Facebook Ad Changes: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Ads Get New Formats: Facebook advertisers now have more options in ad sizes to choose from to best suit their needs. ”The changes mostly impact page post link ads, page like ads, offers ads and event ads, because these ad formats weren’t originally designed to work across all placements on Facebook.”

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Facebook increases the size of images in many of their "ad units to give advertisers more room to display their brand or products."


Google+ Introduces Embedded Posts: After embeddable tweets, Pinterest posts and Facebook updates, you can now also embed your Google+ posts onto your website. “Text, photo and media posts are all supported, and the embeds are fully interactive, so visitors can +1, comment and follow you inline.”

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You can now embed your public Google+ posts to your website pages.

Google Integrates Google+ Sign-In With Author Attribution: This is currently only being piloted on WordPress.com (not for self-hosted WordPress.org blogs) and Typepad. ”So if you connect your WordPress.com account with Google, for instance, the articles you publish will now be associated with your Google+ profile automatically.”

google+ authorship integration

"Today users may see your name, picture and/or a link to your Google+ profile when your content appears in Search, News and other Google products."

Facebook Announces New Tools for Surfacing Conversations: “Selected news organizations can begin to integrate Facebook conversations into their broadcasts or coverage by displaying public posts of real-time activity about any given topic.”

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"From favorite television shows to sporting events to the latest news; the conversations are happening on Facebook."

Foursquare Lets You Search Menus: Foursquare expands Explore search to include full menus. “Type in the dish you’re looking for” and Foursquare will scour their “menu database of over 43 million menu items from over half a million places to find exactly what you’re looking for.”

foursquare menu search

Foursquare will show you all the restaurants nearby that serve the dish you're looking for.

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About the Author, Cindy King

Cindy King is the director of editorial for Social Media Examiner. She spent 25 years abroad in international business development and then built her own international business from scratch by using social business networking. Other posts by »




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  • http://www.seomasterexpert.com/ Swapan Kumar

    Amazing Post!! Thanks Cindy for sharing the post. Good to see the recent updates in social media ads. Insightful post. Great efforts.

  • Michelle Loftus

    Great news items, thanks so much!

  • http://www.theseowitch.com/ Gia

    I think it’s a great idea to be able to embed Google posts into your blog, makes things a little easier. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    You’re welcome, Swapan.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Glad you like it, Michelle.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Yes, it’s great we can now embed Google+ posts as well as Facebook updates, Tweets and Pinterest posts! Let’s see how people use this functionality now.

  • http://okaymarketing.com/ Brian Jackson

    Great summary of changes this week! Thanks Cindy.

  • http://navneetsau.com/ NavNeet Sau

    Brilliant article Cindy. Thanks for listing the neoteric updates in social media. I never miss any of the post of social media examiner, but Saturday is most important for me because on this day I got all information that happened in social media here. Thanks once again.

  • http://www.springintosales.com/ Jenny Spring

    Interesing changes to the ads, especially with the increase in image size. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://fireprovedmarketing.com/ Vukasin Ilic

    Very nice post, I really like it.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Happy it’s useful for you!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    You’re welcome, Brian!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thank you for the feedback!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Yes, it’s interesting to see how quickly things are changing.

  • http://fireprovedmarketing.com/ Vukasin Ilic

    I found your posts very interesting and I was thinking that I should interview. What you think about that?

  • http://www.wepaar.com/application/index.php Wepaar

    Thanks for your efforts in this article….! This is quite interesting…

  • http://www.squirrly.co/ Leau Andreea

    This is amazing! I’m not sure about G+ embeded integration, but Foursquare’s one seems to be great! Anyway, I’m a big fan of Facebook, so I can’t wait to try the new fb ad :D

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thanks for sharing, Leau!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    You’re welcome!

  • Amit Shukla

    Thanks Cindy for the post. I keep reading all Social updates daily via different websites,but getting it in one post is amazing.

  • Tonya

    I’m not quite sure why/when it is best to embed the social media posts on my website. Right now, I have all my blog articles automatically fed to my social media channels. I do have an infographic I am about to share. I was planning on writing a blog and then embedding the infographic in the article. Should I actually share on SM and then embed in the post? Would love some examples of when you would use this feature please!







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