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Facebook Ads API: Optimizing from Good to Great

Continuing a three-part series on Facebook Ads API. In Part one, I looked at how Facebook Ads vendors have done little with their exclusive access to the API and instead have tried to game Facebook’s system through ad multiplication. In Part two, I discussed how the API can be used to gather the data needed to measure true performance. In this final part, I offer some ideas of tools that developers could create to improve the optimization of Facebook ads.

Facebook Ads API: You Can’t Measure What You Can’t See

Continuing a three-part series on the Facebook Ads API. In Part one, I looked at how Facebook Ads vendors have done little with their exclusive access to the API and instead have tried to game Facebook's system through ad multiplication. In Part two, I'll discuss how the API can be used to gather the data needed to measure true performance.

Facebook Ads API: Gaming the System

Until recently, only a handful of vendors have had access to the Facebook Ads API—a few major tool developers and some folks willing to make a $5M deposit with Facebook. We've been running Facebook ads and building apps for the last 4 years. The breakdown on the Facebook Ads API: It’s not exactly as robust as the Google AdWords API, but that creates an opportunity to build what Facebook has missed, or game the system, depending on whether you’re white or black hat.

Facebook Advertising Gets Serious With its "Marketing Suite"

Facebook has launched a new suite of marketing APIs and taken its Facebook Ads API out of private beta. The suite gives developers, ad agencies, and marketers programmatic access to pages, advertising, and analytics for their social media marketing campaigns. In addition to the Ads API, the suite includes the Insights API for building social analytics tools, and Pages API for building and accessing pages and their fields, connections, events, links, notes, photos, and videos. Both are officially part of the Facebook Graph API.