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Facebook Increases Local Ad Targeting Capabilities and SMB’s Rejoice



With all the talk this week about Facebook valuations and the money that they are making (OK so it’s a guesstimate but what the heck……it’s the Internet!) it makes one think about just how Facebook plans to continue to grow top line revenue. One way was revealed as the ability to target Facebook ads locally increased considerably. Inside Facebook explains further

In its latest move to expand its performance advertising program, Facebook is offering what it tells us is “thousands” of new cities in its self-serve advertising tool, meaning advertisers can more narrowly target users across the United States and around the world. From social game developers to the various large and small businesses already using the service, the information could help them boost their returns on investment.

Well, it sure looks like local is the new black. It makes sense but the degree to which local online advertising seems to be expanding is still surprising. It’s not like the concept is new but the varied ways to reach the local consumer have emerged, developed and grown so rapidly that the sector is poised to really kick into gear.

For the SMB’s of the world there is now a better source to reach very segmented groups who are only in their backyard. Oh and it’s cheaper than other options. For now.

What is your experience with running local ads on Facebook? While traffic may be a good thing has the traffic converted?

  • http://www.kdf-comp.com Matt

    Great news to hear Facebook is going more local. Locally targeted advertising that is cost effective can be a huge boost to SMB’s. I have written on my blog about the trends that w ill begin to emerge in 2010 and “going local” is one of them check it out if you are interested. http://kdf-comp.blogspot.com/2010/01/5-emerging-trends-for-2010.html