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Startup Claims 80% Of Its Facebook Ad Clicks Are Coming From Bots

A lot of people like to complain about their experiences on major web platforms such as Facebook, but most of them stick around as users, feeling that the pros outweigh the cons. But Limited Run, a startup that makes a software platform for musicians and labels to sell physical products like vinyl records, says it has reached the final straw with its experience as a small business advertising on Facebook — and as a result is completely withdrawing its presence on the social networking platform. Artist Brands Street Advertising With Biting Error Messages. Print is Dead? Not so Fast. Facebook's Zynga Alliance Demonstrates Its Threat to Google. Facebook knows who you are.

Facebook's Zynga Alliance Demonstrates Its Threat to Google

Google knows what you're looking for. Which piece of information is more valuable? The future of online advertising - and the ad-driven, free sites we use every day - hinges on the answer. On Friday, Facebook took its first step toward proving that the big prize is in who you are. As the news website Inside Facebook first noticed, Facebook ads and Sponsored Stories now appear on looking just the way they would on Facebook itself. Google dominates online ads today. Despite recession, Americans prefer silly and tearjerker ads over promotional.

Coca-Cola security camera ad. 6 Ways Advertisers Can Adapt To The New Mobile World. Lets Businesses Design Cards Using Facebook Pages. Innovative card printing firm has extended its Facebook-based card making initiative to businesses, with a new offer that allows companies to design cards using their Facebook Pages for free. Lets Businesses Design Cards Using Facebook Pages

Controversial Facebook campaign features a model stripping for Likes. There’s been a lot of creative and interactive ways brands are utilizing the Like button on Facebook, so it didn’t take long for California-based clothing company Stüssy to realize it could garner new male fans by having a model strip according to the number of Likes the brand receives.

Controversial Facebook campaign features a model stripping for Likes

Advertising Means Nothing If You Don't Have Predictability. In Mobile Advertising, Does Size Matter? It’s the motion in the ocean that counts, right?

In Mobile Advertising, Does Size Matter?

Wrong. Well, at least that’s how it looks when it comes to mobile advertising. (Look out, inneractive infographic below!) If you take Google at its word, then 2011 has been the year of the tablet. Or in their words, this year tablets “went mainstream”. Of course, when it comes to advertisers and developers considering mobile platforms, the question of where revenue is going to come from — and just how much — is crucial.

And, perhaps more importantly, the numbers show that nearly 80 percent of consumers are comfortable with or neutral towards mobile advertising. YouTube's Most-Shared Ads of 2011. If we've learned anything about viral advertising in 2011, it's this — you can't touch The Force.

YouTube's Most-Shared Ads of 2011

Also, people will always love crazy stunts and action-packed destruction — especially if there are Angry Birds thrown into the mix. Pop culture references, especially when Internet-related, also seemed to do really well this year. From the Royal Wedding to LMFAO, using someone or something that has a strong following always helps in achieving viral reach. Facebook Timeline for Brands: The Complete Guide. Now that Facebook Timeline has finally rolled out for brands, companies have endless opportunities to refresh their social media strategy.

Facebook Timeline for Brands: The Complete Guide

Sounds overwhelming, doesn't it? Let's break it down. As of Wednesday, brands can opt in on the new features. If you're not familiar with them, be sure to review them here before you dive into this project. Some of the prominent changes include a new layout with cover photo, highlighting features and the ability to edit and update without navigating to a separate page. As predicted, these new features will be a huge opportunity for brands that want to tell a more engaging and authentic story. 7 Marketing Examples Using Facebook Fan Pages. Though it’s important to register an account on multiple social media platforms, companies must do more than simply maintain a steady presence and gradually grow their followers.

7 Marketing Examples Using Facebook Fan Pages

Outgoing messages must be consistent yet diverse, and any opportunity for brand transparency allows clients and curious onlookers to not only get to know your product, but you as well. However, social media audiences are quickly bored by generic templates, and Facebook’s constantly changing algorithms are pushing companies to engage their fans in new ways, rather than just collecting them.

Fan Pages are the place to create a buzz about your brand and sustain it among your current and future followers…at a potentially exponential rate. I asked a panel of successful young entrepreneurs the following question: “What known brands are doing something incredibly innovative and out-of-the-box with their Facebook Fan Pages?” Marketing Genius: Two Twins Giggling As They Sell You Designer 3D Glasses.

If you thought Apple’s marketing squad was genius, just wait until you watch this Kickstarter video from Ingri:Dahl.

Marketing Genius: Two Twins Giggling As They Sell You Designer 3D Glasses

If you aren’t already familiar with the “company,” which you shouldn’t be, it’s basically two sisters named Kine and Einy, and they want to sell you a 3D clip-on for your glasses. It’s actually rather clever. The girls market fashionable 3D eyewear, and this 3D clip-on is just the latest in their collection. But that isn’t really the point. I’m more interested in how this set of twins is pitching their product. Rob Walker: Package It Black.

At my local convenience store yesterday, Marlboro Blacks caught my eye.

Rob Walker: Package It Black

No surprise, given that a pack was on prominent display. Cursory Web investigation indicates that this product is only selectively available, perhaps in a testing phase, but I find it rather fascinating. Pairing the notion of cigarettes with the word “black,” underscored by packaging, called to mind a variety of associations, none of which might sound like a good idea — lungs blacked by smoking, darkened teeth, poisoned bodily systems, the blackness of death itself. 5 Proven Ways to Generate Revenue From Facebook. Brian Carter is author of The Like Economy: How Businesses Make Money With Facebook and co-author of Facebook Marketing: Leveraging Facebook's Features For Your Marketing Campaigns. He is a keynote speaker, trainer and consultant. Facebook, with its 800+ million users, presents a huge opportunity for business.