Once upon a time, many people saw Facebook’s Ad Exchange, FBX, as just another source of display inventory — analogous to the Google ad exchange. But if you're still thinking that
way, think again. FBX is becoming so much more.
The big game-changer? The recent integration of Page Post link ads into the News Feed. Still in beta, this exciting
new development is allowing marketers to retarget previous site visitors with big and beautiful social ads in a place they’re bound to check early and often: their own News Feeds.
As everyone in social marketing knows, Facebook Sponsored Stories go far beyond display advertising. Users can like, share, and comment on these ads, making them the
perfect vehicle for sharing and spreading fantastic and compelling branded content.
The possibilities that this development brings are electrifying. Imagine that
you’re an electronics retailer and someone visits your site, puts a $1,000 3DTV into his or her cart, and then leaves the site without buying. Minutes later, you could be showing that customer a
Sponsored Story that features a link to a video displaying the awesome power of your 3D TVs. Obviously interested, the potential customer watches the video, and then reads comments from other Facebook
users who have been blown away by the 3D TV’s absolute awesomeness. Minutes later, the customer is compelled to return and make the purchase. Never before have marketers been able to deliver the
right content to the right people in such a dynamic and social fashion.
And thanks to the power of FBX, this kind of social retargeting isn’t just limited to previous
site visitors. Through Search Retargeting on FBX, you can target people who have never visited your site before based on the search terms they've entered into sites like Bing, Yahoo and Google. So,
this time, imagine that you’re a company that sells mountain bikes. A user searches for mountain bikes on Google, and then visits Facebook. There, he encounters a sponsored story from your
company, featuring a link to a video of riders going on exciting off-road adventures on your bike. He’s compelled. He goes to your site, and he converts. And heck, maybe he even shares the video
with his friends, and they decide to join him on his adventure, too.
That’s another beautiful thing about Page Posts through FBX: One impression can yield
multiple impressions, first through social shares, and second, on an individual level, since many users check their News Feeds multiple times in short periods of time, encountering the same Sponsored
Stories over and over. In addition, these stories can drive "likes" of Facebook fan pages, giving social marketers permission to continue to serve high-value content in a user's news feed — this
time, for free.
Of course, they key to doing all o this successfully is having the right data so that you can target these key customers, and, for that, you need
the right data partner. Be sure to partner with a company that offers both robust Site and Search Retargeting options; you want as much precision as possible when using such a powerful new marketing
This also requires greater attention to your campaign; ads are no longer static display, but the start of social conversations. So you want to have community
managers monitoring your ads and addressing any comments that arise, and data scientists that can take all that new social data (available via API) and break it down. Also note that Facebook retains
the ability to change the look and feel of creative. But still, rather than something to fear, this sort of social interaction is a gift marketers can embrace. Get ready to talk to the right people,
in the right place, in the right way.