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A Complete Guide to Facebook and Instagram Ad Targeting Options [Infographic]

a complete guide to facebook and instagram ad targeting options

Whether you like it or not, Facebook knows a lot about you. A study released back in 2015 showed that your Facebook Like profile could reveal intricate details about your psychological make-up and preferences, finding, ultimately, that Facebook knows you better than your family, your friends, even your partner.

In fact, in some instances, Facebook data revealed more about a person than they even knew about themselves.

Brands can now retarget ads on Pinterest

pinterest adds site app retargetingPinterest is enabling advertisers to retarget consumers on the platform who have visited their brand's website or app, or who share similar characteristics. Advertisers will also be able to use data from LiveRamp and Epsilon to facilitate ad retargeting.

Facebook Is Adding New Custom Audience Options to Improve Ad Targeting

facebook is adding new custom audience options to improve ad targeting

Facebook’s adding two new Custom Audience creation options, with ‘Dwell time’ and ‘Link sharing’ added to the listing for some users.

First spotted by The Next Web’s Matt Navarra, the new options provide more ways to hone in your Facebook ads on likely more responsive groups.

Facebook Suspends Potentially Discriminatory Ad Targeting Options, but Further Concerns Remain

facebook suspends potentially discriminatory ad targeting options but further concerns remain

Facebook has this week announced that it’s suspending the ability to target ads by excluding racial groups in order to give them time to investigate the issue. Again.

For the second time in the last year or so, an investigation has shown that Facebook’s intricate ad targeting options can be used to skirt federal laws, specifically in regards to housing.

LinkedIn enables company-specific ad targeting

linkedin ad targetingLinkedIn Account Targeting now lets advertisers using Sponsored Updates or Sponsored InMail target up to 30,000 relevant companies in a campaign. It's the first time the platform has allowed marketers to merge their own data into campaigns. "I would say this is slowly opening up the walled garden -- with more to come," said Lindsey Edwards of LinkedIn Marketing Solutions.

Twitter's Adding a New Transparency Center to Provide Insight into Ad Targeting

twitters adding a new transparency center to provide insight into ad targeting

As the investigation continues into how social media platforms were used to push political ads in the lead up to the 2016 US Presidential Election, Twitter has announced a new approach to ad transparency which will help raise awareness of political content, and how their ads are being used more generally.

While most of the scrutiny has fallen on Facebook, Twitter, too, has been caught up in the political advertising probe – in particular, how Twitter bots were used to amplify specific messages.