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Major Social Ad Platform Updates: 2019 Recap



The amount of new features and updates that have been rolled out in 2019 has been overwhelming. We can all agree on this, but can we agree on which updates are going to have the largest impact on the Paid Social advertising industry? Here is my roundup of the top updates from 2019 across the two major platforms: Facebook and LinkedIn.


Transparency Updates

The most obvious theme of updates to Paid Facebook advertising in 2019 was improving their transparency, which included the introduction of the new brand safety tools, restricted targeting, the ad library, and more that I won’t cover here.

New brand safety tools were launched in November giving advertisers a dedicated space in ads manager to apply block lists, the ability to download new and improved delivery reports, and the capability to set an account-level inventory filter. Facebook has been continuing to bolster its partnerships in the brand safety space, with Zefr being the most recent to join DoubleVerify, Integral Ad Science, and OpenSlate in helping tools to suit advertisers’ needs. Publisher white lists are now available for select advertisers that might have previously been too hesitant to jump into the space, and this inventory is set to expand in 2020.

Targeting restrictions were rolled out to advertisers in the housing, employment, and credit industry that prevents them from targeting by age, gender, or zip code. As a whole, these businesses will have less targeting capabilities for protected classes. I expect similar updates to be rolled out in 2020 as Facebook tries to nail the tricky balance between catering to advertisers and ensuring tools available to us are not being misused.

Aaron Childs, Senior Paid Social account manager at Hanapin, covered the ad library in-depth in his post earlier this week about finding Facebook and Instagram ads. Go check it out and explore how this tool can be leveraged by advertisers.

Functionality Updates

The ads manager got lots of attention throughout 2019, with the following highlights:

  • A completely new interface design that included new sidebar navigation, a view into nested results, and a combined search and filter view.
  • Updated business notifications that provide easy-to-understand alerts for the three major categories; account, ads, and pages.
  • Cross-account reporting allows for detailed breakdowns and groupings across accounts, analyzing cumulative unique frequency and reach across accounts, and analyzing information and aggregated metrics across accounts.
  • Production got easier with the new copy and paste function. Not only was this feature rolled out, but a similar update was launched giving advertisers the option to carry a post’s existing engagements (reactions, comments, shares) when using the duplication feature. This can allow for continuing to aggregate social proof while testing different targeting strategies.
  • A new ad preview experience gives advertisers a close look at how your creative will look across Facebook placements. With automated delivery being more prevalent, this is important to be able to ensure ads maintain brand feel no matter where they are shown.

Capability Updates

The event setup tool was rolled out giving advertisers the ability to create custom events and parameters without the need for additional code implementation if the Facebook pixel is applied to the entire site. This lowers the barriers of entry to creating a more granular view into how your ads are influencing specific actions you want a user to take on your site. Check out this on-demand Hanapin webinar where we explore specific use cases for this tool to:

  • Use Facebook offline conversion to track campaigns to real-world outcomes
  • Optimize campaigns for real-world and online results
  • Apply offline behavior data to drive acquisition, retention, and growth
  • Build better lookalike audiences with customer visit behavior.


Targeting Updates

Interest targeting is available to all advertisers, using signals from engagement with content on LinkedIn and Searches on Bing. This gives advertisers a more broad alternative or another layer to the granular company/job title targeting that LinkedIn is known for.

Lookalike audiences are available for creation from any valid matched audience, such as site visitors, account lists, or customer lists. This feature allows advertisers to more easily target more of the right audience and can be a great addition to your tactical prospecting toolbox. This update follows in Facebook’s footsteps who have made this one of their platforms most successful and utilized targeting features.

And-Or targeting for objective-based advertising helps further refine your targeting by narrowing your audience further or excluding people. For example, you can target senior people of a specific company but also broaden the targeting to include anyone in a particular industry. This example below targets people who ‘currently work at Fisher Investments’ OR ‘work at a company in the Finance industry’ and ‘have 5+ years of experience’.

Functionality Updates

Several updates were rolled out to lead forms, including the ability to edit lead forms after creation and increasing the available fields from 7 to 12. Lead forms are known to increase CVR by reducing friction in the conversion; however, this can lead to an influx of lower quality leads. This update allows advertisers to better pre-qualify users prior to the conversion and improve lead quality. In addition to normal fields like email, name, company name & size, or demographic information, custom questions and checkboxes are now available. With data regulation and protecting only to become more of an issue, these fields can be used to get consent for anything the data might be used for.

Furthermore, LinkedIn has been continuing to bolster their integrations with these lead forms and match audiences, with Hubspot being the major addition of 2019. Platform integrations like this are pivotal for major advertisers that need to send information to and from their system in an efficient way, and we can expect to see LinkedIn continue to roll these out in 2020.



Best ASO Tips To Boost Your App Search In 2022



You need your application to be really effective in the overpopulated application market. Then, at that point, you will have to drive downloads to endure. So when it’s all said and done, you must account for yourself. Get your application the consideration it merits.

The uplifting news, however, is that customers love to download applications – last year, we downloaded in excess of 200 billion applications around the world, and that figure is set to increment to 258 billion every year by 2022 as cell phone reception increments.

Assuming you need to be seen and have your application downloaded by however many clients as could reasonably be expected, then, at that point, you should begin by taking a gander at the application store.

Underneath, we’ve assembled probably the best application store improvement methods to assist you with creating more downloads in 2021 and then some…

Start with Your Application Name 

The odds are you as of now have an extraordinary name for your application, yet an appropriately advanced application is about significantly more than marking.

Assuming you need to amplify transparency and guarantee you’re showing up when clients look for applications like yours, you ought to remember the primary keywords for your application name or title, comparable to how you’d make a title label while improving a site page.

You could begin with your application name so it tends to be plainly recognized, thus it appears on the home screen of gadgets.

Then, at that point, you can add a scramble or vertical bar prior to adding a few pertinent watchwords to your speciality, or even put your application name in quotes as we did with FORE Business Golf Networking.


Urge Users to Leave Reviews 

You could ask for reviews by clients through the means of your site, or through an in-application notice toward the finish of their meeting, yet make sure to restrict the number of pop-ups you execute with the goal that you don’t disturb or disappoint your clients, as this could urge them to erase your application.

We’d support all application engineers and entrepreneurs to react to criticism on their applications, as this can further develop client relations and resolve issues in an open arena.

Zero in on Your Application Depiction 

Your application depiction is your principle assemblage of text your landing page content, in a manner of speaking. Utilize a site like to discover information on your picked catchphrases to expand your openness. As portrayals are shortened, ensure you remember the main data for the initial three lines of your depiction, and afterwards add things like social confirmation, emoticon, and suggestions to take action to build commitment and downloads.

Incorporate Appealings Screen Captures 

Pictures and recordings won’t help your application rank, yet they will expand changes and assist clients with working out whether it’s an application they truly need.

There’s a little guide in empowering clients toward downloading your application if in any case, they’re not going to interface with it, or download and leave a negative survey when they understand it wasn’t what was promoted.

Assuming you need to ‘tart up’ your item page, then, at that point, you can add marking and extra text and data and designs to your recordings and screen capture, yet they ought not to diminish your item.

Pay for App Store or Play Store 

As we have SEO and pay-per-click, you need to work one next to the other (one is a gradual methodology with long haul benefits – the other is a speedy success yet requires an endless spending plan), application store promotions can be utilized to get the message out with regards to your new programming and assist you with positioning at the highest point of query items pages – in front of your opposition and enormous names in the application world.

Keep in mind, you’ll need to focus on the right crowd and art an advertisement that will assist you with changing over and that since you’re paying for situations, that doesn’t mean clients will download or cooperate with your application.


Wrapping Up!

You can employ a group of  App  Store Optimization Services suppliers to benefit a scope of application store improvement administrations, including watchword advancement, resource enhancement, and restriction to guarantee your application is seen by individuals that matter.

We have long periods of involvement in creating and showcasing applications and have assisted different customers with expanding their downloads by infiltrating rewarding and regularly undiscovered business sectors.

Prachi Gupta likes to write information about Digital Marketing Trends that can help audience to grow their business.

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