Apple and Twitter and Snapchat use human editors, but Facebook doesn’t – Fortune

Apple and Twitter and Snapchat use human editors, but Facebook doesn’t – Fortune.

Using human beings to do curation or aggregation works for some purposes, but not for others.

It’s gone from one or two examples to a bona fide trend—which, as any journalist knows, occurs whenever there is least three of something. The trend in this case is the hiring of human editors to filter through the news, music, and other forms of content that are being produced and/or hosted by a variety of platforms. So Apple is hiring editors for its News app, which it announced at its recent developer conference, as well as editor/DJs for the streaming music service the company is rolling out soon.

Meanwhile, Snapchat is also hiringjournalists to report and edit content related to the upcoming U.S. election, and Twitter is looking to add editorswho can filter and aggregate tweets and links related to trending topics on the network, as part of what the company calls Project Lightning. LinkedIn also recently announced it is adding human editors to its Pulse news-recommendation feature, and Instagram has started doing some curation for its new Explore page.

There are a couple of big names missing from this list that are pretty influential when it comes to news: Namely, Facebook and Google. Facebook is launching a new featurecalled Instant Articles with partners like the New York Times, but the site’s staff won’t have anything to do with the selection of stories that become part of the program—and the choice of who sees them and when will be left to Facebook’s all-powerful algorithm. Much like Facebook, Google’s services are also powered completely by algorithms.

Of course, algorithms aren’t autonomous robots, but software that is written and programmed by human beings to have certain attributes. So in a sense, the “humans vs. algorithms” debate is based on a misconception. But it’s probably fair to say the human input in an algorithm-driven model is one step removed from the action, compared to human editing.

So if Apple and Twitter and Snapchat and LinkedIn see the value of having human editors selecting news or curating content of various kinds, why wouldn’t Facebook and Google do the same? Because each of the latter two companies are involved in content that’s on a completely different scale than Apple or Twitter—and human beings don’t scale very well.

Technology analyst Ben Thompson made this point in a recent blog post, entitled “Curation and Algorithms.”There are some things that human curation is good for, and some things that it isn’t, he argues. For example, music and other emotional forms of content can be good candidates for curation because human beings perceive things about that content that algorithms might miss. So when Jimmy Iovine talked about the launch of the new Apple Music service, he said:

“The only song that matters as much as the song you’re listening to right now is the one that follows this. Picture this: you’re in a special moment, and the next song comes on… BZZZZZ, Buzzkill! It probably happened because it was programmed by an algorithm alone. Algorithms alone can’t do that emotional task. You need a human touch.”

But there are cases in which curation done by human beings simply doesn’t work, Thompson says—and Google and Facebook are two examples of that, but for very different reasons. Google’s job is to filter through all of the billions of webpages and content on the web and find the one thing that a user needs or wants to find, and that’s a task that would be impossible for even a gigantic group of human editors to accomplish (although Google does use small teams of humans to check link quality). That’s why Yahoo stopped trying to run a human-edited directory.

Facebook, by contrast, isn’t trying to filter all of the world’s information—or at least, not yet. It’s trying to find the right combination of text and photos and links and video that will appeal to every one of its billions of users, and get them to engage with the site as much as possible. So unlike Google, the supply of information it is trying to filter may not be infinite, but the personalization of that content for each of its users involves so many permutations and combinations that it would also be almost impossible to accomplish with a staff of human editors, even a large one.

“Google is seeking the single best answer to a direct query from an effectively infinite number of data points… For most queries there is one right answer that Google will return to anyone who searches for the term in question. In short, the data set is infinite (which means no human is capable of doing the job), but the target is finite. Facebook, on the other hand, creates a unique news feed for all of its 1.44 billion users… what is infinite are the number of targets.”

The news, by contrast, is something where human editors can perform a fairly useful function, and even add things that algorithms can’t, Thompson says (which is one reason why Techmeme founder Gabe Riverastopped using only algorithms to power his news portal in 2008, and started hiring human beings). The pool of information isn’t infinite, as it is with Google, but neither is the personalization required for the potential audience, as it is with Facebook. That’s why newspapers existed.

As Thompson notes, however, the risk is that human-edited services face—rightly or wrongly—much more criticism when they make decisions about what to show and what not to show than algorithm-powered networks. So Facebook and Google can to some extent argue that they don’t control what gets displayed directly, it’s just the algorithm (although there are a lot of problems with this defense, obviously).

If Apple’s human editors remove news stories about specific topics, there’s going to be a lot of negative attention. What journalistic considerations—if any—do platforms like Apple and Snapchat and Twitter have when it comes to the news? As distribution shifts to these large-scale networks, those kinds of questions are going to become even more important.

Zuckerberg On Facebook Organic Reach: We Optimize For Users Not For Businesses

Mark Zuckerberg On Facebook Organic Reach: We Optimize For Users Not For Businesses.


Facebook CEO answers questions during a live-streamed townhall meeting for the company’s Menlo Park headquarters.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered the question on every Facebook marketers’ mind today.

What happened to the organic reach on my Facebook Page?

His answer, during an hour-long Q&A With Mark live-streamed from the company’s Menlo Park headquarters, will sound familiar because Facebook has been giving a variation of the same answer all year.

That Facebook’s billion-plus community is sharing more, which means there’s more competition in the News Feed. The average user, Zuckerberg said, trotting out a well-used stat, could see 1,500 updates a day but only sees about 100. So a business Page aiming to make it into that 100, needs to create “really good content that’s going to be compelling to your customers.”

But Zuckerberg didn’t stop there. He said he empathized with businesses trying to reach customers and that Facebook seriously considers product changes that “will have an impact on someone’s business.” But Facebook will always favor, he said, serving relevant information to its users over making sure businesses reach their customers. Here’s an extended excerpt of what he said on the subject:

There’s this inherent conflict in the system though, which is are we trying to optimize news feed to give each person, all of you guys, the best experience when you’re reading? Or are we trying to help businesses just reach as many people as possible?

And in every decision that we make, we optimize for the first, for making it so that the people who we serve, who use Facebook, and who are reading News Feed get the very best experience that they can. And that means that if a business is sharing content that’s going to be useful for them, then we’ll show that. But that means if the business is sharing content that isn’t going to be useful for them, we may not show that.

As the products continue to develop, there’s going to be more people sharing more things and we’re going to try to continue doing our best in showing the best that we can, knowing that there is no way that a person will take the time to go through every one of the 1,500 things that are shared with them every single day.

There are a lot of pages that are doing quite successfully; their organic reach is growing quite a bit because they are delivering content to people that they really want.

So if you are a business owner and you’re thinking about how to use your free page on Facebook, I would just focus on trying to publish really good content that’s going to be compelling to your customers and the people who are following you.

Zuckerberg’s organic reach speech came early in the hour-long session, which was billed as a town-hall meeting with the Facebook community, and modeled after the company’s weekly in-house Q&A sessions. Zuckerberg said it was an effort to bring more of the company’s internal transparency to its community of 1.35 billion users.

Over 10% of UK Digital Ad Revenues to Come from Social Networks – eMarketer

Over 10% of UK Digital Ad Revenues to Come from Social Networks – eMarketer.

Social network ad spending in the UK is still on a strong upward trajectory, with eMarketer expecting 50.0% growth this year. By the end of 2014, social networks will be home to 10.5% of all digital ad spending in the UK, and we expect this share to rise by 4.2 percentage points in the next two years.


Overall UK digital ad expenditures, which include spending on all formats served to internet-connected devices, will total £7.25 billion ($11.33 billion) in 2014—up 15.0% from 2013. Mobile and video ad outlays will continue to grow dramatically, pushing digital’s share of UK total paid media ad spend to 47.9%.

The vast majority of social network ad spending goes to Facebook, the UK’s largest social network. This year, Facebook will see 7.5% of all digital ad spending in the country—nearly three-quarters of the 10.5% going to social networks overall. By 2016, nearly one-tenth of all UK digital ad outlays will go toward the social networking giant—along with more than one-quarter of all digital display ad spending.

Twitter accounts for a much smaller share of the pie, at just 1.3% of digital ad spending in the UK this year, or 3.9% of UK digital display ad spending. But Twitter itself is somewhat more reliant on the UK as a revenue source, collecting an estimated 12.9% of its ad revenues there this year.

eMarketer has adjusted its estimates for Facebook’s and Twitter’s UK ad revenues upward since its earlier forecast, based on higher-than-expected earnings reported in Q2 2014.

On a per-user basis, UK social network advertisers will spend £23.24 ($36.31) trying to persuade social networkers to convert from prospects into customers, or simply building brand awareness. That’s up nearly as fast as social network ad spending overall, and eMarketer expects the figure to continue to rise at double-digit rates through at least 2016. That year, we estimate, UK advertisers will spend £36.49 ($57.02), on average, to reach each social network user via paid media on such sites. That will represent around a threefold increase since 2012.

eMarketer bases all of our forecasts on a multipronged approach that focuses on both worldwide and local trends in the economy, technology and population, along with company-, product-, country- and demographic-specific trends, and trends in specific consumer behaviors. We analyze quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of research firms, government agencies, media outlets and company reports, weighting each piece of information based on methodology and soundness.

In addition, every element of each eMarketer forecast fits within the larger matrix of all our forecasts, with the same assumptions and general framework used to project figures in a wide variety of areas. Regular re-evaluation of each forecast means those assumptions and framework are constantly updated to reflect new market developments and other trends.

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About 62% of Facebook’s ad revenue now comes from advertising on mobile devices – WSJ

Facebook Answers Critics With Mobile-Ad Surge – WSJ.

Updated July 23, 2014 8:46 p.m. ET

Facebook Inc. reported Wednesday that profit more than doubled and revenue topped estimates for the ninth straight quarter due to strong mobile ad revenue. WSJ’s Reed Albergotti reports. Photo: Associated Press

Facebook Inc. FB +2.92% on Wednesday put to rest any lingering doubts about its ability to transform its business into a mobile-advertising juggernaut.

The social network reported that profit more than doubled and revenue topped estimates for the ninth straight quarter. About 62% of Facebook’s ad revenue now comes from advertising on mobile devices, which this year is expected to eclipse newspapers, magazines and radio in the U.S. for the first time, according to eMarketer.

Facebook also continued to show it can weather concerns that it is losing its “cool” factor among teens or irking users worried about privacy. Facebook added another 40 million users in the second quarter, with one-fifth of the world’s population now logging into the social network at least once a month.

“This is a good quarter for us,” said Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on a conference call with analysts Wednesday, but “there’s still so much room to grow,” he said.

Facebook’s revenue rose 61% to $2.91 billion in the second quarter, generating a profit of $791 million, up from $333 million a year ago.

The results sent Facebook’s stock to an all-time high in after-hours trading, rising 3.7% to $75. That is nearly double Facebook’s initial public offering price of $38.

Facebook started placing ads on its mobile site and app only two years ago around the time of its initial public offering. It has now found itself in an entrenched battle withGoogle Inc., GOOG +0.21% fighting to inhale mobile advertising dollars that would otherwise have gone to the Web, print or television. Anyone else would be a distant third.

Facebook is projected to command about 18% of the roughly $17.7 billion U.S. mobile ad market this year, up from 9% two years ago, according to eMarketer. Google will remain No. 1, but its share is expected to fall to 39.8% from 49.8% during that time.

“What Facebook has done with mobile is one of the most impressive things I’ve seen an Internet company do in recent years,” said Mark Mahaney, an analyst for RBC Capital Markets, after the earnings release Wednesday. Mr. Mahaney warned, though, that Google is still the behemoth in the industry and might be only beginning to assert itself on the platform.

In an effort to entice big brands to spend more on its site and app, Facebook is making a bigger push into premium video advertising. It also launched a mobile advertising network in April through which Facebook sells ads that actually appear on mobile apps that the company doesn’t own. Depending on how many apps choose to participate, Facebook could expand its business through the ad network.

Facebook has also invested in market research data to try to prove to brands that ads on the platform are effective. It has convinced some large advertisers to put more resources into Facebook, helping boost revenue. But there are still skeptical advertisers, and if Facebook can convince them, too, it will see even more growth.

On Wednesday’s conference call with analysts, Facebook Chief Operating OfficerSheryl Sandberg called attention to the social network’s ability to sell ads to small businesses. She told the story of Chumbak, a maker of Indian-inspired products. After the company’s owners used their life savings to start Chumbak, they began purchasing Facebook ads, which are now responsible for generating 35% of that company’s online revenue.

Ms. Sandberg pointed to an advertising campaign in India designed specifically for low-end feature phones. She said Procter & Gamble Co. PG -0.14% ‘s Gillette brand launched its Vector 3 razor there, where 80% of the 100 million users of Facebook in India are on mobile.

She also pointed to a McDonald’s video ad campaign on Facebook that used anthropomorphic french fries as soccer players and re-enacted World Cup scenes.

Beyond advertising, investors continue to pay attention to Facebook’s user growth, which has been steady as it blankets more of the world’s Internet population. The company said 1.32 billion users logged into the service at least once a month during the quarter, up about 3.5% from 1.28 billion three months earlier. The number of users who logged in daily grew to 829 million on average in June, up from 802 million in March, indicating people are spending more time on the platform.

It isn’t clear whether the latest privacy flap—a furor over a psychological experiment Facebook conducted on its users—will cause people to leave the social network. Ms. Sandberg apologized earlier this month for not properly communicating to its users about the experiment, which was exposed last month and conducted in 2012 to determine whether Facebook could alter the emotional state of its users and prompt them to post more positive or negative content.

On the conference call, Facebook executives didn’t address the uproar over the experiment. But most numbers have indicated that people continue to use the service more, despite ongoing privacy concerns raised by incidents like the experiment.

In the U.S., where the market has been saturated with Facebook users for years, mobile users spent 157 million minutes on the platform in June, according to comScore, a 50% increase year-over year, including Facebook’s photo-sharing app Instagram. Facebook and Instagram shared 200 million unique visitors in June, up from 185 million a year ago. That is second only to properties controlled by Google and Yahoo Inc.

If there is any other worry about Facebook, it is the company’s inability to innovate. It has launched several stand-alone apps, including Poke, Paper and Slingshot, all of which have received a lukewarm response from users. In May, Facebook shut down Poke, which was a competitor to messaging service Snapchat.

Facebook has pointed to its Messenger app as a success, but it forces users of its mobile app to download it to send and receive Facebook messages. It has found innovation elsewhere, paying $19 billion for competing messaging program WhatsApp and buying virtual-reality headset maker Oculus VR for about $2 billion.

Mr. Zuckerberg signaled to investors that he would continue to make similar investments. “It’s not that we’re necessarily going to go out and have a lot more new strategic priorities, but we expect to go very deep on the priorities that we have to make sure that we completely nail them all,” he said.

Meanwhile, Google, has stretched its tentacles into numerous areas outside of advertising, from self-driving cars, to television streaming devices, to wearables and home electronics.

Among the biggest themes on Facebook’s earnings call was a simple message: The company plans to move slowly on various projects, like expanding the places Facebook ads can go, creating auto-play video advertisements, and turning its Instagram acquisition into a moneymaker.

“We want to make sure we don’t get ahead of ourselves,” Mr. Zuckerberg said.


Facebook Trending World Cup Hub : la coupe du monde s’installe sur Facebook

Facebook Trending World Cup Hub : la coupe du monde s’installe sur Facebook.

La coupe du monde terminera le 13 juillet et d’ici là Facebook vous permettra de ne rien manquer. Non ce n’est pas une énième compilation des résultats et des résumés des matchs, Facebook centralise via cette adresse : les dernières news concernant le mondial. Que ce soit l’équipe de France tapant un Selfie pendant un FIFA 2014, les réactions de supporters, les dernières informations croustillantes concernant le joueur espagnol  Pique et la « muy caliente » Shakira, tout est réuni sur une seule même page! Un dispositif plutôt bien fait et complet regroupant tout ce qui touche de près ou de loin à ce grand événement sportif.

Les caractéristiques de ce dispositif :

Les scores et les temps forts des matchs :

Un feed avec les messages en temps réel de vos amis, ainsi que des joueurs de vos équipes préférées :

Une carte interactive affichant où se trouvent les fans des meilleurs joueurs mondiaux. La carte évoluant en fonction des posts, des likes sur les fans pages… :

Et tout ce qui a rapport de près ou de loin avec la coupe du monde et qui buzz sur Facebook. Comme les chiens de célébrités :

Le mobile n’est pas en reste puisque via l’application pour Smartphone il suffira de cliquer sur l’icône Smiley pour indiquer le match que l’on regarde. Lors de la rédaction d’un statut il suffira de cliquer sur cette icône puis de sélectionner l’onglet « watching » représenté par un ballon de football. Toi aussi tu peux devenir le nouveau Jean-Michel Larquet de ta timeline !

Pour terminé, Facebook s’est fait plaisir en s’autoproclamant arbitre de la Coupe du Monde. Arbitre WTF des arbitres de cette coupe du monde. Au vu du match  d’hier cet arbitre est plus WTF qu’arbitre des arbitres… Un petit plaisir que s’est fait Facebook avec un ton décalé. A découvrir sur cette page :

Que vous aimez le foot, ou que vous n’aimiez pas, vous n’y louperez pas. Et ce ne sont pas les réseaux sociaux qui vous aideront à faire l’impasse dessus. Alors deux solutions, ou on se met au diapason et on en profite pour faire la fête même si on ne connaît que 3 joueurs de l’équipe de France, ou on hiberne mais sans pouvoir geeker… Le temps sera long. Happy World Cup!

Facebook devient de plus en plus un média pour les médias – JDN Média

Facebook devient de plus en plus un média pour les médias – JDN Média.

Les taux d’engagement obtenus par les acteurs du secteur confirme le tropisme du réseau social pour l’information et le divertissement.

Si beaucoup de marques souffrent de la baisse de leur reach (en témoigne la baisse du taux d’engagement moyen qui passe de 1,9% à 1% entre avril 2013 et avril 2014), le secteur des médias fait figure d’exception. L’amélioration du taux d’engagement moyen sur la période, qui passe de 4,9 à 5,9%, vient confirmer le tropisme de Facebook pour le secteur de l’information. Une affinité confirmée fin 2013 par une note du réseau social qui expliquait avoir remarqué que “les utilisateurs aiment lire des articles par le biais de Facebook”, conséquence de quoi Facebook annonçait qu’il allait afficher “plus souvent des liens vers des articles, particulièrement sur les appareils mobiles”. Qu’on se le dise Facebook conjugue une partie de son avenir avec celui des médias, lui qui mise beaucoup sur son application “Paper” pour smartphones et tablettes (une sorte de magazine en ligne pour suivre les actualités) et qui multiplie les partenariats avec les chaînes de télévision pour favoriser les conversations autour de leurs programmes.

presse ecrite
Le secteur de la presse écrite au mois d’avril. © Makazi

Les performances du secteur de la presse écrite en sont la meilleure illustration, avec un taux d’engagement moyen de 7,1% pour les 5 premières fanpages, toutes d’un volume supérieur à un million de fans.  “La page de l’Equipe qui concilie un taux d’engagement très fort de 13,5% avec une croissance en volume toute aussi élevée, de 8,3%, nous prouve qu’une communauté de fans réunis autour d’une thématique spécifique mobilise et engage”, constate Antoine Ripoche, directeur associé au sein du groupe Makazi. La page a doublé de volume en l’espace d’un an. La page de Vogue Paris, l’une des marques de presse pionnières et les plus actives, continue son expansion colossale sur le réseau social et dépasse, ce mois-ci, les 3 millions de fans. Surtout, la filiale de Conde Nast réussit à obtenir un taux d’engagement, 3,3%, plus qu’honorable pour une page de cette taille.

Le secteur de la radio au mois d’avril 2014. © Makazi

Le volume de fans des 5 premières pages de radio est, lui, plus disparate, allant de 300 000 à 2,7 millions de fans. Mais le ping-pong qui s’est mis en place entre l’antenne et le réseau social reste plus que jamais présent. ” Facebook apporte sans doute ce côté visuel que la radio n’a pas”, suggère Antoine Ripoche. Et effectivement une page telle que celle de Virgin Radio n’a de cesse de poster des images des coulisses de l’émission à ses 578 000 fans. Une stratégie qui porte ses fruits avec un taux d’engagement de 11,8%. “Le constat est identique pour son rival, NRJ, qui obtient un taux d’engagement de 5,1% auprès de ses 2,7 millions de fans”, précise Antoine Ripoche.

Le secteur de la télévision au mois d’avril 2014. © Makazi

Effet TNT oblige, deux chaînes, W9 et NRJ12, font leur apparition éjectant France 2 et Arte de ce classement. Ces pages ont des taux d’engagement supérieur à la moyenne nationale mais qui restent bien en dessous de ceux de le presse et de la radio. “Pour cause, ces pages ont des rôles de hub, note Antoine Ripoche.

Ce baromètre mensuel est établi par le JDN grâce à des données fournies par notre partenaire, Graph Insider, plateforme de marketing social. Elles sont collectées via l’API ouverte Facebook et historisées grâce à une solution développée par Graph Insider. La plateforme calcule ensuite les indicateurs spécifiques qui permettent de comparer les fans pages entre elles en se rapprochant de données média (taux d’engagement unique, répétition).


Pour chaque fanpage, le taux d’engagement est unique. Autrement dit, il représente le nombre d’individus uniques dédupliqués ayant eu au minimum une interaction (like, commentaire ou post) avec la fanpage sur la période étudiée, rapporté sur le nombre total de fans. La répétition est, elle, définie comme le nombre d’interactions sur la période par utilisateur unique.

Facebook App Knows What You’re Hearing, Watching – Digits – WSJ

Facebook App Knows What You’re Hearing, Watching – Digits – WSJ.

Facebook launched a new feature that can automatically recognize music and television shows. 

Facebook’s mobile app just grew a keen sense of hearing. Starting Wednesday, the app has the ability to recognize music and television shows playing in the vicinity of users.

The feature is designed to make it easier for users to share. When users begin to write a post, the Facebook app will offer to include information about music or shows playing in the background.

“We want to help people tell better stories,” said Aryeh Selekman, the product manager who led the development of the feature. “I hope there are people who love the feature and post more.”

If Facebook users share more about themselves, that can boost the value of ads targeted at some of its 1.28 billion users.

The audio-recognition feature works similar to the app Shazam, which also can identify music and television programming using the built-in microphones in mobile phones.

The feature took Selekman’s team about a year of engineering and logistics work. In order to recognize live television shows, Facebook inked deals to obtain audio from 160 television stations in the U.S. Using the microphone built into iPhone and Android phones, Facebook says the app can recognize a live show within 15 seconds.

Facebook also said it reached deals with music-streaming sites, including Spotify and Rdio, to enable Facebook users to play previews of songs that others have shared using the audio-recognition feature. The feature is optional and can be switched on and off.

If enough users opt in, the new Feature could give Facebook enough data to start compiling television ratings. Even if users decide not to share what they’re hearing or watching, Facebook will hold onto the data in anonymous form, keeping tabs on how many users watched particular shows.

Users who begin a post after turning on the feature will notice a tiny audio equalizer with undulating blue bars, indicating the app has detected sound and is attempting to match it to a song or television show. Once the app finds a match, users will see the title of the song and a thumbnail, such as an album cover or a photo of a talk-show host. By tapping on the show or song, users can post it to their news feeds and let other users know what Facebook has already figured out – what they’re seeing and hearing.

Le futur des médias sociaux par l’analyse des acquisitions de Facebook | Webmarketing & co’m

Le futur des médias sociaux par l’analyse des acquisitions de Facebook | Webmarketing & co’m.

Le futur des médias sociaux par l’analyse des acquisitions de Facebook

L’acquisition de WhatsApp par Facebook aura fait parler d’elle. 19 milliards de dollars pour une application en pleine croissance, c’est l’un des plus grands rachats de l’histoire. Certains y verront encore un signe du retour de la bulle internet mais cette fusion n’a rien à voir avec celle d’AOL-Time Warner, ni avec les nombreuses acquisitions désastreuses qui ont conduit les années 2000 vers le chemin de la ruine… 

La simple notion d’argent générée par les acquisitions historiques de Facebook ne doit pas nous faire oublier la vraie question :

Là où Facebook va, les autres médias sociaux vont !

C’est avant tout la propagation de Facebook qui a fabriqué le concept des « médias sociaux » d’aujourd’hui. Mark Zukerberg est à l’origine des normes mises en place et a continuellement élargi le rôle de ces médias dans notre société. Résultat : Les utilisateurs sont satisfaits par Facebook et aiment le montrer.

L’ombre de Facebook est toujours bien présente dans la sphère sociale

Les concurrents ont grandi, les jeunes utilisateurs fuient vers des sites plus nichés ou plus privés mais Facebook résiste. Le réseau a peut-être atteint son niveau de maturité mais il sait reconnaître les entreprises à la pointe du développement pouvant s’intégrer à sa plateforme.

Facebook est donc toujours dans une perspective d’avenir florissant

Que ce soit en termes de talent ou de produits, et surtout dans le contexte de l’achat de WhatsApp. Mais avant de commencer une analyse en profondeur, regardez avec attention cet outil retraçant la chronologie des acquisitions des 5 meilleures entreprises de haute technologie mondiale pour les comparer efficacement.

L’histoire et la stratégie des acquisitions de Facebook

Les acquisitions de Facebook se découpent en phases dans le temps. Mais celles-ci peuvent parfois se chevaucher.

Phase 1 : Les achats évidents – faits par Facebook les yeux fermés

Dès son plus jeune âge, la société Facebook a fait un certain nombre d’achats qu’il aurait été stupide de ne pas faire !Illustration de Facebook et logos de ses acquisitions

  • et une foule de domaine semblable
  • Les brevets Friendster
  • Le brevet ConnectU
  • FriendFeed…

Ce sont des achats évidents parce qu’ils ont tous émergé du même ragoût des sites proto-sociaux que Facebook cherchait à dominer. En les acquérant, Facebook se positionne comme le premier site social émergeant et bénéficie du coup de brevets basiques comme le système de « like ». L’achat de l’importateur de contacts Octazen permet au site d’étendre ses fonctionnalités. Les utilisateurs peuvent ainsi trouver facilement leurs amis. Encore une acquisition qui contribue à l’expansion rapide de Facebook.

Phase 2 : Etendre l’idée des médias sociaux

Une fois ces bases établies, Facebook part dans l’idée d’étendre notre conception de ce qu’est le média social et se positionne au centre de la vie de nombreux utilisateurs. Pendant cette phase il achète entre autres :Illustration de Facebook et logos de ses acquisitions

  • Divvyshot pour les partages de photo
  • Sharegrove pour les conversations privées et les forums
  • Nextstop pour les conseils en voyage

La réunion de ces fonctions propulse le média social bien au-delà du simple flux de mise à jour de nos statuts. Il permet de se connecter avec famille, amis et collègues de 1000 manières différentes. Les utilisateurs découvrent des besoins qu’ils n’auraient jamais pu imaginer auparavant. Depuis, nombre de ces manières de communiquer sont entrées dans les mœurs, tant au niveau des réseaux sociaux que dans la vie courante.

Phase 3 : La monétisation

A l’approche de son introduction en Bourse, Facebook sent la pression de la monétisation se rapprocher. Pas surprenant que le réseau social toujours n°1 se tourne alors vers l’acquisition d’entreprises génératrices de revenus :Illustration de Facebook et logos de ses acquisitions

  • Rel8tion Atlas pour la publicité
  • Tagtile et ses applications de fidélisation de clientèle
  • Karma pour les dons sociaux
  • Spaceport avec les jeux

Ces acquisitions fournissent au site soit des fonctionnalités croissantes, soit un cadre idéal pour la stabilisation de technologies déjà existantes. Les modèles qui en découlent sont encore les normes établies dans le monde du réseau social actuel.

Phase 4 : le Tout Mobile

En tant qu’innovateur technologique, Facebook a su voir le passage au mobile relativement tôt en acquérant plusieurs sociétés :

  • Application mobile HTML5
  • Strobe, de retour avec un véritable talent en 2011
  • Hot Potato avec sa fonctionnalité d’enregistrement sur mobile

Depuis l’envolée des jeunes utilisateurs vers les applications mobiles, la pression sur Facebook augmente. Ces gamins nés avec un portable greffé dans la main représentent l’avenir. Ainsi, les acquisitions de Facebook s’axent d’avantage autour du mobile :

Facebook et ses acquisitions sous forme d'icones

  • Snaptu, un développeur d’applications mobiles
  • Gowalla, service basé sur la localisation
  • Spool, bookmarking mobile et partage de contenu
  • Oseta, un logiciel pour mobile
  • Onavo, l’analyse pour mobile

Les acquisitions Instagram et WhatsApp pour un pas vers le futur des médias sociaux

Ces sont les deux plus grandes acquisitions de Facebook et elles s’intègrent parfaitement dans la trajectoire mobile tout en offrant des avantages différents.

Instagram :

L’application mobile de Facebook n’était pas terrible, celle d’Instagram l’était. Le rachat d’Instagram a ajouté une couche de fonctionnalités mobile à Facebook ainsi que des données supplémentaires pour insérer de la pub en ligne. Et c’est sans comptez sur la modernisation des fonctionnalités photos avec des filtres amusants. Petit plus crucial lorsque l’on sait que les réseaux sociaux tendent vers un mode de partage d’images au détriment du partage de texte.

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Regardez les concurrents de Facebook et d’Instagram question partage de photos. La plupart se sont mis au diapason avec ces filtres, une intégration qui n’était pas dans la norme quelques années plus tôt.


WhatsApp :

Bien qu’étant dans une sphère différente, l’achat de WhatsApp a été fait pour des raisons similaires. Facebook voit clairement la messagerie mobile comme l’avenir du réseau social, on a déjà pu le remarquer lors de son achat manqué de SnapChat.

La fonctionnalité de WhatsApp dépasse de loin le chat de Facebook et sa base d’utilisateurs croît rapidement.

Cet investissement de 19 milliards ne sera peut-être jamais remboursé de manière directe, mais cela permet à Facebook d’absorber l’exode des jeunes utilisateurs et de mettre à nouveau en place le modèle du futur des médias sociaux, qui pourrait bien valoir des milliards. Bien plus que ce qui a été dépensé au final selon Mark Zuckerberg.

Alors qu’est-ce que cela signifie pour le futur du social ?

Nous savons que le social est mobile et qu’il continuera dans ce sens. Maintenant la question est : « Qu’allons-nous faire avec toute cette fonctionnalité mobile ? » Ou « Comment Facebook va gérer l’espace qu’il s’efforce de dominer avec ses achats ? » Selon Facebook, ce futur du mobile aura un impact majeur sur la communication sociale et le marketing.

Le partage mobile

Les derniers achats de Facebook se basent sur le principe de la simplicité. Des plateformes basiques offrant plus de fonctionnalités et une utilisation simplifiée pour les utilisateurs dans le cadre de leur propre plateforme. Parallèlement, c’est vers un système rationnel et une vie privée que l’on tend, car les messages de WhatsApp garantissent plus d’intimité entre expéditeurs et destinataires.

Le marketing

Avec cette tendance, les entreprises de médias sociaux et les blogueurs peuvent allier accès mobile, brièveté et simplicité. Aujourd’hui, les marketeurs doivent s’attendre à ce que les lecteurs consomment leur média sur de plus petits appareils, comme l’explique cet article sur le futur du blogging. Ces appareils appellent aux messages courts ou tout du moins aux messages bien repartis sur l’écran.

L’envolée vers la communication sociale va sûrement mettre le consommateur dans un état d’esprit plus interactif. Les marketeurs peuvent utiliser cet aspect à leur avantage avec une expérience plus gamifiée.

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Foursquare change de modèle et se divise en deux applications distinctes : Swarm et Foursquare |

Foursquare change de modèle et se divise en deux applications distinctes : Swarm et Foursquare |

Fourquare va devenir une application de recommandation de lieux, Swarm une messagerie instantanée basée sur la localisation

Dennis Crowley, le fondateur de Foursquare, a annoncé à The Verge que son réseau social allait se diviser en deux applications distinctes. La première, Swarm, sera dédiée aux activités de check’in qui permettent aux utilisateurs de faire connaître leur géolocalisation à leur entourage. Elle s’apparentera à une application de messagerie instantanée avec des outils de géolocalisation en plus. La seconde, Fourquare – qui conserve son nom – se focalisera sur les activités de découverte basées sur la localisation : un « Yelp-Killer » en sorte, sans possibilité de check’in.

Il évoque une plus grande clarté pour les utilisateurs à l’heure où la société a besoin de s’adapter aux nouveau modes de consommation. « Au moment où les usages sur mobile s’élargissent et évoluent, vous disposez d’expériences individuelles. Vous ouvrez une application pour effectuer une tâche spécifique et non un ensemble large de tâches complexes ». « À la maison, vous pouvez être à la recherche d’un endroit pour dîner. Après le dîner, vous êtes probablement à la recherche de vos amis à proximité. C’est pourquoi aujourd’hui, nous annonçons que nous scindons ces deux expériences en deux applications distinctes » ajoute la société.

L’entrepreneur précise que lors de la création de société il y a cinq ans, il avait besoin d’obtenir des données. Choses dont il dispose suffisamment aujourd’hui pour se passer du fameux « check-in ». « Le projet n’a jamais été de construire un bouton check-in » explique-t-il. Plus précisément, il souhaite se focaliser sur la recommandation de lieux. Déjà en octobre dernier, Foursquare avait fait un pas en avant en ouvrant sa plateforme publicitaire aux petites entreprises leur laissant ainsi la possibilité d’émettre une notification aux membres du réseau social lorsqu’ils se trouvent à proximité de leur boutique.

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Programmatic & Native: How Content & Data-Driven Marketing Can Co-Exist

Programmatic & Native: How Content & Data-Driven Marketing Can Co-Exist.

Advertising is always most effective when it is well integrated into the customer experience. Over this past year, programmatic buying and native advertising (both popular buzzwords in our industry) have taken two very different approaches in enabling marketers to create engaging and relevant experiences for their audiences — one by using data, and the other by masquerading as content.

However, regardless of the channel or advertising strategy, the overall brand goal generally remains the same: to reach audiences, evoke brand experiences and, essentially, sell more products. The better the experience, the greater the chances are that you will meet your brand goals. However, none of this is possible without scale.

Even with roughly 73% of publishers offering native advertising across their sites, advertisers are more likely to buy their audience via real-time bidding (RTB), no matter what site their audiences are on, vs. buying from a particular publisher.

Native Advertising

Native advertising can be done one of two ways: either with custom advertising, which encompasses custom units within a publisher’s site, or integrated ads, which can come in the form of sponsored tweets and/or other types of ads strategically worked into the publisher’s content.

Citi Bike is a great example because it is both custom and integrated, which is the nirvana of native advertising.


Programmatic & Real Time Buying

On the other side of the fence lie programmatic and real time buying (RTB), which offer a scalable solution for marketers based on data and which make custom advertising seriously challenging.

If you only know who your ad is reaching, and don’t know exactly where the user is seeing the ad (i.e., because you are buying media via ad exchanges), then it becomes very difficult to customize the experience on a site-by-site basis. The technology used to enable this kind of customization is not on anyone’s deployment horizon.

Integrating Programmatic & Native


Even integrated advertising is difficult to implement, as it requires different types of creative for different opportunities. What native advertising needs to succeed is an oxymoron: custom integrated advertising that is standardized for scale.

In practice, this means that if you have a huge audience (think Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) then you can achieve the oxymoron because your custom advertising has a greater opportunity to reach your audience (i.e., larger percentage of the total available population). The only other plausible option is to develop a standard ad unit that can seamlessly incorporate into content so that it can integrate across enough publishers to scale.

Where programmatic and native are most likely to intersect is through programmatic premium, where publishers and marketers may be able to combine each of their strengths, instead of separating the two, and offer high quality content, enhanced relevancy and unobtrusive advertisements at scale.

Just in the last few months, we’ve seen announcements from ad tech companies (OpenX, Nativo, TripleLift) that offer products and technologies aimed at bringing together native and programmatic. Similarly, one of the first agency trading desks, Vivaki, has introduced “Audience on Demand Native,” which focuses on buying native ads in a more efficient and scalable way.

On the publisher front, if you haven’t incorporated programmatic into your inventory, you are already behind. Time Inc. recently announced expanding its private ad exchange, while Forbes CRO Mark Howard shared that programmatic buying and native advertising from BrandVoice will be key growth areas.

Other large publishers that have claimed to make changes include The Washington Post and Meredith, both of which have hired specific executives to lead programmatic efforts.

There is evidence that premium publishers are starting to place a larger emphasis on programmatic buying, which will begin to bridge that gap between custom units, such as native advertising, and and real-time, data-driven advertising. Even though these two trends can co-exist, I do think it will be some time before native takes on the characteristics of programmatic buying.

Programmatic Vs. Native

While some may argue that programmatic represents a better strategy for marketers to understand and engage their target audiences, others favor more content-related marketing approaches such as native advertising.

The answer is that there should be room and budget for both. Whichever strategy you choose, you should make sure to leverage data and ad targeting alongside any custom advertising strategy or you may find your brand lacking scale, and therefore, not reaching audiences and selling enough products.


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