Facebook offers both major brands and SMBs unparalleled advertising opportunities across its platform and Instagram. The platform’s sophisticated targeting capabilities, easy to use creative tools, metrics, and audience reach gives businesses of all types a competitive edge, helping them find new audiences and deepen their relationships with existing customers.
Brands that advertise on Facebook and Instagram are able to access an entire suite of tools to implement and run campaigns – all from a single advertising hub and all tailored to fit their advertising budget. But, if you’re new to the ad platform, there are a few important steps you must take before you launch a Facebook or Instagram ad campaign.
In June, Apple announced its upcoming iOS 14 update that among the various software changes, it will require apps, such as Facebook to ask users for their permission to collect and share their data using Apple’s device identifier. This announcement has caused tension between Facebook and Apple, which further intensified as Facebook released strong opposition statements today. Learn more about the significant forthcoming iOS 14 update, how it will impact advertisers working with Facebook Ads, and how you can prepare.
Facebook gives ecommerce brands a wide array of advertising products, but few are as efficient at driving sales as Dynamic Ads. The ad format is designed to serve up ads to users who have already expressed interest in a product by visiting the advertiser’s website or app or have shown interest in similar products.
Two years ago LinkedIn completely overhauled Campaign Manager, its self-serve advertising platform. Since then the company has continued to update its ad targeting capabilities – adding features like retargeting by video or lead gen forms, brand awareness campaigns and audience engagement insights. With more than 700 million global users, the social network designed exclusively for professionals has become a primary platform for advertisers wanting to connect with B2B decision makers.
Instagram first launched Stories Ads in March 2017. The ad unit was a quick hit, with advertisers seeing a significant uplift in ad recall right out of the gate. Last year, ad tech platform Kenshoo reported that Stories Ads accounted for nearly 20% of ad spend on the platform during the second quarter of 2019, with the share of spend on Stories Ads doubling year-over-year.
Consumer buying habits have significantly shifted this year since the start of the outbreak. Ecommerce has surged during the last six months, with online purchasing trends set to continue through the end of the year and beyond – greatly impacting the 2020 holiday season. Last month, eMarketer reported it expects there to be a 10.5% decline in total U.S. retails sales this year because of social distancing measures, but that ecommerce will likely grow by as much as 18% by the end of 2020.
Facebook’s Click-to-Call ads, that allow advertisers to include a “Call Now” button in ads displayed on mobile devices, have long been available via the ad platform’s Reach objective campaigns. But recently, we noticed a way to run Click-to-Call ads via Website Traffic objective campaigns. This is a valuable update for advertisers as it opens the door for more direct engagement with consumers across the site.
The pandemic has severely impacted small businesses across the globe, with shelter in place policies putting many at risk of permanently closing if they haven’t already. According to Facebook’s most recent Global State of Small Business Report, more than 25% of the 30,000 SMBs surveyed said they had closed between January and May of this year. Nearly two-thirds of those still in operation reported sales were down “significantly so” compared to last year.
Like every other facet of our daily lives, the 2020 back-to-school shopping season is going to see a major impact from the pandemic. Parents are experiencing extraordinary levels of uncertainty when it comes to the upcoming school year – with questions around everything from when schools will officially start to how students will be taught.
The California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) went into effect on the first day of 2020. Now, six months later, enforcement of CCPA has begun – meaning, businesses that fail to comply with the CCPA’s regulations can be litigated by the California Attorney General. Because the law regulates how businesses collect and use consumer data, it directly impacts Facebook advertisers targeting California users.