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Facebook to Start Track What Stores You Walk Into

Facebook is going to start following where you go to see if their ads convince you to go shopping.

Everyone has Facebook. In fact, Facebook is the largest social network in the world with 500 million active users of whom 50% log in on a daily basis. So, it is no wonder why marketers are interested in figuring out how to reach their target audience using Facebook. That's why this next piece of news is not that surprising. According to reports, Facebook wants to show the world that their ads make you visit brick and motor stores and buy stuff. In order to do this they will use phones' location services to track whether people actually walk into the stores after seeing an ad. Facebook Facebook's new Local Awareness ad features will be a new additions and great for business however, extremely invasive for the the 500 million daily users. In fact, businesses can now include a map with their ad to show users where the closest store is in case they want to buy that outfit immediately. Then, Facebook's algorithms will match in-store visit data, which is tracked using the phone's location services, with Facebook advertising data. This means stores won't be able to see if you personally  visited the store, but it will be able to match your visits with the number of people who saw that ad in their newsfeed and wanted to walk inside the store. Facebook Bloomua / Shutterstock.com According to Adweek, this new feature has been pretty good and explains how powerful Facebook advertising really is. French retailer E.Leclerc found it was able to reach 1.5 million people within 10 kilometers of its stores, with about 12 percent of clicks leading to visits within a week. Others have also begun using store visit measurement tools, including M&S, Petco, Burger King UK and Cadillac. "This is a window into a black box that they've never had before," Sam England, Facebook's product manager, said in an interview with Adweek "It's not just something new for Facebook but something across the board." Partners teaming up with Facebook for the launch include IBM, Index, Invoca, Lightspeed, LiveRamp, Marketo and Square. The future is here and Facebook is following you. Related: What do you think? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.

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