In 2011, major marketers dramatically increased their spending on Facebook, buying up the site’s so-called “Premium” ad inventory—ads on users’ homepages and in other exclusive spots—in a quest to acquire “likes.” This year, some marketers have reduced spending on these Premium ads so they can reassess the ads’ effectiveness. As a result, Facebook has seen weaker-than-expected revenues in 2012. However, the company has another side to its ad business, and that self-serve platform, Marketplace, is gaining new prominence. Read the rest at eMarketer.
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