ANOTHER big week for social media giant, Facebook. Yesterday they launched the Facebook App Center, “a personalized dashboard that aims to improve app discovery across the web and mobile devices by sorting Facebook-connected apps by category and user ratings.” If you’re into playing games on Facebook, then you’ll be into the Facebook App Center. Obviously NOT my thang’. AND earlier in the week they announced the launch of MOBILE Facebook ads, which some claim makes Facebook the largest mobile advertising network in the world. For a great report on the new features available to marketers, be sure to check-out Robert Hof’s article on Forbes.com.
Of much more interest to me, and another BIG Facebook development this week didn’t even name the social media giant directly, but instead came via the announcement that Buddy Media had been acquired by Salesforce.com. Buddy Media has long been considered the enterprise go-to solution for Facebook management, and with a reported $800 million price tag, analysts were buzzing about what this will mean for the future of Facebook. For more insight on this topic, be sure to take a look at our top pick from ClickZ this week, “The Facebook IPO Effect on Social Vendor Price Tags.”
I also enjoyed Josh Seifert’s editorial, if not JUST for the title alone, where he argues that Facebook ads just don’t work for brands, but engaging content DOES. Not an unfamiliar argument, but Facebook has made it ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE for brands to get visibility for even the most engaging content WITHOUT shelling out for paid ads. Argh!
And if you’ve got a free hour on June 11th, be sure to register for the LIVE Facebook marketing webinar with Jae Baer. He’ll be discussing integrating your email campaigns with Facebook and how to best measure results.
Facebook Marketing News – Best of the Week
Facebook took a first step toward addressing one of the shortcomings that led to its disappointing IPO and today’s dismal stock price. Today, it introduced the ability for marketers and agencies to buy only its mobile ads, without having to buy desktop ads at the same time. >>Read More
Facebook sharpens mobile advertising, Reuters
4 Unique Ways to Use Facebook for Your Business, Social Media Examiner
4 Out of 5 Facebook Users Have Never Been Influenced by Ads or Comments, marketingpilgrim.com
Other Facebook News
Salesforce Buddies Up to Facebook, Wall Street Journal
Welcome Home, Developers: Facebook Launches App Center, allthingsd.com
Facebook vs. Email: How To Connect Two Powerful Channels, June 11th, 2012, Monday, at 2:00 PM Eastern
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