Tiger Pistol Named Winner in Street Fight Innovator Awards

Tiger Pistol Named Winner in Street Fight Innovator Awards

Global-to-Local Social Advertising for Fortune 500 Beverage Company Honored for Best Social Media Campaign

Tiger Pistol, the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, today announced that it won the Street Fight Innovator Awards for Best Social Media Campaign.

Tiger Pistol’s campaign rose above the competition based on the incredible social advertising results achieved for a Global Fortune 500 beverage company. The beverage giant had historically relied on national television commercials and on-site print collateral to drive performance for their beer brands, but those tactics lack the ability to localize and personalize the message. Tiger Pistol’s global-to-local capability enabled its beverage client to better connect with consumers at the right time and place, resulting in improved advertising relevancy that translates to increased foot traffic to their independent retail, restaurant, and bar locations; and ultimately more consumption of their beer brands.

“We are honored that Street Fight has selected Tiger Pistol as the winner of the Innovator Award for Best Social Media Campaign,” said Paul Elliott, Tiger Pistol CEO. “By shifting brand advertising dollars to local social campaigns, Tiger Pistol was able to create breakthrough social advertising campaigns for our global client that delivered more impactful consumer engagement. We are thrilled to have our technology innovation and business impact recognized by Street Fight.”

The Tiger Pistol Social Advertising Automation Platform for Local enabled the client to drive qualified local traffic to thousands of decentralized retail, restaurant, and bar locations worldwide, resulting in a 60 percent decrease in advertising cost in comparison to the brand’s previous advertising efforts, plus a +50 Net Promoter Score among locations that participated in the program, by solving three broad challenges for the client:

  • Challenge #1
    • Hyper-local dynamic targeting specific to each business sales area.
  • Solution
    • Tiger Pistol technology automatically validates each location’s address when they onboard, checking for sufficient potential reach and deploying ads to the relevant local area.
  • Challenge #2
    • Advertising that’s both on-brand and personalized to each end-location.
  • Solution
    • Tiger Pistol utilizes dynamic copy fields, a selectable media library of brand-approved assets, and the ability to publish from the individual location’s Facebook and Instagram Business Pages tied to their local address.
  • Challenge #3
    • The ability to provide relevant campaign results to both brand and location.
  • Solution
    • Every location can access their own dashboard with real-time campaign results, plus the Tiger Pistol Platform provides aggregate reporting across campaign metrics and market-sales volume.

“The net result of overcoming these challenges is not only a lower cost of delivery compared to advertising the same products nationally, but also happier local business channels, as the real story of the global-to-local approach is that it brings enterprise strength tools into the local market,” said Elliott. “The local restaurant chain’s general manager or the local sports bar owner can now partner with the brand to drive increased foot traffic and beverage consumption for their establishments. It’s a true win-win for the brand and its independent retailers.”

Street Fight magazine reports on the cutting-edge innovators shaping the future of local media, advertising, and commerce every year. The Street Fight Innovator Awards celebrate champions and innovators driving success in location-based technology, media, and marketing.

Winners were announced November 14 via streetfightmag.com, Street Fight Daily newsletter and various social media platforms.

See exactly how Tiger Pistol, the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local, unlocks local activation at global scale for brands, resellers, and agencies, visit www.tigerpistol.com/request-a-demo.

Revamping Your Strategy and Audiences for the Latest “Safe & Civil” Facebook Advertising Update

Your social advertising strategy and audiences may need a bit of an overhaul to align with updates to Facebook’s “Safe & Civil” Advertising Policies, especially if they fall within particular categories.

Last year, I wrote an analysis of Facebook’s swift changes to Housing, Employment and Credit Opportunities Policy. The Non-Discrimination Policy, as it became know, was born from a complaint issued by The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Part of the social network’s solution was to remove “over 5,000 targeting options to help prevent misuse,” in an effort to keep Facebook advertising “safe and civil” by promoting a positive social advertising atmosphere.

Fast-forward to 2019, Facebook announced that one of their “top priorities is protecting people from discrimination” on their Platform, and as a part of their settlement with the groups that filed lawsuits against them, they would be enacting changes to protect Facebook users. These amendments include:

  • Changes to geolocation targeting by the elimination of zip code targeting;
  • Changes to age and gender targeting; and
  • Limited detailed targeting parameters for housing, employment, and credit opportunity campaigns.

By August, the above changes became what is now known as the Special Ad Category. Every US-targeted campaign – yes, campaign – that corresponds to a housing, credit, or employment opportunity must have one of the three categories applied – a major change considering the previous iteration certified compliance for the entire ad account.

Campaign audiences also take a hit. On top of previously announced changes to gender, age, and zip code targeting, users could no longer target by multicultural affinity “or any detailed options describing or appearing to relate to protected characteristics In other words, Special Ad Category campaigns are meant to target the broadest audience possible.

You may be wondering “what about my Lookalike and other Custom Audiences?” Those were nixed too. Instead, advertisers can opt for Special Ad Audiences that are built in a similar fashion to previous custom audiences but ignoring age, gender, or zip code.

How do you choose correctly?

Choosing a Special Ad Category is pretty simple. Nine out of ten times if you have an inkling your campaign is going to be flagged, it will be. So, what options can you choose?

In Facebook’s Help Center, you can find a guide to choosing the correct category. The breakdown Facebook provides is as follows:

  • Credit Opportunity: Ads that promote or directly link to a credit opportunity, including but not limited to credit card offers, auto loans, personal or business loan services, mortgage loans, and long-term financing. This also includes brand ads for credit cards that include a specific credit offer.
  • Employment Opportunity: Ads that promote or directly link to an employment opportunity, including, but not limited to, part- or full-time jobs, internships, or professional certification programs. Related ads that fall within this category include promotions for job boards or fairs, aggregation services, or ads detailing perks a company may provide, regardless of a specific job offer.
  • Housing Opportunity or Related Service: Ads that promote or directly link to a housing opportunity or related service, including, but not limited to, listings for the sale or rental of a home or apartment, homeowners insurance, mortgage insurance, mortgage loans, and home equity or appraisal services.

How can I prepare prior to launch?

Our team at Tiger Pistol can say with certainty that any campaign that falls within this umbrella will require Special Ads certification and likely requires an audience update. To better prepare yourself, make sure:

  • Your audience does not include zip code targeting and targets a minimum of 15-miles (if you target an address or city)
  • Your audience targets Adults 18+
  • Your copy falls within Facebook Policies

If your customer is running a campaign that does fall within one of the three categories, it’s best to launch your campaign with a Special Ads Category applied prior to publishing. This will save you time and a headache resolving errors during the length of your campaign.

If your campaign gets flagged during its flight, first check your ad copy – something in there may have set off the Policy algorithm. An easy example would be “We’re hiring for all positions!” in your body copy, but you haven’t applied Special Ad Category: Employment. If you can say definitively whether or not your customer falls within a housing, employment, or credit opportunity, make sure you’ve applied the appropriate category, then adjust your audience to fall in line with Policy and republish. 

When in doubt, apply a category – it will benefit you and your campaigns in the long run.

Want to make sure your locations or customers ads are within Facebook Policy every time? Contact us today. 

Decision 2020: Changes to Facebook’s Social & Political Ads Process

In the wake of the 2016 US Election, Facebook made drastic changes to its policies regarding Political Ads and the way they would be handled. Among the changes are the Ad Library and the requirement of advertisers to be authorized. In some ways, this may be seen as Facebook’s move to keep Political Ads out of users’ News Feeds and to avoid renewed criticism experienced after the last presidential election.

With the 2020 election season on the horizon, Facebook added further requirements to the policy, asking even more of advertisers for the coming election season. This change also includes a heavy investment in people (read: an increase in policy reviewers) and improving its technology to “proactively identify abuse and help prevent foreign interference.” 

So – where do you start? You can tell a Political Ad from a normal sponsored post by the disclaimer: “Paid for By,” which states who has funded the ads. In a recent update, Facebook stated, “Despite [the] requirements, there are a number of cases where advertisers have attempted to put misleading “Paid for By” disclaimers on their ads.” 

In the wake of this latest round of Political Ad deception, Facebook chose to roll out further updates to the Political Ads process, requiring Disclaimer Approval and the submission of further information about the organization running the ads.

The good news? Nothing regarding the authorization process on a user-level has changed. “Confirming Your Identity” is still required for any user wanting to run political or social issue-related ads.

The not-so-great news? Your “Paid for By” disclaimer requires an extra bit of work. In addition to providing important business information such as an address, business email, and matching website, one of the following is required:

  1. A Tax-registered organization identification number (i.e. EIN)
  2. A government website domain that matches an email ending in .gov or .mil
  3. A Federal Election Commission (FEC) identification number

For SMBs or local politicians who aren’t credentialed in this way, Facebook does provide two other options when submitting Disclaimers for approval:

  1. Submitting a verifiable phone number, business email, mail-deliverable address, and a business website with a domain that matches the email; or
  2. Submitting no organization-related information. Facebook will not allow the usage of a registered organization name in disclaimers for users who choose this option.

When all is said and done, what does this do for your ads? For options 1-3, an “i” icon will appear in the upper-right corner that states this is a “Confirmed Organization.” For options 4-5, the “i” will instead read “About this ad.”

Ultimately, Facebook wants to provide users with more knowledge about who is influencing them within their social feeds. Facebook further states, “This will allow people to confidently gauge the legitimacy of an organization and quickly raise questions or concerns if they find anything out of the ordinary.

In addition to these five options, Facebook overhauled its list of social issues within the United States, narrowing them down to a set of 10. The original list was “meant to be fluid,” but was a pain point for many users who appealed wrongly flagged ads that were caught in the error net. Facebook says its authorization process will still be enforced, but ads that merely advocate or discuss social issues will not require further authorization –unlike previous iterations of this policy.

For a full list of social issues within your country, click here.

Now, you’re probably asking yourself “how does this apply to me?” If you’re looking to run ads relating to Social Issues or true Political Ads, we suggest budgeting an extra bit of time into your schedule. From experience, Facebook is reviewing every “Paid for By” Disclaimer submitted for legitimacy and will send it back for review if updates are required. The social network has even gone so far as to build a helpful one-sheeter, which can be reviewed here.

If you’re running ads outside of these categories but were flagged for social issues, our best recommendation is to appeal. If you can provide the Facebook Policy Team with legitimate reasons why your ads aren’t of a political or social nature (ie. you’re an electrician who specializes in alternative energy installations). They’re pretty good about reactivating campaigns. Remember, the Tiger Pistol team is always here to help!

Let’s talk about how our team of experts can scale your social advertising campaigns. 

Tiger Pistol Named Finalist in Street Fight Innovator Awards

Tiger Pistol Named Finalist in Street Fight Innovator Awards

Local Social Advertising at Global Scale for Fortune 500 Beverage Company Honored for Best Social Media Campaign

Tiger Pistol, Inc., the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, today announced that it has been named a finalist in the Street Fight Innovator Awards for Best Social Media Campaign.

Tiger Pistol’s nomination was based on the incredible results achieved for a Global Fortune 500 beverage company. Among other benefits, the client’s use of the platform to drive traffic to thousands of locations worldwide resulted in a 60 percent decrease in cost per thousand impressions (CPM) in comparison to the brand’s national advertising efforts, plus a +50 Net Promoter Score among locations that participated in the program.

“We are honored that Street Fight has named Tiger Pistol as a finalist for Best Social Media Campaign,” said Paul Elliott, Tiger Pistol CEO. “The Tiger Pistol Platform is purpose-built to overcome the challenges of locally-activating social advertising campaigns at scale, and in the case of this campaign, the challenge was to engage with a decentralized, global network of independent retailers, bars, and restaurants. The result was a true win-win through local advertising – the brand achieved a higher ROI on its advertising investment, and the local businesses reaped the benefit of increased foot traffic and sales by publishing the branded ads through their local Facebook Pages.”

Street Fight magazine reports on the cutting-edge innovators shaping the future of local media, advertising, and commerce every year. The Street Fight Innovator Awards celebrate champions and innovators driving success in location-based technology, media and marketing.

Winners will be announced November 14 via streetfightmag.com, Street Fight Daily newsletter and various social media platforms.

To learn more about how Tiger Pistol, the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local, unlocks local activation at global scale for brands, resellers, and agencies request a demo today.

What Facebook’s New Campaign Budget Optimization Rules Mean for Your Company

From September of this year, Facebook began requiring all of its advertisers using native tools to utilize Campaign Budget Optimization. “CBO,” as it’s now known, is a feature that was first introduced back in November 2017, but has since been optional until now. It represents a fundamental shift in how budgets are managed on Facebook, moving them from the Ad Set level to the campaign level and contrasting with the original hierarchy that left budget management to the ad set level, where audiences and placements are set. With CBO enabled, Facebook will now automatically distribute budgets dynamically across ad sets within a campaign based on performance. 

Facebook highlights three key benefits to the change:

  1. Maximizes the total value of an advertiser’s campaign, as budget automatically shifts between ad sets in real-time based on performance.
  2. Helps lower the cost per result and increase return on ad spend.
  3. Saves advertisers time by eliminating the need to manually shift budgets between ad sets.

These benefits all pass the “smell test,” at least in terms of logic. No longer having to worry about shifting budgets manually? Putting more dollars into the best performing ad sets? It all sounds great in theory. 

In truth, Facebook’s CBO requirement only applies to advertisers working in Facebook’s native tools, Business, and Ads Manager. Tiger Pistol made the decision to shift all campaigns published through our tools to CBO in concert with the requirement to native advertisers. While the thought of any loss of control over campaign management commonly instills fear in digital marketers, Tiger Pistol has proven time and time again how ad automation nets out positively for advertisers. CBO represents another move toward further automation from Facebook.  

Worried about what CBO means for your campaigns? If you are a seasoned Facebook advertising veteran, it is likely you are no stranger to the tactics that underly CBO:

CBO is going to do what you’re probably already doing 

If you’re a regular at the Tiger Pistol Blog, you know one of our favorite testing automations that Tiger Pistol’s Platform provides is Audience testing. If you’ve been spending time running campaigns in Business Manager, you probably have been manually trying to mimic variable Ad Set budgets across your different audiences – checking every week and shifting dollars as CPX rise and fall. CBO is simply going to do this for you.

You’re probably guessing most of the time when you partition your budgets. 

Unless you painstakingly tested one audience parameter at a time and have a magic eight ball to account for seasonality and ever-changing user behavior, do you really know which among your stacked custom audiences, or that collection of interests you’ve curated, is going to outperform the other? More than likely you have a bit of data to know you’re audiences are relevant, but you don’t have certainty in terms of which is going to drive the best performance at any given time. CBO accounts for this, as it waits for performance data then simply shifts budgets away from underperforming audiences and more into the ones that drive conversions.

Humans are slower than computers. 

And of course, CBO, powered by machine learning, operates in real-time. Even in the most ideal of conditions, humans simply are not able to match an optimization computer that can take instantaneous action. CBO ultimately leaves the time-sensitive actions to the computer and frees up marketers to focus more on what they’re good at – strategy.

The move to CBO is another in a growing line of changes by Facebook to encourage advertisers to take further advantage of automation and machine learning. Automation being the core of the Tiger Pistol toolset, CBO has the potential to make what we already do better – create campaigns that respond and optimize to user behavior in real-time – while also enabling advertisers to glean new testing insights to further supercharge their campaigns. This is especially important as both social budgets and number of advertisers continue to grow. It will be those whom best take advantage of automation that will ultimately rise above the rest.

Ready to take advantage of Tiger Pistol’s CBO tools at scale? Contact us today! 

After earning his Masters in Mass Communications in 2015, Chris Mayer worked at Facebook prior to joining Tiger Pistol as a Project Manager. He specializes in helping digital agencies and national brands build scaled Facebook advertising solutions with an emphasis on local activation. Outside the office, he enjoys, basketball, Formula One, and sharing opinions on film and television.

Proving That Local Social Advertising Works for a Global Brand

The intersection of social and local offers cost-savings, better ability to drive conversions, and increased relevancy with creative and targeting capabilities. So why aren’t more brands shifting their social ad budgets from exclusively enterprise to local? Tiger Pistol CEO Paul Elliott tackled this question and more at the Local Search Association Place19 Conference.

“One of the challenges we’re up against is that for many of these global companies you’re as much proving out a technical capability as you are a model. We see more need to pilot or have a proof of concept – not because they are questioning product or capability – but because they don’t know if the model is going to work for them. So you have to prove that local social advertising works for a global brand, and at the same time, you’re having to prove out why your platform is the best way to do it. Moreover, proving it is more than CPMs or CPCs. We work with the brand to uncover demonstrative connections to local value.”

Paul Elliott, Tiger Pistol CEO, Excerpt from LSA Panel Discussion

Read the full Local Search Association Article. 

How High-Volume Advertisers Benefit from Facebook’s New Parent/Child Business Manager Structure

Facebook recently introduced a new Business Manager structure, formally called 2-Tier and informally known as “Parent/Child” that will improve the customer ads management experience for high-volume resellers, agencies, and multi-location brands. Tiger Pistol is happy to announce full support of this capability, a further enhancement to our platform and tools that enable high volume, high-scale publishing and management of Facebook and Instagram campaigns.

The Old Way

Before the “Parent/Child” structure, enterprises who published high volumes of ads on Facebook on behalf of SMBs or locations were required to create Ad Accounts in their Business Manager for each advertiser. This is known as the 1-Tier Business Manager structure.

The Old Way

In a typical setup for a brand, agency, or SMB reseller who is publishing Facebook Ads on behalf of their locations or customers, each customer has their own Facebook Ad Account within the brand, SMB reseller, or agency’s primary Business Manager. All Advertiser Pages are shared with the single Business Manager. A single System User manages all Ad Accounts and Pages within the Business Manager.

There are several limitations of the 1-Tier structure which introduced friction into the ability of high-volume SMB resellers, agencies with multi-location customers, or large multi-location brands to scale their social advertising to hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of locations. The limitations include:

  • There is one system user under the Business Manager with access to all of  the pages and ad accounts. This means that there is a single point of failure, and if the system-user’s access token was compromised, all ad accounts would be compromised.
  • The same one system-user has access to all the pages, which means that if the system-user was blocked due to scale issues or policy violations, it would affect all ad accounts.
  • There is a limit on how many ad accounts a Business Manager can have, as a matter of Facebook policy. Once the limit is reached, it is a manual process to ask Facebook for permission to increase the limit. Typically, new Business Managers have a limit of 1 or 5 ad accounts, and increases are granted in relatively small allotments. This is a major inhibitor for a high-growth, high-volume Facebook Ads reseller, agency, or multi-location brand.
  • If a certain number of ad accounts are blocked for policy violations under a Business Manager, it blocks the entire Business Manager or its system-user. Because there are some assets that live at the Business Manager level, all of your clients’ assets are present at the Business Manager level. This, in turn, means that you must track which Pixel/Custom Audience/Product Catalog belongs to which user.

The Parent/Child Solution

Facebook’s new 2-Tier structure provides an answer to the limitations of the 1-Tier structure. The new Business Manager structure is only available through Facebook Marketing Partners, like Tiger Pistol, who utilize Facebook’s API’s (Application Programming Interfaces) to automate and simplify campaign management.

The New Way

The new structure introduces a unique “Child” Business Manager for each Advertiser, with the Advertiser’s page shared into that Child Business Manager. The Child Business Managers are independently managed and operate in isolation from each other.

The benefits of the 2-Tier Structure include:

  • There is no limit on the number of Child Business Managers, so high-volume SMB resellers, agencies, and multi-location brands can seamlessly scale their Facebook campaigns to an infinite number of locations without any manual work.
  • All location assets are housed and managed within their respective Child Business Managers, including their Business Pages. This helps to organize assets more efficiently.
  • Ad Accounts or Campaigns that are blocked for policy violations are insulated within their Child Business Managers, so no impact is felt by other clients.

There are some important considerations when moving to the new 2-Tier Structure. Most importantly, only Facebook Marketing Partners with programmatic access to Facebook publishing tools can implement the structure and provide you with access to Child Business Managers. Tiger Pistol makes this process seamless and easy with our simplified and intuitive user interface.  

For more information about how you can scale your Facebook Ads Reseller program or unlock high growth for your multi-location business, please contact Tiger Pistol and ask us about whether the 2-Tier, or “Parent/Child” Business Manager, is right for you.

What Facebook’s Second Wave of Data Privacy Tools Mean for Advertisers

In a post-Cambridge Analytica world, Facebook continuously strives to showcase their dedication and commitment to giving users more control and transparency over data that is shared with the social media platform. Shortly before the F8 Conference in Spring 2018, Facebook announced a new ‘Clear History’ feature that would give users control of their data, allowing them to disconnect the information third-party websites and apps share with Facebook.

Fast forward to August 2019, Facebook finally rolled out the ‘Clear History’ feature, now known as the ‘Off-Facebook Activity Tool’. This tool will show users a summary of the apps and websites that have shared their user data with Facebook, and gives users the opportunity to control what information, if any, is shared with these websites. According to Facebook, they “won’t know which websites you visited or what you did there, and won’t use any of the data you disconnect to target ads to you on Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.” There is one caveat – even though Facebook will allow users to decide what they share, it will not prevent Facebook from collecting or storing the information. Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan describes the functionality and use case best:

“Imagine a clothing website wants to show ads to people who are interested in a new style of shoes. They can send Facebook information saying someone on a particular device looked at those shoes. If that device information matches someone’s Facebook account, we can show ads about those shoes to that person.”

Image source: Facebook Newsroom

With the new tool, users will have three options to clear or restrict specific information from their accounts:

  1. Summary view of the data apps and websites have chosen to send to Facebook
  2. Disconnect this information from your account
  3. Disconnect future off-Facebook activity from your account. This will be available for all of a user’s off-Facebook activity or just specific websites/apps.

This update will give users more visibility into what is happening with their data but will likely impact the way this data is aggregated. As advertisers, it’s important for us to understand how to prepare for the impact, as well as keep these updates top of mind as we head into the second half of the year.

  1. As mentioned, this will impact the data available to advertisers. If a user decides to disconnect their off-Facebook activity, the data from those sites won’t be used for targeting. Facebook’s pixel or custom audiences built from website visitors or custom lists won’t be available to reach users with ads.
  2. Facebook’s measurement and reporting tools will continue to provide the same level of data, as it was built to protect a user’s identity. They do not anticipate any changes will come for the data analytics tools.
  3. Targeting basics are still available, and they really work! While some targeting parameters were removed in October 2018, demographic, behavior and interest targeting is still an easy way to make sure your ads are being seen by people that fit in your target audience.
  4. Continue to connect, not only in person but on Facebook too! Targeting those connected to your Facebook Page will keep your Page Fans engaged with your content.

Facebook says they will continue to find ways to improve the level of transparency for users and their profiles. Change is hard, especially when it comes to new features or policies and ensuring that you are ready for the downstream effects of how these changes will impact your advertising ability.

Note: Facebook has made this tool available to people in Ireland, South Korea, and Spain and will continue to roll out to everyone throughout the end of the year.

Here at Tiger Pistol, we live and breathe Facebook Advertising. Keep up-to-date on the latest social advertising news by following us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Reinventing Advertising in the Age of Privacy

On May 14, 2019 Facebook announced a set of new changes that allow their users to take more control of “Off-Facebook Activity” tracking. This change effectively includes two new changes for advertisers. First, Facebook will now expose to end-users which organizations are utilizing Facebook tools to collect data on them. This is inclusive of, “a list of the apps and websites someone visits that use our business tools such as the Facebook pixel, SDK, and API.” In addition, Facebook is including a new feature to allow its users to opt-out of off-Facebook site tracking.

Facebook has had a difficult year with continual PR challenges related to privacy, starting with the news of Cambridge Analytica, a third-party firm that gained access to the private information of nearly 50 million Facebook users.1 This data was later sold and used in ad targeting. Facebook responded relatively swiftly and moved to block third-party data input into its Platform’s advertising tools.2 This also included the CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerburg being called to testify before the US Congress on the data breach.3

It is clear that 2019 is very much the year of privacy, as Facebook is not alone in their efforts to improve their user privacy tools. Mozilla, recently announced new user data security features to be included in their upcoming updates to their popular ‘Firefox’ web browser.4 Google, who controls two-thirds of the global Internet browser market share through their browser Chrome, announced new security and data privacy features in April.5

For digital advertisers, the attempts of browser developers and social media platforms to reduce passive user tracking may sound scary. And the changes may bring some new challenges for those who never paid the issue any mind. For the most part though, the changes should not prevent social advertisers from being able to leverage user data. The new world just means they will have to collect the data more openly.

Let’s focus on Facebook’s reasoning more specifically and look to how we as advertisers can shift our approaches to ensure we can continue to deliver results for our clients;

1. Giving people transparency and control is good for businesses.

It’s hard to argue with this logic, Facebook itself is a prime example of how a lack of transparency and control can be bad for bottom lines. As advertisers, we should be open-sharing where our data comes from. At the end of the day, targeted ads see better engagement6 – suggesting most users don’t necessarily mind seeing ads for products they are genuinely interested in.

2.  We’re showing people how advertisers use our tools.

This does mean more exposure for advertisers, but it is in the same vein as transparency; advertisers who collect data openly and use it to target relevant consumers have nothing to hide in how they use it. This is another change that will likely only hurt the bad actors.

3. This feature may impact targeting.

When someone disconnects his/her off-Facebook activity, advertisers can no longer use the data they clear for targeting. While it is hard to prognosticate how many users will clear this data, it is perhaps the most concerning of all the changes. As it means it will be more difficult to passively track some users, as they now have a means to proactively opt-out.

However, there are still many tried and true means of collecting first-party data. For one, POS and customer loyalty data, which via outside collection (read: not tracked via website behavior), is still fair game, as is any other form of active data collection that consumers may have already opted into. So long as Facebook advertisers have access to this data, we still have a way into the most powerful of Facebook’s audience targeting tools: Lookalikes.

4. Measurement will remain intact.

We can all breathe easy. While we may have to adjust how we collect data, it’s just going to take putting more effort into transparency and outside sources. Facebook is still Facebook, and advertisers we will still be able to track ROAS on our lookalike, conversion, retargeting, and whatever other audiences we can come up with.

Whether we like it or not, the digital age is evolving to be more open and transparent. As advertisers, we share in the responsibility to evolve with the times to ensure we can continue to deliver meaningful results for our clients. Not only for our bottom lines, but most importantly the consumers we collectively serve.

Ready to simplify social advertising, and enable local activation at global scale? Contact Tiger Pistol today.

After earning his Masters in Mass Communications in 2015, Chris Mayer worked at Facebook prior to joining Tiger Pistol as a Project Manager. He specializes in helping digital agencies and national brands build scaled Facebook advertising solutions with an emphasis on local activation. Outside the office, he enjoys, basketball, Formula One, and sharing opinions on film and television.

1NY Times ‘Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What You Need to Know as Fallout Widens’
2Techcrunch ‘Facebook will cut off access to third party data for ad targeting’
3The Guardian ‘The key moments from Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress’
4Forbes ‘Firefox Takes Aim At Google With A Bunch Of New Security Features’
5TechCrunch ‘What Chromes browsers changes mean for your privacy and security’
6Marketing Land ’10 Steps To Target And Connect With Potential Customers Effectively’

Facebook Announces New Features to Get You Even Closer to Your Customers

Last week, we attended Facebook’s F8 Developers Conference, a future-focused event for developers that revealed new innovations to Facebook’s platform. These Platform and API enhancements will not only make commerce even easier for users on Facebook’s platform, but enable better attribution and tracking of return on advertising spend.

Facebook downplayed its “Town Square” style of community building from News Feed, with a lot more time spent on their efforts to build smaller community connections (Groups) and secure 1:1 communication (Messenger & WhatsApp). With this new focus on more intimate connections, there is an opportunity for businesses and advertisers to participate, particularly with innovations happening in Facebook’s messaging apps. Messenger in particular has had a complete technical overhaul, with the Messenger App start time being improved to become among the fastest of any comparative messaging application and the overall size of the app being reduced to under 30 MB.

The company also revealed that they’re focused on enabling commerce via messaging platforms, including the ability to send payments and book appointments via the Messenger API. For Instagram and retailer connections, Facebook announced an innovative way for consumers to discover new brands via Creators (known as Influencers on other ad platforms), allowing them to advertise products directly in the images of their posts using “Shopping Tags.” Consumers can click to buy tagged items seamlessly and without leaving the platform

All of these new offerings work to build a greater connection between humans and their technology, which means reaching customers and prospects on an even more personal level. The challenge is scaling these new offerings across locations or clients as a multi-location brand, value-added reseller or agency. Learn how Tiger Pistol turns complexity into simplicity, efficiently empowering you to build success with local activation at scale.

Matt Matthias is Director of Business Operations for Tiger Pistol. Sean Carroll is Product Manager for Tiger Pistol.