Facebook and the FTC: What the Agreement Means for Marketers
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On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore details of the FTC settlement agreement with Facebook and what it means for marketers with special guest Mari Smith. Jeff Sieh will also be joining us to talk about Pinterest news.
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Facebook Releases Q2 2019 Earnings Report, Following FTC Settlement: Facebook announced its latest community update and Q2 2019 financial results. There are now more than 2.7 billion people using Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger each month and more than 2.1 billion people use at least one of these services per day.
Facebook and the FTC announced the terms of a settlement over the company’s privacy practices. The settlement resulted in a $5 billion fine, the largest ever for a tech company, and a number of conditions that require Facebook to submit new products and services for third-party privacy review and oversight.
In this week’s show, Erik Fisher mentioned a past Social Media Marketing Talk Show where we explore Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Libra, with special guest, Joel Comm. You can find that article and interview here.
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Facebook Continues to Develop TV Streaming Device With Built-In Camera: Facebook is continuing to work on a camera, code-named Catalina, that can plug into a TV and double as a video-streaming device like Roku or Fire TV. Facebook has approached Netflix, Disney, HBO, and Hulu about putting their streaming services on a new Facebook device for making video calls from televisions.
Pinterest Rolls Out Improved Product Recommendations: Pinterest introduced more dedicated, personalized shopping recommendations in the home feed with browsable catalogs and personalized hubs of shoppable ideas labeled “Picked for You.”
In addition to these updated shopping tools, Pinterest shared results of a study conducted by Neustar, which examined the effectiveness of shopping ads on the platform. Participating retail brands saw a 2X higher return on ad spend on Pinterest than any other social media channel and a 1.3X higher return than on paid search.
Pinterest Introduces Mobile Ads on the Go: Brands on Pinterest can now easily create and manage ad campaigns on the network on their mobile devices and set up their promoted pins. These new mobile ad tools can be accessed on iOS and Android and are available to all business accounts in the U.S. The global rollout is underway.
Pinterest Debuts Story Pins for Immersive Storytelling: Pinterest launched a new, immersive way to share stories on its platform through story pins. This new format is specifically designed to hold multiple media such as images, text, videos, and destination links. It’s currently in a limited release for select iOS users and brands.
Pinterest Introduces New Video Features: Pinterest added new video features to help creators and businesses reach their audiences. These updates include an improved video uploader, video tab, lifetime analytics, and pin scheduling. They’re currently available for business accounts in all English-speaking countries and France and Germany, and will be rolling out to creators all over the world.
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August 3, 2019 at 05:00AM