association team, posted a 15 second video with their coach Steve Kerr and star player Stephen Curry engaging in a free throw contest. More than 2 million people clicked on it.

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Study: Marketers increasingly opting for Facebook video over YouTube

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Facebook has been doing all it can to give marketers more of a reward for posting videos to the site. According to a study published recently by Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer Socialbakers, the number of videos Facebook admins directly upload to the site could soon surpass videos linked from YouTube.

Socialbakers analyzed more than 180,000 Facebook video posts from 20,000 Facebook pages, taking into account content uploaded to Facebook, as well as links to clips from YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo and others. The results show that Facebook has been quickly gaining ground on YouTube as the dominant video format.

Evan James, Socialbakers’ Head of North American Marketing, discussed these results in a blog post:

Back in 2012, marketers were not even considering alternative options for sharing video content on Facebook. The standard process was to create a video, publish it to YouTube and share it via Facebook. However, the recent trend is clearly showing that content marketers are directly uploading video content to Facebook, meaning that Facebook is retaining the traffic at the expense of YouTube.

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Updated Ice Bucket Challenge numbers: 17M+ videos shared to Facebook

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The ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge continues to spread throughout Facebook.

The social network today released updated statistics about how popular the challenge has been: there have more than 17 million videos relating to the Ice Bucket Challenge shared to the site.

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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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