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12-month study of 65 billion impressions reveals men cost less to reach with Facebook ads and respond better

San Francisco (September 25, 2012) – Global digital marketing leaders Resolution Media and Skai Social published a new report today. The study, entitled Social Media Insights: Men are Cheap, explores gender differences in Facebook advertising campaigns and offers actionable guidance to advertisers. Previewed last week to clients attending the 2012 Resolution Media Summit, this third report in a series for marketers running ad campaigns on the world’s largest social network follows Social Media Insights: Metrics that Matter and 2012 Social Media Advertising Global Games.

“Women represent the majority of Facebook users, but it’s cheaper to advertise to men. While this may seem counterintuitive given the laws of supply and demand in an auction marketplace, our advertisers capitalized on this trend and spent 53 percent of Facebook advertising budgets reaching men,” said Alan Osetek, president of Resolution Media. “As it turned out, ads targeting men performed better and thus warranted the increased investment. Men delivered better Exposure Rates and click through rates than women, increasing their value for marketers.”

Key highlights of the report include:
• Men are exposed to and click on more Facebook ads
• On average, ads targeting men cost less through the cost-per-thousand impressions ($0.16 male / $0.20 female) and cost-per-click ($0.51 male / $0.68 female) pricing models
• Ads targeting men achieved superior Exposure Rates, reaching a larger percentage of their unique audiences

“As social media continues to increase in popularity, it’s critical for brands to understand who represents their best consumers and how to best reach them with effective ads,” says Sivan Metzger, general manager of Skai Social. “Gender is just one of the many rich targeting options available to Facebook advertisers and leveraging Skai Social’s advanced technology helps marketers identify the right audience segments and create highly engaging campaigns at scale.”

Social Media Insights: Men are Cheap is based on aggregated data across a wide range of brands whose Facebook ad campaigns are managed by Resolution Media using the Skai Social technology platform. The data set examined for this report spans nearly 65 billion Facebook ad impressions and 20 million Facebook ad clicks during a 12-month period.

For more marketing insights and key takeaways, visit Resolution Media or Skai Social to download the full report.

Resolution Media, an Omnicom Group company, is a leading digital media agency with operations in 40 countries. Resolution specializes in all areas of search, consumer behavior analysis and optimization across all digital platforms.

Skai Social delivers a global social marketing technology solution for advertisers and agencies to achieve tangible business results as effectively and efficiently as possible. Through Skai Social, marketers can create and optimize scalable social advertising campaigns while leveraging sophisticated measurement capabilities for owned, paid and earned initiatives across all channels. Please visit Skai Social or for more information.

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