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January 25, 2019

Facebook adds new reporting for Click-to-WhatsApp ads

August 14, 2018

New Tools to Manage Your Time on Facebook and Instagram

Facebook and Instagram are both introducing new tools connected to the company’s recent commitment to the time well spent movement. Announced that both apps will soon be rolling out an activity dashboard where users can track the amount of time they spend on both Facebook and Instagram, along with two additional features to help monitor app usage. Facebook says it wants the time people spend on its apps to be intentional, positive and inspiring. “It’s our responsibility to talk openly about how time online impacts people — and we take that responsibility seriously. These new tools are an important first step, and we are committed to continuing our work to foster safe, kind and supportive communities for everyone,” writes Facebook’s director of research, David Ginsberg, and Instagram’s product management director, Ameet Ranadive. Both the Facebook and Instagram activity dashboards are located on the user’s settings page. For Instagram, the feature is labeled “Your Activity,” and on Facebook, it’s “Your Time On Facebook.” Clicking on either of these listings from the settings page will display a dashboard tracking the amount of time spent on the individual app by day. Clicking on the bars within the chart will show the total time spent that day. An option to set a daily reminder to close the app is located beneath the dashboard. There is also a link to “Notification Settings” feature where users can mute push notifications for the apps. References Gesenhues, A. (2018, August 1). Facebook & Instagram introduce new user tools […]
February 2, 2018

Facebook is banning all ads promoting cryptocurrencies

Facebook is banning all ads that promote cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, in an effort to prevent people from advertising what the company is calling “financial products and services frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices.” Facebook’s ban applies to all ads that “promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, such as binary options, initial coin offerings, and cryptocurrency,” according to a company blog post. It will span ads running on Facebook, as well as Facebook-owned Instagram and its Audience Network ad network of third-party sites and apps. “This policy is part of an ongoing effort to improve the integrity and security of our ads, and to make it harder for scammers to profit from a presence on Facebook,” according to the company. ReferencesTim, P. (2018, January 30). Facebook will ban all ads promoting cryptocurrency. Retrieved from Marketing Land: https://marketingland.com/facebook-will-ban-ads-promoting-cryptocurrency-233410
December 14, 2017

Facebook ads can now link to brands’ WhatsApp accounts

Facebook is piecing together the business side of WhatsApp in much the same way it did with Messenger. In September, WhatsApp announced verified profiles for businesses to establish their presence on the messaging service that Facebook bought for $19 billion in 2014. Now, Facebook is giving businesses a way to kick-start conversations with customers on WhatsApp. Businesses can now add buttons to their ads running on Facebook that link to their WhatsApp accounts, Facebook announced on Wednesday. These buttons are effectively the WhatsApp-specific alternative to the Messenger-linked buttons that Facebook introduced last year and expanded to Instagram earlier this year. “Many people already use WhatsApp to communicate with small businesses. It’s a fast, convenient way to stay in touch. By adding a click-to-WhatsApp button to Facebook ads, businesses can now make it even easier for people to learn about their products, set up an appointment or use their service,” said Facebook’s product marketing manager, Pancham Gajjar, in an emailed statement. The WhatsApp-enabled ads will only be shown to people on Facebook who have WhatsApp installed on their phones. They will resemble a standard News Feed ad but include a “Send Message” button that features WhatsApp’s logo. Hitting the button will open WhatsApp to a preformatted message designed by the business for a person to send to the business. People will be able to edit the message’s text before sending it, and the message will be delivered with an image of the initial Facebook ad so that the brand can identify […]