As Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) ads evolve, the company continues to improve both its ad-targeting capabilities and its ad quality. This has been especially true in the last few months. Two changes in particular should pay off handsomely for Facebook.
More like Google
Until April, Facebook could only provide ad-targeting based on users’ expressed interests on Facebook. This gave Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), who has loads of data on users’ web-browsing habits, a significant upper hand. Their value proposition to prospective ad clients was distinctly more appealing than Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s. Yet with Facebook’s April launch of partner categories, the company can now provide increasingly sophisticated ad targeting.
Partnering with third-party data sources Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM), Datalogix, and Epsilon, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) can now provide targeting based on browsing habits from their site and from purchases made across both mobile and desktop platforms. Even better, the company can do this without direct access to users’ personal information, since the data is gathered through third parties.
Trimming the fat
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) currently plans to simplify its product offering for marketers. After collecting market data over the past year, the company realized that many of its products overlapped. It was time to trim the fat.
Over the next six months, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) plans to eliminate more than half of its 27 ad units. How? By getting rid of redundancies and combining the best of multiple ads into single ads.
For instance, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) tested new page post link ads, which use actual posts from a business or brand’s page to send users directly to an advertiser’s own webpage. These were more effective than the previously used Facebook Offers in generating awareness about product deals and sending users to advertisers’ sites. The solution? Eliminate Offers.
And here’s another example. Page post photo ads are a boon for advertisers, but research from Nielsen, comScore, and Datalogix prove social context to be a major driver in both return on ad spend and awareness. So why not give advertisers the best of both worlds?