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Much like with Facebook, the team at Instagram regularly tweaks the ad experience in a bid to improve advertiser results over time. You’ve probably already seen one of the most recent examples of this, with Instagram rolling out a major change to ad calls to action (CTAs) on the platform back in mid-June.
For e-commerce marketers looking to capitalize on the largest shopping season of the year, online advertising becomes a game of inches. While the underlying motivations of shoppers are important during the holiday season, so are the on-the-ground behavioral trends. This is something I helped study as part of Nanigans’ latest holiday e-commerce advertising report (email regis ...
In a rather under-the-radar update earlier this year, Facebook dropped its hard and fast 20 percent text limit for ad images. During that now-lapsed policy, ads with more than 20 percent text were typically rejected or quickly paused by Facebook. The new system theoretically gives more leeway to advertisers, but it also spells out the potential impact of image text on audience reach.
When it comes to advertising during the all-important holiday season, there isn’t such a thing as “planning too early.” The competitive environment has only grown more intense over the past several years, and large, innovative advertisers are increasingly using the summer months as the time to meticulously structure their larger holiday season strategy and associated tactics.
Six months have passed since my last Instagram-focused column, so it’s a good time to provide an update on the ecosystem in terms of performance metrics and evolving best practices. While I’ve worked at Nanigans over this period, we’ve observed changes in the top-level metrics associated with Instagram and in specific advertiser tactics.
With an increasingly robust international user base, and more direct response-type ad products available than at any point in its history, Facebook has increasingly become a go-to channel for advertisers directly selling physical products. Fashion retailers, flash-sale sites and subscription services all have significant presences on the site.
Back in September, I conducted an examination of e-commerce advertising and purchase activity run through Nanigans software, which was developed by the company that employs me. I noted some clear behavioral patterns, such as consumers generating the greatest share of purchases on Wednesday or Thursday of a given week.
Video has caught on with performance advertisers across industries, but as the ad format becomes much more prevalent, it’s arguably harder to break through to users themselves. Digital marketers need to be keenly aware of what gets attention and generates conversions. After touching on the subject back in June, I thought it was time to revisit video best practices for social ...
My work involves looking into larger trends we (at Nanigans) observe across our base of hundreds of large advertisers, primarily within the Facebook ecosystem. What’s particularly interesting about Instagram as a newer platform is that the architecture of the ad environment is similar to Facebook’s, and we’ve observed remarkably comparable performance across the two channels.
With so many retailers vying for a piece of the purchase-ready consumer base, the weekend after Thanksgiving remains one of the most intense periods for online e-commerce advertisers. Increased demand for inventory drives up prices, and many advertisers pull out all the stops on the creative front to drum up attention and purchase rates.
During Facebook’s third-quarter earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg both hit extensively on the power of video for advertisers and users alike. At Nanigans (my employer), we have observed the promising comparative efficacy of Facebook video ads across a variety of gaming clients. Certainly, it’s a format worth the attention of advertisers, but it’s not exactly new.
After debuting earlier this year, Facebook’s Dynamic Product Ad (DPA) product has been lauded by some industry-watchers as one of the company’s most ambitious releases in terms of functionality — enabling advertisers to automate retargeting across desktop and mobile with greater relevancy based on catalog or product feed data.
In 2014, consumers demonstrated striking differences in their online buying behavior during the holidays compared with the rest of the year — a trend that is likely to continue in 2015. The latest study, published as part of my work at Nanigans, examined a year’s worth of Facebook advertising and corresponding same-day purchases across more than a hundred e-commerce brands.
Earlier this month, Nanigans (my employer) released its analysis and accompanying infographic of Facebook advertising activity in Europe and the Americas. While the data alone presents a pretty interesting picture, delineating the takeaways for marketers requires a bit more of an in-depth look into the study results.
Confidently taking stock of the Facebook environment and appropriately rolling out tactics to best meet strategic goals is an ongoing challenge, even for large advertisers. New ad types debut, others are modified, targeting criteria are adjusted, and that’s on top of the platform itself growing more globally and its ads becoming ingrained in areas outside of Facebook.
Regardless of medium, choosing the optimum creative has always been one of the main considerations for advertisers crafting a campaign strategy. For social media marketers, creative selection is influenced by granular audience segmentation and “shareability,” as well as traditional concerns like target audience and desired effect.
Earlier this month, Facebook took the wraps off of its new Instant Articles offering. Another content-focused play for Facebook, Instant Articles is explicitly targeted to media outlets and allows them to, among other features, minimize their content’s loading time on mobile devices — a problem faced by many publishers.
A year’s time seems much longer in the mobile space. It’s tough to believe that one year ago Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was still months away from its public release in the U.S., and T-Mobile had just announced its plan to reimburse users switching to the network for early termination fees – a practice that has since been adopted by Sprint.
In recent years, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has become a tech-industry touchstone – a venue where companies from almost every corner of the space look to showcase what they believe will be a true “game-changer.” While the innovativeness and excitement displayed is often met equally with bullishness in terms of how soon a particular technology will be making an impac ...
Widely-cited National Retail Foundation data suggested that Black Friday 2014 wasn’t nearly as successful from a sales perspective as previous years – a trend that was also reflected in Cyber Monday data the following week. Brands and retailers didn’t seem too concerned, with the prevailing logic being that the holiday shopping season has simply extended itself, with discoun ...