Mobile marketing from Facebook offers cross-app targeting

A smartphone focused advertising network has now been launched by the social media giant.

At the F8 developer conference, Facebook unveiled and launched their new mobile marketing network that provides the ability to target users throughout the various applications that they use on their devices.

This also gives the ability to target them for advertising based on the data they have shared with the social network.

The new mobile marketing product has been called the Facebook Audience Network, and it gives brands the ability to place their advertisements on third party applications through the use of the intricate targeting data from Facebook. This network has been under testing by the social media giant since 2012. It will give advertisers the capability to use both custom units or the traditional standard form of banner ads.

This new mobile marketing network will place Facebook in direct competition with InMobi and AdMob.

It also adds a new way in which Facebook is competing with Twitter, as that other social media platform has already taken its own type of approach to smartphone based advertising after it acquired the MoPub ad network in 2013.Mobile Marketing - Facebook cross-app targeting

So far, though there have been many efforts and repeated high hopes regarding Facebook’s mobile advertising strategies, there have yet to be a great deal of large scale successes. This, despite the fact that the social media platform claims that there are one million advertisers currently using it to reach consumers.

The signature smartphone ad, which gives developers the opportunity to be able to promote app installations, currently makes up 59 percent of the ad revenue for the company as a whole. Last Wednesday Mark Zuckerberg stated that Facebook was behind a massive 1 billion application installations until now. He added that “I’m really excited about this Audience Network,” expressing that “This is really the first time that we’re going to help you monetize in a serious way on mobile.”

This mobile marketing network is one of a series of new Facebook features that are focused on providing advertisers on developers. It is also working toward a method that will allow one app to be able to link to another without having to use a mobile web page as a “middleman” along the way.

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