Facebook is Testing ‘Buy’ Button and Twitter Acquires Payments Startup CardSpring

July 18, 2014 | By

Facebook The social behemoth is testing a new ‘Buy’ button that will let users purchase products without leaving the site. If launched, brands can use this feature to drive sales from News Feed and their Pages. Users can now click the ‘Buy’ CTA on ads and Page posts and purchase directly from a brand.  Facebook assures users of privacy when using this feature. It says that it will not share with advertisers any of the credit and debit card information users share with Facebook. Users can also select whether they would like to save payment information or not. This test is being run with a few small and medium-sized businesses in the US. Facebook says that it will share more information after receiving feedback. This feature will allow for more Facebook-driven sales since users don’t have to leave the social network to make purchases. Often, the need to leave the site deters users from purchasing from social networks. If implemented, the ‘Buy’ button can increase sales for brands thereby driving better Facebook ad ROI while making it easier for users to shop on the site. Twitter The social network is in the news again, this time for the acquisition of …

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Twitter Launches New Analytics Tools

July 14, 2014 | By

The micro blogging site is sprucing up its analytics dashboard with the launch of new tools that enable marketers to measure all tweets’ performance in depth, including non-sponsored ones (read organic tweets). Marketers can now see the number of tweet impressions, clicks, expands, re-tweets and profile clicks generated. You can also know the number of new followers you have gained through each tweet. The tweet activity dashboard has been launched around the world and is available to all advertisers, Twitter card publishers and verified users. Check out the following screenshot that displays the new tools’ capabilities: recent tweets along with impression counts, number of engagements and engagement rate. Image courtesy: Ad Age If you want to view engagement by category, you can click on the numbers, which brings up these details: Image courtesy: Ad Age Effect on marketers The launch of these tools helps marketers better understand organic content performance on Twitter. What’s more, if a tweet has gone viral and has been re-tweeted a lot, you will be able to view the performance of that particular tweet with a breakdown of how influential each category has been. Viral tweets contribute to an increase in engagement and consistent viral tweeting …

Facebook Acquires LiveRail and Twitter Picks up TapCommerce

July 4, 2014 | By

Facebook The latest addition to Facebook is LiveRail, an online video advertising company that provides premium publishers the technology to sell video inventory across all devices. LiveRail connects publishers to major ad networks, Demand-Side Platforms (DSPs), trading desks and exchanges. It uses a combination of real-time bidding and proprietary market data. LiveRail will be functioning as a wholly owned subsidiary of Facebook and will be integrating its data with Facebook’s to improve user targeting and display better ads. Video ads’ increasing popularity has propelled marketers to take serious note of it. Now, social platforms are catering to marketers’ video ad requirements. Plus, industry trends are leaning towards programmatic ad buying and Facebook’s acquisition of LiveRail underlines the importance of this trend. With LiveRail’s capabilities, marketers will now be able to harness the power of videos ads and will take Facebook’s user reach and user engagement to a different level. Twitter Treading on the path of boosting its mobile ad offering, Twitter has announced that it will be acquiring TapCommerce, a leading mobile retargeting and re-engagement advertising company. After its acquisition of MoPub, Twitter says it has been working on improving its mobile advertising capabilities. Users are increasingly juggling different media …

Animated GIFs, now on Twitter!

June 23, 2014 | By

The social media platform recently announced that users will now be able to share and view animated GIFs on the Twitter desktop site and on its Android and iOS apps. This move saves users from the round trip they had to take until now, uploading the image on third-party sites like Imgur and then sharing the link on Twitter. Users can now share GIFs directly on the site. However, GIFs will not automatically play on Twitter. Each GIF will have a white play button on it, which the user has to click to play the GIF.  Changes for Marketers Enabling of animated GIFs provides content marketers with more creative avenues for their content marketing efforts. GIFs capture attention and engage users more easily. They also help deliver brand messages to customers better through animated visuals. With a 140 character tweet limit, it sometimes would be tough for marketers to convey emotions behind messages. Adding a GIF now makes it easier. Let us know if you have anything to add to this…

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